Why One Whiskey Maker Serenades Its Spirits
Tuthilltown's "Sonic Maturation" system pairs traditional whiskey-aging techniques with EDM.
Tuthilltown's "Sonic Maturation" system pairs traditional whiskey-aging techniques with EDM.
On the internet, auctions are all about access (for buyers and sellers alike).
The best new whiskies in the world, from blends to single malts.
Six bottles to savor now and long after St. Patrick's Day — all under $100.
Including a 1960 Karuizawa — one of just 41 bottles in existence.
First distilled in the original Stitzel-Weller Distillery and bottled in handmade glass decanters.
Jim Murray, one of the most influential names in spirits, just announced the 2016 World Whisky of the Year — and it comes from Canada.
Cowboys drink two things: Coors and whiskey. But do they drink Wyoming Whiskey?
Jim Beam's attempt at a potent small-batch whiskey finds its best form in Booker's 7 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
Four generations of coopers precede Ger Buckley, Jameson's master cooper. That's 200 years of woodcraft running through his blood.
In 2012, an American single malt whiskey from Balcones Distillery in Texas defeated nine other world-class single malts from around the world and gained international attention. Today, the American version of Scotch is still booming, reinforced by a number of new distilleries.
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.
The rise of craft American whiskey now extends beyond the bourbon belt. Here's the shortlist of major players nationwide.
In day three of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, we check out small (Wilderness Trail) and big (Four Roses, Wild Turkey) distilleries on the way to Lexington -- and get to taste something particularly special.
Willett Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen doesn't have time for bullshit. It's not something he has to tell anyone. The message shoots from his eyes like a railgun. Even at a relatively young age, it's clear he's heard it all before. He talks like someone who’s lost years listening to others dribble on, and worked hard to eradicate the behavior in himself; his speech is terse, verging on curt. You can't blame him for him ignoring the noise. A lot rides on his shoulders. He and his family worked for years to rebuild the family distillery, which reopened in 2012, and now he's determined to prove a point.
Bourbon is booming, but only decades ago, it was on a path toward failure. This was most evident in the 1980s, at the height of vodka and big hair, when distilleries in the Bluegrass State were shuttering their doors. They simply couldn’t give bottles away, the same bottles that just a generation before were lining executive conference rooms and hotel bars throughout America. It was by definition an all-American drink, and it was quickly fading. But then in the mid-2000s, distillers realized the atmosphere was changing. Bourbon started coming back. Fast.
This explosion, which continues to grow to this day, raises plenty of questions. What's fueling the bourbon boom? Is it going to burst, like tech and housing? Are some bottles really worth $5,000, and more importantly, who’s buying them? What makes a bourbon good? The best way to get to the bottom of this was to head to the Bluegrass State, where 95 percent of the world's bourbon is made, equipped with a few cameras, some notebooks and clean livers for five days on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail -- a triangle of distillery tours throughout the state with endpoints at Louisville, Lexington and Bardstown — for many early mornings and late nights drinking and talking with some of the foremost professionals in booze. We came back with five days of fear and loathing on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Brent Stiefel and Mikael Mossberg didn’t know much about whiskey when they met up for drinks in May of 2011. Like many people navigating an ocean of Scotch and bourbon, they "were intimidated by folks with mustaches", Stiefel says, but didn’t want to drain their bank accounts by buying every bottle to learn more about what they liked and what they didn't. Feeling a booze-filled higher calling to drink better (and more), the two began drawing up plans for the ideal whiskey resource they'd been searching for but never found.
Today in Gear we examine, a grill approved for Gauchos, a newly immigrated Irish Whiskey, baseball hats from the '30s and wireless routers your IT staff will love.
Drinking alone gets a bad rap, but there’s having a drink alone and then there’s really drinking alone, getting after it, sitting on a creaky chair the garage with a case of Keystone and no real plans to speak of except to power through it. Be careful with that. But in the first scenario a man reaches beneath his desk around 6:00 p.m., puts The Best of Dean Martin on the phonograph, starts nodding to the music, and pours himself a measure of something good and strong. During a recent six o’clock hour we opened up a bottle of Lock Stock & Barrel ($118) straight rye whiskey -- and it’s just about as smooth and rich as Dino’s voice.
