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Lowball 2: The Pinch
Upon first glance, Discommon's new Lowball 2: The Pinch already looks like a drastically different snifter. For starters, it's made from aerospace-grade aluminum which is then machined to create a striking texture, and not just for aesthetic reasons;...
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Four Glen Grant Scotch Cocktails For All Seasons
Last year was a big one for Speyside single malt Scotch brand Glen Grant. They introduced 12 and 18 Year Old expressions—both of which went on to great acclaim (with the latter taking the Scotch Whisky of the Year award from revered critic Jim Murray...
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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...
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Bushmills' Red Bush Irish Whiskey
As we've noted for years now, the state of Irish whiskey remains strong. Typically lighter and sweeter than its Scottish peers, Irish whiskey's an easy entry point to the brown spirits world, but allows for plenty of room to investigate nuance...
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Nikka Whisky Distillery, Hokkaido
One of the most well-known Japanese whisky brands, Nikka's origins date back to 1934 when Masataka Taketsuru built the Yoichi Distillery (named after the town in which it's located) on the island of Hokkaido. Taketsuru (the son of a sake producer...
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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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15 Year Trilogy Irish Whiskey
Thanks to finish in special casks formerly used for rum (after aging in an array of former bourbon and former Sherry casks), this latest expression from Irish whisky maker Tullamore DEW carries tropical fruit vibrance. There's substantial depth, with...
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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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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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September Scotch: Glenfiddich Gets Experimental
All single malt whisky drinkers know the name Glenfiddich and have most likely consumed one or many of its expressions. It's another renowned Speyside-style portfolio hailing from Duffton, Scotland with centuries of history behind its development...
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September Scotch: Three Times Distilled Auchentoshan Single Malts
The distillery for single malt Scotch brand Auchentoshan (pronounced "AWK-EN-TOSH-EN") can be considered geographically distinct for an uncommon reason. Yes, it's a Lowland Scotch (as opposed to the Highland and Islay whiskies we've thus far explored...
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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...
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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...
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Valley Tan Utah Whiskey
In theory, High West's Valley Tan Utah Whiskey expression is only available in the state of Utah at present. That doesn't mean one can't get their hands on it elsewhere. What makes it special, however, is High West's commitment to an old time flavor...
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Favorite Cocktails for Summer Sipping
Summer is the season of day drinking, whether you're stuck in a hot city in the northern hemisphere, taking a weekend at the beach, or escaping the cold in the south and heading to a tropical oasis. On a hot day (or night) there's nothing quite as...
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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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Colorado's Woody Creek Distillers
Only last week a panel of expert judges convened for the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition—arguably the most prestigious and analytical booze assembling in the States. While the complete results won't be formally announced until 4 April...
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A Collection of Exciting New Booze Books
It seems like just about everyone has a cookbook, cocktail manual or spirits' history guide out on the market. A lot of superb ones cross our path with regularity—from new to old—but some really set themselves apart. Most recently we've been digging...
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Two Superb Limited Edition Whiskies Redefine the Importance of Wood
It's a known fact that maturation and finishing in wood lends whiskies the bulk of their flavor and nuance. Aging techniques and materials lead to tremendous variation—some of which circumnavigates tradition and while others deliver something so distinct...
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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...
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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...
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Hand-Blown Whisky Glass
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