Frank Dobbins

Frank Dobbins is a writer for Drinkhacker.

Fortuna Barrel Proof

Review: Fortuna Bourbon Barrel Proof (2023)

By Frank Dobbins | January 14, 2024 |

What’s the best readily-available barrel proof bourbon on the market? Rare Character is hoping that in due time Fortuna Barrel Proof Bourbon will be top of mind any time that question is asked. Fortuna Barrel Proof is the latest release from the brand Rare Character, which to this point has gained more traction with their…

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Bottle of Eagle Rare 25

Review: Eagle Rare 25 Years Old

By Frank Dobbins | October 28, 2023 |

Are you ready to climb even higher heights of peak bourbon? Eagle Rare 25 is the new impressively ornate ultra-aged bourbon from Buffalo Trace that aims to ascend to a perch among the most coveted American whiskeys on the market. To achieve the feat of extending Eagle Rare bourbon well beyond its typical age of…

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Jack Daniel's Special Release Heritage Barrel Rye bottle

Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Special Release 2023 – Twice Barreled Heritage Barrel Rye

By Frank Dobbins | September 20, 2023 |

Jack Daniel’s whiskey is hardly ever difficult to find, but the brand’s annual Single Barrel Special Release collection is so highly allocated and fervently sought after that it defies those expectations. It also treads the road less traveled in that, aside from their Distillery Series, Jack Daniel’s Special Releases have represented some of the wildest…

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Crown Royal Golden Apple 23 Year

Review: Crown Royal Golden Apple 23 Years Old

By Frank Dobbins | September 4, 2023 |

Is the world ready to try a high-end, 23-year-old flavored whiskey? One brand is banking on the answer being “yes,” and thus Crown Royal Golden Apple was born. As the newest entry in Crown Royal’s Master Series, Golden Apple is a blend of Canadian whiskies aged for 23 long years that is flavored with golden…

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Forbidden bourbon bottle on its side.

Review: Forbidden Bourbon

By Frank Dobbins | July 26, 2023 |

Forbidden bourbon is the bold and elegant next chapter in the storied career of Kentucky’s first titled female Master Distiller since prohibition, Marianne Eaves. Eaves, who has previously served as Master Taster for Brown-Forman, Master Blender for Sweetens Cove, as well as the inaugural Master Distiller at Castle & Key, enters her new role unfettered…

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Bottle of Augusta Distillery Buckner's 13 year single barrel bourbon and a rocks glass.

Review: Buckner’s Bourbon 13 Years Old

By Frank Dobbins | July 25, 2023 |

Is Augusta Distillery’s Buckner’s 13 year old bourbon the best in the world? After being crowned “the world’s best bourbon” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition the hype around this whiskey has certainly caught the attention of discerning bourbon fans. That win comes on the heels of Augusta Distillery’s 15 year old Buckner’s being…

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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye

Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye Barrel Proof

By Frank Dobbins | July 9, 2023 |

After making an initial splash into the cask strength rye arena back in 2020, Jack Daniel’s is back making waves with a new ongoing expression – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye. This brand new barrel proof rye marks a permanent extension of Jack Daniel’s increasingly crowded single barrel collection which also contains a…

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Bottle of Bardstown Bourbon Company and Foursquare Collaborative Series bottle

Review: Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series: Foursquare

By Frank Dobbins | June 30, 2023 |

Once upon a time – June 2022, to be specific – Bardstown Bourbon Company released a Plantation Rum finished bourbon to much fanfare. Now for the latest entry in its Collaborative Series the company is back with a new rum finished whiskey, this time blending 9 year old rye with 17 year old bourbon before…

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Image of 2XO Innkeeper's Blend and rocks glass

Review: 2XO The Innkeeper’s Blend

By Frank Dobbins | June 13, 2023 |

Following up on a critically-acclaimed debut, Dixon Dedman is back with the second release from his new brand 2XO, and this one is called The Innkeeper’s Blend. It’s a fitting name because Dedman himself is the former operator of the oldest continuously family-operated inn in the United States, the Beaumont Inn in Kentucky. He began…

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Review: Sagamore Spirit Rye Bottled in Bond 5 Years Old

By Frank Dobbins | June 10, 2023 |

Maryland’s Sagamore Spirit is an exemplar of America’s craft whiskey scene. Having begun their whiskey production journey with sourced distillate, they’ve recently turned the corner and begun releasing products they distilled themselves. Sagamore Spirit’s new 5 year-old bottled in bond rye whiskey is a blend of two rye mashbills that showcases what the future will hold…

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