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1800 Tequila is a brand of tequila owned by the Beckmann Family, who also own the Jose Cuervo brand. 1800 Tequila is a 100% Blue Agave Tequila and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico. 1800 is named after the year aged Tequila was aged in oak casks.
Originally named Cuervo 1800 Tequila, 1800 Tequila is sold throughout the world. In the United States, the brand is imported and distributed by Proximo Spirits based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
In 2008, 1800 Tequila released a special limited-edition Essential Artist series, with 12 unique bottle designs. A second series was released in 2009 with 12 new designs picked from online submissions from the public. A third series is expected to come out in May 2011.
1800 Tequilas have been evaluated by a number of international spirit ratings organizations, including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Wine Enthusiast, and the Beverage Testing Institute. Critical reaction to the tequilas has been modest-to-good. The best showing for any 1800 Tequila came in 2007, when Wine Enthusiast placed the Extra Aged expression in its "96-100" scoring category.
Tafia is a kind of cheap rum made from sugarcane juice. It is typically unaged whereas rum is typically aged in wooden barrels to reduce the level of fusel. Most of the fusel is absorbed in the first two years. Premium rums were aged for a longer period of time incidentally subjecting it increasing ethanol evaporation.
The history of rum dates back to the 17th century on vast sugarcane plantations established in the West Indies. In the colonial era, rum trade became very lucrative along the existing trade routes and rum production also became a component of slavery.
In the making of rum, the juice from sugarcane is boiled down to syrup. This syrup is briskly stirred until crystals form. When the crystal layer is removed, the remainder - molasses - is boiled again and water and yeast are added to the molasses and water mixture and allowed to ferment. The fermented mixture is then distilled. The distilled product is colorless until it is aged in wooden barrels and other natural ingredients like caramel are added.
Boiling tafia was used in the slave trade to heat branding irons for the stamping or branding of African captives sold into slavery.
Tequilero de Primera is a certification bestowed upon someone who has completed an approved seminar on genuine tequila and is hereby accorded the designation of Tequilero and, as such, is authorized to promote authentic tequila from Mexico. Seminars and eventual certification can be obtained from the Western Mexican state of Jalisco from where tequila originates.
The term "tequilero" also refers to Mexicans who helped to smuggle alcohol into the United States during the Era of Prohibition from 1920 to 1933, a time when the United States outlawed the sale, manufacture, and transportation of non-religious alcohol.
Light cavalerie vodka is a type of bitter. Specifically a type of Polish bitter known as nalewka, a macerate of herbs and spices in a distilled spirit, in this case vodka. The family of nalewka for which this belongs is commonly known as "Bitter Drops."
It is the highly aromatic, often retaining a bitterness. However, the taste can best be described as bittersweet, due to a varying amount of anise, tansy, cardamom, and ginger.
The origin of the vodka is unknown and there is no evidence if it has ever been produced commercially, at least on a large scale.
A common recipe used is a follows (because some of the originally ingredients are scarce and hard to come by the one following has been reformulated):
3g of ground aniseed
3g of angelica root
3g of tansy leaves
1g of black pepper
2g of nutmeg
1g or more of cardamom seed Macerate all ingredients in 50 ml of alcohol at 95% ABV with 25 ml of water for approximately 3 days. Filter out and add 400 ml of fresh vodka at 40% ABV to the alcohol, mix well and dilute with 60 ml of warm water. Let it rest one day and consume in room temperature in 30 ml glasses.
The other recipes for similar Bitter Drops call for: galangal, gentian,
CRUZ del Sol Tequila is a brand of tequila produced in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico by Los Diablos International, Inc. The company currently offers two varieties of tequila, a blanco and a reposado.
Cruz Tequila was founded in May 2005 by partners and Arizona State University alumni Joseph and Saulo Katcher and Todd Nelson, and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Cruz Tequila has since won numerous international spirit awards and is currently distributed in Arizona, Texas, Illinois, West Virginia, Utah, Idaho, and nationwide online.
Gold Medal, Reposado Tequila
2009 San Francisco International Spirits Competition
Silver Medal, Reposado Tequila
2008 San Francisco International Spirits Competition
Bronze Medal, Packaging Design
2008 San Francisco International Spirits Competition
Bronze Medal, Reposado Tequila
2008 Agave Spirits Competition
Coastal Extreme Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Newport, Rhode Island that produces beer under its Newport Storm label. It first began brewing beer in 1999.
In 2007, Coastal Extreme Brewing Company expanded to create Newport Distilling Company, producer of Thomas Tew Rum; the only current rum producing operation in Rhode Island.
Coastal Extreme Brewing Company was established in 1999 by four graduates of Colby College: Brent Ryan, Derek Luke, Mark Sinclair, and Will Rafferty. Rhode Island was chosen as the location because, at the time of opening, there were no other microbreweries in the state. Coastal Extreme Brewing company produces approximately 5000 barrels per year.
In 2007, Coastal Extreme also began producing Thomas Tew Rum, named after Rhode Island's first pirate. Brent Ryan, President and CEO of Coastal Extreme, said that the production of rum is part of an effort to "resurrect the rum history of Newport."
In January 2011 the brewery was fearured episode on the show Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. In which the brewery showed in detail how they produce and package their Thomas Tew rum.
The Cyclone Series of beers are beers of varying types released by Coastal
Industrias Pampero, C.A. is a rum distiller established in 1938 in Venezuela. Pampero produces a range of premium rums, including a white rum Pampero Blanco (used to make cocktails), an aged rum Pampero Especial (a blend of dark Venezuelan rums aged for a minimum of two years in white oak casks), and a superior aged rum Pampero Aniversario (sold in a brown leather pouch).
Pampero's top markets are Italy, Spain and Venezuela. Its main production plant is located at a 19th-century family-owned "Hacienda La Guadalupe" estate, now "Complejo Licorero del Centro", in Ocumare, Miranda state, in the region of the Tuy river valleys, in the fertile central plains.
"Ron Pampero" is typically known by Venezuelans as "Caballito Frenao" (literally "Restrained Horse" but in this context "Rearing Horse"), in reference to its popular brand logo, a cowboy sitting astride a rearing wild horse in the Venezuelan plains, a scene comparable to that of the gaucho from the Argentinian plains, or Pampas, so therefore its name ("Pampero" literally means "from the Pampas", although the Venezuelan plains are called "Los Llanos").
The brand is so popular and recognizable that the term "Caballito Frenao" has
Sauza Tequila Import Company is a producer of tequila located in Tequila, a municipality of the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It was founded in 1873 when Don Cenobio Sauza started La Perseverancia distillery. Sauza Tequila Import Company is owned by Beam Inc., headquartered in the Chicago suburb Deerfield, Illinois, USA. Their products include: Sauza, Conmemorativo, Hornitos, Tres Generaciones.
In 1873 Don Cenobio Sauza founded Sauza at La Perseverancia distillery. He was the first distiller to call the spirit produced from blue agave plant "tequila" and the first to export the drink to the United States.
His son, Don Eladio Sauza was born in Tequila in 1883. When he was old enough to continue the family tradition, he expanded the family business by opening branches in Monterrey and Mexico City and a concession in Spain.
In 1931, his son, Don Francisco Javier Sauza took over the business to keep the family legacy by broadening distribution and its reputation as one of the highest-quality tequilas in the world.
By the 1970s, demand for tequila was increasing worldwide. Sauza distillery formed a partnership with the leading Spanish brandy producer, Pedro Domecq. This relationship
The Sale of Spirits Act 1750 (commonly known as the Gin Act 1751) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain (citation 24 Geo. II c. 40) which was enacted in order to reduce the consumption of spirits, a popular pastime that was regarded as one of the primary causes of crime in London. By prohibiting gin distillers from selling to unlicensed merchants and increasing fees charged to merchants, it eliminated small gin shops, thereby restricting the distribution of gin to larger distillers and retailers.
First imported from the Netherlands in the 1690s, gin began to rival beer as the most popular drink in England. In 1689, the English government opened the distilling trade to all English people who paid certain taxes. Over the next sixty years, however, the government regulated the sale of gin with an inconsistent taxation policy. The ready availability and low cost of gin led to the a massive rise in consumption known as the Gin Craze; by the 1730s, consumption in London had risen to the equivalent of 2 pints per week per Londoner.
Politicians and religious leaders argued that gin drinking encouraged laziness and criminal behaviour. In 1729, Parliament passed a Gin Act which
Russian Standard (Russian: Русский Стандарт, Russkiy Standart) Vodka is a major Russian premium vodka brand.
The brand was introduced as the "Russian Standard" vodka in 1998 by the Russian Standard company of Rustam Tariko. The Russian Standard, later called Original, vodka established the brand as one of the top premium vodka brands in the Russian market. Its new Russian, Soviet-free identity, turned (unusually for a premium beverage) an advantage in the rapidly developing market of the 1990s Russia.
Two years after a successful Russian market launch, international expansion was started. This was accompanied by the launch of Russian Standard Platinum product in 2001 and the luxury brand Imperia in 2004. The original product was re-christened Original.
In 2006, a new distillery with 4 million cases/yr capacity was opened in Saint Petersburg.
According to the manufacturer, in 2009 the brand was active worldwide in 70+ markets with sales over 2 million cases/yr. Marketing emphasizes the 100% Russian mantra - being produced by a Russian recipe, from only Russian raw materials, distilled and bottled in Russia.
Russian Standard aroused controversy when it questioned the Russianness of
Cacique is a Venezuelan brand of rum first marketed in 1959. It is the top-selling rum in Venezuela. The Cacique product lines are owned by Diageo, the largest multinational beer, wine and spirits company in the world. The word "cacique" (a loan from Taíno or Arawak languages) means "chief of the tribe" in Spanish.
It comes in several varieties, starting with the simplest Cacique Origen and then moving up to the Cacique 500. The most expensive is the Cacique Antiguo.
Sang Som is a rum from Thailand, distilled from sugarcane.
Sang Som was introduced in November 1977 and has since become the dominant brand in the Thai spirits market. Over 70 million litres are sold in Thailand each year, accounting for a market share of more than 70% in its category.
The drink won gold medals in liquor competitions in Madrid, Spain in 1982 and 1983, in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1983, and again in Spain in 2006. The medals are featured prominently on the product's packaging and have led to it being referred to locally as "Sang Som Rianthong" (Sang Som Gold Medal).
The beverage is virtually unheard of outside of Thailand. The manufacturers, Sang Som Company, export to around 20 countries; however, export sales account for barely one per cent of total sales. Sang Som Company is a member of Thai Beverage Public Company, which itself is a group company of International Beverage Holdings Limited.
The Botanist is a small-batch, artisanal Islay gin made by Bruichladdich Distillery. It is the only gin made on Islay and is distinctive for its augmentation of the nine classical gin aromatics with a further 22 locally picked wild Islay botanicals. It is these botanicals – and the two local botanists who collect them – that inspire its name.
The Botanist is slow distilled in “Ugly Betty”, a Lomond Still, one of the last in existence. The distillation takes seventeen hours, distilling at 0.2 atmospheres of pressure, four times longer than an average whisky distillation.
The gin is distilled after an overnight maceration of the nine base botanicals - the seed, berry, bark, root and peel categories - in spirit and Islay spring water. This alcohol vapour infusion from the distillation then passes through the botanical basket containing the 22 more delicate Islay aromatic leaves and petals. It is this double infusion that gives the Botanist gin its distinctive flavour, allowing the more delicate aromatic leaves and petals to influence the gin vapour without being destroyed.
Two types of Juniper are included, including prostrate juniper (Juniperus communis subspecies) that grows in the
Havana Club is a brand of rum, made in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba. The brand was established by José Arechabala in 1878. After the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the distillery and company was nationalized by the Cuban government; subsequently, the Arechabala family left for Spain, then emigrated to the United States. Since 1994 it has been produced by Havana Club International, a 50:50 joint venture between Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government.
The 15 Años Gran Reserva has an alcohol content of 40% ABV.
Cuban Barrel Proof is bottled straight from the barrel. The alcohol content is slightly higher than Añejo 15 Años at 45% ABV. It is blended by Don José Navarro then "finished" in younger oak casks to recreate its oak aroma and bouquet. The casks are then opened and the batch of rum is bottled.
Máximo Extra Añejo was announced in November 2006 by Pernod Ricard, whose marketeers labelled it a new "ultra-premium extra-aged rum". This Rum is a blend of many different ages of rum, repeatedly blended with fresh sugarcane distillate and then further aged. The final act of blending, the "toque" produces the finished product. Its retail price is set at $1743 per bottle.
Havana Club has other
Krupnik, or Krupnikas as it is known in Lithuanian, is a traditional sweet alcoholic drink similar to a liqueur, based on grain spirit and honey, popular in Poland and Lithuania. Mass produced versions consist of 40%-50% (80-100 proof) alcohol, but traditional versions will use 80% - 100% grain alcohol as the base. Honey, in particular clover honey, is the main ingredient to add sweetness, as well as up to 50 different herbs. There are many versions and some recipes are passed down through generations. It originated in the territories of present day Lithuania and is sometimes heated before being served.
It is a distant relative of the medovukha (Russian) or miód pitny (Polish), a honey-made spirit popular in all Slavic countries.
Legend has it that the recipe was created by the Benedictine monks at a monastery in Niaśviž which was founded by Mikołaj Krzysztof "Sierotka" Radziwiłł. Known in Poland and Lithuania at least since 16th century, it soon became popular among the szlachta of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. There are numerous recipes preserved to our times in countless szlachta diaries. Krupnik was also used as a common medicinal disinfectant to Polish soldiers in World
Nemiroff is a Ukrainian producer of alcoholic beverages, specializing in horilkas, vodkas and other spirits, based in the town of Nemyriv in Vinnytska oblast. The Nemiroff company itself was founded in 1992 by Stepan Glus, and has grown into a worldwide drink, now exported to over 50 countries. The company cites growth rates of over 40% per year in 2003 and 2004, earning the designation of International Fastest Growing Alcohol Brand from the International Millionaires Club.
According to an article in publisher Marvin Shanken's Impact magazine and data published by The IWSR Drinks Record magazine, at the end of 2006 Nemiroff became the 'second largest vodka producer in the world' (by sales), trailing only Smirnoff.
Different Flavors of Nemiroff include LEX, Premium, Premium Currant, Light, Honey Pepper, Rye Honey, Cranberry, Original, Birch Special, Nemyrovskaya, Nemyrovskaya Osobaya, Ukrainian Wheat, and Citron. All the products of Nemiroff were developed by the founder of the company - Stepan Glus. Glus family has developed the business to the current level and continues the success story up till now.
It is showcased in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and Betsie Larkin / Bobina's "You
Virgin Vodka is an alcoholic beverage produced by Virgin Drinks, a subsidiary of the Virgin Group owned by Richard Branson. It was launched in 1994.
Virgin Trading Company and William Grant & Sons announced a commercial agreement to market Virgin Vodka in the UK in 1994.
Dubra is a brand of vodka distributed in the United States. Its low price (approximately $11 for 1.75 liters) has made the brand popular among younger consumers. It is found in the New England state of Connecticut and the Mid-Atlantic states.
Although the brand is manufactured and bottled in the United States, Dubra utilizes a Slavic name. Dubra is distributed in a plastic bottle, which ensures the safety of the beverage during transport.
Bacardi 151 is an over-proof rum. The 151-proof liquor has an alcohol content of 75.5%, compared to the usual 35%–40%. Bacardi's 151-proof rum has been available in the US since at least 1981.
Due to its high proof, Bacardi 151 is typically used in very sweet drinks, such as a Hurricane, where a stronger flavored rum helps to counterbalance the sweetness of the drink. As is the case with all distilled spirits, Bacardi 151 is flammable. However, Bacardi 151 has multiple warnings on the label of the bottle stating that it should not be ignited or exposed to an open flame.
As an extra precaution, Bacardi 151, as shipped by Bacardi, is equipped with a stainless steel flame arrester crimped onto to the neck of the bottle to prevent the rum from igniting, in case a consumer or bartender ignores the warnings and applies the rum to a source of ignition (e.g. a flaming pan or dish, a flambe). Nevertheless, despite the warnings against ignition and the flame arrester, incidents have been alleged where consumers claim to have been burned by bartenders who ignore the warnings and remove the flame arrestor using a tool strong enough to pry the stainless steel flame arrester from the bottle, and
Damson gin is a liqueur, usually homemade, made from damson plums macerated in a sugar and gin syrup for eight weeks or more. Vodka is sometimes used in place of the gin. The proof will vary somewhat but generally is around 44.
Damson gin is especially popular in Britain. The plums are ripe in early September and the liqueur can be used as a Christmas treat. Greengage gin is a tasty alternative.
Averell Damson Gin is produced by The American Gin Co. and is an American take on this British classic. Rather than steeping the damson plums in gin, Averell is made by combining the fresh juice of the fruit with gin and sugar.
Firefly Distillery is a distillery located on Wadmalaw Island, thirty miles south of Charleston, South Carolina that manufactures a line of vodka products using muscadine grapes local to South Carolina.
Firefly Distillery's first product was Firefly Muscadine Vodka. The vodka was introduced in April 2006, after an impromptu early March debut at Charleston International Antiques Show emceed by Martha Stewart gave the company unexpected attention.
The flavored vodka was inspired by the distillery's location on a vineyard. Muscadine grapes are native to the southeast region, and muscadine wine is traditionally a very sweet wine. This product was originally produced in Florida due to South Carolina's distillery licensing fees issues.
Firefly earned 89 out of 100 points from the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, outscoring such industry standards as Absolut and Ketel One.
In April 2008 Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka was added to the product line. The product is a twist on the southern staple, sweet tea. The vodka is distilled on Wadmalaw Island and the tea is from Charleston Tea Plantation. Additional flavors include: Firefly Mint Tea Vodka, Firefly Raspberry Tea Vodka, Firefly Lemon Tea
Booker’s bourbon is one of the small batch bourbons produced by the Jim Beam distillery, which is owned by Beam Inc. Having the highest alcohol content of the brands in the Jim Beam "Small Batch Bourbon Collection", it is a cask strength bourbon. It was personally selected from barrels by Jim Beam's grandson, the late distiller emeritus Booker Noe. Noe originally bottled this straight-from-the-barrel bourbon as gifts to close friends and family, but eventually made it available to the general public, starting in 1992. Each barrel of Booker's bourbon was hand-selected by Noe and was aged at the center of the rackhouse, where the company says that the temperature and humidity are the most favorable for fine bourbons. Booker's bourbon is aged between six and eight years and is bottled un-cut and without chill filtering at its natural proof between 121 and 130. While it is not necessary to cut the bourbon with water, a splash or two of distilled water is recommended (by Booker Noe) to unlock some of the flavor.
Booker’s has won some tasting awards, including Wine Enthusiast's Gold Medal Bourbon award.
Dovgan is a popular Russian vodka sold throughout Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union. It is 40% ABV and comes in five types: Admiralskaya (Admiral), Hlebnaya (Rye), Limonaya (Lemon), Medovaya (Honey and Chilli) and Ladies Light.
Sipsmith is a microdistillery located in London. It is the first copper-pot distillery to open within London's city limits in nearly two centuries.
Sipsmith was established in London in 2009. The first copper-pot based distillery to start up in London in 189 years, it is one of only four gin distilleries located within London's city limits. The Beefeater Gin Distillery (established in 1820), Thames Distillers, Sacred Microdistillery, and Sipsmith are the only remaining licensed distilleries in the nation's capital. Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, respectively former Fuller’s and Diageo employees. Jared Brown is Sipsmith’s Master Distiller. A drinks and spirits historian and publisher, he has developed spirits in Sweden, Norway, Vietnam, and in the US over the past 12 years.
The Sipsmith distillery is situated on a residential street in West London on the site of a former microbrewery, later the offices of beer hunter Michael Jackson. Its still was designed and produced by the German still manufacturers Christian Carl. Named "Prudence", this copper pot still has a capacity of 300 litres (66 imp gal; 79 US gal).
Sipsmith's first two spirits are a Barley
Putinka (Russian: Путинка) is a brand of Russian vodka made by the state-owned Moscow Distillery Crystal company. Since Vladimir Putin has been in power, the company has played upon the name and Putin's popularity among Russians, even after his departure from the Presidency and accession as Prime Minister.
