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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2016

By Christopher Null | October 16, 2016 |

WhiskyFest is always a great opportunity to get a look at new releases — and pre-sampling products I won’t be able to formally review for a few weeks or month is my favorite part of the show. WhiskyFest 2016 was shaping up to be a windfall for these kinds of releases, including Ardbeg Dark Cove,…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.17.2015 – 1792 Gets Upgraded For 2015

By Rob Theakston | February 17, 2015 |

Another day, another makeover: this time we see Barton’s 1792 expression getting an overhaul on the packaging and marketing, resembling something heavily influenced by early 20th century/Art Deco aesthetic. While we’re assured that the ingredients inside haven’t changed, this is also the kick off to a campaign featuring new varieties of 1792 including Single Barrel,…

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Review: Highland Park 50 Years Old

By Christopher Null | October 30, 2014 |

When one receives an invitation to taste one of the rarest spirits in the world, one accepts before the bearer of the invitation realizes what he’s done. In this case, the offer was legit, and I found myself staring down a bottle of Highland Park 50 Years Old — 275 bottles made, $20,000 each, and sold…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 05.12.2014 – Liquored Up Pigs

By Rob Theakston | May 12, 2014 |

Last week we made mention that the sale of Whyte and Mackay to Emperador may happen sooner than later. It seems as if this one is now about to happen. Representatives between the two companies are scheduled to meet in London this Friday to agree to terms. Economic Times is reporting that the deal is…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 05.05.2014 – Happy Cinco De Mayo!

By Rob Theakston | May 5, 2014 |

Looking for a break from tequila today? How about a refreshing gin and tonic? GQ today runs a quick portfolio piece on the new breed of American gins taking a share of the market traditionally held by the UK and Europe. We’ve reviewed most of these and agree with their rightful inclusion. [GQ] If you’re not…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 04.16.2014 – Whisk(e)y Wednesday Edition

By Rob Theakston | April 16, 2014 |

For an opening offering today we have two recent pieces detailing the history of bourbon: The first from SKU’s Recent Eats outlining the five modern eras of American Whiskey (sans clowning this time), and the second from Joshua Feldman over at The Coopered Tot with a long and interesting piece of history regarding the Cabin…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.17.2013 – Martini Turns 150, Wine Enthusiast Lists Top 100 Restaurants

By Rob Theakston | July 17, 2013 |

Just a quick note from the good folks at Buffalo Trace for those in the Kentucky area keeping tabs on the recent passing of Elmer T. Lee: Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18th at First Christian Church in Frankfort. The funeral will be held Friday, July 19th at noon at First…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.14.2013 – Stitzel Weller Distillery Reboots

By Rob Theakston | January 14, 2013 |

In what could only qualify as a major victory for bourbon drinkers, Diageo has announced plans to re-start production at the famed Stitzel-Weller distillery in Kentucky. John Hansell announced via the Whisky Advocate blog on Sunday that plans have been underway for a bit, but a formal announcement wasn’t made until this past weekend. For…

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Review: MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky “Shackleton”

By Christopher Null | November 13, 2011 |

In 1907 Ernest Shackleton was setting off on his “Nimrod” expedition to the South Pole. Along for the ride: 25 cases of whisky from the Glen Mhor Distillery, to keep the spirits of the sailors up. Shackleton didn’t quite make it to the Pole on this trip, and he had to leave behind some of…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2010

By Christopher Null | October 10, 2010 |

Whiskyfest has come and gone, and I’d consider it one of the best installments of the celebration of whiskey to date. It was packed, to be sure, but the crowd rolled with the frequent bumped elbows, stepped-on toes, and spilled spirits, and everyone had a good time. Yes, there were some misses — like companies…

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