Review: Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Drumshanbo is increasingly well-known for its delightful Gunpowder Irish Gin, and now the brand is moving into a spirit more associated with Ireland: Single pot still whiskey. This spirit is very traditionally made with unmalted and malted barley and Irish oats in the mash, triple copper pot distilled, and aged in a combination of Kentucky…

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Review: 2018 Tinto Negro Malbec Uco Valley

I didn’t find the 2017 bottling of this wine to be particularly interesting, but the 2018 offers a dramatic reversal. While dry and earthy, with some of the same forest floor notes I encountered in ’17, its notes of licorice, allspice, and clove are just prologue to a finish that finds a lot more room…

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Review: Talbott 2017 Chardonnay and 2018 Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Here’s a pair of new releases from Monterey, California-based Talbott Vineyards. These both hail from Talbott’s Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, which encompasses 565 gently sloping acres planted in 1972. 2017 Talbott Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard – Overwhelming with oak, this wine has an almost aggressive focus on the barrel, heavy with a…

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Review: Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye 2020

This 2020 release of Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye almost slipped through the cracks here at Drinkhacker, but we’re squeezing it in here before the end of the year. This bottling, in line with all the toasted barrel offerings, is made by taking fully matured Michter’s US-1 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye at barrel strength and…

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Review: Clown Shoes 12 Beers of Christmas 2020

Our friends at Clown Shoes (a subsidiary of Boston’s Harpoon) have dropped a mixed case of brews (a dozen 12 oz cans), featuring 12 different offerings from their collection — including a number of expressions that are exclusive to this case. Here’s a quick look at all of the beers in the holiday pack —…

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Alto Adige Review: 2016 Franz Haas Pinot Nero and 2019 Eisacktaler Schiava

Alto Adige, in the north of Italy along the German border, is known for a wide range of white and red wines, and for my money they’ve always come across as wintry in character, which is befitting their place of origin along the rugged Dolomite mountains. Here’s a look at two hearty Alto Adige reds…

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A Tour of Prosecco Styles of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, 2019 Vintage

Conegliano Valdobbiadene is a small zone in Italy’s Veneto region, just 45 minutes from Venice in the province of Treviso. The region is named because it lies between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, and this is the heart of high-end Prosecco production in the country. The glera grape has been cultivated here for centuries,…

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Review: Treaty Oak The Day Drinker Texas Bourbon

Drinking in the day? How about some 80 proof, one-year-old bourbon — instead of Treaty Oak‘s flagship, the 95 proof Ghost Hill bourbon? While that calculus may be suspect, this new whiskey, a “100% Texas-made grain-to-glass bourbon that’s born from Texas wheat and yellow no.1 corn from Barton Springs Mill, proofed using limestone-filtered water, and…

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