Drinkhacker Reads – 10.23.2013 – Johnnie Walker Completes the Trade Route Trilogy

Johnnie Walker is wrapping up the trio of whiskys in its Explorers’ Club Collection. The Royal Route is now readily available in duty-free retail outlets at about a cost of $159. We haven’t reviewed them, but if you’re had a dram, drop us a tasting note in the comments. [Johnnie Walker] And speaking of explorers:…

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Review: Mellow Corn Straight Corn Whiskey

With the craze of flavored spirits reaching a fever pitch, I’ve been patiently waiting for the corn whiskey renaissance to take on full steam. There have been promises via Hudson, Balcones and other distillers, but it doesn’t seem to be taking on momentum the way the “white dog moonshine” trend of 2012 did. The folks…

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Review: The Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 9

The 9th outturn of The Balvenie’s Tun 1401 bottling (and the 3rd I’ve experienced) is one of its best. Like Batch 3 and Batch 6 before it, Batch 9 is another U.S. exclusive, but will still be available in minuscule quantities, with just 14 casks married to create this batch. The spirit is drawn from…

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Recipe: Knob Creek Smoked Maple Cocktails

Recently, we ran a review of the Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon which Beam has offered forth this fall. We were also lucky enough to receive a recipe for an Old Fashioned for the upcoming holiday season courtesy of Iron Chef Michael Symon. It’s quite the tasty cocktail. However, not one to shy away from…

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Review: 3 Chilean Sauvignon Blancs, 2012 Vintage

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you should stop drinking white wine. These three Sauvignon Blancs are all highly drinkable offerings from the world’s greatest remaining budget wine region: Chile. Here’s what 10 bucks will get you at your local purveyor of affordable hooch. 2012 Cono Sur Sauvignon Blanc San Antonio Valley – Fresh and…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.21.13 – The Great Pappy Van Winkle Saga Continues

Pappywatch continues: While no definitive leads made their way into the public, officers are still investigating possible suspects and those who may have had access to the large quantity of Pappy Van Winkle stolen last week. Bourbon Blog has been doing the excellent heavy lifting while the rest of us sinners took it easy this…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Jubelale Winter Ale 2013

Ho ho ho, Merry, uh, Halloween? Deschutes annual winter brew release, Jubelale, is is here… a tad early, but who’s complaining? We missed the last couple of releases of this seasonal beer, but like an old glove it still fits well. This year’s release is nutty and malty, with a chocolatey core that wavers between…

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Review: Colorado Gold Bourbon and Corn Whiskey

Colorado continues to rise as a key craft distilling region. One of the vanguards is Colorado Gold, a company out of Cedaredge, which was established in 2007. The company makes a full range of spirits, and today we’re looking at two of its most popular ones, both whiskeys, and very different ones at that. Thoughts follow.…

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