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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
September Scotch: The Dalmore Single Malts
There are at least 115 single malt Scotch distilleries in Scotland. Some of them produce multiple brands within. This accounts for, by the way, only 8% of the market. The other 92% goes toward blended Scotch. But how does one navigate the elusive...
65 Years Old Scotch
In a specially designed Lalique bottle, known as the "Peerless Spirit" decanter, acclaimed Scotch whisky distillery The Macallan has unveiled one of their oldest, rarest liquids to date. The 65 Years Old—which will be limited to just 450 bottles—carries...
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...
Three Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Sets
There are plenty of ways to convey the story behind a spirit. Sometimes, the liquid speaks for itself, giving subtle nods to what it was aged in, for how long and even what region it hails from. And while that can be said of the three single malts...
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...
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...
Hand-Blown Whisky Glass
Holiday Gift Guide 2015: CH Team's Wish List
While the team at Cool Hunting shares plenty of interests, individually we offer different know-how and embody distinct tastes. Through our research and curiosity, we cross the paths of many products and experiences—and oftentimes some really stick...
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...
Norlan's Snifter-Meets-Tumbler Whisky Glass
Last year, design firm Norlan Glass—spearheaded by Icelandic designer Sruli Recht, and acclaimed global retail designers Brian Fichtner and Shane Bahng—entered the scene with a successfully backed Kickstarter campaign for their collapsible laptop...
Denver and Liely Whisky Glass
There is an art to the consumption of alcohol and, for centuries, glass-blowers and designers have attempted to create the perfect drinking vessel. Melbourne-based Denver & Liely's new whisky glass unites the two most respected forms of bourbon...
Suntory's Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Last week, in a sun-soaked room perched atop NYC's New Museum, Suntory Whisky's Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo, unveiled the latest product in their Hibiki range: Japanese Harmony. Last year the brand made waves when its Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask...
Copper and Wood at Midleton Distillery
With the US release of acclaimed Irish whiskey Yellow Spot, and news of a very rare Irish oak-aged whiskey being produced, we once again made our way to Jameson's Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland—where the aforementioned, and everything...
Interview: Bruichladdich Master Distiller Jim McEwan
Sharing a glass of Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006, master distiller Jim McEwan marvels over the oil content in the class. After decades at Bowmore and garnering countless awards, McEwan was tasked to reopen Bruichladdich in 2000 and restore some...
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...
Star Wars Death Star Ice Cube Mold
Chill your whisky or other beverage with this slow-melting ice cube, shaped like the Death Star.
The Macallan's Favorite Rare Gifts
In creating The Macallan Rare Cask—the renowned distillery's new ruby red, full-bodied blend—whisky-maker Bob Dalgarno selects just 1% of the casks from their extensive inventory. The hand-picked casks are made from Spanish oak that previously housed...
The Macallan Rare Cask Gift Guide
In creating their exceptional whiskies, The Macallan's innovative whisky maker Bob Dalgarno uses only the finest oak casks. The distillery's world-coveted cask collection is a huge part of what gives their products the most in distinguished flavor...