Review: Rhum J.M Fumee Volcanique, Epices Creoles, and Jardin Fruite

Martinique’s Rhum J.M started exploring new styles with the release of its Terroir Volcanique expression in 2023. It’s now returning to that concept with a new series of rums called the Atelier Range (aka “L’Atelier des Rhums”), a trio of products designed by Master Blender Karine Lassalle “to identify three characteristics inherently present and specific…

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Review: 2022 Hahn Founder’s Series Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir

Founders Nicky and Gaby Hahn settled in the Santa Lucia Highlands in the late 1970s. Now in its second generation of family ownership, Hahn Family Wines produces a wide assortment of wines at a variety of price points, including its excellent SLH series as well as the Appellation Series, concentrating exclusively on estate vineyards located…

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Review: Shakara Rum 12 Years Old

Rum from Thailand is becoming increasingly commonplace, with brands like Phraya and especially Bumbu making significant waves. Shakara — not Shakira — is made from local molasses, column-distilled, and aged in bourbon barrels for 12 years. High temperature, high humidity. No additives, including sugar. Immediately reminiscent of the tropics, there’s plenty of Asian influence from the…

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Review: Wines of Frescobaldi, 2024 Releases

We’re longtime fans and devotees of Frescobaldi, one of Tuscany’s premiere winemaking families. Today we are fortunate to cover a quintet of wines from the storied operation, including a white blend, three Chianti Classicos, and a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano — offering a broad look at the various styles coming out of the winery. Let’s…

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Review: Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Italian Spritz and Amalfi Spritz

With non-alcoholic spirits on the rise, the aperitif space has of late taken center stage as one of the most promising sectors for exploration. We’ve encountered NA amari that are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, so we had high hopes going into this two-fer review of Lyre’s spin on the category. Reviewed herein: One…

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Review: Highland Park 18 Years Old Viking Pride (2024)

Drinkhacker was just a baby blog in 2008 when Chris last tasted the entire range of age-stated Highland Park expressions. Even with the 25-year and the 40-year (!) on the table, he kept going back to this bottle, the comparatively pedestrian 18-year-old. Today, this elder teen sits right in the middle of the Orkney Islands…

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Review: Aberlour Double Cask 12, 16, and A’bunadh Batch 79 (2024)

We’ve tackled the lineup from Speyside single malt-maker Aberlour periodically over the last decade, but our very first taste of the distillery came way back in 2009 with an impressive travel retail bottling (long since discontinued) and Batch 26 of the distillery’s cask strength sherry bomb, A’bunadh. (We also visited in person!) The latter remains…

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Review: Karbach Hopadillo Juicy IPA

Karbach’s Hopadillo is mainstay beer offering in Texas (reportedly the best-selling IPA in the state for 11 years), and now you can punch up that IPA character even further with the addition of Hopadillo Juicy. Hopadillo Juicy is a “Texas India Pale Ale made with two row pale malt, flaked wheat, light crystal, and flaked…

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