Interview: Royal Salute’s Director of Blending, Sandy Hylsop

Finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, the new expression is extra special to the brand

Many booze brands subscribe to the idea that if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. When you have a delicious elixir that the public clamors over, it seems mad to change it. But, the most interesting brands are curious, inventive and experimental. And Royal Salute, the storied, Speyside-based whiskey company, continues to innovate for those reasons, but also to set the bar within the industry. …

Word of Mouth: Santiago de Compostela

Navigating the many splendors of a pilgrimage through Spain's Galicia region

The city of Santiago de Compostela on Spain‘s northern Atlantic Coast may be the end of The Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile pilgrimage route thousands of individuals trek each year) but it’s also the capital of one of the country’s best kept secrets: Galicia. As with Catalonia, Galicia has a language, culture and cuisine all its own. This stretch of northwestern Spain conjures visions of …

Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Several stunning spots to visit in one of our favorite cities

From the tight medieval alleys of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter to Eixample’s carefully planned, uniquely shaped octangular blocks (the cut-off corners transform every intersection into more open plazas), Barcelona bursts with history, spirit, and inspiration—it’s a city that renders even the most fervent minimalist design lovers speechless and transforms them into romantics, with a little help from Gaudí and friends. In between the voluptuous, biomorphic, elaborate, …