Mike Nolan

Spirits: Pot (Still) of Gold

Too many chefs usually spoil the pot, but this was not the case during the blending of the Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve. So claims Dave Quinn, the master of whiskey science for Jameson, the Irish whiskey maker. Quinn collaborated on the blend with Barry Crockett, Brendan Monks, and Billy Leighton, Jameson’s masters of distilling, maturation, […]

Modern Revolution: Island Fever

The new design paradigm is catching on all across the Caribbean. On the western end of Anguilla, the residences at St. Regis Temenos (Greek for “sanctuary”)—bright white oceanfront homes and villas that afford views of nearby Saint Martin—seem to have been transported directly from Santorini. Prickly Bay Waterside on Grenada features marine houses, which resemble […]

Modern Revolution

For the past several decades, Caribbean design has been as predictable as the northeast trade winds: Georgian columns, vine-covered pergolas, vaulted ceilings. But suddenly it is taking a turn for the contemporary. On Dellis Cay, a 560-acre private island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago, for instance, seven top architects are bringing their sophisticated, up-to-date […]

Feature: All Decked Out

Portofino, St. Barts, Southeast Alaska, and Nantucket have distinctive dress codes. From the latest spring and summer menswear collections—which feature wind- and water-repellent jackets, linen and cashmere knits, and a boatload of seaworthy accessories—we chose ensembles that are perfect fits for these prime yachting destinations. And we offer suggestions on how to spend your time […]

Spirits: Crystal Clear

Colum Egan, master distiller for Bushmills Irish Whiskey, remembers the instant he became inextricably linked to his employer’s past. “My key moment was when I tasted an 1882 Bushmills bought at auction,” explains Egan while leading a tour of the company’s centuries-old distillery in Bushmills, Northern Ireland. “We drew the sample with a syringe. You […]

Journeys: Family Entertainment

Sir John Leslie, the fourth of his line to hold the title of Baronet at Castle Leslie, is telling me about Jonathan Swift. Although Leslie is one of the few living Irish survivors of the Spanish flu (born in 1916, he says he remembers having a temperature of 106 degrees at the age of 3), […]

Spirits: Driving 55

The Macallan 55 swirls in a whisky tumbler, carefully, gently. Sunlight pours through the windows of the tasting room at the 183-year-old Macallan estate in Craigellachie, Scotland, suffusing the rosewood-colored liquid in the glass. Whisky maker Bob Dalgarno, whose youthful Scottish countenance indicates an age much younger than that of the malt in his hand, […]

Golf: Highs and Lows

On its path through central Scotland, the Highland Fault skirts the southern end of Loch Lomond in the shape of a shepherd’s staff. The ancient geological feature divides the country’s Highlands and Lowlands—and the front nine and back nine of the new Carrick golf course at the loch-side De Vere Cameron House resort. Canadian golf […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Medicinal Marvels

The Gift A total of 225 vintage American and preembargo Cuban cigars. — Five pints of Prohibition-era Kentucky bourbon and one gallon of Bacardi rum bottled in 1936 in Cuba. — A collection of Prohibition-era memorabilia. $157,500 Nothing gives David Haddad, the 46-year-old founder of Fumar Cigars, more pleasure than pairing his company’s cigars with […]

Golf: Showing Its Teeth

The view from the 13th green at the Shark’s Tooth golf club may be obscured, but few locations offer a clearer perspective of Greg Norman’s design philosophy. Looking back toward the tee of the 531-yard par 5, you see a fairway pocked with bunkers and crowded by oaks and loblolly pines. What you do not […]

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