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Review: Kaiyo Japanese Mizunara Oak Whisky – Original, Peated, and Cask Strength

By Christopher Null | October 22, 2018 |

In the world of whisky, Japan is finally starting to see some competition. As much as I love Suntory and Nikka, it’s been a delight to see whiskies from the likes of Ohishi make it to the U.S. Now another new player has entered the game: Kaiyo, which has a story as interesting as any…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C918 (September 2018)

By Christopher Null | October 20, 2018 |

Elijah Craig’s Barrel Proof releases may not have sexy names — they’re monikered after the month and year they’re released — but they’re nonetheless highly prized by bourbon nuts, the same way that the seasonal Booker’s bourbon releases are. The latest release is C918, bottled in September 2018. We tasted, and here’s how it acquits…

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Review: Little Book Blended Whiskey Chapter 2: “Noe Simple Task” (2018)

By Christopher Null | October 18, 2018 |

When Jim Beam and Freddie Noe released Little Book last year, it caused a bit of a stir. Though it wasn’t my favorite whiskey of the year, it had a lot of charm, in part because it was so different from the usual juice coming out of Kentucky. Little Book isn’t bourbon, it’s a blend.…

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Review: Highland Park Valknut

By Christopher Null | October 16, 2018 |

Highland Park’s second release in its Viking Legend series is here: Valknut. (Rhymes with hoot, not nut. The Valknut is a ) As a refresher, HP’s Valkyrie hit in summer 2017. Like Valkyrie, Valknut is a non-age statement single malt. The twist here: The whisky is aged in sherry-seasoned American oak casks, and finds “the addition…

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All About Dusties: 1970s vs. 2018 Bourbon Tasted Side by Side

By Christopher Null | October 14, 2018 |

Were things really better “back in the old days?” Whether you’re talking about music, politics, movies, or your ability to sleep with your doors unlocked, nostalgia is invariably a force to be reckoned with. Everyone loves to pine for days gone by, but few do it with the enthusiasm of the whiskey fanatic. It’s natural…

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Review: Gran Patron Smoky

By Christopher Null | October 12, 2018 |

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em? The popularity of mezcal is seemingly beginning to have an impact on the tequila old guard, and Patron has now responded in the most unexpected way imaginable: Not by launching a new brand or acquiring a mezcal producer, but by making a new version of Patron that closely…

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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Kentucky Chew” 2018-03

By Christopher Null | October 10, 2018 |

“Kentucky Chew” is the third special release of Booker’s Bourbon for 2018. This Jim Beam classic has seen a real renaissance of late, and with 2018-03, it’s showing no signs of letting up. Those who knew founding distiller Booker Noe, know that his larger than life personality – and his affinity for making robust, delicious…

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Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog V: The Spirit of Mauve” Rye Whiskey 13 Years Old 2018

By Christopher Null | October 8, 2018 |

Fall’s arrival means a new, insanely-priced special edition of WhistlePig rye (only 2016 has been skipped in the last six years). This one breaks new ground by honoring a departed pig — the titular “boss hog” — with a finishing idyll in apple brandy barrels. Some details: Now arriving is The Boss Hog V: The…

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Review: 2018 Relaunch of Port Charlotte – Port Charlotte 10 Years Old, Islay Barley 2011, and MRC: 01 2010

By Christopher Null | October 6, 2018 |

When Simon Coughlin, chief executive of Remy Cointreau’s whisky business and one of the founders of the revived Bruichladdich, comes to town, you make the time to meet with the man. The former wine merchant partnered with Mark Reynier to buy the dilapidated property in 2002, and consumers promptly greeted its production — speaheaded by…

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Review: Russell’s Reserve 2002 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

By Christopher Null | October 3, 2018 |

Last seen in 1998, this is a single vintage, cask strength release of Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve Bourbon, a 15 year old monster of which only 25 barrels have been turned out. Bottled at barrel strength, it’s a rare opportunity to look at Wild Turkey at an advanced age, unadulterated, from a single distilling season.…

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