Review: 2021 Illumination Sauvignon Blanc

I was surprised to discover that we haven’t done a formal review of Illumination in five long years. That’s a shame, because this wine, made by Napa’s Quintessa, remains a standout when it comes to sauvignon blanc (albeit one blended with sauvignon blanc musque and semillon, which is said to allow the wine to withstand…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey National Parks No. 2 Limited Edition Bourbon

Wyoming Whiskey is out with its second annual limited edition in support of the National Park Foundation. For this year’s release, the distillery has partnered with Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park, to mark the park’s 150th anniversary. The bottle is available for sale at the park, throughout Wyoming, and in…

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Tasting Scandinavian Whiskies from The Whisky Exchange

One of the best whisky retailers in the world is The Whisky Exchange — and one of the retailer’s best product lines are its “Perfect Measure” sampler sets, which consist of numerous 30ml bottles of whiskies that you will likely have a hard time finding in any format, anywhere. Recently the company sent me a…

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Review: Copper Fox Single Malt Single Barrel and Chestnut American Whisky

Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery continues to innovate and broaden their portfolio. Over the last year or so this small distillery has expanded its single barrel offerings while exploring ever more interesting and unusual woods in their finishings. On top of that, for 2022 the distillery launched what it calls the Captain’s Club, a members only…

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Review: 2019 Wedding Oak Aglianico Texas Hill Country

Now that Drinkhacker HQ has officially relocated to Austin, you can expect to start seeing more coverage of southern products here, courtesy of proximity if nothing else. Today we crack into a Texas Hill Country wine from Wedding Oak Winery in San Saba, Texas. This Aglianico — a traditional Italian grape — was limited to…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Distillery Series – Toasted Oak Oat Grain Bourbon

Now that the Woodford Reserve Distillery Series is back in action, we’re excited to see what oddities the wizards in Versailles will keep coming up with. This new release has two twists: It starts with Woodford Reserve Oat Grain Bourbon, then finishes it in a heavily toasted secondary barrel. As always, this release is primarily…

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Review: 5 Bold Italian Wines, 2022 Releases

Italy is a world of wine unto itself which produces a broad range of varietals and styles that don’t always make their way to the U.S. But there are efforts underway to expand the varietals that can be found on our shores, and today we’ll be reviewing five excellent Italian wines that may be new…

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Review: Sagamore Spirit Rye 8 Years Old (2021)

The release last year of Sagamore Spirit’s first bottled-in-bond rye, made entirely in-house at their Baltimore distillery, somewhat overshadowed the release of this whiskey, an eight-year-old Reserve Series offering distilled on contract in Indiana. While the distillery’s Reserve Series has typically focused on unique finishes like tequila and calvados, Sagamore kept things simple with this…

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