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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Review: Tres Generaciones Tequila – Anejo Cristalino and La Colonial Reposado

It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since we covered anything from Tres Generaciones. The brand has evolved in the last decade-plus, and has even changed its bottle design completely (and for the better). Today we’re looking at a pair of 2022 releases from the brand, one expected, one a bit more unusual. First…

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Review: 2018 Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

The 2018 Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico Riserva is made with Sangiovese and Merlot grapes, and spent 24 months in oak barrels. We tried the 2016 vintage last year, and though there was much to recommend it, the wine was a bit austere and felt like it needed additional aging to show its full potential. Today…

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Review: 2019 Granzaban Albarino Limousin and Veigalobos

We’ve covered the wines of Bodegas Granbazan at least once before. This Spanish producer has a tight focus on albarino, and today we look at two different wines made from the iconic grape, both from the 2019 vintage — and both luxe bottlings. 2019 Granbazan Limousin Albarino Rias Baixas – A very unique bottle conceals…

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