Fall is upon us, and there's no better way to usher in the cooler months than with a spirit seemingly created in autumn's honor: Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon ($31). To be clear, we've been completely satisfied with the standard Knob Creek 9 Year Straight Bourbon, but expanding whiskey horizons can't be a bad thing. Still, adding flavoring to a solid whiskey can be a risky endeavor. Did Knob Creek gamble and lose by producing something tantamount to being whacked in the face by a maple syrup bottle, or did they win by creating a real bourbon that hums its own tune?
Pike Creek Whiskey was available stateside in the 90s. Slow sales soon put the importation experiment to an end, despite a budding cult following. Now, Pernod Ricard is reintroducing the spirit back to select American markets. Unlike typical Canadian whiskies, Pike Creek is finished in Port barrels, and left at the mercy of the elements in unheated warehouses. But is it really a different? Read our full review to find out.
Angel's Envy's latest creation, a rye whiskey finished in Caribbean rum barrels, supposes to pair a contrasting set of spirit flavors. We take a few sips and find out for ourselves.
There's a published sociologist somewhere who said integration is the key to acceptance. Maybe we're just paraphrasing Costner's journal in Dances with Wolves. Regardless of who penned it, whisk(e)y makes a convincing case for the theory. Various cultures, united by their admiration of the caramel liquid's charms, have each honed their own rituals for conjuring the spirit -- and we, the imbibing people, have reaped the benefits of these diverse forms of worship.
Irish whiskey is one tradition that many beyond the Emerald Isle scarcely know, despite the island's profound role in molding the drink into the revered male favorite it has become. But this wasn't always the case. At the height of its glory, the product of Ireland's distilleries was once the favored drink of the British empire, and its most notable ambassador, Jameson, was the world's favorite whiskey. What happened next reads like a lost Dumas manuscript, complete with revolution, religion and economic turmoil all ending in the drink's unjust imprisonment. The good news for drinkers is that after patiently biding its time for well over a century, the era of Irish whiskey's redemption is finally arriving, and it's easy to spot if you know where to look.
|De'Longhi Icona Espresso Maker
Evoking a feeling of la dolce vita, this high-gloss stainless steel and chrome finished espresso maker has us thinking Italy in the '50s. Skinny tie, convertibles and all. $250
A stagger on the wild side
For the connoisseur of fine spirits, the dabbler of craft brews, arcane wine regions and exclusive distillations, we’ve got a read that’s a cat of a different feather. Twisted like a mixed metaphor, Alt Whiskeys: Alternative Whiskey Recipes and Distilling Techniques for the Adventurous Craft Distiller ($30) offers the experimenting distiller some whiskey recipes that step past the fringe.
Worth jigging over
Jameson Select Reserve by Makers & Brothers
Handmade retailing specialist Makers & Brothers teamed up with Jameson on a limited edition-packaging worthy of the whiskey brand's Select Reserve blend. Since the spirit itself is a combination of pot stilled whiskey and small batch grain whiskey matured in charred oak barrels, creating Irish oak tumblers with charred
Whistlepig Straight Rye Whiskey
Our neighbors to the north, unjustly the target of crude jokes involving backwardness, snow and a strange dialect, have another reason for national pride. Whistlepig Straight Rye Whiskey ($70), though distributed by a Vermont label, uses 100% made-in-Canada rye
Lock, Stock and Barrel
The Birth of a Barrel
Building a barrel? Sounds lame, right? Wrong. This special breed made at Jack Daniels' Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky are built to hold the one and only No. 7 -- that special spirit responsible for many a wonderful evening and probably a few crushing mornings to boot. The video's shot in
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Hold on to yer' kilts
All’s Well That Ends Well: 72 Hours in EdinburghThe Glenlivet invited us to don kilts and drink with them at the Speyside Whisky Festival, we removed our pants straight away. No underwear, no problem. Bring on the haggis, neeps and tatties, whatever
Wild Turkey Rye 81 Proof
For many of us, 101 proof alcohols conjure up fuzzy memories of enflamed shot glasses and, well, not much else. For the now more responsible -- and presumably with better taste -- the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distillery famed for its high-proof whiskeys,