A Pro-Suntory Argument for the Consideration of the Anti-Beam Acquisition Crowd

Perhaps the most troublesome trend from the announcement of Suntory’s potential purchase of Beam yesterday is the stench emanating from that petri dish of democracy, the anonymous reactionary commenter festering in pockets of news web portals and its hydra-headed cousin, social media. Some of the contributions have been a bit disturbing and mildly ill-informed. In…

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Review: Kilchoman 2007 Vintage and 100% Islay Third Release

Two new expressions from Islay’s Kilchoman, still the youngest distillery in Scotland and arguably its most intriguing… Kilchoman 2007 Vintage – This is Kilchoman’s oldest bottling to date, a six-year-old single malt whiskey matured entirely in ex-Bourbon barrels. Here we see Kilchoman starting to mellow out, its aggressive peat subdued by some of the wood…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.13.2014 – Suntory To Acquire Beam For $16 Billion

No other story today could possibly dominate headlines in the spirits world like the stunning announcement that Beam Global is going to be acquired by Japanese mega-conglomerate Suntory for a cool $16 billion. Of course, along with this announcement has arrived a plethora of articles using the image of Bill Murray from his portrayal of…

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Review: Zwack, Unicum, and Unicum Plum Liqueur

Four years ago I covered a line extension from Hungary’s Zwack, which confusingly was launching for the first time a spirit called Zwack. Previously, Zwack’s sole product was the bitter Unicum, and “Zwack” was nowhere to be found on the label. At some point Unicum left the U.S. market, leaving Zwack the company’s sole product…

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Recipes: Golden Globe Cocktails 2014

This Sunday two of the funniest women in the history of comedy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be hosting this year’s edition of the Golden Globes. A rundown and reviews of the best movies nominated this year can be found on our sister site, Film Racket. In the meantime, here are a few recipes…

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Review: Cabo Wabo Diablo Coffee Liqueur

It seems like just about every premium tequila producer is expanding into coffee liqueurs, and the latest comes from Cabo Wabo, the Sammy Hagar-founded  tequila company. Called Cabo Wabo Diablo, this liqueur includes 100% agave tequila laced into an Arabica-based coffee liqueur. A tiger-eye brown spirit, Diablo is less dark in color than you might…

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The A-List – December 2013

After several months of excellent and broad-reaching releases, our A-List is a wee bit scant this month. “B+” ratings were in no short supply, but as we all know, “B+” simply doesn’t make the cut. Either way, these are the monsters which earned our seal of approval for the month of December. Related Stories: The…

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Review: Masterson’s Straight Barley 10 Years Old and Straight Wheat Whiskey 12 Years Old

The folks at Masterson’s — made by California-based parent company 35 Maple Street — make what has already become a cult rye whiskey, Masterson’s 10 Year Old Straight Rye. Now the company is back with an even stranger pair of siblings: two well-aged whiskeys, one 100% wheat, one 100% barley. Both are straight whiskeys made…

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