Rated D/F

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker. This category is a catch-all for everything rated D+, D, D-, or F, our lowest rating. These products should be categorically avoided by everyone (and preferably discontinued altogether). On a five-star scale, these products would score 1.5 stars (for D+ ratings) or 1 star (for D, D-, and F ratings). On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores 68 or below.

Review: Wines of Francis Ford Coppola, Late 2016 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 14, 2016 |

A septet of new releases from our friends at FFC. Quality on this round is literally all over the place… 2014 Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs Monterey County – The cellophane wrapper should connote luxury, but to me it always comes across as scary. This wine — vintage blanc de blancs! — smells…

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Review: Dark Corner Distillery World’s Best Moonshine and Whiskey Girl Flavored Whiskeys

By Christopher Null | August 3, 2016 |

Dark Corner Distillery in Greenville, South Carolina is the home of a number of youthful whiskey products, including an unaged moonshine and a series of flavored whiskeys bottled under the Whiskey Girl (aka Whiskeygirl) brand. All of this is distilled and bottled at Dark Corner’s Greenville operation. Four reviews — the aforementioned moonshine and three flavored…

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Review: Hard Frescos

By Christopher Null | June 14, 2016 |

Mexican sodas (aka frescas) are one of life’s little pleasures. Naturally someone had to try and improve on them by adding alcohol. Hard Frescos are, as is common in this category, not really sodas but rather malt beverages with flavoring added. However, while it says malt beverage on the label, Hard Frescos are actually made primarily from…

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Review: Midori Melon Liqueur

By Christopher Null | June 5, 2016 |

I have never asked for Midori. Midori has only sought me out, squirreled away in cocktails, usually the kind served blended into a slushie and handed out in a locale where the sunset is meant to be admired over anything else. Midori is, surprisingly, owned by Japan’s Suntory and made exclusively in Japan from its…

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Reviewing Gluten-Free Beer: Coors Peak Golden Lager and Copper Lager

By Christopher Null | May 24, 2016 |

Despite the science, the “gluten-free” movement still refuses to go away, so that sea of footnotes indicating glutenlessness continues to mar restaurant menus, and gluten-free alternatives to regular products continue to line grocery shelves. Including gluten-free beer. Beer is traditionally made from barley, which is loaded with gluten, so making a beer without gluten presents some thorny…

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Review: Bacardi Tangerine Rum

By Christopher Null | January 29, 2016 |

I’ve never had a tangerine that tasted anything like this, but Bacardi Sunny Delight Rum probably would’ve gotten the company into hot water. What we have here is an indistinctly orangish-citrus, petrol-laden rum that is simultaneously super-sweet and incredibly artificial in the way it comes across. (As always, “natural flavors” are promised, per the label.)…

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Review: Pinnacle Cinnamon Roll Vodka

By Christopher Null | January 27, 2016 |

Those of you afraid that vodka flavors are losing their edge, rest easy, here’s a flavor that’s sure to strip the enamel straight off your teeth: Cinnamon roll, produced in conjunction with (or at least, with a picture and logo from) Cinnabon. Unbearably sweet — though that’s not far from the source — the overall…

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Review: Wines of Umbria’s Falesco, 2016 Releases

By Christopher Null | January 12, 2016 |

Umbria, Tuscany’s little cousin, is the home of Falesco, which has been operating in the region since 1979. The company produces wine under a handful of sub-labels, the Vitiano brand representing its entry-level bottlings. We checked out two members of the Vitiano line and one wine higher up the chain. Thoughts follow. 2014 Falesco Vitiano…

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Review: Wines of Francis Ford Coppola, 2015 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 30, 2015 |

It’s a bumper crop of new releases from Coppola. Here’s a look at something old and something new from this always-busy operation. 2014 Francis Ford Coppola Sauvignon Blanc Diamond Collection Yellow Label – A workmanlike, even gentlemanly, sauvignon blanc. Quite sweet, with marshmallow notes, lemon juice, and creamy orange Dreamsicle notes. Simple but with a…

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Review: Skyy Barcraft – White Sangria, Margarita Lime, and Watermelon Fresca

By Christopher Null | October 13, 2015 |

“It’s time to hack the cocktail!” Now that’s a slogan I can get behind. Unfortunately, Skyy Barcraft — essentially lower-proof flavored vodka designed to be mixed with your favorite mixer (soda, ginger, what-have-you) and consumed on the rocks — isn’t really hacking anything. Unless you consider water and those inimitable “natural flavors” to be a…

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