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 …

300 Bars Comprise London Cocktail Week 2018

Six sophisticated drinks to try during the festival, or make at home

The city of London is no stranger to superb cocktails. Not only did it land the best (and second best) spot on the World’s 50 Best Bars list this year, the city also had the top and second spots last year. (Congrats, Ryan Chetiyawardana.) But unlike the World’s 50 Best, London Cocktail Week isn’t out to celebrate a handful of competitive destinations; rather it aims to unite a …

Cocktails For The Changing Weather

Drinks with a dash of nostalgia that are fit for summer or fall

According to the calendar, the Northern Hemisphere is well into autumn, but it will take some time before the weather catches up and properly commits to the season of transition. We can expect heatwaves undercut by wintry chills. Leaves will fall as the sun sets earlier, but the vivaciousness of summer doesn’t sap too quickly. With all of this swirling about, drinkers begin to switch …

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 …