Review: Smirnoff Moscow Mule Ginger & Lime Infused Vodka

It’s not an urban myth that Smirnoff invented the Moscow Mule cocktail, so it’s fitting that “Moscow Mule” vodka would be released by the company. Now, it’s critical to note that this is not a ready-to-drink bottled cocktail but rather a vodka that is flavored with ginger and lime. “Just add ginger ale (or ginger…

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Review: Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2018

Limestone Branch Distillery — nee Luxco — hits year number four with its special release of Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, “the third and final barrel finishing experiment” in a trilogy of releases that started with the second bottling in 2016. If you haven’t followed this series — see reviews of the 2016 and…

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Review: 2016 Lucas & Lewellen Brut and Cabernet Sauvignon Valley View Vineyard

Solvang-based Lucas & Lewellen is back with two new releases from the 2016 vintage, a sparkling wine and a single-vineyard (but ultra-affordable) cabernet sauvignon. Thoughts on both wines follow. 2016 Lucas & Lewellen Brut Santa Barbara County – 55% pinot noir, 45% chardonnay, all estate fruit. A touch of sweetness gives this sparkling wine a…

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Review: Remus Repeal Reserve Series II Bourbon

It’s no secret that I wasn’t a huge fan of MGP’s first stab at a bourbon bottled under the Remus label, so what then to do with its successor, Remus Repeal Reserve? This is actually the second release of this whiskey (hence the “Series II” moniker), following up on a small release that originally hit…

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Review: Domaine Carneros 2012 Le Reve, 2012 Jardin d’Hiver, and 2016 Pinot Noir

Domaine Carneros is highly regarded for two wine styles: Sparkling wine, and pinot noir. Today we look at three wines represent both of these universes, including the latest release of the pinnacle of Domaine Carneros’ production, Le Reve. If you haven’t visited Domaine Carneros in California, it’s well worth planning a trip. More on this…

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Review: Tequila Don Julio Reposado Double Cask – Buchanan’s Barrel

We’ve been Don Julio fans since the very beginning of Drinkhacker, so when the distillery decided to release its first new expression in six years who were we to refuse? Tequila Don Julio Reposado Double Cask Buchanan’s Barrel is a limited-edition Reposado tequila aged for 8 months in traditional (bourbon) oak barrels, then finished for…

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Review: Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee (2018)

We’ve covered several of Firestone Walker’s Proprietor’s Vintage Series in recent years, and while all have their followings, Stickee Monkee is a perennial fan favorite. It’s the first in what Firestone Walker considers a new category of “Central Coast Quad,”  brewed with Belgian candi sugar and aged for more than a year in a selection…

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Review: Cascade Chipotle Pepper Flavored Vodka

Having recently reviewed two salted vodkas, how appropriate that next in line was a pepper vodka, albeit of the smoked jalapeño kind, known as chipotle. It’s a sweet and spicy flavor commonly used in Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Southwest cooking. This vodka, though, comes from the Pacific Northwest, Oregon to be precise. Starting with water from…

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