Rated A+

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, but only a few (less than 1%) merit our top score of an A+ rating. On a five-star scale, these products would score a full 5 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 98 to 100 points.

Fortuna Barrel Proof

Review: Fortuna Bourbon Barrel Proof (2023)

By Frank Dobbins | January 14, 2024 |

What’s the best readily-available barrel proof bourbon on the market? Rare Character is hoping that in due time Fortuna Barrel Proof Bourbon will be top of mind any time that question is asked. Fortuna Barrel Proof is the latest release from the brand Rare Character, which to this point has gained more traction with their…

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Bottle of Eagle Rare 25

Review: Eagle Rare 25 Years Old

By Frank Dobbins | October 28, 2023 |

Are you ready to climb even higher heights of peak bourbon? Eagle Rare 25 is the new impressively ornate ultra-aged bourbon from Buffalo Trace that aims to ascend to a perch among the most coveted American whiskeys on the market. To achieve the feat of extending Eagle Rare bourbon well beyond its typical age of…

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Review: La Maison & Velier Rums, Early 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 9, 2023 |

The other day a mysterious little box landed on my doorstep, filled with small samples of spirits bearing strange names with all-caps labels attached to them. ISAUTIER CANE. FLAG SERIES TRINI. RIVERS. What I soon realized I had in hand was seven samples of fine rums from La Maison & Velier, which distributes some of…

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Review: Heimat Barrel Finished Bosc Pear Liqueur

By Monica Uhm | April 22, 2023 |

Ute Londrigan is the founder of Heimat NY, a small-batch fruit liqueur producer based in the quiet suburbs of New York, ideally situated between the bustling city and the lush and diverse fruit farms further north. The launch of Heimat NY in November 2018 seems almost predestined, as Londrigan carries the torch of the craft…

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Review: VinXplorer Beverage Backpack and WineHive Wine Rack

By Monica Uhm | April 20, 2023 |

What more could wine consumers want these days? It seems the metropolis of wine accessories and accoutrements at one’s fingertips are busting at the seams already. What could the community of fine wine lovers still need? FlyWithWine seems to putting that question back on the table by offering a portfolio of select products that seek…

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Review: 2010 Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port

By Christopher Null | February 21, 2023 |

  It’s not every day that vintage Port shows up on our doorstep, and even rarer that it’s of the quality that we see in the wine we’re reviewing today. Vintage Port is not declared every year, and 2010 was not designated as one. That however doesn’t stop Port producers from releasing something in those…

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Tasting Report: Jack Rose Premier Drams 2022

By Drew Beard | August 5, 2022 |

It was a terrible, no-good two years for in-person spirits events (make that in-person events of any kind), but things are finally, thankfully starting to return to normal. Chris noted (with some surprise) that Whiskies of the World held its San Francisco event last fall but at a reduced scale. Washington, D.C.’s famous Jack Rose…

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Review: Hardin’s Creek Bourbons – Jacob’s Well and Colonel James B. Beam

By Christopher Null | July 25, 2022 |

It’s unicorn launch time — again — as Beam (now formally known as the James B. Beam Distilling Company) launches Hardin’s Creek, a brand that will offer “unique and rare, limited-edition whiskeys rooted in the Beam family legacy. These new whiskeys have been crafted by Freddie Noe, recently announced as master distiller of the new…

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Review: Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Years Old

By Drew Beard | September 13, 2021 |

Julian Van Winkle III, by all accounts the godfather of today’s bourbon hysteria, put the family name on more than just bourbon. While the annual 15-, 20-, and 23-year-old bourbon releases are some of his most sought-after inventions, a slightly lesser known, but no less coveted, rye whiskey sits among the “Pappy” lineup. The Van…

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Review: A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon Batch #1

By Drew Beard | July 11, 2021 |

We’ve long been impressed with the bourbons rolling out of Virginia’s A. Smith Bowman distillery. While new, hyper-rare limited edition releases under the Abraham Bowman label come around roughly once a year, there hasn’t been any change to the lineup of their core portfolio since the addition of Port Finish in 2017. Now the distillery…

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