Bhakta Spirits’ Illustrious Portfolio of Rare Armagnac and Brandy

Travel through the history of liquor with vintage armagnacs and brandy blended from liquids that are 50 years and older

Raj Bhakta, a larger-than-life personality who dreams, plans and enacts his vision at an astonishing scale, is hoping for lightning to strike twice. The entrepreneur—who founded WhistlePig Rye Whiskey in 2008 and steered it toward success from his Shoreham, Vermont farm until selling it all in 2019—launched Bhakta Spirits in 2020. This new luxury brand finds Bhakta himself blending (through a process of trial and error) …

Visiting the Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery in Sendai, Japan

A day in the idyllic riverside valley where founder Masataka Taketsuru discovered the pure water he needed to make whisky

Arriving at the long driveway that leads into the Nikka Miyagikyo Distillery, a yellow sign warns of bears and monkeys in the area. As visitors walk along the tree-lined road, the sound of water rushes below, and the path leads to a picturesque pond surrounded by large red brick buildings. A pair of swans swim slowly across the glassy water. A short walk down to …

Bonobo: Kerala

“Kerala” is the first single from Bonobo’s album Migration (set for release January next year) and today, its scary, paranoia-filled video was released. Starring Gemma Arterton and directed by Bison, the video is a little dizzying, but it matches the track which is—in Bonobo style—incredibly atmospheric and layered. Gold star for those who recognized the sample of Brandy’s 1994 track, “Baby.”