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.

Book Review: The Cocktail Cabinet

By Rob Theakston | July 12, 2022 |

Aimed at the beginning or aspirational mixologist who can sort of craft an Old Fashioned or G&T, Zoe Burgess’ The Cocktail Cabinet offers up a comprehensive orientation to some of the most fundamental cocktails, plus with a few refreshing twists along the way. Burgess takes time, about a fourth of the book, to explain the…

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Review: New Riff Malted Rye Sherry Finish

By Drew Beard | July 12, 2022 |

New Riff Distillery hasn’t been slowing down one bit. They recently completed a significant expansion at their Newport, Kentucky distillery, increasing production capacity by 50%, and they’ve added the necessary barrel warehousing at a nearby site. They also increased their distribution footprint to include whiskey-hungry Florida and Illinois. And they remain, as ever, dedicated to…

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Review: White Wines of Portugal’s Alentejo, Summer 2022 Releases

By Rob Theakston | July 11, 2022 |

As I write this review longhand during a summer heatwave-induced power blackout, it is quite uncomfortable outside. The heat index surpassed triple digits before noon, humidity is swamp thick, and there is zero sign of relief until well into the evening hours. I’m sure this is a scene familiar to many, and it is another…

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Review: Puncher’s Chance Bourbon The D12tance 12 Years Old

By Christopher Null | July 8, 2022 |

Remember Puncher’s Chance, a sourced Kentucky bourbon bottled in Oregon? Well, now they’re back with a 12 year old expression called The Distance — er, The D12tance. This is actually a totally different product, a Tennessee-sourced bourbon (so, you know who…) that is finished in California Cabernet Sauvignon casks. Let’s give it a whirl. On…

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Review: O.H. Ingram River Aged Straight Bourbon

By Christopher Null | July 8, 2022 |

Recently we brought you coverage of O.H. Ingram’s River Aged Rye, MGP stock which ages in a floating rickhouse on the Mississippi River. Ingram’s line now runs to four whiskeys, including this straight bourbon, which also starts with MGP spirit. No formal age statement, but as a straight bourbon, it means the whiskey is at…

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Review: Old Line Spirits Single Malt – Port Cask and Madeira Cask

By Christopher Null | July 7, 2022 |

We’ve been tinkering with the single malt whiskeys and rums of Baltimore’s Old Line Spirits for a little over a year now, and the operation seems to be hitting its stride with the release of new products, including a recent bonded whiskey expression. We’re back at it for the third time in 2022 with our…

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Review: On The Rocks Cocktails – Aviation, Cosmopolitan, and Mai Tai

By Monica Uhm | July 6, 2022 |

Launched in 2016, On The Rocks ready-to-drink cocktails seem to have held a solid footing in the RTD space and chances are high that you have already seen bottles of On The Rocks at your neighborhood stores. The beverages aim to stick with traditional recipes and start with premium well-known branded spirits as their base.…

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Review: 2018 Chalk Hill Syrah

By Rob Theakston | July 5, 2022 |

We are big fans of Chalk Hill around these parts, and with good reason: It’s one of the more engaging and consistent vineyards in the Sonoma region. But don’t just take my word for it: Chris has been shouting about their greatness for years now, most recently with its 2020 Estate Sauvignon Blanc. Today we…

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Review: Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Fable & Folly Whiskey 14 Years Old

By Christopher Null | July 5, 2022 |

Diageo’s latest Orphan Barrel Whiskey is a curious blend — a marriage of  “the last remaining stocks of Barterhouse, Forged Oak, and various Rhetoric releases with a proprietary blend.” Bourbon and rye, a minimum of 14 years old, all mixed together into a wild infinity barrel. Like most of the Orphan Barrel releases to date,…

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Review: 2018 2Hawk Malbec

By Rob Theakston | July 4, 2022 |

2Hawk swoops in (sorry) via the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, 81% Malbec, 19% co-fermented Cabernet Franc & Merlot, aged 21 months in 29% new, 30% 2-year old, and 41% neutral French oak. Like other Malbecs originating stateside, this is quite fruit-forward up front with notes of plum and raspberry and a secondary layer of…

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