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There’s a Battle Raging for the Soul of Tequila — Have the Celebrities Won? (VinePair)

As a growing contingent of consumers demand more transparency, this is a defining moment for tequila.

Boutique Cognac Producers Are Betting on Transparency and Innovation to Shake Up the Status Quo (VinePair)

While most of the industry is a “black box,” smaller players are more open.

Why Bourbon Distillers are Rinsing Their Barrels—And What That Means for Scotch (Whisky Magazine)

A practice that saves bourbon makers money could have significant impacts across the Atlantic.

The Best Non-Alcoholic Spirits and How to Use Them (

We tested dozens of products to find the best matches for cocktails and more.

Imbibe 75 Person to Watch: Eboni Major (Imbibe)

The ex-Bulleit whiskey blender has plenty of new projects—and big ideas.

The Key to Drinking Less During the Holidays (Men’s Health)

You can cut back without sacrificing fun.

Explore the Micro-Distilleries Run by Mega-Distillers (Whisky Magazine)

To keep pace in the whisky innovation race, some of the world’s biggest distilleries are thinking small.

Will Wilderness Trail’s Sale Set off a Fresh Wave of Craft Whiskey Acquisitions? (VinePair)

Digging into the specifics of recent deals by Heaven Hill, Campari, and Diageo shows what the buyers are potentially gaining.

The Race to Make the Most Heavily Peated Scotch Whisky (

How Bruichladdich Octomore, Ardbeg Supernova, and other smoky scotches helped reshape the category.

Talisker 43yr tasting on the Shearwater and at Celestine in Brooklyn, NY

Matthew Rhys Journeys Through Whisky (Whisky Advocate)

The Emmy award-winning actor has a fondness for a certain smoky scotch, as well as whisky from his homeland of Wales.

These Cigars Were Designed to Pair Perfectly With Scotch, Bourbon, and Cognac (Men’s Journal)

People often ask what whiskey goes best with a cigar. Now there are cigars designed specifically for certain spirits.

Exploring a New Side of Africa, as the Continent’s First Wave of Gins Reaches America (VinePair)

Until recently, almost no African gin could be found in the United States. That’s changing, as a handful of brands are betting that their distinctive flavor profiles, ecological focus, and social responsibility will win over American drinkers.

The Best Craft Vodkas That Are Anything But Neutral (Men’s Journal)

Vodka’s official American standards have changed, and the door is now open for brands that actually taste like something. 

America’s Largest Distillers Are Losing Their Top Talent, as the ‘Great Resignation’ Hits Bourbon (VinePair)

It’s a sign of the bourbon boom times we live in that master craftspeople are eager to step away from celebrity, stability, and a steady paycheck into the unknown.

You Should Be Drinking Rhum Agricole, the Common Rum’s More Complex Cousin (Bon Appétit)

It’s not the stuff you mixed with Coke at rowdy house parties.

Once Niche, Craft Distilling is Booming—And Just Getting Started (Imbibe)

Rapid growth has had its challenges, but the cohesiveness of craft distillers has proven to be a strength.

Ardbeg Was Almost Extinct. Now It’s a Cult Whisky Phenomenon. (VinePair)

How the peat-heavy single malt distillery clawed its way back from the brink to become one of the most popular scotches in the world.

Virginia’s Rye Revivalists (Whisky Magazine)

Drawing on a historic legacy, Catoctin Creek makes rye with an eye to the future.

What an Official American Single Malt Category Means for the Future of Whiskey in the U.S. (VinePair)

The single malt distillers of the United States can now bask in the glow of being official official—almost.

A Resurrected Distillery Is This Summer’s Hottest Bourbon Trail Destination (InsideHook)

Castle & Key provides a stunning visitor experience that’s rare in the whiskey world.

Does America’s $1,500 “Luxury” Whiskey Live Up to the Hype? (Gear Patrol)

Quality, value, luxury and scarcity are related, but which ones matter most depends on who’s buying.

Meet the Canadian Distillery Behind the World’s Best Rye (InsideHook)

If you don’t know the name Alberta Distillers, you’ve probably sampled their award-winning whisky. Here’s the secret behind their success.

Jack Daniel’s Is Debuting the Bonded Series, Starting With Two Releases (VinePair)

The storied Tennessee whiskey distillery has been sitting on a big secret since 2013—and it’s finally coming to light.

