Claire Broome

About the Author Claire Broome

Claire Broome lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where nearly all year round she finds the will to live in a warm cup of cheer. (During the brief summer months, she simply puts ice in the cup.) Eager to expand her imbibing horizons at every opportunity, Claire happily soaks up advice, tips, and free samples from cool bartenders, uncool bartenders, and grocery store sommeliers alike—because sometimes the good stuff hides in a plain bottle.


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Craigellachie 23 Years Old

Known for their unapologetically distinctive whiskies, Craigellachie has been in the game since 1981. By using a positively unique distilling process, the distillers are able to use a series of copper coils to bestow an extra hit of flavor to the final product leaving Craigellachie unrivaled. At 23, Craigellachie finds …

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Craigellachie 17 Years

Back in 1981, the peculiar Peter Mackie teamed up with seasoned distillers and gung-ho entrepreneur Alexander Edward to build the Craigellachie brand. Many years later Craigellachie is still kicking, putting out an array of aged whiskies for all to taste and enjoy. This Craigellachie is just 17, you know what …

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Craigellachie 31 Years Old

Founded in 1891 by an extraordinary duo—Peter Mackie and local entrepreneur/ seasoned distiller Alexander Edward— Craigellachie has stood the test of time, still producing distinctive whiskies for all to enjoy. The malted barely at the heart of the distillery is heavy in character and successfully transforms into the timeless spirit …

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Craigellachie 13 Years Old

Since 1981, Craigellachie has taken whiskey making rather seriously and continues to this day to craft carefully aged batches for the world’s consumption. With unparalleled character and consistently distinctive flavors, Craigellachie never released a bad bottle. Though, this should come as no surprise give their precise and uncommon distilling process …

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Ridge Vineyards

Like the winding vines that cover its terraces, the history of Ridge Vineyards is full of intricate twists and turns. Beginning in 1885, when Osea Perrone bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge, the dedication of several eras of winemakers has grown together to bestow the Ridge …

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Pedroncelli Winery

Here’s a family tree that could be mapped as more of a vine: since 1927, the tendrils of four generations have kept John Pendroncelli, Sr.’s vintner legacy climbing at Pedroncelli Winery. From the year the original acreage was purchased, sons and daughters were entwined in every stage of the business—from …

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Dry Creek Vineyard

In 1972, David Stare bought a parcel of land in California’s Dry Creek Valley—perhaps fittingly, the novice winemaker refused to brook any babbling about his chosen crop. Sauvignon blanc grapes did not do well in the region, well-meaning specialists warned. But as an MIT-educated engineer who instead chose to start …

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Lochs of love, Loch Ness Gin

Kevin and Lorien Cameron-Ross are proud of their heritage…especially the reclusive dinosaur. No, it’s not a weird uncle—the Rosses are native Highlanders, with family living near Loch Ness since 1520. Taking notice of Scottish-made artisan gin’s recent popularity, the husband-and-wife team realized if anyone could craft an authentic version, they …

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