If there’s such a thing as bourbon royalty, it’s Pappy Van Winkle. The whiskey is one of the hardest-to-find bottles out there, and it’s cherished worldwide as the ultimate example of quality. But how well do you really know Pappy? We separated fact from fiction and explored the Frankfort, Kentucky distillery and its beloved bourbon. Here are […]
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.
It’s not enough to simply ask for a shot of whiskey anymore. As of this month, back bar standbys like bourbon, Scotch, and Tennessee and Irish whiskey will be joined by Empire Rye, a new designation launched by New York distillers in October.
Ask for a Hot Toddy today, and you’re likely to get a warm drink with whiskey, lemon, and spices. But if you ordered one in the earliest days of American history, that drink would have likely come with rum. The Hot Toddy originated in British-controlled India.
Breaking a cork into your wine is a relatively familiar problem. Like all beverage professionals and functioning alcoholics, we’ve explored its causes and sought best-practice solutions. But! What if you pull off the cap of a beloved whisk(e)y only to find yourself with a handful of wood or plastic topper, while the cork remains firmly […]
In a single story about whiskey, you may see it spelled with and without an “e.” It might seem confusing, but whiskey (and whisky) lovers place a deep importance on the spelling of their favorite spirit. Why the difference? It all comes down to location, location, location.
Kentucky is usually top of mind when one thinks about bourbon, which is to say all of the time. But America’s spirit is actually produced across the entire continental United States. Those looking to journey beyond the (rightfully) well-reputed Kentucky Bourbon Trail might consider a grander, coast-to-coast bourbon sojourn. The great American bourbon trail, if you will.
When you hear the term “single malt whiskey,” you likely think of Scotch whisky. Scotland’s bold distilleries have made the term almost synonymous with the country’s single distillery offerings. But American distillers are taking up the single malt mantle as well. An American single malt whiskey, like a Scotch single malt, is a whiskey that’s […]
A choreographed symphony of wrist flicks and swirls, Japanese bartending is an art form. Ingredients are meticulously sourced, drinks are stirred just so, and ice cubes are perfectly square-cut (and, as testament to a national pursuit of perfection, are also sold by the bag at 7-Elevens across the country). Fittingly, the Japanese highball is an […]