Review: Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth Rum Cask Finish 8 Years Old

Up front I have to admit I already have a negative association with this whisky. The word “smooth” has been banned at Drinkhacker for years due to its overuse and utter meaninglessness… and “Caribbean Smooth?” Sounds like suntan lotion. That said, I am loathe to judge a book by its cover, so I came to…

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Review: 2016 Talbott Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

  Here’s a pair of wines from Talbott, which can be found just south of Monterey, California. These wines are both single vineyard offerings from a Talbott-owned estate, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, which is planted in the Santa Lucia Highlands around this region. 2016 Talbott Chardonnay Santa Lucia Sleepy Hollow Vineyard – Creamy, lemony, with notes…

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Review: Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2019

The fourth edition of Limestone Branch’s (aka Luxco, aka Lux Row) Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon has arrived. For 2019, the brand continues its trend of blending younger and older stock to create a complex finished product. Per the company, “This year’s edition includes a hand-picked selection of the most unique barrels – those…

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Review: Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon 6 Years Old (2019)

It wasn’t exactly national news when 3 Badge Beverage sold off a few of its whiskey brands to Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits in 2017. Deutsch ended up with Masterson’s Rye and the Bib & Tucker brand, the latter of which we are freshly reviewing here. You wouldn’t know it by the bottle, which Deutsch…

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Review: NV La Marca Luminore Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

  You almost undoubtedly know La Marca for its ubiquitous Prosecco that frequently can be found for 10 bucks or less. But did you know La Marca makes an upscale version of this wine, grown in Conegliano Valdobbiadene and carrying a DOCG denomination? It does, and here we try it out. The verdict: It’s a…

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Review: Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash Whiskey 2019

Keeping up with the Michtersverse is hard enough as it is, with all the confusingly identical labels, annual releases, and variations on a number of themes that the company puts out. You might be surprised to learn that Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash Whiskey 2019 marks the first time this particular bottling has…

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Review: Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale 2019

Apologies for letting this limited release of Lagunitas slip by for so long. The holidays find us drowning in booze and it can be hard to keep up with it all. (Send your condolences via email, Twitter, or Facebook.) The recipe for Born Yesterday doesn’t really change from year to year — including “11 lbs-per-barrel…

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Review: Porter’s Rye 95

We’ve been covering the spirits of Utah-based Ogden’s Own distillery for a few months now (beginning with Madam Pattirini Gin), and now we’re taking a dive into its first whiskey, Porter’s Small Batch Rye 95, a straight rye sourced from MGP and made from a mashbill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. The finished…

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