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Review: Port Askaig 10th Anniversary, 25 Years Old, and 45 Years Old

By Christopher Null | July 18, 2019 |

It’s time for a trilogy of new releases from Port Askaig — the negociant bottler of Islay single malt whiskies from various distilleries on the island — including the company’s oldest release yet, a 45 year old expression. We got (small) samples of each. Let’s give ’em a try. Port Askaig 10th Anniversary 10 Years…

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Review: Old Charter Oak French Oak Bourbon

By Christopher Null | July 16, 2019 |

Remember Buffalo Trace’s launch of the Old Charter Oak line late last year? This revived brand heralded the limited release of a series of bourbons, each to be aged in different types of oak barrels, so drinkers could really explore the impact of wood on whiskey. The series kicked off to great acclaim with an…

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Review: The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish 16 Years Old

By Christopher Null | July 14, 2019 |

The Tyrconnell Irish whiskey brand has been on a tear of late, with a pair of fantastic single malts hitting in the last couple of years. Now the brand is stepping up the game again with another well-aged rarity from the emerald isle: The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish. Per the…

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Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 15 Years Old (2019)

By Christopher Null | July 12, 2019 |

Brown-Forman’s King of Kentucky revival made a huge splash in 2018 — and we weren’t immune to its charms, naming it our #7 whiskey of the year in our top 10 list for 2018. If you missed the drama, K of K was an old late 1800s brand that had nothing really to do with…

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Undertaking the Store Pick Experience at WhistlePig

By Robert Lublin | July 10, 2019 |

“Store picks” are an exciting and growing phenomenon in the bourbon and rye world, and if you are a fan of American whiskey then you will definitely want to know more about these rarities. First off, some nomenclature: Store picks are single barrels of a particular brand of whiskey that are individually chosen by liquor…

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Drinkhacker Asks: Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson and Master Distiller Dan McKee

By Drew Beard | July 9, 2019 |

Its been a while since we last had the opportunity to share an industry interview with you, but better late than never. Right? The Drinkhacker crew has long been a fan of Michter’s Distillery. As such, we eagerly followed their agonizingly slow progress restoring the nearly un-restorable Fort Nelson building on downtown Louisville’s bustling Whiskey…

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Review: Copper Fox Distillery Sassy Rye and Cognac Finish Rye

By Drew Beard | July 6, 2019 |

Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery has been busy of late. They continue to expand at their second distillery and tasting room in Williamsburg, which opened in 2016. That distillery is larger than the original Sperryville location near the Shenandoah Valley and will eventually house a still twice as large as their original, a bigger malting house,…

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Review: Sagamore Spirit Blended Rye Port Finish

By Christopher Null | July 4, 2019 |

Baltimore-based Sagamore Spirit continues to innovate by taking MGP-distilled rye and applying unique finishes to it, taking an otherwise familiar product into a new direction and dimension. The latest of these is Sagamore’s Port Finish, a blend of straight ryes (with varying mashbills and ages) that is finished for six months in two different types…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Bottled in Bond 13 Years Old (2019)

By Christopher Null | July 1, 2019 |

George Dickel is awfully late to the Bottled in Bond party, but here it is at last, with a 13 year old Tennessee Whiskey spearheaded by Nicole Austin, the company’s new head distiller and general manager. Distilled in 2005, this release comes from the same mash as Dickel’s other whiskeys — 84% corn, 8% rye…

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Tasting Report: Champagne Billecart-Salmon, 2019 Releases

By Christopher Null | June 27, 2019 |

In the Champagne world, Billecart-Salmon is a comparatively tiny operation, its 2 million bottles produced each year but a pittance in comparison to monsters like Moet and Veuve. But new CEO Mathieu Roland-Billecart seems to care not at all. At a recent lunch at Auberge du Soleil in Napa, California, Roland-Billecart poured several current releases…

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