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Review: Aberlour Casg Annamh

By Christopher Null | January 9, 2019 |

New to Aberlour’s permanent collection is Casg Annamh (cas-gg ah-nahm) meaning “rare cask” in Gaelic. But what it really means is “sherry cask,” as this is an in-depth study of the influence of sherry on this Speyside whisky. While the bottling is a triple-cask release composed of whisky aged in oloroso sherry casks, American oak…

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10 Hot Toddies for 2019

By Kim Richards | January 8, 2019 |

Whether you’re bundled up with the sniffles or wanting to warm up from the winter cold, today we have ten hot toddies to cure your ills — in advance of National Hot Toddy Day on January 11th. Choose your favorite, grab a heavy blanket, and you’re good to go. Apple Toddy 1 oz. Bourbon Barreled…

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Review: The Glenlivet 12 Years Old First Fill

By Christopher Null | January 7, 2019 |

If you’ve seen this oddball whisky on shelves lately you might be wondering exactly what it is. It’s unique in that it’s the first 12 year old limited-edition release from The Glenlivet to be released in the U.S. It’s called First Fill because it is matured exclusively in first fill American oak casks. Let’s see how…

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Review: Highland Park The Light 17 Years Old

By Christopher Null | December 31, 2018 |

Highland Park’s special edition The Dark didn’t make the very best impression on me when it was released earlier this year, owing to an overbearing sherry profile that was the result of 17 long years in first fill sherry casks. But for its follow up, HP flips the switch and the recipe with The Light.…

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The Top 10 Whiskeys of 2018

By Christopher Null | December 29, 2018 |

Who likes whiskey? We do! Our Top 10 Whiskeys of 2017 was such a hit that we had to do it again, particularly since 2018 saw such a strong and varied collection of new whiskey hitting the market. As in 2017, this list was a collective project from the entire Drinkhacker staff, the result of…

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Review: Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 10 Years Old (2018)

By Christopher Null | December 28, 2018 |

Basil Hayden’s continues to pump out expression after expression, but its latest rendition comes as a late-season surprise: A 10 year old version of its standby bourbon. Standard Basil Hayden’s doesn’t have an age statement any more (as of 2014 it is just “artfully aged,”) but when we originally reviewed it it was bottled at 8…

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Review: Booker’s 30th Anniversary Edition Bourbon

By Christopher Null | December 27, 2018 |

Why it seems just yesterday that we were celebrating Booker’s Bourbon’s 25th anniversary. Now here the brand is back with a surprise late-season release in the form of its 30th Anniversary bottling, and as one might expect it’s a monster that is already highly prized — selling for up to $600 on the secondary market.…

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Review: Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Rhetoric Bourbon 25 Years Old

By Christopher Null | December 19, 2018 |

Good or bad, all things come to an end, and after 6 years of annual releases, Diageo’s popular Orphan Barrel Project release, Rhetoric, has reached a terminus. Rhetoric 20 arrived back in 2014, and now Rhetoric 25 is about to hit shelves. (As a reminder, all of these bourbons were brought in from Louisville’s Bernheim…

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Review: Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye

By Christopher Null | December 16, 2018 |

Earlier this year Knob Creek rolled out a cask strength version of its rye whiskey, and now it’s back with another take: Its 2012 straight rye finished in a second barrel. Per the press materials: “A first for the brand, Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye presents the brand’s signature straight rye whiskey, secondarily finished in…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2018

By Christopher Null | November 20, 2018 |

Another WhiskyFest is in the books, and although the lines for iconic bottles like Pappy van Winkle, Macallan No. 3 and No. 4, and Glenfiddich 30 Years Old (which those in the queue were surprised to find was not actually on hand when they got to the front of the line) were long, on the…

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