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In Defense Of Lower-Proof Whisky

Cask strength. Bottled-in-bond. Barrel proof. These phrases set many a whiskyphile’s heart beating a little faster. But seeing 40% or 43% ABV? For some drinkers, the only feelings aroused are scorn and cynicism. Surely distillers are watering the whisky down to stretch their supply and save money, or to appeal to people who don’t really like whisky in the first place—aren’t they?

History tells us that, at least in the case of American whiskey, nobody was complaining about their hooch being too strong. Rather, it was Prohibition, when bootleggers added more water to whisky to stretch supplies, that necessitated the...

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The Whisky Lover’s Austin Travel Guide

Over the past decade, Austin, Texas has transformed from sleepy slackerville to one of the fastest-growing cities in North America. With the help of some big-name tech companies and the increasing popularity of the annual South by Southwest festival held each mars, Austin has blossomed into a bustling metropolis of nearly one million. Although some stalwarts still cling to the city’s self-appointed moniker of “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin has taken on new bragging rights, namely for its impressive (and seemingly ubiquitous) craft spirits scene, with whiskey at the forefront.

Day One

Everything’s bigger in Texas, except public...

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Add These American Whiskeys to Your Wish List Immediately

What does your whisky cabinet covet—something rare and limited from a faraway land? Something new and exciting that’s locally made? In the world of whisky collecting, beauty is in the eye of the bottle holder, but a few truths remain: A majority of the most collectible distilleries are in Scotland. It’s never too late to get started collecting. And older isn’t necessarily better .

When it comes to the here and now, American whiskey is taking hold as the next big collectible category . Many of the best bourbons and ryes are still both affordable and accessible, but simultaneously, they’re...

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For These Distillers, Making Collectible Whiskey is the American Dream

“I see FarmStock 001 being a $10,000 bottle of whiskey within 10 years,” says Raj Bhakta. It’s a bold predictionfrom the founder of pioneering craft distillery WhistlePig , especially given that FarmStock 001 is the company’s first offering to include whiskey actually distilled at WhistlePig’s picturesque Vermont farm. Bhakta, however, has good reason for his optimism. The most recent release from WhistlePig, Boss Hog The Black Prince, a rye finished in Armagnac casks, launched last fall and retails for $500 a bottle—an unheard-of price for a craft upstart.

The Black Prince has beaten out competition from Scotland, Ireland, Kentucky, and...

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Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, Macallan Magnum More New Whisky

Fall is the most exciting time for whisky—lots of new and limited-edition releases hit shelves during the months leading up to the holiday season. And even though we’re still weeks away from autumn leaves, and temperatures, the first of the 2018 special bottles is about to roll out. Old Forester always kicks off the season with its Birthday Bourbon, which is released each year on september 2, the birthday of founder George Garvin Brown. Bottled for the first time at Old Forester’s new distillery in downtown Louisville , this year’s Birthday Bourbon is 50.5% ABV and has a recommended price...

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Jack Daniel’s Bottled-in-Bond, Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018, Little Book More New Whisky

Heads up, whisky lovers! There are lots of new releases to get excited about this week.

Jack Daniel’s is rolling out a bottled-in-bond version of its classic Tennessee whiskey. Currently available in travel retail stores only, the whiskey will sell for $38 for a 1-liter bottle.

Meanwhile, peat heads will want to look for this year’s Laphroaig Cairdeas, the distillery’s annual special release. The 2018 Cairdeas matured in first-fill bourbon barrels before a finishing period in fino sherry casks. It costs $80 and will be available in limited amounts.

Freddie Noe, son of Fred Noe and grandson of the legendary...

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5 Dog-Friendly Whisky Bars

Few things are more enjoyable than sipping a great whisky in the company of a good friend. But complications arise when your drinking companion has four legs and kibble breath. Fortunately, we’ve uncovered a handful of bars that cater to whisky lovers and their canine counterparts. With impressive whisky lists and perks for your pooch, these dog-friendly destinations are great places to enjoy a whisky with a side of water—served neat, in a bowl.

Taurus Beer & Whisk(e)y House —Miami This rollicking locals’ bar is both dog and kid-friendly. No food is prepared here, so dogs are permitted throughout the...

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This 3-Course Summer Menu Pairs Perfectly With Whiskey Cocktails

Put down that beer! Too often our favorite spirit gets cast aside in favor of a cold brew or a white wine when the heat is on. But bourbon, our great American whiskey, is also one of the most versatile spirits at the table, according to celebrity chef, author, restaurateur, and whiskey lover Edward Lee .

Lee has created a summer menu that pairs perfectly with our love of bourbon. At his standout restaurants in Louisville, Ky. ( MilkWood , 610 Magnolia , The Wine Studio , Whiskey Dry ) and the Washington, D.C. area ( Succotash ), Lee gets...

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Alcohol-Filled Ice Cubes Will Transform Your Cocktail Game

As any good bartender knows, the ice you use for cocktails should never be an afterthought. Ice not only chills your drink, it dilutes the alcohol, and using low-quality water or the wrong size cubes can ruin an otherwise carefully crafted cocktail.

But H2O isn’t the only way to go. You can create boozy ice balls to keep your cocktail cold without diluting it as much—plus you get to enjoy two drinks in one.

“Adding spiked ice cubes to cocktails lends additional alcohol and flavor to the base of the beverage,” explains Allen Lancaster, cocktail artisan at The Bar at...

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Balvenie 50 Year Old, Buchanan’s Blended Malt More New Whisky

This Saturday, Whisky Advocate is in the running for “Best Spirits & Cocktail Publication” at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in New Orleans. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Central Time; follow along on Facebook Live , and wish us luck! No matter who wins, we will be toasting with a good dram—and suggest you do the same.

Balvenie’s new 50 year old single malt would be quite the celebratory pour indeed, and at $38,000 a bottle, it’s definitely for very special occasions only. As you might imagine, the whisky is extremely limited—just 110 bottles are for sale,...

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Spice Rubbed Chicken Wings

Chef Edward Lee devised this hot wings recipe specifically to pair with the classic Bourbon & Ginger cocktail. Being carbonated, the cocktail has the same palate-cleansing quality that makes beer a natural partner with fatty wings. Plus, the sweetness from the bourbon and the hint of spice from the ginger beer complement the heat of the wings. As a bonus, this cocktail lacks the filling heaviness of a high-test beer. So why aren’t you pairing all your wings with a Bourbon & Ginger?

Pair it With: A Bourbon & Ginger

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