Wines and Spirits

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The Extraordinary Whisky Decanter From Last Drop Distillers

By Emma Reynolds

The first decanter and automatic pourer of its kind, The Last Drop Distillers’ new intuitive apparatus, Phoebe, puts on a magical mini-show every time you crave a dram of whisky. The London-based distillery is known for sourcing some of the most sought-after and rarest spirits in the world, and has now introduced its first accessory. The unique decanting and pouring […]

Steph Dutton on Meeting Your (Wine)Maker

By Elite Traveler

Re-corking strikes fear into many wine collectors’ hearts. Steph Dutton, one of Penfolds’ esteemed winemakers, dispels the myths and explains why it could even increase your investment. Collectors often joke upon entering a Penfolds Re-corking Wine Clinic that they feel they’re part of a TV show: on an emotional roller coaster, filled with anticipation to see how their wine is […]

Richard Paterson on 50 years in Whisky

By Kristen Shirley

As he unveils the rarest whisky The Dalmore has ever produced, L’Anima Aged 49 Years, in collaboration with Massimo Bottura, Richard Paterson speaks to Kristen Shirley about his legacy, the spirit of whisky and why cask will always be king. He’s been called whisky’s greatest showman, and gained a bit of notoriety as the man who throws rare whisky onto […]

Lalique Barrique is the World’s First Translucent Barrel

By Samantha Coles

In France’s Bordeaux wine region, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has stood among 990 acres of vineyards since 1618 where it produces the esteemed Premier Grand Cru Classé. The Château was acquired by another French icon, famed glass designer Lalique, and opened as a charming hotel last year. Naturally, the interiors are all Lalique and pay homage to the surrounding vineyards. To mark […]

The Best Cocktails for National Rum Day

By Emma Reynolds

Love it or hate it, rum is having a resurgence, appearing at restaurants and on cocktail menus more than ever before.  Elite Traveler has rounded up the best rum-based cocktails for National Rum Day (today!) that you can easily make at home or get at your favorite bar. Three Hour Tour Cecconi’s Dumbo 1 part Banks 5 Rum 1 part Martini Bianco […]

Experience the Spirits of the Arctic with Off the Map Travel

By Elite Traveler

The Arctic, with its local herbs, berries and melting glacier water, offers the perfect conditions for brewing spirits. Off the Map Travel’s Arctic travel specialists are now offering guests the chance to experience a new immersive tour at the world’s northernmost distillery to sample their finest tipples. Guests will be guided by an expert distiller and will see, feel and […]

Gordon & MacPhail Releases Rare Whiskies from Silent Distilleries

By Alex Martin

Renowned whisky hunters Gordon & MacPhail has honored Scotland’s silent distilleries by adding three remarkably rare single malts to its exclusive Private Collection. Two of the three releases come from so-called silent distilleries: Dallas Dhu and St. Magdalene. Both distilleries were established during the Scotch whisky boom of the late 18th and early 19th century but ceased production in 1982. […]

Take Three: Remarkable Fine Scotch Whiskies

By Emma Reynolds

Elite Traveler takes a closer look at three fine Scotch whiskies from some of Scotland’s legendary distilleries. Gordon & MacPhail 1948 from Glen Grant Distillery Gordon & MacPhail curates rare single malt whiskies from more than 100 distilleries around the globe. This 70-year-old single malt, filled on June 11, 1948 and stored at Scotland’s Glen Grant Distillery, was the perfect […]

Where to Celebrate International Beer Day

By Emma Reynolds

Celebrated in hundreds of cities around the globe, International Beer Day brings together beer fans to sip on a cold glass of their favorite brew. The day takes place internationally on the first Friday in August – this year, it’s August 2. For the ultimate beer celebration, head to Kohanaiki in Kona, Hawaii. The invitation-only private residential club is one […]

The World’s First Wine Club in the Sky with VistaJet

By Emma Reynolds

Like many great ideas, VistaJet CEO Thomas Flohr’s VistaJet Wine Program was conjured up over a glass of, well, wine. “I am a wine lover and a fair amount of my friends, who are clients, are wine lovers. When we traveled together, we discovered that the taste differs in the sky [and] on the ground,” Flohr tells Elite Traveler in […]