Review: A. Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey
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by Christopher Null
1d ago
No one would have guessed sleepy old Old Overholt would move upmarket, but somehow it keeps on happening. The latest Overholt isn’t “Old,” It’s “A.” — after founder Abraham Overholt — with a retro bottle and the original mashbill of 80% rye, 20% malted barley. (Standard Old Overholt’s mashbill is not disclosed.) This mashbill is a Pennsylvania-style concoction known as “Monongahela Mash,” which is fun to say. No age statement is offered. “With over 200 years of exceptional craftmanship, Overholt is engrained in American history with its industrial roots and as a spirit that has set the indus ..read more
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Review: Ezra Brooks 99 Bourbon Port Wine Cask Finish
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by Christopher Null
1d ago
A new Cask Finished Series is underway from Lux Row Distillers’ Ezra Brooks brand: Up first is an expression finished in Port casks. Formally known as Ezra Brooks 99 Proof Cask Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Casks (whew!) this is a take on Ezra 99 Bourbon (made from a mash of 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12% malted barley) that gets a 6 month long additional finish in authentic Portuguese Port wine casks. This is the first in what is planned to be an annually released series of different cask finishes. The nose offers restraint: Boldly spiced with a stronger rye punch than ..read more
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Review: Copperworks Single Malt Cask 472
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by Jacob Kiper
4d ago
Bourbon and corn whiskey have a long history in Kentucky and Tennessee due to early westward expansion and the reality that corn was the grain at their disposal. Similarly, rye whiskey was king in the early northeastern United States because rye grew well in the region. Early styles of American whiskey were largely necessitated by local grain availability. It’s only been recently that whiskey distilled from barley has come onto the scene in America with any real scale. Washington is consistently one of the top five states for growing barley, so in keeping with historical precedent, the Pacifi ..read more
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Review: Mammoth Northern Rye No. 2
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by Jacob Kiper
5d ago
Bourbon is the premier whiskey of America. Michigan’s Mammoth Distilling prefers advancing the cause of rye. While the lion’s share of American whiskey is distilled from bulk commodity grains, Mammoth invests in research regarding the distillation of heirloom varieties of rye grain. Each specific variety of rye grain produces different qualities in a whiskey. Pre-Prohibition rye was wildly popular and existed in a world that had not yet switched to bulk commodity grain in the name of quantity over quality. Mammoth is actively distilling and aging heirloom variety rye whiskeys. But while Mammo ..read more
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Review: Crittenden’s Cut Above Mississippi Blues Berry Bourbon
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by Jacob Kiper
5d ago
The spread of the concept of finishing bourbon in various types of casks is largely a result of the work of Woodford Reserve and Angel’s Envy. Today, the American whiskey industry is in a perpetual arms race to see who can come up with the next unique finishing cask to grab consumer intrigue. Despite their popularity, many consumers are also miffed by the lack of transparency that often accompanies finished whiskey. As consumers crave more knowledge of the whiskey they consume, it can be a problem that we typically know so little about the casks used in finishing. The race to be more creative ..read more
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Review: GlenDronach Allardice 18 Years Old
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by Christopher Null
6d ago
We commonly crank through GlenDronach’s special editions, but one of its permanent lineup has eluded us: Allardice, its 18 year old expression. The famed Highlands distillery’s 18 year old is named in honor of James Allardice, who founded the distillery in 1826. The whisky is completely aged in oloroso sherry casks. Densely sherried, the nose is rich and laced with oxidized aromas evoking nutty, winey Pedro Ximenez sherry over oloroso. That’s but an illusion, of course, as this is aged fully in oloroso casks. The impact is impressive all the same: Bold, brooding, and rich, the nose evokes oil ..read more
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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B524 (May 2024) and Small Batch PGA Edition
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by Christopher Null
1w ago
Elijah Craig isn’t sleeping this summer, with two new expressions hitting the market in quick succession. The first is the expected May edition of its Barrel Proof lineup, the other a second golf-inspired limited release that follows up on its recent Ryder Cup edition. Full details and tasting notes follow. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B524 (May 2024) – After a quieter expression in A124, it’s back to the burn with a 65.3% abv release of ECBP, aged 11 years, 2 months old — so both relatively scorching and also relatively youthful. Lots of intensity on the nose here: espresso, oiled leather ..read more
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Review: WhistlePig CampStock Wheat Whiskey
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by Christopher Null
1w ago
With rye, bourbon, and malt whiskey under its belt, what’s left for WhistlePig to explore? Well, wheat whiskey of course. Enter CampStock, a limited edition offering that’s actually a blend of two whiskeys — 85% wheat whiskey and 15% rye — which still merits a “wheat whiskey” designation. The whiskey is a collaboration of sorts with Solo Stove, a portable smokeless camp stove which is being bundled with this whiskey as part of a unique promotion. The final blend is finished in “an innovative Solo Stove Bonfire toasted barrel” wherein WhistlePig barrels are broken down to create custom firewoo ..read more
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Review: Highland Park 18 Years Old Viking Pride (2024)
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by Drew Beard
2w ago
Drinkhacker was just a baby blog in 2008 when Chris last tasted the entire range of age-stated Highland Park expressions. Even with the 25-year and the 40-year (!) on the table, he kept going back to this bottle, the comparatively pedestrian 18-year-old. Today, this elder teen sits right in the middle of the Orkney Islands distillery’s Classic Collection (not including the insanely rare and expensive 54-year-old offering). Since a rebrand around 2016, it now carries the Nordic subtitle Viking Pride, but the basic DNA of this one remains the same: matured at least 18 years in a “high proportio ..read more
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Review: Aberlour Double Cask 12, 16, and A’bunadh Batch 79 (2024)
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by Drew Beard
2w ago
We’ve tackled the lineup from Speyside single malt-maker Aberlour periodically over the last decade, but our very first taste of the distillery came way back in 2009 with an impressive travel retail bottling (long since discontinued) and Batch 26 of the distillery’s cask strength sherry bomb, A’bunadh. (We also visited in person!) The latter remains a highlight of the core lineup with over 80 batches released to date. We’ve got number 79 on deck for review today along with a fresh look at two more readily available core expressions, the 12-year-old and 16-year-old Double Cask Matured. Thought ..read more
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