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 the B+ rating is used for solid products that we don’t exactly love, but which we still heartily recommend. On a five-star scale, these products would score 3.5 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 87 to 89 points.

Review: Wines of Gonzalez Byass, 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | April 13, 2024 |

We’ve covered wines from the sprawling Gonzalez Byass portfolio on many occasions, and today we look at a small collection of warm-climate bottlings, made alternately in Spain’s Ribera del Duero, Rioja and the Apalta region of Chile. All are very affordable. Let’s dive in. 2019 Dominio Fournier Ribera del Duero – 100% tempranillo. Brooding but…

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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: Lo-Fi Aperitifs Vermouth and Amaro, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | April 12, 2024 |

The story of Lo-Fi Aperitifs begins in California, where regionally appropriate botanicals are sourced to create various vermouths and an amaro. All of them use wine for the base — even the amaro — which keeps things light and lively, with abv kept in check. While we previous looked at Lo-Fi’s Sweet Vermouth in our…

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Review: 2022 Danaus Red Blend

By Rob Theakston | April 11, 2024 |

Although it lacks prominence on its website nor is there any mention on the bottle itself, Danaus is an extension of the ever-expanding portfolio of Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet, a brand with which regular readers of the site are no doubt familiar. Danaus proves to be a curious anomaly in Bousquet’s lineup, as it originates from…

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Review: 2021 The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon

By Rob Theakston | April 10, 2024 |

The Dreaming Tree has been around, as best as I can gather from a casual search, for around fifteen years or so. It is a collaboration between winemaker Grayson Stewart (from California’s The Wine Group enterprise) and singer/guitarist/wine enthusiast Dave Matthews, a man whose music was doubtless the soundtrack to many awkward make-out sessions and…

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Review: Sausalito Liquor Co. Marin Coastal Gin and Unsinkable Whiskeys

By Christopher Null | April 9, 2024 |

First, I love that a company in the 2020s named itself “Liquor Co.” Forget “Distilling” or “Spirits,” Sausalito Liquor Co. is kicking it old school. The California operation launched last year with three spirits, a gin, a bourbon, and a rye. Designed with northern California’s distinct flora in mind, “these spirits are meant to be…

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Review: 2021 Trapiche Medalla Malbec and 2022 Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec

By Rob Theakston | April 7, 2024 |

When discussing affordable yet quality Malbecs, there are a handful of names consistently standing out. Trapiche is certainly among them, maintaining its presence in the conversation year after year. With International Malbec Day fast approaching on April 17, we’re taking a moment to enjoy two of their entry-level offerings. 2021 Trapiche Medalla Malbec – Initially…

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Review: Bluebird Distilling Breakwater Bourbon

By Christopher Null | April 6, 2024 |

We’ve covered a pair of whiskey releases from Pennsylvania-based Bluebird Distilling in the past, with mixed results. Up next is a new bourbon, “well aged and lightly smoked,” with a charitable goal: 10% of profits from the sale of the whiskey go to the Jetty Rock Foundation, which aims to protect east coast oceans and…

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Review: Karbach Free & Easy Non-Alcoholic Belgian-Style White

By Christopher Null | April 5, 2024 |

Making a good Belgian white is tricky enough. Now make it without alcohol. Karbach’s rendition of an NA Belgian pulls it off fairly well: Boldly flavored with lemon, orange, and that inimitable coriander character, the palate is bright and acidic — like it’s already had the orange slice expressed and dropped into the glass. The…

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Review: Garrison Brothers Guadalupe and Balmorhea Bourbons (2024)

By Christopher Null | April 3, 2024 |

Our friends at Texas-based Garrison Brothers have new special releases of both their Guadalupe and Balmorhea bottles hitting the market. We sampled both, and thoughts follow. Garrison Brothers Guadalupe Bourbon (2024) – This is the fourth year for Guadalupe, with a release of 10,500 bottles available. The unique maturation of this whiskey starts with four…

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