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: Bati White Rum and Ratu Signature Rum

By Christopher Null | March 29, 2022 |

Bati and Ratu are two rums — both from very large collections — which Rum Co. of Fiji has been producing in Lautoka since 1980. We received two bottlings of its 10 total expressions from the Bati and Ratu brands, but which are representative of its overall production. Let’s dig in. Bati White Rum –…

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Review: Drake’s Organic Boxtails, Complete Lineup

By Robert Lublin | March 27, 2022 |

Here’s a new concept in the RTD space: A massive box of margaritas or mojitos that you can tap into any time. Drake’s Organic Boxtails are 1.75 liters of shelf stable cocktails that have no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. They are very convenient because they don’t need to be refrigerated. Instead, they are meant…

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Review: Wines of Kivelstadt Cellars KC Labs, 2022 Releases

By Christopher Null | March 25, 2022 |

Kivelstadt Cellars can be found in Sonoma, where it has a focus on carbonically macerated wines, bottled under the “KC Labs” label. Carbonic maceration involves a type of fermentation in which oxygen is removed from the sealed tank and replaced with carbon dioxide. This launches a type of fermentation that leads to lighter style wines…

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Review: Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, Distiller’s Edition, and Cask Proof

By Drew Beard | March 24, 2022 |

While we’ve covered several special releases from Virginia’s Catoctin Creek, including the bizarre and bold Ragnarok Rye and a Bottled in Bond commemorating their first decade of distilling, we’ve never actually looked at the distillery’s core portfolio. Today, we correct that. Outside of a gin and several small production brandies, the standard lineup at Catoctin…

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Review: Karbach Clutch City Lager

By Christopher Null | March 20, 2022 |

Ready for a beer that’s as straightforward as it gets? Houston’s Karbach has cranked out a new lager in collaboration with the Houston Rockets basketball team. At all of 4% abv, the lager is best served while watching hoops on TV — and, for most drinkers, probably by the six-pack. Also worth noting: “A portion…

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Review: Lost Lantern Spring 2022 Single Cask Releases

By Christopher Null | March 20, 2022 |

Lost Lantern is a fairly new independent bottler of American whiskeys, and it lately seems to have really hit its stride. For Spring 2022, it’s dropping four new single cask whiskeys, some with some truly unusual finishing applied. We were fortunate enough to get the full quartet — none of which yielded more than 272…

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Review: Kinsey Straight Wheat Whiskey and Chardonnay Cask Whiskey

By Christopher Null | March 18, 2022 |

New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia, which launched in 2014, bottles a variety of spirits under numerous brand names, but arguably it is best known for the Kinsey brand of whiskey, which comprises bourbon, rye, and a few more limited-release oddities, like the whiskeys we’re tucking into today. Let’s give them a try. Bottles are individually numbered.…

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Review: Corazon Tequila, Complete Lineup (2022)

By Christopher Null | March 14, 2022 |

While we regularly cover Corazon Tequila’s special editions — aged in a variety of rare Buffalo Trace whiskey barrels — we haven’t reviewed the core lineup of tequila since some embarrassingly primitive coverage way back in 2008, when they came packaged in breakage-prone decanters with long, fragile necks. Things have changed for Corazon since then,…

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Review: Wines of Gancia, 2022 Releases

By Christopher Null | March 8, 2022 |

Behold, three wines from exceptionally affordable Italian producer Gancia, which has been producing wine for 170 years. 2019 Gancia Prosecco Rose – Rose Proseccos aren’t overly common, particularly at this price level. Gancia’s expression is creamy and lightly dusted with notes of strawberry and baking spice, hints of cinnamon giving a lift to a core that…

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Review: Golden Rule Margarita and Old Fashioned

By Christopher Null | March 7, 2022 |

It’s hard to resist those tiny, 4 oz cans that offer a single serving cocktail, ready to pour into glass and knock back, no mixing required. San Francisco-based Golden Rule Spirits offers two such offerings, both made with authentic ingredients (no malt liquor here) and coming in at 80 to 100 calories per serving. (Though…

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