Vodka Putinka has received many different awards. In 2004 advisory council of "Superbrand" chaired by Alexander Shokhin awarded it the title of vodka "Superbrand of 2004". In 2006 "Putinka" received a national award as "Product of the year" in the vodka category.
Moskovskaya is a brand of vodkas recognized in Germany and some other countries and produced in Russia and in Latvia by the company SPI Group represented in Germany by Simex GmbH. The brand originates from the early Russian brand Moskovskaya osobaya vodka.
The subbrands known in Germany include
Captain Q is a rum sold in Korea. It is considered a cask matured premier rum. Aged using a process from the early days of the Korean empire.
Unlike traditional rums which find their roots in the sub-tropical regions of the Caribbean, Captain Q has been distilled on the Korean peninsula since 1501. This period is known as the Era of the Korean Pirate.
Containing 35% alcohol, Captain Q is said to have a balanced taste which combines undertones of brown sugar and dark chocolate, and initial flavors of Scottish whiskey and pepper.
During the Cold War period, an oral tradition circulated among members of the US military in S. Korea that counterfeit Captain Q, sold by private vendors, was a clear and present health risk. It held that private distillers used forged labels or empty bottles to sell an inferior product. These counterfeits were reputed to contain methanol.
Frysk Hynder Single Malt is a Dutch single malt whisky, distilled and bottled in the Frisian Us Heit Distillery. Frysk Hynder (Frisian horse) is the first single malt ever produced in The Netherlands, and started off as a hobby project in the Us Heit beer brewery.
The daily production is only 77 bottles, which makes Frysk Hynder a collector's item.
Ruskova is a brand of Russian-distilled vodka. It is generally advertised as being a "best buy" compared to other types of vodka, as it costs significantly less in the United States than even most American-distilled brands.
The manufacturer has plans to start selling this vodka in South America,, but currently operates throughout the Unites Sates and Alaska.
Mekhong is Thailand's first domestically produced branded golden spirit. Launched in 1941, it quickly became the most popular brand in Thailand. This was helped by a dispute with the French concerning the border with Laos along the Mekong River which gives the brand its name.
It was first created by James Honzatko while living on the banks of the Mekong river. Honzatko was an avid brewer and eventually began producing his favourite whisky on a large scale. After Honzatko's death, his close friend Peter Sawer took over the brewing of Mekong and was ultimately responsible for its mass production.
Despite being known as a whisky, Mekhong is in fact much closer to a rum. The distilled spirit is made from 95% sugar cane/molasses and 5% rice. This distilled spirit is then blended with a secret recipe of indigenous herbs and spices to produce its distinctive aroma and taste.
Mekhong is distilled, blended and bottled at the Bangyikhan Distillery on the outskirts of Bangkok. Its slightly lower strength of 35% abv means that it mixes well including as an ingredient in cocktails, the most famous of which being the 'Sabai Sabai', known as the Thai Welcome Drink.
Mekhong is widely available
Ketel One, also known as Ketel 1, (Dutch for: Pot still One) is a liquor brand of the Nolet Distillery in Schiedam, the Netherlands. Ketel One Vodka is distilled from 100% wheat in copper pot stills, filtered over loose charcoal, and rests in tile lined tanks until ready. Ketel One Vodka is named after the original copper pot still, “Distilleerketel #1” and is handcrafted in small batches. The alcohol content of this spirit is 40% (80 proof). The Nolet Distillery also makes Ketel One Citroen, Ketel One Oranje and Ketel 1 Jenever.
1691 Joannes Nolet opens a distillery in Schiedam, located close to the North Sea and large grain auctions, which later became the capital for the spirits industry.
1793 Jacobus Nolet (5th generation) acquires glass and cork factories and a printing company, and then builds the windmill, known as 'The Whale.'
1867 The Nolet family acquires an interest in shipping and begins exporting spirits to the USA.
1902 The Nolet family opens a distillery in Maryland, USA but later withdraws from the American market in the Prohibition era.
1979 Carolus Nolet Sr. (10th generation) assumes the role of Chairman.
1983 With family recipes and techniques perfected by his
Vikingfjord Vodka is a brand of vodka, distilled from potatoes and bottled by the Norwegian company Arcus. It is distilled through a five-column process, using only glacial water from the Jostedalsbreen glacier in South-Western Norway.
Vikingfjord Vodka is sold in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Germany and the United States. Vikingfjord won the Gold Medal in the 2006 San Francisco Worlds Spirits Competition in the Unflavored Vodka, 40% category.
Viking Fjord Vodka was launched in 1985 by a partnership between the Norwegian state-owned wine and spirits monopoly Vinmonopolet and the US supplier Heublein. initial sales were not good, and in 1986 Heublein was acquired by Grand Metropolitan, which already distributed a number of well-known, established vodka brands. A few months later, Heublein stopped marketing Vikingfjord.
Vinmonopolet decided to go for its domestic market and, in 1986, launched Viking Fjord, its premium vodka made with Norwegian glacial water. Four years after the Norwegian launch, the Norwegian design agency Grid was commissioned to redesign the bottle. At the same time the product name is changed from Viking Fjord to Vikingfjord Vodka. The relaunched
Virginia Gentleman is a brand of bourbon whiskey. Unlike most other bourbons, it is not distilled in Kentucky but in the adjoining state of Virginia. Some insist that it is not a true bourbon because it is not made in Kentucky, but there is no legal requirement that bourbon be produced there and whiskey was actually first distilled in Virginia in the 17th century (Kentucky was part of Virginia until 1792). Virginia Gentleman's former label was a source of controversy as it apparently depicted two wealthy plantation-owners being served by a slave. The label was redesigned somewhat to change this implication; also, the former motto, "The Aristocrat of Them All," was discontinued at the same time, at least from appearing on the label. This beverage has had something of a following typical of some smaller-brand alcoholic beverages.
In addition to the 80-proof (40 percent alcohol) presentation, the distillery also offers a 90-proof small batch whiskey. Both are triple-distilled. The Virginia Gentleman small-batch 90-proof whiskey won Double Gold and Best American Whiskey awards at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Although it won a double gold at the same competition in
Blavod (blah-VOD) is an 80-proof black vodka distilled in the United Kingdom. It is marketed on the liquor's unique black color that derives from Black Catechu, i.e. extracts from the heartwood of Burmese catechu acacia trees. Such additives do not interfere with the characteristics of the vodka, imparting no additional flavor or odour. Catechu also does not stain or leave a trace of other flavours.
Blavod vodka is produced by Blavod Wines and Spirits plc which also acts as UK distributor for numerous other alcoholic beverages including Bruichladdich single malt whisky, Arran Malt Whiskey and several Fratelli Branca products including Fernet Branca, Punt e Mes vermouth and Caffè Borghetti coffee-liqueur.
Hangar One Vodka is a vodka made by St. George Spirits in Alameda, California since 2001. The vodka is made from a blend of pot-distilled viognier grapes and column-distilled American wheat.
Hangar One Vodka is available in a variety of flavors.
St. George Spirits was founded as an eau de vie distillery in 1982 by Jorg Rupf. Needing great amounts of space for the operation, the company was set up in a hangar at the old Alameda Naval Air Station. The distillery first began producing vodka in 2001 with the aid of Ansley Coale from Germain-Robin. The distillery is open to the public for tours and tastings, and is a popular San Francisco event location.
Hangar One Vodka is made by St. George Spirits and the brand is owned and distributed by Proximo Spirits of Jersey City, NJ.
The Mandarin Blossom flavour received a score of "96-100" in 2011, while the unflavored vodka was given a score of "90-95" in that same year.
Sol de Mexico is a brand of 100% blue agave tequila produced by Productos Regionales de Atotonilco, S.A. de C.V. This brand has over 50 years history.
The history of Sol de Mexico tequila began in 1951 when Paschal Don Gonzalez Gutierrez and his son Juan Gonzalez Ramirez planted their first agave seeds in the highland fields of Jalisco, Mexico.
The distillation process from harvest to bottling has been managed by a recognized Master Distiller Don Salvador Fonseca.
Today, great grandson Cesar Gonzalez continues the tradition of distilling. Under Cesar’s leadership, Sol de Mexico developed a luxury spirit.
Sol de Mexico is offered in the USA since October 2008 owing to cooperation with UA Imports LLC.
All Sol de Mexico tequila varieties won gold medals at the Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago in 2008 , as well as gold and silver medals at San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2009 . These tequilas also received high ratings from Tequila.net .
Artic is an Italian brand of vodka. It is double-distilled entirely from fermented wheat and has a proof of 80.
In 1996 Zucca Rabarzucca S.p.A., producer of the famous Zucca Rabarbaro and Artic Vodka, was acquired by ILLVA Saronno S.p.A., one of the most important Italian liqueur companies, founded at the beginning of the 20th century in Saronno, Lombardy, by Domenico Reina and still owned and run by the Reina family.
Artic vodka is marketed in 160 countries all over the world. It is available in 0.70 or 1 lt. bottles.
Artic Fruit is a range of 10 fruit flavored Artic vodkas.
Artic Cocktail Mix is a range of four aromatized, vodka-based drinks.
Artic Vodka flavored varieties have an alcohol level of 25% alc/vol.
Kissui is a vodka from Japan. It is the only Japanese vodka available in the US at this moment. It’s distilled and bottled by Takara Shuzo in Kyoto, Japan.
The Brand name “KISSUI” means “absolutely pure” or “made from one ingredient” or “non-mixed” in Japanese.
Kissui is 100% distilled from rice with “Super-Allospas” process to allows for purity. Then it's blended with the natural spring water “Fushi-mizu”, it’s famous for Sake making, from Fushimi, Kyoto.
Kabuki is an original Japanese theater form born in the early 17th century, Edo period, The name “Kabuki” comes from the Japanese word “kabuku”, meaning to behave or act in a modern/liberal way. Over the years, Kabuki has come to represent historical beauty of Japan.
Leopold Bros. is a family-owned microdistillery located in Denver, Colorado.
Brothers Scott and Todd Leopold, distant relatives of environmentalist Aldo Leopold, from Littleton, Colorado, opened a brewpub on South Main Street at the site of a renovated brake factory in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1999. Later, operations expanded to include a micro-distillery. Todd Leopold, brew- and still-master for the brewery, after graduating from the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, he interned in four German breweries, and went to distilling school in Lexington, Kentucky. Scott Leopold, an environmental engineer, was crucial in the design stages attempting to create as near a zero-pollution factory as possible. The microbrewery operated as an "eco-brewery" using organic hops and barley, and used equipment and procedures designed to reduce wastewater and other waste by-products in the beer-making process.
Leopold Bros. closed its Ann Arbor location in the Spring of 2008, relocating to Denver, where it discontinued brewing and began operating as a micro-distillery alone.
Leopold Bros distills seventeen hand-numbered, batch-made products, all made from scratch and natural ingredients, which
Aquavit or okovita (Latin: aqua vitae, "water of life") has two meanings. It is an old name for vodka, and it can also be a strong alcoholic beverage, usually around 70-80% alcohol, of very low quality. It was usually unclear, as it was distilled with alcohol content and cheap price in mind, with little regard to taste.
It is likely that the name vodka (from voda (or woda), "water") stems from the difference between high-quality clear (and thus water-like in appearance) products and the lower-class stronger okovita. Also, the former was preferred by upper classes of the society, while peasants wanted strong intoxication for the lowest price possible.
As better distillation techniques became widespread, the cost difference between poor-quality okovita and clear drinks became smaller, and thus both the drink and the term have fallen out of use.
Snow Queen Vodka is a vodka from Kazakhstan produced from organic wheat and artesian spring water from the foothills of the Himalayas. Kazakh birch charcoal is used in its five-time distillation process.
As of 2007, Snow Queen Vodka has been awarded 10 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals for excellence at major international exhibitions of the CIS (Almaty, Moscow, St. Petersburg) and in Europe (London, Vienna, Düsseldorf). It was cited by to-the-trade publication Imbibe Magazine as the Best Overall Vodka in April 2007, and was called "Supersmooth" in the May 2007 issue of Food & Wine Magazine.
On March 19, 2008, Snow Queen Vodka was awarded the Top Vodka at the prestigious 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Additionally, Snow Queen Vodka was awarded The Double Gold Medal which is reserved for those spirits that receive a unanimous vote for a Gold Medal by all judges in the panel.
Brinjevec (or Brinovec) is a strong alcoholic drink, produced in the Karst and Brkini regions in Slovenia. It is re-distilled from ground and fermented juniper berries only and it differs from similar drinks that have different alcohol bases with added juniper flavor (compound Gin, Slovak Borovička, Dutch Jenever, Serbian Klekovača, etc.). It has a clear transparent color and it is meant for folk medicinal use and not for regular drinking. It contains between 40% and 50% alcohol and has a very distinctive tart taste
Kraški brinjevec means 'Karst gin' or 'Karst juniper brandy'.
The word brinovec derives from the word brin 'juniper' and it is made from juniper berries.
Kraški brinjevec has been made by local farmers in the Karst and Brkini regions for centuries. It was first mentioned 200 years ago. It has always been appreciated by locals for its curative effects as a cure for many problems. Because it is fermented only from juniper berries (from 100 to 150 kilos of berries for 10 liters of spirit) and distilled and re-distilled in a special copper still, it costs €30 or more per liter (2010) if buying from local farmers.
Kraški brinjevec is mentioned in several books such as
J. Wray and Nephew Ltd. is a distiller, blender, and bottler of rum, originating and operating in Jamaica.
The history of J. Wray and Nephew began in 1825 when company founder John Wray opened 'The Shakespeare Tavern' in Kingston, Jamaica. Kingston grew steadily and eventually became Jamaica's capital in 1877, and The Shakespeare Tavern became highly successful.
In 1860 Wray brought in Charles James Ward, the son of his brother, to run the business side of the company. Ward was a dynamic and gifted entrepreneur, and under his leadership J. Wray and Nephew began a period of growth and prosperity. Wray retired in 1862 and died in 1870 leaving Ward as the sole proprietor of the business.
Ward developed his heritage - a tavern and liquor-dealing concern, into one of Jamaica's largest commercial enterprises and a company that enjoyed international success. At the International Exhibition held in London in 1862, J. Wray and Nephew won three gold medals for its 10-, 15- and 25-year-old rums. The Company's rums also won several awards and prizes at international exhibitions in Paris - 1878, Amsterdam - 1883, New Orleans - 1885 and Jamaica 1891.
In 1916, the Lindo Brothers & Co purchased
Sloe gin is a red liqueur flavoured with sloe (blackthorn) berries, which are a small fruit relative of the plum. Sloe gin has an alcohol content between 15 and 30 percent by volume. The traditional way of making sloe gin is to infuse gin with the berries. Sugar is required to ensure the sloe juices are extracted from the fruit.
Many commercial sloe gins today are made by flavouring less expensive neutral grain spirits, producing a fruit cordial effect, although some manufacturers still use the traditional method.
Sloe gin is made from ripe sloes, which are traditionally picked after the first frost of winter (late October to early November in the northern hemisphere). Each berry is pricked, traditionally with a thorn taken from the blackthorn bush on which they grow. An alternative folktale says that one should not prick the berries with a metal fork unless it is made of silver. A modern variation is to pick the sloes earlier and freeze them, although there is much confusion as to whether this is intended to split the berries and replace the pricking stage, or if, by analogy to ice wine, freezing changes the flavour of the berries.
A wide-necked jar is filled half way with pricked
Alberta Premium (produced by Alberta Distillers Ltd, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is one of the few remaining 100% rye grain Rye Whiskies produced in North America. As of 2010 the brand is currently owned by Beam Inc.
Alberta Premium won "Canadian Whisky of the Year" in Jim Murray's 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Whisky Bibles. New late in 2007, the 25-year-old Limited Edition bottling won the honour in the 2008 Whisky Bible.
The whisky is quite strongly flavoured for a Canadian whisky, and could be considered less approachable (analogously to the Islay malts in the Scotch whisky domain). There is a distinctively firm, somewhat acid note from the rye grain, which distinguishes Alberta Premium to any taster in a blind lineup of Canadian Whiskies. Unlike its 10-year-old blended stablemate, Alberta Springs, Alberta Premium is only aged for five years - perhaps accounting for some of the comparative feistiness.
Alberta Premium is currently only available in Canada. Despite its unique composition, it occupies the same shelving and price bracket as the staple Canadian whisky brands.
Although blurred out for copyright reasons, the distinctive bottle (and some parts of the label uncensored) can
Khortytsa or Khortyt'sia is a Ukrainian horilka company, based in Zaporiz'ka oblast'. Khortytsa (Ukrainian: Хортиця) is a trade mark of horilka which dominates the alcoholic market of Ukraine. (Its share of sales was 29% in 2007). The manufacturer claims that it is first-rate quality product and that the company has the most developed sales network in the country. The company's strategic plan envisages further expansion of manufacture in territory of Russia and sales worldwide.
Oronoco is a premium rum from Brazil, produced by cachaca makers Vicente and Roberto Bastos Ribeiro.
It is made from mountain-grown sugar cane, with a taste popularly described as possessing hints of vanilla and molasses.
Gold Medal, 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Sacred Microdistillery is a microdistillery located in Highgate, London. It is unusual in that it distils its spirits under a vacuum in glassware, and thus at a lower temperature than traditional pot stills, which operate at atmospheric pressure. The microdistillery operates out of the back room of a residential house, with a vacuum plant situated in a wendy-house in the distiller's back garden. It is an authorised Customs and Excise distillery.
Sacred Microdistillery was established in London in 2009; it is the only vacuum distillery in London. Sipsmith Distillery in Hammersmith started at a similar time, but is an atmospheric pressure copper pot. Sacred Microdistillery was launched by Ian Hart and Hilary Whitney initially as a pure Gin distillery, but this has now branched out into flavoured vodkas, such as Sacred Vodka, produced using the same process.
Sacred Microdistillery is based on a residential street in North London. It distributes its products to over 50 bars and restaurants in North and Central London, This includes Duke's Bar in St James's, where Ian Fleming invented the Vesper cocktail. It is also stocked by Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly, and Le Manoir aux Quat'
Pyatizvyozdnaya (Russian пятизвездная: "with five stars" (the highest grade in the school)) is a Russian vodka produced by the Saint Petersburg based distillery LIVIZ. It has as an extra ingredient honey and is 40% vol..
SAVVY Vodka is a "super premium" vodka produced by Savvy Distillers, LP. Founded by Chad Auler, SAVVY Vodka was established in 2006. This private company is incorporated and based in Austin, Texas. They specialize in handcrafted vodka produced in a micro-distillery also located in Austin, TX. Their products however are only available in the state of Texas.
Charles Edwin (Chad) Auler has been a lifetime resident of Austin, TX and has been involved in the alcoholic beverage industry for over 15 years. During his ongoing career this sixth generation Texan has done work in affiliation with Fall Creek Vineyards where he is vice-president, as well as Perfect 10 Wines. Fall Creek Vineyards was founded by Chad Auler's father Ed Auler, who is also the president and winemaker of the company. He was educated at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business B.A. The University of Texas at Austin. A list of his professional advancements include: 2006–Present SAVVY DISTILLERS, L.P., Founder & General Partner 1998–Present AULER INVESTMENTS, Vice-President 1997–Present FALL CREEK RANCH PARTNERSHIP, Ltd. Partner
Vladivar Vodka is a brand of vodka distilled in the UK. Originally made in Warrington by the G & J Greenall distillery, the brand was sold in 1990 to Whyte and Mackay and is today made in Scotland. Despite this, the drink still lives on in many people's memories as "Vladivar Wodka from Varrington" (said with a strong Russian accent), as featured in major advertising campaigns in the 1980s and by the infamous Leonard Halliwell, 'the Bard of Warrington' in the Mill House.
Vladivar is a Pure Grain, triple distilled, charcoal filtered vodka of the same quality as Smirnoff red.
The Vladivar from Varrington cinema campaign first appeared in 1975, written by Len Weinreich and Paul Leeves at the Kirkwood Company and directed by Tom Bussmann (check design & Art Direction Annual 1976).
Han Vodka is a vodka from Korea made from barley, rice and "pure spring water". The barley is four times distilled and then "infused" with rice. It is imported by Progressive Brands in Fullerton, California. The manufacturer is not disclosed in any press release, nor on Han's website. Han Soju was a 48 proof version of the 80-proof Han Vodka. Han Soju appears to have been phased out. An old website at hansoju.com is no longer up, and Google searches for Han Soju lead to the Han Vodka official website which makes no mention of Han Soju but refers to 80 and 48-proof versions of Han Vodka.
