Taster’s Tips

Cocktail recipes, tips, and stories from craft distillers for spirits aficionados.

Blackened American Whiskey Brings Two Legends Together

Blackened American Whiskey Brings Two Legends Together

Every industry has its legends. In baseball, there’s Babe Ruth. Among film directors, there’s Alfred Hitchcock. For chefs, there’s Julia Child. And in the world of American craft spirits, there’s Dave Pickerell. Over the past decade, few people have impacted as many...

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Roulaison Distilling Co. makes tasty rum in the Big Easy

Roulaison Distilling Co. makes tasty rum in the Big Easy

New Orleans is one of the world’s most iconic drinking cities. It’s also one of the United States’ cultural capitols, home to a thriving culinary and bar scene, genre-defining live music, and, of course, one of the biggest parties in the nation. And now, thanks to...

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R. Lopez de Heredia: Tradition Lives On in Rioja Alta

R. Lopez de Heredia: Tradition Lives On in Rioja Alta

Every great wine has an element of mystery to it, but Rioja can feel particularly obscure. Between the four-tiered classification system, the sometimes unusual grapes (graciano isn’t exactly ubiquitous), and the fact that Rioja includes red, white, rose, and sparkling...

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Starward Whisky, Wine Cask Wonder

Starward Whisky, Wine Cask Wonder

Whisky is a truly global beverage. While Scotland and Ireland may be its birthplace, today, whisky is made all over the world, from the frosty fjords of Sweden to the baking tropical shores of southern India. Australia, of course, is far from an upstart in the whisky...

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The Cotswolds Distillery Revives English Single Malt

The Cotswolds Distillery Revives English Single Malt

Scotland is practically synonymous with single malt, but this month, some of our lucky club members are finding out for themselves that great single malt can come from south of the border, too. The Cotswolds Distillery takes its name from its location, The Cotswolds....

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We’re Popping the Cork on Our Brand New Wine Club

We’re Popping the Cork on Our Brand New Wine Club

The world of wine is almost unimaginably complex. Between the hundreds of different AVAs, the thousands of different grape varieties (seriously—Italy alone has more than 500), and the boundless creativity of the world’s winemakers, you could spend a lifetime studying...

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Cleveland Whiskey Pushes the Boundaries of Barrels

Cleveland Whiskey Pushes the Boundaries of Barrels

In the whiskey world, it’s practically a matter of faith that making whiskey takes time—a lot of it. In Scotland, you can’t even call it “whisky” until it’s spent three years aging in an oak cask, and while the United States doesn’t specify exactly how long a spirit...

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Our St. Patrick’s Day Pour: Redbreast Lustau

Our St. Patrick’s Day Pour: Redbreast Lustau

For whiskey lovers, March means one thing: St. Patrick’s Day. This year, there’s plenty to celebrate. Not long ago, the Irish whiskey industry was in decline, dwindled to a shadow of its former self. Today, that’s nothing but a distant memory. Irish whiskey is...

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Laws Whiskey House: Whiskey Above All

Laws Whiskey House: Whiskey Above All

“I could tell you I’m passionate about whiskey, but that word’s so overused,” says Al Laws, the founder of Laws Whiskey House in Denver, Colorado. “I would actually use the word obsessed.” Al started Laws Whiskey House in 2011. Today, it’s one of the most...

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Rye Runs the Show at Honeyoye Falls Distillery

Rye Runs the Show at Honeyoye Falls Distillery

Upstate New York might share a state with that big city to the south, but the rural land outside of Rochester, New York, feels a million miles away from the Big Apple. Instead of finance and show tunes, these towns and villages were built on a foundation of...

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