Review: McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey 3 Years Old and 6 Years Old

Oregon’s Clear Creek Distillery lays claim to distilling the first American single malt, way back before the whiskey boom was booming. Chris reviewed Clear Creek’s 3-year-old McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt over a decade ago and praised it as “better than Lagavulin,” the Islay Scotch to which the whiskey is often compared on account of the…

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Review: Wolves Whiskey Signature Blend

Wolves Whiskey hit the scene in 2019 to both great fanfare and mystery, launched by footwear moguls Jon Buscemi and James Bond (yes, I know), and distilled by Charbay veteran and Friend of Drinkhacker Marko Karakasevic in Northern California. While the first batches of Wolves — distilled from stout (sounds familiar), pilsner, and rye; just 898…

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Review: Garrison Brothers Laguna Madre Bourbon (2022)

Noting, as others so often do, that “everything is bigger in Texas” speaks directly to the flavor profile of most whiskeys coming out of the Lone Star State. Because of Texas’ intense heat, the influence that oak has on these whiskeys tends to be far more pronounced at a younger age than comparable products from,…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2022 Edition

Stagg is back, baby! With the latest release of one of the most highly coveted whiskey collections produced anywhere, the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection returns to its full complement of five whiskeys, including the big daddy Bruiser, George T. Stagg. Details follow for each of the offerings, but if you’d like to read some past…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Rye Finished in Infrared Toasted Cherry Oak

Bardstown Bourbon Company‘s calling card is innovation. It’s what they’ve been known for since they were founded back in 2014, and it’s what they continue to stake their reputation on as they add a cavalcade of unique blends and finished products to their ever-expanding portfolio. The latest entrant in that portfolio continues the tradition by…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C922 (September 2022)

The final of three Elijah Craig Barrel Proof releases for 2022 has arrived, with C922 landing at 62.4% abv, continuing the string of expressions landing in the 120-ish proof level. How does this last release from the venerable 12 year old stand up to its forebears? Let’s find out. The nose immediately engages when the…

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Review: 2020 Sokol Blosser Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Two new estate wines from Oregon’s Sokol Blosser, based in the Dundee Hills: 2020 Sokol Blosser Estate Chardonnay Dundee Hills – Surprisingly tart, almost green at times, with more than a little saline character — none of which immediately evokes charddonay. After some of the lime leaf and salt-heavy elements settle down, the wine showcases…

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Review: Knob Creek Bourbon 18 Years Old

Can it have already been 3 years? Actually, not quite: It was only 2020 when Knob Creek’s 15 Year Old expression became the oldest whiskey in its lineup, and now there’s a natural follow-up (also a limited edition), Knob Creek at a full 18 years of age, which is presumably bottled from slightly different stock.…

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