Review: Arctic Summer Hard Seltzers – Raspberry Lime, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Pineapple Pomelo, and Black Cherry

Hard seltzer is definitely having a moment, and according to beverage trend experts this year will only see more of those moments. The latest of these products to come across the Drinkhacker desk is Arctic Summer. Developed in collaboration with Polar Seltzers and Mass. Bay Brewing Company, this fizzy booze is reportedly “the only hard…

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Review: High West Yippee Ki-Yay (2019)

High West’s Yippee Ki-Yay seems to have started out as an experiment, but in the three years since it launched, it’s become a staple at higher-end drinking establishments and shops. The base spirit is still a blend of ryes, but it has changed a bit in recent years, as it now includes some of High…

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Review: 2018 Pieropan Soave Classico DOC

We last reviewed Pieropan’s Soave in its 2016 edition. The 2018 vintage? Much the same, boldly tropical and full of fruit, and for me this year, a distinct note of peaches and cut flowers that evokes viognier, not specifically the garganega from which Soave is made. A bold melon note on the finish is more…

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Review: Shakmat Armenian Brandy 23 Years Old

As origin stories go, I’ve heard stranger. Shakmat is the brainchild of Alexis Ohanian, who is best known as the founder of Reddit and which is being produced and sold in conjunction with Flaviar/Caskers, our main retail partner. In Armenia, brandy is known as “konyak,” and while it’s made in much the same way as…

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Review: Amaro Cinpatrazzo

Beverage hobbyists tend to tinker in wine, beer, even gin. A mom-and-pop amaro creator? That’s a new one. Pat Magner and Cindy Tegtmeyer are the producers of Amaro Cinpatrazzo — a portmanteau of their names — a labor of love inspired by trips to Italy and some heavy experimentation in their kitchen over the course…

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Review: Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut Gin 2019

“Highly anticipated” and “gin” are terms that we rarely see together, but if ever a product merited the combination it’s this: Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut. For those unfamiliar, Monkey 47 is a storied German gin that includes 47 ingredients in its botanical bill. (It’s also bottled at 47% alcohol.) It’s a dazzlingly complex product, and…

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Review: Haus Bitter Clove Aperitif

Let’s hear it again for innovation, eh? What the heck is Haus? Haus is described as “the first direct-to-consumer alcohol brand that’s redefining the liquor industry to deliver what today’s generation of drinkers want.” Now let’s put aside the fact that wineries have been selling directly to consumers for decades. Haus is something entirely different.…

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Review: Fleurette Gins and Fylleangst Aquavit

New Alchemy Distilling is a craft producer based in the El Dorado Hills of California, where, with nary a barrel in sight, it focuses on (mostly) white spirits — vodka, gin, white whiskey, and even aquavit. The company produces a collection of six different spirits, three of which we look at here. Let’s dig in!…

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