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Barrell Whiskey Batch 004 Review

Barrell Whiskey Batch 004

By Randall H. Borkus Rating: B+ Barrell Craft Spirits, the independent bottler behind Barrell Bourbon, Barrell Whiskey and Barrell Rum, announced recently that they would be getting into the business of opening a distillery in Louisville and making their own in-house spirits. Their plant will be a strongly production-oriented facility with few frills, stepping away from the stylish, tourist-friendly distilleries ...

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Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 Scotch Review

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant Rare Vintage 1954

By Richard Thomas Rating: A Aged Scotch whisky has an expensive reputation, and very aged even more so. Ultra aged? Fughetaboutit! But even so, it is possible to find an expression that defies your expectations, one way or another. Five decades old Macallans, for example, retain their ability to shock by costing as much as a high end luxury car. ...

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Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey Review

Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey

By Debbie Shocair Rating: B- When I wrote this it was the season for Easter candy, endless varieties of chocolate eggs, and…. chocolate whiskey. Easter is gone now, but the lingering pleasure of seasonal chocolates lives on for some weeks in our cupboards, and Ballotin Original Chocolate flavored whiskey is a fine and tasty grown-up accoutrement to your spring stash ...

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Orphan Barrel Comes Out With Rhetoric 23 Year Old

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel label has continued its Rhetoric series of ultra-aged bourbon with this year’s Rhetoric 23 Year Old. The first Rhetoric release came in 2014 as a 20 Year Old, with the plan to release an annual batch from the same stock, that stock having aged an extra year. The project has gone according to schedule with three expressions, ...

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Hochstadter’s Family Reserve 16 Year Old Rye Whiskey Review

Hochstadter's 16 Year Old Rye

By Randall H. Borkus Rating: A The Cooper Spirits Co. resurrected the Hochstadter’s brand in 2013 with the introduction of Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye.  Later came further brand extensions in the portfolio, such as the Hochstadter’s 8 Year Old Rock & Rye and the peculiar Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey. Now the company has released the first ...

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