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 […]
There are plenty of incredibly tasty Canadian whiskies worth your time and talents. But as with any drink, learning or consuming, it’s best to start with one. Why not start with the Canadian whisky that’s famously “Fit for a King” and comes, as far too few things do, sheathed in velvet? Here are 10 things […]
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.
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 […]
Famous, good-looking, and famously good-looking folks fill the sunlit dining room and patio of Hinoki & the Bird, a breezily chic bar and restaurant in Los Angeles’s Century City. Chef Brandon Kida’s Asian-inspired, globetrotting menu is (rightfully) equally renowned, with Santa Barbara spot prawns and a legacy lobster roll with Thai green curry at mealtimes, and […]
Eskimos have 50 words for snow, but the French encapsulate a lot of what makes winter awesome in one hyphenate: après-ski. The French term for “after-skiing,” it’s what elevates any ski trip beyond a mere day on the slopes. The phrase emerged in the 1950s to describe the festivities that ensue when the chair lifts close. This […]
Less than a century old, Japanese whisky has no shortage of devotees. (There is a shortage of the stuff itself, though. It’s expected to last at least a decade). It’s been less than five years since expert Jim Murray named a Japanese single malt the best whisky in the world. Since then, the category’s cult […]
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.