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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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From the Angel’s Share to Act of God: Why Collectors Are Now Insuring Whiskey

From the Angel’s Share to Act of God: Why Collectors Are Now Insuring Whiskey

“I was scared to death,” Derek Wallace tells me. The New Hampshire man had a major, if enviable problem. He had way too much whiskey. “I was constantly worried that something bad was going to happen to it,” he says. There are bottles of booze spread all throughout Wallace’s home. Many of his top-shelf offerings […]

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Big-Ticket Bottles: 5 of the World’s Most Expensive Wine Sales

Big-Ticket Bottles: 5 of the World’s Most Expensive Wine Sales

How much money would you spend on a bottle of wine? Most would probably keep that figure in the double-digits, perhaps inching into the low triple-digits. For a select few, wine budgets are much, much larger. Purchased at auction, through specialty stores, or even paid out by insurance companies, these five bottles (plus one honorable mention) […]

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‘Bordeaux Oenophilia’ – Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That!

‘Bordeaux Oenophilia’ – Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That!

How many third growth châteaux are located in the Bordeaux appellation of Margaux? The answer is ten, but don’t worry, before beginning my journey in the Bordeaux Cup, I didn’t know that answer either. In fact, as a wine drinker who has always been committed to making wine as accessible as possible, Bordeaux had always […]

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