Frank Dobbins

Frank Dobbins is a writer for Drinkhacker.

Review: Kentucky Owl Bourbon Batch 12

By Frank Dobbins | February 24, 2023 |

Kentucky Owl has had a lot to prove ever since handing over the reigns to their Master Blender John Rhea. Since Rhea took over in 2021 the former COO of Four Roses has overseen a flurry of activity in the form of new expressions and a number of limited edition offerings for the brand. The…

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Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Rye Bottle

Review: Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Rye

By Frank Dobbins | February 15, 2023 |

Uncle Nearest has had quite a precocious start as a nascent distillery, and they kicked their output into overdrive to cap off 2022. The brand did so by introducing the world to their ’12 Weeks of Christmas’ campaign which saw the Uncle Nearest add three permanent expressions to its national portfolio: Uncle Nearest Straight Rye…

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A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon Batch 2 bottle

Review: A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon Batch #2

By Frank Dobbins | January 27, 2023 |

Here at Drinkhacker we’ve previously brought you a review of A. Smith Bowman’s inaugural Cask Strength bourbon offering, and today we’re pleased to bring you a review of the Virginia distillery’s second act. The relatively new release has quickly joined the ranks of some of the most sought-after annual bourbon expressions. The reason for that…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey 10 Year Anniversary Edition

By Frank Dobbins | January 26, 2023 |

Wyoming Whiskey recently celebrated their ten year anniversary and they honored the occasion as any craft distillery worth their salt would – by releasing a ten year old product. That ten year old product is the subject of today’s review, Wyoming Whiskey 10 Year Anniversary Edition which, we are told, “reflects 20 of the rarest…

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Bottles from Stranahan's and Flying Dog Brewery's The Osopher Project

Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey The Osopher

By Frank Dobbins | January 25, 2023 |

After a recent visit to Stranahan’s for the release of their highly sought-after Snowflake expression (review soon to come) I happened to ask founder Jess Graber a simple question, “Is Snowflake the release you’re most proud of?” After a moment’s reflection Jess replied, “No, that would be The Osopher.” If you’re unfamiliar with Stranahan’s The…

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Heaven's Door Bootleg Series Vol. IV

Review: Heaven’s Door Bootleg Series Vol. IV

By Frank Dobbins | January 24, 2023 |

The Bootleg Series from Heaven’s Door, now in its fourth iteration, always comes complete with three things: a painting from Bob Dylan, a beautiful bespoke leather case, and an eye-popping asking price. The liquid composition of each series entry, however, is always different. For this latest edition the brand has taken 11 year-old wheated bourbon…

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2XO the Phoenix Blend Bottle

Review: 2XO The Phoenix Blend

By Frank Dobbins | January 12, 2023 |

Dixon Dedman is no stranger to the art of blending whiskey. In fact, it’s exactly how he first made his name in the industry as a co-founder of the critically acclaimed Kentucky Owl brand. Having since moved on to his latest venture, 2XO, Dedman is hoping to recreate some of that magic now that he…

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Fortuna Bourbon Bottle

Review: Fortuna Bourbon

By Frank Dobbins | December 31, 2022 |

If I were to ask you for a “bourbon-y bourbon” what exactly might come to mind? If you have a mind at all in line with Pablo Moix then you’ll find your answer with his newest release, Fortuna Bourbon. While it may seem that reviving long-forgotten whiskey brands is en vogue these days, it should…

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Author David Jennings

Let’s Talk Turkey: An Interview With Rare Bird 101’s David Jennings

By Frank Dobbins | December 26, 2022 |

Author David Jennings is widely regarded as the most prominent Wild Turkey historian in the whiskey world. After spending years among the ranks of bourbon enthusiasts on Reddit, David’s insight on obscure laser codes and his methodical approach to identifying the characteristics of “Dusty Turkey” was rewarded with recognition in major publications. From there he…

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Blue Run Emerald Rye bottle and Blue Run glassware

Review: Blue Run Emerald Rye

By Frank Dobbins | November 30, 2022 |

Blue Run has been on quite a streak this year. After releasing batch 2 of their Golden Rye along with Reflection I, a High Rye Bourbon, and their impressive Flight Series, the brand is back again with their latest expression: Blue Run Emerald Rye. Though this is only the third rye, and only the second…

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