Review: Saltworks Property Salted Vodkas

Just when you thought the flavored vodka thing was over, because every flavor under the sun had been used, along comes Saltworks Property with a range of vodkas that are flavored… with salt. Salted vodkas? Right. I do have more of a sweet tooth, but I’m open-minded, if also a little open-mouthed at the prospect. Several…

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Review: Tequila Herradura Ultra Anejo (2019)

Four years ago I was gushing over Herradura’s cristalino style anejo, which spends “up to 49 months” in oak barrels before being color filtered back to clear. Today we take a fresh look at this tequila, and my how times have changed. Either this tequila has changed or my palate has changed, or both. Either…

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Review: James E. Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks and Old Pepper Rye “F.K.O.” G18Q

The James E. Pepper whiskey line has been kicking around — at least in its current incarnation — since 2008, and we’ve reviewed some lovely whiskeys from the company over that time. Lately, Pepper has been spreading its wings a bit, dabbling with finishes and other high-end touches. While the juice still comes from MGP…

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Review: Our/Los Angeles Vodka

This is our fourth encounter with Our/Vodka, an Absolut spinoff that had the brave concept of making vodka not in a centralized, global plant but rather in small microdistilleries built in various cities around the world. While each distillery uses the same recipe (distilling from corn), each uses local ingredients and water to showcase the individual…

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Review: Upslope Kolsch and 2019 Experimental IPA

In the crowded craft beer industry, awash with quality brews in an array of styles, how does one stand out? One tiring trend is to make the beer louder: big hop aroma, high alcohol, 100 IBUs, colorful labels, barrel aging, and the like. So when Colorado’s Upslope Brewing Company contacted Drinkhacker with their unassuming label…

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Review: Egan’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey Legacy Reserve 15 Years Old

The fourth installment in the ever-expanding Egan’s Irish Whiskey lineup, Legacy Reserve is its most prized expression yet, a non-chill-filtered bottling that spends 15 years in bourbon casks before being bottled. Fancy decanter, at that. Fans of Irish will find all of its elements here in full force — perhaps more than the typical Irish…

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Review: 2013 Marchesi di Barolo Tradizione Barolo DOCG

Curious where the famed nebbiolo-based wine Barolo got its start? In part, right here, by the winery that is now known as Marchesi di Barolo. Per importer Frederick Wildman: Barolo as we know it today was first made in the early 19th century by the Marchese Carlo Tancredi Falletti di Barolo and his wife, Giulia.…

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Review: Southern Star White Whiskey, Bourbons, and Coffee Bourbon Cream Liqueur (2019)

Southern Distilling Company in Statesville, North Carolina is making a minor name for itself with its Southern Star whiskey products, most of which center around “grain to glass” craft-distilled bourbon. The company is also a contract distiller, and it doesn’t provide a whole lot of information about much of its operation (which appears to be…

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