About the author

Richard Carleton Hacker

Contributing Wine, Spirits, and Cigars Editor

Richard Carleton Hacker is an international writer and photographer specializing in spirits, wines, cigars, and related luxury lifestyles. In addition to having authored 11 books published in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and Russia, he is a long-time contributing editor for numerous national magazines, including Robb Report, for which he has written since 1995. He is also a popular keynote speaker on whiskies and cigars for corporations such as Ritz-Carlton, Alfred Dunhill, and Blancpain, and is a judge for the prestigious annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

A lifetime member of the Scotch whisky industry’s exclusive Keeper of the Quaich honorary society (he is one of fewer than 200 people worldwide to hold the coveted title of Master of the Quaich), he has also been inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, and was knighted in Germany. More of his writings and adventures can be found at www.richardcarletonhacker.com.

<<Back to Best of the Best 2012: Cigars: Tatuaje Fausto
More Stories From Richard Carleton Hacker
Back in the Pleistocene—the 1950s—mildness was the name of the game for most cigar smokers; Candela...
The Last Drop 50 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky ($4,000) is composed of 82 different whiskies—70...
Santa Barbara County along California’s Central Coast, with its sprawling hills, valleys, and...
A relative newcomer to the world of fine scotch, whisky maker John Glaser’s 14-year-old Compass Box...
Like many in the cigar business, Carlos Fuente Jr. traces his lineage to Cuba. In 1912, his...
Mezcal is sometimes treated like tequila’s evil twin. For many drinkers, mezcal is not as refined...
Say “single malt,” and usually the next word to roll off the tongue is “scotch.” However, single...
The annual Universal Whisky Experience in Las Vegas has become a celebrated gathering for...
As anyone who loves single-malt whisky knows, even the most readily available drams—such as...
Vermouth is perhaps the most misinterpreted beverage in the United States. In its present form, the...

Pages