Event Recap: 2016 Water of Life Charity Tasting

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  Last year, I attended the inaugural Water of Life charity tasting, hosted by ER doc and whisky buff extraordinaire Matthew Lurin, and at the time I recommended the event to anyone looking for “an intimate, relaxed whisky tasting.” After this year’s … Continue reading

Cooking With Alcohol: Branca Menta Brownies

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I think I’d make a terrible bartender for a number of reasons: I’m clumsy; I’m bad at talking and doing anything else at the same time; I have almost no patience for inebriated fools. And I dislike Fernet Branca, the tipple that’s … Continue reading

Cooking With Alcohol: Floating Islands With Vov Zabajone Cream and Rum Caramel Sauce

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When I lived in Lyon, France, I made do on a student’s budget and rarely went out to eat. But on the rare occasions that I did, my favorite thing to do was walk down the cobblestoned streets of the … Continue reading

A Visit to Tomatin Distillery

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Tomatin is a contradiction of modernity and history. Situated just off the A9, the main north-south artery in Scotland’s central and eastern Highlands, the distillery’s grounds look like a vacation village, with sweet little cottages and houses and a wee … Continue reading

A Visit to Balblair Distillery

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I’ve been a fan of Balblair since the first time I tasted the 2001 vintage a few years ago. It’s a very ur–Highland malt, embodying all the flavors and textures idealized in the style, and because the brand tends to … Continue reading

Who Says Whisky Isn’t Good For You? 2015 Water of Life Charity Tasting

Steph Ridgeway of Highland Park, John Heffernan of Gordon & MacPhail and Sallie D. Sanders of Sanders Development Group (Photo courtesy of Joshua Feldman/Coopered Tot)

Anyone who’s been drinking whisky for more than a minute knows that the word originates from the Gaelic uisge beatha, meaning “water of life.” It’s a logical phrase when you consider that it came about during an era when medicine was limited … Continue reading

A Visit to GlenDronach Distillery

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When I visited GlenDronach in July 2014, I’d already been on a number of distillery tours in the preceding days. That very morning, I’d been to sister distillery Glenglassaugh and was eagerly anticipating learning more about the place that makes one … Continue reading

A Visit to Glenglassaugh Distillery

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When you drive up to Glenglassaugh, it looks like a fairly ordinary Scottish distillery. There’s a modern visitors’ center, a few historic buildings and dunnage warehouses, some larger warehouses from the mid-20th century, and nice if modest scenery surrounding it all. … Continue reading