Review: Blood Oath Bourbon Whiskey Pact 9 2023

The Blood Oaths keep coming, and nine years in, the operation from Lux Row Distillers returns to that old standby Oloroso sherry casks to add a little salt and pepper to the experience. As with other Blood Oath bottlings, this is a blend of bourbons, including a 16-year ryed bourbon, a 12-year ryed bourbon, and finally…

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Review: The Balvenie French Oak 16 Years Old

When The Balvenie dropped its new French Oak release, I immediately assumed that the term implied new French oak was used in the aging process. Not so. What The Balvenie has done is finish a 16 year old whisky in wine casks that held the rarely seen Pineau des Charentes, which is a sort-of wine that…

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Review: Firestone Walker 805

Chris already gave you his two cents on 805 Cerveza, a Mexican-style lager with a hint of lime from the cool dudes at Firestone Walker. Now, we’re finally getting around to the 805 flagship, simply dubbed 805. It’s a blonde ale made for the laid back California lifestyle or so the marketing goes. Marketing aside,…

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Review: Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur with Cognac (2023)

We’ve written about Belle de Brillet twice before, first as a standard Poire Williams and more recently as a “Pear & Cognac Liqueur.” Now owner Rémy Cointreau has reformulated and relaunched the brand once again, billing it as a “Pear Liqueur with Cognac.” Reportedly revamped “from bottle to liquid,” it is currently a blend of…

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Review: 2019 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Founded in 1983, this Saint Helena-based operation makes classic, Napa-style chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, and it’s the 2019 vintage of its cab to which we turn our attention presently. Built with ample legs upon which to stand, this cab leans on an iconically Napa-fueled backbone melding tar and currants, balancing this all out by notes…

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Review: Mount Gay Master Blender Selection – PX Sherry Cask

We’re up to edition #6 for Mount Gay’s Master Blender Selection rum release, which returns to a familiar finishing cask type: Pedro Ximenez sherry. This particular release is a blend of column and pot distillate aged in ex-bourbon barrels for 20 years before spending an extra year in PX sherry casks. Old rum, made even more…

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Review: GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 10

Batch 12 of GlenDronach’s Cask Strength is about to hit the shelves, but before we get to that review, let’s back up a bit. Since Chris was so impressed with Batch 11, I decided to shell out some of my hard-earned Drinkhacker cash on a bottle of Batch 10 (yes, we actually pay for bottles…

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Review: Supergay Vodka

June is LGBTQ Pride month, and I can’t think of a brand of spirits that announces its pride more audaciously than Supergay vodka. The brand opened in 2018 and donates a percentage of the profits from every bottle to organizations benefiting the LGBTQ+ community. Their vodka, distilled in a copper pot still in upstate New…

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