Some reviews say that Han has a smooth taste. Others say that it tastes like fortified sake.
Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve is the flagship brand of bourbon whiskey owned by the "Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery" company (which does not actually own or operate a distillery), and is distilled and bottled by the Sazerac Company at its Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Julian "Pappy" Van Winkle, Sr. began in 1893 at the age of 18 as a salesman for the liquor wholesaler, W.L. Weller & Sons. In 1908 he and another Weller salesman bought the firm. In 1910 they acquired the A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky which began operation as a sour mash whiskey distillery 1872.
The Stitzel Distillery supplied much of the whiskey sold by the Weller wholesale firm. The consolidation coincided with prohibition during which time the Stitzel-Weller firm was licensed by the government to produce whiskey for medicinal purposes. One of their labels that was introduced on the market just before prohibition was Old Rip Van Winkle. After prohibition, the brand was not reintroduced until after 1972 when the Stitzel-Weller distillery and its current brand names (including W.L. Weller, Old Fitzgerald, Rebel Yell, and Cabin Still) were sold to other companies. The only
Arak, or araq, is a highly alcoholic spirit (~50%-63% Alc. Vol./~100-126 proof) from the anis drinks family. It is a clear, colorless, unsweetened anise-flavored distilled alcoholic drink (also labeled as an Apéritif). It is the traditional alcoholic beverage of Middle Eastern and Levantine nations such as Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.
The word arak comes from Arabic ′araq ﻋﺮﻕ, meaning "sweat", its pronunciation varies depending on local varieties of Arabic: /ʕaraʔ, ʕaraɡ/. Arak is not to be confused with the similarly named liquor, arrack (which in some cases, such as in Indonesia—especially Bali, also goes by the name arak). Another similarly sounding word is aragh, which in Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Georgia is the colloquial name of vodka, and not an aniseed-flavored drink. Raki and ouzo are aniseed-flavored alcoholic drinks, related to arak, popular in Turkey and Cyprus, and Greece, respectively.
Arak is usually mixed in approximately 1/3 arak and 2/3 water in a traditional Levantine water vessel called "Ibrik", in Arabic "ﺇﺑﺮﻳﻖ"; then the mixture is poured in small ice filled cups, like in the picture. This dilution causes the clear liquor to turn a
Bundaberg Rum is a dark rum produced in Bundaberg, Australia, often referred to as "Bundy". The Bundaberg Distilling Company owns its own cola-producing facility, which supplies the cola for its ready-to-drink Bundaberg Rum and Cola products.
Bundaberg Rum originated because the local sugar mills had a problem with what to do with the waste molasses after the sugar was extracted (it was heavy, difficult to transport and the costs of converting it to stock feed were rarely worth the effort). Sugar men first began to think of the profits that could be made from distilling. The vital meeting was held at the Royal Hotel on 1 August 1885, W M C Hickson served as the chairman, and other notables in attendance included all the big sugar mill owners of that time, W G Farquhar, F L Nott, S McDougall, T Penny, S H Bravo and A H Young, all to become the first directors of the Company. They started with a capital of 5,000 pounds.
Bundaberg rum was first produced in 1888, production ceased from 1907 to 1914 and from 1936 to 1939 after fires, the second of which caused rum from the factory to spill into the nearby Burnett River.
H T Christsen Pty Ltd operated their own Bundaberg Rum bottling
Lokka vodka is a brand of vodka manufactured in Turkey. It is distinguished by the fact that it is derived from grapes, in contrast to corn, sorghum, rye, wheat, or potatoes that are more commonly used.
The grapes used for Lokka vodka are "snap frost" grapes. The juice extracted from these grapes is cold fermented. The manufacturers of Lokka vodka emphasize that their vodka is distilled five times.
A rum cake is a type of dessert cake which contains rum.
In most of the Caribbean, rum cakes are a traditional holiday season dessert, descended from the holiday puddings (such as figgy pudding) introduced by English settlers. Traditionally, dried fruit is soaked in rum for three months, then added to dough prepared with sugar which has been caramelized by boiling in water. The result, also known as "black cake", is similar to a fruitcake, with a lighter texture. It has been proven possible to become intoxicated from consumption of excessive amount of rum cake, and some rum cakes such as Tortuga contain even more than five percent of certain grain alcohols. It is typically made with plums and raisins soaked in rum, as well as brown sugar and a bittersweet caramel called "browning". In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a special wine, called Black wine is specially produced to be used in the making of black cake. Black cake is traditionally associated with Vincy Christmas.
In Puerto Rico, rum cake is called Bizcocho de Ron, and is a sponge cake, so as to absorb the rum. If fruit is added to it, it is fresh or dried. Raisins and sultanas may be soaked in rum for one day or one night.
Wacholder is a juniper-flavored distilled beverage and a regional variety of gin. It is produced predominantly in Westphalia, Emsland, Lippe, and the Rhineland. One of the oldest operating Wacholder distilleries is the Brennerei Eversbusch in Hagen, founded in the 18th century. Wacholder is the German word for "juniper".
In Austria and regions of Bavaria, Wacholder is referred to as Kranewitter, which is a regional term for the juniper plant.
In Germany, Wacholder spirit can be used as an umbrella term for all juniper-flavored spirits such as Genever, Gin, Köm, Kranewitter, Krambambuli, and Steinhäger. A similar beverage, Borovička, is popular in Slovakia and the Czech Repulic.
It is strong-flavored owing to its method of distillation, and is traditionally served chilled as a neat shot, with a beer chaser.
Bacardi Limited (English: /bəˈkɑrdi/; Catalan: [bəkəɾˈdi]; Spanish: [bakarˈði]) is the largest privately-held, family-owned spirits company in the world. Its brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including the eponymous Bacardi rum. Founded on 4 February 1862, and family-owned for the past seven generations, Bacardi now employs nearly 6,000 people, manufactures its brands at 27 facilities in 16 markets on four continents, with sales in more than 150 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. The company sells in excess of 200 million bottles per year in nearly 100 countries. The company's sales in 2007 were US$5.5 billion, up from $4.9 billion in 2006.
Bacardi Limited is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda and has a 16-member board of directors led by the original founder's great-great grandson, Facundo L. Bacardí.
Facundo Bacardí Massó, a Catalan wine merchant, was born in Sitges, Catalonia, (Spain) in 1814, and emigrated to Cuba in 1830. During this period, rum was cheaply made and not considered a refined drink, one rarely sold in upscale taverns. Don Facundo began attempting to "tame" rum by
Casa Dragones is a brand of limited edition Blue Agave Joven tequila produced in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. The tequila was founded in 2009 by MTV creator and media mogul Robert W. Pittman and tequila industry expert Bertha González Nieves.
It is bottled in hand-engraved crystal decanters using Pepita glass engraving.
Casa Dragones is marked by its exceptionally smooth taste. Academia Mexicana de Catadores de Tequila (Mexican Academy of Tequila Tasters) wrote in their 2009 tasting notes that Casa Dragones is “soft and smooth with hints of vanilla and spiced undertones, balanced with delicate notes of pear.”
It has also been described as having a “flavor that includes notes of vanilla, undertones of spice, and a hint of pear,” and “unbelievably smooth but has a deep woodsiness as textured as a single malt.”
Serious Eats writer Paul Clarke described Casa Dragones as having a "delicate nose of lemon peel and honeysuckle, a smooth, silky body and a flavor with the crispness of black pepper but the light richness of vanilla and hazelnuts."
In May 2010, Bertha González Nieves was named "The First Lady of Tequila" when she was recognized in LA Times Magazine as the first woman to be named
Orloff vodka is made by White Rock Distilleries of Lewiston, Maine. It is made in 80 or 100 proof. It is a popular vodka in Maine and New Hampshire, especially among college students, and is a staple of weekends at The University of Maine, Husson University, University of Maine Farmington, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Carrabassett Valley Academy, Bates College, Thomas College, and weekends and week days at Maine Maritime Academy.
This is not to be confused with Orloff brand vodka, which is produced in the United Kingdom (UK).
Rodnik has been traditionally known as the world's oldest and finest vodka. The distillery is in Samara, Russia, and has been in production since 1895. OOO SK Rodnik is one of the major European manufacturers of alcoholic drinks in the world. Production facilities of the distillery make it one of the best in the industry. The integrated distillery includes the main plant in Samara, and the alcohol plant in Noviy Buyan of Samara Region, thus providing for the full range of drink production.
The company manufactures premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks using high-end equipment and innovative technologies. Careful selection of raw materials, total automated control over the production chain, consistent work of qualified professionals, all provide for Rodnik products to gain high marks from experts, and to be acknowledged by a wide range of consumer groups.
Rodnik products are supplied to many Russian regions, exported abroad to many CIS and non-CIS countries. Such vodka brands as Rodnik Gold, Rodnik Classic, Triumfalnaya have been given high awards at major Russian and international trade fairs and exhibitions, and have won the deserved recognition. Beside alcoholic drinks, the
Santiago de Tequila (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈkila], Nahuatl: Tequillan, Tecuila "place of tribute") is a town and municipality located in the state of Jalisco about 60 km from the city of Guadalajara. Tequila is best known as being the birthplace of the drink that bears its name, “tequila,” which is made from the blue agave plant, native to this area. The heart of the plant contains sugars and had been used by native peoples here to make a fermented drink. After the Spanish arrived, they took this fermented beverage and distilled it, producing the tequila known today. The popularity of the drink and the history behind it has made town and the area surrounding it a World Heritage Site. It was also named a "Pueblo Mágico" (Magical Town) in 2003 by the Mexican federal government. Tequila has also been famous for being the prime setting in the successful Televisa telenovela Destilando Amor, starring Angélica Rivera and Eduardo Yáñez.
The name comes from an ancient language called pedik and mean drink of life. The coat of arms of the municipality was officially adopted on 31 December 1983 by the municipal council. It contain the Latin phrase ALMA LAETA NOBILIS, meaning “great and
Don Eladio Sauza (June 16, 1883 – July 22, 1946) ran the Sauza Tequila business from 1909 to 1946.
Eladio Sauza was born June 16, 1883 in the city of Tequila, Mexico to Don Cenobio Sauza (1842 – 1909) and Doña Margarita Madrigal Navarro. His father was the founder of the famous Sauza Tequila distillery.
At age 20 Eladio moved to Tecolotlan to take charge of his father's distillery, the Hacienda La Labor. There he learned the business of producing and selling tequila. Later he moved to Mazatlán in the Northeastern part of Mexico to establish a Sauza Tequila distribution center in order to increase exporting.
Eladio married Doña Silveria Mora Enriquez, with whom he had two children:
In 1909 Eladio returned to Guadalajara to mourn his father's death and to take control of the Sauza Tequila business. Shortly thereafter the Mexican Revolution threatened to expropriate Eladio's business and farmland. During the Revolution Eladio rallied patriotic sentiment and helped to establish tequila as the official spirit of Mexico.
Eladio modernized and expanded the family business by opening branches in Monterrey and Mexico City, and a concession in Spain.
Eladio's interests extended beyond the
Hrenovuha (Russian: Хреновуха) is a type of strong alcoholic vodka, common in Russia and Ukraine. It has a bitter taste, being made from root horseradish, often with different spices, such as pepper peas and garlic. Hrenovuha can easily prepared at home.
This practice is an ancient tradition. Peter I at the beginning of the 18th century issued a decree that every farmstead must produce vodka.
The word "hrenovuha" refers to the common parlance and is not recorded in dictionaries. Nevertheless, horseradish alcohol is served under this name in many restaurants. The Moscow Plant " KIN " produces this beverage.
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Light rum (also known as "silver" or "white" rum), is a dry, light-bodied rum, light in color and lightly sweet in flavor. It is produced from sugarcane juice and molasses, and normally has a short aging period.
Unlike other various rums which are aged in charred oak casks, light rum is simply aged in plain oak casks or stainless steel tanks, so it remains clear.
Light rum is generally 40% ABV. It is frequently flavored with lemon, orange, or other tropical fruits.
Moscow Distillery Cristall is a distillery in Russia, known for producing traditional Russian vodka. Originally founded in 1901 as a state sanctioned distillery, Cristall now competes domestically and abroad with a varied selection of vodkas and other assorted spirits.
Founded as "Moscow State Wine Warehouse №1" in 1901 on the banks of the Yauza river, the distillery employed 1,500 people and produced 2,100,000 state vodka buckets (approximately 2.6 million decalitres) in its first year. Originally production was divided among three quality divisions: 'simple', 'improved', and 'boyarskaya'.
In 1914 the plant sikanoutipapa was temporarily closed to support the war effort. Limited production continued to supply spirits to the army and foreign powers, including France. The wartime production interdiction continued until 1923.
During the Great Patriotic War, in addition to standard spirits the distillery produced "Molotov cocktails" for the war effort. The plant was severely damaged by a German bomb on July 22, 1941; despite heavy damage production continued. For contributions during the war the distillery was awarded the Banner of the State Defense Committee.
In January 1987 the
Oso Negro (Spanish: "Black Bear") is a brand of vodka and gin. Brewed and bottled in Mexico. These liquor's are bottled in one liter, 750 milliliter, and 250 milliliter presentations. The alcoholic concentration of the vodka is 38%. In Mexico, vodka and gin are commonly mixed with other beverages or fruit juices such as orange, pineapple, lemon or tomato, creating beverages including the "Screwdriver" with orange juice, the "Bloody Mary" with tomato and lemon and some "Martini's" with fruit. The gin is best made with Hawaiian Punch.
Newfoundland Screech is 40% alcohol rum sold in Newfoundland. Screech has a name that was once just a colloquial term to describe almost any cheap, high alcohol spirit, including moonshine.
According to legend, screech was first created in the days of the Triangle Trade, when the same barrels were used to carry both molasses and rum, and were only occasionally cleaned. The barrels built up a deposit of strongly sweet sediment at the bottom, which was melted out with boiling water and either fermented or mixed with grain alcohol. This concoction, which is not even remotely like the modern rum, eventually became a marketing brand called Screech. It is now a mainstream, mid-priced rum.
The screech sold legally in liquor stores both in and outside of Newfoundland is blended and bottled by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation. Unlike their counterparts in other provinces, NLC has retained their bottling business. The spirit is widely available in Canada and is distributed in the New England States (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) of the United States of America.
Screeching In refers to the custom in which the person is to drink a shot of screech, kiss a codfish on the
Seco Herrerano is considered the national alcoholic beverage of Panama Triple distilled from sugarcane, it is traditionally used straight or in mixed drinks as a replacement for rum or vodka. It is a clear liquor that is sold at seventy proof. There are actually multiple brands of Seco, but Herrerano made by the Varela family who invented the Seco in 1908, is the most widely available and popular of all brands. Varela Hermanos produces more than a million cases of Seco every year and it is sold to more than 65 countries around the world.
Seco Herrerano can be mixed with almost anything, from tropical fruits to liquors. One of the more famous drinks made with seco is "Chichita Panamá", made with grapefruit and pineapple juice, it is still a sensation after more than 40 years when it was very popular in Panamá. In the atlantic side of the country, Seco Herrerano is drunk even with milk (colloquially known as "seco con vaca") and coconut milk.
The production process at Varela Hermanos S. A. starts with the distillation of alcohol from the juice of the sugarcane and the rum from molasses. Each year during the dry season (January through May) the company’s workforce in Pesé,
Bacardi Superior is rum made by the Bacardi Company. In the US it is 80 proof, containing 40% abv (37.5% abv in the UK and Continental Europe). It is colourless and easy flowing and is thin in the body. This rum is mostly used to make cocktails calling for a white rum such as Cuba Libre, Daiquiri, Piña Colada, and Bacardi cocktail. Energy provided by a glass of Bacardi is around 118 calories.
The Bacardi Company has a storied history, with its foundation taking place in Cuba and later moving to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Even though the headquarters has changed locations, the rum is still made using basically the same recipe from the past. The only things that have changed are the filtering and aging processes. Other common Bacardi rum grades are Oro (Gold) and Black.
Bacardi Gold Flavored rums
Kauffman Vodka is a Russian brand of vodka produced in Moscow, Russia by the WH Import Company, one of the largest import and wholesale companies of beverage alcohol in Russia. Introduced in 2000 by Dr. Mark Kauffman, Kauffman Vodka is produced in limited quantities and is the only vodka to have a specific vintage.
Kauffman Vodka is available in many varieties:
Kauffman Vodka Luxury Collection 80 Proof
Kauffman Vodka Vintage Select 80 Proof
Kauffman Vodka Non-Vintage Select Soft 80 Proof
Kauffman Vodka Non-Vintage Select Hard 80 Proof
Kauffman Vodka Non-Vintage Select Lemon/Grapefruit 80 Proof
Kauffman Vodka Non-Vintage Select Pepper/Caraway 80 Proof
To date the only variety available in the USA is the Kauffman Vodka Luxury Collection 80 Proof.
Kauffman Vodka is produced from the wheat of a single harvest; thus, it has a specific vintage. Kauffman insists that each year, strict quality control measures be taken to ensure the optimal quality of the wheat crop. As a result, Kauffman may not be produced in years when the wheat harvest is deemed substandard. To ensure only the highest quality, Kauffman is distilled fourteen times and filtered twice: once through birch coal, and once
Maker’s Mark is a small-batch bourbon whiskey that is distilled in Loretto, Kentucky, by Beam Inc. It is sold in distinctively squarish bottles, which are sealed with red wax. The distillery offers tours, and is part of the American Whiskey Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Production of Maker's Mark started in 1954, after its originator, T. William "Bill" Samuels Sr., purchased the distillery known as "Burks' Distillery" in Loretto, Kentucky for $35,000.
The first bottle of Maker's Mark was bottled in 1958 and featured the brand's distinctive dipped red wax seal. Maker's Mark holds a U.S. trademark (serial number 73526578) on the wax seal of their bottles.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Maker's Mark was widely marketed with the tag line, "It tastes expensive ... and is."
The distillery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 1974, and designated a National Historic Landmark on December 16, 1980, listed as "Burks' Distillery". It was the first distillery in America to be so recognized where the landmark buildings were in active use for distilling. Other historic American distilleries in current use include the Labrot & Graham's Old Oscar Pepper
Beefeater Gin is a brand of gin bottled and distributed in the United Kingdom, by the company of James Burrough. It is a 47% alcohol product (94 proof) in the US and New Zealand, and a 40% alcohol product (80 proof) elsewhere in the world (including the UK) (note proof is calculated differently in the US from elsewhere). 40% alcohol is 80 proof in the US. This gin is distilled from "100% grain spirit". The manufacturer has been in business since 1820 and is located in Kennington, London. The soldier on the label is a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) dressed in ceremonial garb.
According to the Beefeater website, Beefeater Gin contains nine different botanicals: juniper, angelica root, angelica seeds, coriander seeds, liquorice, almonds, orris root, seville oranges, and lemon peel. These botanicals are steeped for 24 hours before distillation. Distillation takes eight hours to complete. The distilled spirit is then taken to Scotland where it is blended and bottled.
A super premium version of Beefeater was launched in Syon House on 30 October 2009. Beefeater '24' with its additional botanicals of Chinese Green tea and rare Japanese Sencha was the creation of master distiller Desmond Payne.
Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery is a distillery located in north Austin, Texas that currently manufactures vodka products made of south Texas corn using continuous distillation in a column still.
Deep Eddy Vodka is named after the historic landmark Deep Eddy Pool in Austin which is the oldest spring fed swimming pool in Texas.
Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka is a tea-infused vodka that was introduced in 2010, the first flavored vodka produced in Texas. It was created by Sweet Leaf Tea founder, Clayton Christopher and Savvy Vodka founder, Chad Auler. It is made of natural ingredients including pure cane sugar, clover honey, Texas spring water, and black tea. It is distilled 10 times in a column still, is 70 proof (35% alcohol by volume).
'Deep Eddy Vodka' was introduced in May 2011. It is made in from corn and spring water, distilled 10 times in a column still and filtered over charcoal 4 times. It is 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume).
Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and Deep Eddy Vodka are distributed throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Nalewka (IPA: [nalɛfka]) is a traditional Polish category of alcoholic beverage. Similar to medicinal tinctures, it is usually 40 to 45% strong (though some could be as strong as 75%), and is made by maceration of various ingredients in alcohol, usually vodka or spirit. Among the ingredients often used are fruits, herbs, spice, sugar or molasses. The name nalewka is currently being registered for national appellation within the European Union. Contrary to ordinary liqueurs, nalewkas are usually aged.
The name is also misleadingly used for a variety of alcoholic cocktails sold in Poland, usually of low quality and low content of alcohol (not greater than 18%). It could also be confused with its false friend cognate, Eastern European nalivka (Russian, Ukrainian: наливка), popular in Russia at least since 19th century, yet much weaker (usually containing not more than 18-20% of alcohol), not aged, and containing citric acid as one of the main ingredients. The proper name for a Russian analogue of a Polish nalewka would be nastoika (Russian: настойка, Ukrainian: настоянка, literally, tincture).
Most nalewkas have their proper name derived either from their main ingredient or from the
Conecuh Ridge Whiskey, officially marketed as Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Alabama Style Whiskey, is a recreation of a high-quality aged moonshine whiskey which was produced illegally in Alabama during the mid to late 20th century. In 2004 it was designated the official "State Spirit" of Alabama by legislative resolution. Later the same year the company's founder Kenny May was charged with several violations of Alabama liquor laws, to which he pled guilty. After a 15 month period where the whiskey was unavailable for purchase in Alabama, it can now be purchased from Alabama Crown Distributor.
The History of Conecuh Ridge Whiskey begins with Clyde May, a legendary Alabama moonshiner and bootlegger. From the 1950s to the 1980s Clyde managed to produce around 300 gallons a week in a still of his own design in the woods near Almeria, Alabama in Bullock County, southeast of Montgomery. His product was known for its high quality relative to typical moonshine. According to his son, Kenny, the reason was his painstaking insistence on using the best equipment he could fabricate and taking extra steps during production to maintain the purity and quality of the product. While much of it was
Travellers One Barrel Rum is a rum originating from Belize distilled from fermented molasses. It has a medium, balanced subtle taste most often served straight, with water or ice or mixed in cocktails. It is also a winner of Gold Medals Dark Rum category at International Cane Spirits Competition for both 2006 and 2007. They are the producers of Belize's oldest and only aged rums on the market today.
Travellers Liquors Ltd began providing Belizeans and visitors assortments of distilled products in 1953. The company was founded by Master Blender Omario Perdomo. The company gained its name from the success it achieved in serving travellers along the main route to and from Belize City.
In 1992, the company completely upgraded the distillation facility, stepping away from other distilleries which use acids to speed up the fermentation process. Travellers employs high-test molasses with natural fermentation, coupled with a double-distillation method for smoother taste. Apart from the traditional distilled products like rum and vodka, Travellers also produces liqueurs and wines from Belizean fruits and is the only Belizean refinery that does this.
In 1995, Travellers passed standards set
St. George Spirits is an artisanal distillery located in Alameda, California. They are known for producing Hangar One Vodka, absinthe, single malt whiskey, and a range of exotic, high-end liqueurs, including Eau de vie, dry fruit spirits.
Founded in 1982 by Jorg Rupf, St. George Spirits produces a range of alcoholic beverages under the direction of Master Distiller Lance Winters. In December 2007, The company produced the first commercially available American absinthe, St. George Absinthe Verte, since the lifting of the 1912 ban.
Chase Vodka - made in Herefordshire, England, UK from potatoes and produced on their farm. The brain child of William Chase who also created Tyrrells.
Chase Vodka was voted Best in the world in April 2010 at the San Francisco spirits competition.
O.P. Anderson Aquavit is a Swedish vodka of the akvavit type, presented in 1891 for the Gothenburg Exhibition Fair under the name "Gammal Fin 1 Aquavit". The firm producing it was called O.P. Anderson & Son i Göteborg, which has later given name to this brand of akvavit. Göteborg is the Swedish name for Gothenburg.
O.P. Anderson Aquavit is the oldest akvavit of Sweden, spiced with caraway, anise and fennel and stored on oak barrels for eight months. The spices are the same in the akvavits Gammaldags Norrlands Akvavit from 1929 and Skåne Akvavit from 1931, but Norrlands has sherry added to it and Skåne is blander.
Old Tom Gin (or Tom Gin or Old Tom) is a lightly sweetened Gin popular in 18th-century England that now is rarely available. It is slightly sweeter than London Dry, but slightly drier than Dutch/Holland Gin/Jenever, thus is sometimes called The Missing Link.
The name Old Tom Gin purportedly came from wooden plaques shaped like a black cat (an "Old Tom") mounted on the outside wall of some pubs above a public walkway in the 18th century England. Owing to a scandalous news report of a tragedy involving a murdered family, gin was outlawed and went underground, changing from a cloudy liquid to its modern clear form so as to appear like water. After a pedestrian deposited a penny in the cat's mouth, they would place their lips around a small tube between the cat's paws. From the tube would come a shot of Gin, poured by the bartender inside the pub.
Old Tom Gin was formerly made under license by a variety of distillers around the world; however one was recently relaunched by Hayman's distillery based on an original recipe. Since then a number of other companies have followed suit such as, Both's, Secret Treasures, Jensens, Ransom and even The Dorchester Hotel. The first written record of
Olmeca Tequila is a premium tequila made in Jalisco, Mexico. Olmeca is owned by the Pernod Ricard Group.
There are three tequilas in the Olmeca family: Olmeca, Olmeca Altos and Olmeca Tezón - all of which contain Tahona Liquid. Olmeca was launched in 1967 and now has a presence in 80 countries worldwide.
Olmeca is a mixto Tequila.
Olmeca Altos 100% Agave Tequila was launched in November 2009.
Olmeca Tezón is a 100% Agave, 100% Tahona Liquid Tequila.
The brand portfolio also includes a global community of tequila-passionate and professional bartenders, called the Tahona Society.
Made from hand-selected blue agave picked at the peak of their maturity after 7–8 years of growth. Once harvested, traditional brick ovens are then used to slow cook the piñas, bringing out the sweet and herbal agave notes.
Part of the production process at Olmeca Tequila involves using the 500-year-old traditional and artisanal Tahona method, which consists of a 2 tonne millstone made of volcanic rock, known locally as Tezontle. Once the Agave piñas have been harvested and cooked, they are crushed by the Tahona, creating a pulp and drawing out the sweet juice from the fibres. This juice is referred to as
The Stroh Austria GmbH is a manufacturer of strong spiced rum from Austria.
The brand started in 1832 at Klagenfurt, named after the founder Sebastian Stroh. It was awarded a gold medal at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Today Stroh is available in more than 40 countries. The overproof versions are seldom drunk neat, but used for the concoction of Jagertee, of punch (especially the Feuerzangenbowle variation) or a Flaming B-52 cocktail. Stroh is also an important ingredient for cakes and pastries of the Austrian cuisine.
As the state of Austria–Hungary had no access to colonies in tropical regions, rum producers originally tried to replace the sugarcane molasses aroma by a mixture of flavourants and dyes added to a diluted ethanol basis, referred to as Inländer-Rum ("domestic rum"), a substitute that over the years became a speciality. Today Austrian rum is made from sugarcane by-products according to European Community regulations, while the typical Inländer flavour is provided by traditional essences. The production is standardised by chapter B23 of the Codex Alimentarius Austriacus.
Stroh 80 is the official drink of extreme unicycling team Voodoo Unicycles.
The rum is
V44 is a brand of pure super premium wheat-vodka produced by Bratislava-based company European Spirits and Liquor. Its name comes from numbers of sample variations. The basic recipe for the vodka comes from a 1405 Baltic document, and is claimed to be the world’s oldest official registered surviving vodka recipe. V44 is 100% unflavoured. Its taste and consitence is mainly achieved by using a special type of bio wheat, a confidential fermentation process and by the different special cold gravity filtration processes. The production is limited each year. The production volume depends on the availability of the used wheat.V44 Vodka is one of the world wide very rare (44% Vol. strong) kosher certified Vodkas
Voodoo Tiki is a brand of tequila, produced by Voodoo Tiki Tequila Corporation, made of 100% blue agave, and available in the US other several other Countries including, Canada, The Caribbean, Australia, Holland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Voodoo Tiki Tequila is 100% Weber blue agave tequila distilled in the small Mexican town of Capilla de Guadalupe in the Corazón de Los Altos (highlands) region of Jalisco, Mexico.
While all tequilas are derived from the agave plant, Corazón de Los Altos is known for producing top-quality agave which is allowed to grow for 10–12 years. Once harvested the pinas (the large "heart" of the plant) are steamed slowly in hornos (traditional ovens) for 50–72 hours, until the desired sweet agave flavor is reached. The baked agave is pressed to release its juices, which are then fermented, distilled twice and barreled as tequila. Voodoo Tiki's production is based on the model used by boutique wineries, focusing on smaller quantities of handmade product that are made using high quality ingredients and marketed to connoisseurs.
Voodoo Tiki produces three main types of tequila: Platinum Silver (blanco), Reposado and Añejo.
Añejo (Aged) - this tequila is aged
Don Julio is a brand of tequila produced in Mexico. It is the eighth largest brand in the United States by volume and eleventh largest in Mexico. It is distilled, manufactured, bottled, sold, and distributed by Tequila Don Julio, S.A. de C.V. from its corporate facility in the Colonia El Chichimeco district, in the city of Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico. It is distributed in the United States by Diageo, under licensing from its patent holder, Tequila Don Julio, Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable, Jalisco, Mexico, but it is sold worldwide.
Don Julio Tequila is named after its founder, Don Julio González-Frausto Estrada, who began distilling tequila in 1942 at age 17. Acknowledging the benefits of vertical integration, Gonzalez-Frausto established his own distillery, La Primavera, and spent the next 40 years improving his craft. He experimented with controlling various aspects of the tequila-making process, "from the cultivation of the agave to the bottling of the final product". He named his distillery La Primavera (the Springtime). He is said to have "spent nearly forty years perfecting the craft." Don Julio's first tequilas were shared with friends only, but as word on
The word grog refers to a variety of alcoholic beverages. The word originally referred to a drink made with water or "small beer" (a weak beer) and rum, which British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon introduced into the Royal Navy on 21 August 1740. Vernon wore a coat of grogram cloth and was nicknamed Old Grogram or Old Grog. Modern versions of the drink are often made with hot or boiling water, and sometimes include lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar to improve the taste. Rum with water, sugar and nutmeg was known as bumbo and was more popular with pirates and merchantmen.
By contrast, in Australia and New Zealand the word has come to mean any alcoholic drink.
In Sweden and some subcultures within the English-speaking world, grog is a common description of drinks not made to a recipe (in Sweden the mixture is usually between 25%-50% spirit and 75%-50% softdrink), but by mixing various kinds of alcohol and soda, fruit juice or similar ingredients (in the USA this would be a highball with no defined proportions). The difference between the Swedish definition of grog and long drinks, mixed drinks or punches is the number of ingredients. The number of ingredients in drinks may
Isensua is a UK vodka firm that produces a range of vodkas and PPS beverages in the United Kingdom, as well as being the European importer for Russian Standard Vodka. The firm is also known for producing a vodka called Opium on the British market.
Korski is a brand of vodka sold in the United States. It is bottled by the Paramount Distillers of Cleveland, Ohio.
Korski is a low priced alternative to higher quality vodkas. Korski is sold primarily in a plastic bottle containing 1.75 liters of 80 proof alcohol. However, it is also available in 375, 750 and 1,000 mL bottles, with the 750 and 1000 mL being glass.
Ron Zacapa Centenario is a premium rum produced in Guatemala by Rum Creation and Products, a subsidiary of Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, and distributed and marketed by Diageo. Zacapa was created in 1976 to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of Zacapa, a town in eastern Guatemala.
It is made using the concentrated first-pressing sugar cane juice—called "virgin sugar cane honey" by the company—and is aged and blended using the solera method traditionally used for sherries. This process is overseen by master blender Lorena Vazquez. The company claims that part of their success lies in the fact that the barrels are stored 2,300 metres (7,500 ft) above sea level in an aging facility situated below the upper slopes of the mountains and volcanoes of Guatemala, where the temperature is an average of 62 °F (17 °C).
Early Zacapa bottles came in a bottle covered in a petate - a handwoven matting made from palm leaves which dates from the Mayan period. More recently they feature a band around the middle of the bottle.
The rum has won awards from different international competitions and is the first rum to be included in the International Rum Festival's Hall of Fame. The Beverage
Beenleigh Rum is one of Australia's oldest brands of rum. It is currently available in both dark and light rum grades. Both varieties are fermented from sugar cane molasses.
The heritage-listed Beenleigh Rum Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in Australia, and is a rare survivor of Australia's early sugar industry. It commenced operations in 1884, and was the legal successor to a floating moonshine still, the SS Walrus, which drifted between cane plantations evading police in the early 19th century.
The distillery was developed to include a blending hall, bottling plant, warehouse and administration facilities. It is located on the bank of the Albert River in Eagleby, Queensland (once a part of Beenleigh), and is a landmark on the river flats in the area.
Over the years, the once famous Beenleigh Rum lost its prominent place in Australia to Bundaberg Rum.
In 2003, the Beenleigh Rum brand name was sold to Vok Beverages, a subsidiary of Adelaide based beverage company Bickford's Australia. As of 2011 the brand is still owned by the 100% Australian owned company and is experiencing double digit growth.
The historic Beenleigh Rum Distillery was sold to rival Inner Circle
The Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (also known as Catoctin Creek Distillery, or just Catoctin Creek) is the first legal distillery in Loudoun County, Virginia since prohibition. The distillery is a certified organic and kosher microdistillery in Purcellville, Virginia that produces brandy, rye whiskey, gin, and other liqueurs from local fruit, organic grain and Virginia wine.
The distillery was founded in 2009 by Scott and Rebecca Harris using an SBA 7(a) loan for start-up capital. The company operates using a custom-made 400 liter Kothe hybrid pot-column still.
In the 2011 session of the Virginia General Assembly, the company sought approval to sell its spirits at the distillery. Virginia Senate Bill 1249 passed both the Senate and the House of Delegates and was then signed by Governor Bob McDonnell on March 26, 2011, allowing direct bottle-sales to the public from the distillery. With the prior year's passage of 2010 House of Delegate Bill 952, the company now provides tastings at their distillery store, in a fashion similar to wineries within the state.
Catoctin Creek is currently distributed in:
Chinggis vodka is a vodka from Mongolia, produced by UFC Group and introduced in 2009. It makes use of an 800-year-old distillation technique used by the ancient Mongolians, who ascribed medicinal properties to vodka. It was awarded double gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011 and gold medals in the Prod Expo 2009 and the Monde Selection 2010. In Mongolia, Chinggis vodka accounts for 30% of the spirits market.
El Tesoro is a brand of tequila produced at a distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, where the family that founded the distillery is still involved in the business. In the United States, the brand is marketed by Beam Inc.. The producer claims to use labor-intensive traditional methods for making the tequila.
Don Felipe Camarena was an agave grower who was raised in a family that had previously been making tequila in the Mexican state of Jalisco since the early 1800s. However, after 50 years of producing tequila, the family's distillery had been destroyed during the Mexican revolution of 1910.
Camarena started out by growing and selling agave plants to other distillers, and then in 1937 he opened La Alteña Distillery in Jalisco, 20 miles away from the previous family distillery. His distillery was located near a blue agave growing area and near hot springs which served as a consistent source of energy. Camarena then passed the business on to his son, Felipe J. Camarena Orozco, who then passed it on to his daughters and to his son Carlos Camarena, who is now the third generation of Master Distiller for the distillery.
The actual brand El Tesoro de Don Felipe began as the product of a joint
Ezra Brooks is a brand of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It is charcoal filtered and typically bottled at 45% abv (90 proof).
The Ezra Brooks brand is owned by Luxco of St. Louis, Missouri (formerly the David Sherman Company); which does not own a distillery. Ezra Brooks is distilled, aged, and bottled in Kentucky by Heaven Hill Distilleries for Luxco.
In 2006, the David Sherman Company re-branded itself to Luxco as a tribute to one of its co-founders, Paul Lux, and as a reflection of the current ownership of the company. As Luxco has grown it has remained family-owned.
Luxco itself was born of humble beginnings back in 1958 when Paul A. Lux and David Sherman Sr. established the David Sherman Corporation as a private label bottler to serve the needs of distributors, wholesalers and retailers in the mid-west around St. Louis, Chicago and Milwaukee. Since that time, the company has quietly grown into a major producer, bottler, importer and marketer with an impressive portfolio of over 50 wine and spirit brands. Some of the whiskey brands that Luxco produces include: Rebel Yell, Bourbon Supreme, Old Ezra 101, Rebel Reserve, Yellowstone, Wallstreet Whiskey, David Nicholson 1843
Tres Generaciones (NOM: 1102) is an award-winning super-premium tequila produced in Tequila, a municipality of the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It was created in 1973 by Don Francisco Javier Sauza to honor the three successive generations of tequila makers of the Sauza family since 1873: Don Cenobio, Don Eladio, and Don Javier Sauza. Tres Generaciones is owned by Sauza Tequila Import Company, headquartered in the Chicago suburb Deerfield, IL, USA.
In 1873 Don Cenobio Sauza founded Sauza at La Perseverancia distillery. He was the first distiller to call the spirit produced from blue agave plant "tequila" and the first to export the drink to the United States.
His son, Don Eladio Sauza was born in Tequila in 1883. He expanded the family business by opening branches in Monterrey and Mexico City and a concession in Spain.
In 1931, his son, Don Francisco Javier Sauza took over the business.
By the 1970s, demand for tequila was increasing worldwide. Sauza distillery formed a partnership with the leading Mexican brandy producer, Pedro Domecq. This relationship eventually led to Pedro Domecq's complete purchase of Sauza distillery in 1988. When Allied Lyos acquired Pedro Domecq in 1994,
White Mischief is an Indian vodka manufactured by Shaw Wallace Distilleries Ltd, now part of United Breweries Group (UB Group). United Spirits Ltd, the spirits division of UB Group, claims a market share of 46%, making it the largest selling vodka in India.
White Mischief vodka is India's largest selling vodka with about 48% market share in the regular vodka segment. It appeals to the youth and positioned as a young, fun and flirty brand. Presumably so, Zayed Khan was roped in as its brand ambassador in 2005. White Mischief sponsors the cheerleaders in IPL. They are popularly known as White Mischief Gals.
Blackwood is a Scottish distiller founded in July 2002 with the aim of building Shetland's first Scotch whisky distillery. In May 2008, the company went into administration, but a new company, Catfirth Ltd, was established to continue the business.
Until Blackwood distillery is operational, Highland Park in Orkney remains the most northerly distillery in Scotland.
The company's first products went on sale in October 2003:
Chaya is a brand of tequila produced by Interco Brands Inc The product is produced from 100% Blue Agave.
Chaya tequila was the brain child of Albert Berensten, former president of Kahlúa S.A. It is manufactured from 100% Blue Agave at Industrializadora de Agave San Isidro. Unlike many tequila brands manufactured at the Industrializadora de Agave San Isidro production facility, Chaya is never wood barrel aged. Some reviews state this may preserve more of the natural fruity flavor of the Blue Agave plant. It was the first tequila to be included in gift bags at the MTV Movie Awards in 2006.
2005 Gold Medal - Chicago Testing Institute
2005-2006 Golden Icon Award - Travolta Family Entertainment
2005 Exceptional Spirits Award - Beverage Tasting Institute
2006-2007 Golden Icon Award - Travolta Family Entertainment
2007-2008 Golden Icon Award - Travolta Family Entertainment
The Gin Craze was a period in the first half of the 18th century when the consumption of gin increased rapidly in Great Britain, especially in London. Many people overconsumed and the city had a virtual epidemic of extreme drunkenness; this provoked moral outrage and a legislative backlash that some compare to the modern drug wars.
Parliament passed five major Acts, in 1729, 1736, 1743, 1747 and 1751, designed to control the consumption of gin. Though many similar drinks were available, and alcohol consumption was considerable at all levels of society, it was gin (otherwise known as “Mother's Ruin” or “Madam Geneva”, a misspelling of the original drink called jenever) which caused the greatest public concern.
