Book Review: The Dead Rabbit: Mixology & Mayhem

The Dead Rabbit is a famed bar in New York City, and like all famed bars the time has come for it to put out a book of cocktails. (Correction: This is their second book.) Naturally, as leaders in the craft cocktail space, owners Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry (and bar manager Jillian Vose) couldn’t…

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Review: Belvedere Single Estate Rye Vodkas – Lake Bartezek and Smogory Forest

No corner of the drinking world is safe from the grain-to-glass movement. The latest is Poland’s Belvedere Vodka, which recently announced two new spirits, each made from the same Dankowskie Diamond rye seed, but each grown on a different, single Polish estate. Per Belvedere, “The influence of the distinct soil, topography and climate is beautifully…

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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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