Review: BenRiach Peated Cask Strength Batch 2

Drawing on this expression’s title alone, the keywords “peated” and “cask strength” promise a good time, even without the addition of an age statement. This second batch in BenRiach’s Peated Cask Strength series was matured in bourbon barrels and oloroso sherry casks, blended together by BenRiach’s master blender Rachel Barrie. The nose is just as…

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The Best Peach Liqueur Roundup – Mathilde, Rothman & Winter, Merlet, and Pallini

Like all fruit liqueurs, peach liqueur is a tricky thing. Done right, a splash can liven up a cocktail with a burst of authentic fruit flavor. Done wrong, it can come across as cloying and saccharine, all but ruining the beverage. Peach liqueur (which is not the same thing as peach schnapps or peach brandy)…

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Original Recipe: The Daddy Mack Cocktail

Since we can’t be together in person this year, I designed this cocktail for my father’s birthday, a riff on a French 75 that’s built around Jack Daniel’s, of which my dad — Daddy Mack to his grandkids — is an avowed fan. Happy birthday! The Daddy Mack 1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s Old No.…

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Review: Alexander Murray & Co. Braes of Glenlivet 23 Years Old and Clynelish 14 Years Old

At the beginning of 2020, spirits mega-chain Total Wine offered up a range of single cask un-chillfiltered expressions at their stores, in partnership with independent bottler Alexander Murray & Co. Two made their way down to my local shop and were purchased immediately. Alexander Murray & Co. Braes of Glenlivet Single Cask 23 Years Old…

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Review: Chairman’s Reserve Original Rum and Spiced Rum (2020)

Two years ago we took our first foray into Saint Lucia’s Chairman’s Reserve brand. Today we have another round with the Chairman, including both the mainline “Original” as well as the brand’s spiced rum. Both are 80 proof. Chairman’s Reserve Original Rum (2020) – This is a blend of column and pot still rum, average…

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Review: ONW Carolina Bourbon Whiskey

Old Nick Williams in Lewisville, North Carolina bills itself, somewhat confusingly, as America’s most famous forgotten distillery. Like many craft distilleries in operation today, it is attempting to resurrect a family distilling tradition. In the case of Old Nick Williams, it’s a really long tradition, beginning before the Revolutionary War and ending, like so many,…

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Review: Absente Absinthe Refined

One of the most venerable absinthe brands on the market, the French-produced Absente dates back to 1999 — well before the 2007 re-legalization of genuine wormwood in the U.S. As such, Absente was originally made with something called southernwood (plus sugar), which purists rejected as a true absinthe. In 2009, Absente was reformulated to include…

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The Top 10 Beers of 2020

Summer’s here, and that must mean it’s time for our second annual Top 10 Beers of the Year list, a look back at the best brews that hit the market in the last 12-ish months. As with all of our top 10s, this collaboration reflects votes and commentary from the Drinkhacker staff. Individual writeups are…

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