Tiki, that all-American fantasia of faux-Polynesian flavors and decor, is among our most enduring cocktail movements. Now a new gang of tiki drinks is sweeping American bars, and they’ve swapped rum for whiskey. But don’t worry — they still have those tiny umbrellas. Cynics without a spiked coconut in their hands might argue that the […]
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 […]
Scotch is… confusing. If you’re new to it, trying to pick Scotch whisky is like trying to figure out which estranged relative to talk to at that big, terrifying family reunion. The Macallan, fortunately, is one Scotch it’s easy to love immediately.
Send questions to: email@example.com Why do we only call whiskeys ”drams”? As with many words used to describe drinks and things connected to them, they often come from the region that originally made a drink famous. While whiskey is made all over the world, the most famous place in the world of whisky — note […]
For those of us who set Google Alerts for whiskey auction sales (ahem: guilty), these are boom times. Last month, a Yamazaki 50 Year Old sold for around $300,000. Before that, in September 2017, a bottle of Dalmore 62 Year Old went for nearly $130,000. There’s money in whiskey collecting, and collectors multiply by the […]
Close your eyes and imagine a distillery making exceptional, single malt Scotch. You might envision gray Islay or scenic Speyside. Or perhaps the fecund woods of Kyoto, where Yamazaki is made. A cooler climate locale, certainly, where distillers wear wool sweaters to brave the chill. India probably does not immediately come to mind. But that […]
An iconic Scotch whisky, Lagavulin is synonymous with Islay’s signature peat. Its range spans golden pours aged in new American oak, amber single malts ideal for those presently or aspirationally wearing Shetland sweaters, and a rich, russet, sherry-aged distiller’s edition. Its celebrity fan base and pop cultural allure abet more than 200 years of history […]
Every Saturday Jews across North America make their way to worship and drink whiskey. Strictly speaking, they are gathering for the specific purpose of prayer; drinking whiskey is just a pleasant way of passing the time with fellow congregants. But the kosher bottlings from prominent whiskey labels, the growth of “kiddush clubs,” and the spread […]
Among the many mysteries of the back bar is the abundance of spirits named after birds — particularly in the whiskey category. From Ireland to Scotland to Kentucky, labels like Redbreast, Famous Grouse, and, of course, Wild Turkey have been, well, peacocking for years.