Stillhouse Moonshine

A clear corn whiskey in an unbreakable stainless steel can

Bottling moonshine and distributing it undermines the very meaning of the word—it’s your grandfather’s sitting-in-his-backyard-lawn-chair drink, not something made in a factory and sold in stores. But we just could not resist the stainless steel cans that Stillhouse’s 100% 80 proof corn whiskey comes in. They kind of look like gigantic flasks, or maybe brake fluid or gasoline cans. The fun packaging is also useful: …

Stonecutter Spirits, Vermont

Not even a year old, the award-winning aged gin makers release their first whiskey

Traditionally, gin is a clear, unaged spirit but the industry is warming up to the concept of adding another dimension to the juniper-flavored spirit. Australia’s Four Pillars soaks their scrumptious gin in nine French oak chardonnay barrels; Utah’s Beehive Distillery does something similar. Not even a year old, Middlebury, Vermont-based Stonecutter Spirits’ flagship product—the Single Barrel Gin—is aged in bourbon barrels, and has already become …

Brahms & Liszt, London

The Hackney liquor store with an enthusiasm for the hard stuff and the obscure, and a try-before-you-buy policy

For ages, the semi-secret, word-of-mouth Quiquiriqui Mezcal and 184 Hackney Road/Mezcaleria Quiquiriqui bars on East London’s Hackney Road were underground favorites for London’s liquor connoisseurs. Now the woman behind the mezcal-loving venues, Melanie Symonds, has opened a liquor shop—Brahms & Liszt—on Chatsworth Road, Clapton. At Brahms & Liszt, the focus is on the hard stuff. This is the place to come to for unusual liquor …