Review: 2019 Hahn SLH and Lucienne Chardonnays

A pair of bottlings from the Hahn family of wines, both 2019 chardonnays from the Santa Lucia Highlands region. Here we go. 2019 Hahn SLH Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands – Bold notes of almond and apricot kick this wine off, giving the wine a tone that’s reminiscent of amaretto, its nutty elements muscling over the…

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Tasting with WhiskyEDU’s A-to-Z of Scottish Distilleries Series

WhiskyEDU is a Whiskies of the World spinoff — a nonprofit, actually — that is focused on, you guessed it, whisky education. Its latest trick is an ambitious tasting series whose goal is singular: To sample product from 162 Scottish distilleries — nearly every single distillery in the country in existence after World War II.…

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Review: Milam & Greene Distillery Edition 2 Bourbon

The latest offering from Texas-based Milam & Greene has arrived, the second expression of its Distillery Edition. (We missed the first release.) Unlike some of M&G’s releases, which are blends of sourced and in-house-distilled spirit, the Distillery Edition is a “grain to glass” whiskey, made from the standard M&G “sweet” mash of 70% corn, 22% rye,…

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Review: 2020 Sokol Blosser Evolution Chardonnay and Big Time Red (in Boxes)

Boxed wine is a fantastic concept, but it’s something that I very rarely buy. That’s a shame, because bag-in-box packaging does offer and advantage or two over glass outside of sheer value, including the fact that the wine will last for a month once opened. But boxed wine’s biggest problem remains significant: The juice inside…

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Review: Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PAC:01 2011

Bruichladdich’s Port Charlotte brand recently dropped a new edition in its “cask exploration” series, and like many the cask in question involves red Bordeaux wine. Specifically, PAC:01 spends time in barrels from the Pauillac region. Some details: The heavily peated whisky was distilled on Islay in 2011 and it carries an 8 year old age…

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Review: 2018 Pied a Terre Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve

Pied à Terre is the brainchild of Richard Luftig, a former New York City wine buyer who, frustrated with the rising prices of California cabernet, figured he’d launch his own label. Today, Pied a Terre is produced in Sonoma County. The company’s most recent launch is a new Reserve “Artist Series,” with 2018 the inaugural…

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Review: Archenemy Space Whiskey

Celebrity whiskeys are old news. The new hotness: Whiskeys bottled to promote an individual movie, as is the case with Archenemy, which is billed as “Space Whiskey,” or more accurately “Space Straight Bourbon Whiskey.” Fist Is Fire, per the tagline. I don’t know what any of that means, because I haven’t seen the 2020 Joe…

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Review: Q Mixers Light Tonic, Spectacular Tonic, Elderflower Tonic, and Hibiscus Ginger Beer

The artisan mixer-masters at Q Mixers have updated their lineup, several products of which were reviewed and well received by Drinkhacker here. They’ve recently added two new flavors, Hibiscus Ginger Beer and Elderflower Tonic, and two new variations on the standard tonic, Light Tonic and Spectacular Tonic. They’ve also added Joel McHale as their Chief…

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