Review: Hello Gorgeous Rose Vodka Spritzers

Hello Gorgeous is a new line of ready to drink cocktails that are rather unambiguous about their figuratively effervescent value proposition. “Sourced from the South of France, each sip is intended to bring out your inner Joie de Vivre.” It is also “about unleashing the beauty of your self expression to the world.” The base…

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Review: M&H Single Casks and Apex Dead Sea (2022)

Israel’s M&H (“Milk & Honey”) has been hard at work innovating with its unique single malts, laying down all manner of unusual single barrels that one rarely sees from the mainstream, much less out of a whisky rarity like Israel. Recently we received a collection of these bottlings, including three single barrel offerings and one…

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Review: Copalli Cacao Rum

We tasted the original expressions of Belize’s Copalli rum back in 2020. The brand is now expanding, with a chocolate-flavored (white) rum now available. Copalli Cacao is sustainably produced at the Copal Tree Distillery, situated in the heart of the tropical rainforest in Southern Belize. It uses only four ingredients –organic, heirloom sugar cane, yeast,…

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Review: Ron Zacapa XO

We’ve followed the evolution of Ron Zacapa 23 closely here at Drinkhacker, reviewing this standout rum offering from Guatemala twice over the years (here and here) with a separate deep dive into its elaborate construction. While paying ample attention to the flagship bottling, we somehow never got around to the crown jewel in the Zacapa line,…

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Review: Svedka Tropics Vodka Tea Spritz, Complete Lineup

With warmer weather comes the occasion to be festive and the desire to make socializing as easy and carefree as possible. For those who wish to ditch the making of cocktails and just get to popping open a ready-made party in a can, we sample Svedka’s new ready-to-drink cocktail offering in the form of a…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A122 (January 2022)

Heaven Hill’s most iconic wheater gets its first barrel proof release for 2022 with the arrival of Larceny A122, an unusual installment in the long-running series. The burly nose kicks things off with a rustic attack, a bit heavy for Larceny’s typical approach and more in line with a rye-situated bourbon than one constructed from…

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Review: Cabernet Sauvignons of Chile, Maipo vs. Colchagua, 2022 Releases

Maipo and Colchagua are two of the most noteworthy winegrowing regions in Chile, and while they’re relatively close (both being in Chile’s Central Valley) they have dramatically different climates. (Maipo contains some of the coolest winegrowing locations in the world, while Colchagua is relatively hot, and while Maipo features largely volcanic soil, Colchagua is described…

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Review: Nikka Discovery Yoichi and Miyagikyo 2021

Here’s a wild new idea from Japan’s Nikka Whisky: Taking the “house styles” of its two distilleries and spinning them around. The new “Nikka Discovery” series will release “distinctive limited editions” over the next three years, in anticipation of Nikka’s 90th anniversary in 2024. “Each year will focus on a different component of the whisky-making…

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