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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Book Review: The Essential Cocktail

By Christopher Null | December 24, 2008 |

Author and mixologist Dale Degroff was in town recently to promote his new book, The Essential Cocktail, and while I sadly missed the promotional soiree, I did at least get a copy of the book to check out. All in all this is an excellent and accessible introduction to classic cocktails and their newer variants.…

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Review: Rowan’s Creek Bourbon

By Christopher Null | December 23, 2008 |

Happened upon this bottle of Rowan’s Creek Bourbon at my local liquor store and was intrigued by the almost scrawled logo on the label and hand-numbered coding. Some thoughts on what’s inside. At 100.1 proof, it’s a hot whiskey and needs a bit of water to bring out anything other than heavy alcoholic characteristics. With…

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Review: Flor de Cana Rum Centenario Gold 18 Years Old

By Christopher Null | December 22, 2008 |

Like 10 Cane, Flor de Cana is a name you see “called” on many a bar menu. I just got my hands on Flor’s 18-year version (which, apparently, is so new it does not yet appear on the company’s website). Some thoughts. The initial nose is, bluntly, heavy with smoke. Smoke to the point where…

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Review: Griottines Brandied Cherries

By Christopher Null | December 20, 2008 |

Brandied cherries are essential for a proper Casino, but finding them is surprisingly difficult. The normal variety I use are quite large and though they taste great, they can get mushy, which is hardly the way you want to cap off a quality cocktail. Griottines are smaller, and quite tart. Macerated in Kirsch liqueuer, these…

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Review: NV Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur

By Christopher Null | December 20, 2008 |

Expanding recently into more of the U.S. (including San Francisco’s Bubble Lounge), Ayala is a name unfamiliar to most local drinkers. We were lucky enough to land a bottle for review. A familiar, dry sparkler, this Champagne is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier (in that order). Lightly aromatic and featuring a…

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Review: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 100 Proof

By Christopher Null | December 19, 2008 |

I’ll start by saying I’m not entirely clear what the function of a new version of Captain Morgan is. The old version has a pirate on the bottle, comes from Puerto Rico, and comes in at a standard 70 proof. The new one has a pirate on the bottle, comes from Puerto Rico, and hits…

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Review: Kirkland Macallan Sherry Cask Finish 18 Years Old

By Christopher Null | December 18, 2008 |

Kirkland? If that name sounds familiar it’s because it’s the house brand of big box megastore Costco. And yes, they bottle their own brand of Macallan Scotch whisky. For newbie whisky drinkers, allow me to explain in brief. In a nutshell, this is how it works: In Scotland they make a lot of whisky. Sometimes…

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Review: Canadian Club Sherry Cask

By Christopher Null | December 18, 2008 |

The top of the Canadian Club line, this limited-run Canadian whisky is made in small batches and aged a minimum of eight years in white oak barrels and finished in old Jerez sherry casks. Bottled at 82.6 proof into traditional and elegant bottles (complete with natural cork closure), it’s a long way from the Canadian…

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Review: Sol Mexican Beer (2008)

By Christopher Null | December 17, 2008 |

Sol, where have you been all my life? On a lark, I ordered a bottle of Sol — a brand I’d been wholly unfamiliar with — during a quick Mexican dinner this evening. That rapidly turned into a second, which disappeared as quickly as the first. Sol is a traditional Mexican brew that dates back…

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Review: Boca Loca Cachaca

By Christopher Null | December 16, 2008 |

Boca Loca is another good cachaca to recently hit the market — and with its lipstick-scrawled-on-glass packaging it immediately presents itself as an uncomplicated product designed for the masses. I expect any drinker would have an easy time approaching this cachaca, which tastes and smells not of the spirit’s typical gasoline but rather of charred…

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