Drinkhacker Reads – 11.18.2013 – Wine Spectator Releases Top 100 Wines of 2013

Wine Spectator‘s Top 100 Wines List of 2013 was unveiled this morning to much fanfare, with the Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva taking top honors. The site also has a feature where users can trace the entire history of the list dating back to 1988. Congrats to all making this distinctive list. [Wine Spectator] Bacardi…

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Review: The Real McCoy Rum 5 Years Old

The Real McCoy is a new brand that’s just made its way into the U.S. “The Real McCoy” is sourced from Foursquare Distillery in Barbados, where column and pot still rum is aged for five years in oak ex-bourbon barrels. The name refers to Bill McCoy, a Prohibition-era bootlegger and, as bootleggers go, a real…

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Recipes: Tabasco Cocktails (Anchorman 2 Edition)

Everything has to have some sort of “spin”, and our first reaction upon opening the press release promoting the release of Anchorman 2 was that it would be flooded with Scotchtails. While there’s not a single malt to be found in this list, we have to give the marketing folks and mixologists who supplied us…

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Review: Magnum Exotics Coffee

Magnum Exotics recently debuted its new line of coffees in California, with a national expansion on the way. The company behind these products is a major private label coffee supplier, but this is its first original brand being marketed directly to the public. Thoughts on two of these offerings follow. Magnum Exotics Organic Fogcutter Dark…

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Review: Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Winter Beer

Oktoberfest is gone, winter brews are new arriving. One of the first to hit is Redlands, Calif.-based Hangar 24’s Hullabaloo, a Scottish style ale made with European and American malts. It’s a rich and burly brew, driven by thick malt, coffee and cocoa powder notes, and bitter root notes. The overall impact: Relatively muted and…

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Review: 2012 Wines of Portugal’s Monte Velho

This brand, from Portugal’s Esporao is now 40 years old. With a focus on ultra-cheap blends both red and white, Monte Velho’s packaging has been redesigned with a focus on environmentalism (the bottles are amazingly lightweight, at least when empty), while keeping costs to a bare minimum. That said, quality remains uninspiring. Thoughts on the…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 11.16.2013

Welcome to the Shopping List, our semi-regular printer-friendly portable check list of everything we’ve covered over the past several weeks. This edition features a whole slew of vodkas, brandies and cognacs we’ve had the pleasure to review, and a few experiences that were less than pleasurable. Either way it’s our duty and privilege to sample…

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Review: Camus Family Legacy Cognac

Camus Family Legacy arrived at Drinkhacker HQ with the most unfortunate typo. On our sample bottle, the price was listed as $12.99. That’s a mistake of two orders of magnitude. Camus’s latest is a full $1299 — the company’s entry into ultra-luxe spirits. The production process sounds impressive — five crus involved in an eight-step…

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