Touring Ancram, New York’s Hillrock Estate Distillery

The home of authentic, delicious "field-to-glass" whiskies from the Hudson Valley

Stretching along 100 acres of sloping farmland, Hillrock Estate Distillery produces some of the finest whiskies to come from the Hudson Valley, the entire state of New York, and arguably the country. Beyond this plot in the town of Ancram (which houses the distillery, barrel house, visitor center and an elegant Georgian home dating back to 1806), Hillrock owns and leases another 850 acres nearby—a …

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. …

September Scotch: Knockdhu Distillery’s anCnoc

An unexpectedly delicious award-winning highland single malt whisky collection

Knockdhu Distillery rose up opposite Black Hill in Banffshire exactly 125 years ago. While it did not operate continually (producing straight from 1894 to 1931 and then lengthy stints on and off again until full-time whisky-making resumed in 1989) its authentic heritage is undeniable. Today, the distillery produces an award-winning single malt Scotch whisky range under the name anCnoc (pronounced “a-nock”), Gaelic for “the hill.” …