Review: Hazelburn 9 Years Old Barolo Cask Matured

Hazelburn is, quite famously, not a distillery but rather a specific style of whisky produced at Campbeltown’s Springbank Distillery. Hazelburn uses air-dried barley (with no peat, unlike Springbank’s other two styles) and is triple distilled, making for a light-as-a-feather spirit when it comes off the still. This unique version of Hazelburn spends 6 years in bourbon…

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Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2019 Edition

The unofficial beginning of whiskey season is upon us with this, the 19th release of Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon, celebrating the birthday of Brown-Forman founder George Garvin Brown. A slight amount of detail: “The 2019 Birthday Bourbon is presented at 105 proof, the highest proof to-date for this special expression. After showing exceptionally unique character…

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Review: Wines of Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore, 2019 Releases

  Italy’s Felluga family operates two main estates: Marco Felluga is based in Gradisca d’Isonzo, a province of Gorizia (the farthest west you can go in Italy, on the border with Slovenia), and Russiz Superiore can be found in Capriva del Friuli, in nearby Collio. Today we look at a trio of these wines, one from…

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Review: Tippsy “Sake Box” Service and Shirataki Jozen Sakes

We have long had online wine clubs and beer clubs, but sake? Tippsy, which launched in November 2018, is quickly positioning itself to be the US’s major online sake retailer and yes, online sake club. Is the quality of the service and sake worth the monthly cost? Drinkhacker was sent July’s box for a tasting.…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selections – Barrel Proof Rye

The fourth release in Jack Daniel’s experimental Tennessee Tasters’ Selection series has arrived, and it’s a cask strength expression of its Tennessee Rye bottling. So, not too experimental… but as flavor profiles go, this one’s a huge step away  for Jack. Made from a mashbill of 70% rye, 18% corn, and 12% malted barley, this rye…

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Review: Paquera Mezcal Espadin (2019)

Paquera is a new brand of mezcal that spans three different varieties, three blends that are variously composed of 100% Espadin agave, 80% Espadin/20% Barril, and 100% Barril agave. Each is blended to offer a different level of smoke as well as a unique sense of the terroir of the agave used Today we look…

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Review: Speyburn 18 Years Old

A tag on the neck of this new whisky reveals that its an “Anniversary Edition.” The anniversary of what? Well, it’s Distillery Manager Bobby Anderson’s 18th year on the job at Speyburn, so the distillery is launching an 18 year old version of this whisky in his honor. Always an incredible value, it’s nice to…

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Review: Copper & Kings Brandy – A Song For You and Way Up West

The American brandy mavens at Copper & Kings have recently launched two new expressions, both in limited release. Thoughts on both bottlings follow. Copper & Kings A Song For You American Brandy – This limited, anniversary release comes from the distillery’s earliest sourced American brandies, dubbed “DNA1,” which were procured five years ago. Aged in…

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