Review: Chalk Hill 2019 Estate Chardonnay and 2017 Estate Red

Two new releases, both bottled from estate fruit, from the always reliable Chalk Hill. Let’s get to work: 2019 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay Chalk Hill AVA – We last saw this wine during a visit to Chalk Hill’s winery, where it showed just as beautifully as it does today. Apple and vanilla, with a big…

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Review: Happy Hour: A Cocktail Card Game

Drinking games can get a little more sophisticated than Quarters and Beer Pong, though perhaps not much more sophisticated, if Happy Hour: A Cocktail Card Game is any guide. This kit includes a deck of 52 cocktail-themed cards, each one bearing a different recipe for a libation. Themed into 13 cocktail “families” — sours, martinis, tiki drinks,…

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The Top 10 Whiskeys of 2021

As near as I can count, Drinkhacker reviewed more than 400 whiskeys in 2021. How do you whittle that down to the 10 very best of the lot? It’s not easy, and our staff’s initial list of favorites ran well over 30 selections. Tough decisions were made. Arguments were had. Babies were thrown out with…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C921 (September 2021)

This is the third and final release of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof for 2021, coded C921. Let’s dive in one last time to the lineup before the New Year arrives and see what the folks at Heaven Hill have in store for us. As with most ECBP releases, things start out on the hot side…

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Recipe: Martinelle

If the French have any say in it, the next de rigueur cocktail ingredient will be an unusual one: Pineau des Charentes, that enigmatic liquor which is neither wine nor spirit, but somewhere in between. For those not in the know, Pineau is made from combining fresh-pressed grape juice with Cognac, then aging the blend…

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Review: Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2021

One of the most unusual special edition whiskeys of the year to arrive is here in the form of Yellowstone Limited Edition 2021. This year — the 6th iteration of the Yellowstone LE — is a blend of 7-year-old and 15-year-old bourbons, with at least some of the 7-year-old barrels finished in Amarone wine casks.…

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Review: Castle & Key The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey, Chapter 1

In recent years, whiskey brands like Uncle Nearest have helped to highlight the important role African Americans have played in the long history of American whiskey production. With its latest release, The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey, Chapter 1, Castle & Key Distillery is doing its part to honor that history and promote diversity and…

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Review: SLO Brew Holidaze IPA

SLO — for California’s San Luis Obispo — Brew offers this appropriately named beer as a seasonal release, a west coast IPA brewed with spruce tips and orange peel, making it extra festive. The combo works, providing a touch of sweetness and fruit to temper what can otherwise be an aggressively bitter style. It’s the…

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