Check Out the Secret History Behind 13 of Your Favorite Cocktails

May 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

It seems like a new craft cocktail bar opens every weekend, with mixologists scrambling to create the next coolest drink. As much as we love innovation, sometimes you really can't beat the tried and true mixed drinks that have been around forever. Besides, most of the new guys are just modern variations of what our grandparents drank with breakfast.

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Who Won the Top Awards at 14th Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition?

Apr 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The 14th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition took place on March 21-24, and ever since we have been waiting patiently for the results. Hosted at the Hotel Nikko in downtown SF, the event saw 1,474 submissions from 41 states and 64 countries, covering 89 classifications.

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Mourns and Celebrates

Aug 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph

Bourbon aficionados know Buffalo Trace as one of the preeminent distilleries in America. It's the only one in the world, in fact, to have been named Distillery of the Year by Whisky and Malt Advocate and Wine Enthusiast magazines.... Read More

The Flatiron Room Takes an Old-World Approach to Whiskey & Nightlife in NYC

Feb 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Time travel—admit it, you’d love to try it. Perhaps revisiting a time when a nice night on the town meant dressing up; a time of prohibition era jazz music, sipping fabulous whiskey and relaxing in a club-like atmosphere. Well, you don’t have to time travel but you do have to make it to New York City. An upscale whiskey and spirits parlor called The Flatiron Room is where you... Read More

Drink Whiskey in a Whole New Way | The Johnnie Walker House in Beijing

Jan 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Johnnie Walker, the world’s number one Scotch whiskey, has just opened the Johnnie Walker House in Beijing, China. Yes, you heard right, the world’s largest embassy for some of the best fine spirits just launched in one of the busiest cities in the world, offering a divine dining experience and spirits a-plenty to warm the soul of every adventurous traveler.... Read More

Kilbeggan | Pleasing Irish Whiskey Fans For Over Two Centuries

Nov 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Double-distilled and made from an Irish recipe that has been around for over two centuries, it’s no wonder why Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey received a gold medal this year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The time honored whiskey comes from a brand that can proudly call... Read More

Seven Grand Whiskey Bar To Host Tastings & Live Music

Jul 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Tequila and wine bars step aside. Seven Grand, which recently opened on San Diego’s University Avenue, is clearing a space for whiskey aficionados and music lovers alike. Although the bar also has a draft beer and cocktail menu, Seven Grand’s extensive whiskey collection is the crowning glory of the newly minted establishment. The original can be found... Read More

Next Door Lounge Launches Guided Whiskey and Scotch Tastings

Feb 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Forget wine pairings, beer busts and tequila tastings. Hollywood’s hiply nostalgic Next Door Lounge is bringing a splash of class to Highland Avenue with a blockbuster lineup of weekly Wednesday whiskey tastings that debuted last week.... Read More

Original MOONSHINE: White Lightning Bottled

Jan 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Kamran Razavi  |  1 Comment

Fine Spirits: I recently discovered what has since become my new favorite whiskey, while dining at Craft in Los Angeles. I had ordered the "Bees Knees," a drink featuring Original MOONSHINE, simple syrup made with honey and Luxardo Maraschino specially infused with Chamomile tea.... Read More

Macallan to Launch $16,000 Albert Watson Ltd. Edition

Dec 31, 2010  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Fine Spirits: Famed Speyside distillery The Macallan will produce an ultra-exclusive limited edition bottling of precious whisky distilled in 1946 as part of its upcoming Albert Watson collaboration, priced at $16,000 apiece.... Read More

Stills in Style: Scotland’s Not Just Bagpipes

Dec 3, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Luxury Vacations: Reveling in food served at its source is one of the sublime joys of life - trout cooked over a campfire next to a favorite river, a lobster boiled on a fishing pier in Maine, or a tomato sandwich made minutes after picking a perfect beefsteak from the garden. Joys of life! The same is true about enjoying single malt Scotch whisky at its birthplace, a Scottish distillery.... 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

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