Now, I realize a single malt bourbon is a contradiction in terms, but hear me out. Glenfiddich's latest release in their limited edition line is very special Speyside Scotch. Unlike the vast majority of its compatriots, this whisky is aged entirely in former bourbon barrels.
These two limited releases from Woodford start with the exact same malted barley distillate. However, the Classic Malt spends its time in used bourbon barrels (like Scotch), while the Straight Malt matures in new charred oak barrels (like Bourbon). They offer an intriguing opportunity to taste the effect that the barrel truly has on the spirit.
This new limited release from Martini & Rossi is more fruit-forward than Carpano and more full-bodied than Dolin. Subtly sweet, bitter, rich, dark, complex, and spicy, it's everything a sweet vermouth should be.
The latest release from the small whiskey blending company (Jefferson's exclusively buys and blends whiskeys from other distillers) began as a conversation over food between friends Trey Zoeller of Jefferson's and Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and Milkwood restaurants in Louisville, KY.
Join us for a virtual tour of Herradura's operation in action—from the agave nursery to the harvest, the giant clay ovens to the fermentation tanks, the stills to the barrels, and everything in between.
Releasing whiskies without age statements is a growing yet controversial trend among distilleries, a move away from 10 year, 12 year, 18 year, etc., offerings. The movement has been met with mixed feelings from connoisseurs and critics, skeptical of the trend as a way to cash in on the current boom in demand for whisky despite the limited stocks of older aged malts at most distilleries. While that is certainly a very real concern, we tend to feel that the proof is in the pudding.
Compass Box has many lovely bottlings in their lineup, but arguably their breakthrough whisky was the Peat Monster—an unapologetically peaty blend of single malts that has a balanced sweetness to it that makes it an entirely distinct style of whiskey. This year Compass Box celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Peat Monster with a limited edition anniversary release, bottled at 97.8 proof. We gave this special whisky a try.
Jägermeister Spice was inspired by the original recipe (flavored with some 56 secret herbs, fruits, flowers, and roots) but highlights cinnamon and vanilla, and is bottled at a lower 50 proof. And here's the shocker: it's meant to be drunk neat at room temperature.
The new Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey is not a whiskey with flavoring added, but instead a uniquely finished whiskey. And it's an absolute knockout.
Now owned by Kirin Brewery Company of Japan, Four Roses has been making quite a comeback in the US market, winning critical acclaim and popular appeal with benchmark bourbon and transparency in its production methods. They're celebrating a 125th anniversary this year with the release of a pair of exceptional bourbons.
The unusual approach of blending different styles of whiskey together into a single spirit has provided a welcome new frontier. And like with any successful emerging trend, it was only a matter of time until the big boys jumped on the bandwagon. Enter the latest offering from Wild Turkey, called Forgiven.
This is the most successful flavored bourbon we've tried to date.
While mezcal's outsider status is attractive to those who seek out and consume hard-to-find booze, limited distribution and publicity also makes it difficult to penetrate the mass market. Mezcal from Oaxaca, a partnership between 11 independent mezcal brands and the Oaxacan government, seeks to change all that.
This year's edition of the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is about to hit store shelves, and it's a wonderful whiskey. We can't quite get to the bottom of the glass because it somehow keeps getting refilled...
These 3 whiskeys—Jim Beam Signature Craft Rare Spanish Brandy, Ardbeg Adrbog, and Laphroaig Càirdeas Port Wood Edition—stand out from the crowd of recent releases.
Aged double distilled pot rums and single column distilled rums are blended to create this new release from Mount Gay, which is finished in bourbon barrels.
Something old, something new... it's not just a tradition for brides to call down good luck for their marriage, it's also a recipe for success in booze-making. Today we'll explore two new spirits that look back towards inherited traditions and also push forward into new territory.
Is this better than a bottle of good tequila and a squeeze of real lime? No. Definitely not. However, it's head and shoulders above any other pre-bottled product I've ever tried.
If Campari is the uncompromising, complex, and bitterly bracing quaff, and Aperol the sweet and heady nectar, then Luxardo's new Aperitivo strikes an interesting balance in between.
A stunning and original sipping tequila that is one of the best spirits I've tasted in some time. All of the previous tequila experiments I've tried have been interesting, intriguing, or mysterious. But this one is delicious.
The latest project from the Sazerac Company uses resources that would be almost impossible to come by if they didn't own them already. Corazón, one of their tequila brands, acquired bourbon and rye barrels from some of the Sazerac Company's star products to experiment with: barrels from George T. Stagg, Sazerac Rye, Old Rip Van Winkle, and Buffalo Trace bourbon. The results, known as Expresiones del Corazón, are intriguing.
This is a great combination pack to purchase for the Dad who's considering becoming a Scotch enthusiast. The gentle Speyside flavor profile of Glenrothes' whisky is malty and mild, and makes a welcome introduction for those just getting started with Scotch.
Foro Extra Dry Vermouth is a relative newcomer to the venerable old world of vermouth. It is, to my knowledge, the first Italian vermouth produced from organic grapes, specifically the Trebbiano variety. There are also a few interesting additions: wild rose, angostura, gentian, and elderberry.
In the past few years, we've seen a proliferation of flavored whiskies—from cinnamon, to cherry, to honey—and these products vary widely in quality and appeal. The category is seen by many purists as a waste of good whiskey (or an attempt to doctor up bad whiskey for sale). But a recent release from Georgetown Trading Company is poised to shake up the category.
Some brands have reacted to the current state of of the market (lots of demand and low supply) by jettisoning age statements, introducing new, younger, products for sale, and generally trying to get as much booze out on the shelves as possible. Others have doubled down on quality. Case in point: Elijah Craig.
Relatively unknown in North America until about five years ago, elderflower liqueur has come a long way from its humble origins as a medicinal cordial. Today we're comparing the popular brand St-Germain to another version from Pür Spirits.
Novo Fogo is located on the edge of Brazil's coastal rainforest and produces two styles of seriously delicious organic cachaça. Their Silver is dangerously balanced and crisp and unlike any other cachaça I've ever tried.
Distilled from Eastern Washington-grown winter wheat and flavored with dried Washington apples, mint, juniper, and hops, this spirit is almost more of a genever than an American gin. It's very aromatic, with a nose perfumed with green apple, grapefruit, and malt and only a hint of the telltale juniper and botanicals.