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: Crispy Green Apples, Pears, and Pineapples

By Christopher Null | May 23, 2009 |

Recently we looked at the new banana version of these tasty dried fruit snacks. Crispy Green was kind enough to send along the rest of the line for our consideration too. (Note: Peaches and Apricots have since been discontinued.) Crispy Pineapple (A-) is everyone’s favorite, with fresh pineapple flavor and a solid crunch — though…

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Review: Aberlour A’bunadh Highland Single Malt Batch 26

By Christopher Null | May 21, 2009 |

Amazing how impressions can differ over time and given a more leisurely tasting environment. I first encountered Aberlour’s A’bunadh at the Whiskies of the World event earlier this year and absolutely loved what I tasted. I finally bought a bottle this week and, while I still enjoy it, I find it’s not nearly the godsend…

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Review: Glenfarclas 10 Years Old and 12 Years Old (2009)

By Christopher Null | May 19, 2009 |

These two bottles make up the youngest and most commonly available whiskys in the Glenfarclas portfolio (which includes bottlings as old as a whopping 50 years). These Highland malts are quite pleasing, accessible to either the new whisky drinker or the veteran looking for a solid standby. Glenfarclas 10 Years Old is a classically structured…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Red Chair IPA (2009)

By Christopher Null | May 18, 2009 |

At just 6.4% alcohol, this is a wee babe in the world of Deschutes’ high-alcohol brews, which is good because that means you might be able to have more than one pint before you’re totally lit. Considerably less bitter than your usual IPA, Red Chair is a deep amber beer with a hug head and…

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Review: Stevens Point Whole Hog Six-Hop IPA and Imperial Pilsner

By Christopher Null | May 16, 2009 |

Stevens Point releases these two new brews — be careful, as the labels and bottles look nearly identical — in time for summer. Both are limited edition releases, so shop early and shop often if you want to nab them. Stevens Point Whole Hog Six-Hop IPA is a beer with a gimmick, but it’s a…

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Review: Rehorst Vodka, Citrus & Honey Vodka, and Gin

By Christopher Null | May 15, 2009 |

Rehorst? Funny name for a vodka, but it’s the name of the man behind Great Lakes Distillery in Wisconsin, which puts out this “Milwaukee Vodka” in a standard and unusual flavored version as well as a gin. We tried all three. Here’s how they stack up. Rehorst Vodka is distilled from red wheat and malted…

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Review: Gvori Vodka

By Christopher Null | May 13, 2009 |

Polish. Distilled from rye (four times). Positioned as a luxury brand. At 13 bucks a bottle. Gvori’s price is hard to beat — go much lower and you’re getting your vodka in plastic jugs — but the body of this one is exceedingly unusual. The initial palate is quite sweet, but then it fades quickly…

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Review: Thatcher’s Liqueurs – Cucumber, Apple Spice Ginger, and Tres Chiles

By Christopher Null | May 13, 2009 |

Typical liqueurs may be bottom shelf at your local liquor store, but this stuff, this is the real deal. Thatcher’s is distilled in rural Michigan, using organic ingredients and even organic fruit juice for appropriate coloring. These liqueurs are in very limited distribution right now, but pester your local booze merchant, because they’re worth checking…

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Review: 2006 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

By Christopher Null | May 12, 2009 |

Robert Craig sent this pre-release vintage of its 2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet, and it’s quite a wine. Very big and, certainly, worth some time in the cellar before it’s ready for prime time, the ultra-dark wine features aromas of roasted meats and smooth plum notes. Right now the wine is tight and really needs time…

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Review: Seagram’s Brazilian Rum, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | May 12, 2009 |

It looks like cachaca is continuing its rise, and now even mass market spiriters Seagram’s is getting into the mix. Seagram’s (yeah, the gin guys!) new line of Brazilian rum doesn’t say cachaca on the label (and doesn’t offer a whole lot of information about what they’re created from or where, aside from “Brazil”), and…

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