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Four Glen Grant Scotch Cocktails For All Seasons
Last year was a big one for Speyside single malt Scotch brand Glen Grant. They introduced 12 and 18 Year Old expressions—both of which went on to great acclaim (with the latter taking the Scotch Whisky of the Year award from revered critic Jim Murray...
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Six Next-Level Hot Toddy Recipes
While we can't (scientifically) attest to the famed Hot Toddy being a cold remedy, we can stand behind its warm deliciousness. Traditionally composed of whisky, hot water, honey and lemon (or spices), this simple hot cocktail has been around for a...
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The Macallan + URWERK Dual Tank Flask
All tenured spirits drinkers will tell of the importance of drinking vessels. While the technically superior The Macallan + URWERK Flask hasn't been designed to maximize the notes of the Scotch whisky within, it's by far the most inventive item in...
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Best of CH 2016: Cocktails
Every year the cocktail scene gets better and better. New venues serving out-of-the-ordinary mixed drinks continue to pop up in cities all around the globe. Over the last year, we've hit up just about every major spot in NYC for tastings. It would...
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Tun 1509 Batch No 3 Single Malt Scotch
It might not seem like 9000 bottles is a small batch, but when considering global distribution, this product quickly becomes scarce. Continuing their celebrated Tun 1509 series, No 3 features 31 single malts married in a tun hailing from 31 different...
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Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Wine and Booze
It's been a good year for wine and spirits. A slew of new or limited edition releases demonstrated the sheer amount of creativity and craftsmanship infusing the industry. It was almost impossible to narrow down a selection of our favorites, but some...
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40 Years Old Sherry Oak Scotch
Age is but a number, in most instances, Scotch not included. With The Macallan's latest age statement release, the exquisite 40 Years Old (at 45% ABV), the impact of sherry oak casts translates to ginger and cinnamon spiciness. Entirely unexpected...
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The Exceptional: Small-Batch Scotch Whiskies
It's a bold move to name your brand "exceptional." The first definition tends to mean not typical; the second, outstanding. When creating The Exceptional, Donald Sutcliffe touches upon both. It's rather unusual to make small-batch blended Scotch with...
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The Macallan Double Cask
It's safe to say that The Macallan (Sherry Oak) 12 is one of the best bets when purchasing an unpeated single malt. The cost per value stands higher than just about any other Scotch on the market. Why then, would The Macallan release an additional...
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September Scotch: Glenfiddich Gets Experimental
All single malt whisky drinkers know the name Glenfiddich and have most likely consumed one or many of its expressions. It's another renowned Speyside-style portfolio hailing from Duffton, Scotland with centuries of history behind its development...
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September Scotch: 200 Years of Lagavulin
In our two previous September Scotch explorations, we stuck to the Highlands of Scotland for one profile they're commonly associated with and one that's a true variation on it all. Now, however, we're shifting to Islay—the famed, scenic island off...
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September Scotch: What Old-Rare Means to Usquaebach
Before we even touch upon what Usquaebach is, we must address its rather tricky-to-pronounce name—which should be read as "OOS-KE-BAH." Stepping back to the 1500s, the Gaelic words "uisge beatha" translated to "water of life," which meant whisky. Poet...
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September Scotch: The Dalmore Single Malts
There are at least 115 single malt Scotch distilleries in Scotland. Some of them produce multiple brands within. This accounts for, by the way, only 8% of the market. The other 92% goes toward blended Scotch. But how does one navigate the elusive...
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Three Glenfiddich Cocktails from London's Michelin-Starred Dabbous
With the current craft cocktail boom, it's no longer unacceptable to take an age statement single malt Scotch and shake it up with carefully considered ingredients. On a recent trip to London, we stopped over at the Michelin-starred Dabbous for...
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65 Years Old Scotch
In a specially designed Lalique bottle, known as the "Peerless Spirit" decanter, acclaimed Scotch whisky distillery The Macallan has unveiled one of their oldest, rarest liquids to date. The 65 Years Old—which will be limited to just 450 bottles—carries...
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Royal Salute 21's "Luckiest of Dreams" Cocktail
For anyone wary of Scotch cocktails, Royal Salute—the superb Speyside blend aged a minimum of 21 years—offers a solution. And, uncommonly, it makes for a delightful warm weather sipper. The "Luckiest of Dreams" cocktail carries some heft with 50ml...
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Three Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Sets
There are plenty of ways to convey the story behind a spirit. Sometimes, the liquid speaks for itself, giving subtle nods to what it was aged in, for how long and even what region it hails from. And while that can be said of the three single malts...
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Ghosted Reserve 26-Year-Old
Drawn from whisky produced at two now-closed Scottish distilleries (Ladyburn and Inverleven) William Grant & Sons' Ghosted Reserve 26-Year-Old scotch is more than rare, it's an unrepeatable one-off expression. Remarkably mellow for its age, the spirit...
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The Best Whiskeys for Winter Holiday Gifting
The word whiskey (or whisky, depending on region of production) means innumerable things to a great many people. This brown spirit category plays catch-all for everything from the smokiest scotches to the oakiest bourbons. There are single malts and...
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Edition No. 1 Single Malt Scotch
The latest single malt Scotch wonder from The Macallan, Edition No. 1 is the inaugural product in what will become an annual limited edition release. Containing portions of whisky matured across eight unique, hand-selected European and American oak...
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Sebastian Cox’s Glenlivet Drinks Trolley and Two New Scotch Expressions
At last year’s London Design Festival, one of the pieces that truly stood out at the V&A’s “The Wish List” exhibition was the well-crafted wood workspace that Sebastian Cox made for Terence Conran. Now, the young British designer has teamed up...
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Etched Globe Spirits Decanter
Nothing showcases the hue of an aged spirit quite like a decanter. Whether one wants to show off cognac, scotch or rum, the etched globe decanter from Bourbon & Boots delivers a worldly, refined aesthetic. It's composed of lead-free, heat-resistant...
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Tales of the Cocktail 2015
As far as trade shows go, there's really nothing quite like Tales of the Cocktail—a week long meetup of almost every major spirits brand internationally. The annual affair takes place in the sweltering summer sun of New Orleans and hydration is the...
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Interview: Bruichladdich Master Distiller Jim McEwan
Sharing a glass of Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006, master distiller Jim McEwan marvels over the oil content in the class. After decades at Bowmore and garnering countless awards, McEwan was tasked to reopen Bruichladdich in 2000 and restore some...
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