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Flavoured Vodkas.
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Flavoured Vodkas.

North American spirits aficionado’s love affair with vodka seems to be boundless. They have consumed 15.5 million cases of it during last year (2009), and all indications point to an increase, in 2010. The average per capita consumption of vodka in North America is half a bottle a year, whereas […]

Armenian Brandy.
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Armenian Brandy.

Nerses Tairian, a Yerevan businessman, who started a winery in 1877, distilled the first brandy in Armenia. The brandy was distilled ten year later. He was successful in marketing the product within Armenia, and retained the services of a Moscow distributor, who decided to purchase the distillery in 1898. Mr. […]

Polish Vodkas of Distinction.
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Polish Vodkas of Distinction.

Polish Vodkas Vodka is a diminutive for of the Slavic word voda (water). It means little water. The first record of vodka dates back to 1405 in Poland. Although Russians claim to have produced vodka before Poles, the Poles insist and can prove that they were the first. In both […]

Rum – Jamaica’s Spirit.
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Rum – Jamaica’s Spirit.

Rum – Jamaica’s Spirit. Rum plays an important economic role in many Caribbean islands. It is a product of sugar cane production and is mostly derived from molasses. Slaves working on sugar estates were the first to discover that when molasses started to ferment it become more enjoyable and inebriating. […]

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Scotch Whisky and How to Enjoy It.

Scotch Whisky Single malt Scotch whisky consumption has been increasing constantly since 1990’s. Distillers and distributes have been struggling with the sagging popularity of blended whiskies in the 1980’s, and saw an opportunity to specialize in more upscale products. Baby boomers looking for new taste sensations proved to be an […]

Atlantic Canada’s Microbreweries.
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Atlantic Canada’s Microbreweries.

Microbreweries Atlantic Canadians’ love of beer is well known to all inhabitants of the continent. They enjoy a well brewed beers and lots of it. Up to recently, they had to contend with what was offered by Labatt’s and Molson’s. Nova Scotia’s Moosehead Breweries is the largest independent brewery and […]