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NYC-Made West 32 Soju
by Sun Pak Step into any Korean restaurant on a weekend night and you'll find similar set-ups at every table: a green bottle of soju perched next to plates of sizzling meats (or bubbling stews) and a collection of small vegetable sides. The...
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The Winston
As cliched as it may seem, seeking out a quintessential Australian pub while traveling through the country is kind of a must. And though gastro-pubs may be more popular, there's nothing quite like a classic, no-frills institution. The Winston is a...
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Highlights From The American Whiskey Trail
by Nicolas Stecher The American Whiskey Trail is more than a place for bourbon enthusiasts to appreciate what they've spent so much time investing in, but it's a means to do so through immersion at the source. To feel its place of origin, its terroir...
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Hawaii's Kō Hana Agricole Rum
In the middle of an aquaponics farm on Hawaii's island of Oahu, Manuele Distillers produce a very unique spirit: Kō Hana Agricole Rum. Here, farmers grow 34 different types of heirloom sugarcane plants that were meticulously collected over a three...
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Pierre Ferrand's Exemplary Double Cask Reserve Cognac
Imaginative isn't the first word that comes to mind when sipping most cognac. In fact, it's fairly far afield from the traditional descriptors. And yet Alexandre Gabriel, proprietor of Maison Ferrand, continues to demonstrate a knack for unleashing...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. "Hair of The Dog" is Real Peer-reviewed scientific publication Journal of Pain (which sounds like an excellent album title) has reported that booze is a more effective painkiller than acetaminophen—which certainly explains why so many people...
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Tamworth Distilling’s Blue Lion Chicorée Liqueur
by Emily Bihl Chicory may be well known throughout the country as the secret ingredient in “New Orleans-style coffee," but even in the Crescent City it’s hard to find the flavor unattached to its coffee companion. In fact, even the denizens...
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The Macallan + URWERK Dual Tank Flask
All tenured spirits drinkers will tell of the importance of drinking vessels. While the technically superior The Macallan + URWERK Flask hasn't been designed to maximize the notes of the Scotch whisky within, it's by far the most inventive item in...
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Seedlip, The Non-Alcoholic Spirit
It almost seems unnecessary to say, but there are many alternatives to drinking alcohol. None, however, offer what Seedlip does. Producer in copper stills just like a premium alcohol, Seedlip is a non-alcoholic spirit quite reminiscent of gin...
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Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Wine and Booze
It's been a good year for wine and spirits. A slew of new or limited edition releases demonstrated the sheer amount of creativity and craftsmanship infusing the industry. It was almost impossible to narrow down a selection of our favorites, but some...
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18th Century Style Whiskey
From 100% rye malt, this overproof whisky refines the essence of old-world distilling. SF's Anchor Distilling produces the spirit through antique copper pot stills and mimics the aging process of the 18th century. With flavors drawn from specially...
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The Exceptional: Small-Batch Scotch Whiskies
It's a bold move to name your brand "exceptional." The first definition tends to mean not typical; the second, outstanding. When creating The Exceptional, Donald Sutcliffe touches upon both. It's rather unusual to make small-batch blended Scotch with...
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Getting Crafty with Shaker & Spoon
A boozy subscription box without the booze? Before you run away, hear Shaker & Spoon founders, book designer Anna Gorovoy and animator Mike Milyavsky, out. By removing the most readily available and physically heaviest ingredient—liquor—their package...
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Denver + Liely's Perfect Gin Glass
There's no denying we are in the midst of a global gin renaissance (despite the hilarious claims that gin drinkers are more likely to be psychopaths). With that in mind, Australian design duo Denver + Liely—who previously turned their talents...
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The Macallan Double Cask
It's safe to say that The Macallan (Sherry Oak) 12 is one of the best bets when purchasing an unpeated single malt. The cost per value stands higher than just about any other Scotch on the market. Why then, would The Macallan release an additional...
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In the Heart of Cognac, Hennessy
When was the last time you had cognac? We ask this because, as with many other brown spirits, cognac consumption is on the rise in America. Perhaps it was in a classic cocktail—a Sidecar or a Sazerac or even an Alexander. Maybe one was savoring it...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Though the museum was originally proposed a century ago, Washington DC's Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture finally opened its doors this...
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September Scotch: What Old-Rare Means to Usquaebach
Before we even touch upon what Usquaebach is, we must address its rather tricky-to-pronounce name—which should be read as "OOS-KE-BAH." Stepping back to the 1500s, the Gaelic words "uisge beatha" translated to "water of life," which meant whisky. Poet...
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Introducing Ancho Reyes Verde
A few years ago Ancho Reyes hit the market and became an instant cult classic—a game-changing spicy liqueur that drinks beautifully on its own, and goes along swimmingly with other spirits including its cousins, tequila and mezcal. With much anticipation...
CULTURE
Our Back to School Reading List
Whether you're voracious readers or simply image-seeking page flippers, the following eight books reflect some of the most interesting that have crossed our path recently. As students head off to school, we can all jump on the book-reading band wagon...
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Five Elevated Gin Cocktails
If you're already over the G&T and don't really fancy the gin martini, these five cocktails might just be for you. These are no average mixed drinks, but are drawn from the imagination of the bartending teams at two of New York's most acclaimed hotels...
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