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All The Ways Wood Affects Your Whiskey, Explained

All The Ways Wood Affects Your Whiskey, Explained

What’s on your mind when you sip your favorite Scotch, bourbon, or whiskey? Politics, maybe? Philosophy? A funny Tweet you read on your phone just now? Few of us spend cocktail hour contemplating wood, but it’s impossible to overstate its importance in the production and taste of brown spirits. Dan Szor, CEO and founder of […]

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The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

With skyrocketing sales and tireless marketing, rosé is a 21st-century American success story. Previous generations of star-spangled wine consumers dismissed it as too French, too gendered, or too reminiscent of black-sheep White Zinfandel. Of course that’s all grainy, black-and-white history now. In our rosy-hued present, pink wines have come to symbolize “all that is good about […]

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Wine Labels Are Little White Lies With Enormous Implications

Wine Labels Are Little White Lies With Enormous Implications

To enjoy buying and drinking wine means we have to willfully succumb to certain fictions. We pretend, for instance, that we know what the juice inside the bottle will taste like. We do so based on visual clues from the words and art we see on the label, or if we previously tasted another bottle […]

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We Blind-Tasted Pricey Kentucky Water by Selflessly Drinking Four Bourbons

We Blind-Tasted Pricey Kentucky Water by Selflessly Drinking Four Bourbons

In lyrics, as in life, Toby Keith gets it wrong. The man who crooned about needing whiskey for his men and beer for horses omitted one crucial addition: water. (Mr. Keith also apparently has no women friends, but this is perhaps not a revelation.) Last month, Scientific Reports published a study on the chemical benefits […]

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We Tasted Beer and Wine Lollipops and Here’s How They Stacked Up

We Tasted Beer and Wine Lollipops and Here’s How They Stacked Up

What do you do when you want the taste of beer or wine, but don’t want the alcohol? There’s non-alcoholic beer, but that tends to be bland. Why not try something new? Something like a lollipop, perhaps? That’s the idea behind Lollyphile’s line of alcohol-flavored lollipops: all the flavor, none of the alcohol. “Our alcohol […]

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