Spirits

Combining spirits of various ages requires as much care and dexterity of the blender as, say, weaving together disparate melodies does of the master musician. It is with such adroitness that Juan...
John MacDonald, distillery manager for Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, releases whisky from casks for bottling only when the spirit reaches its optimal maturation. For this reason,...
The object in making fine vodka, until recently, has been largely to eliminate rather than to exaggerate flavors. Popular taste, however, has gone in the opposite direction. Today’s flavored and...
Two of the most intense malt-whisky flavor components are new American oak—which imparts vanillin characteristics—and peat, which, when used to dry malted barley, produces a smoky taste. In his quest...
There is something intriguing about a 100-proof, richly textured bourbon that seems much too modestly priced for its quality. Plus, it comes in its own equestrian-themed decanter, a tribute to the...
Lightly peated and distilled two-and-a-half times (thanks to the unique design of its copper pot stills), Springbank is the pride of Campbeltown, as well as of collectors and connoisseurs the world...
Made with rye from the northern United States and Canada—where colder climates reduce the need for herbicides to kill weeds such as wild onions—and using a thicker mash that flows through the column...
Also known as Gosling’s Old Rum, the Gosling family’s oldest and rarest Bermuda blend is a big, dark, full-bodied sipping libation. "Our Family Reserve is a very limited release, but worth the search...
This is the fourth edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection, an annual, limited-edition offering of some of the prime barrels selected by Heaven Hill master distiller Parker Beam. This non-chill-...
The only female cellar master of a major Cognac house, Pierrette Trichet has a keenly honed sense of taste. In 2004 she took note of one particular barrel of Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac that...
Uncut, unfiltered, straight from the barrel, this 143-proof powerhouse is brimming with honey and chocolate-covered cherry—just the pour for cattle kings and railroad barons. Add an ice cube and...
This newly introduced Grande Champagne Cognac—part of the launch of the Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection—is the first to declare an age statement on the bottle (as opposed to a vintage year). The...
Unlike the rough and rowdy rye whiskeys of the old West, long years in charred-oak barrels have tamed this deep reddish-amber spirit with gentle hints of honey, citrus, and spicy oak—perfect straight...
Since its founding in 1863, this Cognac house—the fifth-largest producer in the world—has remained family owned, with Cyril Camus, the fifth generation, now bringing it to America. The flagship...
For years, this small, family-owned Cognac house has sold its prized eaux-de-vie to many of the larger companies for their most prestigious blends. But now certain "lots," as founder Abel Tesseron...
In 1263 the chief of the Clan Mackenzie saved King Alexander’s life; in gratitude, the king granted the clan permission to portray the royal stag’s head, which appears on every bottle of The Dalmore...
Of all the single malts created by The Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson, this is the most complex. It is a compilation of whiskies aged for 20 to 40 years in a variety of woods, including...
Formerly available only in duty-free shops (as Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Cask Strength), this 102-proof single malt has finally made it to American stores. Aged in a combination of American and...
This is the second vintage of this iconic 16-year-old super-smoky Islay single malt to be released as a whisky "finished" in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. After 16 years in American and European refill...
This distillery was one of the first to recognize the importance of the extra añejo category. Real, their most recent expression, is a much fuller, more rounded aged tequila with the texture of a...
In France it is known as Armagnac Castarède Hors d’Age. This 20-year-old XO is from a family-owned distillery in Gascony that dates from 1832. It is made by the founding family’s sixth generation,...
The Speyside distillery’s name means "hill of the red deer." Built in 1898, the distillery was closed just two years later and opened again in 1965. This bottling was taken from the few remaining...
Sonnalta (which means "generous" in Gaelic) PX (for Pedro Ximenez) is the first of Glenmorangie’s Private Edition, an annual series of limited-edition whiskies. Although there is no age statement on...
With its amber-gold eaux-de-vie (none of which are less than 30 years old), this is a robust yet elegant Cognac, full of chocolate, sherry, and toast. Named in 1972 for the grand-father of one of the...
The last remnant of a bygone era, this Grande Champagne Ugni Blanc Cognac has held up remarkably well, reflecting its meticulous distillation in France by an all-woman workforce during World War I...
When the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun opened their tequila bar some years ago, their tequilier held a glass of this just-introduced extra añejo aloft and proclaimed to an attentive group of customers, "This...
This is the first offering of the Orcadian Limited Edition Series, and it is dramatically different from anything previously released by Scotland’s northernmost distillery. After four decades of...
Although the Highland distillery along the Sutherland coast was mothballed in 1983, there are enough remaining casks of warehoused whiskies for Brora to release occasional limited bottlings. This is...
This spirit, originally produced in the United States in the late 1800s, has been re-created in Bordeaux using a pressoir pneumatic maceration process that infuses orange peel, honey, blackberry,...
Even though this family-owned Speyside distillery grows some of its own barley, does its own maltings, makes its own barrels, and even has an on-site coppersmith to tend its stills, it went off-site...

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