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Johnnie Walker High Rye

Johnnie Walker High Rye
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The High Rye expression from famed Scotch maker Johnnie Walker blends whiskies made from a 60% rye mash with barley and wheat. It offers a spicy vanilla fragrance, the flavors of apple, clove, and toffee, and a dry but slightly sweet finish. Great for sipping or mixing in fall and winter cocktails.

Frey Ranch Bourbon + Straight Rye Whiskeys

Frey Ranch Bourbon + Straight Rye Whiskeys
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Frey Ranch Whiskey from comes from a farm in the Sierra Nevada Watershed. There, Colby and Ashley Frey sustainably “slow grow” heirloom grains and distill harvests into non-chill filtered 90-proof bourbon. The mash of non-GMO corn, winter cereal rye, winter wheat, and two-row barley yields a refined award winner.

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Bisquit & Dubouché Cognac VSOP

Bisquit & Dubouché Cognac VSOP
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Celebrate special moments or simply class up the joint with splurge-worthy Bisquit & Dubouché VSOP Cognac (Very Superior Old Pale), an exceptional pour from France’s Cognac region. It’s pressed from the most prestigious eaux-de-vie of vines harvested from four main crus: Petite and Grande Champagne, Fin Bois, and Bons Bois.

Casa Noble Tequila

Casa Noble Tequila
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Distilled from high-altitude Blue Weber agave, Casa Noble Tequila was a pioneer in the use of certified organic agave, even going so far as to make their own compost to guarantee its purity. The blanco tequila’s refined flavor and aroma come from resting in toasted French oak barrels instead of common American oak.

Astral Tequila

Astral Tequila

Inspired by the stars, Astral Tequila is a super-premium tequila made in Jalisco, Mexico from 100% Blue Weber agave. A traditional milling process uses a stone wheel to crush juices from agave fibers, which are fermented together to maximize use of the plant. Spent fibers are then upcycled into bricks for local communities.

St. George Absinthe Verte

St. George Absinthe Verte
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The first legal American absinthe released after the U.S. ban was lifted in 2007, St. George Absinthe Verte shines in this misunderstood category. It doesn’t cause hallucinations or insanity, but the brandy-infused herbal elixir does have an unholy trinity of wormwood, fennel, star anise, and an insane 120-proof kick.

Castle & Key Rise 2022 Seasonal Gin

Castle & Key Rise 2022 Seasonal Gin

Castle & Key rose from the ruins of an old Kentucky distillery and now uses rose petals in its spring release. Rise 2022 Seasonal Gin cold-steeps macerated rose petals for 72 hours in the base spirit before distilling it with seven botanicals: juniper, tarragon, lemon peel, green peppercorn, almond, green cardamon, and licorice.

Belvedere Heritage 176 Vodka

Belvedere Heritage 176 Vodka

Until the 19th century, Polish vodka-makers used the technique of “malting” (fire-kilned drying) for rich and distinctive flavors. Over time, that old tradition faded as vodka became more associated with neutrality. Belvedere Heritage 176 applies fire to the rye before distillation, to offer a taste of vodka’s flavorful past.

Old Parr 18 Scotch

Old Parr 18 Scotch
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Smooth and complex, one of the oldest whiskeys yet from 113-year-old Grand Old Parr is this mature 18-year-old aged scotch characterized by Cragganmore malts. Fittingly, age is of paramount importance here because Old Parr was named after Tom Parr, an Englishman who supposedly lived to be 152… after remarrying at 122.

Crystal Head Onyx Vodka

Crystal Head Onyx Vodka
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Inside Crystal Head’s spookiest skull bottle yet is a unique clear spirit made with premium Blue Weber agave sourced from a single farm in Mexico… yet this is vodka, not tequila. Crystal Head Onyx is blended with pure water from Newfoundland, Canada for a clean, semi-sweet finish that’s free of additives, oils, and sugars.

De-Nada Tequila

De-Nada Tequila
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Most tipplers (mixologists, too) are unaware of how many additives are used to doctor tequilas, including perfumes, colorings, and mystery compounds to improve flavor or mouthfeel. De-Nada Blanco and Reposado, on the other hand, are on the shortlist of tequilas confirmed to be additive-free, passing annual audits.

Blind Barrels Whiskey Tasting Subscription

Blind Barrels Whiskey Tasting Subscription
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Fact: labels affect your whiskey choices. Uncover your true tastes with Blind Barrels’ blind-tasting boxes of boutique whiskeys in four anonymous bottles. Explore each, taking note of flavors listed on the enclosed guide. Mashbill guesses? Bourbon or rye? A QR Code reveals all, including your new favorite distilleries.

Westland Garryana American Single Malt Whisky

Westland Garryana American Single Malt Whisky

The savory sixth edition of Westland Garryana American Single Malt Whisky explores the intriguing merits of the Pacific Northwest’s rare Quercus Garryana oak, a new species to the whisky world. The 5,922-bottle release will next be followed by the second edition of Colere, another release in Westland’s limited Outpost Range.

