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Tony Sachs
Tony Sachs has been writing about spirits and cocktails, among other subjects, since 2007, after the independent record store he owned and operated on Manhattan's Upper West Side went the way of most other independent record stores. Aside from HuffPost, Tony has written for Wine Enthusiast, Complex Magazine and Bar Magazine, to name a few. He is also the "as-told-to" guy for the autobiography of pianist/songwriter/performer/raconteur Irving Fields, The Pianos I Have Known.

Tony lives in Manhattan with his wife, daughter and cat. He is slightly obsessed with the New York Yankees, Frank Sinatra and dumplings. He can often be found at his home, trying to create the perfect mai tai.


Entries by Tony Sachs

Creating 20-Year-Old Liquor in Six Days: How the Spirits Industry Is About to Be Transformed

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Time was when barrel-aging spirits was a strict two-way collaboration between Mother Nature and Father Time. Well, that's all about to change.

Sure, you've had small distilleries without sufficient time or cash for proper aging try to hack the system by aging their product in smaller barrels, the theory being...

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Eat & Drink Your Way Through Asia in One Night: The Luckyrice Grand Feast Comes to NYC

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 6:11 PM

It's that time of year again. I can tell because my stomach is growling and my mouth is watering. It must be time for another Luckyrice Festival Grand Feast. Only this year it's a little different. They moved it up two months, from May to March (this Friday, March 20,...

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Single Malts, Ryes, Rums and More: A Dozen New Dark Spirits for Sipping & Savoring

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Whenever I do spirits round-ups like this one, I try to come up with some timely intro, as if I'm a talk show host doing a monologue. I've tried the old current events bit: "Man, Brian Williams must have really been sloshed on that chopper to have such a faulty...

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Delicious Asian Cuisine in NYC for Valentine's Day, Lunar New Year, and Just Because You're Hungry

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:13 PM

You don't need a special occasion to eat Asian food. Heck, Sunday nights have been reason enough for Jewish families to go out for Chinese for generations. And when is there NOT a good night to order in sushi or pho? But there are certain days when it behooves you...

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In the Spirit: A Vodka Agnostic Tries to Convert With the Aid of 10 Great Brands

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 8:57 AM

I'm what you'd call a vodka agnostic. I admit that I tend to stifle my share of yawns when people tell me about the newest latest vodkas. I roll my eyes when I hear the umpeenth "smooth" and "clean" description -- words I actually use pretty frequently here, because how...

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The Past, Neat or On The Rocks: Glenfiddich Recreates a Seminal Single Malt

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:26 PM

We're living in a golden age for liquor -- let's just get that out of the way first. There's more quality booze being made by more people in more places around the world than ever before in the history of the human liver. So don't think I'm some dewy-eyed romantic...

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The Scotch Before Christmas: 12 Single Malts for Last-Minute Shoppers

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 9:08 AM

'Twas the week before Christmas, the middle of Hanukkah
And last-minute shoppers had serious agita.
"What do I do? What the hell should I buy?
I still need a gift for my great uncle Sy!
Not to mention my cousin, the one in Mamaroneck

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Drink Your Pea: Talking With The Co-Founder Of Botan Plant-Based Protein Drink

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 10:53 PM

For people who want to watch their waistline while leaving a smaller carbon footprint, plant-based protein is all the rage right now. And leaping into the fray is Botan, a GMO-free protein drink made from peas. Launched in early 2014, it was initially only available in a few stores in...

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New Booze To Help You Survive The Holiday Season (They Make Good Gifts, Too)

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 9:56 AM

My neighborhood's resident crazy guy, during a break from screaming obscenities at passers-by, once spent an afternoon singing, to the tune of the Christmas song, "It's the most... ri-di-cu-lous time... of the year!" while softly chuckling to himself. And you know, he's right. Never mind that he sang it in...

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Koo-Koo for Cacao: Two Very Different Cacao-Infused Spirits Hit the Market

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 10:34 PM

Chocolate and booze are two of life's great pleasures. And they taste so delicious together -- a few slivers of dark, cacao-rich chocolate with a glass of single malt whisky or a rich, sweet port wine or a fine sipping rum or... I could go on, but I don't want...

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Limited Edition Whiskeys for Gifting

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 8:52 AM

The whiskey lover in me adores this time of year, when distillers from all over the globe unleash their new limited edition offerings. The suspense! The mystery! How will the label look? What's the shape of the bottle? How many are they making? How much will it cost? Is this...

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The Whisky Extravaganza: Old Favorites, Rare Malts and Mystery Drams

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 5:01 PM

There are a lot of whisky events out there, patronized by a lot of people who, when confronted with a room full of alcohol, simply forget the meaning of the word restraint. These people can often be found in the restrooms about an hour into said events, returning their bounty...

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What the Heck Is a Sling? Cherry Heering Wants to Help You Learn

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:53 AM

All through September and October I kept hearing about the Peter F. Heering Sling Awards which were taking place in Berlin. I wasn't particularly interested because, well, it's one of approximately 12 skadillion cocktail competitions that take place around the globe each year. And besides, I thought, I...

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Ramen, Dumplings & Isan Thai Cuisine to Chase Your Blues Away

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:02 PM

I got the blues. And not just any blues. I got the mean, lowdown, soul-sucking, mothertrucking B-L-U-E-S blues. Now, there are lots of ways to combat what Cole Porter called "the old ennui." Drinking too much, drugs, writing pathetic songs... all tried and true blues battlers. But when I drink...

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The New Old Thing: A Tasty Trio of New Old Tom Gins

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 10:48 AM

There's never been such a good time to be a Martinez drinker. Well, not in 100 years or so, at least. If you're wondering what a Martinez cocktail is, perhaps you should get acquainted with Old Tom gin. And in case you're wondering what Old Tom gin is, here's the...

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Of Carterhead Stills & Glasshouses: Bombay Sapphire's New Distillery At Laverstoke Mill

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 10:19 AM

I love gin. And normally, I could care less where it's made, as long as it tastes good in my martini or gin & tonic. But Bombay Sapphire's new distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, England, which is up and running and opening to the public on Oct. 1, is......

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Saying Goodbye (?) to Ichiro Suzuki

(22) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 11:49 AM

I love Derek Jeter as much as the next... well, as much as the next baseball fan who doesn't hate Derek Jeter. There seems to be a lot of both emotions going around as his farewell tour, which seems to have lasted almost as long as the rest of his...

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Geeking out With Bacardi's Brand Master About the New Facundo Rum Collection

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Bacardi is far and away the most popular brand of rum in the world, and according to the company, it's also the world's most awarded spirit. It also has a bit of an image problem. The Bacardi name is largely associated with an inexpensive, light, almost vodka-like rum that's meant...

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Glenlivet's $25,000 Whisky That's Actually a Bargain... Sort Of

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 11:30 PM

It's not often that one gets the opportunity to taste a 50-year-old single malt. I'm not talking about a bottle that's been gathering dust in Grampa's liquor cabinet, though that would be pretty cool, too. I mean a whisky that's actually been aged in oak for a full half-century without...

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Drink the Moon: The Luckyrice Moon Festival Cocktail Feast Comes to NYC

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Once upon a time -- back in the early days of the Bush Administration -- the serious pursuit of mixology was but a blip on the food/drink radar. Cocktails to accompany meals? Pshaw. Knowing the sources of your spirits and mixers? For heaven's sake, why? Taking what you drink and...

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