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Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley on the Brand’s Inaugural Vodka Release

Buffalo Trace is known for many things, but to date, vodka has not necessarily been one of them. Recently, Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley has sought to change that. In the midst of a massive distillery expansion, the team at Buffalo Trace has just launched Wheatley Vodka, an uncomplicated yet intentional spirit that’s designed to taste …

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Dewar’s Master Distiller and Blender Stephanie Macleod Is Making History

Like many great things, whiskey takes patience and time. Often, this is a notion that goes well beyond the barrel––since 1846, Dewar’s has named just seven Master Blenders, and each has spent the entirety of their tenure honing their craft day after day. Master Distiller Stephanie Macleod can attest to the long road that led …

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A Guide to Sharing the Holiday Spirit with Your Hosts – Peggy Noe Stevens

Anyone familiar with the world of whiskey knows the name Peggy Noe Stevens––and, more importantly, that she’s a force to be reckoned with. Spirits Network is humbled to serve as a home to two brand new shows featuring bourbon’s grande dame (Women’s Whiskey Revolution [premiering November 25, 2019] and Peggy Noes Best), but in true …

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Gin Talks with Bombay Sapphire Master Distiller Anne Brock

Distilling is a game of science––one that Anne Brock, Master Distiller of Bombay Sapphire, is no stranger to. With a PhD in chemistry, Brock brings a perspective uniquely suited to the job, and combined with her sensory memory, passion, and forward-thinking approach (among many other things), the future of the brand is bright. Read on …

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Spirit of the Week: 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

“This is a whiskey that’s incredibly approachable,” says Spirits Network Curator Ethan Kelley. As we find ourselves in the throes of National Bourbon Heritage Month, it’s a rather a propos recommendation, especially for those who love a subtle bargain. “It has a lot of the bigger flavors you’d find in higher octane whiskeys; if you’re …

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3 Bartender-Approved French Cocktail Recipes in Honor of Bastille Day

Bastille Day is as good an excuse as any to drink something French-accented (and practice your bartending skills in the process). In honor of France’s Fête Nationale, we’ve scoured the globe for some of the best celebratory cocktail recipes courtesy of renowned bartenders far and wide, spanning all levels of dexterity and home bar breadth. …

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Attention, New York Spirits Enthusiasts: NY Distilled Spirits Month is Here

This summer, New York spirits enthusiasts are in for a treat––straight from their own backyard. July has officially been declared “New York Distilled Spirits Month” by the New York State Distillers Guild, bringing together producers from across the state for an entire month of tastings, events, discussions, live entertainment, and more on the heels of …

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Scientific Spirit: Bourbon and a Touch of Technology

Unlike ride-sharing, shopping, banking and TV-viewing, technology hasn’t “disrupted” the age-old art and science of bourbon making. There are, however, astute people in the industry making good use of smart tech to improve quality and efficiency. Future generations must be spared episodes like The Great Bourbon Shortage — irritatingly still in progress. It’s universally agreed …

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What Sets “Ultra-Premium” Tequila Apart?

When companies describe their product as “ultra-premium” people get suspicious. It’s a different matter altogether when customers and critics use that language to describe a thing. In the world of fine Tequilas that classification is real, and a handful of distillers truly earn it. Tequila shed an unenlightened past as a shot chased with beer (gasp!), …

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