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The Curious, Wax-Coated Saga of Maker’s Mark’s ‘Slam Dunk’ Bottles

The Curious, Wax-Coated Saga of Maker’s Mark’s ‘Slam Dunk’ Bottles

Maker’s Mark’s iconic red wax seal makes it one of the most recognizable bottles on the brown liquor shelf. And it’s something Makers Mark takes very seriously. Each bottle is hand-dipped in special-formula, molten red wax at its Loretto, Ky., distillery. The additional labor adds cost to production and slows output from an average of […]

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A Spirited Roadmap to Continental Europe, the World’s Next Whiskey Frontier

A Spirited Roadmap to Continental Europe, the World’s Next Whiskey Frontier

If you’re concerned about the single-malt Scotch shortage, the Irish whiskey shortage, the Japanese whisky shortage or a possible bourbon shortage, you might want to look beyond the usual suspects for your next bottle. For example, you could try Germany, which is, after all, home to almost twice as many whiskey producers as Scotland.

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Brewers Are Using an Ancient Technique to Create New, Funky Solera Beers

Brewers Are Using an Ancient Technique to Create New, Funky Solera Beers

At the inaugural Beer With(out) Beards festival in Brooklyn last summer, attendees lined up for Black Project, a Denver, Colo., outfit specializing in spontaneous and wild ales. Behind the table, with a bucket of bottles and opener poised at her hip, stood Sarah Howat, Black Project’s operations manager. Sour and other spontaneously fermented or wild […]

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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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