Atsby Vermouth Armadillo Cake Reserve
A crucial component in Manhattans, Martinis and Negronis, vermouth is often perceived exclusively as a mixer. Just 150 years ago though, it was a popular drink all its own and the fundamental component in a Vermouth Cocktail (enhanced only by one...
Martin Miller's London Dry Gin, Westbourne Strength
Among the two standard offerings on roster from one of the most highly awarded UK distilleries, London's Martin Miller's Gin, we were recently taken by the botanical blend within their 90-proof Westbourne Strength. While all of their gin is distilled...
Six Celebratory Holiday Cocktails
As the seasons shift, so do cocktail menus at bars, restaurants and even within homes—and that's largely due to the palates of consumers seeking out a drink to match the spirit of the times. With holiday parties in abundance, the following options...
Jean de Lillet 2010
The latest limited edition from the acclaimed, elegant French aperitif brand, Jean de Lillet 2010 is created from a combination of the best Sauternes grapes from Bordeaux and an in-house orange liqueur made from the peels of sweet Spanish oranges...
It comes as no surprise that Tesseron Cognac—with its family lineage at the pinnacle of winemaking—is among the more graceful and interesting offerings in the world of brandy. Alfred Tesseron is the current director of the stunning estate in the...
If you're looking to ice your spirits without watering them down, this silicon mold produces a diagonal, ski-slope like slice of ice that simply won't over-dilute a drink. It's ideal for chilling whiskey and letting it open over time as ice slowly...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Single Malts at the Heart of Dewar's Blended Whisky
There's a reason why Dewar's is most likely your father's, and grandfather's, whisky. It's more than their heritage (which dates back to 1846) and it extends well beyond their groundbreaking commercial done with the Edison Illuminating Company back...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Glasses
No need to salt the rim when your glass is hand-carved from a single piece of pink Himalayan salt! Just add lime and enjoy!
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...
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...