spirits reviews Archive

Ron Zacapa Edicion Negra Aged Rum Adds a Charred Barrel Twist

  When you start asking rum connoisseurs about their favorites, the name Ron Zacapa pops up a lot, so I was excited to try this relatively new Edición Negra version. Ron Zacapa 23 is not just one of the best rums from Central America, it’s also one of the best in the world. This new [&hellip

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Visiting the Flor de Caña Distillery in Nicaragua

I seldom sample spirits at 11:00 a.m., but travel writing is not for the faint of heart. Offered a chance to taste Flor de Caña, Nicaragua’s premium rum, my colleagues and I were up for the challenge. To find out how this Central American favorite is made, we left the beautiful colonial city of León [&hellip

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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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