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 …

Delicious Botanical Variations From Six Lesser-Known Gin Brands

Tasting different bouquets from Kyoto to Durham, North Carolina

There is no singular superior gin. The divisive botanical spirit serves many purposes for many different people—and within many different drinks. It’s the workhorse in the G&T, the heart of the martini, the key collaborator in the negroni and much more. Separating each gin from the next is the botanical blend used during its distillation, and we’ve come to love the distinct recipes behind many …

Visiting Monkey 47’s Fascinating Distillery in Germany’s Black Forest

As the masterful Distiller's Cut makes its debut stateside, we visit the fairytale place it's made

Gin producers rarely emphasize history or any sort of distinguishable lore. The crux of their product usually lies within the combination of botanicals they employ. But for Monkey 47—which was founded 10 years ago by Alexander Stein and is still produced by his company Black Forest Distillers—each of their products dually boasts a rich backstory and an elegant ensemble of botanicals, sourced from both the …