Review: Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt and Nikka Yoichi Single Malt

Japanese single malt whisky fans, the end is here. Age statements are vanishing faster than polar ice, and in their stead are arriving a series of NAS releases to replace them. Nikka is the latest distillery to do the deed, replacing a variety of the age-stated whiskies from its Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries, which are long since…

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Review: Langley’s No. 8 London Dry Gin

Langley’s is a brand of gin newly available in the U.S., thanks to Terlato, which is importing it. No “New Western” business here. This is a classic London Dry style of gin that will strip the enamel off your teeth with the pungency of juniper. But first, some background. Made in small batches from 100%…

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Review: Kilchoman ImpEx Cask Evolution 2/2016 Bourbon Barrel

This is a single cask release of Kilchoman exclusively for the U.S. This barrel was distilled on August 11, 2011 and bottled on May 16, 2016, making it just shy of five years old, entirely aged in a bourbon barrel, cask #470/2011. (This series is meant to showcase the impact of different types of wood…

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Review: Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders

Heineken-owned Strongbow is a staple of the apple cider scene, particularly in England, where the brand originated some 54 years ago. Most production of the beverage still takes place in England, but the samples we’re reviewing today were actually produced in Belgium. (The company also makes cider in Australia.) Strongbow comes in numerous varieties; today…

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Review: Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Vodka

This limited edition seasonal was technically released for the summer and the Fourth of July, but it fell through the cracks and finally resurfaced here at Drinkhacker HQ. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty still available, even though it’s November.) This flavored vodka packs three different elements into a single bottle: cherry, citrus, and blue raspberry. That…

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Review Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Straight Bourbon

Officially it’s called: Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Selected Straight Bourbon Whiskey Selected Expressly for Connoisseurs of Small Batch Fine Spirits. There are other honorifics on the bottle, but too much for me to type. That’s a lot of verbiage for an MGP-sourced whiskey, though it is bottled at at least seven years old, per the…

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Review: Truly Spiked & Sparkling Water

Well folks, we’re at peak, er… peak something. How do I know? Because in this world of alcohol-spiked oddities including Mexican frescas, whipped cream, and sports drinks, now we have the ultimate in ready-to-drink concoctions: spiked water. Truly is — much to my surprise — not a malt beverage, but rather gets its alcohol from a cane…

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Review: Kahlua Chili Chocolate Liqueur

Another year is upon us, which means Kahlua is here to try its hand at another holiday release (though this one will be part of the permanent collection going forward). Up for 2016: chili chocolate, which sounds like a fair enough experiment. This one works better than most of Kahlua’s recent concoctions, finally dialing the sweetness…

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