Review: 2010 William Hill Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Two new wines from Napa’s William Hill, bringing the 2010 harvest to the market at last. Thoughts follow. 2010 William Hill Merlot Napa Valley – The nose is ripe and spicy, peppery with cedar, menthol, and herbs. The body, however, is curiously sedate and restrained. It drinks easy, with a somewhat sweet strawberry character at…

Read More about Review: 2010 William Hill Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: Blue Crab Bay Co. Bloody Mary and Margarita Mixes

Blue Crab Bay is an artisan food company on Virginia’s Chesapeake coast, and just a few of its products are non-alcoholic cocktail mixers. We tasted them all, both with and without spirits. Blue Crab Bay Snug Harbor Bloody Mary Mix – Extremely thick. The nose is earthy, like a big beefsteak tomato, with mushroom notes. On…

Read More about Review: Blue Crab Bay Co. Bloody Mary and Margarita Mixes

Drinkhacker Reads – 10.16.2013 – PAPPYGATE!

As if the Van Winkle brand needed any more press, hype or mythology surrounding it, now we have this: roughly 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old were stolen from the back of a “secure” truck and was reported to authorities on Tuesday night. Apparently an inside job, there is now an investigation…

Read More about Drinkhacker Reads – 10.16.2013 – PAPPYGATE!

Review: Laphroaig QA Cask and Cairdeas Port Wood Edition 2013

It’s not every day we get to experience a new Laphroaig expression, and it’s pretty much never when we get to try two of them. At a recent Laphroaig Live event, these two expressions were introduced by Laphroaig Distillery Manager and Friend of Drinkhacker John Campbell. The night started with Quarter Cask, Laphroaig’s fastest growing expression,…

Read More about Review: Laphroaig QA Cask and Cairdeas Port Wood Edition 2013

Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Double Malt Selections

Every year around this time our friends at Woodford Reserve release a special, and sometimes experimental, whiskey release. And for 2013, Woodford is taking things to the Old World, bottling two single 100% malted barley whiskeys… made in Kentucky. You’re reading that right: These are the first “fully matured whiskies crafted from malt in Kentucky since…

Read More about Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Double Malt Selections

Drinkhacker Reads – 10.14.2013 – Wemyss Readies Largest Ever Offering

Harper’s UK is reporting that Wemyss Malts is readying its largest offering in the company’s eight year’s history. Named after each expression’s taste profile, each bottle will be available in an incredibly limited run of a few hundred bottles each and will represent every major region of Scotland. Just in time for the holidays. [Harper’s…

Read More about Drinkhacker Reads – 10.14.2013 – Wemyss Readies Largest Ever Offering

Review: Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon

Initially I was apprehensive to even approach this long-standing brand, as the gentleman who stumbles down my street during his early morning commute usually has a pint of the stuff firmly fastened in hand. However, Kentucky Gentleman has recently earned the dubious title of being the “PBR of Bourbons” by the youth of today — meaning…

Read More about Review: Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon

Review: Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila Liqueur

Bottled at the same 84 proof as its standard tequila lineup, Peligroso curiously markets this cinnamon-flavored variety as a “liqueur.” But what’s in the bottle is 100% agave blanco tequila infused with “100% pure cinnamon and a blend of secret ingredients, creating a distinct juice with a kick that leaves some sweet heat on the…

Read More about Review: Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila Liqueur