Review: WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Whiskey Crop 003

The final edition of WhistlePig’s FarmStock series — its first whiskeys that include spirit distilled from grain grown on its own farm — has arrived. Crop 003 is, as all WhistlePig releases, a 100% rye release, and it’s comprised of 52% of WhistlePig’s own 3-year-old rye whiskey which is blended with 31% 6-year aged whiskey…

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Review: Lagunitas Hazy Memory IPA

Big and juicy, Lagunitas’ latest IPA is made with Loral 291, Hallertau Blanc, Galaxy, and Citra hops — and it’s only going to be available during the month of September, so best hop on it as soon as possible. The appropriately hazy brew is less pineapple and more papaya, with a greener, more melon-oriented edge…

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Review: Ambros Banana Whiskey

Day-O! Who’s ready for banana flavored whiskey? Ambros bills itself as “the first shelf-stable, flavored liquor infused with only 100% real fruit.” I’m assuming they mean bananas, not all fruit, but that’s still an intriguing concept. Here’s what we know about what’s in the bottle: The process: Each batch is infused with 50,000 bananas (no…

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Review: 2018 Flora Springs Soliloquy

Flora Springs’ top-end white wine is this, Soliloquy, a blend that’s composed (this year) of 44% sauvignon blanc, 41% chardonnay, 10% malvasia, and 5% pinot gris. It’s a bold wine, heavy with perfume up front, featuring notes of jasmine, honeysuckle, and cedar chest notes. The palate grows sweeter and fruitier, growing in complexity while tempering…

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Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas Triple Wood Cask Strength Edition 2019

Laphroaig fans are by now no stranger to its limited edition Cairdeas bottlings, which are released each year as part of Islay’s Fèis Ìle celebrations. This year’s limited release is a cask strength version of its popular Triple Wood release, a whisky which is first matured in ex-bourbon barrels, then moves to smaller quarter casks,…

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Review: The London Essence Co. Soda Water

The London Essence Co. is a new brand promises “skilfully distilled mixers,” though, it should go without saying, none of these are actually distilled. That’s why they’re mixers, of course. The full lineup includes six products, but for some reason we only received a lone bottle of its soda water for review. So, let’s try…

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Review: Garnish Island Gin

Garnish Island sounds like an amazing place where Maraschino cherries, cocktail olives, and lemons (peels only) grow freely. Alas, it’s actually a tiny island off the south coast of Ireland, and it’s the namesake for this new gin from West Cork Distillers (producers of the West Cork Irish Whiskey line). A lovely (based on the…

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The Top 10 Wines for Winter 2020

It may still be hot out, but rest assured, winter is coming, and sooner than you’d think. For this inaugural edition of Drinkhacker’s Top 10 Wines for Winter, 2020 edition, we’ve dug into the last year’s worth of wine reviews – along with a few wines we didn’t formally review – to pull out a…

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