Review: NV Dark Horse Brut and Rose Brut Sparkling Wine

Dark Horse isn’t exactly known for producing nuanced wines, mostly turning out sub-$20 — or sub-$10 — wines for the mass market. Its sparkling production might be the most impressive juice in its arsenal, and you can find these nonvintage sparklers for as little as 8 bucks if you keep your eyes open. NV Dark…

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Review: Laphroaig 28 Years Old

I’ve always said there’s nothing quite like old Laphroaig, with Laphroaig 25 Years Old long standing as a major highlight of its lineup. So, what’s this? Laphroaig at 28 years old, could this be even better? This expression is matured in casks of various sizes, from quarter casks to butts, but is married to finish…

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Review: Melvin Brewing Citradamus, Killer Bees, and Stay Tuned

Something old and something new from Alpine, Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing. Let’s dig into this trio of beers, all available by the can. Melvin Brewing Citradamus IIPA – Part of Melvin’s rotational Imperial IPA series, Citradamus uses “dank-ass Citra hops” as the basis for a ridiculously dense brew, resinous and syrupy, a hoppy monster that melds…

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Review: West Cork Blended Irish Whiskey Export Stout Cask Finished

West Cork Distillers remains a less well-known producer of Irish whiskey than Jameson or Bushmills, but the company is working hard to draw attention to itself, and we have noticed their efforts here, here, and here. Most recently, West Cork entered into a collaboration with Castle Island Brewing Co. in Norwood, Mass. to create a…

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Drinkhacker’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

2018 marks our eleventh annual holiday gift guide, and we’re hoping this year really gets you in the spirit of giving at Christmas. Ha! Seriously, you’ll need it. Prices are creeping ever higher, especially on popular categories like whiskey, and stocks of some of the most prized products seem to be more limited than ever this…

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Review: Bisol 2017 Prosecco Crede and Jeio Prosecco Brut

Bisol has long been one of my favorite Prosecco producers, because it keeps the focus of its wines squarely on the grape, letting the varietal character shine. Here’s a look at two of its most recent releases. 2017 Bisol Valdobbiadene Prosecco Crede DOCG – 85% glera, 10% pinot bianco, 5% verdiso — named for “crede”…

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Review: Gold Bar Original Whiskey (2018)

One of the strangest spirits I’ve seen this year, Gold Bar whiskey’s oddities start with the packaging. It’s packaged inside a replica of a gold bar (complete with a base that makes the whole thing akimbo), a nod to founder Elliott Gillespie’s acknowledgement that he’d need a few real gold bars to get into the…

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Review: Bokksu Japanese Snack Box Subscription

Man cannot live on whiskey alone — even Japanese whisky. What one needs to go along with such delights are snacks, and no one does snacks better than Japan. Bokksu is a new subscription service bringing you innovative Japanese snack products — well beyond the usual Kit Kats and novelty candies you find in other…

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