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5 Lesser-Known Bourbons You Should Be Drinking

Spirit Reviews Robert Moss 19 comments

These 5 bourbons may not be quite as well known as Pappy Van Winkle, but they very much deserve a spot in your liquor cabinet. More

6 Irish Whiskey Cocktail Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Recipe Roundups Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

We're guessing your St. Patrick's Day memories are like ours...a little hazy. There was that time we tried to visit every single Irish bar in NYC for a pint of Guinness (some of us might have skipped work the next day), and that year when many, many shots of Jameson before dinner seemed like a good idea. (Protip: not really a good idea.) This year, we're thinking of celebrating a little differently—by mixing up some of our favorite Irish whiskey cocktails. More

Great New Affordable High-Rye Bourbon: Tincup American Whiskey

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio 16 comments

Bourbon has long been our go-to for reasonably priced whiskey, but as demand continues to grow, more and more producers are jacking up prices to cash in on the trend. That's part of what makes Tincup American whiskey such a refreshing change of pace: it's a delicious whiskey at a reasonable price. More

The Best Budget Irish Whiskeys

Michael Dietsch 18 comments

A few good value brands of Irish whiskey: these bottles have character but won't set you back more than $25. More

What's New in Irish Whiskey

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio 1 comment

Some seriously good Irish whiskey is now available in the U.S. More

Classic Drinks: The Old Pal and a New Friend

Nick Caruana 6 comments

Often overshadowed by its more popular brother, the Boulevardier, this simple cocktail featuring whiskey, Campari, and dry vermouth is worth getting to know a little better. More

Classic Drinks: The King Cole Cocktail Will Make You a Merry Old Soul

Nick Caruana Post a comment

An Old Fashioned with Fernet Branca and pineapple? Yeah, I thought that might get your attention. More

Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Texas Style

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio Post a comment

Situated in the small hill country town of Hye, Garrison Brothers Distillery is leading the craft whiskey charge in Texas. More

A Serious Chocolate Cocktail: The Chocolate Rye

Elana Lepkowski Post a comment

No one wants a cocktail that tastes like unset pudding, but this chocolate drink is actually sophisticated and delicious. It's made with spicy rye whiskey infused with cacao nibs, toasted almonds, and cinnamon. More

What's New in Japanese Whisky

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio 3 comments

Suntory and Nikka remain the sole Japanese distillers exporting their whisky for American consumption, but there are a number of new bottlings on the market in the US. More

The 6 Best Budget Ryes

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 33 comments

Good rye should be spicy, somewhat fruity, and a little more rugged than bourbon. Here are my 6 top picks around $25 or less. More

Classic Drinks: Up to Date Cocktail

Nick Caruana Post a comment

While it may sound a bit funny that a cocktail from the early 1900s is called the Up to Date, this Manhattan-esque classic, made with rye whiskey, Grand Marnier, and sherry, is no laughing matter. More

Drink This Now: The Fine Feller Cocktail

Nick Guy Post a comment

This recipe from Daniel Hyatt finally gives you a way to work pine needles into your cocktail routine. This iced tea with a kick has a subtle evergreen flavor. Christmas trees, beware! More

Winter Drinks: Improved Scotch Cocktail

Nick Guy 1 comment

A Scotch cocktail can be simple: whisky, sugar or honey, bitters, ice. Looking for "a drink that warms and soothes" in a season of bitter cold, Kyle Davidson of Blackbird in Chicago changed the equation a bit, bringing some complexity to the cocktail's flavor without overcomplicating it. More

Andrew Strenio's Top Ten Spirits of 2013

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio 9 comments

It's been a banner year in the spirits industry, with incredible new releases flowing fast and furious. After reviewing dozens for this site (and drinking even more beyond that), it's always difficult for me to choose favorites. Still, you're wondering what to seek out to tuck under the Christmas tree or order online as a gift to yourself, so I might as well try. Here are my top spirits of the year. More

We Try the New Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Releases

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio Post a comment

These two limited releases from Woodford start with the exact same malted barley distillate. However, the Classic Malt spends its time in used bourbon barrels (like Scotch), while the Straight Malt matures in new charred oak barrels (like Bourbon). They offer an intriguing opportunity to taste the effect that the barrel truly has on the spirit. More

Jefferson's Chef Collaboration: Whiskey Designed With Chef Edward Lee

Andrew Strenio 3 comments

The latest release from the small whiskey blending company (Jefferson's exclusively buys and blends whiskeys from other distillers) began as a conversation over food between friends Trey Zoeller of Jefferson's and Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and Milkwood restaurants in Louisville, KY. More

Talisker Storm: No Age Statement Scotch Done Right

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio 5 comments

Releasing whiskies without age statements is a growing yet controversial trend among distilleries, a move away from 10 year, 12 year, 18 year, etc., offerings. The movement has been met with mixed feelings from connoisseurs and critics, skeptical of the trend as a way to cash in on the current boom in demand for whisky despite the limited stocks of older aged malts at most distilleries. While that is certainly a very real concern, we tend to feel that the proof is in the pudding. More

Chatting Whiskey with Tommy Klus at Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland

Where to Drink: Portland Rebekah Hubbard Post a comment

There's a reason they called it a library. "It's supposed to be an educational experience," bar manager Tommy Klus said of the recently opened Multnomah Whiskey Library on SW Alder in Portland. We chatted with Klus about his favorite cocktails on the menu, and some whiskeys he thinks you should try. More

When Women Were Burned as Witches for Making Whiskey

Book Reviews Reid Mitenbuler Post a comment

In the impressive new book, Whiskey Women, Fred Minnick illustrates an unfortunate bias woven into the history of what is typically considered a male-centric drink, and tells stories about women who have held important roles in the many different parts of whiskey history. More

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