Review: 2018 Kenefick Ranch Pickett Road Red

Kenefick Ranch’s Pickett Road Red is a curious blend of 63% petit verdot, 25% merlot, and 12% cabernet franc — all estate grown in Calistoga, California, and aged for 18 months. A dense wine, there’s a dark and dusty quality up front that evokes licorice and dark chocolate amidst a brooding, tannic core. A slightly…

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Review: Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur – Rum Barrel Rested and Mezcal Barrel Rested

Just when you thought the world of coffee liqueurs couldn’t get any more innovative, along comes Australia’s Mr Black, with two expressions finished in barrels that had different types of spirits. (There’s also been a liqueur finished in WhistlePig Rye barrels, not reviewed here.) These all start with Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, Arabica…

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Review: Arcane Alpha American Whiskey with Hops

“American whiskey with hops” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but the world has yet to come up with a sexier sounding term for booze made from beer. There’s plenty of it out there these days, including this latest bottling from Arcane Distilling, the first whiskey from the Brooklyn-based operation. Here’s a little backstory: Helmed…

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Review: Silkie Irish Whiskey – The Legendary Dark

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: Tulchan Gin

Now here’s an eye-catching gin. Stoli Group’s Tulchan Gin hit shelves last summer and while the gin may be London dry, the bottle is all Scotland. Made from a royal blue glass, a la Bombay Saphire, it’s stamped along the side with the official Tulchan tartan in tribute to the Speyside estate for which it’s…

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

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

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

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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