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Finding history in a glass of Cognac

We taste 19th century Cognac, Armagnac, Port and Madeira By ALAN J. WAX It was a once-in-a-lifetime tasting of liquid history. Twenty plus connoisseurs, spirits merchants, and media gathered in the cellar tasting room of the Brandy Library in Tribeca … Continue reading

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Collection of rare Cognacs, Armagnacs fails to sell at Christie’s NYC auction

Bidding on 39 bottles distilled from 1789 to 1977 does not meet reserve price of $100,000   By ALAN J. WAX A collection of liquid history remains unsold. The collection of 39 rare, historic bottles of Cognac and Armagnac went up … Continue reading

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A wysgi to toast Wales’ patron saint

By Alan J. Wax Quick, name a Celtic saint celebrated in March. Bet you picked St. Patrick. Ever hear of St. David, the patron saint of Wales? For centuries, March 1 has been a national festival day in Wales, commemorating … Continue reading

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Highlands distiller Knockdhu adds some smoke to its AnCnoc single malts

Distiller pays homage to its heritage with a series of limited edition peaty expressions By Alan J. Wax A distillery in Scotland’s Highlands region, an area largely known for its floral, sweetish, fruity single-malt whiskies, now is offering something for those … Continue reading

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Saranac’s new Single Malt brew will appeal to whiskey and beer aficionados

Scottish ale aged in single-malt Scotch whiskey barrels. By Alan J. Wax A recently released beer from the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. could be a beer for Scotch whiskey aficionados or, perhaps, a Scotch for beer drinkers. The beer, called … Continue reading

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Whisky expert Jim Murray picks Bourbon-style, single-malt Scotch as 2014 World Whisky of The Year

The well-respected English whiskey expert Jim Murray has picked a single-malt Scotch whiskey distilled as Scotch but matured in the style of American bourbon, as World Whiskey of the Year in the just published 2014 edition of his “Whisky Bible.” … Continue reading

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1 month, 3 NYC area beer festivals

Get those pretzel necklaces ready. It’s festival time in New York. Three beer festivals are scheduled to take place in and around New York City over the next few weeks. First up, is the International Great Beer Expo at Belmont … Continue reading

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Gov. Cuomo says MTA will expand Taste NY, offering beer, wine, and foods at Grand Central Terminal

The Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to add a Taste NY store in Grand Central Terminal, the Midtown Manhattan transportation, tourist and shopping hub.  The store will sell food and beverages produced in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. Cuomo has … Continue reading

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Finding rare Scotch whiskies among Edinburgh’s tourist traps

A trip to Scotland would not be complete without a whisky stop. However, my itinerary was far too short during a recent journey for a stopover at one of the country’s many distilleries. One possible alternative: a visit to the … Continue reading

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Passover spirits: San Francisco treats from No. 209 Distillery

For those who keep kosher for the Jewish holiday of Passover, a California distillery offers a gin and a vodka that meet religious requirements.  They’re definitely worth a shot. Why is No. 209 Distillery different from all other distilleries? Because … Continue reading

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