Reviews

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and here you’ll find the entire Drinkhacker review archive in one place. Products are rated on a letter-grade scale that should be familiar to most, with F as our lowest, “failing” grade and the very rare A+ as our top score.

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Review: Sausalito Liquor Co. Marin Coastal Gin and Unsinkable Whiskeys

By Christopher Null | April 9, 2024 |

First, I love that a company in the 2020s named itself “Liquor Co.” Forget “Distilling” or “Spirits,” Sausalito Liquor Co. is kicking it old school. The California operation launched last year with three spirits, a gin, a bourbon, and a rye. Designed with northern California’s distinct flora in mind, “these spirits are meant to be…

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Review: 2020 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec

By Rob Theakston | April 8, 2024 |

While it has been less than a year since we reviewed a Malbec from Argentina’s Trivento, it has been well over a decade since we last enjoyed the winery’s midpoint offering. Golden Reserve is aged 12 months, with 85% in French oak barrels and 15% aged in French oak foudres (1200 gallon barrels), and then…

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Review: Marigot Bay Rum Creams, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | April 8, 2024 |

St. Lucia Distillers is known for its rums, but the distillery also cranks out a number of related products, including a new line of rum creams — essentially your Irish cream formula, minus whiskey, plus rum, plus a variety of flavorings. Four products are currently on the market, and we tasted them all. Let’s check…

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Review: 2021 Trapiche Medalla Malbec and 2022 Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec

By Rob Theakston | April 7, 2024 |

When discussing affordable yet quality Malbecs, there are a handful of names consistently standing out. Trapiche is certainly among them, maintaining its presence in the conversation year after year. With International Malbec Day fast approaching on April 17, we’re taking a moment to enjoy two of their entry-level offerings. 2021 Trapiche Medalla Malbec – Initially…

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Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Bourbon

Review: Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon 7 Years Old (2024)

By David Tao | April 7, 2024 |

Since they began procuring whiskey from other producers in 2011, Smooth Ambler hasn’t been shy about labeling the resulting products as sourced. Today, the distillery categorizes its offerings across three labels: Old Scout, a brand for their sourced offerings Founders’ Series, which denotes bottlings with 100 percent in-house distillate Contradiction, with bottlings containing a blend…

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Review: Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale Gin

By Christopher Null | April 6, 2024 |

You’ll need to travel across the pond to find this special edition Tanqueray, called Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale Distilled Gin, as it’s not sold in the U.S. The recipe is simple: Take the classic four ingredients of Tanqueray — juniper, coriander, angelica, and licorice — and add in French blackcurrants and vanilla. Boom: You’ve got yourself…

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Review: Bluebird Distilling Breakwater Bourbon

By Christopher Null | April 6, 2024 |

We’ve covered a pair of whiskey releases from Pennsylvania-based Bluebird Distilling in the past, with mixed results. Up next is a new bourbon, “well aged and lightly smoked,” with a charitable goal: 10% of profits from the sale of the whiskey go to the Jetty Rock Foundation, which aims to protect east coast oceans and…

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Review: Karbach Free & Easy Non-Alcoholic Belgian-Style White

By Christopher Null | April 5, 2024 |

Making a good Belgian white is tricky enough. Now make it without alcohol. Karbach’s rendition of an NA Belgian pulls it off fairly well: Boldly flavored with lemon, orange, and that inimitable coriander character, the palate is bright and acidic — like it’s already had the orange slice expressed and dropped into the glass. The…

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Review: Kavalan Single Malt Whisky Vinho Barrique Cask Strength (2024)

By Christopher Null | April 5, 2024 |

Six years ago, Taiwan’s Kavalan re-launched the Single Cask Strength Series of its single malts, with high-proof versions of its four uniquely matured bottlings on tap. We didn’t review them at the time, but from what I can tell this was a semi-relaunch of the Solist series. Neither series however has been available since 2018,…

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Review: NON7 Stewed Cherry & Coffee Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

By Christopher Null | April 4, 2024 |

This large-format non-alcoholic cocktail is the seventh in NON’s zero-alcohol lineup, featuring a significant ingredient list built around sour cherries, cold brew coffee, garam masala, allspice, nutmeg, pink peppercorn, Murray River salt, and verjus. The sour cherries do most of the heavy lifting here, the fizzy underbelly giving the fruit something of a kombucha character…

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