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Starward Nova Whisky

Starward Nova Whisky
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Distilled in Melbourne from Australian malted barley, Starward Nova Whisky gets its fruity flavor profile from resting in lightly charred red wine barrels from Oz’s exceptional Yarra Valley and Barossa Valley vineyards. The result is Starward’s signature single malt whisky, a gold medal winner for three consecutive years.

Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey

Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey

Walsh Whiskey’s triple-distilled Writers’ Tears is an ode to the golden era of Irish whiskey – and to Joyce, Shaw, Wilde and other literary giants inspired by their favorite dram. Their eight-whiskey portfolio recreates the centuries-old method of blending malt and still whiskeys distilled in copper pots.

Tequila Cazadores Reposado

Tequila Cazadores Reposado
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For 99 years, Cazadores has made tequila with 100% Blue Weber agave from the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Their sustainably produced reposado is double distilled and double fermented, then spends months resting in new American oak barrels before bottling. The melded flavors yield high-quality cocktails without a high price.

Cinzano 1757 Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry

Cinzano 1757 Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry

Whether you prefer your martini shaken or stirred, with gin or vodka, one sure way to upgrade the quintessential cocktail is with a top-shelf, extra dry vermouth. Made with Italian wines, 1757 Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry from Cinzano is enriched with a botanical bouquet of Mediterranean herbs, particularly Piedmont wormwood.

Proper No 12 Irish Whisky-Infused Donuts

Proper No 12 Irish Whisky-Infused Donuts

Through National First Responders Day (10.28.21), Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey and Dough Doughnuts are serving whiskey-infused donuts – Irish Coffee Cream-Filled and Irish Coffee Glazed – perfect dunks for Proper Irish coffee. The treats benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation supporting families of fallen first responders.

Cutwater Tequila Añejo

Cutwater Tequila Añejo
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Cutwater Spirits’ third tequila release is Tequila Añejo, joining the award-winning Reposado and Blanco in Cutwater’s 20+ spirit lineup of gin, vodka, rum, whisky, mezcal, and canned cocktails produced in San Diego. The versatile distiller makes tequila in – naturally – Tequila, Mexico, using 100% blue agave that’s slow cooked in traditional brick ovens then double-distilled.

X by Glenmorangie

X by Glenmorangie
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Most single malt whiskies insist on being sipped neat. X by Glenmorangie, by contrast, was created to stir it up with a myriad of mixers. Glenmorangie reimagines single malts by making X sweeter and richer with aromas of pear and vanilla distilled in extra-tall stills to allow more space for the taste to bloom.

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Aged & Ore Travel Decanter

Aged & Ore Travel Decanter
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Aged & Ore’s thoughtful, portable decanter is designed for carrying spirits without the flavor alterations that can come with metal containers. It features a 500ml handblown bottle that nestles safely between a pair of double-walled, insulated sleeves that convert into tumblers.

Mezcal Amaras Verde Mezcal

Mezcal Amaras Verde Mezcal
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We’re loving Mezcal Amaras Verde’s label series by artists from Chicago, LA (our pal Chaz), Seattle, Berlin, Argentina, and Mexico. Even better is the naturally fermented mezcal, and the distiller’s initiatives to pay 20% over market for labor and materials, and to reforest Oaxaca with 10 agave plants for every one harvested.

Negroni Week 2021

Negroni Week 2021

For the ninth year, thousands of bars, restaurants, retailers and Negroni fans will celebrate the popular three-ingredient cocktail to raise funds for charities. Campari – Italy’s iconic red aperitif – kicks off Negroni Week 2021 (Sept. 13-19) with a $100,000 donation, joined by MiniBar, Shaker & Spoon , and Imbibe Magazine.

Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça

Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça

The most important ingredient in Brazil’s beloved Caipirinha cocktail is Cachaça, a rum-like spirit made from fermented sugar cane. Novo Fogo has perfected Cachaça distilling with an array of rested and barrel-aged expressions, all of which are USDA organic and carbon neutral, absorbing more CO2 than the process emits.

Zignum Mezcal

Zignum Mezcal
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Zignum Mezcal’s Joven, Reposado, and Añejo spirits are pleasantly smooth versions of tequila’s smoky cousin, with the latter two benefiting from 8-18 months in oak casks. The Oaxacan distillery’s eco-friendly initiatives include solar heating, water recycling, and a nursery where Espadín agave is grown from seeds.

Amaro Averna

Amaro Averna
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In the 1800s, Benedictine monks created a pleasantly bitter elixir of herbs thought to possess therapeutic properties. It became known as Averna when Salvatore Averna acquired the recipe and won approval from King Umberto I, the liqueur’s first superfan. Two centuries later, the timeless Italian ritual of drinking Amaro Averna remains.

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