The BEST of the WEST

PENDLETON WHISKY MEETS THE SMITH FORK RANCH The River House is one of several guest cabins located on the ranch. - Photo by Audrey Pavia When I received an invitation to visit the Smith Fork Ranch i [...]

The BEST of the WEST 2018-05-22T19:13:01+00:00

KINDRED SPIRITS SAMMY HAGAR & ADAM LEVINE

One can’t drive 55 while the other moves like Jagger. On paper, they’re an odd, if not impossible, pair to imagine: Sammy Hager, the wailing, mega-watt veteran frontman for hardcharging groups like Mo [...]

KINDRED SPIRITS SAMMY HAGAR & ADAM LEVINE 2018-05-22T19:04:17+00:00

HOSTING IN-HOME TASTING EVENTS

THERE IS A NATURAL SOCIAL ELEMENT when it comes to sampling fine spirits and cigars. Specialty retailers and clubs have been organizing tasting events for decades, but in recent years many aficionados [...]

HOSTING IN-HOME TASTING EVENTS 2018-05-22T19:16:39+00:00

Bacardi Limited to Acquire Patrón Spirits International

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held global premium spirits company, announced it has a definitive agreement to acquire Patrón Spirits International AG and the world’s premier top-selling Patró [...]

Bacardi Limited to Acquire Patrón Spirits International 2018-05-23T08:13:42+00:00

2017 World Spirits Competition Ratings

Brands rated over 85 1800 Silver Tequila – 91 Appleton White Rum – 91 Bacardi Superior Rum – 91 Backyard Mary Bloody Mary Mix – 98 Bedlam Vodka – 91 Bellkurve Vodka – 89 Booker’s Bourbon – 97 Bozal En [...]

2017 World Spirits Competition Ratings 2018-05-23T10:08:45+00:00

Top 5 Tequilas of 2016

#1 CASA NOBLE TEQUILA - ALTA BELLEZA Spanish for “High Beauty,” Alta Belleza begins with Casa Noble’s award-winning extra-anejo, aged for three years in French white oak barrels. The finishing touch t [...]

Top 5 Tequilas of 2016 2018-05-23T07:42:13+00:00

Inside the Barrel: Macallan Double Cask

[dropcap size=big]S[/dropcap]et on the sprawling lush landscape of Speyside, Easter Etches House is a 370-acre estate with rolling fields of barley and the symbol of one of the world’s best single mal [...]

Inside the Barrel: Macallan Double Cask 2018-05-22T19:48:18+00:00

Camus Borderies XO

[dropcap size=big]A[/dropcap] vintner or two have told me that every bottle of wine tells a story. The essence of the wine’s journey is comprised of: who made it? what unique characteristics have been [...]

Camus Borderies XO 2018-05-23T08:11:18+00:00

Casamigos Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with George Clooney…kinda Casamigos Tequila And now a word from Casamigos co-owners, Messrs. George Clooney and restaurant mogul, Rande Gerber: “We love tequila, on the rocks [...]

Casamigos Valentine’s Day Cocktails 2017-03-13T15:27:44+00:00

7 Valentine’s Day Drinks

Wow your significant other with these easy-to-order and just as easy-to-create sweet cocktails. by Melissa L Kauffman Valentine's Day is the ultimate date night, no matter if you spend it with a new l [...]

7 Valentine’s Day Drinks 2017-10-06T16:43:21+00:00

Cigar & Spirits Reveals The Tasting Panel

There exists a group of men whom are responsible for all the ratings that come from Cigar & Spirits Magazine. The 10 men who comprise this panel all hail from different backgrounds, yet possess a [...]

Cigar & Spirits Reveals The Tasting Panel 2017-03-13T15:34:45+00:00

Featured Spirits Rated

It’s always important to keep your home bar stocked with the best spirits available. Read on, and get to know 12 of our favorite spirits, as rated by the Cigar & Spirits Tasting Panel.   Brockmans [...]

Featured Spirits Rated 2016-10-12T16:00:23+00:00

Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut No. 3 with Ron Zacapa Solera 23

By Benjamin Winokur Rare, vintage aged tobacco? Check. Silky Connecticut shade wrapper? Check! Exceptional craftsmanship and construction? Check again. These are just a few of the qualities possessed [...]

Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut No. 3 with Ron Zacapa Solera 23 2018-05-23T08:18:12+00:00

How Does Your Cocktail Grow

  By Kim Campbell Thornton   Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are just a few of the fresh and flavorful cocktail ingredients you can grow in your garden, on your deck, or in a kitchen windo [...]

How Does Your Cocktail Grow 2016-09-26T19:36:55+00:00

Roll Out The Barrel

By: Sarah E. Coleman More than just a transportation vessel, the barrel in which bourbon is stored plays a key role in shaping the final product. While it might seem that a bourbon barrel is nothing m [...]

Roll Out The Barrel 2016-09-26T19:37:45+00:00

Golden Monkey: Behind Every Enigma Lies a Great Story

Victory Brewing Company Celebrates the Golden Monkey Though Contest with 'Monkey Tales' By Sabeeha Dhillon The company of a good brew can go a long way with blossoming creativity. The Victory Brewing [...]

Golden Monkey: Behind Every Enigma Lies a Great Story 2016-09-06T19:03:12+00:00

Kansas City Hospitality- Pendergast Club

By Jerry Fisher Even though today’s cigar and cocktail culture evokes the classic sophistication of the Mad Men era, or the exclusivity of the Speakeasy experience, it is becoming increasingly rare to [...]

Kansas City Hospitality- Pendergast Club 2016-09-26T19:45:09+00:00

The Bourbon Revival: It’s Back and Better Than Ever

By Samantha Dobson ‘After spending a few decades in the shadows cast by the likes of vodka and tequila, America’s only native spirit is finally making a comeback. With deep southern roots and a histor [...]

The Bourbon Revival: It’s Back and Better Than Ever 2016-09-26T19:52:35+00:00

Bourbon…Getting the Right Grains

  By Sarah E Coleman  As all bourbon aficionados know, this tasty libation requires one very specific ingredient: corn. The Federal Tax and Trade Bureau, which defines and regulates all spirits, [...]

Bourbon…Getting the Right Grains 2016-09-26T19:54:34+00:00

Best of Bordeaux

A Guide to Sipping Through one of France’s Most lauded Wine Regions By Lanee Lee Located in the southwest, France’s Bordeaux wine region is a big deal—possibly only rivaled by Champagne and Napa in th [...]

Best of Bordeaux 2016-09-26T19:55:59+00:00

Barrel Aged Royalty

BY: Julie Harrington Giffin If an American Dynasty were to exist in the spirit world, bourbon would sit atop the royal hierarchy. Other spirits may claim the noble granting of an “Honorary Knighthood” [...]

Barrel Aged Royalty 2016-09-26T20:02:24+00:00

Classic Cocktail: The Old Fashioned

By Sam Dobson With the ever-evolving drinking culture in the United States, cocktail fads come and go like fashion trends. Swanky lounges and fancy restaurants adapt to offer the latest and greatest i [...]

Classic Cocktail: The Old Fashioned 2016-08-11T22:09:09+00:00
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