Spirits

Just in time for the upcoming rye revolution, this much-heralded limited edition has been brought back for a short encore, for those who missed the initial release on April 16, 2016. A Double Gold...
David and Jane Perkins founded High West Distillery in Park City back in 2007. It was liquor-leery Utah’s first legal distillery in 147 years. That got people’s attention. And thanks to the high-...
Special releases are the whiskies that set the hearts of connoisseurs and collectors beating a little faster. In fall of each year, spirits powerhouse Diageo issues (typically in batches of 10) a...
Knob Creek has enjoyed an enthusiastic following ever since its introduction in the 1990s. But now the (wet) bar has been raised with Knob Creek 2001 ($130), an ultrapremium offering that pays...
Albert Einstein once noted, “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” One doesn’t have to be a genius, however, to know that such...
It’s been 17 years since chef Enrique Olvera transformed traditional Mexican cuisine into something electrifying and new with his Mexico City restaurant Pujol. That jolt of creativity catapulted the...
In the world of premium tequilas, extra añejos are the single malts of blue agave. They typically spend about 3 years aging in oak to develop their deep amber hue and mellow finish, inspiring more...
After establishing his winery in the Oakville appellation of California’s Napa Valley in 1966, Robert Mondavi enjoyed early success with his Fumé Blanc—a unique interpretation of Sauvignon Blanc with...
Suntory has been producing sherry cask–aged whiskies since 1924, a year after the distillery was built. However, it was not until the early part of this century that Suntory’s Yamazaki whiskies...
It’s impossible to encompass everything that makes Scotland great in a single bottle of Scotch whisky. But how about four bottles? That’s the thinking behind the launch from Golden Decanters , a new...
Have a need for speed? So do we. This month, our editors share their flights of fancy for all things fast and furious, from a souped-up Shelby to Switzerland’s mighty ski slopes. See all 10 of their...
Since it opened in 2012, New York’s Flatiron Room has established itself as a mecca for whisky aficionados. Its dark, elegant interior provides an ideal space to sample the deep and well-curated...
With all due respect to JFK and Millard Fillmore, President Barak Obama just might qualify as one of our hippest leaders to ever hold the office. He sealed the deal at the White House Super Bowl...
A spirit once spurned in the United States is now being produced with pride under the label Copper & Kings Zmaj Absinthe Superior . Located in Louisville, Ky., Copper & Kings American Brandy...
Sure, you drank a lot of rich eggnog and hearty mulled wine over the holidays, but the New Year is here and there are slightly healthier adult beverages. Take vodka, for instance. And take it neat,...
Albert Einstein once noted, “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” One doesn’t have to be a genius, however, to know that such...
An intoxicating new pop-up on Park Avenue, the Balvenie Tasting Experience at the Waldorf Astoria New York opened on January 12 to the delight of those who seek out truly singular single malts...
Birthdays were made for toasting. And what better way to celebrate each year than with a bourbon distilled just for the occasion. The Old Forester 15th Anniversary Birthday Bourbon ($80), an annual...
In 2013, Michter’s released its Celebration Sour Mash whiskey. At $4,000 for one of the 273 bottles available, it was at the time the most expensive American whiskey ever released. Three years later...
The Last Drop 50-Year-Old “Double Matured” Blended Scotch ($4,500) is an elegant, complex spirit and is a compilation of more than 50 Scotch whiskies blended in 1995 as a premium 30-year-old offering...
Analjit Singh first came to Franschhoek on a whim. In 2010 the Indian billionaire, who was visiting South Africa as a spectator at the FIFA World Cup, took a side trip to the Cape Winelands—and fell...
When a rare old whisky sells out of its limited run, it’s always tempting to think that there are still a few stray cases hanging around the distillery—which will be released at a time of optimal...
Perhaps you want to begin 2017 with a taste of the sublime. Or maybe you just want to bring a bottle to the party that somebody else won’t be bringing. We have you covered. These five Champagnes ,...
This iconic Islay distillery marks its 200th anniversary this year with Lagaluvin 25-Year-Old Single Malt ($1,200), a limited-edition, cask-strength release, which also is a salute to the 21...
One of Napa Valley’s most location-driven labels, ironically, had no proper home for more than two decades. When vintner Barbara Banke and her late husband, Jess Jackson, founded Lokoya ( lokoya.com...
One hardly expects to find a Polynesian paradise hidden behind a “secret” door on the fourth floor of a restaurant on a busy city corner. But Pacific Seas is no ordinary tiki-themed cocktail lounge...
In the 26 years Juan Domingo Beckmann has worked at Jose Cuervo , he’s seen tequila transform from the stuff of frozen margaritas to a sophisticated sipping spirit. Today, as chief executive officer...
When Don Delfino Gonzalez started producing Casa San Matías tequila back in 1886, the primary method to extract juice from cooked agave was to crush it using a large stone wheel called a tahona . In...
As a year, 2016 has not been for the faint of heart. From nuclear testing by North Korea to losing legends like David Bowie and Prince to a presidential election cycle that, well, let’s just say we...
If you could take any trip in the world this year, what would it be? That’s what we asked the editors for our annual Travel Issue, and their responses ranged from a sojourn through Scandinavia to a...

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