Tales of the Cocktail 2015
As far as trade shows go, there's really nothing quite like Tales of the Cocktail—a week long meetup of almost every major spirits brand internationally. The annual affair takes place in the sweltering summer sun of New Orleans and hydration is the...
Interview: Bruichladdich Master Distiller Jim McEwan
Sharing a glass of Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006, master distiller Jim McEwan marvels over the oil content in the class. After decades at Bowmore and garnering countless awards, McEwan was tasked to reopen Bruichladdich in 2000 and restore some...
Six Cocktails for Great Whiskey
The extensive, alluring worlds of whiskey, Scotch and bourbon can feel daunting to novice drinkers—especially when there's an expectation to drink it neat or with a bit of water. For an easier entry point into one of the most nuanced areas of the spirits...
Official Whisky Tasting Glasses
Scottish Glencairn Company partnered with glassware brand Stolzle to create a long-overdue glass to maximize the whiskey tasting and drinking experience. Industry experts engineered a graceful goblet with a slender flute for a proper nosing that mimics...
Word of Mouth: Edinburgh
A mythical city tucked beneath the gaze of a magnificent castle, Edinburgh draws hordes of annual visitors—be that for its position beside the whisky world, proximity to historic golf courses, or the acclaimed annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tucked...
Rare Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Whisky maker Bob Dalgarno selects fewer than 1% of the sherry oak casks on The Macallan Estate to come together to create the aptly titled Rare Cask Single Malt. The natural ruby red hue shines through in the premium, full-bodied blend.
The Macallan Rare Cask Single Malt Scotch
Imagine trying to run a business where what you make today gets turned into products 12 to more than 60 years from now. How could you possibly forecast volume and preferences? That's exactly what many Scottish whisky companies try to do. The Macallan...
Dewar's Limited Edition 15 Year Old
On our recent Scotland trip to visit the distilleries producing the single malt master notes of Dewar's Blended Scotch Whisky, we were tipped off to their new limited release Dewar's 15 Year Old. Today, the spirit becomes available stateside, and...
Aberlour's Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speyside, Scotland has long been established as the source for some of the world's most refined single malt Scotch whiskies. Across the magnificent region, well-known distilleries dot the landscape with obscure facilities nestled between. There...
15 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
You'd be hard pressed to find a single malt that's as smooth, light and has just the right amount of peat with such complexity. Aged 15 years in American oak sherry casks for a citrus finish, it's rich for beginners and experts alike, and easily drinkable...
Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Out with the old and in with the new. Glen Garioch's impressive single malt scotch whisky is aged completely in Virgin North American White Oak, known to flavor spirits quickly and intensely, and often reserved for only the "finishing" part of the...
Bunnahabhain 40-Year-Old Scotch
Quietly hidden for over 40 years within the prestigious Bunnahabhain distillery on Scottish island Islay's northern shore, a long-forgotten maturation continued to develop. When reviewing ledgers dating back decades, master distiller Ian MacMillan...
Ardbeg Whisky Distillery
Those familiar with single malts will recognize the tiny, wild island of Islay as the birthplace of Scotland's most heavily peated whiskies. Once home to over 20 distilleries, Islay (pronounced "eye-lah") now hosts just eight, but the few remaining...
Bowmore 18 Year Scotch
Bowmore is a fantastic scotch, smoky and salty like Islay itself. Their 18-year, peated single malt is a smooth balance of chocolate, coca butter and salted caramel notes, perfect for sipping neat.
The Balvenie 50 Year Old
At a dinner celebrating the 50-year career of The Balvenie's Malt Master David Stewart, highlights of the night included the opportunity to taste the company's most recent bottling of their extremely rare 50 year old whiskey. Cased in hand-blown...
Highland Park Thor
Taking inspiration in the distinctly Nordic heritage and unforgiving climate of the Orkney Islands where the celebrated Highland Park distillery stands, the recently launched Thor single malt scotch whisky is as powerful as the Norse god for...
Joining Finealta and Sonnalta PX in Glenmorangie's Private Edition range, Artein is fantastic single malt that combines ripe fruit aromas with zesty notes of spearmint and citrus. Its unusual flavor profile received the thumbs up from everyone at...
Monkey Shoulder Whisky
As one of the few remaining whisky distilleries in the world still using manual mixing techniques during the production process, Monkey Shoulder makes a rich and uniquely flavorful blend. This hands-on turning of the barley was once known to cause...
Nick Veasey for The Macallan
Shooting with an X-ray machine rather than with a traditional camera, British photographer Nick Veasey produces surprising, visually enchanting work that begs the observer to think about what's under the surface. With more than twenty years of experimental...
Royal Salute's Tribute to Honour
Crafted by Royal Salute as a liquid homage to the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles—The Honours of Scotland—Tribute to Honour is a blend of some of Chivas Brothers' oldest and finest whiskey in an over-the-top package. To create...
CH Editions: Happy Goat
When the San Francisco confectioner Happy Goat brought their deliciously artisinal caramels to the NYC Food Fair earlier this year, all it took was one bite before we were hooked. Using locally-sourced, free-range goat milk and Madagascan bourbon...
101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die
In his new book "101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die" whisky expert Ian Buxton poses the fun challenge of learning about whisky by drinking a lot of whisky. Having the enviable job of working in the whisky industry for over two decades, as a consultant...
Highland Park 1968 Single Malt Scotch
We had the opportunity to sample the first release in Highland Park's Orcadian limited edition series, the 1968, made from eight very special casks. The ambitious effort is being led by Highland's Max McFarlane, and will feature another nine specialty...
The Macallan Ice Ball
Beverage purists argue that ice should never be introduced to a quality Scotch whiskey. Such thinking rests on the theory that when holding a glass, your body heat will melt the ice, resulting in a diluted spirit and sub-par drinking experience. In...