Rated A-

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and the A- rating is used for very good to exceptional products. On a five-star scale, these products would score 4 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 90 to 93 points.

Review: Bernheim Barrel Proof Original Wheat Whiskey Batch A224 (January 2024)

By Christopher Null | April 14, 2024 |

Bernheim Barrel Proof — the high-test version of Heaven Hill’s wheat whiskey — is released twice a year. A224 marks the first release of 2024 and the third release of the whiskey ever. As usual, the whiskey changes little from batch to batch, this one hitting 62.6% abv. The blend is made from a mash…

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Review: Wines of Gonzalez Byass, 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | April 13, 2024 |

We’ve covered wines from the sprawling Gonzalez Byass portfolio on many occasions, and today we look at a small collection of warm-climate bottlings, made alternately in Spain’s Ribera del Duero, Rioja and the Apalta region of Chile. All are very affordable. Let’s dive in. 2019 Dominio Fournier Ribera del Duero – 100% tempranillo. Brooding but…

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Review: Lo-Fi Aperitifs Vermouth and Amaro, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | April 12, 2024 |

The story of Lo-Fi Aperitifs begins in California, where regionally appropriate botanicals are sourced to create various vermouths and an amaro. All of them use wine for the base — even the amaro — which keeps things light and lively, with abv kept in check. While we previous looked at Lo-Fi’s Sweet Vermouth in our…

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Review: El Cristiano Tequila Extra Anejo Black Label

By Christopher Null | April 12, 2024 |

Jonathan kicked off our coverage of El Cristiano Tequila last year with a look at the distillery’s silver and reposado expressions. Now we’re jumping ahead to El Cristiano Extra Anejo, “Black Label,” which is aged for three years in ex bourbon barrels. The tequila plays like a selection of greatest hits from the Extra Anejo…

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Review: Glenturret Triple Wood Single Malt 2023 Release

By Christopher Null | April 11, 2024 |

While it’s largely regarded as Scotland’s oldest working distillery, Glenturret single malt is not widely seen on our shores for some reason. Maybe that’s set to change with the arrival of Glenturret Triple Wood Single Malt, a whisky aged in sherry-seasoned American and European oak as well as ex-bourbon casks, then blended together to create…

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Review: 2020 Mascota Vineyards Unanime Malbec

By Rob Theakston | April 9, 2024 |

As a young child, my career aspirations fell squarely between replacing Tom Brookens at third base for the Detroit Tigers or Michael Anthony on bass for Van Halen. Sadly, neither came to fruition, however I am pleased and somewhat envious to report that the childhood dream of Master Winemaker Opi Sadler became a reality with…

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Review: Sausalito Liquor Co. Marin Coastal Gin and Unsinkable Whiskeys

By Christopher Null | April 9, 2024 |

First, I love that a company in the 2020s named itself “Liquor Co.” Forget “Distilling” or “Spirits,” Sausalito Liquor Co. is kicking it old school. The California operation launched last year with three spirits, a gin, a bourbon, and a rye. Designed with northern California’s distinct flora in mind, “these spirits are meant to be…

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Review: 2020 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec

By Rob Theakston | April 8, 2024 |

While it has been less than a year since we reviewed a Malbec from Argentina’s Trivento, it has been well over a decade since we last enjoyed the winery’s midpoint offering. Golden Reserve is aged 12 months, with 85% in French oak barrels and 15% aged in French oak foudres (1200 gallon barrels), and then…

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Review: Marigot Bay Rum Creams, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | April 8, 2024 |

St. Lucia Distillers is known for its rums, but the distillery also cranks out a number of related products, including a new line of rum creams — essentially your Irish cream formula, minus whiskey, plus rum, plus a variety of flavorings. Four products are currently on the market, and we tasted them all. Let’s check…

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Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Bourbon

Review: Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon 7 Years Old (2024)

By David Tao | April 7, 2024 |

Since they began procuring whiskey from other producers in 2011, Smooth Ambler hasn’t been shy about labeling the resulting products as sourced. Today, the distillery categorizes its offerings across three labels: Old Scout, a brand for their sourced offerings Founders’ Series, which denotes bottlings with 100 percent in-house distillate Contradiction, with bottlings containing a blend…

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