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An Evening With Hennessy Paradis Impérial

An Evening With Hennessy Paradis Impérial

Hennessy Paradis Impérial was created by Hennessy Master Blender Yann Fillioux in 2011. The brandies that make it into the final blend are sourced from one of the oldest libraries of eaux de vie in the world. And only 10 out of 10,000 eaux de vie of any given vintage…read more →

Hornitos Launches Cristalino Tequila

Hornitos Launches Cristalino Tequila

The fastest growing segment in the tequila category isn’t blanco, reposado, añejo or even extra-anejo. It’s cristalino. This relatively new product is essentially añejo tequila—aged at least one year in oak barrels—that is filtered through charcoal to remove the color and otherwise alter the final product. The newest cristalino tequila…read more →

The Balvenie Peat Week Scotch Whisky Review

The Balvenie Peat Week Scotch Whisky Review

The Balvenie recently unveiled a new expression. Dubbed “Peat Week,” this 14-year-old scotch whisky carries a 2002 vintage date, and is made from 100% peated barley. Back in 2002, very few Speyside distilleries were using peat in their production. But that’s when The Balvenie decided to distill a batch of…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Rye Is Coming

Jack Daniel’s Rye Is Coming

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye is the final culmination of a product cycle that included an unaged rye, a rested rye, and a single barrel offering. Now, Jack is ready to debut the finished product, which will hit shelves in October. The new rye sports a grain bill that is 70%…read more →

Nikka Introduces Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka

Nikka Introduces Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka

Here’s some exciting news. The Nikka Whisky Distilling Company, known for producing some delightful Japanese whiskies, will soon be introducing a gin and vodka. Dubbed Nikka Coffey Gin and Nikka Coffey Vodka, the new spirits will be distributed by Anchor Distilling Company and hit shelves this fall. To be clear,…read more →

Scrappy’s Bitters Introduces Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails

Scrappy’s Bitters Introduces Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails

Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails are a new release from the company behind Scrappy’s Bitters. The trio of canned cocktails is comprised of classic drinks–the Bramble, Daiquiri and Paloma–each made with real spirits and canned at 30psi, which is champagne-level carbonation. The name “Half-Seas” is inspired by a 1700s sailor term, “half–seas…read more →

Whirlpool: a Scotch Cocktail from the Dead Rabbit

Whirlpool: a Scotch Cocktail from the Dead Rabbit

This scotch cocktail comes from the mind of Greg Buda, Director of Education at the Dead Rabbit, one of the world’s best watering holes. Beginning with a base of Jura 10, which is soft and full of fruit, the Whirlpool gets a healthy dose of herbal and floral notes via…read more →

Rethinking the Piña Colada for National Piña Colada Day

Rethinking the Piña Colada for National Piña Colada Day

The Piña Colada often gets a bad rap as an overly-sweet, amateur hour concoction that should be relegated to vacations and swim-up bars. But made with fresh ingredients and some attention to detail, the Piña Colada is a delicious cocktail to be taken seriously. So to celebrate the made-up holiday that…read more →

Rise of the Machines: Tipsy Robot Opens in Las Vegas

Rise of the Machines: Tipsy Robot Opens in Las Vegas

If the machines become sentient and take over Earth, at least we can rest assured that there will still be cocktails. Because the Tipsy Robot, a new bar staffed by drinks-slinging robots, opened today in—where else—Las Vegas. You can find this innovative concept inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood…read more →

Little River Gin Review

Little River Gin Review

Little River Gin comes from California’s Humboldt Craft Spirits, the guys behind Blue Lake Vodka and Redwood Rye. The independently-owned distillery makes all of its products from scratch, by hand, one batch at a time, and from grains sourced throughout the Pacific Northwest. Little River Gin is made from a…read more →

Tennessee Whiskey Trail Features 25 Distilleries Across the State

Tennessee Whiskey Trail Features 25 Distilleries Across the State

Tennessee whiskey fans, rejoice: the Tennessee Distillers Guild has just announced the official launch of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, a 25-stop distillery tour across the state. There’s been nothing keeping an enterprising drinker from visiting these distilleries, but now, the whiskey makers are banding together in a joint effort to…read more →

Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha… In a Can

Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha… In a Can

Brazil’s most popular cocktail is the Caipirinha, a delightful combination of cachaça, sugar and muddled lime. It’s easy enough to make, provided you’re at home or behind a bar. But when you’re heading to the beach, a picnic or attending some other socially-acceptable occasion for drinking (Little League game?), it’s not…read more →

Don Papa Rum Arrives in the U.S.

Don Papa Rum Arrives in the U.S.

Don Papa Rum, the popular rum from The Philippines, has finally arrived stateside. After launching in 2011, Don Papa found favor in its home country, eventually expanding throughout Asia and then to Europe. Now, Americans can get their first taste of the richly-flavored rum. Don Papa Rum is handcrafted on…read more →

Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey Review

Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey Review

Last month we heralded the arrival of Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey, the first such offering from the popular bourbon maker. Now, we’ve got a bottle in hand and are taking it for a spin. Basil Hayden’s Rye is actually a blend of two whiskeys. The first is a four-year-old traditional…read more →

Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The Kentucky Derby is known for two things: mint juleps and big hats. There’s also a horse race, but that’s secondary to the cocktails and hats. Regardless, millions of people will be watching, so that’s cause for some celebratory drinks. The race itself only lasts two minutes, so like most…read more →

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with These Tequila Cocktails

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with These Tequila Cocktails

May 5. Cinco de Mayo. The time when we all come together to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla… by drinking tequila, eating guacamole and wearing large hats. So to that end–or the tequila part, at least–here are a handful of Cinco de…read more →

Ancho Reyes Verde Review

Ancho Reyes Verde Review

You might know Ancho Reyes. It’s the sweet and spicy poblano chile liqueur that’s a natural companion to agave spirits. Ancho Reyes Verde is similar, in that it’s made from those same poblano chiles. But where the former uses sun-dried peppers (known as ancho chiles), the verde version uses early-harvest…read more →

WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Whiskey Review

WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Whiskey Review

A few weeks back, we wrote about WhistlePig FarmStock Rye, the brand’s first release to include whiskey distilled, aged and bottled on its Vermont farm. Now, we’ve got a bottle in hand… WhistlePig FarmStock is composed of three whiskeys, and together, they make for a tasty trio. The mashbill goes…read more →

Glenfiddich Project XX Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Project XX Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Project XX is part of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, which inspires unusual and unexpected whiskies. Newly launched in the U.S., Project XX (pronounced “twenty”) is the result of a collaboration between Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, and 20 whisky experts from 16 countries around the world. Each selected a…read more →

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and soon the streets will run green with beer and the hordes of people drinking it. But there is a better way. Namely, to drink better drinks, like these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails sporting Irish whiskeys, Irish creams, Guinness and absolutely zero green beer.…read more →