Review: The Scandinavian Cocktails at Plaj, San Francisco

If you want to eat Scandinavian food in the San Francisco Bay Area, you have two choices. You can pick up frozen meatballs and jars of herring at Ikea, or you can go to Plaj, which has been serving elevated Swedish essentials for seven years. Pronounced “play,” the restaurant is curiously located in the back…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Heritage Barrel (2019)

Last year’s Jack Daniel’s Heritage Barrel bottling was clearly enough of a hit to merit a reprise. To wit, it’s Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Heritage Barrel 2019, which is made with the same concept in mind. Some info: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel “Heritage Barrel” will return to shelves for a limited run this fall. Fewer…

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Review: Our/Los Angeles Essences

The Our/Los Angeles and other Our/City brand has to date only been applied to vodka, the idea being that each town produces its own vodka which can express the unique terroir of the ingredients in its mash and the water used in the process. Neat idea, and we’ve reviewed a number of the vodkas. But…

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The Top 10 Whiskeys of 2019

  If there’s anything that the Drinkhacker staff universally loves, it’s whiskey. I think every writer here has asked to have whiskey as their beat, and they’ve all done their best to say something about the subject at least once or twice this year. As such, whittling down our top 10 whiskeys of 2019 is…

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Review: Cardhu 14 Years Old Limited Edition 2019

It’s time to get started with an annual treat: Diageo’s Special Releases, a collection of limited release cask strength Scotch whiskies, each representing a one-off bottling. This year’s releases are a bit unusual: Only eight whiskies are being released, and of those eight, only three are being sold in the U.S. (No unpeated Caol Ila…

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Review: 2018 Terre di Giumara Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC

Produced by Caruso & Minini, this bottling is a surprise from the beginning. Aggressively sweet from start to finish, this doesn’t immediately come across as nero d’avola but lands more like an ultra-fruited zinfandel, bold with strawberry and blueberry notes — and impossibly, uncharacteristically sweet throughout. I never made it past more than a few sips,…

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Review: Canadian Club Chronicles Edition 2 42 Years Old

Do you like old whisky? Like, really old whisky? Canadian Club has launched its oldest expression ever, Canadian Club Chronicles Edition 2, which clocks in at 42 years old. The expression, also known as Issue No. 2: The Dock Man, is the follow up to last year’s Chronicles Edition 1, a 41 year old bottling.…

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Review: Wines of J Vineyards, 2019 Releases

Here’s a quartet of new releases from the iconic Russian River Valley winery, J Vineyards — three pinots and one sparkler. NV J Vineyards Brut Rose (2019) – We’ve seen this sparkler a few times over the years, and the experience feels quite familiar in comparison at least to 2018. Boldly creamy with notes of…

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