Drew Beard

Drew Beard is assistant editor for Drinkhacker and winner of several booze-related merit badges, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A former federal employee turned hotelier and spirits journalist, he looks forward to his next midlife crisis.

Review: Isle of Raasay Single Malt

By Drew Beard | August 28, 2023 |

Isle of Raasay released its namesake whisky back in 2021, but it took a bit longer for this Hebridean single malt, distilled on a tiny island north of Skye, to wash up on our shores. We chewed over a stopgap bottling of sourced single malt from the distillery, cutely dubbed While We Wait, a few…

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Review: Jacob’s Pardon American Whiskey #3 18 Years Old

By Drew Beard | August 27, 2023 |

Taub Family Selections introduced their Jacob’s Pardon line back in 2021 with a unique focus on the somewhat obscure category of light whiskey. As a refresher, the first Small Batch release was a blend of MGP-sourced light whiskey and Tennessee whiskey sourced from George Dickel. A line of single barrels drawn from those same 15-year-old…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 35

By Drew Beard | August 26, 2023 |

Barrell Bourbon is back with yet another batch in its long-running bourbon series. For those keeping score at home, we’re up to 35 now. To describe this one as another mix of bourbons sourced from Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee probably simplifies things too much. The Barrell folks do a great job of explaining on their…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection Dareringer Cask Strength Bourbon

By Drew Beard | August 26, 2023 |

Hot on the heels of their 10th anniversary release, Tenniel, Kentucky’s Rabbit Hole Distillery is out with yet another limited edition, the fourth in their Founder’s Collection line. Like their very first Founder’s release, Boxergrail, this latest offering is a rare, cask strength formulation of another whiskey from the core lineup. The details, per Rabbit…

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Review: The Irishman Single Malt Irish Whiskey 12 Years Old and 17 Years Old

By Drew Beard | August 19, 2023 |

The Irishman brand underwent some tweaking in 2022 with sexy new packaging and a few edits to the core lineup. What once was the entry-level Founder’s Reserve Blend is now dubbed The Harvest and a new rum-finished expression has joined Single Malt and Vintage Cask in the non-age stated portion of the portfolio. All that…

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Review: Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled in Bond Spring 2019 Vintage

By Drew Beard | August 12, 2023 |

Two in a row! We’re not about to pat ourselves too hard on the back, but so far, we’re doing a better job of keeping up with Chattanooga Whiskey’s semiannual Bottled in Bond releases. The fall 2018 offering was a mix of four high-malt mash bills, but the distillery is dialing that back for the…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Tenniel

By Drew Beard | August 11, 2023 |

Rabbit Hole is turning 10 years old this year. These distilleries sure do grow up fast. To celebrate the milestone, the brand is releasing a special limited-edition bourbon dubbed Tenniel. The moniker may sound like an Old English word for tenth anniversary, but it’s actually a tribute to John Tenniel, the original illustrator for Alice’s…

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Review: Rums of Rolling Fork: Fortuitous Union and Single Cask Barbados 9 Years Old

By Drew Beard | August 9, 2023 |

Started in 2017 by Turner Wathen and Jordan Morris, independent bottler Rolling Fork is named for a famous, but now shuttered, Kentucky bourbon distillery. But Rolling Fork isn’t making whiskey and doesn’t plan to. Instead, the label sources additive-free rums from around the world and finishes them in whiskey casks. They appear to be doing…

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Tasting Report: Virginia Spirits Expo 2023

By Drew Beard | August 8, 2023 |

Now in its second year, the Virginia Spirits Expo is expanding to include four different events across the state. I attended the first of these in Charlottesville over the summer where more than two dozen Virginia distillers were on hand to share their labors of love. It was unseasonably warm at Ix Art Park that…

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Review: Ron del Barrilito Rum 2 Stars

By Drew Beard | August 7, 2023 |

While the 3 Star expression might be the most readily available rum from Puerto Rico’s Ron del Barrilito, the brand actually offers impressively aged 4 and 5 Star offerings, as well as this bottle, the entry level 2 Star. Per Ron del Barrilito, this introductory expression has been aged “at least 3 to 5 years”…

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