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Cointreau
Spirits

Cointreau

The story of Cointreau, world’s most popular orange-flavoured liqueur, begins with the opening of a distillery in 1849 at rue Saint Land in Angers, Loire, by brothers Eduard-Jean and Adolphe Cointreau. In 1875, Edouard-Jean notices a public interest in the popularity of orange-flavoured liqueurs, and started to experiment with orange […]

Armagnac Revisited
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Armagnac Revisited

My first experience with Armagnac that distinguished distillate of Gascony, was while teaching in a classroom. It was then and there that I fell for the flavour and aromas. Armagnac is fascinating – bold, yet full of velvety finesse. The Armagnac region in Gascony, just a few hundred kilometres south […]

Matching food and rye whiskies
Food Spirits

Matching food and rye whiskies

While thousands write about matching food and wine, few mention pairing the pleasures of matching Canadian rye whisky with food, or for those matter whiskies in general. Yet there is a correlation between and spirits. Chefs who know food flavours well and can cerate memorable dishes and happen to know […]

An exquisite vodka tasting
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An exquisite vodka tasting

Poels and Russians, both claim to have invenred vodka, and don’t like the saying “all vodkas taste the same”, although western Euroepans and North Americans think otherwise. Yet Americans, maybe instinctively gravitate towards Stolichnaya and Smirnoff becausdre of their distinctive purity and mouth feel. A fine vodka though, much like […]

whisky
Food Spirits

Matching Food and Rye Whiskies

While thousands write about matching food and wine, few mention pairing the pleasures of matching Canadian rye whisky with food, or for those matter whiskies in general. Yet there is a correlation between and spirits. Chefs who know food flavours well and can cerate memorable dishes and happen to know […]