spirits reviews Archive

Altos Tequila Doesn’t Quite Fly High

Altos Tequila would inspire tequila lovers in the know to naturally think of “Los Altos,” the higher-elevation area of Jalisco state where much of the the most interesting agave is grown and some of the most complex tequila is made. The spirit from this clay soil area tends to have more tastes flitting around the [&hellip

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Ron Parce Colombian Rum Is a Real Contender

A chance encounter at my local liquor store led me to Ron Parce, the best Colombian rum I have tasted so far. In the past I haven’t been especially impressed with rum from Colombia, finding most of it much better for cocktails than sipping neat. Good times, even out of a cardboard box, but not [&hellip

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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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