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Tequila – Mexico’s National Distillate
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Tequila – Mexico’s National Distillate

Mexico’s most popular spirit has a long history. When Spaniards invaded indigenous lands in the 16th century, what is today Mexico, Aztecs were already drinking pulque ( a mildy alcohlic beverage which was consumed sicne pre-Columbian times). When Spaniards run out of brandy they began distilling pulque. By 1608 the […]

A Superb Canadian whisky
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A Superb Canadian, Irish, Bourbon and Scotch Tasting

A Superb Canadian, Irish, Bourbon and Scotch Tasting   Whisky is a rapidly growing spirit category at the L C B O . A special department scours all producing all over the world, to source out-of-ordinary whiskies. Recently, I had an opportunity to taste more than 30 specially selected whiskies. […]

Rare and Unique Liqueurs
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Rare and Unique Liqueurs

Liqueurs were first produced in monasteries by abbots and their disciples as medicinal elixirs. Over time, thousands of liqueurs were concocted and used by both religious orders and bartenders. Millions like to enjoy their cup of coffee with a shot of their preferred liqueur, others choose to enjoy their liqueur […]

Rum
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Rum – World’s Most Prolific and Unique Spirit

Rum can confidently lay claim to being the most mixable and enjoyable of all the world’s spirits. It defies all attempts at generalization and can be seen as a drink for everyone and everywhere. Regardless, the Caribbean is still celebrated as the spiritual centre of the rum world, the noble […]

world wide alcohol consumption
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Present world wide alcohol consumption trends

Since the run of the century a trend of drinking less but high quality alcoholic beverages has developed in western industrialized countries. This has been achieved with careful marketing strategies of international beverage companies that own huge distilleries in several countries. Here are some statistics that may interest readers. (See […]

wine
Spirits Wine

Soviet policies ruined Vitiviniculture in the Caucasus

Archaeologists consider the Caucasus (today Georgia and Armenia) the birthplace of wine. This region has been producing wine for at least 4000 years possibly longer. In 1991 when the U.S.S.R collapsed Georgia chose to join Europe, but Armenia stayed with Russia for economic reasons. When Georgia and Armenia were in […]