The Virginia Distillery Co. is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains—but its latest release recalls another kind of highland. The Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is made by matching their on-site distilled single malt (yet unreleased, but slated for 2019 or 2020) with a Scottish single malt. That unique marriage is then consummated in a port cask. The Port Cask Finished Whisky is the flagship offering from a trio of Virginia-Highland whiskeys, which also includes the Chardonnay Cask Finished and Cider Cask Finished expressions.Read More
The appeal of the French bistro is eternal. From the pages of A Moveable Feast to that semester abroad, we relish those homey dining rooms where the steak comes rare (or raw, in the case of the tartare) and the roast chicken is never a compromise. New York is blessed with an institution that upholds those same culinary traditions alongside a history that could only have occurred in a very specific time and place.Read More
Bootblack Brand, a Rhode Island-based maker of cocktail and soda syrups, released its Traditional Old Fashioned Syrup earlier this year. Its ingredient list sounded promising: aside from the expected water and cane sugar, it also contains dried tart cherries, molasses, orange peel, gentian root, allspice, black peppercorns, clove, cardamom, coffee beans, and star anise.
Over the course of Thirst Boston this past April, I had the chance to meet Lisa Laird and attend her seminar titled “Applejack: America’s Native Spirit.” That’s a bold claim, but Laird herself is a testament to its truth: she represents the ninth generation of America’s oldest distilling family, the Lairds of Laird’s Apple Brandy.Read More
With Father’s Day around the corner, the team at Blank Label shares some of the style memories they associate with their fathers.
The name "Oscar" could use a little rehabilitation.
Too often we associate it with hot dogs, naked statues and cynical puppets living in garbage cans.
And not nearly enough with baroque fireplaces, crystal butterflies and trolleys bursting with beef ribs.Read More
The bad news is that Redwood Empire is not a new HBO period drama starring Steve Buscemi as an early 20th century timber baron. The good news is that Redwood Empire is a whiskey from California’s Graton Distilling Company, the same outfit behind Sonoma Dry Gin. Sixty percent of this blended whiskey is made up of house-distilled rye, some of which has been aged in wine and port barrels, and the other 40 percent is a mixture of four, five, and 11-year-old bourbons.Read More
Cognac. Armagnac. Both are French brandies. And for better or worse, each conjures images of suited men in wood-paneled rooms holding snifter glasses and cigars. It can get confusing. So we’re cutting through that smoke to get you the need-to-know story about what makes each of these spirits distinct.Read More
Los Cabos must have it bad for you.
Because the highly-photogenic Mexican municipality on Baja's tip is opening not one, but two new properties for your ceviche-eating, beachside-imbibing summer pleasure.Read More
Until recently, drinks with a tropical tinge like the mai tai or piña colada seemed relegated to poolside resort bars or sketchy slushy machines. But the current interest in all things tiki has done much to rehabilitate these lost classics—and now, thanks to Tiger Mama, the Blue Hawaii is back.Read More
The South End’s historic brownstones and ample sidewalks make it fertile restaurant territory, and the crop it’s yielded does not disappoint. A mix of big-name restaurant groups, household-name chefs, and creative upstarts have given the Boston neighborhood a vibrant dining scene that shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s where to go, new and old.Read More
In addition to the carefully curated pours of wine you’d expect to see on the menu at Spoke Wine Bar, you’ll also find cocktails—but none of them will knock you out, according to wine buyer Liz Mann.Read More
The idea of writing—not to mention reading—a printed book of manners feels almost self-consciously anachronistic in this day and age, like an Oberlin freshman devising an independent field of study around blacksmithing. Leave it to David Coggins, the author of Men and Style, to produce a slim volume of “essays, advice and considerations” that not only feels of the moment but beyond it. If we’re all following his wisdom on smartphones and social media in five years, modern society would be a much more pleasant place.Read More
You think you'll spend some time on the lake this summer.
As in Como.Read More
Dos Ron 8 and 16 Year rums arrived in the United States in 2018, and they had a hell of a time getting here.
Boston’s North End has avoided the fate of so many other ethnic enclaves: The cookie-cutter condos and national chains have been kept at bay, allowing storied Italian favorites and eccentric mom-and-pops to keep on thriving. From cult pizza to take-it-on-the-plane cannoli, here are just a few of our favorites.Read More