Basil Hayden’s Limited Release Subtle Smoke Bourbon

A hickory-smoked barrel imbues this lightly sweet liquid with a gently charred character

The flavor of smoke, though polarizing, is a point of intrigue for many in the whiskey world. Whether wafting into the olfactory receptors or washing over the palate, it’s an attribute that can encompass notes ranging from plumes off a campfire to petrol. A smooth, light and approachable entry point into smoky whiskey can be found in a new, limited release from Basil Hayden, aptly …

Interview: Darryl McNally, Founder of Limavady Single Barrel Whiskey

A category defining Irish whiskey style from a resurrected brand

One of the most awarded figures in Irish whiskey, Darryl McNally, has spent roughly three decades in the spirits industry. After years working his way up the ranks of renowned whiskey producers, McNally ventured home to Limavady, in Northern Ireland’s Roe Valley, where he began to resurrect the coastal town’s historic distillery, Limavady, originally founded in 1750 and shuttered in 1910. Today, McNally—as brand founder …

Interview: Louise McGuane, Founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey

Founded in 2015, this premium liquor brand is set on reviving the art of Irish whiskey bonding

Prior to the onset of today’s expansive international interest in Irish whiskey, entrepreneur Louise McGuane wanted to elevate the category and revive the historic process of bonding—where a proprietor buys spirit, then blends, matures, bottles and sells it. In 2015, McGuane, a spirits-industry veteran, founded J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey to usher that tradition into the present day and infuse it with values she observed in the craft spirits …