Spirits

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...
Not to be confused with a similarly named Canadian product, this Kentucky straight rye whiskey was distilled in 1983 at Bardstown, then, after being transferred to another facility, aged even longer...
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...
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—...
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...
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...

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