Explore the Range of Styles Found in Barrel-Finished Bourbons (Whisky Advocate)

From port to tequila, rhum agricole to armagnac, wine and spirits barrels layer flavor onto bourbon and offer great opportunity to geek out.

Best New American Blended Whiskey to Try Now (Men’s Journal)

Far from the insipid blends of the past, these newcomers use straight whiskey and serious craft to deliver a diverse array of flavors.

Altar Spirits Founder Caley Shoemaker Draws on Corporate Experience at a Startup Craft Distillery (VinePair)

The former head distiller at Hanger 1 Vodka has an exciting new venture in Santa Fe—and big plans.

Best Double-Oaked Bourbons and Ryes to Drink 2022 (Men’s Journal)

In the right hands, a second new charred oak barrel can elevate and transform a workaday whiskey into something extraordinary.

8 New American Whiskeys to Try Right Now (

Go beyond the categories of bourbon and rye to try these new all-American whiskeys.

New Whiskey Is Inspired by Pub Hopping Around the World (Men’s Journal)

Lost Irish celebrates everyone who wanders—and the pubs that serve as informal Irish embassies.

One of the Year’s Most Interesting Scotch Whiskies Was a Total Fluke (Gear Patrol)

A scotch science experiment gone very, very right.

Best Welsh Whiskies to Celebrate Saint David’s Day, Wales’ National Holiday (Men’s Journal)

Scotland’s neighbor to the southwest, Wales, has its own whisky tradition that’s worth getting to know.

A Legacy of Luxury (Market Watch)

With over 200 years of history and currently in the midst of a global expansion, Acker is a nearly $200 million player, led by its auction business.

For Craft Whiskey Distillers, a Looming Barrel Shortage Is Bad News (VinePair)

The pandemic has rocked the spirits world more deeply than at any other time since Prohibition—and the latest issue may be the most serious yet.

Welcome to the Bread Lab (Atlas Obscura)

These scientists want you to love whole wheat.

10 Extra-Special Valentine’s Day Whiskies That Show How Much You Care (Men’s Journal)

If you love a whiskey lover, nothing says “You’re precious to me” more than an extra-special bottle.

How to Celebrate Burns Night, Scotland’s Whisky-Fueled Holiday (Men’s Journal)

If you needed another reason to get together with friends over really great scotch, this is it.

Forget Your Call Drink (PUNCH)

Miami’s El Salón has removed liquor branding from its bar in favor of a concise selection of house-blended spirits.

5 Bourbon Makers to Know Before They Go Mainstream (Gear Patrol)

New year, new bourbon. Here’s a who’s who of distilleries you should know about before they take off.

The Supply Chain Problems Ruining Happy Hour (The Daily Beast)

Bottle and material shortages are forcing liquor brands to come up with creative solutions to just keep product on store shelves.

Step Aside, Scotch: Another Old Whiskey Style Is Taking Charge in 2022 (Gear Patrol)

Irish whiskey is surging, and one old, underappreciated brand is set to define its next generation.

The Latest “Celebrity” Tequila Isn’t What You Think (Men’s Journal)

Outlander star Sam Heughan partnered with El Tequileño for The Sassenach Select—but it took some convincing.

For Some Whiskey Distilleries, Malting Is an Ancient Process Worth the Effort (VinePair)

In spurning commercial options for DIY malt, distillers gain more control over flavor.

Why Small Producers Are Slow Proofing Their Whiskey, and What It Means for the Final Product (VinePair)

Borrowing a technique from Cognac creates softer, more integrated flavors in bourbon, rye, and American single malt.

Can Zero-Proof Whiskey Stand In for Your Daily Dram? (Whisky Advocate)

These alternatives offer alcohol-free options for those taking a break from drinking.

Your Favorite Distilleries Want to Send You Whiskey (The Daily Beast)

Several states have recently passed laws allowing distilleries to ship spirits directly to your home. Will the rest follow?

Barbecue In A Bottle: Smoked Grains Create Unique Flavors In American Whiskeys (Barleycorn Drinks)

Native smoke sources like hickory, cherry wood, mesquite, and even American peat are punching up flavor in bourbon and rye.

