Spirits

• Why Whisky Pros Add Water to Their Glasses

Why Whisky Pros Add Water to Their Glasses

You are hereby absolved of the faux-macho insistence that you drink your whiskys neat. Okay, yes, you may still get a few funny looks for pouring high-end booze over a glass full of rocks, but the science and the industry opinions are on your side: a little dilution can be good, and you should be actively pursuing it with […]

• How to Drink a Cask Strength Whiskey

How to Drink a Cask Strength Whiskey

The idea of tasting a whiskey that comes straight from the barrel has been an enticing selling point in recent years, but the growing popularity of “cask strength” spirits is a bit more than just a nebulous term meant to conjure images of tough men, dark wood, and stiff drinks. If we put you on the spot, […]

• No-Age-Statement Scotches Latest Trend

No-Age-Statement Scotches Latest Trend

You don’t have to choose your Scotch by the numbers. Increasingly, distillers are dispensing with age statements and focusing on the many other factors that make their spirits sing. IN SCOTCH AISLES across the country, a reformation is quietly under way. Among the stolid contingent of age-emblazoned single-malts—the Glenlivet 12, the Macallan 15, Talisker 18—a […]

• Jim Murray, the man who ranks the world’s best whiskies

Jim Murray, the man who ranks the world’s best whiskies

Latest edition of Jim Murray’s (pictured) Whisky Bible created a bit of a tumult, with not a single Scotch whisky in the top five. Putting together the Whisky Bible is not the hedonistic career it sounds to be. “People tell me I’ve got the luckiest job in the world,” Jim Murray says, in the lobby […]

• 20 Top Whiskies At San Francisco World Spirits Competition

20 Top Whiskies At San Francisco World Spirits Competition

The results are in from the world’s most prestigious spirits competition. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition took place last month, showcasing the very best of some 1,500 liquors.  In all, nearly 50 bottles won awards – but we know what you’re here for, so we compiled a list of this year’s top whiskeys. From the […]

• Lost Spirits Disruptive Technology: Spirits Age 20 Yrs in 6 Days

Lost Spirits Disruptive Technology: Spirits Age 20 Yrs in 6 Days

SALINAS, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California-based Lost Spirits LLC today announced it has built a new type of chemical reactor capable of making aged spirits with a near identical chemical signature to 20 year old barrel aged products. The new reactors are compact, portable, and will be deployed to 5 distilleries in a beta-test this […]

• Watch out Fireball Whisky, Jack Daniel’s releases Tennessee Fire

Watch out Fireball Whisky, Jack Daniel’s releases Tennessee Fire

Let the battle of the cinnamon-flavored whiskeys begin. The next time you’re tipsy at a bar, and feel inclined to buy a round of hot cinnamon whiskey shots for your friends, you’ll have a couple options to choose from. Jack Daniel Distillery released its Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire cinnamon whiskey to stores nationwide Tuesday, following a limited […]

• One of Ireland’s Most Revered Whiskies Arrives On U.S. Soil

One of Ireland’s Most Revered Whiskies Arrives On U.S. Soil

“It was almost exactly a year ago that I wrote here in these pages at Forbes.com about the eagerly anticipated arrival of the Green Spot, a delicious single pot distillation Irish whiskey made in tantalizingly small quantities. In that article I called it “arguably Ireland’s greatest whiskey,” and with the hindsight of time, I realize […]

• The Man Behind America’s Boutique Bourbon Boom

The Man Behind America’s Boutique Bourbon Boom

When Ralph Erenzo wants to shake up a batch of his Hudson Baby Bourbon, he wheels in the sub-woofer and cranks up the dubstep right next to the barrels. “I call it sonic maturation,” says the eccentric founder of New York bourbon company Tuthilltown Spirits. “I have no scientific evidence for it, but I think […]

• Fast Company names Corsair Distillery ‘most innovative’ company

Fast Company names Corsair Distillery ‘most innovative’ company

Nashville’s Corsair Artisan Distillery received national recognition Monday when it was honored as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company magazine. Corsair, which produces hand-crafted, small-batch spirits, was named in Fast Company’s “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Food.” Darek Bell founded Corsair Distillery in 2010, and the Nashville […]

• Fun Travel: Top Ten Most Interesting Distilleries In U.S.

Fun Travel: Top Ten Most Interesting Distilleries In U.S.

The United States of America loves alcohol. We’re not mincing words here, just telling it like it is. Any reason to involve one or more of the innumerable forms of the adult beverage in any social or party atmosphere is A-OK, and that’s the way we like it. With the surging popularity of the craft […]

• Anthony Bourdain Partners With The Balvenie Single Malt

Anthony Bourdain Partners With The Balvenie Single Malt

Author, Chef and TV host joins Scottish distiller’s long-standing celebration of craftsmanship. The Balvenie, the world’s most handcrafted single malt Scotch whisky, and chef, author and raconteur Anthony Bourdain are proud to announce a multifaceted collaboration that will bring attention to some of America’s finest craftspeople. The partnership will be three-fold and will see Bourdain […]

• Distillers Mad For New Hops Flavoring Trend

Distillers Mad For New Hops Flavoring Trend

A new flavor is brewing in the world of craft liquors as distillers borrow from the beer world and add hops for an aromatic twist. Recent products include hopped whiskies such as R5 from Charbay Artisan Distillery & Winery in the Napa Valley and Hopmonster from the Corsair Distillery with operations in Tennessee and Kentucky. […]

• 11 Best Whiskies for Burns Night Coming Up January 25

Mark Burns Night in suitable style: with a dram of one of these whiskies, all hailing from the British Isles – with one exception for renegade celebrators. 1. Lagaluvin 16-year-old single malt: £48.50, 70cl, waitrosecellar.com The pride of Islay, Lagaluvin’s standard single malt is a consistent winner of high scores in the whisky ratings world, […]

• Flavoured Whiskey Outpaces Flavoured Vodka

Flavoured Whiskey Outpaces Flavoured Vodka

Imported flavoured vodkas are losing market share in the US amid growing demand for flavoured whiskey and homegrown brands, according to recent analysis. According to Rabobank’s Spirits Quarterly Q1 2015, flavoured whiskeys, or whiskey-based liqueurs, was the “hottest growth segment in the US spirits market” in the first three quarters of 2014, while volumes of imported […]