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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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WhistlePig's Old World Rye
Only a handful of new whiskey expressions each year warrant consideration for a full-time position in a brand portfolio—and on the bar shelves of consumers. WhistlePig, a Vermont-based whiskey company, has achieved this feat with their latest offering...
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Behind the Barrel of Wild Turkey Bourbon
Situated on a vast, rolling landscape in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky—amidst the vibrant and ever-growing bourbon trail—Wild Turkey's distillery plays host to deep history and thoughtful modernity. This hub of bourbon and rye production, founded back in...
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Three Superb Spirits Employing Surprising Materials
On a recent trip to indie food and drink specialty shop Mouth, in NYC, we discovered a bunch of curious creations that hadn't crossed our path before. After leaving with plenty of products to taste, three struck our attention for their unique approach...
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EXIMO Sipping Rum
The world is in no short supply of superb rums from many locations. And yet, Facundo EXIMO imparts a very distinct experience. Both medium and full-bodied rums, more than 10 years back, were united and then aged together in oak. This allows for a...
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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...
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Absentroux Herbal Wine with Wormwood
At this year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival, we stumbled upon the rather distinct absinthe herbal wine Absentroux. The dynamic drink marries the absinthe and wine experiences, with the predominant note being the rich anise taste associated with...
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Cocktail Courier Hits Chicago
When you're looking to order beer, wine and spirits directly to your home, both Drizly and Minibar Delivery App can get alcohol to you rather quickly. But if you're planning on making a mixed drink, Cocktail Courier comes complete with a recipe and...
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Utah's French Oak Aged Beehive Gin
When Beehive Distilling opened its doors in August 2013, it became the first gin distillery in the state of Utah since 1870. After nearly a year of tweaking the recipe these first time spirit-makers released their inaugural batch in June 2014. Since...
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Eight Sexy Valentine's Day Cocktails
While making no promises about love potions or secret tonics, what we can guarantee is the quality of taste in the following eight drinks. Made with care and concern, they exemplify many ideals surrounding the holiday of love: spice, smoke and flavor...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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CH Editions: Backsberg Estate Cellars Safari Collection
We’ve brought together a selection of our six favorite South African wines from Cool Hunting's recent safari in Zambia, which were provided by the talented winemakers at Backsberg Estate Cellars. From a classic pinotage to a fruity chenin blanc, these...
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Tesseron Cognac
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...
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Whiskey Wedge
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...
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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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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...
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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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