Review: Writers’ Tears Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 2023 – PX and Marsala

Writers’ Tears has long stood as one of the best and most accessible Irish whiskeys on the market. However, after 20 expressions, it’s never put out a 100% single pot still release; the standard expression is 60% single pot still and 40% single malt. This year that all changes with release #21, as Writers’ Tears…

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Review: 2020 Presqu’ile Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Presqu’ile Vineyard

Presqu’ile is as hard to pronounce (press-keel) as it is to type, but the wines made here certainly aren’t hard to drink. With a focus on pinot noir and chardonnay — and a smattering of other varietals — the wines produced in this Santa Maria Valley operation are iconically styled. 2020 Presqu’ile Pinot Noir Presqu’ile…

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Review: Benriach The Forty

Barely a month ago we looked at the newest entrant into Benriach’s single malt lineup, a 16 year old expression. Now we dive back in with an even more prized offering, Benriach The Forty, which is exactly what you think it is. Well, almost. While most Benriach releases are unpeated (sans the Smoke Season-designated releases), The…

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Review: Old Forester The 117 Series – Bottled in Bond

Old Forester’s limited edition 117 Series — now under the purview of Melissa Rift — is cranking along with its latest installment which should be familiar to our readers: Bottled in Bond. As is widely known, the bonded whiskey category was created by the 1897 Bottled in Bond Act, and bonded whiskey must come from…

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Review: 2022 Black Stallion Sauvignon Blanc North Coast

If there’s any perfect time to drink sauvignon blanc, it’s now, when the thermometers are regularly cruising past 100 degrees. As gentle a California sauvignon blanc as you’re likely to find, this 2022 from Black Stallion is a lemony Creamsicle of a wine, vanilla running through the experience alongside a mild tropical character that evokes…

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Review: Clyde May’s Cask Strength Rye 9 Years Old

The Official State Spirit of Alabama, Clyde May’s of Conecuh Ridge Distillery, continues to release new expressions with a steady clip, with the latest rye whiskey coming fast on the heels from several 2022 releases that Drinkhacker recently dipped into. We’ve seen greater ambition and more boldness with each release, but their impression on us…

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Review: Wines of Baldacci, 2021 Vintage

Summer is not the most ideal time for a visit to Napa, as it can be hard during the middle of a rather punishing heat wave to muster up excitement about indulging in big, burly reds. However, Baldacci’s Stags Leap Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon proved itself to be one of the top bottles I have…

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Review: Brucato Amaro – Orchards, Woodlands, and Chaparral

The amaro craze continues with the launch of Brucato, a collection of three amari made in San Francisco with a heavy reliance on California-grown botanicals. The trio of expressions are markedly different, but all are widely versatile, able to be used as an aperitif, digestif, or — my pick — as a cocktail ingredient or…

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