Gin was popularised in England following the accession of William of Orange in 1688. Gin provided an alternative to French brandy at a time of both political and religious conflict between Britain and France. Between 1689 and 1697, the Government passed a range of legislation aimed at restricting brandy imports and encouraging gin production. Most importantly, the monopoly of the London Guild of Distillers was broken in 1690, thereby opening up the market in gin distillation.
Kubanskaya is a Russian, flavoured brand of vodka or nastoyka with a touch of lemon. 40% alcohol. Bottle volume 50cl. The highly recognizable label on the bottle depicts a Cossack on a horse. The original Kubanskaya was produced by the renowned Kristall vodka factory in Moscow, the origin of Stolichnaya vodka. The beverage became insanely popular among expatriates living in Moscow during the 1990s, due to its pleasant taste and the relatively low hangover risk. Another major factor leading to this popularity was the cult song Kubanskaya by the Zelenograd rock group NTO Retsept . This song, in turn, was inspired by the brief cameo this vodka made in the underground novel Moscow-Petushki. The 1998 Russian financial crisis triggered an exodus of the Moscow expats. Consequently, Kristall ceased production of Kubanskaya. Kubanskaya vodka is still for sale in Russian stores, but is produced by less-known factories. While the taste resembles the taste of the original Kristall brand, connaisseurs are able to taste the difference.
The rum ration (tot) was a daily amount of rum given to sailors on Royal Navy ships. It was abolished in 1970 after concerns that regular intakes of alcohol would lead to unsteady hands when working machinery.
The rum ration traditionally consisted of 70 millilitres of rum given out to every sailor at midday. It was sometimes supplemented with splice the mainbrace. The rum ration was often served from one particular barrel, also known as the "Rum Tub" which was often ornately decorated and sometimes was reinforced with brass.
Sailors when boarding their ship were asked if they were members of the Temperance movement. If they said they were, it was noted in the ship's records and they were given three pence a day instead of the rum ration. The time when the rum ration was distributed was called "Up Spirits", which was between 11 am and 12 noon. Sailors under 20 were not permitted a rum ration.
The rum ration was originally beer with a daily ration of 4.5 litres per sailor until the 17th century. In 1655, rum replaced beer as the sailor's daily alcohol ration because of the capture of Jamaica from Spain. This change was made because beer would often spoil on long voyages. Until 1740,
Tequila Don Weber is a Mexican company that produces tequila. The company, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, was named for Franz Weber, a German naturalist who studied the flora of Jalisco in the last decade of the 19th century. He selected the blue agave for the production of tequila and named the resulting product Agave Tequilana Weber. Tequila Don Weber produces four varieties of tequila: Blanco (double distilled), Reposado (aged 6–8months), Añejo (aged 16–18months) and Limited Edition Añejo (aged minimum 3yrs).
The Mexico Trade Commission [ProMexico] selected Tequila Don Weber to participate in the 2008 London International Wine & Spirits Fair
Vodka 14 is a vodka distilled in Rigby, ID and marketed by Altitude Spirits of Boulder, CO. The product holds a USDA organic certification. It is distilled from organic corn and rye with Rocky Mountain spring water from the Snake River Aquifer in eastern Idaho. It debuted at the Healthy Gourmet Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
Vodka 14 received the Platinum Award at the 2009 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards competition in San Diego, CA . Two years prior won the silver medal at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Vodka 14 began as an idea between Matthew Baris and Jonathan Weiss. The two NYU graduates decided that Colorado needed a small-batch vodka, similar to the micro-brewed beers popular in the state. As a result, Matthew and his father Mitch started Altitude Spirits and began producing Vodka 14. The Vodka is currently available throughout Colorado and online.
100% neutral spirits distilled from certified organic grain produced exclusively for Altitude Spirits, Inc., Boulder, Colorado. Distilled by Altitude Spirits, Inc., Rigby, Idaho. Certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Produced in the USA.
Vodka 14 is distilled in Idaho, but is owned and operated by a
Villa Lobos is a Mexican Vodka which has the unique selling point that the product features the "agave worm" (the larva of the Night Butterfly) more commonly found in Mezcal. The marketing of this product highlights the drinks links with Tequilas and was winner of the silver medal at 'United Vodka' Tasting Competition in Brussels, 2003.
Villa Lobos vodka is produced by Licores Veracruz Distillers in Cordoba in Mexico (near the port of Veracruz) and is distributed by Wine & Spirit. The drink is currently available as a 45% ABV spitit with the "Agave Worm" or a premium 55% ABV vodka without the "worm".
Their advertising slogan is Orgullosamente Mexicano! (lit. Proudly Mexican!)
Cabo Wabo is the name of a chain of nightclubs and restaurants located in Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico, as well as Harvey's Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada and a third location on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada just outside of the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. It is also a popular brand of tequila. All were founded by rock musician Sammy Hagar. The Cabo San Lucas location is generally considered to be one of the top three most popular nightclubs in town. But as opposed to competing nightclub/bar Squid Roe (which plays top-40 music and attracts a younger/spring-break clientele), Cabo Wabo typically attracts an older adult clientele with its mostly rock music selection.
Hagar, already a successful rock musician, visited the Mexican town of Cabo San Lucas in the early 1980s. Hagar joined Van Halen in July 1985 after the departure of its former singer, David Lee Roth. Seeking a place for himself and his friends to relax and play music, he convinced the Van Halen members to partner in opening a large bar, restaurant, and performance space. Launched in April 1990, the cantina was initially a financial failure, leading Hagar to buy out his band-mates. Under new management, the bar
Old Crow is a low-priced brand of Kentucky-made straight bourbon whiskey, along with the slightly higher quality, but still inexpensive Old Crow Reserve brand. It is distilled by Beam Inc., which also produces Jim Beam and several other brands of bourbon whiskey. The Old Crow brand has a venerable history as one of Kentucky's earliest bourbons, and is distinctive for being the first sour mash process bourbon whiskey. Old Crow is aged in barrels for three years, and in the United States is 80 proof while Old Crow Reserve is aged for four years and is 86 proof.
James Crow, a Scottish immigrant, started distilling what would come to be Old Crow in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the 1830s. Reportedly a very skilled distiller, he made whiskey for various employers, which was sold as "Crow" or, as it aged, "Old Crow" — the brand acquired its reputation from the latter. He died in 1856, and while W.A. Gaines and Company kept the name and continued to distill the bourbon according to his recipe, the original distillation formula died with its creator. The last remaining stock of Old Crow (of which there seemed to have been quite a bit) acquired near-legendary status, and offering drinks of it
Vodka Perfect is an international brand of vodka, produced by Renaissance-Perfect, an Israeli based company which operates three large manufacturing facilities in Israel and Romania.
The brand was first introduced in 1995 with the launch of the first production facility in Cricova settlement, Moldova. In 2000 the company moved its headquarters and center of operations to Or Akiva, Israel.
Vodka perfect is produced according to an old family recipe originating in Russia. Each of the three plants, produces the company's main products (classic, premium and flavored vodkas) as well as custom products for the local markets in which they operate. The Israeli product line is marketed as being fully Kosher, being produced by an all Jewish personnel. The marketing brochures state that the Israeli products contain water from the Jordan river in Israel (marketed as “Holy Land Water”), and are aimed for Jewish and non Jewish consumers who consider Kosher products to be of higher quality than non Kosher products.
Vodka Perfect has won several awards, such as the Romexpo Degustation Bucharest international trade fair contest 2003 and the International Spirit AWARD (ISW) 2004
Boodles British Gin is a brand of gin bottled and distributed in the United Kingdom by the company of James Burrough. It is a 45.2% alcohol product (90.4 proof) although it was previously bottled at 47.2% alcohol (94.4 proof) [. It is exported to the United States from London, England and bottled for American consumption by Boodles British Gin Co. in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Boodles was named after Boodle's gentlemen's club in St. James's, London, founded in 1762 and originally run by Edward Boodle. It was reputed to be the favourite gin of the club's most famous member, Winston Churchill, though the same has been claimed for Plymouth Gin.
Boodles was originally bottled in the United States by Joseph E. Seagram & Sons. Distillers Corporation acquired Joseph E. Seagram & Sons in 1928, and changed its name to The Seagram Company Ltd. In 2000, Seagram's assets were later sold to companies like Pepsico, Diageo and Pernod Ricard. Today, Boodles is produced by Chivas Brothers for Pernod Ricard, USA.
Boodles is a juniper and coriander based gin. It is famous for having one of the more understated juniper flavors among the top gins distilled in Great Britain. It lends itself well to being
10 Cane is a premium light rum produced by Moët Hennessy. 10 Cane was founded in 2005, as Moët Hennessy's first brand developed in-house rather than acquired. Moët Hennessy's other brands include Veuve Clicquot, Hennessy, Belvedere and Moët & Chandon.
10 Cane rum is named after the tradition of hand-harvesting and bundling sugarcane stalks in groups of ten. 10 Cane is produced in Trinidad. Like cachaca and French or Haitian “rhum agricole”, 10 Cane is made from fresh sugar cane juice and not from molasses.
10 Cane's distillation process is overseen by Jean Pineau, the Master Distiller of Moët Hennessy. Pineau employs what has been described as an “artisanal” approach to rum making, particularly through small batch production process and high ingredient quality standards.
10 Cane rum is fermented for five days at a low temperature, double-distilled in small batches in French pot stills, and finally aged in French oak barrels for ten months. This aging process gives 10 Cane its light golden color.
10 Cane is a pale gold, light bodied but full flavored rum with tasting notes of pear and vanilla. 10 Cane is often used to create smoother, more fragrant variations of traditional dark rum
Double Cross Vodka is a brand of distilled spirit produced in the Slovak Republic. The distillery that produces Double Cross is situated in the town of Stará Ľubovňa, which is located the Tatra Mountains in northeastern Slovakia.
Double Cross founders Malcolm Lloyd and John Gellner saw that there were few, if any, luxury goods from Slovakia in the U.S.. They also noted that there were few vodka brands in the price range set for Double Cross; however there are many vodkas in the market. They put four years of research and development into their liquor, touring distilleries throughout Eastern Europe to find Jan Krak, a master distiller in Slovakia near the Polish border.
According to its producers, Double Cross is seven-times distilled and seven-times filtered and made using locally-grown winter wheat and mountain spring water sourced from 200-foot (61 m) deep aquifers.
Owners of the brand state that the inspiration for the Double Cross name came from the double cross symbol found in the Slovak flag and coat of arms and that the rectangular bottle is decorated with script which is lines of Slovak poetry.
Both the vodka and the unique bottle design have earned a variety of awards and
Level Vodka, a brand of vodka from the makers of Absolut was launched in 2004. Made in Åhus, Sweden, the vodka is made from winter wheat and is marketed as "perfectly balanced" due to the use of two distinct distillation methods - a continuous distillation process to remove congeners, creating the vodka's smoothness, and a batch distillation process to add character.
Level was launched as a direct competitor to Grey Goose.
Lotus Vodka is a brand of vodka. It is distilled in the United States from wheat, then shipped to San Francisco to be bottled by Delicious Brands. It was first released on premise in San Francisco, CA in 2007. Lotus Vodka donates a portion of its profits to charity.
Lotus Vodka is currently available two variants:
Pacific Dawn Limited is the former name of 42 BELOW Limited, a drinks manufacturing company based in downtown Auckland, New Zealand. Their flagship product is the vodka 42 BELOW and the gin South Gin, as well as 420 spring water (still and sparkling mineral water) and the House Quality Vodka brand Stil Vodka.
42 Below used to be a little stronger than most other vodkas (84 proof). It uses a process that is closest to the grain (wheat) based vodka of Scandinavia. 42 Below is made from GE-free wheat. The alcoholic content is now reduced to meet government tax levels, so gets a lower tax hence allows it compete with other big brands. The name is supposed to refer to the southern latitude where it is produced just north of Wellington on the country's 42nd parallel and also to its 42% alcohol content.
The vodka has been introduced to the USA market in 2006, focused on the markets of New York, Los Angeles, and Austin.
42 Below flavours include Feijoa, *Manuka honey, Passionfruit, and Kiwifruit
South Gin is flavoured with juniper berries, lemon, orange, coriander seeds, angelica leaves, orris, gentian root, and two New Zealand natives, kawakawa leaves and manuka berries, It received the
Truffle vodka is a variant of vodka that is infused with truffles. It can be either home made by soaking a black truffle in regular vodka for three days, or purchased commercially. Truffle vodka can be used in regular cocktails, or as an ingredient in recipes such as risotto or butter.
The first commercially available truffle vodka was the Black Moth, but other variants have started to appear, like the commercially rare "700's" truffle vodka.
Citadelle is a French brand of gin that was first released in 1998. It is produced in Cognac by Gabriel & Andreu and supplied by Cognac-Ferrand. It was named after an 18th century distillery in Dunkirk.
Reviewers have noted that it is a mid-pungency gin, with a more complex and assertive taste than London dry gin. It is aged in Cognac casks, which minimizes the citrus flavor. It is packaged in a decorated bottle that notes each of the 19 botanicals used in its production. Its primary market is Spain.
Citadelle has performed very well at international spirit ratings competitions, including at the San Francisco World Spiritis Competition, the Beverage Testing Institute, and Wine Enthusiast. Proof66 rates Citadelle amongst the Top 20 gins in the world.
Citadelle Official Website
New Amsterdam Gin is a product of the New Amsterdam Spirits Company, from Modesto, California, a subsidiary of E. & J. Gallo Winery. New Amsterdam Gin is produced as a contemporary take on classic gin-making standards. That includes a base of neutral spirits, combined with an infusion of botanicals, including citrus, as well as the primary flavoring constituent of any gin - the juniper berry.
New Amsterdam Gin is named for "New Amsterdam", the original European name for New York, when under Dutch rule. New Amsterdam claims that, based on a unique distillation method and precise flavor infusion, their gin embodies a uniquely smooth, crisp, slightly citrus flavor.
New Amsterdam's marketing approach is targeted towards a younger generation of gin drinkers, looking to capitalize on the popular appeal of the "New York ideal" in addition to their claims on smoothness and superiority of taste.
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Beverage Testing Institute, two spirit ratings organizations, have had somewhat divergent reactions to New Amsterdam. The San Francisco competition has rated the gin highly, giving it two gold and one double gold medals in 2007, 2008 and 2010. By
Tequila (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈkila]) is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 kilometres (40 mi) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of Jalisco.
The red volcanic soil in the surrounding region is particularly well suited to the growing of the blue agave, and more than 300 million of the plants are harvested there each year. Agave tequila grows differently depending on the region. Blue agaves grown in the highlands region are larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste. Agaves harvested in the lowlands, on the other hand, have a more herbaceous fragrance and flavor.
Mexican laws state that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. Mexico has claimed the exclusive international right to the word "tequila", threatening legal actions against manufacturers of distilled blue agave spirits in other countries. The United States officially recognizes that spirits calls "tequila" can only be produced in Mexico, although by agreement bulk amounts can be shipped to be
The Tequila Express (or Tequila Train) is a Mexican regional train service that operates from Guadalajara, Jalisco, to the Tequila Herradura distillery at the San José del Refugio Hacienda in the municipality of Amatitán, Jalisco. Amatitán is approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Guadalajara and 32 kilometres (20 mi) southeast of the town of Tequila, Jalisco. The train service is so named because it features tequila tastings and transports its passengers through blue agave fields to the distillery in Amatitán and towards (but not into) the town of Tequila.
The service began operating in 1997, concurrent with the elimination of general passenger rail service by Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México. The service is operated by Ferromex, owner of the Guadalajara train station and the rail line on which the service runs, under contract with the chamber of commerce. Service operates on weekends, usually from Friday through Sunday with sporadic trips on Mondays. The excursion includes live mariachi music on board the train, a tour of the hacienda and distillery, as well as a dinner on the hacienda premises.
The train is quite popular especially during the Encuentro Internacional
Xellent Swiss Vodka is a rye vodka distilled in Switzerland.
Xellent Swiss vodka is made with bread quality rye and Titlis Glacier Water. This rye is a blend of matador and picasso ryes created to grow in the alps of Switzerland. It is triple distilled in pot stills to over 96% purity.
This brand is available in over 22 countries including the United States.
This brand is packaged in a bottle reminiscent of the old cocktail shakers. It is red with white letters - using the colors of the Swiss Flag.
The brand has won numerous awards including a Double Gold from the San Francisco Spirits Competition and a 96-100 rating from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal. It was also rated as the only vodka in the top 10 of the top 110 spirits for 2005 by Pacult's Spirit Journal .
An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are divided into three general classes: beers, wines, and spirits. They are legally consumed in most countries, and over 100 countries have laws regulating their production, sale, and consumption. In particular, such laws specify the minimum age at which a person may legally buy or drink them. This minimum age varies between 16 and 25 years, depending upon the country and the type of drink. Most nations set it at 18 years of age.
The production and consumption of alcohol occurs in most cultures of the world, from hunter-gatherer peoples to nation-states. Alcoholic beverages are often an important part of social events in these cultures.
Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect. A high blood alcohol content is usually considered to be legal drunkenness because it reduces attention and slows reaction speed. Alcohol can be addictive and addiction to alcohol is known as alcoholism.
Beer and wine are produced by fermentation of sugar- or starch-containing plant material. Beverages produced by fermentation followed by distillation have a higher alcohol content and are
Cockspur Rum is one of the many popular rum beverages from the Eastern Caribbean island nation of Barbados. It has been produced by Hanschell Inniss Ltd. since 1884.
Barbados is considered the birthplace of rumbullion as it was originally called nearly 350 years ago. Danish merchant Valdemar Hanschell established a liquor store in the 19th century which became the birthplace of Cockspur Rum. Cockspur blends its rum while aging it in oak barrels using the pure coral water of the Caribbean, a unique ingredient known to Cockspur. Cockspur contains forty percent alcohol by volume.
Cockspur is Barbados' leading golden rum and has won numerous awards internationally. These awards include the "International Wine and Spirit Competition's" Gold Medal in 1981, 1984, and 1989. It is considered a five star rum with a proud rooster as its emblem.
Cockspur has recently entered a three year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to sponsor the National Club Championship. This has been renamed the Cockspur Cup for 2004. Cockspur is again involved with the ECB with whom they had a deal between 1987 and 1990.
Grogue, also known as grogu or grogo (derived from English grog), is a Cape Verdean alcoholic beverage, an aguardente made from sugarcane. Its production is fundamentally artisanal, and nearly all the sugarcane is used in the production of grogue. The cane is processed in a press known as a trapiche.
Grogue is the basis for a Cape Verdean cocktail known as pontche, which also includes lime and sugar, comparable to the ponche of the island of Madeira.
Grogue and sugarcane production are primarily found in Santo Antão and Santiago.
Grogue is also used as a base for medicinal preparations, with the addition of herbs such as common rue, rosemary, or anise. There is also a grogue preparatin made with percebes (goose neck barnacles).
In some tourist locations, caipirinhas are prepared with grogue.
Plymouth Gin is a Protected Geographical Indication that pertains to any gin distilled in Plymouth, England. Today, there is but one brand, Plymouth, which is produced by the Black Friars Distillery. The Black Friars Distillery is the only remaining gin distillery in Plymouth, in what was once a Dominican Order monastery built in 1431, and opens onto what is now Southside Street. It has been in operation since 1793. The established distilling business of Fox & Williamson began the distilling of the Plymouth brand in 1793. Soon, the business was to become known as Coates & Co., which it remained until March 2004. From 2005, the brand was owned by the Swedish company V&S Group, who also make Absolut Vodka. The brand is now owned and distributed by the French company Pernod Ricard as a result of its purchase of V&S in 2008.
The Plymouth Original Strength brand of gin is 41.2% ABV. It is distinctively different and slightly less dry than the much more common London style of gin, purportedly due to a higher than usual proportion of root ingredients, which bring a more 'earthy' feel to the gin as well as a softened juniper flavour. There is also a 'navy strength' variety which is 57%
Taaka is a value brand distilled beverage. The brand is owned by Sazerac Company of New Orleans, Louisiana and distilled in Frankfort, Kentucky at Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Taaka vodka was first introduced in 1948 and is available in bottles of 80, 90, and 100 proof spirits. Its marketing slogan is "Mixes easy...just add people."
Taaka also distills a gin considered to be one of the best in its price range.
Buffalo Trace Distillery Site
A vodka infusion is a flavored liquor that is created when vodka is flavored with one or more flavorants. Vodka infusions may be homemade or they may be bought in liquor stores.
