September Scotch: 200 Years of Lagavulin
In our two previous September Scotch explorations, we stuck to the Highlands of Scotland for one profile they're commonly associated with and one that's a true variation on it all. Now, however, we're shifting to Islay—the famed, scenic island off...
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...
September Scotch: The Dalmore Single Malts
There are at least 115 single malt Scotch distilleries in Scotland. Some of them produce multiple brands within. This accounts for, by the way, only 8% of the market. The other 92% goes toward blended Scotch. But how does one navigate the elusive...
Three Glenfiddich Cocktails from London's Michelin-Starred Dabbous
With the current craft cocktail boom, it's no longer unacceptable to take an age statement single malt Scotch and shake it up with carefully considered ingredients. On a recent trip to London, we stopped over at the Michelin-starred Dabbous for...
65 Years Old Scotch
In a specially designed Lalique bottle, known as the "Peerless Spirit" decanter, acclaimed Scotch whisky distillery The Macallan has unveiled one of their oldest, rarest liquids to date. The 65 Years Old—which will be limited to just 450 bottles—carries...
Royal Salute 21's "Luckiest of Dreams" Cocktail
For anyone wary of Scotch cocktails, Royal Salute—the superb Speyside blend aged a minimum of 21 years—offers a solution. And, uncommonly, it makes for a delightful warm weather sipper. The "Luckiest of Dreams" cocktail carries some heft with 50ml...
Three Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Sets
There are plenty of ways to convey the story behind a spirit. Sometimes, the liquid speaks for itself, giving subtle nods to what it was aged in, for how long and even what region it hails from. And while that can be said of the three single malts...
Ghosted Reserve 26-Year-Old
Drawn from whisky produced at two now-closed Scottish distilleries (Ladyburn and Inverleven) William Grant & Sons' Ghosted Reserve 26-Year-Old scotch is more than rare, it's an unrepeatable one-off expression. Remarkably mellow for its age, the spirit...
The Best Whiskeys for Winter Holiday Gifting
The word whiskey (or whisky, depending on region of production) means innumerable things to a great many people. This brown spirit category plays catch-all for everything from the smokiest scotches to the oakiest bourbons. There are single malts and...
Edition No. 1 Single Malt Scotch
The latest single malt Scotch wonder from The Macallan, Edition No. 1 is the inaugural product in what will become an annual limited edition release. Containing portions of whisky matured across eight unique, hand-selected European and American oak...
Six Next-Level Hot Toddy Recipes
While we can't (scientifically) attest to the famed Hot Toddy being a cold remedy, we can stand behind its warm deliciousness. Traditionally composed of whisky, hot water, honey and lemon (or spices), this simple hot cocktail has been around for a...
Sebastian Cox’s Glenlivet Drinks Trolley and Two New Scotch Expressions
At last year’s London Design Festival, one of the pieces that truly stood out at the V&A’s “The Wish List” exhibition was the well-crafted wood workspace that Sebastian Cox made for Terence Conran. Now, the young British designer has teamed up...
Etched Globe Spirits Decanter
Nothing showcases the hue of an aged spirit quite like a decanter. Whether one wants to show off cognac, scotch or rum, the etched globe decanter from Bourbon & Boots delivers a worldly, refined aesthetic. It's composed of lead-free, heat-resistant...
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...