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: Old Elk Double Wheat Whiskey and Four Grain Bourbon

By Monica Uhm | June 18, 2022 |

Ever since Greg Metze joined Old Elk as master distiller at their launch, the NDP (non-distiller producer) has steadily released different twists on traditional whiskey formulations through the years, though still with undisclosed sourced distillate. Drinkhacker has stayed close with their latest releases, beginning with their first blended offering 2017 and checking back in with their…

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Review: 2021 Domaine de Cala Coteaux Varois en Provence

By Christopher Null | June 17, 2022 |

This is the 4th year in a row that I’ve reviewed Domaine de Cala Rose, this year marking a shift in its blend: 60% cinsault, 30% grenache, 8% syrah, and 2% rolle. At the same time, I can’t help but feel like this wine hasn’t changed much over those four years. Pale pink. Floral with…

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Review: Playboy Spirits Rare Hare 1953 Bourbon 17 Years Old

By Christopher Null | June 17, 2022 |

Guess who’s getting into the bourbon business? Playboy: With the introduction of Rare Hare 1953, which debuted yesterday. What’s 1953 refer to? Glad you asked: A fitting tribute to the year Playboy was founded, the Rare Hare 1953 Anniversary Edition is a 17-year Kentucky bourbon finished in XXO Cognac casks from the Champagne region of…

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Review: 2021 Minuty Prestige Rose and “M” de Minuty Rose

By Robert Lublin | June 16, 2022 |

The weather is turning warmer and that means it’s time to start pouring the rosé (although some of us enjoy it year-round). Perhaps the premier source of rosés in the world is Côtes de Provence in southern France. Today we are trying two rosés from Château Minuty in Provence, made by brothers François and Jean-Etienne…

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Review: Blind Barrels Tasting Kit

By Christopher Null | June 16, 2022 |

Blind tasting whiskey is lots of fun… but it’s awfully hard to do alone. I mean, you bought the bottles, so you know what they are. Blind Barrels solves that problem with what it calls the first blind whiskey tasting subscription kit. I’d suggest that Flaviar was there first, but there’s room for both of…

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Review: 818 Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

By Christopher Null | June 16, 2022 |

Kendall Jenner’s ownership of 818 Tequila is an understandable turnoff for many drinkers and a sign that celebriquila has finally reached a tipping point… or so I thought, at least, until 818 started winning a bunch of awards, including the top spot in a blind tasting of celebrity-owned tequilas (which, admittedly, may not be the…

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Review: Lunar Hard Seltzer, Heritage Line Sunset Editions

By Monica Uhm | June 15, 2022 |

Drinkhacker dove into Lunar’s original core line last year with a nod of approval. Recently the brand has partnered with high-profile NYC area Asian-owned restaurants for a limited series “Sunset Edition” of its Heritage Line, this time aiming to bring “the warm, bustling yet relaxing Asian beachside market to New York City with this lineup…

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Review: 6 Shochus of Honkaku Spirits

By Christopher Null | June 15, 2022 |

Christopher Pellegrini is trying to do for Japanese shochu what Ron Cooper did with mezcal. The American ex-pat and author of The Shochu Handbook is seeking to “connect the world with artisanal, koji-fermented spirits of Japan.” Honkaku’s portfolio includes koji whiskey, shochu, and aged awamori from 22 family-run distilleries established between 1745 and 1947. We received…

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Review: Tequila Codigo 1530 Rosa Reposado George Strait Edition and Mezcal Codigo 1530 Artesanal

By Christopher Null | June 15, 2022 |

The George Strait-owned Tequila Codigo is back with two new expressions, a “rosa” reposado rested for 3 months in uncharred Napa Valley Cabernet French White Oak wine barrels (then finished in sherry casks), and a mezcal. Let’s give them both a try. Tequila Codigo 1530 Rosa Reposado George Strait Edition – The light pink color…

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Review: Samuel Maverick Barrel Proof Bourbon

By Christopher Null | June 14, 2022 |

Sam Maverick Spirits in San Antonio isn’t a brand I was familiar with before this, but we’re diving right in with its limited edition barrel proof bourbon. Some details, courtesy of the distillery: Maverick Whiskey’s limited-edition Samuel Maverick Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a Certified Texas Whiskey, has the gusto to make any dad happy.…

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