By definition, vodka infusions do not contain added sugar. Spirits that do contain added sugar are called liqueurs.
The flavoring agents are added to the vodka, which is left to steep in a sealed container for a period of time. This period can range from hours to months depending on the ingredients. After this period, any solid additives are removed from the vodka and the infusion is then filtered to remove smaller particles. After this, the vodka infusion can be left to age for a period of time to allow flavors to mature.
The art of creating a vodka infusion is knowing how long to leave the ingredients to steep. The different flavors will be infused into the alcohol at different rates and so it is important to know how long it will take for the right flavors to be infused and how long it will take before bad flavors begin to develop.
A vodka infusion is sometimes referred to as schnapps in North America, although the original schnapps of Central Europe are made in a different way.
Numerous flavors of
Black Dot Vodka Black Dot Vodka (also known as The Dot) is produced by Black Dot Spirits LLC in Madison, Wisconsin. Black Dot Vodka is 40% ABV or 80 proof. Black Dot Vodka is distilled from local sweet yellow corn and Door County cherries. The solid white label with a simple black dot circle earned a bronze medal in the 2011 San Francisco Spirits Competition
Black Dot Vodka is produced at Yahara Bay distillery using Wisconsin-grown ingredients.
Cape North is a Swedish premium single grain vodka made from the Swedish spring water and distilled in Bourgogne, France with French musty grains. It is a clear vodka characterised by its hints of vanilla and citrus on the nose and also for its clear finish.
The Cape North Company is owned by the Davidsson family, who has been active in this field of business for several generations. It is based in Loviselund, a landmark of Swedish spirit production history, that produced and delivered vodka during the 19th century to the royal Swedish household at Drottningholm (closely situated on the same Island, Lovön). Loviselund Manor was a morning gift to Queen Lovisa from Gustav III, the Swedish King who was very inspired by French culture.
Pinky Vodka is a blended vodka created in Sweden in 2008. It became the second best-selling "super premium" vodka in World Duty Free stores, with 12% of category share in the year of its launch.
The 80-proof (40% alcohol by volume) flavored vodkas are sold in the U.S. and globally in a perfume bottle, and are marketed as super ultra-premium. The brand is currently owned by the United Breweries group.
Smirnoff is a brand of vodka owned and produced by the British company Diageo. The Smirnoff brand began with a vodka distillery founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov (1831–1898), the son of illiterate Russian peasants. It is now distributed in 130 countries. It is produced in several countries including USA, Italy, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Smirnoff products include vodka, flavored vodka, and malt beverages. In March 2006, Diageo North America claimed that Smirnoff vodka was the best-selling distilled spirit brand in the world.
Most Smirnoff products have an identifying number that is displayed on the label. Some of these numbers are:
The basic Smirnoff vodka — number 21 — has performed well at spirit ratings competitions. It was awarded a double gold medal (the highest award) at the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Pyotr Smirnov founded his vodka distillery in Moscow in the 1860s under the trading name of PA Smirnoff, pioneering charcoal filtration in the 1870s, and becoming the first to utilize newspaper ads along with charitable contributions to the clergy to stifle anti-vodka sermons, capturing two-thirds of the Moscow market by 1886. His brand was
Ten High is a brand of American whiskey currently produced by Barton Brands, which is part of the Sazerac Company. According to the label, it was established in 1879, although production of the brand actually began in the 1930s. The 1879 date refers to the founding of the Tom Moore distillery – which was not associated with the Hiram Walker & Sons company that actually started the brand.
It has historically been a Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey (80 Proof). However, starting in 2009, the brand switched to being a blend rather than a straight whiskey — at least in some bottlings.
The name Ten High refers to a barrel storage location at least ten ricks high, as barrels in the upper part of the aging warehouse mature faster. Although the brand name evoked this storage method, the manufacturer did not actually promise that the brand was from barrels aged in such locations.
The brand was originally produced by Hiram Walker & Sons (a company owned by Harry C. Hatch at the time) at a distillery in Peoria, Illinois, starting shortly after the end of the Prohibition period of 1920–1933. It was a major brand (and the leading brand of Illinois-made bourbon) until the late 1960s when the
Youri Dolgoruki Vodka is a Russian vodka, named after Duke Dolgoruki, the founder of Moscow. It is distilled at Moscow's oldest and most famous distillery Cristall. The leader of the industry, Cristall, is the largest distillery in the country.
Cristall Distilleries unveiled the premium Youri Dolgoruki vodka in a frosted-glass bottle that displays an image of the famous St. Basil's Cathedral through a clear window in the packaging. Youri Dolgoruki was the founder of Moscow in the 12th century and his likeness, along with the ancient St. Basil's located in the Red Square, creates a strong Russian association. The clear window provides a see-through effect to the church graphic on the back of the bottle. The impression of St. Basil's is silkscreen printed in six colors, with two gravure printed pressure sensitive labels on top of the window and on the closure completing the motif. This unique bottle design strives to reinforce the brand's image as an upscale, truly Russian product and also to differentiate this brand in the crowded vodka aisle.
Moscow-made Youri Dolgoruki vodka is the Belvédère Group's latest brand acquisition.
Distilled four times according to a very rigid secret
Bacon vodka is vodka infused with bacon flavor, part of a larger trend of "carnivorous cocktails" and the addition of savory flavor to mixed drinks. The infused alcohol can be sipped but is typically used in mixed drinks like the Bloody Mary or bacon martini.
Meat-infused beverages are nothing new to the cocktail world, some famous examples including the "Bull Shot" at Ernest Hemingway's favorite bar (Harry's) in Venice in the 1940s, and references by writers as far back as the 17th century, including John Locke and Samuel Pepys, who imbibed and wrote about savory infused ales. A handful of bars and mixologists have been making bacon or other meat-infused cocktails for years, including the Double Down Saloon in Las Vegas and New York, which has been famous for their "Bacon Martini" for over a decade. Bacon and other meat-infused cocktails have only recently started enjoying wider appeal as mixologists have noted that "meat brings out the smokiness of the whiskey [and other cocktail combinations]". Mainstream interest in bacon vodka has been further driven by a pop-cultural interest in bacon, often called bacon mania.
In April 2009, Seattle-based Black Rock Spirits released a
Aberlour is a distiller of single malt Scotch whisky, located on Aberlour town, Speyside, Scotland at the crossing of rivers Lour and Spey near Ben Rinnes.
The whisky comes in 10, 12, 15 and 30-year expressions, and most of the variants are aged for a time in American ex-bourbon casks (a standard for most single malt Scotches). Aberlour also releases a range of malts that, after ageing in bourbon casks, are transferred to casks that have been used previously to mature varieties of fortified wines. This process is known as finishing, and Aberlour offers whisky finished in sherry, port wine, madeira, and burgundy casks.
Aberlour distillery was founded in 1879 by James Fleming (1830-1895). In 1898, a fire consumed several of the distillery buildings and most of the whisky reservoirs, but eventually the site was rebuilt.
Absolut Vodka is a brand of vodka, produced near Åhus, Skåne, in southern Sweden. Absolut is owned by French group Pernod Ricard; they bought Absolut for 5.63 billion Euros in 2008 from the Swedish state.
Absolut is the third largest brand of alcoholic spirits in the world after Bacardi and Smirnoff, and is sold in 126 countries.
Absolut was established in 1879 by Lars Olsson Smith and is produced in Åhus, Sweden. Smith introduced fractional distillation that produces liquor without fusel alcohol in Sweden in 1877, under the name "Tiodubbelt Renadt Brännvin" (Tenfold Purified Vodka). Brännvin literally means "burn-wine" and is analogous to the German "Branntwein". The term is also used in Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic. ("Vodka" was not used for Swedish liquor until 1958, with the potato-based Explorer Vodka.) The name was changed to "Absolut Rent Brännvin" (Absolutely Pure Vodka) by Smith to market his much improved product. Smith challenged the city of Stockholm's liquor marketing monopoly with his vodka. It was sold at a lower price than the monopoly's product, just outside the city border. Smith even offered free boat rides to the distillery and "Rent Brännvin" made Smith a
Don Cenobio Sauza (October 30, 1842 – February 15, 1909), known as the "Father of Tequila," was one of the earliest and longest lasting distillers of the tequila spirit – founding the Sauza Tequila distillery – La Perseverancia – in 1873.
Cenobio Sauza was born on a farm in Jalisco, Mexico. He was the third child of Hilario Sauza (died 1857) and Doña Margarita Madrigal Navarro. He worked on his father’s farm together with his siblings Adelaida, Juana, Fernanda, Luis and Herminia until he was sixteen.
In 1858 Cenobio traveled to Tequila to visit his cousin Ramon Corona Madrigal. Enamored with the county, Cenobio settled in Tequila and got a job working at the distillery of José Antonio Gómez Cuervo. There he learned how to farm agave and distill mezcal-tequila wine.
Cenobio began to export mezcal-tequila wine from Tequila to other parts of the country. In 1870, no longer content to just sell, Sauza leased the "La Gallardeña" distillery from Lazaro Gallardo. Sauza was successful enough that three years later, on September 1, 1873 he purchased the La Antigua Cruz (The Old Cross) distillery (the oldest registered tequila distillery, founded in 1805 by José Maria Castañeda) from Don
Jose Cuervo is a brand of tequila produced by Tequila Cuervo La Rojeña. According to the company, Jose Cuervo, in 1795, was the first producer of tequila in the world. As of April 2012, it is the largest selling tequila brand in the world, with a 19 per cent volume share of the global market.
The majority of Jose Cuervo tequila is a 51% mixto tequilla, meaning that 51% of its alcohol content is fermented from the sugars of the agave plant. The remainder is fermented from less expensive sugar sources. The Tradicional and Reserva Familia are 100% agave tequilas.
In 1758, Antonio de Cuervo received a land grant from King Ferdinand VI to start an agave farm in the Jalisco region of Mexico. He built a small factory on this land. In 1795, King Carlos IV gave the land grant to Cuervo's descendant, Jose María Guadalupe Cuervo. Carlos IV also granted the Cuervo family the first license to commercially make tequila, so they built a larger factory on the existing land. The family started packaging their wares in individual bottles in 1880. The distillery was named Fabrica La Rojeña. The tequila was exported to the United States for the first time in 1873. In 1900, Jose Cuervo Labastida
Narodnaya (Romanization of Russian "Народная", Folk) is a brand of Russian vodka scheduled to be produced in different flavours (grain, wheat, rye, cedar and malty) by federal public enterprise Rosspirtprom in 2007 to avoid 2006 local vodka substitute poisonings. The vodka is supposed to cost about 60 RUB (2.24 USD) by retail and 53 RUB (1.98 USD) wholesale for 0.5 litre.
Nikolai is a brand of vodka on the market in the United States. The brand was originally launched and developed by Seagram, and has existed since at least 1963. The Nikolai brand is currently owned and produced by the Sazerac Company, which purchased the brand rights from Seagram in 1989 (along with 16 other product lines). The sale was preceded by an announcement in late 1988 by Seagram that it had decided to sell the brand.
The Nikolai brand is available in 80, 90, and 100 proof bottlings.
The Nikolai brand has been marketed primarily as a value-oriented brand, advertised as being priced very reasonably while tasting like more expensive vodka. The brand web site says that the brand is produced using a unique proprietary distillation technique and a special recipe to yield low congener vodka, and that the Sazerac Company has been faithfully adhering to Seagram's original formula for its production process. The Sazerac Company classifies its vodka brand offerings into three categories: "super premium", "premium", and "standard". Nikolai is classified in the "standard" brand category. The company says that the 90 and 100 proof bottlings are "best in class and among the
New Zealand brand of rum. Coruba is distilled and imported from Jamaica, but is not distributed commercially in Jamaica.
There are two types of Coruba rum. The 'Original' which is a dark rum, and a more recent 'Gold' style rum.
Coruba Jamaica Rum is a 100% Jamaican Rum made to the older 'planters rum' style. Coruba has both pot and column still rums all aged in small oak barrels for at least two years. Over thirty rum 'marks' are used to create the Coruba blend and a Solera system is followed to ensure blending consistency over time.
Coruba Jamaica Rum was first imported into New Zealand in 1967. Coruba became the leading rum in New Zealand in the early 1970s and has held this position ever since.
Coruba is the second largest selling spirit brand in New Zealand and has held this position since the late 1980s
Coruba Jamaica Rum is one of the icon spirit brands of New Zealand
There are several varieties of Coruba Gold ready to drink beverages, including:
Keglevich is an Italian brand of vodka.
It is produced by Stock S.p.A., a liqueur company founded in 1882 by Lionello Stock located in Trieste. A vodka from the long tradition of Eastern Europe, Keglevich Classic is distilled entirely from pure grain with the original 1882 recipe invented during the crisis after the Panic of 1873 by the Hungarian Count of Croatian origin, Stephan Keglevich. Keglevich vodka is marketed in Europe, Russia, USA, Israel and Japan.
Keglevich Delicious is a range of 6 fruit-flavored vodkas:
Keglevich Fresh is a range of 3 flavored vodkas:
Keglevich Exotic is a range of 2 vodka-based, flavored drinks:
They all are available in 0,70l thick glass bottles.
Knob Creek is a brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey produced by Beam Inc. at the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. It is one of the four Jim Beam small batch bourbon brands targeted for the high-end liquor market. Its siblings in the line are Booker's, Baker's, and Basil Hayden's.
The primary expression of the brand is bottled at 100 proof (higher than the typical 80 that is the minimum required by U.S. Federal labeling requirements) and aged for nine years (which is longer than many Bourbon brands and is longer than the other Jim Beam Small Batch brands).
Knob Creek comes in a rectangular bottle with a corked and wax-sealed top. As of 2012, at least some 750ml bottles now use screw caps. The bourbon has a dark, golden-brown color. According to the company, this is due to the relatively long aging process, which allows it to absorb more sugar from the wood than is the case for the other Jim Beam Small Batch brands. The company describes the flavor as "rich, sweet, woody, full-bodied, almost fruity", and the aroma as "toasted nuts, grain, oak".
In 2009, Beam ran a campaign to publicize their shortage of Knob Creek bourbon. Demand exceeded the 2000 forecast, when the
Old Monk is a vatted Indian dark Rum, blended and aged for 7 years. It is a dark rum with a distinct vanilla flavour similar to other spiced rums, with an alcohol content of 42.8%. It is produced by Mohan Meakin, based in Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, available in all parts of India.
There is no advertising, its popularity depends on word of mouth and loyalty of customers. Old Monk is the largest selling dark rum in the world..Old Monk has been the biggest Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) brand for many years.
It is sold in five size variants: 90 ml, 180 ml , 375 ml , 750 ml, and a 1 liter bottle.
The first time it was tasted officially was 19 December 1854 and hence, International Old Monk Day is celebrated. Old Monk had been awarded gold medals at Monde World Selections since 1982.
While the 7 years aged XXX rum grade is the most popular, there are Supreme & Gold Reserve varieties which are gaining in popularity. These are aged for 12 years and are blended with highly matured spirits. Supreme also comes in a special bottle, with the shape of a standing monk. The top part of the monk's head is the bottle cap, which also doubles up as a peg measure.
It has an alcohol
Old Overholt is a long-produced American rye whiskey distilled by A. Overholt & Co., currently a subsidiary of Beam Inc., at the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. It is one of the few straight rye whiskies available at most liquor stores in the United States. It is aged for four years and bottled at 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume).
Old Overholt was originally distilled in Broad Ford, Pennsylvania, 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The company claims to have been established in 1810. The whiskey is named for Abraham Overholt, a farmer and distiller and later, grandfather of the American Industrialist Henry Clay Frick.
Parodied in a Warner Brothers cartoon and in the Terry Pratchett novels The Dark Side of the Sun and Soul Music as "Old Overcoat".
It was the so-called "medicinal" alcohol of the United States Navy during World War II.
It is reputed to have been the alcoholic beverage of choice of the gunfighter and gambler Doc Holliday.
Viru Valge is a vodka produced in Estonia by Liviko. It is produced in different flavors ranging from lemon to blackcurrant.
Viru Valge comes in three degrees of alcohol content: 38%, 40% and 80%. The flavored ones only come in 38%.
Vodka (Russian: водка, Belarusian: Гарэлка, Ukrainian: Горілка, Polish: wódka) is a distilled beverage composed primarily of water and ethanol with traces of impurities and flavorings. Vodka is made by the distillation of fermented substances such as grains, potatoes, or sometimes fruits and/or sugar.
Traditionally prepared vodkas had an alcoholic content of 40% by volume. Today, the standard Belarusian, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian vodkas are 40% alcohol by volume (ABV) or 80 proof. The European Union has established a minimum of 37.5% ABV for any "European vodka" to be named as such. Products sold as vodka in the United States must have an alcoholic content of 40% or more. For homemade vodkas and distilled beverages referred to as "moonshine", see moonshine by country.
Vodka is traditionally drunk neat in the vodka belt countries of Eastern Europe and around the Baltic Sea. It is also commonly used in cocktails and mixed drinks, such as the Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, Sex on the Beach, Moscow Mule, White Russian, Black Russian, vodka tonic, and in a vodka martini.
The name "vodka" is a diminutive form of the Slavic word voda (water), interpreted as little water: root вод- (vod-)
Square One Organic Vodka is an artisanal spirit distilled from organically grown rye. It is known as the first such certified organic American rye vodka.
Square One Organic Vodka is made from 100% organic American rye and water drawn from the Snake River watershed of the Teton Mountain Range in Wyoming. It is fermented through a proprietary organic process certified by Oregon Tilth. Following fermentation, it undergoes a single pass through a four-column continuous distillation and traditional carbon filtration. Production takes place in small batches at Distilled Resources, an artisanal facility located in Rigby, Idaho near the water source.
Allison Evanow formed Square One Organic Spirits, LLC, in Novato, California to launch Square One Organic Vodka in April, 2006. As of late 2007 the vodka has distribution in around 20 states.
In October 2006, Square One Organic Vodka received a rating of 94 points (Exceptional) from the Beverage Tasting Institute, which noted its “very supple, clean, and elegant” taste. The June 2006 issue of Spirit Journal awarded Square One Organic Vodka four out of five stars, praising its “sweet, ripe tropical fruit-like aromas of papaya, mango and/or
Svedka is a brand of vodka manufactured in Lidköping, Sweden and owned by New York-based Constellation Brands. The product's name is a portmanteau of the words Sverige or Svenska ("Sweden" and "Swedish" respectively in the Swedish language) and the word vodka. The spirit is 80 proof (40% alcohol). The flavored versions are 70 proof or 35% alcohol. A one-litre bottle is produced using about 1.5 kg of wheat and spring water. Svedka is bottled unflavored, as well as in citron, cherry, clementine, raspberry, vanilla, and piña colada flavors.
It is manufactured by the Swedish Farmer's Co-op (Lantmännen) by order of Constellation Brands.
Svedka has received several awards from spirit ratings organizations, including a rating of 93 points from Wine Enthusiast in 1999 and 2004, and a Silver Medal in the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Proof66's aggregate score for Svedka's unflavored vodka places it in the Top 90th percentile among rated vodkas.
Svedka was acquired by Constellation Brands in March 2007 for about US$384 million.
Svedka creator, Guillaume Cuvelier, is now Executive Chairman of Synergy Beverages.
It is probably best known in the United States for the advertising
Distillation is a method of separating mixtures based on differences in volatilities of components in a boiling liquid mixture. Distillation is a unit operation, or a physical separation process, and not a chemical reaction.
Commercially, distillation has a number of applications. It is used to separate crude oil into more fractions for specific uses such as transport, power generation and heating. Water is distilled to remove impurities, such as salt from seawater. Air is distilled to separate its components—notably oxygen, nitrogen, and argon— for industrial use. Distillation of fermented solutions has been used since ancient times to produce distilled beverages with a higher alcohol content. The premises where distillation is carried out, especially distillation of alcohol, are known as a distillery.
The first clear evidence of distillation comes from Greek alchemists working in Alexandria in the 1st century AD. Distilled water has been known since at least c. 200, when Alexander of Aphrodisias described the process. Arabs learned the process from the Egyptians and used it extensively in their chemical experiments.
