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, …

First, Then: Elevated Beer and Shot Combinations

The pairing doesn't have to be a battle between the poor and the poorer

Dive bars and specials go hand in hand. Yet, even some of the newest, most carefully conceptualized bars offer specials to appease the common drinker’s insatiable desire for the sweet release of liquor and the habitual task of sipping a beer. While most bars offer adjunct lagers and well liquors, the Boilermaker—as the combination is untraceably named—doesn’t have to be a pair of the poor …

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 …

Buffalo’s Lakeward Spirits Craft Distillery

Repurposing the 115-year-old Barrel Factory for a spirituous operation

Buffalo continues to reclaim the grandeur of its past in ways both accessible and exciting—a benefit to its residents and an invitation to those drawn to the western New York city and its surrounding region. No example carries quite as many moving parts as The Barrel Factory, a 115-year-old factory of brick and wood in the historic Old First Ward neighborhood. Much can be said …

Teeling’s 34-Year-Old Vintage Reserve Single Malt Irish Whiskey

The oldest single malt to be bottled in Ireland

When Jack Teeling founded the Teeling Whiskey Company in 2012, his mission was to revive a family trademark. His family has been involved in the Irish whiskey world since 1782, doing everything from operating small, craft distilleries (and opening larger ones) to digging out the Powers’ mash tun. Teeling, as a brand, shuttered in 1976, as distilleries in Ireland were consolidated. More than a decade …