Tasting Chenin Blanc – Vouvray vs. South Africa, 2016 Releases

Chenin blanc is not a grape that people ooh and ahh over. Typically it’s the cheap wine on the by-the-glass list that you select only because you don’t drink chardonnay and you just don’t trust that New Zealand sauvignon blanc to be dry enough before dinner. Chenin blanc is best known in its home in the Loire…

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Review: Peligroso Tequila Silver (2016)

It’s a common thing in the world of tequila to release a blanco first, then wait a bit before releasing a reposado, then finally come out with an anejo to complete the lineup. Somehow, when it comes to Peligroso, we did everything all wrong. Six years we reviewed the distillery’s reposado, then followed that with an anejo…

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Review: Blood Oath Bourbon Whiskey Pact No. 2 2016

Luxco’s Blood Oath series is officially turning into an annual affair, and Pact No. 2 is here. As promised last year, Pact No. 2 is a different whiskey, but it’s less different than than you might think. This year’s expression is, like Pact No. 1, a blend of three Kentucky bourbons: First, a 7-year old rye-heavy…

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Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2016 Edition

It’s the 15th edition of Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon, and I’m happy to report this year’s installment is one of the best in recent memory. But first, a little detail from OldFo on this, a 12 year old bourbon, which is fully in keeping with the distillery’s history: Each barrel in the Birthday Bourbon selections…

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Review: Lagavulin 8 Years Old 200th Anniversary Edition

To celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016, one of Islay’s most beloved distillery’s has released a special bottling. No, it’s not a gorgeous 50 year old in a Baccarat decanter. It’s an 8 year old, just half the age of its signature release, Lagavulin 16. Why 8 years old? Lagavulin tells us there’s a reason:…

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Happy 9th Birthday to Drinkhacker!

Wow, I almost missed it — we’re nine years old, today! Thanks to all our fans and readers for keeping Drinkhacker going strong for all this time — we’re gunning to publish our 5000th post before our 10th birthday next year, and I’m hoping to come up with some amazing giveaways for you guys for…

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Review: Cocktail & Sons Switchel and Haymaker’s Punch

Two new seasonal mixers made by our friends at New Orleans’ Cocktail & Sons — both based on 18th century cocktail ingredients and built around ginger. Let’s dive in. Cocktail & Sons Switchel – A citrus syrup made with ginger, Louisiana honey, and apple cider vinegar. Intensely spicy ginger dominates this syrup, with a smattering…

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Review: Headframe Spirits Anselmo Gin and Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur

Butte, Montana is the home of Headframe Spirits, a craft distiller that at present makes a total of five products. Today we look at two: a gin and, intriguingly, a craft bourbon cream liqueur. Headframe Spirits Anselmo Gin – Flavored with 12 botanicals, mostly unnamed with the exception of “citrus and huckleberry.” The results are…

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