Review: Fernet-Branca and Branca Menta

It’s hard to believe, but in 13 years of running Drinkhacker, we’ve never reviewed one of our most popular tipples: Fernet-Branca, the iconic ultra-bitter liqueur. Today we finally remedy that with a formal look at the most essential of Fernet brands, and its mint-heavy sibling, Branca Menta. First off, what’s a fernet, and how is…

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Review: 2018 Wines of Bread & Butter

Bread & Butter Wines has rolled out its 2018 portfolio, including a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chardonnay, and a Pinot Noir. We reviewed their 2018 Rose previously. The source of their grapes is uncertain, but the company is based in Napa Valley and tout wines that are “easy-going and approachable, complementing everyday occasions all year long.”…

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Review: Misunderstood Ginger Spiced Whiskey

Misunderstood isn’t too hard to understand: It makes just one product, whiskey flavored with ginger and other spices. The product, subtitled as “Legend One,” is described as “an 80 proof American blended whiskey distilled from Midwest grains, aged in used American oak barrels, and proudly infused & bottled in Kentucky.” To start with, the ginger…

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Review: Bowling & Burch Gin

Kentucky’s Limestone Branch Distillery, best known for Yellowstone and Minor Case whiskeys, has added its first gin to its arsenal. Bowling & Burch Premium Gin “is named after Head Distiller Steve Beam’s two sides of the family who were in agriculture and also horticulture enthusiasts. ‘This new world gin was born from the passion my…

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Review: Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky

We’ve been fans of the Indian distillery Amrut for some time (reviews can be found here and here), but haven’t previously reviewed one of their most popular offerings, Amrut Fusion. This NAS single malt whisky was introduced in 2009 and has a popular following around the world. Its name derives from the fact that it…

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Review: Portland Brewing MacTarnahan’s Northwest Amber Ale

Pyramid-adjunct Portland Brewing recently dropped this tartan-clad but fairly straightforward amber ale, hopped solely with Cascade. Burly with roasted malt notes, it’s toasty and bready but backed up well by the hops, which give it a straightforward, piney bitterness on the back end. The malts rear back up on the finish, though, making this beer…

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Review: Nosotros Tequila Reposado (2020)

Nosotros’ initial tequila — a blanco — was nice enough to make our Top 10 Tequilas of the Year feature. Alas, we only sampled the silver at the time. Now we get to take a second spin with Nosotros by reviewing its other 100% agave expression, a reposado. (An anejo expression remains unproduced.) Let’s dive…

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Review: 2016 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Louis Martini’s 2016 Napa cabernet — be sure to note the appellation if you’re shopping — offers iconic Napa character at a reasonable price. Big with notes of milk chocolate, currants, and well-integrated tannins, the wine pushes a bittersweet agenda that culminates in a finish of licorice, cloves, and toasty oak. A solid buy when…

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