Latin American spirits Archive

Drinking Sotol in Chihuahua

If you’re drinking a spirit that tasted like tequila but it’s not tequila, what is it? If it comes from Chihuahua, you’re probably drinking sotol. There are strict regulations on what can and can’t be called tequila and part of that relates to where the agave is grown. (It’s like Champagne or Scotch whiskey.) Once [&hellip

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Ron Diplomatico Reserva Rum From South America

Sometimes the liquor store can yield some surprises that feel like a discovery of buried treasure. I was like a roaming pirate with a shovel and a map when I found this bottle of Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva rum from Venezuela. If you asked most anyone to name something good that comes from Venezuela, if they [&hellip

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Fine Tequila Review: 99,000 Horas From Corralejo

Did you know that it takes 99,000 hours to make a bottle of tequila? That seemed like a high number when I saw the name of this premium tequila that’s the top of the Corralejo brand pyramid. When I did the math I realized they were counting the time it takes for the agave to [&hellip

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Elusive Ron Potosi Aged Rum From Mexico

On paper, Mexico should be a prime rum producer. It grows sugar cane, it has the right climate in many spots, it’s between Cuba and Central America in terms of latitude. So far though, I haven’t found much rum at all from there, much less a brand that’s good enough to be sipped neat. I [&hellip

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A Visit to Corralejo Tequila Distillery in Guanajuato State

You would normally have to visit the areas near Guadalajara in Mexico to get a tequila distillery tour, but there’s one great exception near Guanajuato and Leon: Corralejo. Not only is this a well-known tequila brand in an iconic bottle, but the place also offers an interesting tour and tasting. Yes, most tequila is from [&hellip

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Taste Test: El Dorado Rum From Guyana, South America

Sometimes I like to wander through the rum section of a new store I’m visiting and see if I’ve missed anything I should be checking out. Usually I walk away with nothing, but this time I saw a manager’s recommendation raving about El Dorado rum from Guyana. I had to get it and see if [&hellip

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