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 […]

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 […]

Is Molecular Whiskey the Futuristic Booze We’ve Been Waiting For?

Tasting whiskey usually means enjoying flavors created from the interaction between spirit and barrel over an extended period of time. However, some companies are rethinking this traditional narrative. Endless West, a San Francisco-based startup, recently launched a spirit made without the use of tried and true techniques, like barrel aging, in a process the company […]

Inside BenRiach: Scotland’s Most Eclectic Scotch Whisky Maker

Standing among racks of mismatched barrels inside BenRiach distillery’s Warehouse 13, Rachel Barrie briefly appears to have run out of descriptors for the honey-hued, 10-year-old whisky she’s gently nosing from the glass in her hand. “You’re going to start getting the fruit and the spice, and then in time you get more malt,” she says, […]

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 […]

German Whiskey Distillers Are Starting to Hit Their Stride

Whiskey has become big business–now even with its own investment fund. One of the places the fund may be looking at is up-and-comer Germany. The German brewing industry’s spirits are up, according to the Associated Press. Whiskeys from the region aren’t well known in other countries–production was worth $13.1 million in 2017, compared to Scotland, […]

Rare Peter Blake Labeled Whisky Expected to Fetch Close to $1 Million at Auction

That’s a pricey dram. Auction house Bonhams is expecting a bottle of 60-year-old scotch whisky to sell for up to ?700,000 ($924,077) at auction next month in Edinburgh. The whisky sports a label designed by Sir Peter Blake, who co-created The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, and is one of only […]