Spirits

Analjit Singh first came to Franschhoek on a whim. In 2010 the Indian billionaire, who was visiting South Africa as a spectator at the FIFA World Cup, took a side trip to the Cape Winelands—and fell...
When a rare old whisky sells out of its limited run, it’s always tempting to think that there are still a few stray cases hanging around the distillery—which will be released at a time of optimal...
Perhaps you want to begin 2017 with a taste of the sublime. Or maybe you just want to bring a bottle to the party that somebody else won’t be bringing. We have you covered. These five Champagnes ,...
This iconic Islay distillery marks its 200th anniversary this year with Lagaluvin 25-Year-Old Single Malt ($1,200), a limited-edition, cask-strength release, which also is a salute to the 21...
One of Napa Valley’s most location-driven labels, ironically, had no proper home for more than two decades. When vintner Barbara Banke and her late husband, Jess Jackson, founded Lokoya ( lokoya.com...
One hardly expects to find a Polynesian paradise hidden behind a “secret” door on the fourth floor of a restaurant on a busy city corner. But Pacific Seas is no ordinary tiki-themed cocktail lounge...
In the 26 years Juan Domingo Beckmann has worked at Jose Cuervo , he’s seen tequila transform from the stuff of frozen margaritas to a sophisticated sipping spirit. Today, as chief executive officer...
When Don Delfino Gonzalez started producing Casa San Matías tequila back in 1886, the primary method to extract juice from cooked agave was to crush it using a large stone wheel called a tahona . In...
As a year, 2016 has not been for the faint of heart. From nuclear testing by North Korea to losing legends like David Bowie and Prince to a presidential election cycle that, well, let’s just say we...
If you could take any trip in the world this year, what would it be? That’s what we asked the editors for our annual Travel Issue, and their responses ranged from a sojourn through Scandinavia to a...
In 1874, Paul-Emile Rémy Martin created Louis XIII, which comprised the oldest and rarest Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie from his cellars. Given its pedigree, this iconic Cognac deserved to be...
Little did British composer Frederic Austin realize in 1909, when he took an 18th-century Christmas poem and set it to music, that The Twelve Days of Christmas would become an enduring homage to a...
Aged in virgin American oak barrels, charred ex-bourbon barrels, and Iberian sherry casks, Jameson Cooper’s Croze Irish Whiskey ($70) was created by Ger Buckley, fifth-generation head cooper for...
On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon. There is reason enough to have “12 drummers drumming” with the recent release of Angel’s Envy Cask Strength...
On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Woodford Reserve Brandy Cask Finish. The Woodford Reserve Brandy Cask Finish ($100) is an atypical whiskey—it cannot legally be called bourbon...
On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Crown Royal XR. This day is devoted to “10 lords a-leaping,” and appropriately, this Canadian blended whiskey originated with royalty. The Crown...
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… The Balvenie Tun 1509—Batch 3. Tun 1509, a huge wooden holding tank where aged single malts are allowed to “marry” for a few months before being...
As consumer-goods marketers the world over are wont to remind us, the holiday season is a time for giving. In the spirit of generosity, we asked five of America’s preeminent cocktail makers to give...
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Lagavulin 8-Year-Old 200th Anniversary Single Malt . This day should rightfully be celebrated with a bottle of Lagavulin 8-Year-Old 200th...
A bygone bourbon was responsible for some spirited bidding when 34 bottles of 24-Year-Old Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey sold through Christie’s for $78,000 on December 9 in New York...
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Westland Garryana American Single Malt . Single malts do not have to come from Scotland—or even Japan. In fact, American single-malt whiskeys...
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Nikka Yoichi Single Malt . Masataka Taketsuru, who is generally credited as the “father of Japanese whisky,” started the Nikka whisky distillery...
Rye whiskey will be the next “big thing” to hit our wet bars after the current bourbon boom. Getting ready to meet this demand for America’s original colonial spirit is a limited offering of Booker’s...
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey This American blended whiskey combines three different spirits from three decades: rye whiskey from the 1980s,...
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Glenkinchie 24-Year-Old Single Malt . Most Lowland Scottish single malts tend to be on the light side, but this particular version of...
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Redbreast Lustau Edition Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Rather than settle for “three French hens,” as the song calls for on this day, we opted...
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me… The Macallan Edition No. 2 . This legendary Speyside single malt is known for its sherry-barrel aging. But last year, master whisky maker Bob...
In early 2014, Diageo (the world’s largest distributor of spirits) launched the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company , a brand focused on dusting the cobwebs off all-but-forgotten whiskey barrels...
Little did British composer Frederic Austin realize in 1909, when he took an 18th-century Christmas poem and set it to music, that The Twelve Days of Christmas would become an enduring homage to a...
Photography by Art Streiber Robb Report rings in the holiday season in a Beverly Hills accommodation built for a celebration. Many an infamous fete has been thrown in the neighborhoods near the...

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