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Jonah Flicker

Jonah Flicker

Jonah Flicker is a freelance writer who covers booze, travel, food, and lifestyle. His work has appeared in a variety of different publications, including Esquire, Maxim, Departures, USA Today, CNN, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and more. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family and cairn terrier, and prefers his whiskey cask-strength and neat.

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All the new whiskies you need to drink this fall

There's something about the return of sweater weather that makes people crave whiskey, and here are seven new brands to try out this fall.
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Hudson Whiskey Relaunches with New Look, New Whiskey

Things have been relatively quiet from Tuthilltown, but the distillery revealed some big news in recent days.
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Little Book Chapter 4: Lessons Honored is a Conceptual Whiskey

The latest release, Chapter 4: 'Lessons Honored,' is an homage to his dad and the things he's taught him over the years.
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Elijah Craig Adds Toasted Barrel Expression to its Range

The latest toasted barrel release comes from Elijah Craig, a dependable bourbon brand produced at Heaven Hill in Kentucky.
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Angel’s Envy Releases Special New Mizunara Cask Whiskey

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Angel's Envy's Founder's Day on 8/19, the distillery released a new bourbon finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.
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New Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Release Out in September

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Why Baked Beans are the Best Beans

Baked beans are the perfect comfort food. They are sweet, hearty, and warm, and often flavored with a little bit of bacon or pork, another comfort food staple.
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Oskar Blues Brewery Releases French’s Mustard Beer

Colorado's Oskar Blues Brewery has a new collaboration with French's Mustard, appropriately called French’s Mustard Beer.

Wild Turkey Releases Two New Limited Edition Whiskeys

There are two new Wild Turkey whiskeys, one from the Master's Keep series, the other a new barrel-proof rye whiskey that is part of the Rare Breed lineup. 
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Isle of Raasay Distillery Gears Up for Inaugural Release with Final While We Wait Single Malt

The Isle of Raasay Distillery is one of the newest whisky distilleries in Scotland, and is gearing up to make a big impact.
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Big Whiskey News: Brown-Forman Early Times is Sold to Sazerac

Early Times whisky is celebrating its 160th year this year -- not a bad run for any brand -- but it was announced this week that Brown-Forman is selling the brand to Sazerac.
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A Comparison of 3 New Batches of Barrel Strength Whiskey

Here are three recent barrel-proof whiskeys, each compared to its previous incarnation to see which comes out on top.

The World’s Northernmost Whisky, Bivrost, is Now Available

In what could truly prove to a be a study in how climate affects whisky maturation, Norway's Aurora Spirit Distillery has released what it is calling the world's northernmost whisky.
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Kentucky’s New Riff Distillery Has Released a Peated Bourbon and Rye

The latest addition to the lineup are two whiskeys called Backsetter, a bourbon and a rye that use peated malt in their production.
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In Defense of What People Call Bad Whiskey

It's very rare to find a "bad" whiskey -- meaning a whiskey that is actually poorly made from grain to glass.
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Knob Creek Reintroduces Age Statement Bourbon to its Lineup

Knob Creek is adding back the 9-year-old age statement to its flagship bourbon, and adding a 12-year-old bourbon to its core lineup.

WhistlePig HomeStock Lets You Blend at Home and Support Bartenders

WhistlePig is launching a blend-at-home contest in conjunction with online alcohol retailer Flaviar.
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What’s the Point of Cristalino Tequila?

Cristalino tequila, while not new, is gaining traction. Expressions have been released by 1800, Cazadores, El Mayor, and Cenote, joining Hornitos, Herradura, and Don Julio.
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Chivas Releases Extra 13 Collection Scotch Whiskies

Chivas Extra 13 collection is a series of 13-year-old blends finished in different types of barrels.
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Classic Old Overholt Rye Whiskey Gets an Upgrade

Old Overholt is a classic, inexpensive rye whiskey that has been a favorite of bartenders and home drinkers for years.
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Redbreast Master Blender Talks New 27-Year-Old Expression

Redbreast Irish whiskey recently introduced the oldest expression in its core range, a 27-year-old whiskey matured in bourbon, port, and sherry casks.
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Can the Stinger Cocktail Find New Life?

The cocktail renaissance has seen its ups and downs, as bartenders and drinkers veer from complicated concoctions to simple classics and back again.
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Chef Andrew Zimmern Talks Food and Politics

The Manual had the chance to ask Zimmern about global food availability, climate change, and whether or not you can separate the culinary from the political.
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Dewar’s Launches New Scotch Finished in Mezcal Casks

Overall, this is a nice sipping whisky that would also work quite well in a simple drink like a highball.
Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Cask Edition

Courvoisier Launches New Avant-Garde Series … Cognac?

Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Cask Edition consists of the house's VS liquid finished in Kentucky bourbon barrels.
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Mount Gay Rum’s Master Blender Unveils New Blends for 2022

Trudiann Branker, Mount Gay Rum's new master blender, is taking bold strides to make her mark on the brand with these new blends for 2022.
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Here’s to the New Year: 20-Year-Old Whiskies to Drink in 2022

2022 is here so it's a good time to drink some 20-year-old whiskies to welcome the year.
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Angel’s Envy Releases Second Cellar Collection Whiskey

The newest release in the distillery's Cellar Collection series is a different version of the latter type of finish. Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Tawny Port Wine Barrels will be available this February in a limited release of just 5,400 bottles.
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Tincup Releases New Rye Whiskey

The latest brand made at MGP to release a rye whiskey is Colorado's Tincup, adding it to its lineup of original (a blend of bourbon and single malt) and 10-year-old American whiskey.
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Jameson Cold Brew Is the New Limited Edition that Combines Whiskey and Coffee

Not to be outdone, America's favorite Irish whiskey, Jameson, has a new limited-time offering available this winter. Jameson Cold Brew is a combination of cold brew coffee flavor (not actual cold brew) and Irish whiskey.
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Egan’s Irish Whiskey Coffee Collaboration Is Great for Cocktails, Too

Fans of whiskey and coffee have something to be happy about this winter. Egan's Irish Whiskey has announced that it will be partnering with Rockford, Illinois-based Fire Dept. Coffee on a new blend that has been infused with whiskey.
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9 American Amari to Drink Now

There is a vibrant and growing American amaro category, with many expressions made using herbs and spices that are native to the area in which they are produced.
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7 New Celebrity Booze Brands to Drink Now

Celebrities have been endorsing booze brands for decades.Nowadays, actors, musicians, and athletes are creating (or sometimes just lending their names to) a variety of spirits brands.
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Shake Shack Relaunches the ShackMeister Burger

The latest is the relaunch of the ShakeMeister Burger, which is basically a ShackBurger topped with crispy beer-marinated shallots.
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Pittsburgh’s Wigle Whiskey Releases New Spirits

Pittsburgh's Wigle Whiskey distillery has come out with a slew of new products, perfect for this winter or any time.
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Jose Cuervo Reveals New Agave-Based Biodegradable Straws

Jose Cuervo Tradicional, in partnership with BioSolutions Mexico and PENKA, has come up with a sustainability solution that it calls a "biodegradable bio-based drinking straw made from upcycled agave fibers."
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2 New Whiskey-Beer Collaborations to Drink Now

There are two new barrel-aged beers available just in time for the holidays, both from craft breweries that have collaborated with some top-tier whiskey distilleries.
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Wolves Whiskey Releases Newest Expression Called Winter Run

Last year, the first release from new brand Wolves Whiskey sold out quite rapidly, something which founders James Bond (co-founder of Undefeated) and Jon Buscemi (founder of Buscemi) hope to repeat.
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Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Collaborates with Utah Cheese Maker

Basil Hayden's Bourbon, part of the Jim Beam Small Batch collection, has taken this one step further by collaborating on a new cheese with Utah cheese maker Beehive Cheese.
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9 Best American Barrel Proof Whiskeys to Drink Now

The great thing about barrel-proof whiskey is not that it's going to get you drunk really fast, although that's certainly true. No, the joy in these whiskies is that the flavor and nose are not tamped down by the addition of water, making this the ultimate whiskey drinking experience.
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5 Cognacs (and One Armagnac) to Drink Right Now

With brown spirit season in full swing, it's time to step outside your whiskey comfort zone and try another spirit: cognac. Here, we outline four cognacs and one armagnac you should try.
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Heaven’s Door Releases New 26-Year-Old Whiskey

The first installment of The Bootleg Series from Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door Whiskey brand is rolling out in limited numbers (less than 3,000 bottles), a 26-year-old whiskey that will cost $500 per bottle.
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Sazerac Brings Cognac Back to New Orleans

Four centuries ago, the Sazerac family owned vineyards and a distillery in the Cognac region of France and established the Sazerac de Forge cognac house. And now Sazerac is reviving this brand with its Sazerac de Forge & Fils “Finest Original” Cognac
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The Final Chapter of The Balvenie Compendium Now Available

The Balvenie has announced that the final chapter in its Compendium series, The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Five "Malt Master’s Indulgence," will be released this month for a cool $80,000. This series is comprised of various vintages that are personally selected by malt master David Stewart.
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Canadian Club Releases a 42-Year-Old Whisky

Canadian Club's newest limited-edition whisky is a 42-year-old release dedicated to the dock workers who kept the whisky flowing during Prohibition.
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Aberfeldy and Craigellachie Launch Exceptional Cask Series

This month, the Aberfeldy and Craigellachie distilleries are launching new expressions as part of their Exceptional Cask series. For many years, these whiskies were important components in the makeup of Dewar’s blended Scotch, but not available on their own as single malts. That’s all changed.
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6 Coffee Liqueurs and Spirits to Drink Right Now

Looking for a little extra buzz in your booze? Check out these coffee liqueurs and spirits for new and fun ways to jazz up your morning joe or your nightly cocktails.
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The Final Game of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Is Better Than the Series Finale

Game of Thrones is finally over after a series finale that disappointed many and thrilled a few others. Now, the Game of Thrones series of single malt whiskies from Diageo is coming to a close. Hopefully, this expression will be better received than Bran the Broken as ruler of the Six Kingdoms.
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Bardstown Bourbon Company Releases 3 New Collaborative Series Bourbons

Bardstown Bourbon Company is the most modern distillery in the epicenter of bourbon country. The distillery's Collaborative Series, which uses barrels from different wineries, distilleries, and breweries to finish whiskey in, has three expensive new members that were recently added to the lineup.
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Irish Whiskey Is So Popular That It Gets Its Own Festival in New York City.

The team behind famed bar The Dead Rabbit is bringing an Irish whiskey festival to New York City. In advance of that, Jack McGarry sits down with The Manual to talk about the state of Irish whiskey.