Rated B-

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and at the B- level we begin to shy away from recommending these products except in relatively uncommon circumstances or for certain types of drinkers. On a five-star scale, these products would score 2.5 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 79 to 82 points.

Review: Chicken Cock Island Rooster Rye

By Christopher Null | September 9, 2022 |

The latest Chicken Cock release has arrived: Island Rooster, a Kentucky straight rye (95% rye, 5% barley) finished in Caribbean rum casks for six months. No age info on the base spirit, however. The results are decidedly strange — and they distinctly lean toward the rum side of the fence. The nose is very floral,…

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Review: Buzzard’s Roost Bourbon – Char #1 and Toasted American Oak

By Christopher Null | September 2, 2022 |

We’re back with a fourth round with Buzzard’s Roost, a brand which has only been around for two years but which now has at least 10 expressions of sourced American whiskeys. This time out we look at two bourbons, both MGP stock. Buzzard’s Roost Straight Bourbon Char #1 – 4 years old, from a mash of…

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Review: 8 Coastal Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Wines, 2022 Releases

By Robert Lublin | August 27, 2022 |

Chile has produced solid Sauvignon Blanc wines for many years, but they often seem to be overshadowed by expressions from New Zealand, France, and California. Today we are reviewing 8 Chilean sauvignon blancs, all from the country’s Pacific coast, each with a distinctive character that deserves serious attention. 2020 Matetic Vineyards EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc…

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Review: Heritage Distilling Elk Rider Vodka and Flavored Vodkas – Lavender, Huckleberry, and Coffee

By Drew Beard | August 13, 2022 |

Washington-based craft distillery Heritage Distilling is perhaps best known for their Brown Sugar Bourbon, which appears to have been sold off and become something of celebrity label after entertainer Jamie Foxx made an unspecified investment in the brand in 2021. We reviewed that original expression, along with four whiskeys and a gin, more than five…

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Review: Crab Trapper Green Crab Flavored Whiskey

By Christopher Null | August 13, 2022 |

New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling is back at it again with another oddity: Crab Trapper, a bourbon-based whiskey “steeped with a custom crab, corn, and spice blend mixture, best likened to a Low Country Boil.” The green crabs used in the whiskey have an invasive species in New England for over a century, so using them…

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Review: 2020 Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

By Christopher Null | August 8, 2022 |

This Paso Robles-grown cabernet sauvignon (made with an unusual blend of 78% cab, 7% petit verdot, 6% malbec, 6% petit sirah, and 3% syrah) comes across like many Ancient Peaks reds — heavy with beef and ruddy earth notes, its fruit locked up in slightly astringent, balsamic notes. Notes of spiced plum and licorice give…

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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: Thomas S. Moore Bourbons – Madeira, Merlot, Sherry, and Cognac Cask Finished

By Christopher Null | July 21, 2022 |

Three wine-finished whiskeys from Barton 1792‘s Thomas S. Moore brand felt like a lot at the time… but are you ready for moore of them? (Sorry.) Now Moore is out with four additional expressions, three finished in additional types of wine casks and one in Cognac barrels. Here’s some errata, before we start sipping: To create…

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Review: 4 Buzzard’s Roost Whiskeys, 2022 Releases

By Christopher Null | July 17, 2022 |

Buzzard’s Roost got a quiet start in 2020, and now the Louisville-based brand is on a tear, with at least eight expressions of bourbon and rye now available. In late 2021, bottling, aging, and finishing operations moved to Bardstown Bourbon Company; all spirits however are still sourced from MGP in Indiana. We recently received a…

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Review: Ferrand Renegade Barrel No. 3

By Christopher Null | July 13, 2022 |

Cognac Ferrand launched its Renegade Barrel collection — in which its brandies were finished in various types of different casks — back in 2018. This edition, #3, is our first encounter with the line. It begins with vintage 2011 Ferrand Premier Cru Cognac and finishes the brandy in Plantation 1996 Jamaica HJC rum casks (which…

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