Review: Beam’s Eight Star Whiskey

In nearly every family there’s a black sheep or dirty little secret. Such is the case with Beam’s Eight Star. It’s so low shelf, it’s not even on the shelf. In fact, it’s not even listed on the Beam website as a purchasable brand. It’s not bourbon, but rather a blended whiskey and certainly holds…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.07.2013 – Canadians Save the Economy by Drinking Beer

It’s quite well known that Canadians love their beer almost as much as they love their hockey, Tim Horton’s, and Celine Dion. However, our northern neighbors have also supported their economic growth and stability by consuming a massive amount of the national beverage. In a new report issued by the Conference Board of Canada, we…

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Review: Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask 19 Years Old

Glenfiddich always puts out a special edition malt whisky around this time, and this year’s bottling is a curiosity indeed. Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask (not to be confused with a prior bottling from 2011, Age of Discovery Madeira Cask) is a 19 year old whisky that’s spent its entire life in ex-Bourbon barrels. On…

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Review: 901 Reposado and Anejo Tequila

The Justin Timberlake-backed 901 makes an impressive silver tequila, and now the company is (understandably) back with the other two traditional expressions, a reposado and an anejo. Both are triple-distilled from 100% agave and bottled at 80 proof. 901 Reposado Tequila – Lots of agave still shining through on the nose, balanced by pepper and…

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Review: Manoir d’Apreval Calvados – Complete Lineup

Don’t call it apple brandy: It’s Calvados, the most exclusive of apple-based spirits and the only fruit brandy with a serious pedigree. Created by a family-owned estate of 25 hectares of apple trees (17 varieties are grown here) in France’s Pays d’Auge, on the banks of the Seine River, this French classic is making its…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.04.2013 – Founder’s Finds Ford Pale Ale For Ship Christening

Microbrewer Founder’s is fashioning a special pale ale to be served at the christening of a new aircraft carrier named after their fellow hometown friend, former President Gerald Ford (both hail from Grand Rapids, Michigan). The beer will be on sale at select stores this week and President Ford’s daughter, Susan, will serve as the…

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Review: 2bar Spirits Vodka and Moonshine

Seattle-based 2bar Spirits is a craft distillery named after a ranch that was part of the owners’ family for generations… before they decided to trade South Texas for Washington and hooves for hooch. The company makes two spirits, both unaged. We got ’em both. Thoughts follow. Both spirits are 80 proof. 2bar Spirits Vodka –…

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Review: The Bay Seasoned Vodka

I like a shrimp boil. I grill fish all the time. Crabs? You bet. What do I rely on? Old Bay seasoning. When do I not rely on Old Bay? When I’m drinking vodka. And thus, when faced with Philadelphia Distilling’s “The Bay” Seasoned Vodka — no relation to Old Bay — I found my brain…

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