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The Curious, Wax-Coated Saga of Maker’s Mark’s ‘Slam Dunk’ Bottles

The Curious, Wax-Coated Saga of Maker’s Mark’s ‘Slam Dunk’ Bottles

Maker’s Mark’s iconic red wax seal makes it one of the most recognizable bottles on the brown liquor shelf. And it’s something Makers Mark takes very seriously. Each bottle is hand-dipped in special-formula, molten red wax at its Loretto, Ky., distillery. The additional labor adds cost to production and slows output from an average of […]

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8 Things You Should Know About Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey

8 Things You Should Know About Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey

When Knob Creek launched in 1992, it was an anomaly. At the time, small-batch bourbon with a steep price tag was not a common sight. Since then, America has experienced a bourbon boom, with whiskey lovers willing to shell out serious cash for premium booze. Born in Kentucky and praised across the nation, Knob Creek […]

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Bourbon Distillers Are Betting $1 Billion That International Drinkers Will Save Them From the Next, Inevitable Bust

Bourbon Distillers Are Betting $1 Billion That International Drinkers Will Save Them From the Next, Inevitable Bust

This spring, Buffalo Trace commemorated the filling of its 7 millionth barrel of bourbon with a celebration at its Frankfort, Ky., distillery. The barrel in question was signed by a bunch of workers and some visiting journalists and then rolled through the crowd into the tiny Warehouse V, a “single barrel” warehouse/tourist attraction, as Sazerac […]

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We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s Your Favorite Bargain Bottle?

We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s Your Favorite Bargain Bottle?

For bartenders, choosing a favorite bottle of booze is like picking a favorite child: It’s not easy and someone is going to get their feelings hurt. We asked 10 drinks professionals to tell us the one bottle they always have around. Then, to make things even more challenging, we requested they keep prices down and […]

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Aged Canadian Whisky Is the Best Brown Spirit You’re Not Drinking

Aged Canadian Whisky Is the Best Brown Spirit You’re Not Drinking

Canadian whisky is the Rodney Dangerfield of brown spirits — it just doesn’t get the same respect as bourbon and single malts do in America. Here, the category is dominated by brands like Crown Royal and Canadian Club. (Canada omits the “e” like the Scots do.) These labels are perennially popular in the U.S.; according […]

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The Seven Best Bourbon, Whiskey, and Rye for Boulevardiers, Ranked

The Seven Best Bourbon, Whiskey, and Rye for Boulevardiers, Ranked

Negronis hold a special place in the hearts of many drinks professionals. Boulevardiers, their dark-featured cousins, are making inroads as Americans’ love affair with whiskeys continues to grow. (“American Whiskey is on Fire” Fortune.com declared in 2017, heralding the $3.1 billion sales of brown spirits the year prior.) As with Negronis, the Boulevardier rubric features […]

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