Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s A…

We’re seven years into WhistlePig’s “Boss Hog” releases, and they keep getting stranger. If you thought Boss Hog 6 — distilled using sake-like fermentation techniques and finished in umeshu wine barrels — was something different, get a load of this: The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic is aged for 17 years in American oak, finished in […]

Review: One Eight Distilling District Made Single …

This year, Washington, D.C.’s One Eight Distilling added to their in-house portfolio of “District Made” spirits with two new rye whiskey additions, a bottled-in-bond rye and this bottle, an extremely limited single barrel offering bottled at cask strength and available only at the distillery. Here are the deets from One Eight: This first release District […]

Review: Highland Park Cask Strength Release No. 1

Highland Park recently inaugurated a new line of “batch releases” intended to expand its core range, the promise being that “each batch shares the same underlying character in the whisky but with different flavours coming to the fore based on the cask makeup.” This is actually pretty big news: Cask Strength Release No. 1 is […]

How Much Do Bitters Matter in a Cocktail?

A couple of dashes of bitters swimming in a glass full of booze. How much of a difference can it make if you choose aromatic vs. creole, chocolate vs. orange, cucumber vs. rhubarb? Well, to help get to the bottom of the mystery of how much of a role bitters play in a cocktail, The […]

Review: Ron Barcelo Imperial Onyx and Gran Anejo D…

We’ve covered the rums of Ron Barcelo in the past, but we’ve missed a couple of its darker-themed expressions, including Barcelo Imperial Onyx and Barcelo Gran Anejo Dark Series. What makes these rums so dark and onyxy? Heavily-charred bourbon casks are used to age both of these rums. Additional details can be found in the […]

Review: Glenmorangie Malaga Cask Finish 12 Years O…

Glenmorangie’s core lineup includes a 10 year-old whisky aged exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels along with several varieties that start as the 10 year-old and then spend additional time finishing in other barrels. There is The Lasanta finished in ex-sherry barrels, The Quinta Ruban finished in ex-port barrels, and The Nectar d’Or finished in ex-sauternes barrels. […]

Review: Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons – 15, 20, and 23…

In 2020, a review of the Van Winkle lineup is mildly comical: opinions or fanfare surrounding one of the spirit world’s largest cult of personalities will absolutely not be swayed with any velocity or traction, and will likely be met with a curiosity and a shrug before clicking onwards. But seeing as we recently reviewed […]

Review: The Balvenie Tun 1509, Batch 7

The Balvenie’s Tun 1509 series is finally getting its long-awaited seventh release. For those unfamiliar, the series is designed to bring to life master distiller David Stewart’s 58 years of distilling and blending experience “through an expression of exemplary quality and character.” Here’s some detail: To produce Batch 7 of Tun 1509, Stewart continued his […]

Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 14 Years…

It’s round three for Brown-Forman’s King of Kentucky brand, which has been cranking out limited edition Kentucky bourbons since 2018. As with the last two editions, it’s a single barrel release, this time composed of 32 barrels which will all be bottled individually at cask strength (proof ranging from roughly 125 to 135). It’s got […]

Review: Mortlach 21 Years Old Limited Edition 2020

This year’s Special Edition from Mortlach is a true rarity from the brand, finished in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks and aged 21 years in total. Compare to 2019’s all-sherry-aged expression. The nose is classically rich, not just exuding the essence of Mortlach but also that Pedro Ximenez casking, which gives it a distinctly […]

Review: Hooten Young American Whiskey 12 Years Old

Hooten Young is a new whiskey brand founded by Tim Young and former Special Operations officer Master Sgt. Norm Hooten who was famously part of the ‘Black Hawk Down’ operation. (Eric Bana played him in the movie.) But that’s in no way the most interesting thing about this brand because the whiskey in this bottle […]

Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 25

Hot on the heels of so many recent whiskey releases, Barrell has added to the annual fall bourbon frenzy with its 25th bourbon batch. That’s a lot of batches, and while there’s never been a real formula to these releases, you have to go back pretty far in the lineup to get a blend with […]

The Top 10 Tequilas and Mezcals of 2020

With celebrities ranging from Dwayne Johnson to Michael Jordan to Bryan Cranston all getting in on the tequila and mezcal game, you’d think a mass migration from Hollywood to Mexico was underway. Nope, turns out that’s just where the money is. After George Clooney and pals got $1 billion for their sale of Casamigos a […]

Review: Paul John Nirvana – Drinkhacker

Paul John, made in Goa, India, has launched a new single malt called Nirvana. It’s made from six-row barley grown in India and matured in ex-bourbon casks. Aside from the origins of the grain (and the spirit itself), the unique element here is the six-row barley, as the lower-protein/higher-starch two-row barley is more commonly used […]

Review: Expresiones del Corazon Barrel-Aged Tequil…

This long-running collaboration between Corazon Tequila and Buffalo Trace — in which Corazon’s single-estate tequila is aged in a variety of Buffalo Trace whiskey casks — is always worth sampling. This year finds Buffalo Trace dropping three expressions, all anejos aged variously in William Larue Weller, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac, and George T. Stagg barrels. We […]

Review: GlenDronach Kingsman Edition Vintage 1989

The movie The King’s Man may be eternally delayed due to Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean a whisky to honor it isn’t hitting the market from GlenDronach. (You may also remember a GlenDronach release for Kingsman: The Golden Circle and even the Old Forester Statesman bourbon, for the same movie.) So here we go again, and like […]

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