Spirits

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Tasting Notes This 40-year-old Highland Park selection, bottled at a cask strength of 40.7 percent, offers a nose of honey and sweet bramble. The palate delivers zesty front notes, oak undertones,...
Tasting Notes Smooth and balanced, with aromas of stone fruit, creamy marzipan, nuts, and chocolate-orange. Worth Knowing A recreation inspired by the original 1909 blend, which ceased to be produced...
Tasting Notes Beautiful depth and nuances of rose petals and fruit. Worth Knowing Distilled from whole grape clusters rather than from grape skins left over from winemaking. The company is family...
Tasting Notes Le Voyage packs leather, musk, and cherry-strawberry perfume alongside gobs of ripe fruit, toasty wood, unctuous vanilla, and layers of spice. Worth Knowing The company celebrates its...
Tasting Notes This elegant grappa delivers sweet flavors of fig, apricot, and cinnamon, followed by a black-licorice finish. Worth Knowing Produced from the fruit of Luce della Vite (a joint venture...
Tasting Notes Aromas of vanilla, cream, spiced flowers, and fruit precede a palate that blends flavors of passion fruit, ginger, nutmeg, and sandalwood. Worth Knowing This is a single-tiercon Cognac...
Tasting Notes A sexy ginger nose and intense, sweet ginger flavor, accompanied by a touch of vanilla and definite alcoholic heat. This contemporary liqueur melds with a wide variety of cocktail...
Tasting Notes This wheat-based vodka delivers smoky accents that blend well with its lighter floral notes. Worth Knowing Family owned since 1691, this popular vodka is named for the 140-year-old...
Tasting Notes Lingers on the tongue with a sweet almond and herbal softness. Worth Knowing This vodka is pot-distilled nine times with four different types of French wheat. Note Prices are average...
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 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 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 Thick, smooth, and creamy. Worth Knowing Plymouth gin dates from 1793, making it the oldest operating distillery in England; it occupies a former monastery. True to its name, it can...
Tasting Notes Black truffles, plums, and cinnamon. Worth Knowing Courvoisier is the only Cognac house to use their own, specially built and designed barrels to achieve their distinctive taste. Note...

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