Latin American spirits Archive

Ron Botran Reserva Rum From Guatemala

I’ve sung the praises—to whomever would listen—about another fine rum from Guatemala that’s better known than Botran, but apparently they’re doing something right in that country as this one is excellent too. Is Guatemala big enough to support two rum distilleries? Actually no: both this brand and Ron Zacapa are part of the generic sounding [...]

Don Eduardo High-end Aged Tequila

Many years ago I sampled all three versions of Don Eduardo Tequila while on a whirlwind tour of the land of agave and distilleries that are within striking distance of Guadalajara. You can see that feature story in our archives here: Tequila Gets Ready for its Close-up in Jalisco. There really is a town called [...]

Latin American Spirits Review: Camarena Tequila

I’ve got to admit I don’t get too jazzed up about $200 bottles of tequila. In most cases, you’re spending that money on the fancy packaging and the marketing hype, not so much on what’s inside. What really gets me excited is when I find something in the stores for $20 or $30 that rightfully [...]

Spirits Review: Blue Head Tequila

The first time Blue Head Tequila passed my lips was recently when I attended the Clearwater Uncorked festival on the beach in Florida. Separate from the sea of wine pourings, inside the Hyatt Clearwater, was a room with just a few select brands of spirits, this being one of them. Apparently the distributor for this [...]

Booming Tourism in Peru: The View From Aranwa Hotels’ Gabriel Alvarez

Gabriel Alvarez is Deputy General Manager of Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas, a growing hotel developer that is ridingthe wave of expanding tourism in Peru and the rapidly developing economies of Latin America. I’ve talked before about the booming tourism business in Peru and wanted to get his insiders’ take on what’s happening in this [...]