We’ve been making a lot of noise lately about our shitshow of an adventure in Kentucky. We got a team of three together, flew to Kentucky, ate great food, drank at the local bars, sometimes too much, interviewed the new and the old of bourbon — politicians, brewers, drinkers — you name it, we tried do it.
Canada Hops on the Craft Bandwagon
Forty Creek’s John K. Hall tells the tale of how American bourbon showed Canadian whiskey the way from counterfeit hooch to finely crafted whiskey.
Have Your Pappy and Your Dickel Too
The rise of craft American whiskey now extends beyond the bourbon belt. Here’s the shortlist of major players nationwide.
GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Peering over the Hudson River from between two iconically New York red brick buildings, the brand new Hotel Hugo SoHo features a mix of modern urban escape and industrial warmth. This new kid on the block is an excellent place to call home for a brief stay in New York City.
Don't Leave Home Without It
From the Archives: Use a flask wisely and you’ll have a great hint of lawless confidence; the look of wonder in your buddies’ eyes as you swig your just-so-uncouth booze will be all the sweeter. (Smokier, if it’s Balvenie 18.) These ones deserve a place in your coat pocket.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: Band & Olufsen headphones, velvet slippers, old-school football jerseys and more.
Watching the bourbon boom unfold from our HQ in New York, we’ve had a lot of questions. How can a spirit go from the hand of every white collar on Wall Street to a “low-class” spirit, then have another renaissance with bottles worth over $5,000, all in a few decades? And more immediately: Who drinks the stuff? How do they drink it? Why? And why are some of them so goddamn pretentious about it? We figured the best way to get to the bottom of this was to head to the Bluegrass State with a few cameras, some notebooks and clean livers for five days of Kentucky scenery, friendly locals and distillery tours.
Private barrel selection at Woodford Reserve and the drive back to Louisville
In day five of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, we soak in the last rays of Kentucky sun, watch a group pick their own single barrel of Woodford Reserve, and more.
A Video Tour of the Process from 12 Bourbon Distilleries
We toured 12 distilleries in a five-day blitz, asking everyone we met to walk us through the bourbon-making process. Here, you’ll find all of the steps that go into making America’s unique take on whiskey.
Single barrel bourbon explained
“For liquor stores, whiskey bars, restaurants — having a private barrel label is basically their way of saying ‘This is how we like our whiskey.’” Tom Fischer, the founder of BourbonBlog and a frequent judge at many spirits and cocktail competitions, told me over the phone after we got back from Kentucky. “So it allows them to put that bottle on a shelf and say, you know, ‘This is something we went to Kentucky and we picked up. This is how we like our whiskey, but it may not always be how you like it.’”
We shadowed Seattle-based Duke’s Chowder House as they selected their own personal barrel of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.
What's the right way to enjoy America's Whiskey?
Is there a proper way to drink Bourbon? We asked experts in the industry to weigh in.
This Week's News on Wheels
This Week in Motoring: AWD F-Types, the Mustang 350 returns, a Lexus goes topless, Mr. Le Mans retires and more.
The Good Kind of Coach Class
A behind-the-scenes look at the Morgan Motor company, which is hand-building its cars just as it did nearly 100 years ago.
Feast, and be Thankful
Think hard enough about your last Thanksgiving and there might just be a couple — or maybe a lot — of moments where things were really great. Maybe it was that *cough* perfect turkey (or capon), maybe it was the impromptu talent show put on by the kids table, or arguing about “Who invaded Spain in the 8th century?” during the annual Trivial Pursuit game. However trite it may sound, it’s these moments that make everything else worth it. So to everyone suffering through extended-family prodding or poultry that’s less than savory: hang in there and be glad you avoided the urge to walk past your gate and hop a plane to Kauai. Here’s your guide to the entire holiday.