Rated C-

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker. C- products are below average in every way, and are not recommended. On a five-star scale, these products would score 1.5 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 69 to 71 points.

Review: Wines of the Cotes du Rhone, 2020 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 30, 2021 |

The Côtes du Rhône is a sprawling region in France’s Rhone Valley, and it’s actually home to a pair of similar-sounding levels of wine: Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages. The difference can be particularly confusing, because the areas overlap and intersect. The 411 on what you really need to know here is…

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Review: The Whistler Oloroso Sherry Cask, Imperial Stout Cask, and Calvados Cask

By Christopher Null | January 17, 2021 |

Boann Distillery’s Whistler Irish Whiskey brand is back with three new expressions, all built around particular wood finishes — some expected, some unusual. “The Imperial Stout and Calvados Cask Finishes are annual releases that will be produced in February of each year with limited availability. Currently 3,000 bottles for each of the Imperial Stout and…

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Review: Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal – Criollo and Pechuga

By Christopher Null | January 1, 2021 |

Peloton de la Muerte (literally “death squad”) is a mezcal brand that’s offered a single Espadin-based expression for about three years. We haven’t reviewed it, but we recently received samples of Peloton’s two new line extensions, Criollo and a vegan Pechuga. Both mezcals are produced with wild agave grown in the Mexican state of Guerrero.…

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Tasting the Wines of Wine Insiders, 2020 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 11, 2020 |

Wine Insiders is a retail website “dedicated to helping wine connoisseurs find the best wine for them.” The focus, as with many retailers along these lines, is on value, with bottles starting as low as $10 a pop. There’s also a subscription service — the Wine Insider Club — which gives you 12 bottles every…

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Review: Signatory Fettercairn 30 Years Old and Battlehill Fettercairn 9 Years Old

By Rob Theakston | September 19, 2020 |

A quick search on our site for reviews of Fettercairn reveals a few morsels of coverage but nothing substantial. It’s not that it is unworthy of receiving our consideration, it’s just that we haven’t gotten around to it yet. There’s only so much one can drink at a time. This Eastern Highlands distillery is owned…

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Review: Wines of Wente, 2020 Releases

By Christopher Null | August 25, 2020 |

California’s Wente isn’t sitting out the Coronavirus when it comes to innovation. The winery recently rolled out an app for voice assistants Alexa and Google Assistant, designed to help guide you through the intricacies of a Wente wine tasting. We don’t review apps here so much, but we do like to pop open the vino,…

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Review: Modified Theory Canned Cocktails

By Christopher Null | May 13, 2020 |

Deschutes Brewery — which we cover at length here — recently expanded its footprint into the canned cocktail market. While they’re sippable on their own as “hard bevy” ready-to-drink cocktails, Deschutes is also positioning them as mixers to which you can add a shot of alcohol for an extra kick. Three flavors are on tap,…

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Review: 2017 Wente Pinot Noir Riva Ranch and Cabernet Sauvignon Wetmore

By Christopher Null | February 23, 2020 |

Here’s a pair of wines from Wente, two big reds built for the winter. 2017 Wente Pinot Noir Riva Ranch Vineyard – This Arroyo Seco (Monterey) sourced wine is quite intense and rich, a punchy wine that builds on a rather jammy base to showcase notes of fresh raspberry, some violets, and a touch of…

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Review: Wines of Flat Top Hills, 2020 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 27, 2020 |

Flat Top Hills is a new line of wines from another member of the Mondavi family, Angelina Mondavi, marking “the first time a member of the ‘G4,’ the fourth generation of the family, has been involved in winemaking under the family-owned and family-run company banner.” Unlike many Mondavi-driven wines, these are designed to be easily…

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Review: 2018 Terre di Giumara Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC

By Christopher Null | December 29, 2019 |

Produced by Caruso & Minini, this bottling is a surprise from the beginning. Aggressively sweet from start to finish, this doesn’t immediately come across as nero d’avola but lands more like an ultra-fruited zinfandel, bold with strawberry and blueberry notes — and impossibly, uncharacteristically sweet throughout. I never made it past more than a few sips,…

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