Review: Golden Moon Kummel

I was going to say that we rarely see a bottle of kummel for review here at Drinkhacker, the the truth is we never see one. I’ve made more kummel at home than I’ve ever seen in commercial production, and that obviously creates its own challenge: I have very little to compare Golden Moon’s expression against.…

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Review: 2017 Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc California

Here’s a perfectly approachable and crazy cheap sauvignon blanc from Line 39, an operation which produces a half-dozen California varietal bottlings, all priced at $12.99 — and as little as $8.99 if you shop around. (This one’s from Lake County.) Fresh and fruity, this is a grapefruit bomb that’s dusted just so with white sugar,…

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How to Read a Sake Label Part 2: Honjozo and Junmai Explained

In April, we featured an article decoding Ginjo to get you started on your sake journey. One takeaway is that Ginjo sake can be seen as a “new” style because the technology needed to brew it, most notably the machines that can polish rice below 70%, were not widely adopted until about forty years ago.…

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Review: 2018 Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Pale as a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon, this Napa sauvignon blanc is sunny and bright, a departure from the usual styles of this wine — either overly tropical or heavily grassy and full of ammonia character. What Rutherford Ranch offers instead is a crisp, lemony wine that’s lightly herbal, exhibiting solid…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 20

In case you may have thought that Barrell Bourbon was a bit of a newcomer to the whiskey scene, we’re now actually up to 20 releases in their eponymous line of small batch bourbons. We recently received a sample of the latest offering, Batch 20, which is a blend of rye bourbons produced in Kentucky…

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Review: 2017 Mark Ryan Monkey Wrench Columbia Valley

First, I love the name. This blend of 47% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 14% cabernet franc, and 9% petit verdot from Washington-based Mark Ryan is surprisingly dense, a meaty wine that showcases peppery beef jerky, dried blackberry, and some dried spices — cloves, marjoram, and rosemary. The finish doubles down on that BBQ beef note,…

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Review: Starward Nova Australian Whisky

Fans of world whisky should be excited that a new option has recently made its way to our shores: Starward Nova, a single malt that hails from Australia. Here’s what we know about it: Starward is an Australian whisky completely made in Melbourne, and what sets it apart from other world whiskies is that it…

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Book Review: Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned

First off, to clear up any early and obvious confusion, Julep is not a book about mint juleps (not entirely, anyway). Julep is a bar in Houston, Texas — a great one, at that! — that, as the subtitle for this book indicates, focuses to some degree on the cocktails of the South. Julep is…

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