Review: Gary Farrell 2018 Chardonnay and 2017 Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Selections

These two new Gary Farrell releases are both single-vineyard offerings from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Let’s give them a look. 2018 Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Valley Olivet Lane Vineyard – A creamy but fruit-focused chardonnay, all vanilla custard up top, with layers of pineapple, lemon, green apple, and quince emerging in short order. A…

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Review: Lagavulin 11 Years Old Offerman Edition Finished in Guinness Casks 2021

Nick Offerman, a self-professed “theater actor from Illinois and woodworker” is unreserved in his admission that his work with Lagavulin is pure happenstance. The Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson was the entree to this famed Islay Scotch brand, and as Swanson’s love of Lagavulin grew, so did Offerman’s. Offerman isn’t a whisky expert, as he explained…

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Review: Confidence Beverage

The thought of someone slamming back a drink or two for a quick hit of confidence is not a new idea. Now there’s a new drink in town that aims to do just that — but without the buzz from either caffeine or alcohol. Confidence Drink, a new beverage company, has launched Confidence (aka Confidence…

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Review: Head High 2020 Chardonnay and 2019 Pinot Noir

Head High Wines is a new offshoot label from Bill Price of Price Family Vineyards, best known for his ownership of the Three Sticks brand. (Though note, this is not a second label from Three Sticks and is a wholly separate project.) The budget-focused brand takes its name from surfing slang, where “head high” refers…

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The Best Chocolate Liqueur Roundup – 10 Bottles Tasted, 2 Winners

Chocolate is the most iconic of desserts, yet it’s widely maligned when it comes to cocktails. The chocolate martini? Is that a serious cocktail that anyone would drink outside of a bachelorette party or while enjoying a cover band on a cruise ship? Hey, it’s time to put aside prejudices and embrace the power of…

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Review: J.T. Meleck Louisiana Vodka

J.T. Meleck Louisiana Vodka is a grain-to-glass product made from rice, which is something Louisiana knows a lot about. Vodka? It’s less of a staple around these parts, so let’s see what Meleck can do with this tricky spirit. Boldy grainy and a bit on the funky side, the vodka offers aromas of sesame seed…

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Review: Fabrizia Vodka Sodas and Frozen Italian Lemonade

Fabrizia Spirits, based out of Salem, New Hampshire, is the leading producer of limoncello in the U.S. It has been expanding its line of liqueurs and ready-to-drink cocktails over the past few years, some of which we have reviewed here at Drinkhacker. (Links can be found to our previous reviews here: July 2016, February 2019…

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A Spirited Journey With the 20 Whiskies That Changed the World Tasting Set

Tasting kits full of mini bottles are always fun, but the typical set always manages to shove a fair amount of junk in with the whales. That makes for a varied tasting experience, to be sure, but also a frustrating one. With the 20 Whiskies That Changed the World Tasting Set, Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh…

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