Castle & Key’s Historic Kentucky Distillery

113 acres and 22 reclaimed buildings under the watch of a Master Distiller with a vision for the future of high-end spirits

For more than 40 years, 113 acres of land just outside of Frankfort, Kentucky—and the distillery thereupon, built by legendary distiller Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor—sat idle until the founders of Castle & Key tapped into its potential for two reasons. First, they had a vision of premium spirits crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Second, they recognized that the site—with 22 crumbling, vegetation-covered buildings—could return to its original mission …

Hendrick’s Fantastical New Distillery in Girvan, Scotland

Part curiosity cabinet and part laboratory, the gin's wondrous new home

The brand new Hendrick’s Gin distillery in Girvan, Scotland is just as beautiful and whimsical as one could imagine. The new distillery and visitor center (which is not open to the public but will be used to host guests of the brand) is the perfect physical realization of the charms and oddities that make Hendrick’s truly Hendrick’s—it’s a mix between a mad scientist’s laboratory, your fabulous …

September Scotch: Whisky From the Isle of Jura

"Highland Island"-style spirit from a blustery, remote Scottish island

The Isle of Jura isn’t the only Scottish island with conditions that stoke the imagination into believing one stands somewhere near the end of the earth. It does, however, carry the exclusive honor of being acknowledged by author George Orwell as the “most un-get-at-able place.” (Orwell spent much time on the island, in a very remote cottage, while working on 1984.) The frequently shifting climate and …

The Macallan Scotch’s Otherworldly New Distillery + Visitor Center

An architectural wonder that rolls into the Speyside, Scotland hills

There’s an inherent magic to the rolling green hills of the Scottish Highlands. Nature imparts peace, beauty and—of course—an imprint on the whisky produced throughout the region. With their brand new distillery—which looks as if were pulled from the pages of Tolkien—The Macallan‘s facility rolls directly into the landscape of their 370-acre estate. It’s by far the most beautiful, future-forward and unobtrusive distillery for a …

Buffalo’s Lakeward Spirits Craft Distillery

Repurposing the 115-year-old Barrel Factory for a spirituous operation

Buffalo continues to reclaim the grandeur of its past in ways both accessible and exciting—a benefit to its residents and an invitation to those drawn to the western New York city and its surrounding region. No example carries quite as many moving parts as The Barrel Factory, a 115-year-old factory of brick and wood in the historic Old First Ward neighborhood. Much can be said …