Spirits

Whisky barrels pressed into service to celebrate a festive occasion. James broyhill ii represents the fourth generation of a family that has been making furniture since the early 20th century. As the...
Just as the phylloxera outbreak of the 1860s caused the French to switch from wine to Cognac with their meals, a few years ago some Parisians again began having a glass or two of eau-de-vie with...
The Macallan is pouring five of its rarest vintages—the 12 Year, 15 Year, 17 Year, 18 Year, and 21 Year—for an exclusive whisky tasting at the Hotel Bel-Air. Open to just 12 guests ($85 per person),...
Rarely in the world of Cognac has history repeated itself so dramatically as with the discovery and introduction of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6, for this is only the second time in the 139-year history...
There are few things that evoke the feeling of summer more than sipping sundowners at sea. With Pelican Grand Beach Resort ’s all-inclusive Mega Yachts & Martinis escape (from $13,000 for two...
Scotch is the much-anticipated new whisky bar in the five-star Balmoral hotel that presents more than 400 varieties—single malts, blends, young malts, mature malts—making it the largest selection of...
The American whiskey boom of recent years has prompted a good deal of experimentation. Lincoln Henderson, who spent 40 years as Brown-Forman’s master distiller, placed himself at the forefront of...
It is well known that Kentucky’s master distillers are fiercely independent, each claiming that his bourbon is the best. But when hardship strikes one of their own, they band together like long-lost...
It’s difficult to say the words “single malt” without quickly following them up with “scotch.” But while Scotland is indeed the largest producer of single-malt whiskies, Japan is the second-largest...
Glenfiddich 50 Year Old, one of the rarest single-malt whiskies ever released by the scotch distillery, will be available to taste for one night only, Wednesday, September 4, at the San Antonio...
Chances are you may have noticed some new fixtures on the back bars of your favorite cocktail lounges. No, we’re not referring to lights or libations per se, but rather to wooden barrels—relatively...
One would think that the multiple-award-winning chef, author, and restaurateur Thomas Keller’s similarly multiple-award-winning French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley had attained perfection. It is...
In 1860, while delivering some of his then-famous whiskey from Louisville, Ky., to New Orleans, Augustus Bulleit mysteriously vanished. Though his disappearance has never been explained, one theory...
Long Island Distillery is a craft spirits producer surrounded by 5,000 acres at the western end of Long Island’s North Fork wine trail, not far from the Hamptons. This month it will release its first...
In contrast with the bad-boy image of yesteryear’s tequilas—which were often associated with dusty, cork-stoppered bottles in equally dusty saloons—today’s premium tequilas are strictly controlled by...
Created by David Grapshi of Sazerac, Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace, and the tequila master distiller Miguel Cedeño Cruz, the Expresiones del Corazón collection brings tequila to the forefront of...
A little more than two decades ago, there was no such thing as small-batch bourbon. And yet, it existed all the same. The problem was that no one had yet coined a term that adequately described all...
Of all the countless classifications of spirits, those with the widest spectrum of flavors are the single-malt whiskies from Scotland. Whether they come from the Highlands, the Lowlands, Campbeltown...
Pininfarina , the Italian automotive design firm, has partnered with Chivas Regal to pay tribute to Chivas Regal 18 Year Old scotch. Pininfarina created two custom carrying cases with wood-and-veneer...
For years, the oldest official tequila classification was añejo , which defined tequila that had been barrel-aged for 12 to 35 months. And yet many of Mexico’s maestros tequileros— master...
Back in 1998, The Dalmore became the first distillery to create a single-malt scotch specifically for cigar smokers. Of course, this made perfect sense, as there was a cigar boom going on in America—...
Mahesh Patel is a man on a mission. He began by savoring and collecting the world’s rarest single-malt whiskies, and a few years ago he realized that other like-minded aficionados would also welcome...
The well-known scotch brand Johnnie Walker has opened a four-story club in Beijing where its devoted patrons can taste and purchase rare whiskies, participate in blending sessions, host private...
For the first time in five years, Rhum Clément —the world’s leading producer of Martinique’s rhum agricole (rum, primarily from the French West Indies, that has been distilled from fresh sugarcane...
Bourbon is often enjoyed before dinner, while port is typically thought of as a digestif. But the small, family-owned A. Smith Bowman distillery in Fredericksburg, Va., has found a way to combine...
As popular as it is, George Dickel has long been overshadowed by that other Tennessee whiskey, Jack Daniel’s. Naturally, both have to be made in Tennessee, and must have a mash bill of at least 51...
Little has changed since William Grant & Sons, now one of Scotland’s few remaining family-owned distillers, built The Balvenie distillery in 1892. The Balvenie still performs every aspect of its...
For the connoisseur of Scotch and the collector of whisky, a well-aged and limited release will always garner significant attention. If that whisky also is the oldest expression from any producer in...
In spite of the official government ruling that all vodkas are tasteless, odorless, and colorless, anyone who has sipped two different vodka martinis side by side knows that there are variances in...
Thanks to the retro cocktail craze, America’s native rye whiskey is experiencing a comeback. And one of the newest and most dramatic entries in this spirited race is Knob Creek Rye Whiskey ($40.99)...

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