Review: Old Elk Double Wheat Whiskey and Four Grain Bourbon

Ever since Greg Metze joined Old Elk as master distiller at their launch, the NDP (non-distiller producer) has steadily released different twists on traditional whiskey formulations through the years, though still with undisclosed sourced distillate. Drinkhacker has stayed close with their latest releases, beginning with their first blended offering 2017 and checking back in with their…

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Review: 2021 Domaine de Cala Coteaux Varois en Provence

This is the 4th year in a row that I’ve reviewed Domaine de Cala Rose, this year marking a shift in its blend: 60% cinsault, 30% grenache, 8% syrah, and 2% rolle. At the same time, I can’t help but feel like this wine hasn’t changed much over those four years. Pale pink. Floral with…

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Review: Playboy Spirits Rare Hare 1953 Bourbon 17 Years Old

Guess who’s getting into the bourbon business? Playboy: With the introduction of Rare Hare 1953, which debuted yesterday. What’s 1953 refer to? Glad you asked: A fitting tribute to the year Playboy was founded, the Rare Hare 1953 Anniversary Edition is a 17-year Kentucky bourbon finished in XXO Cognac casks from the Champagne region of…

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Review: 2021 Minuty Prestige Rose and “M” de Minuty Rose

The weather is turning warmer and that means it’s time to start pouring the rosé (although some of us enjoy it year-round). Perhaps the premier source of rosés in the world is Côtes de Provence in southern France. Today we are trying two rosés from Château Minuty in Provence, made by brothers François and Jean-Etienne…

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Review: Blind Barrels Tasting Kit

Blind tasting whiskey is lots of fun… but it’s awfully hard to do alone. I mean, you bought the bottles, so you know what they are. Blind Barrels solves that problem with what it calls the first blind whiskey tasting subscription kit. I’d suggest that Flaviar was there first, but there’s room for both of…

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Review: 818 Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

Kendall Jenner’s ownership of 818 Tequila is an understandable turnoff for many drinkers and a sign that celebriquila has finally reached a tipping point… or so I thought, at least, until 818 started winning a bunch of awards, including the top spot in a blind tasting of celebrity-owned tequilas (which, admittedly, may not be the…

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Review: Lunar Hard Seltzer, Heritage Line Sunset Editions

Drinkhacker dove into Lunar’s original core line last year with a nod of approval. Recently the brand has partnered with high-profile NYC area Asian-owned restaurants for a limited series “Sunset Edition” of its Heritage Line, this time aiming to bring “the warm, bustling yet relaxing Asian beachside market to New York City with this lineup…

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Review: 6 Shochus of Honkaku Spirits

Christopher Pellegrini is trying to do for Japanese shochu what Ron Cooper did with mezcal. The American ex-pat and author of The Shochu Handbook is seeking to “connect the world with artisanal, koji-fermented spirits of Japan.” Honkaku’s portfolio includes koji whiskey, shochu, and aged awamori from 22 family-run distilleries established between 1745 and 1947. We received…

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