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  1. Few of the Cuban brands now being made in other countries possess their namesakes’ strength, but Bolivar, which was first rolled in 1901 in Havana, is one of the exceptions. General Cigar recently...
  2. Originally produced as an elixir of long life by Carthusian monks from a recipe they acquired in 1605, Chartreuse—named for its green hue—has survived revolutions, landslides, and tangles with the...
  3. 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...
  4. After his defeat at Culloden in 1746, Prince Charles Edward Stuart of Scotland—better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie—fled to the isle of Skye. There, he rewarded the MacKinnon clan for their...
  5. The Marnier-Lapostolle company first made the Grand Marnier Cuvée Cent du Cinquantenaire in 1977 to celebrate its 150th anniversary. In addition to the trademark Marnier bitter orange essence (from...
  6. When Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser founded Inniskillin in 1975, they intended to emphasize pre­mium table wines. But Kaiser, an Austrian, suspected that in Canada’s cold climate they could make the...
  7. Schloss Vollrads is the ancestral home of the Barons of Greiffenclau, but since bankruptcy proceedings in 1997 and the subsequent suicide of the last baron, the property—including its vineyards, its...
  8. Leonildo Pieropan, the leading producer in Soave and the grandson of the estate’s founder (also named Leonildo), is a perfectionist in the vineyard and in the winery. Like the more common red Recioto...
  9. John Leacock was only 15 years old when he began apprenticing for a Madeira shipping firm in 1741. By 1760, he was well prepared to establish his own business, producing wines that became a staple in...
  10. Aged reposado and añejo tequilas—the so-called sipping varieties—certainly are enjoyable, but blanco tequilas offer the purest essence of agave, one that is unmasked by oak. The newly imported...

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