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 represents the cream of the crop — excellent products with only minimal flaws. On a five-star scale, these products would score 4.5 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 94 to 97 points.

Review: Wines of Charles Krug, 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | April 15, 2024 |

California’s Charles Krug has had a busy few months. Today we catch up on its latest releases, four in total, spanning a wide range of styles and price levels. 2023 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – Outstanding balance here in a sauvignon blanc that melds various styles with aplomb, mixing lemon curd with a…

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Review: Westland Outpost Range – Garryana 8 (2023) and Solum 2 (2024)

By Christopher Null | April 15, 2024 |

Seattle’s Westland Distilling continues to iterate its special edition single malt whiskeys, annual releases of Garryana, Colere, and now Solum, which just hit its second release. We missed 2022’s Garryana bottling and the inaugural Solum release, so we’re picking things up here with our look at the latest Garry and our first spin with Solum.…

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Review: Bark & Barware Cocktail Smoker

By Christopher Null | April 14, 2024 |

Judging from the number of glass cloches I see on the backs of bars these days, smoked cocktails are still a thing, and consumers now have plenty of options for making these unique libations at home. New to the scene is Bark & Barware, a kit that includes a gunlike torch, smoking vessel that sits…

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Review: Savage & Cooke Bloody Butcher and Howling Mob Bonded Bourbons

By Christopher Null | April 13, 2024 |

The recently rebranded and relaunched Savage & Cooke whiskey brand just got its first line extensions with the arrival of a new Bottled in Bond Series. These two whiskeys are both built around heirloom corn varietals designed to showcase the grain above all else. We got a very early look at these whiskeys, so let’s dive…

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Review: Kavalan Single Malt Whisky Vinho Barrique Cask Strength (2024)

By Christopher Null | April 5, 2024 |

Six years ago, Taiwan’s Kavalan re-launched the Single Cask Strength Series of its single malts, with high-proof versions of its four uniquely matured bottlings on tap. We didn’t review them at the time, but from what I can tell this was a semi-relaunch of the Solist series. Neither series however has been available since 2018,…

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Book Review: Warehouse H: The Story of Blanton’s Bourbon

By Jonathan Glover | April 2, 2024 |

Blanton’s has reached such a point of saturation in the collective consciousness of bourbon folk that it’s lost all meaning. Both the name and the object. Is it a meme, is it collectible, is it overhyped… is it even any good? The answers are: Yes! Luckily, Dominic Guglielmi’s Warehouse H, based on his website of…

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Review: Ricava Tequila – Complete Lineup

By Robert Lublin | April 2, 2024 |

Ricava is a new brand of 100% Blue Weber agave tequila that is shaking things up with some unusual aging choices. In addition to a traditional Añejo Tequila, today we’ll be trying an expression that was aged in French oak Burgundy barrels as well as one that was aged in deep-charred American oak barrels. These…

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Review: 2XO The Tribute Blend and Oak Series – American Oak

By Christopher Null | March 31, 2024 |

Dixon Dedman’s 2XO juggernaut continues with the launch of a third limited edition whiskey in the Icon series — The Tribute Blend — and his first “everyday drinker,” the first 2XO to be a permanent offering. This new Oak Series will include a series of whiskeys at a lower price point and which undergo “an innovative…

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Review: Wines of Merry Edwards, Winter 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | March 29, 2024 |

We aren’t ones to shy away from additional wines from Merry Edwards, with this wintertime release spanning more 2021 pinot noirs, two whites, and the first sparkling wine we’ve tasted from the winery — this one bottled in honor of the upcoming eclipse. 2017 Merry Edwards Cuvee Eclipse Russian River Valley – Harvested on August…

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The Top 10 Wines for Summer 2024

By Christopher Null | March 25, 2024 |

Ready for warmer weather? Well, it’s coming like it or not, and even if you’re not a fan of hotter days and nights, summertime does mean we’ll get a chance to break out some more seasonally appropriate whites and reds that pair well with the warmer months of the year. Drop the parka and dive…

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