Sure, when most people think of Whiskey, Bourbon, or Moonshine, they think of Kentucky and other similarly southern states — but that doesn't mean those damn Yankees can't get in on the fun. Given its license on April 14 of this year, Kings County Distillery, makers of Whiskey, Bourbon & Moonshine ($20), is New York City's only operating whiskey distillery, and the first since before prohibition. Currently available from select spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan, those of us outside the greater Gotham area will just have to rely on good ol' Astor Wines and Spirits.
Ever wish you could have your very own hooch instead of drinking the same thing as the bum on the street corner? Whisk(e)y Your Way ($5,400-$9,500) can make it happen. House Spirits Distillery in Portland will help you choose all your components, develop your mash bill, choose a level of char and type of oak for your barrel, and specify distillation details. If you want, you can even show up to help with preparing the wash, distilling, and barreling your drink, and you can come back to check on it as it ages as many times as you like. Finally, once you think it's ready, House will proof, bottle, and label the contents of your barrel, and you get to take home roughly 100 bottles of personalized whiskey for about $50 a bottle.
Time to add another bottle to your list of "stuff I'd love to drink if I had the money." Glenfiddich 50 Year Old ($16,000) is an incredibly expensive, incredibly rare, and, presumably, an incredibly tasty whisky. Part of only the second-ever vatting of the half-century Glenfiddich — the first was done for founder William Grant's children — this unique spirit has spent the last 50 years in two oak casks, which were then combined and aged for another six months in an American oak barrel to create the well-balanced, pleasantly sweet flavor.