Review: Paul John Classic Select Cask

Hailing from the humid Goa region of India, Paul John has established an impressive portfolio of more than a dozen different single malt whiskies, most available to the US market. We’ve reviewed three of the “Flagship” releases already (here and here), but the distillery also features a Select Cask range which consists of single malts […]

Review: Kilchoman Am Bùrach – Drinkhacker

The question remains unanswered: Is the accidental mixing of barrels/distillates more commonplace than public originally were made aware? Is it a new thing in an effort to reduce distillery waste? Is it something marketing and “innovation specialists” have preyed upon as a new best practice and are trying to make commonplace? All of the above? […]

Review: Whiskeys of Ragged Branch

Virginia-based Ragged Branch is a craft distillery that makes bourbon — and lots of it: The brand has five different bourbon expressions — and one rye — all produced in house and aged for at least four years (though no formal age statements appear on its bottles). Aside from that, there’s limited available information about […]

Review: Stray Dog Wild Gin

As well as some excellent wines, Greece is known mainly for its indigenous spirits like ouzo, raki, tsipouro, and Metaxa. But gin? Not at all. There are only 2 or 3 made in the whole country, and only one currently available in the USA: Stray Dog Wild Gin. The first part of the name is […]

Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B520 (May …

The latest of Elijah Craig’s 12 year old Barrel Proof bourbons was bottled in May 2020 and bears the B520 batch code. At 127.2 proof, it’s got the third-lowest abv of the entire series. How does that change the final analysis? Let’s find out. The nose is heady with classic rickhouse aromas — dark chocolate […]

Review: Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Double Oaked

Despite all the limited editions we’ve tasted and special events we’ve attended, there are two expressions of Woodford Reserve that we’ve never formally reviewed: The most common, widely available expressions, the iconic Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. We’re of course extremely familiar with both spirits — we’ve just never put reviews […]

Review: Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon 13 Years O…

On the heels of the Bobby Jones-inspired The Clover Whiskey comes yet another golf-themed bourbon: Sweetens Cove. Admittedly, this one has a little more star power behind it (apologies to Bobby). For starters, this Tennessee bourbon whiskey gets its name from a golf course outside of Chattanooga so magical that a group of well-heeled friends, […]

Review: 5 of Geijer Glogg’s California Liqueurs an…

Earlier this year we brought you coverage of California Fernet, a fun spin on the classic Italian style that mixes in both Californian and Swedish sensibilities. Now we’re back to the well with five more products from Martin Geijer’s Geijer Glogg, the San Francisco-based company behind the brand. This quintet spans a wide range of […]

Review: Aberfeldy 12, 16, and 21 Years Old

Review: Aberfeldy 12, 16, and 21 Years Old

Aberfeldy is best known for its significant contributions to Dewar’s Scotch blends (Dewar’s being the distillery’s corporate owner), but it’s also the home to its own line of single malts, with bottlings reaching as old as 40 years of age. Situated uniquely between the Highlands and the Lowlands region of Scotland — technically either the […]

Best Summer & 4th of July Cocktails for 2020

Summer is here, and sunny days mean basking outdoors and sipping on refreshing quaffers. Berries and fresh herbs are begging for harvest, and what better way to incorporate summer’s bounty than into your 4th of July cocktails! From classics and their riffs to sangria and fruit-forward flavors, these recipes can be enjoyed whether you’re staying […]

Review: Headwind Vodka - Drinkhacker

Review: Headwind Vodka – Drinkhacker

Formally “Headwind Craft FWD Vodka,” this spirit hails from Portland, Oregon, where a “high-quality, gluten-free, corn-based grain is six times distilled and filtered through Pacific Northwest timber.” A thin label made of birch wood, bearing batch and bottle number, reinforces the lumberjack connection. Do outdoorsy types drink vodka? The nose presents itself as a fairly […]

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