FrontRunners: Whiskey Shooter

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Ardbeg

(www­.ardbeg.com), the maker of what is considered the smokiest of Islay

whiskies, has released examples of its 1974 vintage in a forceful package: a

rifle case designed by the London-based gun manufacturer James Purdey &

Sons. The company has set a price of $20,000 for each of the 50 cases. Each

hand-stitched leather enclosure includes two numbered bottles of the single-cask

Scotch, eight sterling silver cups, an Omas fountain pen, and a leather book to

record tasting notes (or shooting scores). . . . The Culinary Insti-tute of

America has launched a course for the hands-on epicure. The CIA Sophisticated Palate program (www­.ciachef.edu), held at the institute’s Napa Valley campus,

provides cooking classes and immerses participants in local dining, farmer’s

markets, and gourmet food shopping trips. This being Napa, wine pairings figure

prominently in the proceedings. Four-day programs cost about $4,000 per person,

two-day sessions about $2,000.

This young-drinking Perbacco shows Barolo’s softer side…
Proceeds from the sampling of five rare Japanese whiskeys will go to relief efforts in Nepal…
Photo by Mark French
Hanyu Ichiro’s Card Series is a full deck of single malts from a famous but shuttered distillery…
Photo by Randall Cordero
This delectable pinot from Central California has a touch of sweetness and an acidic finish…
The world’s longest-serving malt master has masterfully combined some of the Balvenie’s top stocks…
A blend of 26-year-old Scotch whisky from two bygone distilleries keeps their legacy alive…
Photo by Randall Cordero
Fifth-generation winemaker Joseph Wagner crafts a Burgundian beauty from three California counties…
Fight through the bourbon shortage with these overproof whiskeys…
Even though the spirit contains tequilas up to 49 months old, it is completely translucent…
The whiskey was aged for 17 years in three different environments…