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Latin American spirits Archive

Cascahuin Tequila: the Real Deal From an Independent Distillery

Will you drink better tequila if you buy from a family company that hasn’t sold out to the suits? That’s certainly open to debate, based on our extensive tasting research over the years, but it’s always a thrill to discover an independent company putting something great into its bottles, which is what we found with [&hellip

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Clase Azul Tequila in a Hand-Crafted Bottle

In most cases, when you hear premium tequila described as coming in “a beautiful bottle,” that bottle is usually glass. There are a few that are packaged in real Mexican pottery though and the Clase Azul packages are real works of art. Made by hand on a pottery wheel, fired, and hand-painted with fine glazes, [&hellip

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Four Mexican Spirits That Are Not So Famous

When it comes to Mexican spirits, there is one heavy hitter known around the world and one coming on strong, but the others jostling for attention are mysteries to most people. While staying at the Four Seasons Punta Mita in Mexico, I got to sit down with a bartender who knows a lot about Mexican [&hellip

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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 [&hellip

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Oaxaca Mezcal Brands and Which Ones are Worth Buying

From the mid-2000s Mexico has burst onto the international scene with a huge range of wine, spirits, and craft beer. While these libations all have deep ancestries in Mexico, they are now winning awards both at home and abroad and competing with the world’s most prestigious beverages for accolades and fans. Nowhere is this more [&hellip

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Drinking IZO Sotol From Durango, Mexico

Sotol is a Mexican spirit that has flown below the radar for many years, but this interesting liquor is popping up in more places lately and I just got to try a new entry from IZO, a distiller out of Durango state. Many visitors who have vacationed in Mexico have tried some good 100% blue [&hellip

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