What Makes It Bourbon?

Even if it carries the name of the infamous Bourbon County, the whiskey called Bourbon can be legally made anywhere in the US. Even though most Bourbon is made in Kentucky, there is a list of states that distill bourbon outside of Kentucky, including Tennessee, Ohio,…

Spanish-Style Rums

The world of rum (and rhum) can be divided into three category styles: British, French, and Spanish (based on what country colonized what area). Funky Jamaican rums are a well-known example of the British style. Grassy, vegetal rhum agricoles from Martinique exemplify the French style.…

Mezcal 101

Mezcal is timeless. Channeling centuries of ceremony and culture, it is big, bold and vivid… exemplary, potent and singular. Mezcal is not tequila, it is a true, living antiquity, a magnificent, mystifying panacea forged in a style that glorifies the peoples of the mountains, the plains and the…

A Brief History of Bitter Elixirs

by Forrest Cokely Plants and their derivatives have been utilized throughout history to cure illness or relieve physical symptoms. In ancient times each culture and society had a variety of different understandings with regard to plants and their medicinal properties. That knowledge naturally evolved from…

What is Fernet?

Fernet is an aromatic, herbaceous and bitter spirit made from a number of herbs and spices which vary between different brands. Usually more bitter and less sweet than other Amari, fernets often include rhubarb, chamomile, and cardamom among others roots, herbs and spices, and are distilled on a base of grape distilled spirits. Traditionally served…

Mezcal FAQs

What is “Mezcal”? Mezcal is a classification of agave-based spirits distilled within the territorial boundaries of Mexico’s Denomination of Origin for the category. As initially determined in 1994, five states were permitted to produce spirit called “Mezcal”: Oaxaca, Guerrero, Durango, San Luis Potosi & Zacatecas.…

Types of Tequilas

What do the names of Tequila mean? Blanco Tequila Blancos, also known as “Silvers” and are un-aged tequilas that are generally crisp and dry in taste. Blancos are not necessarily served as a shot, but can be served on the rocks or mixed into a…