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: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Batch #33

By Christopher Null | February 4, 2009 |

I’m not gonna pull any punches here. Stranahan’s is the strangest whiskey I’ve ever experienced. It looks harmless enough, a bright, orange-hued spirit with a relatively mild nose — almost rye-like. Though 94 proof, the nose isn’t particularly hot. Looks promising. Then the tasting. Hmmm. Stranahan’s is a rarity among American whiskeys, distilled from 100…

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Review: 2005 Maryhill Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley

By Christopher Null | February 3, 2009 |

Washington state may be the next big region for American wine. Maryhill Winery, based in Washington’s Columbia Valley, has been pumping out a dozen or so varietals for years now, and we got our hands on a few of the company’s recent bottles, including this 2005 Cabernet Franc. This wine, black as squid ink (well,…

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Review: Evan Williams Black Label Bourbon

By Christopher Null | February 2, 2009 |

I’ve written about Evan Williams a few times now after seeing the brand rank highly in taste-tests of inexpensive booze. Widely regarded as the best “cheap bourbon” on the market, I figured I’d pick up a bottle and try it myself, tasting it as seriously as I would a $300 Scotch. The price of this…

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Review: Sea Dog Bluepaw Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale

By Christopher Null | February 1, 2009 |

It’s weird beer weekend here at Drinkhacker — what with that weird Super Bowl — and next we turn our attention to Sea Dog’s blueberry brew. Er, excuse me, wild blueberry brew. Crack it open and the aroma of blueberry fills the room. It’s enticing, and immediately whets the appetite for a hearty gulp. Surprisingly,…

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Review: Cricket Club Gin

By Christopher Null | January 31, 2009 |

From the out-there world of saffron gin we return to something more traditional, a relatively straightforward London style gin called Cricket Club (from the folks at Indio Spirits). 86 proof and crisp is a fresh apple, Cricket Club isn’t overly surprising. A moderate hand with the juniper helps some of Cricket’s other charms come through:…

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Review: Gabriel Boudier Saffron Infused Gin

By Christopher Null | January 31, 2009 |

One look at Gabriel Boudier’s saffron gin and you are instantly intrigued. The king of the spice world married with spirits royalty? The result is intriguing to say the least, but it’s unfortunately somewhere short of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. I tried a tiny sample of Boudier at last year’s WhiskyFest but now that…

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Review: Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

By Christopher Null | January 30, 2009 |

Chocolate? They aren’t kidding with this bad boy: While many beers with “chocolate” in their name achieve their flavor through the use of special malts, Sam Adams’ Chocolate Bock is  flavored with real chocolate: Specifically “slowly aged on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs from Felchlin, a renowned Swiss chocolatier. Known for their quality…

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Review: Kentucky Vintage Bourbon

By Christopher Null | January 29, 2009 |

The name “Kentucky Vintage” immediately leads one to snicker a bit. Vintage? Bourbon? Really? In reality, this is the fourth (and final) bourbon from the Kentucky Bourbon Distillers’ Small Batch Collection — the entire line has been reviewed here now — and it is arguably the least impressive of the series. At just 90 proof,…

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Review: Sea Wynde Rum

By Christopher Null | January 24, 2009 |

Surprisingly light in color, Sea Wynde hails from both Jamaica and Guyana (it’s blended from five pot stills located in those two countries) and packs far more flavor than you’d think from such a The aroma is very sweet — and quite intoxicating — but it lacks focus on the palate. The sweetness is at…

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Tasting Report: 2004 Brunello di Montalcino

By Christopher Null | January 23, 2009 |

Brunello — the crown prince of Tuscan wine — is coming off some rough times. Earlier this year the region, located right in the heart of Tuscany, found itself under attack. Why? Some producers were allegedly violating Italian law and bottling other wines than Brunello di Montalcino (which, by law, has to be 100% sangiovese),…

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