Review: Highland Park Viking Honour 12 Years Old (2019)

Recently, Flaviar revamped its spirits club by upgrading what members get. The big news, in addition to a set of minis tailored to your tastes sent to you each quarter, you also get a full 750ml bottle of something as well. The fine print: it’s $95 for a single shipment or $300 for four shipments…

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Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Countdown to Christmas Calendar 2019

Whiskey-themed advent calendars have become a thing in the last few years, and while the concept is fun, they’re plagued with a few problems. One, they’re expensive. Two, you don’t know what you’re getting — and whether it’s worth the outlay. With independent bottlers That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s 2019 calendar, solutions await. First off, this…

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Review: 2018 William Hill Chardonnay Coombsville Winemaker’s Series

This wine is the inaugural release of William Hill’s Coombsville-sourced chardonnay, a single-vineyard release which was fermented in concrete eggs, “resulting in a site-driven, elegantly textured wine.” Well-textured, this ultra-creamy wine hits all the high points of this Napa Valley AVA: pears, butter, a lacquering of baking spice, and a hint of melon somewhere along…

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Review: St. George Baller Single Malt Whiskey

California-based St. George Spirits produces a diverse portfolio of spirits. They make three different vodkas, four different gins, fruit brandies, liqueurs, even shochu and basil eau de vie. That creativity extends to their whiskey offerings, as well, with Baller Single Malt Whiskey being perhaps their most unique. “It’s a California take on the Japanese spin…

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Review: 2016 Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

This 2016 release from Napa’s Black Stallion Estate Winery is an iconic expression of Napa cabernet, enduringly fruit-forward, exuding heavy notes of currants and dark chocolate amidst a slurry of mixed spices. Lush to the point of opulence, it leans heavily on the fruit, with notes of blueberry and blackberry — all chocolate-coated — lingering…

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Review: Redwood Empire Pipe Dream, Emerald Giant, and Lost Monarch

Only two years ago Sonoma-based Graton Distillery released Redwood Empire, a blend of its own microdistilled spirit and sourced whiskey. Now the brand is back with not one, not two, but three new expressions which collectively replace the 2018 release. Here’s all the details to get you started. Purple Wine + Spirits today announced its…

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Drinkhacker’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

Ho ho ho! It’s the end of 2019 and that means your boozier friends and family are going to expect a little something liquid under the tree again. This is our 12th annual holiday gift guide, and as always we’re aiming to take some of the challenge out of finding the perfect wine or spirits gift.…

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Review: ‘Merican Mule Moscow Style, Tropical Style, and Mexican Style (2019)

In 2017 the Moscow Mule became the ‘Merican Mule with the release of an authentic rendition of the classic cocktail, made from real vodka, ginger, and lime. Now the brand is expanding with two new (and wildly divergent) versions — the combination of ginger and lime being the only real theme in the trio. We…

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