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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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Flipping Casks and Balancing Portfolios: Welcome to the Wild New World of Whiskey Investing

Flipping Casks and Balancing Portfolios: Welcome to the Wild New World of Whiskey Investing

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 […]

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India’s Craft Distillers Are Shaking Up the World’s Biggest Whisky Market

India’s Craft Distillers Are Shaking Up the World’s Biggest Whisky Market

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 […]

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Hinoki & the Bird’s Gregory Westcott Went to Chili’s on His 21st Birthday

Hinoki & the Bird’s Gregory Westcott Went to Chili’s on His 21st Birthday

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 […]

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Japan’s Après-Ski Scene Has Rare Whisky, Raucous Pubs, and Epic Bragging Rights

Japan’s Après-Ski Scene Has Rare Whisky, Raucous Pubs, and Epic Bragging Rights

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 […]

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