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Concannon Irish Whiskey Review

Concannon Irish Whiskey Review

Recently, we here at Cocktail Enthusiast HQ came to the realization that we don’t drink enough Irish Whiskey. Taking such matters seriously, we finished the remaining dregs of our Jameson Black Barrel and set out to procure a new bottle. That bottle: Concannon Irish Whiskey, a moderately-priced dram that, for…read more →

anCnoc 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

anCnoc 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

anCnoc is a single malt whisky hailing from the Knockdhu Distillery in the Highlands of Scotland. The 12 year old expression is the entry level whisky in the anCnoc lineup, with other whiskies including the 16, 22 and 35 year old expressions. Each is known for its light and easy-drinking…read more →

George Dickel Barrel Select Whisky Review

George Dickel Barrel Select Whisky Review

George Dickel Barrel Select Whisky is a small-batch Tennessee whiskey that’s created each year with the intention of being an extra smooth, mellow expression for the George Dickel line. In creating this product, Master Distiller John Lunn selects about 10 barrels of the most mellow whiskey, each aged 10 to…read more →

Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey Review

Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey Review

Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey is a new product from the Louisville Distilling Company, maker’s of Angel’s Envy Bourbon. While the bourbon is finished in port casks, the rye whiskey is finished for 18 months in Caribbean rum casks before bottling. Both are the product of Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, who…read more →

Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey Review

Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey Review

Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey is a recently released offering out of Pennsylvania. Rye was a major Pennsylvania export prior to Prohibition, when the 18th amendment closed down many of the state’s distilleries. The guys behind Dad’s Hat, John Cooper and Herman Mihalich, want to pay homage to the rye whiskeys of…read more →

Pow-Wow Botanical Rye Whiskey Review

Pow-Wow Botanical Rye Whiskey Review

Pow-Wow Botanical Rye Whiskey is the latest product from the Georgetown Trading Co. — the fine folks behind John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey and James E. Pepper Whiskey. This release is their first foray into flavored or infused spirits. According to the label, Pow-Wow Botanical Rye is a straight rye…read more →

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Whiskey Review

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Whiskey Review

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy is a single pot still Irish whiskey produced at Ireland’s famed Midleton Distillery — the same site where heavy hitters like Jameson, Red Breast and Powers are crafted. It was introduced in 2011 as a limited edition release named for Midleton’s master distiller. They’re putting out…read more →

McKenzie Rye Whiskey Review

McKenzie Rye Whiskey Review

It’s hard to deny that we’re in the midst of a rye shortage. (It’s also hard to believe, as new ryes are released seemingly every month.) American sales of rye whiskey have exploded since the beginning of the cocktail renaissance, but with most ryes being aged in casks for at…read more →

George Dickel Rye Whisky Review

George Dickel Rye Whisky Review

George Dickel Rye Whisky is the newest player to enter the rapidly-growing rye whiskey category. Master Distiller John Lunn created this product to address the increased demand for rye in the marketplace, which is thanks in large part to the classic cocktail renaissance. It joins a Dickel lineup that already…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye Whiskey Review

Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye Whiskey Review

The recently-announced Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye Whiskey is the company’s first new expression and grain recipe since before Prohibition. And it was never meant to be released. Originally, Jack Daniel’s was planning to release a traditional, aged rye whiskey. And in 2011, they distilled 800 barrels worth, setting them in…read more →

Balblair 2000 Scotch Whisky Review

Balblair 2000 Scotch Whisky Review

Located in the Scotland Highlands, the Balblair Distillery traces its roots back to 1790. One can learn a thing or two about distilling whisky over the course of 220-plus years. And for Balblair, the result is a handful of vintage-dated single malts, including the 2000 vintage detailed below. Balblair 2000…read more →

Whipper Snapper Oregon Whiskey Review

Whipper Snapper Oregon Whiskey Review

To understand Whipper Snapper Oregon Whiskey, you first have to meet Clarisse. Go on, say hello. She’s a hand-hammered French cognac still, and she has produced many a fine spirit since her arrival in Oregon. Since 1997, Ransom Spirits founder Tad Seestedt has used the still to produce fine handmade…read more →

West Coast Whiskey – Clear Creek Distillery

West Coast Whiskey – Clear Creek Distillery

** This is the latest post in a new series by Mack McConnell called West Coast Whiskey. Mack’s a contributing writer for Cocktail Enthusiast. When he’s not writing about whiskey, he’s probably drinking it. He also runs Taster’s Club Whiskey of the Month. ** For the latest look at West…read more →

West Coast Whiskey – Anchor Distilling

West Coast Whiskey – Anchor Distilling

** This is the third post in a new series by Mack McConnell called West Coast Whiskey. Mack’s a contributing writer for Cocktail Enthusiast. When he’s not writing about whiskey, he’s probably drinking it. He also runs Taster’s Club Whiskey of the Month. ** For the third installment of West…read more →

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Review

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Review

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey traces its roots back to 1757 and the founding of the Old Kilbeggan Distillery. That’s more than 250 years. For some perspective, in 1757 the British Empire was just establishing itself in India. America was a collection of 13 scrappy colonies. And the French populace wouldn’t revolt…read more →

Firestone & Robertson Blended Whiskey Review

Firestone & Robertson Blended Whiskey Review

Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. is a new operation based in Fort Worth, TX. The enterprising gents behind the eponymous label started the distillery in 2010 and have been hard at work ever since. They’ve got a bourbon (North Texas’ first) currently aging in barrels. And they’ve produced a blended…read more →

Wild Turkey 81 Rye Whiskey Review

Wild Turkey 81 Rye Whiskey Review

In what’s been a busy year for the whiskey brand, Wild Turkey recently introduced Wild Turkey 81 Rye Whiskey, an 81-proof spirit that joins Wild Turkey’s flagship 101-proof rye. This follows last year’s release of Wild Turkey 81 Proof Bourbon, a product that’s also joined by a 101 proof sibling.…read more →

Bushmills Irish Honey Review

Bushmills Irish Honey Review

Bushmills Irish Honey is the newest addition to the Bushmills range. It’s a blend of Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey with honey, which follows the template introduced by Wild Turkey American Honey and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. Bushmills is one of the only distilleries in the world that produces its whiskeys…read more →

Jefferson’s Straight Rye Whiskey Review

Jefferson’s Straight Rye Whiskey Review

Jefferson’s Straight Rye Whiskey is the newest addition to the Jefferson’s portfolio, which also includes three small batch bourbons. Released in August 2011, Jefferson’s Rye is a 10-year old 100% North American rye. Though the bottle doesn’t specify, the rye is purportedly from Canada. Given its age, origin and similar…read more →

High Liquors Whiskey Review

High Liquors Whiskey Review

High Liquors is a new operation producing a range of spirits – including whiskey, tequila, rum and vodka – and the company bills itself as the world’s first full line of ultra premium spirits. Always wary of buzzwords like “ultra premium,” and also wary of whiskey bottles that resemble a…read more →