Clase Azul, a boutique tequila fábrica located in the Jésus María region of Arandas in Jalisco, Mexico, not only has produced its first commercially available añejo but, in so doing, also has created what is one of the world’s few truly handcrafted spirits.
Ever since the launch of his Port Wood in 1995, Bill Lumsden, head of distilling and whisky creation for Glenmorangie, has produced some of the most innovative and flavorful wine barrel–finished single malts in the industry—a regime that has since been adopted by other practitioners.
The recent double-digit growth in consumption of Irish whiskey can be attributed in part to Redbreast, a single-pot-still whiskey that first appeared in the early 1900s as an independent bottling from Gilbey’s, then the producer of Jameson’s.
The former entertainment-industry attorney Rakesh “Rocky” Patel has become one of the world’s top boutique cigar producers, renowned for his products’ packaging, which is always eye-catching and occasionally over the top.
A departure from the brand’s usually mild-mannered cigars, the Fonseca Cubano Exclusivo (www.quesadacigars.com, $6.95 to $8.95) is only the second box-pressed cigar that the Fonseca factory has produced in its 40-year history.
Since departing Cuba in the 1990s, the company now known as Oettinger Davidoff has focused on the Dominican Republic, with the master blender Hendrik “Henke” Kelner overseeing production of the brand’s wide range of Dominican cigars.