Review: Jura “Camas an Staca” 30 Years Old and “Juar” 1977 36 Years Old

Two new and very rare single malts from Jura (aka Isle of Jura), based on an island just a stone’s throw north of Islay. These are ultra-limited-edition whiskys just now hitting the market. Snap them up while you can! Jura “Camas an Staca” 30 Years Old – 30 year old spirit that has spent 3…

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Review: Camus Coffee

We love Camus’ Cognac. Now the company is doing a brand extension unlike any other I’ve ever seen: into coffee. Per the company: Coffee is a natural next step for CAMUS:  similarly to Cognac, coffee is an agricultural product strongly influenced by terroir, judicious harvesting, fermentation, application of heat, and – most of all –…

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Recipe: National Tequila Day, 2013 Edition

If there ever was a lobbyist-invented, industry-approved holiday we endorse wholeheartedly, it’s the arrival of July 24th as National Tequila Day, which should followed by July 25th’s much needed National Hangover Day, had it not already been placed on the calendar on January 1st. Perhaps a Hangover Solstice? (Furthermore, why would a holiday like this…

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Review: Konig Ludwig Weissbier

Warsteiner makes this hefewiezen and is making a push for it this year for Oktoberfest. About the ornately-decorated brew (per the company): Prince Luitpold of Bavaria carries on the great tradition which has associated the Royal Bavarian Family with the fine art of brewing since 1260.  This classic brew uses select Bavarian barley and wheat…

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Review: Summer White Wines from Chile, 2013 Releases

Chile isn’t just a solid spot for Cabernet, it also makes some affordable and interesting white wines — which are almost unilaterally very inexpensive. Here’s a look at three white wines from the country, all designed with summer in mind. (The results are hit and miss.) 2012 Echeverria Classic Collection Unwooded Chardonnay – Maybe should…

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Review: Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche is a sour session beer, a “neo-Berliner Weisse” that is brewed with peach concentrate, creating a weird melange of a brew. Sour beers are not normally up my alley, but Festina Peche has charms. The peaches are clear and fruity, and the sour underbelly comes across something like tart cherry juice.…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.22.13 – Buffalo Trace Designated A National Historic Landmark

It’s been a mixed week of news for the venerable Buffalo Trace. With the loss of an icon and master distiller emeritus Elmer T. Lee last week, no doubt the joy in this most recent announcement was celebrated solemnly and seen as bittersweet at best. Nevertheless, kudos to the distillery for becoming a National Historic…

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Review: Craft Distillers Low Gap Single Barrel No. 1 Whiskey

This very, very limited release is a continuation of the Low Gap wheat whiskey, a single barrel bottling of its 100% Bavarian wheat whiskey, which we reviewed a few months ago as a two year old expression. This barrel was bottled in January 2013 after spendnig “two-plus” years in a 200 liter new Kentucky oak…

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