Review: The Glenlivet Double Oak 12 Years Old (2020) and the Malbon x The Glenlivet Golf Collection

Surprisingly, it has been quite a bit — 12 years — since we last evaluated the 12-year single malt from The Glenlivet. So with the arrival a freshly minted partnership with luxury golfing line Malbon, we took a minute to evaluate a select few pieces of the clothing collection, as well as refresh the glencairn…

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Review: Ciroc White Grape and Pineapple Vodka

France’s Ciroc, which distills its vodka from grapes, recently launched two new flavors. Pineapple is part of the permanent lineup, while White Grape is a “limited edition” flavor — although it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. We tried them both, and our thoughts follow as always. Both are 70 proof. Ciroc White…

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Review: 2018 Kara-Tara Pinot Noir Western Cape

This South African pinot noir, from the Western Cape region, is quite light in color, a character which is immediately at odds with the intense, earthy nose, redolent with barnyard notes — even more so than is typical of South African reds. Black pepper emerges ahead of a lightly balsamic finish, which comes across as…

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Review: 2018 Escudo Rojo Cabernet Sauvignon and Gran Reserva

Escudo Rojo is a Chilean winery founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild, based in the country’s Maipo Valley. Cabernet sauvignon and syrah are the focus here, but the winery blends a range of varietals into its Gran Reserva bottling, which is reviewed below alongside its cabernet, both from the 2018 vintage. 2018 Escudo Rojo Cabernet…

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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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