Review: Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum and Dark Rum

“Inspired by Ernest Hemingway,” the new Papa’s Pilar Rum brand is a blend of rums from, well, just about everywhere. Casks are sourced from the Caribbean, Central America, and the U.S.A., blended up solera style in Bourbon and Port casks, then finished in Spanish sherry casks. The rum is available in “dark” and “blonde” varieties,…

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Review: Apocalypto Reposado Tequila

Stunt bottlings are increasingly common, but a ceramic half-man/half-jaguar (with tongue sticking out) that contains reposado tequila, well, that’s a new one even for me. Apocalypto is 100% agave tequila, sourced from the Jalisco lowlands and aged for more than six months in ex-Bourbon barrels before getting the half-jaguar treatment. Never mind the decanter. Here’s…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 08.30.2013

After a brief hiatus, the semi-regular Drinkhacker Shopping List returns as a regularly scheduled feature. These past few weeks have seen an incredibly generous helping of wine reviews, intermingled with some of the best bourbons we’ve tasted this entire year. Print this easily portable list and be sure to take it with you as a…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Paso Robles, 2013 Releases

Paso Robles is an interesting and surprisingly varied winegrowing region, and recently I had the opportunity to taste through wines from a number of winemakers based in this mid-California coastal region. From Albarino to Petite Sirah, these wines are all over the map, but they share one thing in common: the toasty environment of Paso…

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Review: Zone 8 Honey Lemon Tea

Zone 8 is an Illinois-based company looking to bring high-end bottled tea to the masses. It launched on Kickstarter this summer, and though it didn’t meet its funding goals, its future seems unclear. The company is making one expression — Honey Lemon — at present, with seven potential ones to come. This is a blend…

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Cocktails for Labor Day 2013

For most Americans, the extended Labor Day weekend is a way to salute those who work tirelessly throughout the year with one last extended weekend before fall hits us, and it’s a great way to celebrate the end of the summer season. We’ve selected a few of the more interesting submissions we’ve received and compiled…

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Review: Roundhouse Spirits Gin and Corretto Coffee Liqueur

Roundhouse Spirits, based in Boulder, Colorado (only the 6th licensed distillery in the state), makes a trio of products, a gin, a coffee liqueur, and a “super rare” aged gin. We got to tangle with the first two products on that list. Thoughts, as always, follow. Roundhouse Gin – Overall, a classically-structured, big gin (the…

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Review: Magic Hat deVEILed and Seance

Yes, even more new beers from Magic Hat, these two mercifully devoid of flowers and odd vegetables being used as flavoring agents. Alas, neither of them really floated our proverbial boat. Magic Hat deVEILed – An amber ale. Muddy and indistinct, with loads upon loads of malt that drown out the hops. Twigs and earth…

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