Spirits

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...
Only 3,300 bottles are produced each year, and most are quickly snatched up by eager collectors. However, the real reward lies not in hoarding but in drinking this whiskey, thick with caramel and...
Another rarity from Michter’s, this 108.6-proof version of America’s native spirit is brimming with lemon, vanilla, and sweet cherry, veiled with a gentle smokiness that belies the spirit’s high...
Although the historic Michter’s distillery has changed locations and ownership since its founding in 1753, it still produces one of the best and most authentic renditions of America’s first spirit—...
For this, the fifth in a series of innovative limited editions by master distiller Chris Morris, triple-distilled Woodford Reserve bourbon—aged over seven years in American white-oak barrels—was "...
Technically a "vatted malt" (as these malt whiskies do not come from a single distillery), this third edition of a limited-edition award-winner is composed of 61 percent Northern Highland single...
The wooden pot stills that give this highly individualistic rum its distinctive demerara flavor date from the 18th century and are the only operating ones left in the world. Dark chocolate and...
In December 2006, Chinaco—a connoisseur’s tequila even as a blanco—was released as an extra añejo called Chinaco Negro. Of the original 12 casks, seven were extraordinary enough to be bottled in...
In the world of tequilas, there are blancos, which require no aging; reposados, aged from two to 12 months; and añejos, aged for one to three years. Then there are extra añejos, a relatively new...
A small-batch vodka from Cognac, Jean-Marc XO is the creation of master distiller Jean-Marc Daucourt, who spent seven years developing the recipe; it utilizes four different French wheat grains and...
Its light golden-green hue serves as a warning that this is not a gin to be toyed with, and the 55 percent alcoholic volume (110 proof) noted on the label confirms it. Do not confuse this high octane...
This is a very small-batch gin, with just 120 liters produced per batch. That makes it too precious to even think about using with tonic or in a gimlet; it is a gin for those who like their martinis...
After being distilled in a wood-fired copper alembic still in 1950 then aged in French oak for 60 years, the casks of this rare eau-de-vie were recently discovered outside the city of Cognac. Most of...
This is the latest of the company’s light, floral vintage single malts to be imported to the United States; the 1994 has a bit more spice than previous offerings. This 15-year-old expression was one...
After spending 26 years aging in American oak bourbon barrels, this thickly floral whisky was transferred to amoroso-sherry casks from Spain’s famous Gonzalez Byass bodega for additional "finesse,"...
Only 1,000 bottles of this Irish whiskey exist, and each has been hand-numbered and signed by Mark Andrews III, son of the distillery’s founder. Triple-distilled one batch at a time in copper pot...
From one of the largest cellars of aging single malts in Scotland, three of the most exemplary casks from 1973—one ex-sherry butt and two refilled American oak hogsheads—were selected by master...
In October 2009, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Yamazaki single-malt whisky (named after the Yamazaki Valley in which this Japanese distillery is located), 2,500 individually numbered bottles...
Made by Germain-Robin, this is a double-distilled brandy, which gives it the finesse of a Cognac. But it is made in Ukiah, California, not Cognac, France—although it is distilled using an antique...
This double distillation of agave from Oaxaca, Mexico, brings credibility to mezcal’s former “bad boy” image, which usually evokes a sour, smoky flavor. The smoke is still there (the result of...
Most Scotch whisky blends combine single malts with grain whiskies. Going against tradition, Compass Box founder and whisky maker John Glaser is renowned for using only grain whiskies to create...
Tasting Notes The flavors are luscious and youthful, redolent of tropical fruit, honey, and vanilla. Worth Knowing Released in 2008, White Bowmore was distilled the same day in 1964 as the famed...
Tasting Notes Herbaceous sweet and sour notes layered upon eucalyptus and bananas, with a whiff of menthol. Worth Knowing Bottled by Pierre Ferrand of France, this is one of the few vintage dated...
Tasting Notes This very limited-edition single malt carries deep notes of exotic dried fruits with a wonderfully soft, spicy finish with lingering touches of citrus. Worth Knowing Only 420 Lalique-...
Tasting Notes Distilled on Pier 50 in San Francisco, this complex yet clean-drinking gin—with its combination of citrus flavors and hints of cinnamon and juniper—has quickly attained cult status...
Tasting Notes Long years in charred oak barrels have resulted in gentle honey, citrus, cedar, and spices, with a silken, sophisticated finish that is almost Cognac-like in texture. Worth Knowing...
Tasting Notes While the regular Johnnie Walker Blue Label combines rich and luxurious fruitcake and cream flavors, this special edition of Blue Label King George V is more restrained, more layered,...
Tasting Notes Spicy toasted oak and sweet pitted fruit. Worth Knowing This pot-distilled whisky utilizes a variety of hand-selected barrels with different chars and different aging times to achieve a...
Tasting Notes This is a muscular single malt, with layer upon layer of complexities, including red berries, oranges, lemon, nuts, and cedar. Worth Knowing Master Blender Richard Paterson has outdone...
Tasting Notes Glenlivet’s trademark honey and floral nuances are heightened by rich sherry undertones of fruit and spice. Worth Knowing Aged for a quarter of a century in ex-bourbon barrels, this...

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