About the author

Richard Carleton Hacker

Contributing Wine, Spirits, and Cigars Editor

Richard Carleton Hacker is an international writer and photographer specializing in spirits, wines, cigars, and related luxury lifestyles. In addition to having authored 11 books published in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and Russia, he is a long-time contributing editor for numerous national magazines, including Robb Report, for which he has written since 1995. He is also a popular keynote speaker on whiskies and cigars for corporations such as Ritz-Carlton, Alfred Dunhill, and Blancpain, and is a judge for the prestigious annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

A lifetime member of the Scotch whisky industry’s exclusive Keeper of the Quaich honorary society (he is one of fewer than 200 people worldwide to hold the coveted title of Master of the Quaich), he has also been inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, and was knighted in Germany. More of his writings and adventures can be found at www.richardcarletonhacker.com.

<<Back to Best of the Best 2012: Spirits: Heaven Hill Parker’s Heritage Collection Barrel Finished Bourbon
More Stories From Richard Carleton Hacker
Those who were fortunate enough to obtain and smoke one of Robb Report ’s 2011 Best of the Best selections, EPC Cigar Co. ’s Edición Limitada 6 x 54 Toro, will find a marked similarity in EPC’s new...
San Cristobal was introduced a few years ago as a collaboration between Ashton—one of the most innovative of today’s cigar companies—and José “Pepin” Garcia, a respected former Cuban torcedor who...
Louis XIII was originally registered by Paul-Emilee Rémy Martin on June 13, 1874, as Louis XIII, Âge Inconnu (Age Unknown). Since then, its age has become not only known, but legendary as a blend of...
Not since 1977, when Grand Marnier introduced the extraordinary Cent Cinquantenaire to commemorate its 150th anniversary, has the brand produced a liqueur as in-depth and haunting as Grand Marnier...
We begin to age from the moment we are born. This law of nature also governs the life cycle of single-malt Scotch—those often prized whiskies that have been pot-distilled in Scotland by a single...
Cigar making is often a family endeavor, and one of the best examples of this is the privately owned Alec Bradley’s Family Blend of cigars, first released in 2009. Befitting its name, each blend...
Puerto Plata is more than just a fashionable Dominican Republic vacation resort. It is also home to Brugal, the most popular rum in the Caribbean, and one that is now starting to be discovered in the...
Ever since the realm of Queen Victoria, Chivas Regal has held a Royal Warrant. So it was only fitting that Chivas would honor the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, with a special...
After many years of searching, Davidoff’s master cigar blender, Hendrik “Henki” Kelner, realized a lifelong dream by finding an area in the Dominican Republic—the Yamasá valley—that could grow an...
Cigars and single malts are a classic combination, and in 1998, Dalmore paid tribute to this perfect pairing by introducing the world’s first cigar single-malt Scotch. Unfortunately, it was taken off...

Pages