Whiskey

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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Blue Run Emerald Rye bottle and Blue Run glassware

Review: Blue Run Emerald Rye

By Frank Dobbins | November 30, 2022 |

Blue Run has been on quite a streak this year. After releasing batch 2 of their Golden Rye along with Reflection I, a High Rye Bourbon, and their impressive Flight Series, the brand is back again with their latest expression: Blue Run Emerald Rye. Though this is only the third rye, and only the second…

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Jack Daniel's Sherry Finished American Single Malt

Review: Jack Daniel’s American Single Malt Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks

By Frank Dobbins | November 29, 2022 |

The American Single Malt market has been exploding in recent years in a trend that was acknowledged back in July of this year by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) when they officially agreed to recognize the unique category. Well, now Jack Daniel’s is joining the fray as they just unveiled their…

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Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog IX: Siren’s Song” Rye Whiskey 2022

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2022 |

Just when you think WhistlePig’s “Boss Hog” releases can’t get any weirder, they raise the bar again. Or at least they move it to entirely different building. For 2022, the Greek muse-inspired “Siren’s Song” starts as a standard WhistlePig rye which goes from its standard bourbon barrels into two types of finishing barrels: Greek fig…

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Review: Nikka Discovery Yoichi and Miyagikyo 2022

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2022 |

Nikka’s Discovery series, which launched last year, was a fun way to explore unexpected flavors from the Japanese icon’s two distilleries. While the 2021 expressions focused on the use of peat (or lack thereof), this year’s takes a deep dive into one of the unsung heroes of distillation: yeast. The two whiskies in this year’s…

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Review: Lagavulin 11 Years Old Offerman Edition Charred Oak Cask 2022

By Christopher Null | November 27, 2022 |

The collaboration between Islay’s Lagavulin and Nick Offerman continues with the duo’s third release: Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Charred Oak Cask. This 11 year old bottling was designed to pair specifically with steak and is made be aging the spirit in American and European oak casks that are shaved down and then heavily re-charred, really pouring…

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Review: Chicken Cock Chanticleer Cognac Barrel Finish

By Christopher Null | November 26, 2022 |

Grain & Barrel Spirits follows up last year’s Chicken Cock special edition rye with a much different luxe offering — a Kentucky straight bourbon that’s finished in Cognac barrels. No age statements here, but the mashbill is revealed as 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley. Like other recent Chicken Cock bottlings, Chanticleer is…

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Review: Silverbelly Bourbon Whiskey

By Christopher Null | November 26, 2022 |

The latest celebribourbon is this bottling from — or rather, for — country music artist Alan Jackson. Silverbelly (named for the color of Jackson’s cowboy hat) is a sourced product from the prolific Silver Screen Distilling Company. In the bottle is a no-age-statement Kentucky straight bourbon made by Green River Distillery (formerly OZ Tyler) from a…

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Review: Breckenridge Buddy Pass – Imperial Oatmeal Stout and Stout Finished Whiskey, Batch 2

By Robert Lublin | November 25, 2022 |

It was less than a year ago that we reviewed the first batch of this exciting collaboration between (otherwise unrelated) Breckenridge Brewery and Breckenridge Distillery in which they shared barrels used for their beer and whiskey. (As a refresher: Breckenridge Brewery brewed an Imperial Oatmeal Stout which was aged in Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon barrels. After…

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Drinkhacker’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

By Christopher Null | November 24, 2022 |

When they said Covid was over, we didn’t think we’d be summarily dropped into a new financial crisis to replace the one we just got out of. The good news is that the holidays have arrived just in time to provide a welcome (if brief) break from yet another year of chaos. At Drinkhacker, we…

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Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey NY Rye Cask

By Monica Uhm | November 23, 2022 |

Colorado-based Stranahan’s Distillery continues its limited edition series of finished single malt whiskeys with the release of Stranahan’s NY Rye Cask, which starts with a blend of five- to nine-year-old whiskeys distilled at Stranahan’s and finished for an additional two years in rye casks from Black Distillery in Warwick, New York. (Along with rye, Black…

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