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Introducing: Basil Hayden’s Rye

My new book, “Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey,” charts the remarkable increase in the production not only of bourbon, but also of rye whiskey. For instance: From 2009 through 2014, the volume of rye whiskey produced increased…

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William Faulkner’s Hot Toddy

William Faulkner is one of those great 20th century Southern authors who always kept a bottle nearby. Did the whiskey unlock his genius? Or did his genius drive him to drink, to the point of alcohol addiction? We will never…

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Who was ‘Michter’?

When I first heard the name “Michter’s” a few years ago, I assumed it was a Dutch surname. I knew that the brand name had originated in Pennsylvania in the mid-1970s at a distillery that went bankrupt in 1990, and…

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Jim Beam Double Oak

86 proof; 4 years, then aged “to taste” in second charred barrel $22/750ml The story: Jim Beam Double Oak, the latest new expression from the brand, is first aged for four years in charred American white oak barrels, then poured…

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Cheers to The Nasty Woman

Over the weekend, my husband and I hosted a pre-Election Day gathering celebrating the only party we knew everyone could support: The Cocktail Party. The names of the cocktails we served — The Bad Hombre, The Private Server — reflected this…

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