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: 2018 Charles Woodson’s Intercept Cabernet Sauvignon

By Christopher Null | January 3, 2022 |

Not a sports fan? Who’s Charles Woodson? He’s a former NFL defenseman — rookie of the year in 1998 — who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021. Now the man is making wine in Paso Robles with the help of O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, which produces a variety of luxury…

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Review: Mal de Amor Mezcal

By Robert Lublin | January 3, 2022 |

The range of mezcals available in the U.S. is growing and the ones we are trying today represent a fantastic new range of offerings. The Mal de Amor distillery is owned and run by the Hernandez family and is located in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. All of the mezcals we are trying are joven, which…

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Review: Mijenta Tequila Reposado

By Christopher Null | January 2, 2022 |

Mijenta‘s second expression is here, taking its base Highlands agave and aging it for up to six months in a blend of American white oak, French oak, and French acacia wood casks. The finished product is soft and approachable, offering a solid balance between the freshness of agave and the sweetness driven by the barrel.…

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Review: Glenmorangie 18 Years Old and Signet (2022)

By Christopher Null | January 1, 2022 |

Today we’re taking a look at two standard bottlings of Glenmorangie, both standing at the top of its permanent collection. Rob took a fresh look at Signet last summer, while Drew checked out Extremely Rare, Glenmorangie’s 18 year old release, in 2020. Note that Extremely Rare is currently available with a limited edition label designed…

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Review: NV Le Chemin du Roi Champagne – Brut and Brut Rose

By Christopher Null | December 31, 2021 |

Le Chemin du Roi translates to “the king’s path,” but a better name for the brand might have been Cinquante Cents, on account of the brand being owned by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. (He also has a new Cognac brand, which we’ll be reviewing shortly.) “Roi” is available in three versions, all nonvintage. Today we…

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Review: Firestone Walker Propagator Series Vic Secret

By Christopher Null | December 30, 2021 |

Here’s a steady selection from Firestone Walker‘s Propagator Series, an R&D location known for producing semi-experimental beers. There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering about this beer — available only through Firestone’s Crafted Through Hops IPA mixed pack — but if you’re hankering for a (nearly) classic west coast style IPA, you’ve come to the right place. Well-hopped with…

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Review: Sagamore Spirit Bottled in Bond Rye Whiskey

By Drew Beard | December 30, 2021 |

We’ve been keeping tabs on Sagamore Spirit, the Baltimore-based rye whiskey producer, since they first hit the shelves in 2016 with an impressive portfolio of contract-distilled offerings. In recent years we were impressed by their ambitious, and sometimes unusual, finishing program that offered up surprisingly enjoyable oddities like a Calvados Finish and even a Tequila…

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Review: Trentodoc Wines of Ferrari, 2021 Releases

By Robert Lublin | December 28, 2021 |

It is an exciting time for fans of Italian sparkling wine with great new varieties finding their way to American shores. Today we are trying Trentodoc. This sparkling wine comes from the mountainous Trento region of northern Italy and is made in the traditional method, like Champagne, with secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle.…

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Review: Citadelle Gin Jardin d’ete

By Christopher Null | December 28, 2021 |

Citadelle continues to crank out new gin variations, its most recent being the new Jardin d’ete, a permanent addition to the French company’s lineup. Per the company, “Inspired by a French garden cultivated by Debbie Gabriel, wife of Citadelle Founder Alexandre Gabriel, Jardin d’été is made with melon flesh, whole lemon, yuzu zest and more…

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Review: New Riff Red Turkey Wheated Bourbon

By Drew Beard | December 26, 2021 |

When it first hit the whiskey scene, Kentucky’s New Riff Distillery promised a “new riff” on tried-and-true Kentucky whiskey-making tradition. And boy have they started delivering recently. On the heels of their 100% malted rye release earlier this year, the whiskey tinkerers from Newport are adding another innovation to their lineup with Red Turkey Wheated…

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