In Whiskey, Age Isn’t Everything (PUNCH)

Once upon a time, 8-year-old whiskey was as old as you could get. So how did we get to 50-year-old age statements?

Tequila Has Discovered Unique Cask Aging Just in Time (InsideHook)

Patrón and other tequila brands are using ex-sherry, Scotch and red wine barrels to great and new effect.

How Kentucky’s Vintage Spirits Law Has Changed Alcohol Retail (VinePair)

Are you a private citizen with some last-season George T. Stagg to offload? In the Bluegrass State, you can do so legally—and retailers are adapting accordingly.

Glenmorangie Unveils The Lighthouse Innovation Distillery for Mad Scientist-Level Whisky-Making (Men’s Journal)

Legendary master distiller Bill Lumsden reveals his plans for Scotland’s newest forward-thinking distillery.

Hey Bartender, There’s Peat in My Bourbon! (VinePair)

The whiff of earthy smoke more commonly found in scotch is now wafting through American whiskey.

Maestro Dobel Reveals World’s First Pechuga Tequila, a Savory Spirit Distilled With Turkey (Men’s Journal)

Vegans and vegetarians, look away: This meaty spirit is not for you.

How Craft Whiskey Made Bottled-In-Bond Relevant (Barleycorn Drinks)

Over a century since its inception, the bottled-in-bond label has found renewed life as a symbol of authenticity.

How Sweet It Is: Why Some Distillers Forgo Sour Mashing (VinePair)

Sour mashing is the dominant method of making bourbon—but it’s not the only way.

Hidden Treasures: The 10 Best-Kept Secrets of Single Malt Scotch (Whisky Advocate)

They don’t get the spotlight like Macallan or Balvenie, but these whiskies still deserve a place in your glass.

Priced Out of Bourbon? Go Back to Scotch (The Daily Beast)

A decade ago, Scotch whisky prices got so ridiculous that many drinkers turned to bourbon. Now the price for many bourbons is so high, scotch is looking like a relative bargain.

When Can You Buy This Year’s Pappy Van Winkle? Consult Our Whiskey Release Schedule (InsideHook)

Behold, the release dates for all your favorite rare and limited-edition whiskeys, including Buffalo Trace, Booker’s and Pappy.

Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Is Having a Comeback (Men’s Journal)

Once almost extinct, this uniquely Irish style now has more options than ever before. It’s a must-try for every whiskey fan, starting with these 10 bottles.

The First Japanese Whiskey Distiller Made… Bourbon? (PUNCH)

Jokichi Takamine’s application of Japanese techniques to American distilling nearly changed the industry forever. More than a century later, he’s finally getting his due.

How Giant Distilleries Make Some of the Best Whisky in the World (Whisky Advocate)

Get an insider’s look at the colossal inner workings of mega distilleries, from Kentucky and Canada to Scotland and Ireland.

Japan’s Forgotten Whisky (PUNCH)

Koji whisky is one of the country’s most distinctive, and overlooked, products. Can it break through in the modern era?

Proud American Lee Greenwood Is Launching His Own Bourbon (Whisky Advocate)

Nebraska-based Soldier Valley Spirits will produce the country singer’s whiskey, Lee Greenwood Signature bourbon.

Kentucky’s Most Mysterious Bourbon Producer Steps Out of the Shadows (Whisky Advocate)

IJW has been quietly laying down barrels for years, and now its plans are coming to light.

Do Scotch Whisky Regions Matter? (Whisky Advocate)

Where a whisky is made doesn’t necessarily impact how it tastes. In fact, it’s usually irrelevant.

The Truth About Big Box Whiskies (Whisky Advocate)

Costco, Trader Joe’s, Total Wine, and Walmart have their own private-label scotch and bourbon. I investigated whether these whiskies are worth your money.

India Is Whisky’s Newest Hotspot (Whisky Advocate)

Top-quality single malt distilleries are carving out a unique and flavorful niche.

Has the Era of Instant Whisky Arrived? (Whisky Advocate)

These producers are deliberately challenging, breaking apart, and remaking ideas about whisky—and whisky itself.

French Whisky Finds Its Footing (Whisky Advocate)

Steeped in a history of making wine, cognac, and perfume, the Gallic nation turns its attention to distilling grain.