Why the Best Thing to Pair With Oysters Is a Deeply Smoky Scotch

For Andrew O’Reilly, it was love at first dram. While studying wine in France (he’s now the wine director at New York City’s Oceana restaurant), O’Reilly decided to take his education in an unconventional direction by writing his dissertation not on Burgundies or bubbly, but on Scotch whisky maker Laphroaig. Seated at a bar in […]

Gin Sales Are Booming and It Could Be Thanks to the Growing Plant Craze

In 2018, global consumption of gin grew faster than any other beverage alcohol category. Brandy Rand thinks she knows why, and she calls it her “plant theory.” “If you look at consumption trends over the past few years, there is a high growth rate in people eating more plants. We have been told it is […]

The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now

Every whisky drinker–whether connoisseur or casual–needs a go-to bottle, a standby that will reliably reside behind every airport bar, in every hotel lobby, at every highbrow restaurant and lowbrow dive bar alike. Go-to bottles are good to know, and even better to own–it’s the whisky you can pour when friends come over or when you […]

Move Over Bourbon: Premium Rum Wants Its Time in the Spotlight

Before bartender Brian Miller met and fell in love with rum, he favored whiskey. Lately, he’s been busy encouraging others to take the same leap of faith he took and give rum a try. As Americans have helped liquor makers reach historic high sales, rum remains a laggard. In 2018, rum’s volumes dipped 3.1% from […]

Meet the Data-Obsessed Collector Tracking Whiskies Going for Millions on the Auction Block

There are three types of buyers for the world’s rarest Scotch whiskies: drinkers, collectors, and investors. Andy Simpson is all three. “Today’s collectors provide liquid for tomorrow’s drinkers,” says Simpson. What he means by that is there’s a symbiotic relationship between the three: if people drank all the Scotch made in the past, there would […]