A Visit to Frey Ranch Distillery

When Frey Ranch distillery, based in Fallon, Nevada, released their first four-grain straight bourbon in December 2019, we at Drinkhacker were instant fans. (We also reviewed their follow up rye and single barrel bourbon #22). The whiskeys stand on their own merit; and a recent visit to the idyllic working ranch and their first annual Whiskey…

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Review: Strainge Beast Hard Kombuchas

Strainge Beast is the hard kombucha spinoff of California’s Sierra Nevada, and the product is available in (at least) 6 flavored versions, at two different abvs. The standard version of the product, available in 16 oz cans, is canned at 7% abv. The newly released “light” version is just 4% abv and comes in 12…

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Review: Wines of Merry Edwards, Late 2021 Releases

The arrival of the latest crop of Merry Edwards wines is always cause for celebration at Drinkhacker HQ, and this season’s collection of wines — a chardonnay and four pinot noirs — is no exception. 2019 is turning out to be a tougher year for pinot noir than initially expected — but the door for…

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Review: Luxardo Triplum Triple Sec Orange

Luxardo’s expression of triple sec — formally known as Triplum “triple sec orange” — follows the traditional recipe, using three types of dried citrus peels: “mainly curaçao (a bitter orange of the Dutch Antilles, from the island of that name), together with sweet oranges and mandarins.” The liqueur is double distilled, then additional ingredients are…

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The Top 10 Tequilas and Mezcals of 2021

Celebrities turned their attention to whiskey in 2021, which left the tequila world free to explore new products without a bunch of Hollywood types sniffing around. Whew! Innovation is running wild down in Mexico these days, with some really interesting products hitting the scene of late. As we always do around this time of year,…

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Recipe: Rhum Butter Cider

Ready to warm up as the temp goes down? Try this spiked cider from our friends at Rhum Barbancourt. Rhum Butter Cider 1 ½ oz Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale (5 Star) 8 Years Old 1 oz orange liqueur 1 oz butterscotch liqueur 4 oz hot apple cider Pour the first three ingredients in a mug…

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Review: Botanika Angelica Liqueurs, Complete Lineup

The folks at Chopin Vodka have expanded into liqueurs, debuting five flavors under the new Botanika Angelica brand. All are made from a base of Chopin Rye Vodka and are infused with natural herbs, spices, and fruits, some rested in 50-year-old Polish oak vats before being bottled. We received the entire lineup for review. Thoughts follow.…

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Review: Liquor Lab Whiskey Experience Kit

There’s a million mail-order cocktail kits on the market these days. Liquor Lab is the latest to join the fray, and while it’s a very gimmicky affair, I can see how it might appeal to some drinkers. First: Liquor Lab is a place (there are locations in Nashville and Louisville), and while I’ve never been…

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