Review: Avua Cachaca – Prata and Amburana

Is the world ready for single-estate cachaca? Avua, made from single-estate sugarcane grown near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, is now available in two expressions, an unaged prata version, and an aged amburana cachaca matured for up to two years in casks made of local Amburana wood. While cachaca has a long (and largely deserved) reputation as…

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Review: Booker’s 25th Anniversary Edition Bourbon

If Colonel Blanton is the Louis Armstrong of the bourbon world, there is no question that that bellowing, boisterous Booker Noe is its John Coltrane. His larger-than-life presence dominated the bourbon world during a time when personalities were less idolized than today. So it is most appropriate that on the silver anniversary of creating the…

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Book Review: Drinking Japan

I’ve never been to Japan, but it’s at the top of my list. When I get there, I plan to drink it. The whole thing. Chris Bunting’s Drinking Japan will surely help. Part guide book, part encyclopedia of Japanese alcohol, the tome guides you throw the best places to get a sip of sake, shochu, Okinawan awamori,…

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The A-List – February 2014

The February roundup of our best and brightest of the past month found scant pickings, but there are still some exceptional picks at reasonable prices here, including the latest Evan Williams Single Barrel and Laphroaig Triple Wood. Happy hunting! Related Stories: The A-List – January 2014 The A-List – December 2014 The A-List – February…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 03.13.2014 – Master Distiller Jimmy Russell Celebrates 60 Years On The Job

We’re about to celebrate one bourbon legend with a review of Booker’s 25 in a hot second (review forthcoming), and now we’re going to toast another. Wild Turkey Master Distiller and all around great guy Jimmy Russell is celebrating his 60th year in the business. The Lawrenceburg, Kentucky native started at the distillery in 1954…

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Review: Alaskan Brewing Company Hopothermia and ESB

Alaskan Brewing Co., arguably Alaska’s most noteworthy brewery, is releasing these two beers this spring — with Hopothermia now joining the ranks as a year-round release. Bold, bitter, and hoppy, they’re both worthy sippers no matter what the weather is like. Alaskan Brewing Co. Hopothermia Double IPA – A stellar IPA, a little citrus, a…

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Review: 2012 Laetitia Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Arroyo Grande Valley

Laetitia’s latest from the Arroyo Grande AVA in San Luis Obispo is a a Pinot Noir made from whole clusters of Clone 115 Pinot Noir grapes, aged half in new and half in used French oak barrels. Classic dark cherry and cola notes dominate the nose, developing just the lightest touches of chocolate and cedar…

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Book Review: Wine: A Tasting Course

USA Today readers rejoice: There’s a book that takes the pedantic prose out of wine and turns it all into colorful infographics. Marnie Old’s Wine: A Tasting Course cues you in from the start, with a cover festooned with cartoony illustrations and questions designed to pique your interest in the category (“Which are the most important…

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