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Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Special Releases 2022

By Christopher Null | December 2, 2022 |

Diageo’s Special Releases — its most prized Scotch whiskies in limited run formats — are here for 2022. And while you can try to ignore the insane messaging — with taglines like “the enchantress of the ruby solstice” — and the out-there bottle artwork, you certainly can’t ignore what’s in these bottles — all hitting…

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The Willy Wonka of Whisky: An Interview With Dr. Bill Lumsden (Part 2)

By Drew Beard | December 1, 2022 |

Today, Ardbeg is an iconic Scotch whisky brand with numerous awards, international name recognition, and the love of peatheads the world over. There’s even a fan club, the Ardbeg Committee, whose limited editions are some of the more coveted annual releases from Islay. But before Glenmorangie and Dr. Bill Lumsden came to its rescue in…

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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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Jack Daniel's Sherry Finished American Single Malt

Review: Jack Daniel’s American Single Malt Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks

By Frank Dobbins | November 29, 2022 |

The American Single Malt market has been exploding in recent years in a trend that was acknowledged back in July of this year by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) when they officially agreed to recognize the unique category. Well, now Jack Daniel’s is joining the fray as they just unveiled their…

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Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog IX: Siren’s Song” Rye Whiskey 2022

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2022 |

Just when you think WhistlePig’s “Boss Hog” releases can’t get any weirder, they raise the bar again. Or at least they move it to entirely different building. For 2022, the Greek muse-inspired “Siren’s Song” starts as a standard WhistlePig rye which goes from its standard bourbon barrels into two types of finishing barrels: Greek fig…

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Review: Nikka Discovery Yoichi and Miyagikyo 2022

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2022 |

Nikka’s Discovery series, which launched last year, was a fun way to explore unexpected flavors from the Japanese icon’s two distilleries. While the 2021 expressions focused on the use of peat (or lack thereof), this year’s takes a deep dive into one of the unsung heroes of distillation: yeast. The two whiskies in this year’s…

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Review: Lagavulin 11 Years Old Offerman Edition Charred Oak Cask 2022

By Christopher Null | November 27, 2022 |

The collaboration between Islay’s Lagavulin and Nick Offerman continues with the duo’s third release: Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Charred Oak Cask. This 11 year old bottling was designed to pair specifically with steak and is made be aging the spirit in American and European oak casks that are shaved down and then heavily re-charred, really pouring…

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Review: Chicken Cock Chanticleer Cognac Barrel Finish

By Christopher Null | November 26, 2022 |

Grain & Barrel Spirits follows up last year’s Chicken Cock special edition rye with a much different luxe offering — a Kentucky straight bourbon that’s finished in Cognac barrels. No age statements here, but the mashbill is revealed as 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley. Like other recent Chicken Cock bottlings, Chanticleer is…

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Drinkhacker’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

By Christopher Null | November 24, 2022 |

When they said Covid was over, we didn’t think we’d be summarily dropped into a new financial crisis to replace the one we just got out of. The good news is that the holidays have arrived just in time to provide a welcome (if brief) break from yet another year of chaos. At Drinkhacker, we…

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Review: Yellowstone 150th Anniversary and Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2022

By Christopher Null | November 22, 2022 |

Yellowstone puts out a Limited Edition bottling of its whiskey every year, but for 2022 we’re checking this out alongside another special release, a special version of its Yellowstone Family Recipe 6 Years Old, bottled to honor the namesake national park and its 150th anniversary. The former is new, but the latter came out way…

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