The A-List – May 2013

A supplement to our regular Shopping Lists, The A-List recognizes those bottles we’ve had the privilege to review and find to be of highest quality (A+ to A- range). Unlike last month’s honor roll, this month the pickings weren’t as extensive. While the overall spirits category didn’t measure up to its usual standard of excellence,…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 06.05.2013 – Rick Pitino Hits The Mark

Maker’s Mark has announced the release of its limited edition Rick Pitino bottle, in celebration of the basketball coach’s recent NCAA championship win this past spring. Pitino seems to be on a bit of a hot streak lately: a national basketball title, a horse in the Kentucky Derby, his son receiving his first head coaching…

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Review: Obsello II Absinthe Verte

We’ve long since noted Obsello as one of our favorite absinthes on the market. Unfortunately, the American-born, Spanish-made product went off the market a few years ago. But now it’s back, in a slightly revised form. Obsello II looks almost identical to its original rendition, with a few little twists. For starters, instead of being…

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Recipe: The Drinks of Summer 2013 – Cognac and Iced Tea Edition

The dog days of summer haven’t quite hit us yet, although with the rapidly changing global climate who knows exactly when they’ll be here. In honor of two drinking holidays (Today is National Cognac Day and June 10th is National Iced Tea day), we present two refreshing recipes to help you keep cool. Stay tuned…

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Review: 2011 Alto Cinco Garnacha

A lively wine from the Cariñena region in the north of Spain, this 94% Garnacha/6% Tempranillo bottling is loaded with character. Fresh fruit is at the core, with some tar and licorice notes underpinning it, particularly on the nose. Extended time with air brings out more earth and a rubber-like character. The finish remains fresh…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 06.03.2013 – Bourbon Shortages And Pretty Bottles

With all of the “sky is falling” press releases lamenting the shortage of bourbon that is about to be upon us, Maker’s Mark adds fuel to the fire by announcing they have a new “state of the art” rinse process which will drain every last drop from every barrel at their new facility. Bourbon authority…

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Review: James E. Pepper 1776 Bourbon, Rye, and 15 Year Old Expressions of Both

James E. Pepper is an old, old name in the whiskey world (Kentucky is plastered with the name), and the heritage of the Bourbon associated with the name is deep, rich, and (if you go to the whiskey’s website) fun to look back upon. In fact, Bourbon has been made under the James E. Pepper…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Virginia Highland Malt Whisky

Eades Whisky broke ground in 2008 with the then-bold goal of growing, malting, and distilling its own barley to make single malt whisky in Virginia. Since then, the craft distilling movement has gone wild, and the idea of making whisky styled like single malt Scotch in the U.S. is no longer a wild one. Eades…

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