On Colonial Spirits of Acton’s liquor blog page, you will find posts from our team of liquor and spirits experts. Topics range from trends in the liquor industry, appreciation for and personal recollections of whiskey, bourbon, and gin, and debates on what makes the best cocktail. You can also jump over to our beer blog if brew is your thing. And if wine is your preferred beverage check out our wine blog for thoughts and opinions on all things wine. Whatever topic in the liquor industry interests you, Colonial Spirits wants you to join the conversation. Post here or contact us with questions, suggestions, and comments. Or feel free to come in to meet us at one or our weekly alcohol tasting events. Leave the computer behind and talk to us face to face about your favorite spirit, while sampling new and exciting liquors our vendors are stopping by to show off.
Tequila seems to be quietly awaiting some attention as the interest in barrel aged spirits continues to grow. Mostly left behind in the market today Tequila exists for many as a youthful memory of an upset stomach. The category has also been lead for many years by a well-known brand which barley qualifies as Tequila and isn’t the traditionally crafted spirit that Mexico is so proud of.
In short, Tequila is amazing. It’s a must try. Tequila production is limited to a relatively small area in the western central highlands of Mexico in and around the city of Tequila. It is made exclusively from the agave plant (always be sure that the bottle you choose is labeled ‘100% agave) and shows the unique characteristics of the land where the plant was grown (the growing region is about twice as large as the production region). In few spirits is terroir as evident as it is in tequila.
Bourbon – a distinctive product of the United States (said Congress in 1964) – is an historic American product with a storied past going back hundreds of years, even though it has been a mere half century since Congress made it official. Until recently, in the liquor industry, American whiskies in general faced stiff competition from centuries old distilleries in a great whisky country across the Atlantic and less expensive, ‘smoother’ tasting whiskey from our neighbors in the north. Not to mention the prevailing thirst for vodka, gin and rum. In no more than the last five years American whiskey has been an American renaissance. Bourbon seems to have inspired this cultural rebirth and it is an exciting time to be an enthusiast.
If you are not an enthusiast yourself, it’s likely that you know someone who is. So, somebody in your life excited about Bourbon. Even if that somebody is you there is little doubt that a fine bottle is a superb gift, and is acceptable at any time for any reason. The only challenge is figuring out which one to add to your collection.
Gin is a spirit most commonly associated with juniper berries, indeed the name itself, ‘Gin’, is derived from the Dutch ‘jenever’, meaning juniper. The drink has been around for centuries if not millennia and likely began as a form of medicine. Today gin is growing out of its image as a dry, one dimensional, 80 proof alcohol made for either martinis or tonic. I must admit that I have always found that mold a bit boring.
The gin world is dominated by familiar brand names like Beefeater, Bombay and Tanqueray. These products shape the way gin is perceived and are, categorically, the same. As ‘London’ Gins we primarily see variations only in the sweetness of the product. London Gin, also called London Dry or simply Dry Gin, is a grain neutral spirit that has been re-distilled in the presence of natural herbs used for flavor (juniper always being the most prominent). The legal definition of gin requires the characteristic flavor of juniper berries. It is because the base spirit can be distilled from many forms of sugar (beets, cane, potatoes, grapes, etc.) that we find different flavors among Dry gins – and the above-mentioned brands are fine examples.
This week, we will be hosting New Amsterdam Vodka on Friday, 7/27 from 3-6 p.m. If you need a change, or even if you don’t, come in and try something new at an affordable price that is currently on sale!
Irish American, a Lesser Known Irish Whiskey Producer Will be Here Next Week!
Due to the weather yesterday, we had to cancel the tasting but we will be still having it next week. We didn’t want to deprive our customers of tasting these excellent products! Just because it’s past St. Patrick’s Day, doesn’t mean you can’t still be Irish for a night!
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