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April 11 Distillers

Melkon Khosrovian

Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew, Greenbar Distillery Founders and Spirit Makers

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April 11 Distillers

Paulo Martins & João Oliveira

For us, it was a simple one—take no shortcuts. That meant using honest ingredients grown across the region, supporting the natural and agricultural resources of Alentejo.

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July 17 Distillers

Caley Shoemaker | Changing the Distilling Game

With a decade of experience and a penchant for creating inimitable flavor profiles, Hanger 1 Distillery’s Caley Shoemaker has proved to be a glimmering gem in the teeming spirits space.

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March 14 Distillers

A Whiskey for St Patrick’s Day

Which Irish whiskey to choose for St Patrick's Day? For personal reasons our writer chooses something from the Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland.

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January 15 Distillers

Bats for Tequila

When you're a tequila distiller, it must be quite a challenge to go to your fellow distillers and ask them to make less tequila. It was a challenge facing Carlos Camarena, the owner and Master Distiller of El Tesoro Tequila, which is made at his La Altena Distillery in the highlands of Jalisco in Mexico.

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September 15 Distillers

The Spirit of a Sustainable Island

You’d be forgiven, then, for dropping your jaw in surprise and shock when you see Washington Island. It's not exactly a hive of activity – and certainly not somewhere you think would be the source for world-renowned spirits.

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September 02 Distillers

The Distillery in the Snow

For the rest of us mere mortals, the idea of an elongated day on the ski field is more than enough. Why would you suffer through piercing winds, potential avalanches, and frostbitten toes when you can wind your merry way down a mediocre ski slope?

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July 24 Barrel-Aged

Types of Tequila

As with any other spirit, there are several types of tequila. There are different styles that might suit different palates, some that are better for sipping and some that are better for mixing in cocktails. So if you tried a tequila once and didn't like it, don't let that be the end of it. If your only experience of tequila was slamming shots as a student, it's time to go beyond that. Get down to the tequila shelves at the liquor store or grocery store, browse around and try a different one. Tequilas are as varied and can be as subtle as scotch or bourbon.

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March 01 Distillers

Cognac: One Of The French “Spirits”

France’s contributions to the world involve gourmet food, beverages, wine, the revolution, and the Eiffel Tower, to name some. Beverages like Cognac, Armagnac, and Champagne are famous the world over.