You probably already know that we’re in the midst of a whiskey revolution and not just the one taking place in Scotland, Japan and the U.S., the world’s most popular whiskey-producing regions.No, this new movement is growing across the globe, led by countries with no history or traditions in whiskey making: Taiwan, India, Italy and South Africa.
There are few things I love more than 100-percent-blue-agave tequila. I have been known to drink it in all types of creations (and even occasionally from a vuvuzela).But in the last several years, I started an affair with another agave-based artisanal spirit: mezcal. Like many, I initially cringed at the thought of painfully shooting badly made mezcal from a bottle with a worm in it.
About Caol IlaFounder:Hector HendersonYear Founded:1846Distillery Location:Islay, ScotlandMaster Distiller / Blender:Billy Stitchell, Distillery ManagerCaol Ila Essential FactsCaol Ila’s Distillery Manager Billy Stitchell is the fourth generation of his family to make the peaty whisky.Caol Ila is an essential part of the Johnnie Walker Black blend.
Rhum agricole is the secret handshake of the rum world—an under-the-radar import spoken about by rum aficionados with reverence but not all that well known by casual consumers. Made from newly pressed sugar cane juice rather than molasses, agricole is one step closer to the cane fields, say fans, and thus rum’s fresher-faced cousin.
Kat Odell is a freelance writer and two-time author who’s been contributing to Liquor.com since 2017. Her work is focused on food, drinks, restaurants and bars and has appeared in dozens of publications.ExperienceOdell is the former editor of Eater LA and Eater Drinks, and she has written about food, beverages, travel and health and wellness for Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Drinks International, Food & Wine, Imbibe, Robb Report, Tasting Table, Travel + Leisure, Vogue and more.
At Bar Mash in Charleston, S.C., bar manager Teddy Nixon wanted to replicate the changing leaves during a New England autumn. “I also wanted the flavors to change from bright and sunny to a little more earthy and spicy,” he says. “So the drink goes from bright green to a deep red, just like the leaves.
If you call yourself a tequila lover, you might be concerned about the reported agave shortage resulting from the soaring price of the spirit’s raw material. The spiky bluish-green plant whose heart is used to make tequila cost under 4 pesos (roughly $0.21) per kilo in 2016. Today, the price is about six times higher at 23 pesos per kilo ($1.
About CampariFounder:Gaspare CampariYear Founded:1860Distillery Location:Novi Ligure, Piedmont, ItalyMaster Distiller / Blender:N/ACampari Essential FactsEvery year, Campari sells 2.9 million cases in more than 190 countries.The spirit is flavored with a secret combination of herbs, spices and fruit peels.
Rye whiskey, Campari and sweet port join forces in this delicious sipper.1 oz Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey1 oz Campari3/4 oz Graham& 39;s Six Grapes Port5 drops Orange blossom water3 dashes Regans& 39; Orange BittersGarnish: 1 Ground cinnamon and orange half-wheelAdd all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
Often, it’s Tiki drinks, the cloyingly sweet ones made with bad rum and downed with lo mein, that one associates with the cocktail offerings at many Chinese restaurants. But Hang Dai, located on Dublin’s busy Camden Street, is not a suburban eatery that relies on faux palm fronds and platters of General Tso’s Chicken to sate patrons.
About FEW SpiritsFounder:Paul HletkoYear Founded:2011Distillery Location:Evanston, IllinoisMaster Distiller / Blender:Paul HletkoFEW Spirits Essential FactsFor nearly a century, Evanston, Illinois, the home of the Temperance Movement, was a dry city. In dire need of liquor laws that weren’t penned the same year as the invention of the band-aid, FEW’s master distiller overturned century-old prohibition laws to become Evanston’s first distiller of grain spirits within the city limits.
In the summer of 1936, James Graham, owner and editor of the Moville, Iowa, Mail, took his wife to southern California for a bit of sightseeing. While there, as many do, the Grahams took a little side jaunt to Tijuana, Mexico, where—again, as many do—they found themselves in the grip of a sudden thirst for something alcoholic.