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: Kasama Rum 7 Years Old

By Christopher Null | August 2, 2021 |

Kasama Rum is a new brand being produced by Alexandra Dorda – the daughter of Tad Dorda, who co-founded Belvedere and Chopin Vodka in the early ’90s. Now the Filipino-Polish entrepreneur is here to bring a rum featuring both of her cultures to the masses. It’s distilled in the Philippines and bottled in Poland, after…

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Review: Radeberger Pilsner and Zwickel

By Christopher Null | July 21, 2021 |

Our final look at the beers of Radeberg, Germany-based Radeberger includes these two eponymous, classic pilsners, one filtered and one not. Radeberger Pilsner – A crisp and unassuming lager, malty and fresh with plenty of cereal notes dominating. It’s as straightforward as a pilsner can get, though notes of lightly undercooked dough on the back…

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2 Texas Wines Reviewed: Aire y Sol and Bent Oak Winery, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | July 7, 2021 |

How far has Texas come as a wine producer? Let’s find out with these two recently released bottlings. 2018 Aire y Sol Viognier Texas – Not immediately recognizable as viognier; I probably would have suggested a funkier, greener sauvignon blanc had I tasted this blind. Fairly astringent with ammonia notes, the wine is pungent with…

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Review: Berry Bros & Rudd Glen Keith 24 Years Old 1993

By Rob Theakston | July 7, 2021 |

Berry Brothers & Rudd is another venerable independent bottler which curates a wide variety of spirits beyond single malts (wine, gin, Cognac, etc). This timely review takes us back to a 2018 release and Speyside’s Glen Keith distillery. A bit of historical background via Berry Bros. website: Glen Keith (a.k.a. Glenkeith), was established on the…

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Review: Milagro Tequila, Core Lineup (2021)

By Robert Lublin | May 22, 2021 |

The Milagro line of tequilas has expanded, but its original, core lineup continues to be a popular, affordable, and widely available option that we last reviewed in 2015. Let’s try the most recent bottlings and see how they compare to earlier ones. All expressions continue to be 100% blue agave and 80 proof. Milagro Tequila…

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Review: Saint Liberty Bourbon, Rye, and Four Grain Bourbon

By Christopher Null | May 6, 2021 |

Saint Liberty is sourced whiskey, but not what you’re thinking. It’s distilled in all sorts of places and bottled in even stranger locales (Colorado, Montana) — with two of its three whiskeys hailing from Texas. None of its products are distilled in Indiana or Kentucky. And the company itself is based… in Austin, Texas. The…

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Review: Mighty Swell Spiked Spritzers (2021 Flavors)

By Rob Theakston | May 3, 2021 |

Much to their credit, the folks at Mighty Swell keep the new additions to the flavor profile ever-changing. This scrappy little Austin upstart continues to carve out their own little space in the ready-to-drink cocktail world. They are back once again with four new flavors for consideration. Each 12-ounce can checks in at 5% abv…

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Review: 1800 The Ultimate Margarita – Original, Peach, and Watermelon

By Wes Deskins | April 17, 2021 |

1800 Tequila markets The Ultimate Margarita, its brand of pre-made, ready-to serve margaritas, as “the #1 premium margarita.” This may be the case, but that perhaps says more about the general quality of bottled/canned margaritas than anything else. Made with “premium tequila, triple sec liqueur, natural flavors and certified colors” and available in six flavors…

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Review: Wines of Marshall Davis, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | March 28, 2021 |

Yamhill, Oregon-based Marshall Davis makes a variety of Oregon-iconic wines, but we’ve only covered its rose in the past. Now we’re digging into more of the lineup, including a new vintage of the rose as well as a chardonnay and pinot noir. 2019 Marshall Davis Chardonnay Yamhill-Carlton AVA – Somehow this wine, which apparently is…

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BarBox Cocktails in a Box

Review: BarBox Ready-to-Drink Craft Cocktails, Complete Lineup

By Mike Gerrard | February 5, 2021 |

Cocktails in a box have become such a fast-growing category that you wonder how come it took so long to happen. Wine has been available in boxes for decades and has long done away with the myth that boxed wine has to equal cheap wine. Of course it can be cheap, but it can also…

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