Bourbon is the unquestioned king of American whiskey, its production dating back to the 1700s. While bourbon is invariably associated with Kentucky, where 95 percent of all bourbon is produced today, in reality it can be produced anywhere in the U.S. (though only Kentucky Bourbon can include the name of the state on the label). By U.S. law, bourbon must be made from a mash of at least 51% corn; be aged in new, charred oak containers; distilled to no more than 160 proof, entered into barrel at no more than 125 proof, and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof. Contrary to popular opinion, there’s no minimum aging requirement for bourbon, although straight bourbon must be aged for at least two years and cannot have added coloring. One of the most popular spirits in today’s drinking world, bourbon prices have been on the rise as stocks have dwindled — although massive investments in the industry promise to ease those supply pressures in coming years.

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Review: Milam & Greene The Castle Hill Series Batch 3

By Christopher Null | December 20, 2023 |

It’s a bittersweet farewell to Milam & Greene’s Castle Hill Series in 2023, as the final barrels of its Dickel-sourced whiskey have now been turned out, blended, and bottled. Sure, last year Heather Greene said that Castle Hill Batch 2 was probably the final Castle Hill release, but this time she says for sure that’s it…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2023)

By Christopher Null | December 17, 2023 |

We’ve been writing about the cask strength version of Angel’s Envy‘s now-classic Port-finished bourbon for as long as I can remember, and as I mentioned in 2022, it’s a remarkably consistent product. Even the proof tends to change only slightly from year to year. For 2023, I am happy to report no surprises await the…

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Review: Breckenridge High Proof Blend Bourbon and Back to Back Blend Bourbon

By Monica Uhm | December 15, 2023 |

Breckenridge Distillery is no stranger to Drinkhacker, though we’ve been keeping tabs more recently on their Buddy Pass collaborations with the coincidentally named but unrelated Breckenridge Brewery and their beer/bourbon barrel aging crossovers. Alas, we have not delved into their straight bourbons in nearly a decade despite steady releases since our review in 2012. The…

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Review: Yellowstone Special Finishes – Toasted and Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2023

By Christopher Null | December 13, 2023 |

More goodies are incoming from Yellowstone, including the annual release of its 101 proof Limited Edition plus a new experience for those more interested in immersing themselves in the craft of making bourbon. Yellowstone Toasted is the first in a new line called the Special Finishes Collection, which will be full-time, permanent releases that focus…

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Review: Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled in Bond Fall 2019 Vintage

By Drew Beard | December 10, 2023 |

Earlier this fall, Chattanooga Whiskey rolled out its second annual bottled in bond release for 2023. And like the spring release from this year, this latest expression utilizes specialty toasting to complement the distillery’s unique grain bills. The particulars are below. As with previous vintages, Fall 2019 was exclusively produced at Chattanooga Whiskey’s Riverfront Distillery,…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C923 (September 2023)

By Christopher Null | December 10, 2023 |

We’re just a bit late getting to the final Elijah Craig Barrel Proof release for 2023, but here we are at last. As a refresher, with ECBP B523, producer Heaven Hill dropped the 12 year old age statement and let the age of ECBP float. While B523 was shy of 11 1/2 years old, C923…

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Review: Barrell Cask Finish Series – Tale of Two Islands and Amburana

By Jonathan Glover | December 10, 2023 |

Barrell’s always been good at names. Dovetail, their breakout evergreen release, is intended to evoke the dovetail joint, a nod to the precision that goes into its blending process. Seagrass, arguably its most successful blend, calls to mind the oceanside with its rye finished in rum, Madeira, and apricot brandy barrels. Vantage? A nod to,…

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Review: Remus Repeal Reserve Series VII Bourbon and Remus Gatsby Reserve 2023

By Christopher Null | December 9, 2023 |

MGP/Ross & Squibb’s Remus special editions are here at last. We’re covering them both on one mega-review, so let’s dive into each. Remus Repeal Reserve Series VII Bourbon – Repeal Reserve is out once again, and for the seventh year running it takes a whole bunch of old, high-rye bourbons and mashes them together into what…

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Review: Wild Turkey Generations

By Rob Theakston | December 8, 2023 |

Autumn typically conjures images of revered locations like Acadia National Park in Maine, Lake Superior in Michigan, or the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway in Oregon. But a scenic drive through the vibrant colors of central Kentucky might persuade even the most dedicated leaf peepers that Anderson County is a worthy addition to any curated autumn listicle.…

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Review: Barrell Foundation Bourbon and Rye Batch 004

By Drew Beard | December 3, 2023 |

What would bourbon season be without a few new releases from the prolific blenders at Barrell Bourbon? While Jonathan is hard at work tasting the new Cask Finish Series duo (more amburana!), today I’m checking out two somewhat a-typical offerings: Foundation, Barrell’s very first non-cask strength whiskey, and a new cask strength rye. Thoughts follow.…

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