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G.E. Massenez – the master distiller of Alsace
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G.E. Massenez – the master distiller of Alsace

Alsace is famous for its fragrant white wines, sparkling. Few people know of Alsace’s light, aromatic, and succulent pinot noirs that have never been aged in barrels. Central European food lovers like to finish their meals with a fragrant cup of coffee and a shot of fruit brandy. This is […]

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Rum – the spirits of the tropics

When people talk about rum, for most, the tropics with palm trees and beautiful beaches come to mind. Rum can be, and is produced from sugar beets as well. However, sugar cane rum possesses a superior flavour, and north European producers always blend their sugar beet rums with imported distillates […]

Shochu/Soju
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Shochu/Soju

For most non-Japanese, this country’s alcoholic beverage is sake. Although sake, a rice beer, does not foam and is of a clear colour, it is brewed. Shochu, as the Japanese call it, and soju as the Koreans call it, is a distilled beverage ranging between 17 to 45 per cent […]

How to Host a Successful Cocktail Party
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How to Host a Successful Cocktail Party

Having a cocktail party for your colleagues, friends, and family can be an exciting venture with the proper planning and attention to detail. In the article “How to Host a Cocktail Party,” author Donna Pilato says that there has “been a tremendous resurgence in the popularity of mixed drinks” since […]

The Macallan 1824 series of Scotch Whiskies
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The Macallan 1824 series of Scotch Whiskies

Macallan is of the legendary Scotch distilleries in the Speyside where 107 other establishments produce the best export value of the land. In the past Macallan labelled all of its whiskies by the number of years they were aged in a blend of second fill American whiskey barrels used for […]

Medicinal Liqueurs: Benedictine and chartreuse.
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Medicinal Liqueurs: Benedictine and chartreuse.

Many liqueurs were invented in medieval monasteries by studious, curious, and medicinally inclined monks. Most were French, but Italian, German, Spanish monks contributed to the panoply of liqueurs, some of which are still being marketed by companies specially set up to look after promotion and distribution. Benedictine and Chartreuse are […]

Rum
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Guyana’s delighful and tasty rums.

When Columbus landed on the shores of today’s Guyana in 1498, Arawak and Carib Indians called the region their home. Since then, both races almost, if not totally disappeared, for a number of reasons, including disease the “white people” brought with them, albeit inadvertently. In teh 15th century “settlers” started […]