Clear evidence of the distillation of alcohol comes from the
Explorer Vodka is a Swedish vodka brand manufactured by the V&S Group, formerly owned by the Swedish government. It was developed in the 1950s, targeted for customers in the United States, but failed. Since then it is one of Sweden's most popular brands of vodka, and has during some periods been the most sold distilled beverages in Sweden.
The bottle was designed by Swedish ex-prince Sigvard Bernadotte.
Havana Club is a rum made by Bacardi in Puerto Rico, with the original recipe of José Arechabala, and sold in the United States.
Havana Club rum, was first created by José Arechabala in 1934 and sold throughout the world from his family-owned distillery in Cuba. After the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the distillery and company was nationalized by the Cuban government and the Arechabala family emigrated to the United States. The Arechabala family allowed the trademark to lapse in 1973.
In 1994 Bacardi entered into an alliance with the Arechabalas, and in 1997 the Arechabalas sold their residual rights to Havana Club to Bacardi, which, among other things, included the recipe for the original Havana Club rum.
During 1995 and 1996, Bacardi made a trial production of the rum in the Bahamas and was sold in the United States.
However, the Havana Club trademark was in the hands of Havana Club International (a business entity formed by the Cuban Government owners, and Pernod Ricard, the French owners of the Cuban Government brand) and owned the trademark in the United States through Inter-American Conventions.
After more than 10 years of legal struggles between the parties, on August 8, 2006,
Monte Carlo Vodka is a brand of distilled spirit produced in France. According to its producers, Monte Carlo Ultra Premium vodka is nine-times distilled and seven-times filtered and made using locally-grown winter wheat and mountain spring water sourced from 200-foot (61 m) deep aquifers. The details of this unique design with a seven color coat made with high quality material make this bottle the most distinctive product in the commercial market.
Owners of the brand state that the inspiration for the Monte Carlo name came from the famous city Monte Carlo in Monaco.
Both the vodka and the unique bottle design have earned a variety of awards and attention in the consumer and business press. Monte Carlo Vodka was voted as the World's Most Prestigious
A rectified spirit, rectified alcohol, or neutral spirit is highly concentrated ethanol which has been purified by means of repeated distillation, a process that is called rectification. It typically contains 95% alcohol by volume (ABV). Rectified spirits are used in mixed drinks, in the production of liqueurs, for medicinal purposes, and as a household solvent.
The purity of rectified spirit has a practical limit of 95.6% ABV (191.2 US proof) when produced using conventional distillation processes, because a mixture of ethanol and water becomes an azeotrope at this concentration.
Neutral grain spirits are rectified spirits made from grain. However, rectified spirits are also made from other kinds of plant material, such as sugar beets, potatoes, and sugar cane. Rectified spirits are illegal for nonmedical purposes in some nations (including India), and were banned until recently in Canada, but they are legal in most Western nations.
A rectified spirit that is commonly available in the United States is Everclear, bottled by Luxco. Everclear is available in both a 95% ABV (190 US proof) version and in a version diluted to 75.5% ABV (151 US proof), although some states have banned
Looking to enter the premium vodka market, William Grant & Sons established a distillery in Borgarnes, Iceland to begin production in 2005. The marketing for Reyka draws heavily on Iceland's reputation for purity and uniqueness. The word "Reyka" derives from the Icelandic word for steam.
The vodka is handmade and uses water drawn from a lava field, forgoing the need of treatment or demineralisation before it is blended with the vodka.
Reyka has won accolades including the 2011 Vodka Trophy awarded by the International Wine and Spirit Competition and being ranked as one of the Top 10 Vodkas by Gayot.com.
Barbancourt is a well-known rum produced and bottled by Société du Rhum Barbancourt, T. Gardère & Cie. in Haiti. The company is one of Haiti's oldest and its rum is the country's most famous export, widely regarded as among the finest rums in the world.
The family business began on march 18, 1862 producing rum directly from sugar cane juice. Dupré Barbancourt, a Frenchman from the cognac-producing region of Charente emigrated to Haiti, and founded his company at the end of 1862. After learning how to make rum in December of that year, he soon began selling it for HTG1.50 (US$0.30) per gallon.
Dupré Barbancourt left no heir and when he died the company passed to his wife Nathalie Gardère, who managed it with the help of her nephew, Paul Gardère. When she died, Paul then directed the company’s destiny until his death in 1946, when his son Jean Gardère took up the baton, furthering the family tradition until 1990. When Jean passed, Thierry Gardère took over, becoming the fourth generation of the Gardère family to lead the company.
During the 2010 Haiti earthquake two workers died, about 86 lost their houses, many aging barrels were destroyed halting the rum production and rum supply
Cougar bourbon whiskey, formerly called Sam Cougar's, is a brand of bourbon whiskey produced in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, U.S.A. It is an export-only brand owned by Foster's that is bottled and sold in Australia and New Zealand, where it is a popular bourbon whiskey. It is sold at 37% alc./vol.
Cougar is remembered for its advertising campaign "Five Cougars Thanks!!" This ad was created in conjunction with an external marketing agency and managed internally at Foster's by Bettina Freshney, now widely acknowledged as a leader in the beverage marketing area and the Marketing Manager at the time. Ms Freshney subsequently went on to work in the USA, running Foster's Wine Estates Innovation Division. The ad showed a male standing in line at a club trying to remember the drinks he was to order... saying the five drinks over and over to himself. When he gets to the bar a large breasted barmaid with a COUGAR BOURBON tank top on asks for his order. He is so dazzled by her "top" that he orders "Five Cougars Thanks". Later that year there was a sequel to this ad where upon entering the pub a male is told by his mates to get a "Cougar with a Slice of Lemon". The barmaid has to stretch up high and
AB Stumbras is the oldest and largest producer of strong alcoholic drinks in Kaunas, Lithuania. Company began its operations in 1906. "Stumbras" is also the largest exporter of strong alcoholic beverages and one of the biggest taxpayers in Lithuania. Company's most famous brands include "Lithuanian vodka" (vodka), "999" (bitter), "Gloria" (brandy), "Stumbro Starka" (bitter), "Krupnikas" (liqueur), "Poema" (liqueur) and others. The company name translates as Wisent.
Origins of "Stumbras" is related to a 1894 law on monopolizing alcohol production by state-owned enterprises in the Russian Empire. The law was expected to increase budget revenues and to improve the quality of produced vodka. The government of Kaunas acquired suitable plot of land in 1903 for a high price of 52,200 Russian rubles. The buildings were finished and production started at the end of 1906. The official name of the company was "Kazionyj Nr.1 vinyj očistnyj sklad" (State wine warehouse No. 1). City's name was later included in the title. The site included an electric power station, charcoal burner (for filtration purposes), canalization, evaporation heating, three-dimensional water supply system, six artesian
"Tequila" is a 1958 Latin-flavored rock and roll instrumental recorded by The Champs. The word "Tequila" is spoken three times throughout the tune. "Tequila" became a #1 hit on both the pop and R&B charts at the time of its release and continues to be strongly referenced in pop culture to this day. The track would be the Champs' only hit song, relegating them to one-hit wonder status.
In 1957, Gene Autry's record label, Challenge Records, signed Dave Burgess (born 1934), a rockabilly singer-songwriter from California who often recorded under the name "Dave Dupree." At the end of 1957, having produced no hits, Challenge Records looked to Burgess, who organized a recording session on December 23 in Hollywood. In the studio that day were Burgess on rhythm guitar, Cliff Hills on bass guitar, the Flores Trio (Danny Flores on saxophone and keyboards, Gene Alden on drums, and lead guitarist Buddy Bruce), and Huelyn Duvall contributing backing vocals. They gathered primarily to record "Train to Nowhere", a song by Burgess, as well as "Night Beat" and "All Night Rock".
The last tune recorded was "Tequila", essentially just a jam by the Flores Trio. There were three takes, and Danny Flores,
Clique is a brand of vodka. It is produced in Latvia and imported to the United States, where it is sold by Premier Innovations Group, a Pittsburgh-based company with headquarters in the Strip District. Clique is a "mid-shelf vodka," with a target price of about $16 per bottle, as opposed to "premium" vodka, like Grey Goose. This allows the brand to focus on targeting a relatively a younger demographic.
The vodka was first sold in Pennsylvania in 2010; Tennessee in 2011; Ohio and West Virginia in 2012. In May 2012, Premier Innovations Group reached a distribution deal with Total Wine & More to sell the vodka in 12 other states and Puerto Rico and India.
It was the Silver Medal for Taste in the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Corzo is a brand of Tequila named in honor of the town of Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, which was built on the highland battleground where the last Native Americans opposed the Spanish Conquistadors. Due to an ancestral link to the Soctón, the brand’s founding master distiller used the name Corzo out of respect for these advanced people. Corzo is popular in tequila bars. Corzo is the only tequila that uses sparging, a process which introduces microscopic air bubbles before bottling and allows the tequila to breathe.
Tres Agaves is a brand of Tequila produced in the town of Tequila located in Jalisco, Mexico.
Tres Agaves Tequilas are made from 100% Blue Agave by a family-owned distillery. Tres Agaves Products Inc. produces three varieties of Tequila: Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. Additionally, the company offers three alcohol-free mixer products: Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix, Tres Agaves Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar, and Tres Agaves Organic Bloody Maria Mix.
Tres Agaves Products Inc. was founded in 2008 by Eric Rubin and Barry Augus; the first bottle of Tequila was shipped in 2010. Their three Tequila varieties are made in the El Llano distillery ( NOM: 1109) in Jalisco, which began production in 1900.
Tres Agaves' Tequilas have been evaluated by numerous spirits ratings competitions including the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the Beverage Testing Institute, TheFiftyBest.com, the International Spirits Challenge and others. Their Añejo variety was awarded the Chairman's Trophy at the 2010 Ultimate Spirits Challenge with a score of 97/100.
Whitley Neill Gin is an upmarket brand of gin distributed by Whitley Neill Limited, launched in 2005. It is produced in small batches in an antique copper pot still, and contains two African botanicals — baobab fruit and Cape gooseberries. Of its taste, the Liquor Snob in June 2004 said: "Exotic is the word of the day. Citrus came to play first, followed by a fresh, subtle, complex finish." In its 2008 Hot List, The Daily Mail wrote: "Not only does it taste delicious, made from the citrusy fruit pulp of the baobab tree and cape gooseberries, but 5 per cent of profits are donated to Tree Aid, a charity that helps some of the poorest families in Africa by planting trees."
The gin, distilled near Birmingham, England, is sold in a squat bottle with a stylized baobob tree on its label. Its claim: "inspired by Africa, made in England."
Don Francisco Javier Sauza (December 8, 1903 – June 21, 1990) ran the Sauza Tequila business from 1946 until leading Mexican brandy producer Pedro Domecq purchased it in 1988.
Francisco Javier Sauza was born in Tecolotlan, Mexico on December 8, 1903 to Don Eladio Sauza (1883 – 1946) and Doña Silveria Mora Enriquez. His grandfather, Don Cenobio, was the founder of the Sauza Tequila distillery.
In 1927 Francisco Javier married Doña Maria Elena “Nina” Gutierrez Salcedo, a cousin of the Cuervo family; they met while attending college in Chicago, Illinois.
They had two children:
When Javier Sauza took over Tequila Sauza, shortly before his father’s death in 1946, he began plans at once to change the image of tequila from a drink of the campesinos to a refined spirit of the upper classes. His competitors scoffed when he redesigned the bottles and labels for a more tasteful look and began to age some of the tequila in wooden barrels for a smoother taste and color.
He took his product to fairs and expositions throughout Mexico, the United States, and Europe and promoted it as “the drink of romance.” He modernized production and transportation systems and built a bottling plant in
Beer Street and Gin Lane are two prints issued in 1751 by English artist William Hogarth in support of what would become the Gin Act. Designed to be viewed alongside each other, they depict the evils of the consumption of gin as a contrast to the merits of drinking beer. At almost the same time and on the same subject, Hogarth's friend Henry Fielding published An Inquiry into the Late Increase in Robbers. Issued together with The Four Stages of Cruelty, the prints continued a movement which Hogarth had started in Industry and Idleness, away from depicting the laughable foibles of fashionable society (as he had done with Marriage à-la-mode) and towards a more cutting satire on the problems of poverty and crime.
On the simplest level, Hogarth portrays the inhabitants of Beer Street as happy and healthy, nourished by the native English ale, and those who live in Gin Lane as destroyed by their addiction to the foreign spirit of gin; but, as with so many of Hogarth's works, closer inspection uncovers other targets of his satire, and reveals that the poverty of Gin Lane and the prosperity of Beer Street are more intimately connected than they at first appear. Gin Lane shows shocking
Bombay Sapphire is a brand of gin distributed by Bacardi that was launched in 1987. Its name originates from the gin's popularity in India during the British Raj and the sapphire in question is the Star of Bombay on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Bombay Sapphire is marketed in a flat-sided, sapphire-coloured bottle that bears a picture of Queen Victoria on the label.
The flavouring of the drink comes from a recipe of ten ingredients (which the bottle's label boasts as "10 exotic botanicals"): almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise. The spirit is triple distilled using a carterhead still, and the alcohol vapours are passed through a mesh/basket containing the ten botanicals, in order to gain flavour and aroma. This gives a lighter, more floral gin rather than the more-common 'punchy' gins that are distilled using a copper pot still. Water from Lake Vyrnwy is added to bring the strength of Bombay Sapphire down to 40.0% (UK, Australia).
In 2011 it was announced that the company is planning to move the distillation process to a new facility in Laverstoke, Hampshire. The plans include the
Casa Noble is a brand of premium 100% blue agave tequila produced by the Casa Noble Tequila Company, one of only three Organic tequilas made in the world. Casa Noble is distributed in the United States and Canada by Wilson Daniels, Ltd. also known as Infinium Spirits. The tequila is made from estate-grown agaves cooked in traditional stone ovens; these are naturally fermented and distilled three times. Casa Noble Reposado and Añejo are aged in White French Oak.
Casa Noble has been the winner of many accolades including "double gold winner" of the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, "best tequila" by Testing Institute in Chicago and "best tequila" in Mexico by Academia Mexicana del Tequila.
The Casa Noble Tequila Company started as a tequila producer in the late 1700s in the region of Tequila, Jalisco. By 1800, it had a daily production capacity of 10 barrels per day. Today, the distillery remains outside the town of Tequila; its current owners are Carlos Hernandez Ramos, Jose Hermosillo Brooks, David Ravandi and Carlos Santana.
Gin is a spirit which derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). From its earliest beginnings in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved over the course of a millennium from a herbal medicine to an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Today, the gin category is one of the most popular and widely distributed range of spirits, and is represented by products of various origins, styles, and flavor profiles that all revolve around juniper as a common ingredient.
The name gin is derived from either the French genièvre or the Dutch jenever, which both mean "juniper".
Although several different styles of gin have evolved, it is legally differentiated into four categories in the European Union The official European Union classifications are as follows:
In the United States gin is a alcoholic beverage no less than 40% alcohol in content with the characteristic flavour of juniper berries. Indeed any alcohol produced by any means within this stated legal definition regardless of the manufacturing method can be call "gin". Gin produced only through distillation or redistillation of aromatics with a alcoholic wash can be further marketed as "distilled gin".
Gosling Brothers, Ltd. is a Bermuda company primarily concerned with manufacturing and distributing rum as well as importing and distributing spirits on the island as well as maintaining a retail presence.
In early 1806, James Gosling set out from England with £10,000 in merchandise bound for America. The ship's charter had expired on the ninety-first day of the voyage, so they set in at the nearest port, that being Bermuda. But instead of going on to America, Gosling set up shop on the island later that year.
In 1824, the company rented out their iconic store on Front Street which they have maintained for 127 years.
The Goslings started formulating rum blends in 1860 and in three years, they had developed Old Rum, a dark, full bodied elixir. Originally distributed only in barrels and sold to those bringing their own bottles, the rum became more widely available with the introduction of bottling in Champagne bottles, the most widely available at the time, salvaged from the British Officer's Mess which were sealed with black sealing wax. Soon, people were asking for more of the 'black seal' rum, prompting the change to the Black Seal Rum.
Gosling's Black Seal Rum is one of a few
Moskovskaya special vodka (Russian: Московская особая водка; English: Moscow special vodka) or simply Moskovskaya vodka is an early Russian brand of vodka introduced in 1894 by the Russian state vodka monopoly. Its production was stopped (along with other strong spirits) with the introduction of the World War I prohibition in Russia. The brand was restored in 1925 in the Soviet Union.
Moskovskaya has been recognized by the green color of its label throughout its history.
Currently its trademark is held in Russia by Soyuzplodimport and, along with a number of other Soviet legacy vodka brands has been a matter of various legal battles. In particular, it is contested by the SPI Group.
Oghi (sometimes oghee, Armenian: օղի òġi) is an Armenian spirit distilled from fruits or berries. Oghi, a clear fruit vodka, is also referred to as aragh, which is the generic Armenian word for vodka of all kinds. It is widely produced as moonshine from home-grown garden fruits all across Armenia, where it is served as a popular welcome drink to guests and is routinely drunk during meals.
Mulberry oghi is commercially produced and exported under the brand name Artsakh by the Artsakh-Alco Brandy Company in Askeran District in Nagorno-Karabakh.
In the Armenian Diaspora, where homemade fruit vodka is no longer common, oghi refers to the aniseed-flavored distilled alcoholic drink called arak in the Middle East, raki in Turkey, or ouzo in Greece. In Armenia, however, aniseed-flavored spirit is virtually unknown.. Previously, Western Armenians produced bootleg Oghi from raisins and flavored it with anise. In the old country (pre 1915 Eastern Turkey), the oghi was made from other fruits as well, including mulberries.
Zodiac Vodka is a brand of American-made potato vodka. Distilled and bottled in Idaho, it is made from Idaho potatoes and Rocky Mountain spring water drawn from the Snake River aquifer. Zodiac goes through a four-column, 91-stage distillation process and is filtered through Canadian birch charcoal and rock crystal. No additives are used.
Zodiac Vodka is available in twelve different package configurations, each one representing a sign of the Zodiac. The frosted, glass bottle features the sun on the front, with the face of the moon and the stars magnified through a see-through window. The package is decorated with a ceramic paint application.
Dos Lunas is a line of 100% blue agave tequilas produced in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, by Dos Lunas Spirits, LLC, headquartered in El Paso, Texas. The brand has the first triple-distilled silver tequila, and the oldest commercially available tequila in their 10-year-old Extra Añejo. Though the company was founded in 2006, it was started by purchasing an existing distillery that apparently already had barrels of tequila allowing them to produce their Extra Añejo before the company was 10 years old.
On New Year's Eve 2005, Dos Lunas’ co-founder, Richard C. Poe II, was at a bar in Telluride, Colorado. After witnessing several patrons order tequila and visibly cringe after tasting it, he had the idea to create a more palatable product. In 2006 he visited Guadalajara, Mexico, where he found an existing distillery and retained a master distiller to begin producing Dos Lunas.
The bottles used for the Silver, Reposado, and Añejo are made of frosted glass with a small, clear pane in the center which looks onto, respectively, an agave plant, tequila barrels, and an agave harvester. The bottles won two silver medals for design at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2007. The
Mount Gay Rum is produced by Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. of Barbados, the easternmost island of the West Indies. The oldest surviving deed for the company is from 1703, making Mount Gay Rum the oldest existing brand of rum in the world. The current parent company of Mount Gay Distilleries (since 1989) is Rémy Cointreau.
Mount Gay Rum is sold in 66 countries across the world, its primary export market being the United States.
Mount Gay Rum has been closely associated with sailing and a popular rum preference among sailors over the many years of its existence. Barbados, the most deeply British of the West Indian cultures, is often the first landfall for ships following the prevailing trade winds from Europe to the Caribbean. Despite Mount Gay being favoured by sailors worldwide, the island of Barbados, rather ironically, is not considered to be an ideal cruising area for sailing yachts due to its open exposure to the frequent swells of both the northern and equatorial Atlantic, and to the lack of generally calmer seas or the true natural harbors one finds throughout the rest of the Antilles to the west (i.e. Antigua's English Harbour, or St. Georges in Grenada).
Mount Gay Rum is
Popov is a brand of vodka produced by British drinks giant Diageo plc's Diageo North America subsidiary. It commands a significant marketshare among vodkas in the United States and competes in the low-mid range pricing niche, and because of this it is also affectionately (and ironically) known as "Russia's Finest" among college students.
