The Macallan in Lalique Curiously Small Stills Single Malt for $20,000

Nov 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Famed Speyside distillery The Macallan and legendary crystal maker Lalique are coming out with their latest highly-prized collaboration in time for the holidays. The Macallan in Lalique Curiously Small Stills decanter, the fourth in the covetable series of single malt presentations, contains an exceptionally rare 60-year-old whisky.... Read More

World's Most Expensive Whisky at Montage Beverly Hills' New Macallan Lounge

Sep 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Montage Beverly Hills, the chic luxury hotel located in the famous Golden Triangle near Rodeo Drive, has launched a new lounge called £10 (Ten Pound), famed single malt distillery The Macallan’s only official outpost in the United States.... Read More

Ice Drop: Make a Splash in Your Next Drink

Jun 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If your favorite fine spirits have become bored with just plain old "rocks," then the Ice Drop can help step it up a bit. The ingeniously shaped ice drop is as fun to use as it is to enjoy. A great conversation piece for your next libation-filled gathering, the Ice Drop Maker is an elegant and simple ice press designed to take large blocks of ice and melt and shape them into perfect ice spheres, or "ice drops."... Read More

Manly Cocktail Recipes for the Summer

Jun 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

While nothing hits the spot better than a cold brewski on a hot summer's day, nothing says refined refreshment like a cocktail. They don't all come in some froofy glass with a pink hue; plenty of cocktails feature man's favorite liquor, whether its tequila, scotch or gin. These fancy cocktail recipes could even start a new Father's Day tradition (or at least help get some warm fuzzy feelings going).... Read More

Auchentoshan 1998 Vintage Sherry Cask

May 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

The cachet of this vintage Auchentoshan (ock-un-tosh-un) lies in the influence of its aging in fino sherry barrels, made of European oak. Fino ("refined" in Spanish) sherry is considered the freshest, driest and lightest of traditional sherries - a far cry from the heavier, more robust oloroso sherry influences found in many other single malts.... Read More

Highland Park 50: The Transcendent Island Single Malt

Feb 17, 2011  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Back in 1960, the world reacted to the U-2 spy plane debacle, Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Psycho, and the election of John Kennedy as President of the United States.... Read More

Encore to Host World's First Premier Luxury Whisky Show

Jan 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson  |  1 Comment

Events: The angels over Scotland must surely be in a dither, waiting for their share of the heaven-bound bounty soon to be unleashed in Las Vegas.... Read More

Four Delectable Dalmores From the Folks who brought us a $160,000 Bottle of Single Malt Scotch

Dec 7, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson  |  2 Comments

Food and Spirits: This story actually starts more than 700 years ago in Scotland, when a member of the Clan Mackenzie saved the king from being gored by a Highland stag. The kingly reward was that Colin Mackenzie was granted royal permission to use the stag’s head in the Mackenzie coat of arms.... Read More

Rare and Unique Whiskies Discovered on the Road

Oct 5, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson  |  1 Comment

Rare Spirits: Whiskey research trips, contrary to the first images conjured up in one’s mind, are serious undertakings. I wanted to talk with a variety of professionals in the retail end of the whisky business to learn what unusual whiskies they elevated to the top of their personal lists. The criteria for the quest included taste, rarity, uniqueness, and a personal affinity, but not necessarily age or cost. As it turned out, the whiskies listed in this article range from “NAS” – no age statement, but usually assumed to be around 10 years, to 48 years, with prices from under $100 to thousands.... Read More

World’s Most Expensive Whisky to Be Auctioned in November

Sep 27, 2010  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Fine Spirits: On November 15 in New York Sotheby’s will auction off a one-of-a-kind crystal Lalique decanter holding the oldest and rarest Macallan single malt ever bottled, expected to fetch at least $150,000 making it the world’s most expensive whisky. The famed Speyside distillery commissioned the legendary crystal artisan to create the decanter using the ancient "cire perdue" or "lost wax" method. The Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue decanter is filled with 64 years and older Macallan single malt whisky, vatted together from three casks, all built from sherry seasoned Spanish oak.... Read More

What is the Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky?

Aug 5, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Fine Spirits: As with perfumes, automobiles, watches, hotels, or restaurants – just about anything actually, “What is the best?” does not have an answer. But the very question begs to be answered because there MUST be one that surpasses all the rest, right?

Drum roll, please (yes, I’m going to ignore reason, logic, and common sense and actually name a “best”, but first a little background.... Read More

Ice in Your Single Malt Scotch … Very Cool

Jul 27, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Food & Spirits: What do the phrases peanut butter and jelly, Oreos and milk and corn flakes and bananas have to do with ice in Scotch? Well, nothing, actually, except that there’s another iconic phrase ingrained in our language: Scotch on the rocks. Everyone get their soapbox out, and let’s talk about ice in Scotch.... Read More

Award-winning Whisky: Bowmore Single Malt Islay Scotch

Jun 4, 2010  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver  |  2 Comments

Fine Spirits: Whisky is a very fun spirit to discover. There is a large array of flavors from which to choose: smoke or fruit, chocolate, caramel, wood, perhaps vanilla. Like o... Read More

A Tour Around Scotland & Through Her Distilleries

Jun 4, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Fine Scotch: Let's take a look at traveling around Scotland, visiting some of the key distilleries in each of the various whisky regions of the country. Regional variations have always been a basic way of describing the primary aroma and flavor attributes of specific whiskies. For instance, a novice to the enjoyment of single malt whiskies might wish to explore the lighter, more fragrant and floral whiskies distilled in The Lowlands or Speyside, rather than begin with the powerful, peaty and smoky whiskies of Islay.... Read More

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