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Behind the Profile of Rémy Martin Cognac
With cognac consumption on the rise around the world—including key markets like the US and China—an exhausted image of snifters in the hands of grandparents has been shed. Many consumers look to celebrities for recommendations. Some may even look back...
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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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Introducing Volcan De Mi Tierra Tequila
For two and a half years Moët Hennessy has been secretly developing their first-ever tequila. An organization that counts some of the world's most prestigious alcohol brands in its roster—Ruinart, Glenmorangie, Belvedere and more—could have easily...
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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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Verde Poblano Liqueur
Most often liqueurs are low proof, lifeless or overly sweet. None of that is true with the second product from Ancho Reyes: Verde. At 40% ABV, it packs a punch and fresh hand-picked poblano peppers lend a true zing. This is spicy, but other earthy...
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Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum
In the year since its release, Plantation Rum's Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum has become a bartending staple for those whipping up clever mixed drinks. Queen Victoria pineapples are hand-peeled and infused into a dark rum from Trinidad. Those rinds...
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Origami Sake Set
Bre & Co's Origami Sake Set is comprised of 3D-printed ceramic pieces that are hand-finished with a richly saturated, lead-free, dinnerware-safe glaze. The hexagonal shape allows the three cups and bottle—which holds 150 ml of sake—to fit together...
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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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Calvados XO
With clear appeal to brandy and whisky drinkers, Calvados still sits under the radar of many curious drinkers. This Normandy-specific apple-based spirit tends to carries remarkable freshness and producer Christian Drouin's aged iteration makes for...
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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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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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Stillhouse Moonshine
Bottling moonshine and distributing it undermines the very meaning of the word—it's your grandfather's sitting-in-his-backyard-lawn-chair drink, not something made in a factory and sold in stores. But we just could not resist the stainless steel...
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Stonecutter Spirits, Vermont
Traditionally, gin is a clear, unaged spirit but the industry is warming up to the concept of adding another dimension to the juniper-flavored spirit. Australia's Four Pillars soaks their scrumptious gin in nine French oak chardonnay barrels; Utah...
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Mash & Grape's MashBox Spirits Subscription
Over the last two years, we've grown fond of NYC spirits retailer Mash & Grape for two reasons: first, their surprising and thorough stock and, second, their ability to ship across 35 states—a rarity in the world of alcohol. After eight months...
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Drones, Robots and an Electrified Couch: Launching Absolut Electrik
From a cultural standpoint, Absolut vodka frequently calls to mind two associations: nightlife and a history of art partnerships. To celebrate the launch of their latest limited edition bottle design (in both electric blue and silver), Absolut Electrik...
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A Crimson-Colored Gin and Punch for Fall
In addition to improving the overall quality of the mixed drinks we consume, the craft cocktail movement has opened the American market not only to the storied classic cocktails of old, but also to once-thriving product categories. One such subdivision...
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Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum
Once a highly favorable sipping spirit in Dickensian England, pineapple rum faded from fashion and was all but lost until Maison Ferrand proprietor and rum master blender Alexandre Gabriel partnered with spirits historian David Wondrich. In 2014...
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Six Bright Red Fourth of July Cocktails
With the spirit of celebration—and a long weekend—upon us, there's never been a better time to explore a color's impact on a cocktail. From ruby red to rust or carmine, there's really nothing that unites the following six selections other than the...
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