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Tasting Report: The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza 2011

The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza is the smallest of the whisky shows, but that doesn’t mean it has something to prove. With fewer crowds and more thoughtful selections — no white dog here, folks — you can find … Continue reading

Drinkhacker’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving! While you’re enjoying your turkey, stuffing, and pie, many a thanksgiver’s thoughts turn to booze. Specifically, what one might buy for a favored loved one come holiday time. I’ve collected all my favorite spirits from 2011 here for … Continue reading

Review: Kilchoman Inaugural 100% Islay

We’ve been covering the quarterly releases from Kilchoman — established in 2005, it’s the first distillery built in Islay for 124 years — since mid-2010, and finally the distillery is releasing its “Inaugural” whisky. That, of course, is a bit … Continue reading

Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2011

WhiskyFest remains the whiskey enthusiast’s festival to beat. With hundreds of whiskeys, it is a mad dash for all sorts of great stuff — if only you can find it in the scattered auditorium and muscle your way to the … Continue reading

Review: Wemyss Malts Smooth Gentleman and Peat Chimney Whisky 8 Years Old

Wemyss (pronounced “weems”) is well known for its blended (aka vatted) malts and its aggressive approach to picking a variety of single malt casks to reach various specified outcomes. Wemyss even names its malts — which are not blended Scotch, … Continue reading

Review: Kilchoman Winter 2010 Release

We last encountered Kilchoman only a few short months ago, when its Summer 2010 Release single malt whisky was still on the shelves. Now those days are gone, but Kilchoman is back with another semiannual release. Winter 2010 finds Kilchoman … Continue reading

Review: Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release

In the world of Scotch whisky, Kilchoman is tiny. It’s one of the smallest distilleries in the country, producing about just about 130,000 bottles of whisky each year. It’s also one of the newest distilleries around, having opened its doors … Continue reading

Review: Four Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky Expressions

Islay’s Bruichladdich keeps pumping out whisky faster that I can drink it. Here’s a look at four recently-released expressions from the vaunted distillery. Bruichladdich Organic 2003 – A young whisky — it’s unclear exactly how young since the spirit carries … Continue reading

Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World San Francisco 2010

Was it the crowds (insane), the heat (manageable), or the rumor that some lady had thrown up near the buffet an hour into the event (just gross, yet credible)? Whatever the case this year I found myself not in the … Continue reading

Original Recipe: The Magnificent Bastard

Our friends at Magnificent Bastard announced a contest to create a namesake cocktail for them late last year. After giving it much thought, here’s what I came up with and submitted. I wanted to create something that’s very easy to … Continue reading

Drinkhacker’s 2009 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

Booze: The gift that keeps on giving, whether you like it or not. It’s now tradition at Drinkhacker to look back at the best new spirits of the year, offering our suggestions on our favorite tipples — and the stuff … Continue reading

Review: Ardmore 30 Year Old Scotch Whisky

It’s not every day a $450 Scotch lands on the doorstep. Today we got two (though Laphroaig’s 25 Year Old, to be reviewed tomorrow, is actually $500). Ardmore’s 30-year Highland (Speyside) Scotch (I believe there’s only been one other 30-year-old … Continue reading

Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco, March 28, 2009

What I liked about WotW 2009: It was held on a boat and, despite my usual seasickness, I didn’t get ill at all. Lots of great whiskey being poured. Despite the stairs (three levels) and the crowds (big), relatively compact … Continue reading

Review: Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Connemara wears that “peated” slug right on its sleeve. If the name of the spirit didn’t tip you off, this is a rarity for Irish whiskeys, which are traditionally not peated at all. The smoky peat in this 80-proof whiskey … Continue reading

Review: Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Scotch

One of the most-fun-to-say spirits names in the business, Bunnahabhain is situated on the north end of Islay. This 18-year Scotch is a moderately smoky spirit, heavy on salty, seaweed-infused phenol and light on the sweets (a caramel note is … Continue reading

Event Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2008

It’s official: WhiskyFest is awesome. Bouncing around the dozens of booths and hundreds of spirits being poured was tons of fun: More intimate than the enormous wine events and studded with wall-to-wall kilts. My final tally: 24 whiskeys tasted (plus … Continue reading

So Much Whiskey… So Little Time

This time I mean it literally. Friday is WhiskyFest in San Francisco, and there are literally hundreds of bottling available to sample over the brief 3 1/2 hours of the event. I’ve made some notes on what I’m looking to … Continue reading

Tasting Report: Jameson Rare and Reserve Irish Whiskeys

Amidst the crushing shelf space given over to Scotch and Bourbon, you (and by you, I mean myself) can be forgiven for not knowing all that much about Irish Whiskey. But did you know that Irish Whiskey was once the … Continue reading

Bar Review: Bourbon & Branch (San Francisco)

Last night I finally had the opportunity to visit Bourbon & Branch, courtesy of a party thrown by my friends at tech company Zannel, to see what all the fuss was about. Bourbon & Branch, or B&B, is fashioned after … Continue reading