Tanqueray is a brand of British gin produced by Diageo plc and marketed world-wide. Although it originated in England, it is now produced in Scotland. It does not command a sizeable market share in its native market, its largest market being North America, where it is the highest selling gin import, followed by southern Europe.
Tanqueray is a London dry gin; it is so called because of its distillation process, not because it originated in London. London dry gin is made by means of double distillation of grain. Botanicals are added during the second distillation. The recipe is a closely guarded trade secret, although it is known to contain four botanicals.
It is one of Diageo's 16 "strategic brands" earmarked for prioritisation in promotion and distribution worldwide. It sells roughly 2 million 9 litre cases every year.
Tanqueray gin was initially distilled in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray in the Bloomsbury district of London. The retail outlet of Edward & Charles Tanqueray & Co was established on Vine Street in 1838. When Charles died in 1868, his son Charles Waugh Tanqueray inherited the distillery, which continued to operate until it was severely damaged during World War II. The only
Three Olives Vodka is a brand of vodka produced and distilled in the United Kingdom and imported to the United States by Proximo Spirits. Distilled four times, Three Olives is gluten free, nut free, and lactose free. Though produced and distilled in the United Kingdom, it is unavailable commercially in the country.
Three Olives Vodka is available in a number of varieties.
Killyloch is a malt whisky which was distilled at the Glenflagler Malt Distillery and was first distilled and bonded in February 1965. Killyloch was subsequently closed and demolished by Inver House Distillers Limited in July 1985.
The name Killyloch is a corruption of a local loch, Lillyloch and is believed to have occurred as a result of an incorrect stencil being used to mark the early barrels.
First used in commerce 12/18/1964 and initially trademarked by Continental Distilling Corporation on a registration date of 5/24/1966. Currently is under a 2011 trademark by Veni-Vidi-Vici LLC.
Glen Breton Rare is a Canadian single malt whisky. It is distilled and produced by Glenora Distillers of Glenville, Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Created by Glenora Distillers, the whisky's name was put into question before it had ever sold a bottle. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), a firm representing 57 different Scotch whisky companies from Scotland, felt that the whisky from the village of Glenville, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Cape Breton Island, was misleading potential international buyers by using the term "Glen" in its name—a term used almost exclusively on Scotch whisky labels. The word "Glen" is not uniquely a Scottish one - the word might even come from the Welsh language (see Glen) - and there are Glens all over the world, including in Cape Breton. The packaging and bottle have a large red maple leaf on them which looks very Canadian. The trademark name "Scotch" does not appear on the bottle anywhere. The distillery started production in June 1990, with bottles hitting the shelves in the early 2000s.
Around August, 2006, Glenora Distillery introduced the world's first ever single malt aged in Ice Wine barrels, from the Jost Winery of Nova Scotia. The new malt
Green Spot is a single pot still Irish whiskey, produced specifically for Mitchell & Son of Dublin, by Irish Distillers at the Midleton Distillery, Cork, Ireland. It is one of the only remaining bonded Irish whiskeys, and is currently the only brand specifically produced for and sold by an independent wine merchant in Ireland.
Green Spot was described by whiskey writer Jim Murray as "unquestionably one of the world's great whiskeys."
Mitchell & Son wine merchants, were established in 1805; however, it is uncertain exactly when Green Spot was first produced. It is known though, that by the 1920s Jameson's Bow Street Distillery was supplying Mitchell & Son with at least 100 sherry hogsheads of pot still distilled whiskey per annum.
Half of the casks used had previously held oloroso and other darker sherries, while the other half had held lighter finos. This was to prevent the wine from overpowering the whiskey. The whiskey was allowed to mature in the casks for five years, before being vatted and allowed to blend and mature for a further five years. It was then bottled and sold as a ten-year-old.
The blend was originally known as "Pat whiskey", and the labels carried the logo of a
Ron Botran is a line of rums from Guatemala distilled by the Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, the same distillery that produces the Zacapa line of rums. The six Botran rums are Etiqueta Blanca, Anejo Oro, Anejo 8, Anejo 12, Solera 1893, and XL. Ron Botran was first manufactured in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
Lunazul Tequila is a 100% blue agave tequila produced by the Tierra de Agaves company.
Francisco Beckmann, a former co-owner of the tequila brand José Cuervo, founded the Tierra de Agaves company in 2002. Lunazul tequila is grown, distilled, and bottled on a single estate in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico.
Stolichnaya (Russian: Столичная, also known as Stoli) is a Russian vodka made of wheat and rye grain.
Fermentation of Stolichnaya starts with wheat and rye grains and artesian water from the Russian city of Samara and the Kaliningrad region. The fermentation takes about 60 hours. Once fermentation is complete the resulting liquid is distilled four times to a strength of 96.4% ABV. This spirit is then diluted to bottling strength with more artesial well water. It is then filtered through quartz, sand, activated charcoal, and finally through woven cloth.
The brand's logo features the words "Stolichnaya vodka" in gold cursive script, over a drawing of a Moscow landmark currently under re-construction, the Hotel Moskva, where Stalin once stayed and the site of one of the first Metro stations in the capital city. ("Stolichnaya" is the adjectival form of "stolitsa" ["столица"], meaning "capital city".)
Stolichnaya has its origins in the Moscow State Wine Warehouse No. 1 which was opened in 1901 by the authorities to ensure higher quality vodka production.
There's a confusion about the actual birth date of Stolichnaya vodka. The earliest confirmed production date is 1948, but the label
Charanda is an alcoholic liquor derived from sugar cane, similar to rum. Typically the drink is associated with the state of Michoacán in Mexico, in particular the Tarascan populated areas in the vicinity of Uruapan. The flavor is a buttery sweet, similar to vanilla and is usually served at room temperature. This liquor has been around for hundreds of years before the conquest by the Spanish, which is one of the reasons the Tarascan named it Charanda in their native language, as opposed to rum (sugar cane comes from Asia). Charanda Urauapn Blanco and Charanda El Tarasco Reposado was first imported into the US in 1996 by California Wine & Spirits Company. The California based importer founder, Mark Howard distributed in California and Illinois. Charanda is now being imorted and distributed by California based company OAG Liquor Importers, Inc. in Carlsbad, Ca. The founders of OAG Liquor Importers are Octavio Corona, Art Paclibar and Gustavo De La Cruz. Charanda comes in many brands just like any other distilled spirit. Some of the most popular to name a few and currently imported to the United States are Charanda Tres Extra Reposado, Charanda Tarasco Blanco, Charanda Tarasco
Eristoff Vodka originates from Georgia and was first created for Prince Eristoff in 1806.
Made from 100% grain spirit, Eristoff vodka is triple distilled and then charcoal filtered, a technique first established in 18th century Russia.
The Eristoff logo - a wolf howling at a crescent moon - represents the Persian name for Georgia, Virshan, meaning “land of the wolf”. Today, Georgia is still home to the grey wolf, which for hundreds of years has been a part of Georgian culture and folklore.
The original Georgian version of the Russian name Eristoff or Eristov was Eristavi (Эристави). The title means ‘head of the nation’ but translates more accurately as ‘head of a military force’. By the 19th century, five noble families each representing a different part of Georgia were using the name Eristhavi. Prince Ivane Eristoff who first created Eristoff vodka in 1806 was from the northwest province of Racha.
A landmark in the history of the Eristoff family and Eristoff vodka came in the late 19th century when Ivane’s great grandson, Prince Alexander Constantine Eristoff moved from Georgia to Saint Petersburg. Prince Alexander went on to enjoy a distinguished military career eventually
Gold Symphony (Russian: "Zolotaya simphonia" (Золотая симфония)) is a type of Vodka, with added golden leaf, 23 carats (96%).
The composition of the spirit is natural drinking water of double purification, rectified ethyl alcohol (Luxe), natural honey, oat-flakes liqueur, yeast-free wheat-bread liqueur, golden leaf.
Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts such as molasses, or directly from sugarcane juice, by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels. Rum can be referred to in Spanish by descriptors such as ron viejo ("old rum") and ron añejo ("aged rum").
The majority of the world's rum production occurs in the Caribbean and Latin America (including the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Belize, Martinique, Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Bolivia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, Jamaica, St.Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Brazil, Haiti, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Peru, and Cuba). Rum is also produced in the Canary Islands of Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Hawaii, the Philippines, India, Reunion Island, Mauritius, South Africa, and Canada.
Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas "golden" and "dark" rums were typically consumed individually (i.e., "straight" or "neat") or for cooking, but are now commonly consumed with mixers. Premium rums are also available, made to be consumed either straight or iced.
Rum plays a
Basil Hayden's is the lightest bodied bourbon whiskey in the family of Jim Beam small batch bourbons produced by Beam Inc.. It is 80 proof, in contrast with its three sibling brands of higher alcohol concentration (Knob Creek, Booker's, and Baker's).
The Basil Hayden's bourbon brand is named in honor of Basil Hayden, Sr., who was a Maryland Catholic that led a group of twenty-five Catholic families from Maryland into what is now Nelson County, Kentucky (near Bardstown) in 1785. This area is home to many of the famous bourbon brands, including Jim Beam. There Hayden donated the land for the first Catholic church west of the Alleghenies and the first Catholic church in what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Hayden was also a distiller, and he used a larger amount of rye in his mash than in some other bourbons. Later, Hayden's grandson Raymond B. Hayden founded a distillery in Nelson County and named his label "Old Grand-Dad" in honor of his grandfather. The picture on the bottle was copied from a rendering of Basil Sr.'s likeness. When Beam Industries introduced their "small batch" collection, among the four was "Basil Hayden's", which the company says uses a mash similar to that
Captain Morgan is a brand of rum produced by alcohol conglomerate Diageo. It is named after the 17th-century, Welsh privateer of the Caribbean, Sir Henry Morgan. Since 2011 the label has used the slogan, "To Life, Love and Loot."
In 1944, the Seagram Company started producing rum under the name Captain Morgan Rum Company.
Seagram CEO Samuel Bronfman purchased a distillery named Long Pond from the Jamaican government. Among the buyers of raw rum from the Long Pond distillery was a Kingston pharmacy named Levy Brothers. The Levy family had been purchasing raw rum, adding medicinal herbs and spices, aging, and bottling it. Bronfman liked the rum product and bought the rights to it.
In the 1950s the governments of both the United States and its Puerto Rico commonwealth territory instituted a number of job-creation programs in Puerto Rico. Taxes on rum entering the contiguous 48 states from Puerto Rico were made lower than those on rum coming from foreign countries. At this time both Seagram's and the Bacardi family built large new plants near San Juan. In 1985, Seagrams sold its rum distillery and manufacturing facilities in Camuy and Arecibo -- and doing business as Puerto Rican
Cirrus Vodka is an American potato vodka brand manufactured in Richmond, Virginia, by the company Parched Group. Since its introduction in 2004, Cirrus Vodka has won medals in several international competitions, including a gold medal in the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Cirrus Vodka was also awarded the bronze medal for its packaging in the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Cork Dry Gin is an Irish gin. First produced in Cork in the Watercourse Distillery in 1793, Cork Dry Gin is now manufactured by the Cork Distilliries Company (CDC) (based in Midleton). Owned by Pernod Ricard subsidiary Irish Distillers, Cork Dry Gin is the biggest selling gin in Ireland.
Eagle Rare is a brand of bourbon whiskey distilled and distributed by the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Eagle Rare was originally a 101-proof ten-year old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey (not single-barrel) from Seagram created by master distiller Charles L. Beam. Introduced in 1975, Eagle Rare was among the last new bourbon brands introduced prior to current era of 'small-batch bourbons'. Eagle Rare has been distilled, bottled and/or marketed by a number of companies, including the Old Prentice Distillery of Frankfort, KY.
The Sazerac Company, a New Orleans-based producer and importer and the parent company of five distilleries, acquired Eagle Rare from Seagram in March 1989. Sazerac's Kentucky distillery was then known as George T. Stagg Distillery. Today the distillery is known as Buffalo Trace Distillery.
The original 101-proof ten-year old non-single barrel bourbon has been discontinued as of March 2005.
Currently, two basic varieties of Eagle Rare are produced. The first is aged for ten years in charred oak barrels, and bottled at 90-proof. It is a single barrel bourbon. The whiskey from each aging barrel is bottled individually, none of it is blended. This creates a unique
El Dorado Rum is a Rum brand produced by Demerara Distillers in Guyana.
The flavours of the oak wood from the barrels and the complexities of the interaction between wood and spirit are greatly enhanced by the tropical climate of Guyana. The ageing process there is greatly speeded up by the high humidity and steady temperature – resulting in an El Dorado 8 year old rum, for instance, having a maturity equal to that of a 16 year old spirit produced in colder climates.
El Dorado rums are blended selections of different ‘vintages’ or batches of rums from different stills - aged in oak barrels. The age statement specifically indicates the youngest rum in the blend, even though the oldest may be many years older. This rule is the same as the one for Scotch Whisky and is used for rums produced in English-speaking countries. In contrast, the age statement on the label of rums produced by the Solera system indicates the oldest rum contained in the blend. This is a traditional method of ageing used in Sherry production and is usually associated with rums from Spanish-speaking countries.
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Malibu Rum is a flavored rum made with natural coconut extract, possessing an alcohol content by volume of 21.0% (42 proof). The brand is owned by Pernod Ricard and it is made in Canada.
The product was originally made from fruit spirits, flavored with rum and coconut flavoring in Curaçao. Originally, the product was used to simplify the making of Piña Coladas by bartenders. When the product took off, the production was then moved to Barbados where the rum is made by West Indies Rum Distillery Ltd., and the quality of the ingredients used was improved. The brand was sold by Diageo to Allied Domecq for £560m ($800m) in 2002 and later to Pernod Ricard.
Advertising campaigns label it "Seriously Easy Going" and usually features people from the Caribbean taking life seriously, in a parody of the stress associated with the Western urban lifestyle, with a voice over at the end saying "If people in the Caribbean took life as seriously as this, they would never have invented Malibu. It's seriously easy going." The marketing thrust of Malibu Rum has also strongly focused on marketing Malibu Rum's online streaming audio station known as RadioMaliBoomBoom.com.
The first variation of the rum
Renat Brännvin is a Swedish vodka produced by Vin & Sprit and made from wheat grown in Västergötland in Sweden. First introduced in 1877 by the successful Swedish distiller L.O Smith, it was famous for being purified ten times ("Renat" is the Swedish word for "purified"). Renat is considered to be the Swedish national vodka and has recently regained its popularity and is also subject to international attention due to its victories in the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2005 and 2006. The bottle have in celebration of its 125th birthday had its design remade by Jan Johansson, known artist at Orrefors Glasbruk.
Rhum Agricole is a type of rum distilled in one of the French West Indies islands from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice rather than from molasses. Most rum is made from molasses, a byproduct of sugar refining but when France began to make sugar from sugar beets, sugar prices plunged heavily. The debt ridden sugar factories could not survive solely on sugar production. The French islands found that fresh cane juice was available for fermenting and distilling into rum.
Much Rhum Agricole comes from the island of Martinique though other islands in the French Caribbean, including Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante and St. Barths also produce it. Reunion Island and Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, also produce rum known as Rhum Agricole. Some Haitian Rums are considered agricoles as well.
Martinique is most well known for Rhum Agricole because French law allowed for (and current European Union law allows for) an "Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée" (protected designation of origin) of "rhum agricole AOC Martinique" for rums produced on the island of Martinique that meet certain standards.
It is the main ingredient in Ti'Punch.
Rhum Agricole is usually distilled to 70% alcohol (140 proof in the
Shustov (Шустов) is a brand of vodka based on old recipe. In the beginning of the 20th century “Shustov’s” cognac was widely known as one of the most frequently advertised Russian liqueurs. Its advertising images constantly appeared in major magazines and newspapers, on top of tramp roofs. In France, which is still considered to be cognac’s motherland, Shustov’s Bell-shaped logo was far better recognized by the consumers than any of the home brands’s labels.
Nikolay Shustov, a 40 year old merchant, started the company’s story in 1863 with a small liquor factory based in the former farriery building on Maroseyka Street in Moscow. For about two years the factory stay at Maroseyka addresses producing a limited range of pure alcohol and wine. The company’s small capacities were paid for by the excellent product’s quality – an outstanding feature quickly recognized by customers Shustov’s remarkable taste,colorful wrapping and attractive label helped the enterprise to beat the rivals and confidently establish itself on the market. According to the Moscow government’s records of 1881, Shustov’s factory took 16th place on the alcohol market. An enterprise run by just 18 employees was
SKYY vodka is produced by the Campari America division of Campari Group of Milan, Italy, formerly SKYY Spirits LLC. SKYY Vodka is 40% ABV or 80 proof; SKYY 90 Vodka is a 90 proof high-priced brand aimed at martini drinkers. Its creator, Maurice Kanbar, claims the vodka is nearly congener-free due to its distillation process. The bottle is a cobalt blue with a plastic label. In 2008, SKYY expanded the SKYY Vodka line with five new flavors, referred to as SKYY Infusions.
SKYY vodka was originally sold by SKYY Spirits LLC, established in 1992 by Maurice Kanbar. In 2009 Skyy Spirits LLC was acquired by Campari Group, and renamed Campari America. It is now the US marketing arm of Gruppo Campari, and markets not only the vodka line, but other Campari products.
Actual production and bottling of the product was outsourced to Frank-Lin Distillers Products in San Jose, California. Bulk ethanol is delivered in railroad tank cars to Frank-Lin's railroad siding near the San Jose rail yards. The ethanol is mixed with filtered and deionized water, flavoring is added, and the product is bottled using a 42-head US Bottlers Machinery Company filling machine to ensure uniform product level.
Stolnaya (Стольная) is a brand of vodka released by OST-Alco. The range consists of Stolnaya Special, Stolnaya Red Bilberry, which is made with cranberries, and Stolnaya Infusion which contains extracts of honey and pepper.
OST-Alco, distributors of the Stolnaya brand, has been involved in a running dispute with SPI Group, manufacturers of Stolichnaya brand vodka, concerning trademark rights. SPI claims that the "Stolnaya" brand is confusingly similar to "Stolichnaya". A number of jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom have withdrawn or refused registration of the Stolnaya brand because of SPI's objections.
Tanduay Rhum is an alcohol beverage from the Philippines. It is produced by Tanduay Distillers Inc, and with origins dating from 1854, has over 155 years of history.
In 1988, the Lucio Tan Group of Companies acquired Tanduay Distillery, the oldest maker of rum, from the Elizalde Family. Tan and his group launched a plant modernization and expansion program that increased Tanduay's production by almost 50 times.
Vodka war refers to heated discussions within the European Union about the definition of which hard liquors may or may not be branded as "vodka". The war was triggered by the actions of Diageo, who began marketing their Cîroc beverage as a vodka uniquely produced exclusively from grapes.
The countries of the EU "Vodka Belt" argue that only spirits made exclusively from cereals, potatoes and sugar beet molasses may be branded vodka. Other distillers insist on a broader definition. The Schnellhardt compromise, proposed by Horst Schnellhardt, suggests that vodkas made from items other than cereals, potatoes and molasses should say "Vodka produced from..." on the label.
On February 20, 2006 Poland put a demand to restrict the definition of Vodka within EU, and the move was supported by the vodka belt countries and Germany" This demand was triggered by a 2005 European Commission proposal to split vodka category into several subcategories basing on the flavor and raw materials.
If the "Vodka Belt" prevails, it will significantly influence the global $12 billion annual vodka market. In particular, some drinks presently marketed as vodka will have to be re-branded.
The issue goes beyond
Xan (transliterated from Azerbaijani as khan) is the brand of vodka produced by the Azerbaijani company Vinagro LLC.
Vodka «Xan Premium» is made by blending rectified spirit "Lux" using of natural glacier water from high altitude lake Göygöl in central Azerbaijan. For best flavor and taste, a small amount of sugar and sodium carbonate and "Alcolux" food additive with carbohydrate module are added to vodka. Vodka Xan passes a triple filtration. Flavor is mild, pure, balanced. Aroma is characteristically fits to vodka. ABV is 40% and comes in volumes of 0.5L, 0.75L, 1.0L.
Vodka "Xan Premium" was awarded silver medal among 600 participating brands at International Strong Drinks Contest of 2008, held in Brussels, the first medal in the history of vodka manufacturing in Azerbaijan.
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