All agave-based spirits from
the Oaxaca region of Mexico are known as Mezcal, of which Tequila is a sub-category. "100% Agave" means twice-distilled
juice of the Blue Agave plant. Silver, or "Blanco" Tequilas are bottled within 60 days of distillation at
@ 40% alcohol. "Reposado" or "rested" Tequila is aged from two months to one year in oak barrels,
often used whiskey barrels. Anejo is usually aged one to three years.
Several Tequilas we carry have
received the highest (5 stars) rating from reviewer F. Paul Pacult:
Cabo Wabo Reposado
Don Julio Anejo
El Tesoro Anejo
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia
Most Mezcals are single-distilled, often with many natural compounds or contaminants
remaining in the brew. Some of these can be musky or creosote-like. Still, many consider their flavoring to make
Mezcal uniquely different from Tequila. We carry Monte Alban and Dos Gusanos.
A white grain spirit is distilled with juniper berries to make this dry liquor. It is
usually best compatible with sweeter mixers. These can include tonic, vermouth, orange, cranberry or grapefruit juice,
ginger ale, etc. It's invention is credited to a physician named Franciscus Sylvius in the Netherlands in the 17th century.
Bombay Sapphire, which we carry, is a great award-winning gin. Tanqueray has also won spirits competitions.
is made from sugercane juice and it's byproduct, molasses using either a pot still or column still distillation process.
Pot still output contains more congeners but produces a fuller-flavored rum. It may have evolved from a product called
"Brum" which has been produced in Malaysia for thousands of years. Rums are generally aged from eight
months to two years in oak casks.
There are many different variations and grades of rum.
Flavored rums, such as coconut and pineapple are becoming more popular. Rum-like liquors from South America include
"Cachacha" and "Aquadiente".
Premium rums we carry include Rhum Barbancourt, Appleton,
Mt. Gay and Gosling's.
The word vodka is thought to be derived
from the Slavic word "voda" meaning water. It probably originated in either Poland or Russia. Strictly
speaking, vodka is alcohol & water with minimal flavorings. It is distilled from any number of fruits, grains or
vegetables. Wheat vodkas and those distilled with super-filtration are more popular these days. Some producers claim
that their filtration techniques guarantee greater purity of product. Skyy and Finlandia come to mind here. Vodka
can be from 70 to 100 proof.
Whiskey, also spelled
whisky describes a very broad category of alcoholic beverages distilled from fermented grain mash and aged in oak barrels.
The grains most commonly used include barley, rye, wheat & corn.
Scotch whiskey is twice-distilled and aged
for three years in oak. Malt whiskey is made entirely from malted barley and distilled in a pot still. A "single
malt" is blended from various casks at the same distillery to get a flavor typical of that distillery. Irish whiskey
is generally distilled three times and aged three years. Canadian whiskey is predominantly Rye and blended grain whiskey,
aged three years.
American Straight Whiskey is from 51-79% of a single grain. "Bourbon" is at least 51%
corn. Corn & Rye are the primary grains used in the United States.
See the "New Products"
section for some new single malts in the store. Slainte!
We carry a broad range of all kinds of liqueurs, cognacs, schnapps, etc. Too numerous to mention!