Rootstock Spirits’ New York State Apple Jacks + Apple Brandies

Head distiller Collin McConville explains the old-world techniques behind their delicious spirits

Apple Jack, a high-proof liquor distilled from apples and aged in American oak—predominantly former whiskey barrels—is one of a handful of spirits that can carry its name only if it has been produced in the US (like bourbon). Apple brandy, the broader category Apple Jack falls within, can be made the world over (with the most famous being Calvados from Normandy), but only Apple Jack …

Interview: Lost Lantern Whiskey Founders Nora Ganley-Roper + Adam Polonski

Two uniquely qualified whiskey lovers on a quest to bottle independent spirits

In 2018, Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski embarked upon what they refer to as their “great whiskey road trip.” The couple (now married) toured 50 distilleries across dozens of states in the US for eight months straight. This was more than passionate immersion into a hobby; it pertained to an idea they had that stemmed from their professional backgrounds: Ganley-Roper as a sales manager at …

Holiday Gift Guides 2020: Last Minute

All types of presents for all types of people, for those in a hurry

Whether it’s the holidays, a birthday or an anniversary, important dates seem to sneak up on us every year. Suddenly, the time to shop for gifts is slim and the opportunities to stress are bountiful. Time is of the essence right now and, more than shopping, we would like to encourage our readers to spend some moments (albeit virtually for many) with your favorite people …