Review: Takasago and Toko Divine Droplets Junmai Daiginjo Sake

Late last year I went shopping at one of the USA’s only sake specialty retailers, True Sake in San Francisco. When I mentioned that my favorite sake is Takasago’s Divine Droplets Junmai Daiginjo I was told some unpleasant news: 2018’s batch would be the last one. Devastated, I emailed importer Vine Connections looking for answers.…

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Tasting Report: Jack Rose Dining Saloon Premier Drams 2019

Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, D.C. hosted their second Premier Drams festival in early April, and Drinkhacker was once again invited along for the ride. It was probably apparent from last year’s Tasting Report that I thoroughly enjoyed the inaugural event and found the variety and quality of the whiskey available to be excellent…

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Review: Kahlua Espresso Style Martini

Kahlua’s latest release isn’t one of its oddball-flavored bottled liqueurs, but something entirely new: A ready-to-serve espresso martini that comes in a nitro-carbonated can. Says Kahlua: “It’s the perfect blend of Kahlúa, coffee and Vodka, complete with smart nitrogen widget, which helps to create the distinctive foam of an Espresso Martini as soon as it’s…

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Review: Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye

For the first time, a Wild Turkey’s Master’s Keep release is not bourbon but rather a rye, and the distillery is pulling out all the stops. This fourth release in the Wild Turkey Master’s Keep series has been breathlessly touted as “the oldest rye whiskey ever released by Wild Turkey.” That may have you dreaming…

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Review: Wines of Inama, 2019 Releases

Azienda Agricola Inama can be found in the heart of Soave Classico in the Veneto region of Italy, and like all great Italian wineries it’s got a story to tell: When he started the winery in the 1960s, Stefano’s father, Giuseppe Inama, focused almost exclusively on old vine Garganega (the classic white grape of Soave),…

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Review: Yellow Chartreuse and Green Chartreuse

Chartreuse has long been a staple of upscale mixology, and for good reason: The brand dates back to 1605, and its products are still made by French monks, and reportedly they still use the same 400 year-old recipes. Today, this incredibly complex liqueur — made with some 130 herbs, plants, and flowers, then aged in…

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Review: Ports of Warre’s – Warrior, Heritage Ruby, King’s Tawny, Otima 10, and White Port

Today we’re taking a belated look at four of the Port wines of Warre’s, one of the major Port houses, including its most widely-known expression, Warrior. We’re also looking at a fresh bottle of the 10 year old Otima Tawny, a wine we’ve reviewed three separate times in the past. These are all nonvintage bottlings,…

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Review: WhistlePig PiggyBack 100% Rye 6 Years Old

WhistlePig is known for its very well-aged rye whiskeys, but its latest release is this 6 year old bottling, a 100% rye that will forever, sadly, be known as the final product Dave Pickerell created for the company, one with which he’s had a lengthy relationship. It’s all sourced whiskey from Canada, bottled at a…

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