Cacao Fruit-Based Solbeso

The first 80-proof spirit born from the tree best known as the source of chocolate

Whiskey hails from grain, agave provides the source for tequila and vodka can be derived from wheat or potatoes. But with Solbeso, an entirely new and (as yet) unnamed category of distilled spirits has emerged. Carefully selected, fresh cacao fruit—sustainably sourced from family farms in Ecuador and Peru—yields the drink, which becomes high-proof alcohol after fermentation and craft-distillation in South America. This full-bodied white spirit …

Kavalan, Taiwan’s First Whisky Distillery

The island's first single malt ages twice as fast due to the sub-tropical climate

While Scotland will always (by law) be the sole proprietor of Scotch, a whole host of nations have embraced the art of whisky distillation. From Japan to Sweden to Australia, several excellent new distillers are popping up around the globe. Local conditions, waters and variations on existing methods make for exciting new expressions, and one of the most alluring comes from Taiwan’s first whisky distillery, …

Clapton Craft Beer

A new beer and growler refill shop in East London that stocks international favorites

East London’s craft beer scene continues to evolve; constantly bringing new, interesting concepts to an area that’s already home to a number of microbreweries. The latest addition is Clapton Craft, a beer shop on Lower Clapton Road in Hackney that is introducing refillable growlers sold with the customer’s beer of choice. Clapton Craft is run by Will Jack and Tom McKim, who previously worked together …