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: Botran Rum – No. 12, 15, and 18 (2022 Relaunch)

By Christopher Null | September 28, 2022 |

Guatemalan rum brand Botran has been unavailable in the U.S. market since 2019. Now the brand is back, with new expressions, new branding, and a new sustainability accreditation Basically: new everything. The bulk of the new Botran Rum line now carries a number on the label, unlike previous editions, but not that these are not…

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Review: Opihr Spices of the Orient Gin

By Christopher Null | September 20, 2022 |

Opihr “Spices of the Orient” is a London dry gin that’s inspired by the old Spice Route that stretched from Europe to Persia, India, and China. Its ingredient list includes cardamom, black pepper, and ginger from India; juniper from Italy; cubeb berries from Malaysia; coriander from Morocco; orange peel from Spain; cumin and grapefruit peel…

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Review: Rombauer 2020 Chardonnay and 2019 Zinfandel

By Christopher Null | September 19, 2022 |

The 2020 edition of Rombauer’s famous chardonnay has arrived. We review it here alongside a new zinfandel release. 2020 Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros – One of California’s most iconic chardonnays is renowned for its oakiness, and with this 2020 expression the reputation initially feels earned. Bright apple notes are paired with coconut and some sesame oil…

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Review: Dutcher Crossing 2019 Bacigalupi Chardonnay and 2018 Brothers’ Reserve Zinfandel

By Christopher Null | September 11, 2022 |

Another pair of wines from our friends at Dutcher Crossing, who’ve been on a tear lately. 2019 Dutcher Crossing Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vineyard – Bold and aggressively oaked, this classic California chardonnay is long on vanilla and extracted oak notes, becoming slightly green as it develops in the glass. A healthy squeeze of lemon brightens up…

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Review: Crown Royal Extra Rare 18 Years Old

By Christopher Null | September 11, 2022 |

Crown Royal takes a break from its Noble Collection with this new release, an 18 year old whisky dubbed Extra Rare. The whisky is billed as “an exquisite blend of three of the brand’s most exceptional whiskies” — but beyond that, details are scarce. The softness endemic to Canadian whisky is amply present here, a…

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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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