Whiskey is a spirit produced from the distillation of grain. Debate still rages about whether the Irish Celts or Scots were the first to produce the “water of life,” but the first written recording of whiskey’s creation dates to 15th century Scotland. Origin isn’t the only debate concerning whiskey. Spelling is contentious, too. When distilled in Scotland, Canada, and Japan, it is spelled whisky without the e, while whiskey distilled in Ireland and the United States is most often, but not always, spelled with the e. Technically, whiskey is a distilled spirit produced from a fermented grain mash, distilled to no more than 190 proof, and bottled at no less than 80 proof. All whiskey, with the exception of corn whiskey and “white” whiskey, must be aged for some period of time in oak containers. Whiskey is classified by country of origin (i.e. Canadian whisky) and may be further defined by the type of grain used (i.e. rye whiskey) or the way it is produced (i.e. single malt).

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Review: Silkie Irish Whiskey – The Legendary Dark

By Christopher Null | January 29, 2023 |

Silkie Irish whiskey, from Sliabh Liag Distillers, hit the scene only a couple years ago, and already the line has expanded to four expressions, including the one we’re tasting today, The Legendary Dark. This blend starts with a rare peated single malt (though to just 22 ppm of phenols), triple distilled and matured in sherry…

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Review: The ImpEx Collection – Ardmore 2008, Auchroisk 2011, and Penderyn 2017

By Christopher Null | January 28, 2023 |

Edition two of the winning ImpEx Collection independent bottling series has arrived, comprising seven whiskies and two rums. Today we’re looking at three of the whiskies in the release, two from Scotland and one from Wales, all limited to a single cask. Let’s not waste time on introductions and dive in. The ImpEx Collection Ardmore…

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Review: Kooper Family Runaway Rye 8 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 27, 2023 |

Kooper Family‘s latest rye bears quite a pedigree, having been aged for “8 long years” in three different locations over a 900 mile area stretching from Tennessee (where it was distilled) to Texas (where it was bottled). A totally different distillate from the earlier 100% Rye release from 2016, this is a whole other animal…

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A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon Batch 2 bottle

Review: A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon Batch #2

By Frank Dobbins | January 27, 2023 |

Here at Drinkhacker we’ve previously brought you a review of A. Smith Bowman’s inaugural Cask Strength bourbon offering, and today we’re pleased to bring you a review of the Virginia distillery’s second act. The relatively new release has quickly joined the ranks of some of the most sought-after annual bourbon expressions. The reason for that…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey 10 Year Anniversary Edition

By Frank Dobbins | January 26, 2023 |

Wyoming Whiskey recently celebrated their ten year anniversary and they honored the occasion as any craft distillery worth their salt would – by releasing a ten year old product. That ten year old product is the subject of today’s review, Wyoming Whiskey 10 Year Anniversary Edition which, we are told, “reflects 20 of the rarest…

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Bottles from Stranahan's and Flying Dog Brewery's The Osopher Project

Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey The Osopher

By Frank Dobbins | January 25, 2023 |

After a recent visit to Stranahan’s for the release of their highly sought-after Snowflake expression (review soon to come) I happened to ask founder Jess Graber a simple question, “Is Snowflake the release you’re most proud of?” After a moment’s reflection Jess replied, “No, that would be The Osopher.” If you’re unfamiliar with Stranahan’s The…

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Heaven's Door Bootleg Series Vol. IV

Review: Heaven’s Door Bootleg Series Vol. IV

By Frank Dobbins | January 24, 2023 |

The Bootleg Series from Heaven’s Door, now in its fourth iteration, always comes complete with three things: a painting from Bob Dylan, a beautiful bespoke leather case, and an eye-popping asking price. The liquid composition of each series entry, however, is always different. For this latest edition the brand has taken 11 year-old wheated bourbon…

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Review: Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon (2022)

By Christopher Null | January 23, 2023 |

Garrison Brothers, my neighbors down the road in Hye, Texas, recently released its 2022 Cowboy Bourbon, an annual release that we have somehow missed reviewing to date. Drawn from 8- and 9-year old barrels and bottled uncut and unfiltered, it’s one of the distillery’s most prized expressions. Let’s give it a whirl. The reddish-hued spirit…

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Review: Uncle Nearest Straight Rye

By Drew Beard | January 22, 2023 |

  Uncle Nearest began its foray into rye whiskey earlier this fall with the limited release of Uncut/Unfiltered, a burly, cask strength bruiser that I came to appreciate (with some revisiting and a healthy splash of water). For their next addition to the rye side of the portfolio, the distillery is introducing Uncle Nearest Straight…

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Review: Daviess County Bourbon Lightly Toasted Barrel Finish

By Christopher Null | January 21, 2023 |

In a world of “heavy char” bourbon releases, the Lux Row/MGP-owned Daviess County recently hit the ground with the opposite approach, a whiskey finished not just in the now de rigueur toasted barrel but specifically “lightly toasted” ones. It’s the first in a series of toasted barrel releases that will be coming out annually. Daviess…

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