Robert Lublin

Robert Lublin teaches whisk(e)y and wine appreciation classes for Arlington Community Education, near Boston, MA. He is also a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has published books and articles on Shakespeare as well as theatre and film history.

Review: Bryn Mawr NV Brut Rose and 2021 Dolcetto

By Robert Lublin | March 2, 2024 |

We are returning to the wines of Bryn Mawr in the Willamette Valley, Oregon to sample two recent releases we haven’t tried before: a brut rosé and a Dolcetto. For different reasons, both are rather unusual wines. Let’s explore. NV Bryn Mawr Brut Rosé – 73% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Gris, 9% Chardonnay, 3% Meunier,…

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Review: Bombay Sapphire Gin

By Robert Lublin | March 1, 2024 |

We’re not sure how it happened, but here at Drinkhacker, we’ve somehow managed to review Bombay Sapphire East Gin and Bombay Sapphire Murcian Lemon Gin and even the Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonic RTD canned cocktail, but we’ve never formally reviewed the original, classic Bombay Sapphire Gin. Today, we remedy this error and officially pour the…

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Review: Filibuster Dual Cask Rye

By Robert Lublin | February 3, 2024 |

Filibuster Distillery, located in Maurertown, Virginia, has made it their signature process to age whiskey in more than one cask, often to amazing effect. Their Filibuster Dual Cask Rye, accordingly, starts in new American oak and then is finished in French oak barrels. When the rye was first released, it was sourced whiskey, but now…

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Review: Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Bourbon 5 Years Old (2023)

By Robert Lublin | January 27, 2024 |

Ten years ago, bourbon distilled in Alabama was unheard of. When we reviewed the original Conecuh Ridge release from Clyde May’s in 2013, we had to explain that good bourbon didn’t come exclusively from Kentucky and that whiskey made in Alabama deserved a try. Happily, those days are long gone. Today, Clyde May’s is a well-known…

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Review: Ammunition Cask Strength Bourbon Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels

By Robert Lublin | January 13, 2024 |

Two years ago, we reviewed Daylight Wine & Spirits’ Ammunition Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels. Today, we swing back to try the new cask strength release of the same whiskey. The earlier bourbon was bottled at 90 proof and this one is bottled at 110, but there are additional differences that go…

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Review: 2019 Stags’ Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Edition Reserve Napa Valley

By Robert Lublin | January 7, 2024 |

Stags’ Leap produces a number of Cabernet Sauvignons that range from very good to outstanding, so it’s a pleasure today to have a chance to try their 2019 Limited Edition Reserve, which draws grapes from a number of their Napa Valley vineyards. This year’s bottling is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, and…

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Review: Dassai Blue Type 50 Junmai Daigingo Sake and Type 23 Junmai Daigingo Sake

By Robert Lublin | December 27, 2023 |

Dassai is a well-established sake brewery in Yamaguchi, Japan. Dassai Blue is an expansion of the brand into the U.S. where earlier this year they opened a large, ambitious new brewery in Hyde Park, New York. Although built upon the experience of Dassai, the new brewery is creating its own line of sake, and today…

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Review: 2020 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

By Robert Lublin | December 12, 2023 |

I’m not sure how it happened, but this is our first time reviewing Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been around for decades, providing a reliable choice for fans of California Cabernet. The 2020 release is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. Let’s pop the…

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Review: Mr. Pickles Gin

By Robert Lublin | December 12, 2023 |

Named after the pit bull rescued by Wolf Distillery Master Distiller Ben Green, Mr. Pickles Gin carries the adorable face of the eponymous pup on the front of the bottle, and I’ll admit it, I’m smitten. The fetching blue bottle bearing a sweet-faced dog surrounded by flowers speaks directly to my heart. But let’s check…

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Review: 2021 Etude Pinot Noir Carneros

By Robert Lublin | December 11, 2023 |

Etude has earned its reputation for making excellent pinot noirs and we’ve enjoyed them in the past, so it is a pleasure to pour the newly released 2021 vintage of their Carneros Pinot Noir. This wine really shows the brand’s character. On the nose and palate arrive big, rounded notes of black cherry, sour cherry,…

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