Review: 2021 Ron Rubin Wines Pam’s Unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon and Unoaked Chardonnay

  We hold the following truths to be self-evident: that Ron Rubin owns vineyards in Lodi and Clarksburg, that he likes to stay on his wife’s good side, and that neither of the wines reviewed here has spent any duration of time in an oak barrel. All very nice and important things pertaining to this…

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Review: Remy Martin XO Cognac

We’re way behind on reviewing the standard edition expressions of Cognac from Remy Martin, but today we take a step toward remedying that with a look at the iconic Remy Martin XO, once of the most widely available and consumed XO brandies on the market. As Cognac goes, it’s about as harmless and straightforward as…

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Review: Siligrams Personalized Ice Molds

If you’re like me, by now you’ve got a half dozen promotional silicone ice trays in your freezer, regularly popped out for cocktails that shine best over a single, large piece of ice. Giant cubes are great… but they’re also a little boring, no? Enter Siligrams, which offers personalized ice molds that let you freeze…

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Review: Version Francaise Single Cask Armagnacs, 2022 Releases

La Maison & Velier is a French-Italian collaboration looking to bring an array of spirits into broader distribution, including whiskey and brandy. Today we look at the first five Armagnac bottlings from LM&V, all small production, single vintage, single cask offerings dating back to 1990 distillation dates. If you’ve heard of any of these producers…

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Review: Gracias a Dios Agave Gin Oaxaca Recipe

We previously tried the mezcal from Gracias a Dios as well as a mezcal distilled with pineapple and its unusual gin, which is made using its mezcal as the base spirit. Today we try Gracias a Dios’s Oaxaca Recipe gin, which is also made by infusing mezcal with botanicals, but in this case, only eight. The…

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Review: Social Hour Harvest Whiskey Sour

Canned cocktails are becoming ubiquitous these days, and while many contain “real” ingredients — actual spirits instead of malt liquor and the like — few can claim the ingredient street cred of Social Hour’s seasonal Harvest Whiskey Sour. This canned cocktail — at a whopping 20% abv — is made with honeycrisp apple, Meyer lemon,…

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Review: Puncher’s Chance Bourbon The Left Cross 14 Years Old

Oregon-based Wolf Spirits is wasting no time in building out their new line of Puncher’s Chance bourbons. In 2021 Drinkhacker reviewed their inaugural Puncher’s Chance, a blend of 4 and 6 year old sourced Kentucky bourbon, and in 2022 their follow-on D12stance expression, which leaped to a 12 year old age statement, also sourced, this…

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Review: 2020 Justin Savant Paso Robles

Savant is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (45%) and syrah (55%) from Paso Robles-based Justin, and it’s one of the less commonly seen wines from the brand. Clearly designed for winter weather given its burly varietal composition, let’s see if we what magic the 2020 vintage has to offer. Sweeter than I was expecting, this…

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