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: Martin Miller’s London Dry Gin

By Christopher Null | October 21, 2010 |

One can hardly talk about Martin Miller’s gin without talking about Martin Miller. Miller is a self-described “gypsy” who often compares himself to Richard Branson — presumably because of the flowing locks both of them share. Miller made his money in mail-order dating, an antiques guide book, and a bed and breakfast before turning to…

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Review: Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release

By Christopher Null | October 20, 2010 |

In the world of Scotch whisky, Kilchoman is tiny. It’s one of the smallest distilleries in the country, producing about just about 130,000 bottles of whisky each year. It’s also one of the newest distilleries around, having opened its doors in just 2005 — the first all-new distillery in Scotland in over a century. Kilchoman,…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2010 Edition

By Christopher Null | October 19, 2010 |

For the third year running, we’re fortunate enough to check out Buffalo Trace’s limited release editions of five highly-sought-after whiskeys. No change to the lineup, name-wise, from the 2008 and 2009 editions, although what’s inside the bottles is, as always, just a little bit different. On the whole, this year’s whiskeys, in fact, are some…

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Review: 2008 Domaine La Montagnette Cotes Du Rhone Villages

By Christopher Null | October 18, 2010 |

A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and a bit of Carignane and Mourvedre, this Cotes du Rhone Villages dramatically outclasses its meager price tag. Fruit-forward and very lush, this simply-produced wine lacks a ton of complexity but is filled with plum notes and easygoing tannins. The finish is tart and slightly herbal, and very…

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Review: Jeremiah Weed Country Peach Sweet Tea Vodka and Sweet Tea Bourbon

By Christopher Null | October 16, 2010 |

We’ve discussed at length the obliviatory powers of Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka, and now the company is back with a couple of extensions to the line. Get ready to rock, tea-sip style. Both are 70 proof. The first is unsurprising: Jeremiah Weed Country Peach Sweet Tea Vodka. I’ve never much understood the connection, but…

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Review: Mount Gay Rum 1703 Old Cask Selection

By Christopher Null | October 16, 2010 |

We’ve reviewed most of the Mount Gay lineup, but have finally gotten our mitts on the top of the line: Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection. This rum is produced in accordance with the Barbados distillery’s typical methods — aged molasses is distilled using two different techniques, then the rum is put into casks. 1703…

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Review: 2009 Clif Family “The Climber” Wines

By Christopher Null | October 16, 2010 |

Did you know: The Clif Bar people don’t just make snacks. They make wine, too. These athletically-themed labels — both redesigned and updated — are just about to hit the market. 2009 Clif Family Winery The Climber Sauvignon Blanc California – Not a full Sauvignon Blanc — it’s actually a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc,…

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Review: Rokk Vodka

By Christopher Null | October 15, 2010 |

The noble country of Sweden brings us this new vodka, Rökk — a name meant to invoke “on the rocks,” the way it might best be consumed, but which doesn’t really mean anything in Swedish. Distilled from unspecified grains, it is available straight and in a variety of flavors. Its claim to fame: A “freeze…

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Review: Glenfarclas 40 Years Old

By Christopher Null | October 15, 2010 |

One does not often get the chance to use “40 years old” and “value whisky” in the same review, but Glenfarclas 40 is exactly that: The most reasonably-priced 40 year old single malt that you may ever encounter. The quality here is exceptional: Glenfarclas 40 is intensely sherried, with big orange peel character at play…

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Review: Aha Toro Tequila, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | October 14, 2010 |

This Highlands tequila brand — a sister of the much-admired Amigo bf4e — is 100% agave, 80 proof, and comes in strikingly eye-catching bottles. We sampled all three expressions of this heftily agave-infused tequila. Opinions follow. Aha Toro Blanco Tequila – Peppery and herbal, with huge agave notes and a finish that hints at petrol.…

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