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.
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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.
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.
A few good value brands of Irish whiskey: these bottles have character but won't set you back more than $25.
Some seriously good Irish whiskey is now available in the U.S.
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.
An Old Fashioned with Fernet Branca and pineapple? Yeah, I thought that might get your attention.
Situated in the small hill country town of Hye, Garrison Brothers Distillery is leading the craft whiskey charge in Texas.
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.
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.
Good rye should be spicy, somewhat fruity, and a little more rugged than bourbon. Here are my 6 top picks around $25 or less.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.