Latin American spirits Archive

Sampling Mezcal in Oaxaca

I’m currently in the city of Oaxaca in Mexico and was fortunate enough to be here the week of the Guelaguetza Festival. That big dance performance is the main event, but there are all kinds of events happening around town at the same time, including a big Mezcal Fair. So in one place I was [...]

Sipping 18- and 25-year Flor de Caña in the Rum Room

A while back I reviewed the 12-year Flor de Caña rum, which is one of the easiest premium bottles to find at the luxury hotels and resorts we often cover in Luxury Latin America. When I stayed at fabulous Mukul Resort earlier this year, however, at the top of my list after the sun went [...]

Flor de Cana 12-year Rum Review

Flor de Caña Centenario 12-year Rum is certainly one of the finest in the world. It comes not from some Caribbean island, but from the Central American country of Nicaragua. The name means “sugar cane flower” and it has a sweet smell indeed. (Gringo tip: the last word is pronounced “KAHN-ya,” like Kanye West with [...]

Taste Test: Ron Zacapa Centenario XO Rum

I am fully aware that Guatemala would not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of the origin of a bottle of rum costing $100. Earlier this month I got to try a healthy pour of fine Ron Zacapa Centenario XO though and I’m ready to go on record saying this [...]

Tequila Taste Test: Alacran in the Black Bottle

I first tried Alacrán tequila few years ago when I stayed at Capella Ixtapa and was high on the view before I even touched any alcohol. Maybe it was the atmosphere, but I really liked it then, only in part because it was laid out complimentary for guests in the lounge. This brand is only [...]