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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 3:26 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 | 10:08 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 | 11:53 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 | 10:56 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 | 11:34 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 | 9:52 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 | 6:01 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 | 12:53 PM

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 | 4:02 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 | 11:48 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 | 11:19 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 | 12:49 PM

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 | 10:38 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 22, 2014 | 12:30 AM

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 | 11:54 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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Veggie Cocktails: Having Your Salad and Drinking It, Too

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:34 PM

For the past couple of years, whenever I've tried another one of the approximately four gazillion vegetable-based cocktails that have surfaced in finer watering holes across New York, I've said to myself, "Self, you've gotta write about your favorite veggie cocktails." And then I get sidetracked by another assignment to...

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Oyster Week In NYC: The Big Apple Becomes The Big Oyster

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 9:48 AM

You may think, hey, I know my oysters. There's big ones, little ones, briny ones, sweet ones, West Coast, East Coast. I even know a few names -- Wellfleet, Kumomoto, Bluepoint, and, um, did I say Wellfleet? And I know for sure they taste good with a big dollop of...

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An Interview With 6th Generation Rum Maker Roberto Serralles

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Roberto Serralles' family has been making rum in Puerto Rico since 1865, making it one of the oldest privately owned and operated companies in the U.S. and its territories. Serralles' flagship brand, Don Q, is stylistically a quintessentially Puerto Rican rum -- dry, light, clean, great for mixing.


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I Tried These 8 New Bourbons. What Happened Next Will Astonish You

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:24 PM

A funny thing about bourbon. Twenty, thirty years ago, it was the least sexy spirit this side of kirschwasser. In the whiskey pantheon, bourbon was the cheap stuff, the bottom-shelf booze, the uncouth corn likker for louts and hooligans. It got you drunk, it went down easy, but it was...

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Whisky Whisky Everywhere: The Latest Bottlings From Scotland

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:36 PM

It's August. Time to enjoy the dog days of summer, lazing by the pool with a trashy novel, some good tunes, a healthy dab of sunscreen and... a dram of Scotch whisky?! Hey, why not? Scotch is delicious -- too delicious to wait for sweater weather to drink it. Especially...

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