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Why the Blood and Sand Gets Left Out of the Cocktail Canon

Why the Blood and Sand Gets Left Out of the Cocktail Canon

The Negroni, that boozy red icon, has an entire week and scores of consumer products devoted to it. The Old Fashioned’s association with ”Mad Men” reportedly generated a 500 percent increase in American rye sales. However one Scotch-based drink, the Blood and Sand, remains an outlier to the classic cocktail revival. Its history, like all cocktail histories, is muddled and […]

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Inside A Cooperage Where Bourbon Barrels Become Scotch Whisky Barrels

Inside A Cooperage Where Bourbon Barrels Become Scotch Whisky Barrels

Few places love American bourbon barrels as much as Scotland. Deep in the Scottish countryside, stacks of used American whiskey barrels tower above buildings. Eventually, those barrels will be reworked and transformed, and the barrels that once helped American whiskey become bourbon will be born again as Scotch barrels. By law, Scotch must be barrel-aged […]

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Why Scotch Distilleries Use Copper Stills

Why Scotch Distilleries Use Copper Stills

The image of the large copper whisky still is iconic. Whether it’s in Scotland making Scotch whisky, or in America making moonshine and whiskey with an “e,” the copper still signifies quality and taste. But why, exactly, do distillers stick with copper on both sides of the Atlantic? After all, stills can technically be made […]

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