Review: Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Cask Strength 12 Years Old (2023)

The Irish still seem to be warming up to the idea of cask strength whiskey. While the numbers are certainly growing, the pickings are comparatively slim when you look to the east where the Scots have embraced high octane expressions for decades. Of course, not nearly with the same enthusiasm and zeal as we rocket…

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Review: 2018 Quinta de Fonte Souto Alicante Bouschet DOC

We’ve covered Symington’s Quinta da Fonte Souto white blend on several occasions, but never its red: this alicante bouschet is a signature variety of southern Portugal’s Alentejo region. These grapes are grown at Symington’s 511-acre Quinta da Fonte Souto estate in Portalegre. The resulting wine is dark purple, completely opaque — perhaps best thought of…

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Review: Lux Row Distillers Four Grain Bourbon Double Single Barrel

Luxco has expanded its Lux Row whiskey brand with the launch of a new, and somewhat unorthodox, four grain bourbon called Four Grain Double Single Barrel Bourbon. Offered at 115 proof, Lux Row Four Grain Double Single Barrel Bourbon is the combination of a single barrel of 4-year-old wheated bourbon and a single barrel of…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch C923 (September 2023)

It’s time for the third and final Larceny Barrel Proof for 2023, the high-test version of Heaven Hill’s wheater. With C923, we find the usual notes of sweet butterscotch and baking spices on the nose, though there’s perhaps more of a leathery, savory edge here than we usually get with Larceny’s Barrel Proof releases. An…

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Review: Firestone Walker XXVII Anniversary Ale

It’s anniversary time once again for California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Company. The brewery recently dropped their 28th anniversary release which arrived to Drinkhacker HQ as part of the fall brew bundle in the distillery’s impressive beer club, dubbed Brewmaster’s Collective. We’ll dig deeper into that literal box of goodies at a later date, but today…

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Review: Crown Royal 30 Years Old

You’re reading that headline right: Canadian whisky keeps getting older, and Crown Royal has just dropped its oldest expression ever. The second expression in the Royal Series (we missed last year’s 29 year old) sees Crown at a full 30 years old, distilled entirely in Coffey stills and bottled in an impressively fancy, bag-draped decanter.…

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Review: Govino Go Anywhere Wine Glass

Today we road-test the latest rendition of stemless plastic reusable wine “glasses” from Govino. They’ve been around since 2008, so it’s likely that many in the wine community are already familiar with their line of stemless plastic drinking vessels. Per their website, these apparently are the “best Govino ever” glasses, and are shatterproof, BPA-free, and…

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Review: Old Elk Wheat N’ Rye

Old Elk‘s newest release is a combination of two whiskeys we rarely — if ever — see blended together: wheat and rye. Appropriately dubbed Wheat N’ Rye, the whiskey is a combination of 7 year-old straight wheat whiskey (95 percent wheat, 5 percent malted barley) and 6 year-old straight rye (95 percent rye, 5 percent…

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