Review: Drinkmate Instafizz

On-demand carbonated drinks… for one? While at-home carbonation machines have been around for years, Drinkmate’s latest product, Instafizz, is the first I’ve seen that carbonates on a single-serving basis, right in the container you drink it from. The device looks largely like a typical aluminum water bottle, albeit with a larger than normal lid and…

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Review: Jefferson’s Tropics Aged in Humidity Bourbon

Tired yet of the gimmicks from Jefferson’s? Me neither. Because the brand continues to pump out quality bourbons, I’ve been able to forgive the not infrequent “motion of the ocean” marketing backstory, but the tall tales behind this latest release may be a bit more challenging to ignore. Read for yourself: Jefferson’s is constantly experimenting…

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Review: Frey Ranch Farm Strength Uncut Bourbon

Nevada-based Frey Ranch has been on a tear with new releases of both bourbon and rye, including limited edition single barrel offerings of both. This new expression is an overproof but permanent addition to the Frey Ranch lineup, a cask strength (62.15% abv) version of its classic bourbon (45% abv), which it refers to as…

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Review: Crystal Head Onyx and Bone Bottle Vodkas

Crystal Head Vodka got its start as a wacky Dan Aykroyd-designed vodka that was packaged in a see-through skull. Since those early days some 15 years ago, the brand has surprised everyone by continuing to succeed through the sheer power of its novelty. Different skulls with different vodka distillates have followed, including everything from Pride-themed…

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Review: Rossville Union Straight Rye 6 Years Old

You know Ross and Squibb even though the name may not quite ring a bell. It’s the new name for MGP which followed after the merger with Luxco. Ross and Squibb remains a workhorse contract distiller for a lot of names that ring lots of bells. They recently launched Rossville Union as one of their…

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Review: Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Tawny Port Cask Edition

Like a lot of Irish whiskeymakers, Redbreast is cranking up the innovation engine of late, with new releases largely revolving around finishes of its classic single pot still whiskey. This round, installment #3 in the Iberian series, it’s time for Tawny Port, with non-age-statement Redbreast seeing its first round of aging in bourbon and sherry…

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Review: Grand Teton Private Stock American Single Malt 7 Years Old

  Idaho-based Grand Teton Distillery makes a pretty impressive bourbon (plus lots of vodka) and now it’s following the masses into that rising American whiskey category — American single malt. This expression is made from 100% Idaho-grown malted barley and is (wisely) aged in used bourbon barrels instead of new barrels for a whopping 7…

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Drinkhacker 2023 Wine Cheat Sheet / Vintage Chart

Has it been a year already? We’re back with our annually updated “Vintage Chart Cheat Sheet” for the wine lovers out there. In case you’ve missed the last dozen or so renditions of this, the concept is simple: Refer to this handy document to discover, painted in the absolute most general of generalities, whether a…

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