Review: 2017 J Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Last year’s release of this wine didn’t impress, and while J’s Russian River pinot retains some of that vintage’s heavily extracted, overtly fruity character, it’s dialed back enough here to approach a much more fulfilling drinkability. Cola notes are almost immediate, alongside a short grind of black pepper, with notes of tarragon, cloves, and dark…

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Review: Dictador Solera System Rum 12 Years Old

This bottling of Columbia-distilled Dictador is courtesy Flaviar’s new spirits club. Despite the significant age, this is actually one of Dictador’s youngest rums — if not its very youngest. Dictador 12 is made from “the fermentation of virgin sugar cane honey distilled partly in copper alembic and partly in steel continuous column, to achieve a…

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Review: Troegs Haze Charmer and Nugget Nectar

Here’s a duo from Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Troegs, a brand new year-round hazy IPA and the once-a-year Nugget Nectar, available in cans for the first time in more than five years. Troegs Haze Charmer – This is an unusual, dry-hopped hazy pale ale made with malted barley, oats, and unmalted wheat, punched up with Citra, Idaho…

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Review: Taconic Distillery Founder’s Straight Rye Whiskey

Our first round with New York-based Taconic Distillery (formerly known as Millbrook Distillery) revealed a surprisingly full-formed bourbon, finished in Cognac casks. Now Taconic is back with this straight rye, which is made from a mash of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. The back label indicates it’s at least 3 years old; Taconic says…

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Review: 2016 Fulldraw Honey Bunny and Hard Point

Connor McMahon began Fulldraw Vineyard only in 2012, and this Paso Robles operation is already turning out some impressive, expressive wines. Cleverly named and creatively labeled, these wines are as pretty look at as they are to drink. As a side not to McMahon and Co: Please change or omit the wax you use on…

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Review: Hyde No. 6 Presidential Cask 1938 Special Reserve Irish Whiskey

Since we reviewed Hyde No. 1 back in 2015, another five President’s Reserve releases of this Irish whiskey have hit the shelves. We got on our hands on the most recent, 1938 Special Reserve. Unlike the first release, which was a single malt, this bottling is a blend of 8-year-old single grain and “much older”…

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Review: Wines of Waipapa Bay, 2019 Vintage

New Zealand’s Waipapa Bay Wines recently began a corporate sponsorship of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), which is a fairly self-explanatory charity, I think. Coinciding with that, Waipapa Bay recently dropped three new white wines, all from Marlborough, and all of which we had the pleasure of checking out. Let’s give them a spin.…

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Talking About the New Single Barrel Program with Old Forester Master Taster Jackie Zykan

Most major brands have a private barrel program, and increasingly smaller, craft-scale distillers are getting in on the action, too. The Drinkhacker team has reviewed a handful of these selections over the years from the likes of Four Roses, Blanton’s, Maker’s Mark, Weller and others. We’ve even had the opportunity to help personally select several…

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