Spirits

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)...
The Macallan has commissioned photographer Annie Leibovitz to create a series of photos inspired by four rare single-cask whiskies—drawn from the distillery’s oldest maturing blends—which it’s...
It’s as if the peaty smoke from Islay, that windswept island off the west coast of Scotland, had drifted over an American distillery. The result is Campfire Whiskey ($62), a sweet American bourbon...
The Dutch and the British can no longer claim to be the sole standard-bearers of gin, the centuries-old alternative to vodka. Today, the latest birthplace of this pot-still-infused spirit is the...
Highland Park , located on the Orkney Islands, was once a favored haunt of the Vikings. Now Scotland’s northernmost distillery is paying tribute to its Nordic heritage with the release of Thor ($199...
The Cognac region on the western edge of France is well known. After all, this is the only geographic area in the world where Cognac can legally be made. But what is not so well known is that just...
D’ussé , a new Cognac blended at the 200-year-old Chateau de Cognac, one of France’s oldest Cognac chateaux, launched in stores throughout New York this summer and will be available in select cities...
Small batch, boutique, artisanal, and subtle are not words one typically associates with tequila, but Casa Dragones ($250) is deserving of them all. Soft and luxurious, its flavor is reminiscent of a...
Guests relaxing within the wood-paneled, Lalique-accented ambience of Macallan ’s elegant £10 (Ten Pound) cocktail lounge at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel might expect to see Macallan 25 Year Old...
In 1997, the late Sidney Frank, a savvy spirits importer who practically made Jägermeister a household word, decided what the world needed next was a premium pot-distilled vodka made in France. Using...
Although it was originally produced as a straight bourbon, during the 20th century Four Roses became known as a blended whiskey. But today, thankfully for connoisseurs, Four Roses has returned to its...
In addition to affecting color, the type of barrel in which a whiskey is aged can account for as much as 80 percent of its taste. This is dramatically demonstrated with Woodford Reserve ’s Rare Rye...
With the warm summer months here, many people are entertaining outside or visiting friends, and Eric Goldstein, co-proprietor and marketing president at Park Avenue Liquor Shop in New York, offers...
Alexandre Gabriel, president of Cognac Ferrand which produces Citadelle Gin, explains why gin is a naturally refreshing spirit, and how to make the best gin and tonic. Q. Why is the gin and tonic...
Most single-malt Scotch is aged in either ex-bourbon barrels or sherry casks, or a combination of both. Depending on the geographic origin of the oak, each imparts its own distinctive flavors to the...
One might wonder whether Highland Park could match the quality of its 40-year-old Orcadian Limited Edition Series 1968 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which won last year’s Best of the Best tribute, but...
Not since the 1977 launch of the Cent-Cinquantenaire that celebrated Grand Marnier’s 150th anniversary has there been a liqueur from the Marnier Lapostolle family of such depth and thoroughly...
The Speyside Distillery owned by William Grant & Sons has released the second version of an incredible single malt: The Balvenie 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Batch Two ( www.thebalvenie...
The final creation of Courvoisier’s master blender Jean-Marc Olivier before he retired in 2009, L’Essence de Courvoisier ( www.courvoisier.com , $3,000) was created in collaboration with Olivier’s...

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