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GSpirits: Scotch Finished on a Playmate

By Richard Thomas All “Lads’ mags”, from Esquire to Playboy to Maxim, count two things among their fixtures: booze and bosoms. With that in mind, the real surprise isn’t that some entrepreneurs set out to combine those two things in a bottle; it’s that it took until autumn 2012 for someone to do it. Yet in inventing a Playmate-finished whiskey, ...

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Q&A with Willie Cochrane, Isle of Jura’s Master Distiller

By Richard Thomas I was recently able to catch up with Willie Cochrane, the Master Distiller at Isle of Jura, for a brief Q&A session. The Jura distillery opened in 1810, eventually falling into obscurity and disrepair until a pair of local estate owners, Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith, bought it in 1960s. In modern times, the distillery produces a ...

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White Whiskey: Not For Every Drinker, Nor For Every Distiller

By Jake Emen Depending on who you ask, or what you try, being struck by “White Lightning” — a white, unaged whiskey — can either be a revelatory experience or one you’d sooner wish to forget. As a newcomer to white whiskeys, arguably I’m in a sound place to offer the insight I’ve gained from recently tasting two different white ...

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Close-Up on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

By Jake Emen At Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, it’s all about the rye. Founded in 2009, Catoctin Creek is based in Purcellville, Virginia, and is the first distillery to operate in Loudon County since before Prohibition. It’s about an hour outside of Washington D.C. —  an easy drive down 267 West, past Dulles Airport. I recently visited Catoctin Creek and ...

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