Exploring the World of Vermouth With Martini & Rossi

We visit the botanical fields in Pessione to learn about the misunderstood, herbaceous libation

Anyone who has enjoyed a martini, Manhattan, or a negroni already knows that one of the critical ingredients in their beloved cocktail is vermouth.  And yet somehow, vermouth continues to be one of the least understood and least respected bottles in the bar. (First things first, your vermouth belongs in the refrigerator, not oxidizing in your liquor cabinet.)   Vermouth is believed to have evolved from a …

Inside The Macallan’s Sherry-Producing Partners in Jerez, Spain

Touring cooperages and bodegas for the sweet, spiced fortified wine

You may be one of the rare ones; a person occasionally taking a sip of sherry or using some to cook. Yet despite emphatic attention to detail and quality, sherry has more or less fallen out of favor. Gone are the days of Edgar Allen Poe’s macabre tale “The Cask of Amontillado.” But its influence has not disappeared. Scotch drinkers know this more than many, …

The Last Drop 1870 + 1970 Centenario “Old Colheita” Tawny Port Duo

Two rare fortified wines from the same estate, separated by 100 years

There’s no exaggeration when The Last Drop Distillers Limited refer to themselves as “the world’s most exclusive spirits company.” For a decade now, the distributor—which actually does not distill—has sought out, discovered, bottled and shared some of the rarest tipples in history. Founded by spirits experts (and friends) James Espey and Tom Jago—who have since partnered with their daughters Beanie Espey and Rebecca Jago—The Last …