Rated C

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker. At the C level, products are considered common and lackluster at best. These products are almost never recommended, as better alternatives abound. On a five-star scale, these products would score 2 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 72 to 74 points.

Review: Prospero Tequila – Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo

By Robert Lublin | January 23, 2023 |

Made by Master Distiller Stella Anguiano and fronted by pop star Rita Ora, Próspero Tequila first became available in 2019. Female distillers, particularly of tequila, are rare, but Stella Anguiano has paid her dues. She has been making tequila for over 30 years, including working at the Orendain family distillery for 20 years. Próspero tequila…

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Tasting the Wines of Georgia (the Country), 2022 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 18, 2023 |

Today we delve in to a handful of wines from Georgia — the country, not the state — mostly comprising indigenous grape varieties you’ve never heard of. Two of the wines in the mix are amber wines, which is essentially the O.G. version of modern orange wine — made with white wine grapes, aged on…

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Review: Wines of Cloudy Bay, 2022 Releases

By Christopher Null | December 17, 2022 |

New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay recently sent us a trio of wines — with both the 2021 and 2022 vintages of its iconic sauvignon blanc represented. Let’s dig into all of them. 2020 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir Marlborough – A pedestrian pinot, slightly beefy with distant, demure fruit that tries only fitfully to break through the…

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Review: Hallmark Christmas Wines, 2022 Releases

By Rob Theakston | December 6, 2022 |

It is the most wonderful time of the year for some, and the least wonderful for others: Hallmark Christmas movie season. This Countdown to Christmas in the Hallmark Cinematic Universe (HCU) features many new faces due to major defections to other networks. However, Hallmark still wears the crown, delivering gentle films featuring weird holiday miracles…

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Review: 2015 LDV Winery Petite Sirah and Petite Sirah Signature

By Christopher Null | September 16, 2022 |

Pearce, Arizona-based LDV presents two wines for us — both 100% petite sirah bottlings from the 2015 vintage. (Yes, these are current releases.) What does a hot climate do with a difficult grape like petite sirah? Let’s find out. 2015 LDV Winery Petite Sirah – Quite extracted from the start, you could be forgiven for…

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Review: Casa Del Sol Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

By Robert Lublin | August 16, 2022 |

Celebrity owned tequilas have become pretty common in recent years with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson representing Teremana, George Clooney representing Casamigos (though he has since sold it), AC/DC representing Thunderstruck, and many more. Well, here come another: Casa Del Sol tequila is co-owned by actress Eva Longoria of daytime soap opera and Desperate Housewives fame.…

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Review: Fainting Goat Spirits Tiny Cat Vodka and Emulsion Gin

By Drew Beard | August 11, 2022 |

Fainting Goat Spirits in Greensboro, NC is named for, well, fainting goats. I didn’t even know that was a thing, but apparently the occasional goat is indeed myotonic, falling stiff on the ground when startled or frightened but quickly getting back up again. Their resilience and their oddity are both qualities the team at Fainting…

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Review: Spanish Earl Single Malt Irish Whiskey

By Christopher Null | July 27, 2022 |

Spanish Earl — named for famed Spanish general Juan del Aguila (and featuring his visage) — is a product from Kinsale Spirit Co., based in County Cork, Ireland. This unusual malt spends 4 years in bourbon casks before being split into two types of finishing casks, one an Imperial stout cask, the other a Jamaican…

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Review: Lonerider Nutcracker Pecan Flavored Whiskey

By Christopher Null | June 25, 2022 |

It’s two words — “Nut Cracker” — on the label, but “Nutcracker” officially. Whatever the case, this is a pecan flavored rye whiskey from Durham, NC-based Lonerider Spirits, and with that you know everything about it that I know. One sniff and whoosh! it’s a sugar bomb that hits the nostrils. Overbearingly sweet and laden with…

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Review: Wines of CK Mondavi, Summer 2022 Releases

By Robert Lublin | June 7, 2022 |

We recently tried three white wines from CK Mondavi, and today we dive deeper into their current offerings, reviewing two Chardonnays and two Cabernet Sauvignons. CK Mondavi consistently produces very affordable wines, and today we find out whether these four are bargain bottles worth seeking out. 2021 CK Mondavi Chardonnay – Golden straw colored, this…

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