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The Balvenie Unveils DCS Compendium Chapter Five

By Alex Martin

Single malt scotch whisky specialist, The Balvenie, has unveiled the final chapter in its DCS Compendium series. Named ‘Chapter Five: Malt Master’s Indulgence’, the collection of five rare scotch whiskeys is valued at $80,000. The collection has been crafted by Malt Master David Stewart for their significance to his career. It begins with a 56-year-old liquid – the oldest ever […]

The World of Fine Wine Announces Best Wine Lists 2019

By Alex Martin

The World’s Best Wine Lists Awards for 2019 have been revealed by The World of Fine Wine. South Africa’s Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient is the biggest winner of this year’s list after receiving the honor of Wine List of the Year, Best Hotel Wine List in the World, and Champions’ League World’s Best By-the-Glass Wine List 2019. Now in […]

Jamie Ritchie on Trends in the Wine World

By Elite Traveler

Jamie Ritchie has been buying wines by the case since he was 18 years old. Now, as worldwide head of Sotheby’s Wine, he oversees wine auctions that reach record-breaking numbers. The last five years have been a prosperous time for the fine wine and spirits business, as demand from Asia and the Americas has driven prices to record levels. In […]

Patrón Releases its Oldest Tequila Ever

By Alex Martin

Patrón has announced the release of a limited edition 10-year-old tequila, the oldest ever from the Bacardi-owned company. The Patrón Extra Añejo 10 Años is exclusive to the US market where demand for high-end, aged tequilas is growing rapidly. The production of a 10-year-old tequila shows impressive foresight from the Bacardi-owned brand. Indeed, aged tequila was so rare at the […]

Krug Partners with Neneh Cherry for ‘Rhythm & Ride’ Encounter

By Alex Martin

Krug champagne will further strengthen its love affair with music by partnering with singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry for its upcoming Rhythm & Ride Encounter. Now in its fourth consecutive year, Krug Encounters returns with another unique concept set in an enchanting English woodland. This year’s Rhythm & Ride experience follows the hugely successful Tracks on Tracks event with Jools Holland in […]

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 […]