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 …

September Scotch: Willam Grant & Sons’ Fistful of Bourbon

One of Scotland's most acclaimed master blenders delivers an American whiskey

For all the exquisite and under-serviced single malts aging right now across Scotland, why would a publication expend words in a column dedicated to Scotch on a new bourbon? Because there’s simply so much binding both categories together in the just-released Fistful of Bourbon. From the innovation division of family-owned, global spirits powerhouse William Grant & Sons (known for prestigious Scotch brands The Balvenie and Glenfiddich, …

Fresh, Bold End-of-Summer Cocktails from Diamond Reef

We visit the team at the Brooklyn venue for a selection of last hurrah recipes

A brainchild of the team behind the Lower East Side’s acclaimed cocktail bar Attaboy, Diamond Reef opened earlier this year in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood and was the ideal summertime spot. Even though the warmer months are fading from the city, this tropical venue won’t. Our taste in drink changes with the seasons and to understand this better we visited the bar’s managing partner Dan Greenbaum …

Aboard the Ocearch with Jefferson’s Bourbon

Shark research and an aged-at-sea Ocean expression whiskey tasting off the coast of Montauk

Anchored just off the coast of Montauk’s beautiful beaches, the Ocearch swayed on gentle seas as we boarded from a smaller transport boat. The word “Ocearch,” which is the result of splicing together ocean and research, represents more than one thing. First, it’s the ship itself which houses 20+ crew members when on an expedition. Second, it’s a scientific non-profit dedicated to collecting information on …

Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon

Master Distiller Fred Noe, a seventh-generation member of the Beam family, celebrates the bold brand

Swirling in the overwhelming vastness of the whiskey world, Knob Creek‘s been a liquid of exceptional merit since Booker Noe, sixth-generation family member to be the Master Distiller of Jim Beam, decided to put it out there 25 years ago. Today, Knob Creek is overseen by Booker’s son Fred Noe, who is, as you might suspect, the seventh-generation Beam family member to oversee the powerhouse …