This is a different type of mezcal that what you might be used to. Usually, mezcal has a smoky flavor that is imparted when the pina, which is the heart of the agave plants, are roasted in pit ovens dug into the ground. This process has been used to make mezcal for over two hundred years, and it is this roasting that gives mezcal the smoky aroma and taste you associate with it. However, the Zignum Mezcal utilizes a process that is similar to one of the processes used to make tequila. Rather than roast the pina in pit ovens, they are cooked in an autoclave, which is a big clay oven, that doesn’t impart the smoke that roasting in the pit ovens imparts. …Read More
This week’s pick is the 2010 Campo Viejo Rioja. This wine is a little unusual as it’s a basic Rioja, which means that the wine spends less than one year aging in oak. You more often see Rioja Crianza, which must be aged at least two years with one in oak, or Rioja Reserva, which must be aged at least three years with one year in oak. The 2010 Compo Viejo Rioja is also unusual as it exemplifies a very modern, almost new world style that is made from 100% Tempranillo, which is the main grape variety in Rioja. The wine is aged for four months in American oak and then ages in the bottle. This results in a wine that is very fruit forward with bright red fruit with cherry dominating and hints of black fruit, vanilla and baking spices. …Read More
Unlike last year, this year’s winter is fairly mild. But, burr… it’s still cold out there in certain parts of the United States. The Hiram Walker “Original Cinn” Cinnamon Schnapps will help keep you warm this winter. …Read More
It’s Presidents Day. Not all of our Commanders in Chief have been drinkers, but many have. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson even ran distilleries as part of their households. Distilling and brewing were quite common in those days.
Here are cocktails our Commanders in Chief preferred.
Gerald Ford: Gin and Tonic
Herbert Hoover: Martini
Richard Nixon: Rum & Coke
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Scotch or Brandy
Harry Truman: Bourbon
Lyndon Johnson: Scotch and Soda
Warren Harding: … Read more
Our friends at Copa Spirits recently sent us a bottle of Arehucas Ron Miel Rum, a honey rum from the Canary Islands that they recently introduced to the United States. Arehucas is the oldest and largest rum distiller in Europe with its founding back in the 1880′s. But, the history of honey rum or Ron Miel, as its known, goes back even further in the Canary Islands. For over 300 years, the inhabitants of the Canary Islands have enjoyed honey rum. Finally, Ron Miel has come to America. …Read More