Taster’s Tips

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

High-End Booze Box Gifts for Discerning Home Bartenders

High-End Booze Box Gifts for Discerning Home Bartenders

Start with a fully stocked bar... Many home bartending articles say “you don’t need every type of alcohol in your home bar - just a few for your signature cocktails.” Maybe that’s true for college students and cocktail hobbyists, but some of us hold ourselves to a...

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Westland Distillery: Single Malt with a Sense of Place

Westland Distillery: Single Malt with a Sense of Place

There’s no getting around it: Seattle’s a long way from Scotland. Yet one sip of Westland Distillery’s award-winning single malt, and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d slipped into a wormhole that leads from SoDo straight to Islay. Yet those who see Westland as...

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Kalak Single Malt Vodka: The Whiskey Drinkers Vodka

Kalak Single Malt Vodka: The Whiskey Drinkers Vodka

The Irish have been honing their distillation skills for oh, about a millennium or so. During most of that time, whiskey has been the tipple of choice, but it’s no real surprise that the Irish would turn their attention to vodka one of these days—and that when they...

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Getting to Know Sparkling Wine: From Champagne to Cava

Getting to Know Sparkling Wine: From Champagne to Cava

No other sound signals the start of a good time quite like the soft pop of a sparkling wine cork. From Champagne to Cava, sparkling wines are unique in their ability to kick off a party by simply being there, kind of like the wine world’s equivalent of Andrew W.K....

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Wahaka Mezcal: Global Reach, Village Values

Wahaka Mezcal: Global Reach, Village Values

Over the past decade, mezcal has undergone a total transformation. Once mistakenly viewed as a lowbrow cousin to tequila, mezcal is now one of the most desirable spirits on the planet, the darling of upscale restaurants and hipster bars from Seattle to Singapore....

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8 Corporate Gifts They Will Actually Want

8 Corporate Gifts They Will Actually Want

Money might make the world go round, but most professionals know that strong relationships can be just as valuable as greenbacks. There’s a lot that goes into making sure your business relationships are healthy and vital, but thoughtful gifts remain one of the best...

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Penderyn Distillery Brings Whisky Back to Wales

Penderyn Distillery Brings Whisky Back to Wales

Britain has long punched well above its weight when it comes to distilled spirits. For many consumers, Scotch and Irish whisky and English gin are the standard bearers for their global categories. But there’s more to U.K. distilling than those giants, and this month,...

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Wyoming Whiskey Brings Great Bourbon to the Wild West

Wyoming Whiskey Brings Great Bourbon to the Wild West

Don’t ever let anybody tell you Westerners aren’t persistent. When business partners Brad Mead, Kate Mead, and David DeFazio met Max Shapiro, head distiller of Heaven Hill, at a whiskey fest, they told him they were planning to build a world-class bourbon distillery...

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