Spirits

The most immediately obvious thing about Canada’s favorite cocktail is that it bears a strong resemblance to one of America’s favorite cocktails: It’s like the Bloody Mary met its over-the-border...
In this day and age, when most of the civilized world has gone bonkers over American whiskey, it is important to remember a time not too long ago: a time when bourbon was considered bottom-shelf...
Michter’s has an odd and checkered history. The brand claims a heritage going back to 1753, but Michter’s as we know it today only dates back to the mid-1990s, when the dormant trademark was revived...
The Old Fashioned cocktail sports its name for a reason: It’s old. The name caught on as early as the 1880s, by which time the drink itself had already been around for at least several decades. In...
Dewar’s, an award-winning blended Scotch whisky, has never disclosed which specific single malts go into its 12-, 15-, and 18-year-old whiskies, its top-of-the-line Signature whisky, and others. But...
We’ve been noticing something lately: Along with the upswing in upscale Mexican food and drink in town, many south-of-the-border-focused spots are taking their drinking underground. Literally. In the...
Think of Islay whiskies and most likely the first words that come to mind are peat and smoke. Islay is known, after all, for its peated malts—which means the barley used in distillation has been...
Just inside the door of The Balvenie’s Warehouse 24, which was once the basement of the house that distillery founder William Grant built in 1892, sits Tun 1509, a huge wooden holding tank where...
In a typical company, the passing of the reins from one generation to the next is cause for a retirement party, a gold watch, a few pithy speeches. But Hennessy isn’t just any company, and Master...
The New York City cocktail bar Pouring Ribbons , renowned for its creative cocktails and gracious hospitality, decided last autumn to entirely do away with the typical seasonal drinks menu in favor...
There are not many distillers that have existed long enough to celebrate their 325th anniversary, but the Nolet family of Schiedam, Holland—whose distillery produces Ketel One vodka—falls into that...
Islay’s Ardbeg distillery has a checkered past. Established in 1815, and the most productive distillery on Islay by 1887, production was halted at the distillery as recently as the 1980s, when the...
Christie's Announces April Wine Sale and Old Liquors American Presidents Collection...
Bowmore’s latest limited release infuses the briny scotch with the spice of Japanese oak. Iain McCallum vividly remembers the day when a shipment of rare mizunara oak casks arrived at the Bowmore...
In the late 1700s, Thomas Barton, an Irish soldier who was one of the Emerald Isle’s “Wild Geese”—mercenaries who left Ireland to fight in the armies of continental Europe—established Château...
Walk into any decent cocktail bar these days and it’s virtually guaranteed there’ll be a bottle of Luxardo displayed prominently. The premium Italian maraschino liqueur, which has won over bartenders...
Many top-tier vodka labels boast about the smoothness of their spirit—going so far as to triple- and even quadruple-distill the liquor to minimize the bite characteristic of lower-end products. But...
Dailuaine is not one of the better-known distilleries in Scotland, but most whisky drinkers have probably tasted its yields. Among the largest distilleries by volume owned by the American spirits...
A Singular Twin As the longest-reigning malt master in the history of Scotch whisky, David Stewart, the Balvenie’s master blender, has made some fascinating discoveries. For example, in 2013 he...
The Japanese whiskey industry dates back more than 90 years, but its history is usually an afterthought behind those of Scotland, America, Ireland, and Canada. Only in recent years—when global...
Most whiskey—whether made in Scotland, Canada, Japan, Ireland, or just about anywhere else—started out in American oak. It’s not that American oak is necessarily better than any other country’s (...
An Irish whiskey resurgence is afoot. Irish whiskey (spelled with an e , unlike Scottish “whisky”), which is triple distilled and usually unpeated, has been gaining popularity in recent years...
Drinkers and mixologists have found a renewed zeal for Irish whiskeys , causing a new surge of the unpeated libation to hit the market, but there are many tried-and-true favorites that need not be...
In the three years since The Dead Rabbit bar opened in New York City, it has become a popular watering hole and was awarded the title of World’s Best Bar at the 2015 Spirited Awards at Tales of the...
You are too old to drink green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s not to say you shouldn’t celebrate the holiday—you should, it’s fun—just not with green beer. We suggest a more sophisticated cocktail...
Everything old is new again with Chivas Regal The Icon blended Scotch whisky. First released last May, the dark amber distillate is a synthesis of over 20 expressions from some of the most regaled...
Nonino’s latest release elevates humble grappa to liquid art. The grappa prized among connoisseurs—powerful yet elegant, and alive with the essence of fine Nebbiolo or Moscato—has a brief history, as...
The Point—that iconic Rockefeller camp turned adults-only resort on Upstate New York’s Saranac Lake—is an opulent and adventurous retreat where lavish wooded cabins have been dubbed “log mansions”...
New York's The London Bar debuts a Billionaire Margarita with the most exclusive ingredients...
A custom-made neon sign proclaiming “Chocolate is art” graces the entrance of Compartes Chocolatier in Brentwood, Calif., playfully referencing the motto of an iconic chocolate shop once frequented...

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