Irish Whiskey Tasting with Irish American at Colonial Spirits Next Week!

Two outstanding Irish whiskeys that drink quite nicely.

Irish American, a Lesser Known Irish Whiskey Producer Will be Here Next Week!

Two outstanding Irish whiskeys that drink quite nicely.

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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El Misterio De La Tequila

I recently helped out with a fund raising event for the Discovery Museum in Acton.  They asked me there to talk about tequila, and it made me realize there are a lot of common misconceptions surrounding this Mexican spirit.

Tequila is made from a dessert plant called Agave.  The agave plant stores its food reserves in a way that predators are not attracted to it.  It possesses long bayonet-like spikes, and these bayonets make it quite difficult reach. Furthermore, the plant does not produce palatable juices or fruit. So how did anyone develop the idea of making a drink from this plant? Continue reading El Misterio De La Tequila

Why Grain Reigns!

In this post I am going to discuss the world’s most popular spirit: that’s vodka of course!  Most people believe that vodka can only be made from potatoes or grain, but nowadays this is just not the case.  Vodka can, in fact, be made out of any starch/sugar rich plant matter.  Some vodkas are made from potatoes, molasses, soybeans, grapes, sugar beets, milk,  and sometimes even byproducts of oil refining or wood pulp processing.  I tried a vodka recently made from the now trendy super food called quinoa.  It was surprisingly good and I plan on stocking it in the very near future.  We currently stock vodka made from milk sugar (Vermont White), maple syrup (Vermont Gold) and grapes (Ciroc).  Each of the less common bases creates a distinctly different flavor, but in general each produces a spirit that tends to be sweeter than its grain or potato brethren. Continue reading Why Grain Reigns!

Grand Scotch Tasting

Date:  Sat, 11/06/2010 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Colonial Spirits announces its first ever grand scotch tasting.  Don’t miss this showcasing of over thirty of the finest Scotch Whiskeys.  From recognized favorites to some prodigious and rare offerings you are sure to find your new favorite.  Five dollars cash at the door, with all money benefiting the Acton 9/11 Memorial Fund, gets you a take home tasting glass and an all access pass to the finest whiskeys Scotland has to offer!


OK I have a confession to make…I consume other beverages other than wine!  Shocking, I know, but there is a place in my heart for all types of brew as well as cider and even some liqueurs.  However, I have become interested in sake over the past few years.  Sake is not simple however, & let me tell you that I have struggled to understand the brewing process of sake as well as the subtle differences between a bottle marked ‘Namazake’ or ‘Junmai Ginjo.’  I recently had the opportunity to meet a sake specialist who was so incredibly helpful that I have invited him to teach myself and others about how sake is made.  He will also help clarify what the all those names on the bottle mean.  He will teach how to taste sake with the following sakes… Continue reading Sake?