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History in a Bottle: The Hub Punch
When it comes to seeking novel libations, sometimes the best place to look is the past. Those who came before us truly knew how to party, and what they lacked in (current day) hygiene standards, they more than made up for with inventive—and piquant...
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East London's White Lyan Cocktail Bar
London's appreciation of a good cocktail can easily be traced back to 1891, but right now the craft resurgence is at a new high point: solid offerings continue to pop up across the metropolitan with an array of well-made classic and neo-classic drinks...
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American Born Moonshine
There's something rugged and pioneering about the history of moonshine. Whether it's Appalachian myths and the human spirit, the Whiskey Rebellion post-War of Independence, or a prominent surge during American Prohibition when it took on greater...
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Penny Blue XO Mauritian Rum
Nearly 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Madagascar lies the island nation of Mauritius. Known mostly for its beaches and lush mountains, Mauritius is also home to a long tradition of rum-making, utilizing the island's rich sugarcane crops. The Medine...
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Tullamore D.E.W.'s Limited Edition Celebratory Phoenix Whiskey
While in Ireland for the opening of Tullamore D.E.W.'s brand new distillery, we had the opportunity to try their latest limited edition expression: the Celebratory Phoenix Single Batch. Crafted in honor of the distillery opening and made in an edition...
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Stoupakis Chios Homeric Mastiha Liqueur
Mastic trees flourish on the Greek island of Chios. In fact, it's one of the only places in the world where these trees are found, despite repeated attempts at growing them elsewhere. Natives of Chios have long used the trees' aromatic sap (called...
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Four Navy Strength Rums
Back in 1655, British Naval liquor rationing made the switch from French brandy to Caribbean rum. By the 1740s, Admiral Edward Vernon of the British Navy put into practice diluting this rum acquired from Jamaica and Barbados to the proportion of half...
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100 Proof Black Dirt Apple Jack
Anyone who's been to Normandy, France or has a solid interest in spirits knows the wonders of Calvados, the high-proof apple brandy that really packs a punch. However, apple brandy happens to be an American tradition, as well. It's known as Apple...
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Socially Conscious Snow Leopard Vodka
For consumers who don't have time to try all of the many different vodkas on the market, it's tough to know the liquor's true nuances and build brand allegiance. With the newly released Snow Leopard Vodka, however, there's an added value to every...
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Beefeater Gin's Master Distiller Desmond Payne on Creating Burrough's Reserve
On a recent trip to London, we caught up with our friend Desmond Payne, Beefeater Gin's Master Distiller of 20 years (check out our video with him). With 45 years of gin-making under his belt, he’s one of the industry’s most accomplished distillers...
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Highland Park's Rich New Expression, Dark Origins
Aside from being one of the most reliable single malt makers out there, Highland Park also regularly bolsters their core expression offerings with new releases of masterful scotch whisky. Their latest, Dark Origins, is no different—though it is a...
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The Flowing Bowl and Other Vintage Cocktail Books
Currently, there is a classic cocktail revival occurring; bartenders are once again revered as artists and flavors become the palette for one's palate. But what are these classic cocktails being revived? Where do their roots begin? How did those...
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Massachusetts-Made Privateer Rum
The Caribbean is undoubtedly best known for rum-making, but the spirit has long-standing roots in New England as well. In fact, the founder of Privateer Rum, which produces smooth, small-batch rum in two equally impressive versions, is an ancestor...
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Westland Distillery's American Single Malt Whiskey
If you're looking to venture away from Scotland for a reliable, rich, single malt, you might not think of America's Pacific Northwest as the go-to source. And yet Westland Distillery, housed in Seattle, has produced a truly tasty expression distilled...
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Flavorful Small Batch Vermont Gins
Britain might be the first location that comes to mind when thinking about quality gin. Historically, the most predominant brands have hailed from there—as well as many of our favorites today. New England is better known for rolling green hills and...
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Hella Bitter's Craft Your Own Bitters Kit
Almost two years ago we tried out Hella Bitter's all-natural craft bitters and found them to be a refreshing, premium alternative to mass-produced and (at the time) better known products. What began as a hobby for the Hella Bitters team ultimately...
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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...
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Cool Hunting Video: Betony Gin and Tonic
If you're looking for a specialty cocktail without the complication, make your way uptown to Betony in NYC. General Manager Eamon Rockey recently showed us how to make the restaurant's latest custom cocktail, the Betony G&T. This delicious take...
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The Eleven Generations Behind Ketel One
An hour outside of Amsterdam, the Nolet Distillery lies at the outskirts of Schiedam, the Netherlands—a small municipality in South Holland that was once one of the largest spirit producers in the world. A series of interconnected buildings and a...
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Cacao Fruit-Based Solbeso
Whiskey hails from grain, agave provides the source for tequila and vodka can be derived from wheat or potatoes. But with Solbeso, an entirely new and (as yet) unnamed category of distilled spirits has emerged. Carefully selected, fresh cacao fruit...
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Kavalan, Taiwan's First Whisky Distillery
While Scotland will always (by law) be the sole proprietor of Scotch, a whole host of nations have embraced the art of whisky distillation. From Japan to Sweden to Australia, several excellent new distillers are popping up around the globe. Local...
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Mouth's Independent Spirits and Wine Shop
Independent food continues to be on the rise. Small-batch producers of everything from pickles to popcorn are are finding a wide audience across the world; and in doing so, turning the corporate food industrial complex on its head. At the forefront...
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A 100% Canadian Vodka from Odd Society Spirits
It's no secret that vodka is a crowded space in the alcohol industry, often with differentiation between brands seeming to begin and end with the label. So when Vancouver native Gordon Glanz set out to develop a distillery in the Canadian city after...
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Six Hangar 1 Vodka Drinks from the Manhattan Cocktail Classic
by Jennifer Miller Last weekend, the New York Public Library opened its doors for one of the city’s most egalitarian black tie events: the Manhattan Cocktail Classic opening gala. Thousands of guests entered the library’s mood-lit halls, sipping...
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