No longer limited to the boroughs of Edinburgh, the Bramble Bar‘s famed Affinity Cocktail is a pre-bottled concoction of quality Scotch whisky accented with Byrrh and Noilly Prat vermouths. The barrel-aged and bottle-aged spirit comes ready mixed and ready to be served — best when chilled, naturally. It’s basically a modern, Scottish twist on the Manhattan. Order from the […]


23 Jun
Worthy of turning ordinary tasting notes into a rum diary

From stocks that range in age from 16 to 23 years, Paraíso Fucundo X.A. rum is the finest stock in the Bacardi cellars. 80 proof with a Cognac-cask finish, Paraíso proudly claims to be worthy of rivaling any scotch — a dubious statement, but a possible one for those who favor sugar cane spirits. The flavor is […]


Dewar’s already knows what a real Father’s Day for a drinking man is all about. They have done Father’s Day before, if you recall. This year, instead of just making your dad some pancakes or buying him a tie (unless it’s a Le Noeud Papillon “La Belle Dame” Bow Tie, naturally) set up your Distinguished […]


10 Jun
The best of the drinking man's whisky

Dewar’s has earned over 400 awards for their quality scotch, and pride themselves as master blenders with a 160 years of history. And Dewar’s Signature is their premium product, blended from the best and rarest whiskies from each of Scotland’s famed distilling regions, and then double barrel aged to perfection, resulting in a complex, rich and honey taste. […]


Aged in the smaller casks that once held some of Spain’s finest sherries means whisky that is dark, brute, dark, bold, dark, dark and dark. Also, just to clarify, it’s very dark. The Darkness! is a series from Scotland’s finest, be it the 21-year-old Ardberg finished in the casks of Oloroso sherry or the Macallan […]


The Reference Series is the next level of sophisticated drinking. This series of malted whiskey blends sets out for a bottle-paced experiential immersion into the long life of a whiskey, with each blend being bottled (and marked as such) at different points in the aging process. The taster’s experience is thus a deliberate sensorial study in whiskey […]


4 Mar
Taste buds be warned, this is a devilishly good 114-proof whisky

Dip your finger into the amber liquid (don’t be shy, you’re adventurous, right?), drop it onto your palm and rub. Now bury your face into your hands and smell the sweet, yet burnt almond notes emanating off your hands. The sensation almost makes you want to repeat again, until you realize that the Ardbeg Corryvreckan […]


23 Dec
Celebrating 50 years of Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm

We met Heiko while visiting the five-star Hotel A-Rosa on the island of Sylt in the North Sea. Dubbed the “Hamptons of Germany”, Sylt is populated with the type of old European money that makes the New York seacoast look downright nouveau riche. We learned he was not only an excellent mixologist, but also a classically trained spiritist with […]

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