New and International Vodkas

Our favorite affordable and recently released tipples from around the globe

Although the Moscow Mule might be getting some flack for its overrated simplicity and marketing-made history, that doesn’t mean vodka can’t impress. While the spirit is supposed to be clear, odorless and flavorless (unless intentionally infused or artificially modified), anyone can note variations between brands—regardless of the source substance and distillation practices. The following selections—domestic and international—bring something new to the table. Each stands as …

Interview: Brian Nation of Midleton Distillery

The Master Distiller on the importance of teamwork and what makes Redbreast 21-Year-Old whiskey special

During a recent tasting of the components that make up the newest bottling from Irish whiskey Redbreast 21, Brian Nation was thrilled about his new position as Master Distiller of the Midleton Distillery. Nation now fills the shoes that were worn by Barry Crockett, who took the reigns from his father almost 50 years ago. Now Nation helms the distillery that makes respected tipples for …

Papá Andrés Rum

An opulent new sipping rum for collectors, explorers and connoisseurs

Continuing on their path of creating high-end, sipping rums, Brugal has released Papá Andrés (named for the company’s founder, Don Andrés Brugal) with a limited edition run of just 500 bottles per year—with each year being a different blend than the previous. Once only enjoyed by the Brugal family and a few lucky collectors, now the rum will be available to the public. Three cask …