Drinkhacker Reads – 01.08.2014 – Notorious A.B.V.: Diddyageo Acquires DeLeon Tequila

Diddy done at it again! Unsatisfied with his dominance and rebranding of Ciroc, the Puff Diddles has partnered once more with Diageo to acquire DeLeon tequila. While few details of the transaction are available, the partnership has proven profitable for all parties in the past. Ciroc has gone from shipping 50,000 cases to 2 million…

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Review: The 86 Co. Aylesbury Duck Vodka and Ford’s Gin

The 86 Co., based in New York, is a sort of negociant of the spirits world. crafting spirits in cahoots with other distillers and distilleries from around the world. The company launched a barrage of four spirits in 2012, including the two we’re profiling below. Aylesbury Duck Vodka – Distilled from Canadian winter wheat, bottled in…

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Review: Stumbras Vodka

Stumbras hails from a large conglomerate in the Baltic region, one of its concerns being distilling. This Lithuanian vodka comes from a distillery that produces a whopping 13 million liters of 350 different beverages each year. The company is the largest producer of spirits in the region. Stumbras produces a variety of vodkas, including many…

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Review: 2011 Palmeri Syrah and “Dark and Brooding” Wines

Palmeri is a small producer in Northern California producing wines from both Sonoma and Napa county. We sampled two of the company’s recent releases. 2011 Palmeri Syrah Alexander Valley Van Ness Vineyard High-Elevation – Made from grapes grown at 1000 feet-plus. It’s an intense wine, the nose thick with anise, leather, and tobacco leaf, the…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.06.2014 – Canadian Beer Company Celebrates Team USA Hockey

The massive snowstorm that hit the majority of the nation, the Winter Classic, and now: the Olympics. For hockey fans, this winter simply can not get any better. In celebration of the forthcoming gold medal from Team USA, Canadian brewer Labatt’s has issued a series of commemorative cans celebrating the outstanding tradition of U.S. Hockey…

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Review: NV La Marca Prosecco

A standby of big box stores and mega liquor retailers, La Marca is unmistakable with its Tiffany-blue label and its frequently sub-$10 price tag. Fresh nose, with a touch of green bean edge. The body is toasty and a bit bready, backed with apple cinnamon character and a touch of grapefruit. It’s nothing special, but…

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Review: Sandeman 2011 Vintage Port and 40 Year Old Tawny Port

We’ve covered the Port-makers at Sandeman fairly regularly through the years. Today we get the honor to look at two of its most treasured bottlings: the latest vintage port release (2011), and the 40 year old tawny expression. Thoughts follow. 2011 Sandeman Vintage Port – Classic currant and some coffee notes on the nose. The body is…

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Review: Breaker Bourbon

The town of Buellton, California is better known as part of the Sideways-famed Southern California wine road. But it turns out they’re making whiskey there, too. Breaker Bourbon is sourced whiskey from our good friends in Indiana, crafted from barrels at least 5 years old. Each batch is a blend of just 8 barrels of whiskey,…

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