Tippling tips: Texas-tailored whiskey

Victor Tangos, which was making a big deal about cocktails almost before that was cool, will celebrate its own custom-blended whiskey, created in collaboration with Koval Distillery in Chicago, with a dinner Thursday night, starting at 7. Executive chef Kirstyn Brewer will oversee the four-course meal, which includes cocktail pairings from bartender Matt Ragan. It's $75 a person. Call 214-252-8595 to reserve a spot. The dinner is limited to 25 participants.

Chad McClendon, manager of the Library Bar at the Melrose, is digging Swift Texas Whiskey from Dripping Springs. So is Mr. Dallas after sampling it last week. It's modeled after a Speyside scotch. Here's an extended assessment by Kevin Gray of Cocktail Enthusiast. Swift whiskey retails for about $50.

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