The name of WhistlePig’s latest Boss Hog offering—the Spirit of Mauve—caused some head-scratching when it was first announced. Was it mauve, as in the purple-but-not-purple color? No, it was Mauve, as in the brand’s beloved pig mascot that ascended to the great sty in the sky this past Valentine’s Day at the age of 14.Read More
Aside from being one of the all-time great names in Irish whiskey (or any whiskey), Knockmealdowns is also connected to Ireland through geography and folklore. The name itself refers to a mountain range spanning County Tipperary’s border, and is supposedly adjacent to a bottomless lake haunted by one “Petticoat Loose,” an unlucky lass who must forever attempt to empty the lake via thimble.Read More
Released in Fall 2017, Tincup 10 shares the same hexagonal, Art Deco bottle as its younger sibling, but features a black tin cup cap, and has seen a decade’s worth of aging in #3 char American oak. Its mash bill is composed of 2/3 corn, 1/3 rye, and just a trace of malted barley. It’s technically a bourbon, but sold as an “American whiskey.”Read More
The name “Cotswolds” may sound like the name of a cartoon penguin dressed as a butler, but it’s actually an area of southern England famed for its rolling hills, bucolic landscape, and quaint cottages. The team behind Cotswolds Dry Gin has endeavored to make a London dry-style spirit enhanced by local Cotswolds lavender, plus bay leaf, grapefruit, lime peel, black pepper, and cardamom.
Bogart’s Bitters is something like the Holy Grail of its category—and the folks behind The Bitter Truth have resurrected it.Read More
When you think of Italy, you think of a perfectly twirled strand of spaghetti, a black-and-white Fellini film, the majestic ruins of a long-fallen empire, and… gin.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
Dos Ron 8 and 16 Year rums arrived in the United States in 2018, and they had a hell of a time getting here.
An age statement of seven years feels random before delving into Glendalough’s very specific inspiration. St. Kevin—the 6th century hermit depicted on the label—spent seven years in the wilderness before founding seven churches in Glendalough, Ireland. The whiskey that bears his image didn’t endure the same hardships, but it did spend seven years in American Oak barrels before being finished in barrels used by the 5 Lamps Brewery in Dublin to make their Black Pitts Porter.Read More
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey is distilled in a coffey still, and gets its name from its unique aging process. It is first aged for over three years in a first-used bourbon cask, then transferred to a first-filled oloroso sherry cask for another six months. It pours a light gold in the glass, and has honey, caramelized sugar, banana, and vanilla on the nose.Read More
Meet D. George Benham’s Sonoma Dry Gin. It’s a fancifully-named spirit from the California-based Graton Distilling Co. It’s inspired by Gin and Tonicsthat the eponymous Benham consumed in Spain, and it counts mint, chamomile, and cardamom among its 12 botanicals.Read More
he women behind Root 23 first began vending their simple syrups, which are made with organic cane sugar and natural ingredients, at Ohio stores and farmer’s markets in 2015. Today, those syrups are sold in 13 different states. Of course, that still leaves 37 states unaccounted for, so they’re also sold online.Read More
How Italian is Italicus? Well, it’s called “Italicus,” comes inside the bottle-equivalent of a Rococo church, and is based on a lost, rose petal-based category of aperitivos called “rosolios.” It’s modeled on an 1850s’ recipe, and made with bergamot and other botanicals native to Italy.Read More
Rum isn’t often associated with the Rocky Mountains, but the Crested Butte, Colorado-based Montanya Distillers is taking a pass at changing that. Led by owner and distiller Karen Hoskin, Montanya produces three rums—a silver rum, a dark rum, and a limited edition expression that is finished in port barrels. All are made with sugarcane from a family-owned mill in Louisiana.Read More
laviar runs an interesting operation. $20 a month gets you membership, which gives you access to their library of 15,000 spirits and, importantly, a bunch of 1.5 ounce spirit samples.Read More