Review: Bacardi Tangerine Rum

I’ve never had a tangerine that tasted anything like this, but Bacardi Sunny Delight Rum probably would’ve gotten the company into hot water. What we have here is an indistinctly orangish-citrus, petrol-laden rum that is simultaneously super-sweet and incredibly artificial in the way it comes across. (As always, “natural flavors” are promised, per the label.)…

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Review: 2014 Atalon Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Atalon has been releasing wines since 1997, with just three offerings on the table — two reds, and this sauvignon blanc. Intensely grassy, this is sauvignon blanc that at first showcases a wine pushed to its herbal limits. As it develops, notes of grapefruit peel and saltwater taffy give this wine an extreme profile, a…

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Review: Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey

Tea-flavored whiskey is nothing new, but Marlee’s, produced in the Miami area, is rye whiskey flavored with green tea, a unique combination. Also in the bottle: Mexican agave nectar, miscellaneous natural flavors, and caramel color. Now the south is the home of sweet (black) tea, and the home of whiskey. The two have come together in…

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Review: Pinnacle Cinnamon Roll Vodka

Those of you afraid that vodka flavors are losing their edge, rest easy, here’s a flavor that’s sure to strip the enamel straight off your teeth: Cinnamon roll, produced in conjunction with (or at least, with a picture and logo from) Cinnabon. Unbearably sweet — though that’s not far from the source — the overall…

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Review: Wines of Matanzas Creek, 2016 Releases

Sonoma’s Matanzas Creek is out with new merlots and a chardonnay. Let’s dive in to these new releases. 2013 Matanzas Creek Winery Chardonnay Sonoma County – Initially quite oaky, with a bold, brown-butter body. Classic California chardonnay from top to bottom, but Matanzas Creek infuses it with just enough fruit to make the dense, dessert-like…

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Review: Wines of Avant, 2016 Releases

  Avant is a new budget label from the folks at Kendall-Jackson, with a trio of basic California-sourced wines comprising the initial production run. While a lot of this comes across exactly as you expect it will, there’s at least one modest surprise in the bunch. Thoughts follow. 2014 Avant Sauvignon Blanc California – Undistinguished and…

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Review: Score Vodka

The grain in Ukraine falls mainly on the vodka producers, one of which is the maker of this new spirit, Score Vodka. Score is distilled from organic winter wheat, distilled seven times, and run through a “unique milk-based filtration,” which sounds pretty crazy but, hey, it’s Ukraine, amirite? The vodka itself is clean and very…

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Review: Troegs Perpetual IPA and Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA

I had the good fortune of visiting the Troegs brewery, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, last summer. (You should go, too — the cafe is amazing.) Recently the company sent a couple of new releases to Drinkhacker HQ for us to formally review. Let’s give these a go! Troegs Perpetual IPA – Initially rather dusty and mushroomy,…

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