Review: 2015 Smoke Tree Pinot Noir Sonoma County

The name is apropos: This wine brings together intense fruit and a smokiness that laces up the sweeter elements into a surprisingly cohesive whole. Cherries up top and a leathery underneath — this is a wine that cries to be paired with a nice piece of salmon or duck. B+ / $25 / smoketreewines.com Related Stories:…

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Review: Redemption Aged Barrel Proof Straight Rye 10 Years Old, High-Rye 10 Years Old, and Bourbon 9 Years Old (2017)

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of Redemption Rye’s Barrel Proof lineup, which comprises a series of three different whiskeys, released roughly once a year. Complicating matters are the fact that those whiskeys haven’t always been the same types of spirit. In 2015 it was three straight ryes. Today the lineup includes the same…

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Review: 2015 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir

This 2015 pinot (made from 51% Santa Barbara County, 26% Sonoma County, and 23% Monterey County grapes) lands on the meaty side of the street, which is unusual for Landmark’s normally fruit-centric profile. Give it some air and a healthy swirl and you’ll find that cherry and vanilla cola notes bubble up on the palate, though…

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Review: Egan’s Single Grain Irish Whiskey Vintage Grain 2009

In 2013, Egan’s Single Malt hit the market as a new Irish whiskey brand. Now Egan’s is out with a second offering, a single grain. Unlike the Single Malt, Egan’s Single Grain doesn’t merely carry an age statement — this is an eight year old, though that’s not stated in exactly those terms on the…

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Review: The Traveler Beer Co. Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy

The good folks at The Traveler Beer Company present the latest in their limited edition line of shandies with Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy — a self-described “cheerful wheat beer” taking inspiration from aromas commonly associated with the holiday season. Surprisingly absent are the notes of nutmeg, dark fruits, and rye bread commonly found in holiday…

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The Top 10 Whiskeys of 2017

We write about all things drinkable here at Drinkhacker, but nothing gets tongues wagging more than our coverage of whiskey. Both readers and the staff alike have an obsession with the stuff, so this year we decided to get together and hash out our own top ten list of the best whiskey releases of 2017,…

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Eggnog: A Holiday Cocktail History

It’s that time of year again: holiday joy, holiday cheer, and of course, holiday cocktails. One drink that can make your nights a little more merry and bright is eggnog, that love-it-or-hate-it egg-and-alcohol combination that goes great with turkey and figgy pudding and whatever other holiday treats you want to indulge in before swearing them…

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Review: Tequila Ocho Plata Puerta del Aire 2016

It’s hard to believe but we haven’t reviewed a release of Tequila Ocho since this 2010 release. But our inadequacy get in the way of progress. Tequila Ocho has steadily been putting out vintage-dated single-village tequilas since 2008, with what must be dozens of expressions hitting the market since. (They’re all limited editions, so if…

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