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: Macchu Pisco “La Diablata” Pisco

By Christopher Null | March 6, 2011 |

A new entry from Macchu Pisco (one of the bigger distributors of this Peruvian brandy worldwide, but whose standard product we’ve never reviewed), La Diablata is an “acholado” style pisco — a blend of three grapes: Quebranta, Moscatel, and Italia — which puts it in the same wheelhouse as Encanto. La Diablata, as the name…

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Review: The Bitter Truth E**X**R Krauter Liqueur

By Christopher Null | March 5, 2011 |

Fun fact: E**X**R has more asterisks in its name than any other product we’ve reviewed. That alone makes it exciting, but the product is also worthwhile on its own merits. Also known as Elixier (overseas) and EXR — there were some issues with the original name, courtesy of your government overseers — E**X**R is a…

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Review: Col. E.H. Taylor Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon

By Christopher Null | March 4, 2011 |

Is there anything better than a Bourbon whiskey named after an old dude with initials for a first name? And this one’s a Colonel, people! Funnin’ aside, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., was a real guy — he introduced climate-controlled warehouses in Kentucky in the 1800s and patented his own sour mash technique — and…

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Review: CooranBong and Bombora Australian Vodka (2011)

By Christopher Null | March 3, 2011 |

No one loves grape vodkas more than the Australians. Today we look at not one but two such bottlings. (They share another kinship, as both are imported by the same company in the U.S.) Both are 80 proof. CooranBong Australian Vodka (Aborigine for “water over rocks,” we’re told) is a Barossa Valley grape vodka, distilled…

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Review: Vinturi Travel Wine Aerator

By Christopher Null | March 2, 2011 |

Whoa. Someone just took a standard Vinturi Aerator and ran it over with a truck. This pint-sized version is just like the original… just slimmer. The original Vinturi Wine Aerator is controversial enough: The idea is that you pour wine through this plastic tube, air gets sucked in, and the wine spits and dribbles out…

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Review: Hangover Gone (aka Hang On)

By Christopher Null | March 1, 2011 |

I’m not saying I had a hangover, I’m just saying that perhaps the words “another bottle of Slovenian* wine” aren’t necessarily a good idea. Another shot-based hangover remedy, Hangover Gone — “Powered by Cysteine” — claims to cure your hangover in “three phases.” First it helps to metabolize acetaldehyde, “alcohol’s main and most toxic byproduct.”…

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Review: Skyy Infusions Dragon Fruit Vodka

By Christopher Null | February 28, 2011 |

Skyy’s latest infused vodka is really reaching deep into the produce aisle: Dragon fruit is the flavor of the day. I am unsure if, outside of playing Fruit Ninja, I’ve ever consumed a dragon fruit, so it’s hard to say how authentic this flavored vodka is. Skyy notes it is also known as the “strawberry…

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How a Blind Tequila Tasting Rocked My World

By Christopher Null | February 27, 2011 |

Recently I learned something that completely upended my worldview: It turns out I like Patron Tequila. OK, this in itself is not a shocker. Patron is the top-selling tequila brand outside of Cuervo, so a lot of people obviously like it. But I just reviewed Patron a few months ago and gave it a B,…

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Review: Three Soave Wines, 2011 Releases

By Christopher Null | February 26, 2011 |

Drinkhacker’s been flooded with Soave of late, and we aren’t complaining: This crisp Italian white is making a huge comeback and is worthy of attention, particularly since it is so affordable. These three wines show what a wide range of styles Soave can exhibit. 2009 Rocca Sveva Soave Classico (pictured)- Crisp and very acidic, almost…

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Review: Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut” Bourbon

By Christopher Null | February 25, 2011 |

In whiskeymaking, you lose a large amount of spirit to evaporation as it sits in barrels for years. This is an accepted part of the process, and the spirit that vanishes into the air is known, poetically, as “the angel’s share.” With tongue firmly in cheek, Jim Beam is (soon) releasing this new whiskey: Devil’s…

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