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Review: Westland Peat Week 2019

By Christopher Null | March 15, 2019 |

For five years running, Seattle’s Westland Distillery has put out “Peat Week,” a special release that, like Balvenie, is made (and, in this case, is being poured at the distillery) for only one week out of the year. While Westland makes peated whiskey year-round, Peat Week is a special edition with its own barrel regimen.…

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Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day, 2019

By Kim Richards | March 14, 2019 |

Who says 13 is an unlucky number? Not us! We’re sharing 13 great cocktails to try out this St. Patrick’s Day. When you come up for air, give these festive Reuben Sliders a try, too. Gin n’ Greens 1 ½ oz. The Botanist Gin 1 ½ oz. celery juice ½ oz. lemon juice 1 oz.…

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Tasting Report: Bordeaux and Sauternes, 2016 Vintage

By Christopher Null | March 12, 2019 |

  Bordeaux’s 2016 releases are arriving on the market, and I recently had the opportunity to take a tour through the wines of the vintage when the winemakers of the region toured the U.S. with their wares. Learning my lesson from the 2015 vintage tasting — wherein I sampled every wine in the room —…

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Review: Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2018

By Christopher Null | March 10, 2019 |

Limestone Branch Distillery — nee Luxco — hits year number four with its special release of Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, “the third and final barrel finishing experiment” in a trilogy of releases that started with the second bottling in 2016. If you haven’t followed this series — see reviews of the 2016 and…

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Review: Remus Repeal Reserve Series II Bourbon

By Christopher Null | March 9, 2019 |

It’s no secret that I wasn’t a huge fan of MGP’s first stab at a bourbon bottled under the Remus label, so what then to do with its successor, Remus Repeal Reserve? This is actually the second release of this whiskey (hence the “Series II” moniker), following up on a small release that originally hit…

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Review: Don Julio Tequila Reposado Double Cask – Buchanan’s Barrel

By Christopher Null | March 8, 2019 |

We’ve been Don Julio fans since the very beginning of Drinkhacker, so when the distillery decided to release its first new expression in six years who were we to refuse? Tequila Don Julio Reposado Double Cask Buchanan’s Barrel is a limited-edition Reposado tequila aged for 8 months in traditional (bourbon) oak barrels, then finished for…

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Barrel Picking with Bourbon Pursuit at Joseph Magnus

By Drew Beard | March 6, 2019 |

In recent years, there’s been a surge in “barrel picking” – personally choosing a barrel of whiskey from an individual distillery. Most of these private barrels come from the big operations in Kentucky with Jim Beam and Four Roses being some of the most common suppliers. There are, however, a handful of smaller scale distilleries…

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Review: Kavalan Distillery Select

By Christopher Null | March 2, 2019 |

Highball culture is making its way from Japan to Taiwan, as Kavalan has introduced its first expression intended for mixing, Kavalan Distillery Select. Some info: “Kavalan Distillery Select is matured in select malt neutral casks to showcase the fruitiness and sub-tropical characteristic of Taiwan’s climate without too much influence from the wood,” says Master Blender,…

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Review: GlenDronach Revival 15 Years Old (2019)

By Christopher Null | March 1, 2019 |

GlenDronach’s 15 year old is a heavily-sherried single malt that fans have long beloved for its intensity, rich with both Pedro Ximenez and oloroso sherry finishing. It was an unequivocal sherry bomb at the time — and then it went away. In 2015 GlenDronach suspended the release, citing a shortage of available stock with which…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A119 (January 2019)

By Christopher Null | February 27, 2019 |

The latest release in Elijah Craig’s always highly-anticipated Barrel Proof series is here, this one labeled batch A119, as the first release of the year. As it has been with previous releases, this is a 12 year old, cask strength release from what Heaven Hill considers its finest barrels. Let’s dig in. For batch A119,…

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