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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Book Review: Black Mixcellence – A Comprehensive Guide to Black Mixology

Author and hospitality industry leader Tamika Hall partnered with Former Discovery Channel star and spirits expert Colin Asare-Appiah (The Cocktail Kings) for Black Mixcellence, a compendium of 70 recipes culled from Asare-Appiah’s own repertoire and contributions of African-American mixologists from across the nation. The recipes are reasonably straightforward and easy to follow, with Asare-Appiah’s rum-based…

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Review: I.W. Harper Bourbon Cabernet Cask Reserve

I.W. Harper’s lineup includes two (wildly) different, sourced expressions, and now they’re joined by a third, which is again a departure for the brand. This is a 4 year old Kentucky bourbon that is finished in casks that held cabernet sauvignon wine from California. Other than that (and the fact that it’s bottled at Stitzel-Weller),…

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Review: Vida Mate Yerba Mate, Complete Lineup

Yerba mate is a caffeinated tea that’s been around for eternity, derived from the South American plant of the same name. You’ve probably noticed it appearing more and more as an alternative caffeine source in mood/performance enhancing drinks in modern times. This brings us to Vida Mate’s version, a series of non-alcoholic releases by Schilling…

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