Best Of The Best 2006: Berry Good

Jörg Rupf, scion of a German family of master distillers, arrived in California in 1982 with a modest Holstein pot still. Now operating from a former naval aviation hangar near San Francisco, Rupf crafts the stunning Aqua Perfecta line of eaux-de-vie, grappas, and liqueurs. His production is unusual because he fortifies each liqueur with brandy that is made from the same fruit, a process that intensifies the flavors. The gorgeous, aromatic Aqua Perfecta Framboise Liqueur, made from Washington state Meeker raspberries, explodes with the essence of the fruit. It makes a smashing cocktail when added to Champagne.

St. George Spirits
($40)
www.stgeorgespirits.com

In honor of the hotel’s 125th anniversary, the ultra-rare scotch comes with a piece of England’s...
Scott Torrence evaluates, assesses, and drinks some of the greatest vintages in the world...
The cucumber-infused spirit inspired the giant green airship, which is taking to the skies of major...
Photo by Madison McGaw
Club members celebrated the release of the Cognac at the Surrey hotel in in Manhattan…
A new generation of imbibers has flocked to the lighter taste of grain whisky…
Photo by Bob McClenahan
The bottles from the $6 million worth of barrels sold will be available in as soon as one year…
Because it is not aged entirely in new American oak barrels, the whiskey is not technically bourbon…
A limited-edition release from Legacy Brands that gets its name from the Spanish word for “turtle...
Photo by Andrea de Maria
Though banking, land, and vines have occupied Florence’s Frescobaldi family for more than 700 years...
The growing retro-cocktail trend is putting gin back in the spotlight…