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 …

Bethan Gray’s Design for The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1967

Limited to 150 bottles, this collaboration pairs longstanding tradition and exquisite craftsmanship

There is an observable parallel between design craftsmanship and whisky-making. Both require years of dedication to master traditional skills. These, in turn, are put to use transforming humble materials into something of great value. This is encapsulated in Welsh designer Bethan Gray‘s exquisitely crafted bottle and display-case for The Glenlivet’s latest limited release: the 50-year-old Winchester Collection Vintage 1967. The launch of the unique and …

September Scotch: The Dalmore Single Malts

Drink along with us as we explore five whisky brands from Scotland in one month

There are at least 115 single malt Scotch distilleries in Scotland. Some of them produce multiple brands within. This accounts for, by the way, only 8% of the market. The other 92% goes toward blended Scotch. But how does one navigate the elusive, delightful world of single malts? The answer is flavor—and a lot of times flavor pertains to region (though, with tremendous variation). For …