Sarah Burgess – Lead Whisky Maker for The Macallan

With over 20 years of experience, Sarah Burgess knows a thing or two about making quality single malt. Born and raised in Speyside, surrounded by distilleries, it wasn’t until she began traveling as an adult that she realized there weren’t distilleries around every corner! It was a natural progression of her whisky passion to beginContinue reading “Sarah Burgess – Lead Whisky Maker for The Macallan”

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A New Chapter for Laphroaig Veteran John Campbell

At the end of September it was announced that John Campbell was leaving Laphroaig after 27 years as their Distillery Manager. While he wanted to be closer to his family on the mainland, he hasn’t let the grass grow under his feet – family owned and independently operated Lochlea Distillery (located just below Glasgow) isContinue reading “A New Chapter for Laphroaig Veteran John Campbell”

Janiene Bayliss – Ata Mara Estate

Janiene Bayliss is co-owner and Director of Ata Mara Estate, a vineyard encompassing over 20 hectares in Central Otago, New Zealand. That may sound casual, but she was actually the one that converted the land from sheep farming into vineyards producing hand crafted, award winning, and internationally selling wines back in the early 2000s! ThisContinue reading “Janiene Bayliss – Ata Mara Estate”

The Cuvee – A Single Malt Unlike Any Other

Big news from Ireland’s Waterford Distillery. After 7 years in the making, they are releasing their flagship Irish Single Malt – The Cuvee. Inspired by owner Mark Reynier’s fine wine background, this unique whiskey combines 25 individually crafted, terroir-driven single malts into one glorious dram. Each whiskey in The Cuvee is one of the WaterfordContinue reading “The Cuvee – A Single Malt Unlike Any Other”

The Lowlands

The Lowlands of Scotland may not see the prestige and powerhouse appeal like regions such as Speyside and Islay, but it’s an area that produces some quality spirit. Simply outlined, the Lowlands encompass everything south of Edinburgh (although you can look at the map for a more accurate idea). The diving line was originally decidedContinue reading “The Lowlands”

Jane Bowie – Maker’s Mark

Jane Bowie’s career in whiskey started with a cover letter explicitly stating “I don’t want this job, but…”. Having written to Maker’s Mark at her mother’s behest regarding a job opening for an Event Planner, she went on to detail the role she would love to have at the company – a position which involvedContinue reading “Jane Bowie – Maker’s Mark”

Yankee Cider Co.

As Autumn is upon us, I think it’s apropos to highlight a local cidery. Yankee Cider Company is located in East Haddam, CT and specializes in producing New England style hard ciders made from locally grown apples (they’re also CT’s first farm cidery tap room). You can get cider by the glass, bomber, or growler,Continue reading “Yankee Cider Co.”

Samara Davis, Founder of Black Bourbon Society

Samara Davis is a pretty amazing woman on a mission. With a Master’s in Art Administration and a background in event planning, she discovered a love for whiskey in her 30s. While producing a bourbon event in San Francisco, she noticed the marketing and overall style of the event wasn’t inclusive or welcoming to PeopleContinue reading “Samara Davis, Founder of Black Bourbon Society”

Bishop’s Orchard

Bishop’s Orchard is a fun place to visit when you’re in Connecticut. Located in Guilford, CT, they are a farm and orchard and offer pick-your-own, a market which has food and plants, animals, ice cream, and wine!! They make their own fruit wines and ciders, along with offering popular CT wine brands. The winery wasContinue reading “Bishop’s Orchard”

First Legal Whiskey Distillery in Manhattan Since Prohibition

Welcome to Great Jones Distilling Co., the first (legal) whiskey distillery to open in Manhattan since the days of Prohibition. Located at 686 Broadway (in NoHo), Great Jones opened the doors to their 28,000sq ft, multi-floor, custom designed distillery at the end of August! Utilizing an historic building with its own interesting link to ProhibitionContinue reading “First Legal Whiskey Distillery in Manhattan Since Prohibition”