Ilegal Mezcal Sets The Standard. World Class. Wine On Line Rating A Major

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John Rexer began a life-long love affair with mezcal, an artisanal liquor traditionally made in Mexico, more than three decades ago. Now he is cultivating that cultural love affair by importing his own brand, Ilegal Mezcal, to the US and Europe.
“I’m trying to take something I think is very special, different and unique and introduce it to people who can appreciate not only the drink but the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, and all that it means,” Rexer said.“If you want to know what the traditional drink of Mexico is, you want mezcal, not tequila… Tequilas today are for the most part industrial products, while mezcals are small village efforts,” he said.

Rexer said he fell in love with mezcal in Oaxaca, “the heart and home of mezcal culture.” The liquor is traditionally handcrafted from the heart of the agave plant in various towns across Mexico in an age-old process: baking of the heart in an earthen pit which is stone ground to a pulp, left to naturally ferment, then twice distilled in small batches.

I would go village to village, pueblo to pueblo, to taste different mezcals. I would get to know the distilleries and their owners,” Rexer said.He would then “creatively” bring samples of his favorites south across the border to patrons of his bohemian tequila/mezcal bar, Café No Se, which opened in 2003 in Antigua, Guatemala. These expeditions gave rise to the brand name, ILEGAL MEZCAL.
“I found over time my customers liked it much more than tequila, and they were taken by the stories of how I was bringing it down”, he said.
It was when his patrons began seeking to take home bottles of mezcal that Rexer said he began exploring creating his own brand by working with small, local producers and keeping to traditional production methods.
“Mezcal is something from the earth… I’m serious about the ingredients being agave, water, sun and time. Mezcal is not a product,” Rexer says. “It is a culture. It is as nuanced as the lines in the hands that make it.”

His Ilegal Mezcal line features a limited edition Joven, Reposado and Añejo. And there is no contest. For a memorable experience, try them all. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or anytime a great Mezcal is appropriate.

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Mezcal Joval

Summary

Mezcals were originally called “vinos de mezcal”. Like vintage wines, you make comparisons to past vintages, but are never looking for bland predictability.
• Elevation: approx 1700 mts. / 5500 ft.
• Soil Type: luvisol cromico—high clay and chromium content
• Climate: subtropical weather, temperate climate
• Water: from Cuajimoloyas, Oaxaca, eleveation 3200 mts. /10,000 ft.
• Certification: COMERCAM
A young mezcal double and triple distilled. Smoke, pungent Espadin agave, pepper, heat and long finish.

Notes

Extremely smooth, consistent heat, light smoke, vegetal, green apple, sweet espadín, eucalyptus, hint of white pepper. This joven is slightly sweeter than lot 001 (though the same general profile) because the agave was cut in February at the height of the dry season. Approachable. Bright long finish.

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THE GLENROTHES® EXTENDS DISTRIBUTION OF ALBA RESERVE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY, DOUBLE GOLD WINNER AT THE 2010 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION

 

 

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The Glenrothes Alba Reserve

The Glenrothes Alba Reserve

Alba Reserve First Certified Kosher Expression From The Glenrothes Distillery

The Glenrothes® is proud to announce it is extending the distribution of Alba Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which recently won Double Gold from the 2010 San Francisco World Spirit Competition. Currently distributed in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts; the Alba Reserve will now be released in Illinois, Rhode Island, Wyoming and California.

Alba Reserve, from the highly awarded Speyside Scotch Whisky Distillery, created by renowned former Master Distiller, John Ramsay, using mature stocks of The Glenrothes matured exclusively in American oak refill bourbon casks. The only Glenrothes exclusively aged in ex-bourbon barrels, Alba Reserve was certified Kosher from the London Beth Din in March 2009.

In describing the creation of Alba Reserve, Ramsay notes: “The oak barrels are hewn from the Quercus Alba or American white oak which grows primarily in the eastern United States. They deliver coconut and vanilla in abundance for a rich, sweet Single Malt. Interestingly, Alba is also the Gaelic word for Scotland. We believe Alba Reserve hits all the right notes.”

The new Glenrothes Alba Reserve is pale straw, clear and bright in color with a fresh floral bouquet. On the palate it is soft and mellow with notes of crème brulée and berry fruits. The finish is smooth and sweet.

The Glenrothes is an award-winning Speyside Single Malt Whisky of exceptional quality from the town of Rothes in Speyside – Scotland’s whisky heartland. The distillery, established in 1879, was known only to Master Blenders until the early 1990’s, and revered as a Class-A quality enhancer for their premium blends.

Since its launch as a Vintage Single Malt in 1994, The Glenrothes has been the world’s fastest growing Single Malt Scotch and is now available to be enjoyed by like-minded people in over 50 countries worldwide. At The Glenrothes, where maturity which is more significant than age, all products are a combination of many factors, including our unusually slow distillation process in tall copper pot stills. These many features all deliver our characteristically sweet, fruity and elegant spirit.

Each expression has its own unique personality, underpinned by the distinctive, hallmark characteristics of the distillery – ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and an exquisite spicy finish all encased in the creamiest of textures and with a complex and well-poised balance. Currently available expressions in the U.S. include: The Glenrothes Select Reserve – The House Style, Alba Reserve, Vintages 1994, 1998, 1985, 1975 and 1979 Single Cask.

The Glenrothes Alba Reserve is available at fine wine & spirits shops. The recommended retail price is $59.99. Follow The Glenrothes on Facebook.

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Riazul Tequila

Riazul Premium Tequila Reviving Original Spirit of Sipping

tequila riazul cocktail image Headquartered in Houston, Riazul is a silky smooth premium sipping tequila made from 100 percent agave harvested in the mountains of Jalisco, Mexico. The land of Riazul has been passed down from generation to generation for more than 200 years since the Mexican War of Independence. Riazul offers three brands, an Añejo, a Blanco, and a Reposado. For more information, visit www.riazul.com. Riazul also is active in social media circles, on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tequila stands as North America’s first distilled drink. Its origins date back hundreds of years to when the Aztecs took the sap from maguey plants and fermented it into a drink first known as "Octli" — which means the Nectar of Gods.

Octli would eventually evolve into true tequila in the 1500s, shortly after the Spaniards arrived in Mexico and ran out of Spanish brandy. The Spaniards distilled agave to create Mezcal wine, the spirit which eventually came to be known as tequila — named for a small town in Jalisco, Mexico.

Tequila later became a source of pride for the country and first was exported to the United States in the late 1800s. Tequila started gaining traction in the United States as its precursor, Octli, fell into steep decline.

However, the Octli (also referred to as “pulque”) has seen a revival in recent months, with specialty importers now licensed to sell the product in nearly half of the U.S.

Riazul Premium Tequila, harvested in centuries-old fields in the highlands of Jalisco, where tequila was born, pays tribute to its heritage with the Octli (Nectar of Gods) Cocktail, made from Riazul Silver, pulque, agave nectar and hibiscus. Vaya con dios!

Riazul Octli (Nectar of Gods)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Riazul Silver Tequila

1 1/2 oz Pulque

½ oz Agave Nectar

1 oz Lime Juice

1 oz Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup

Shake tequila, pulque, agave nectar, lime juice and hibiscus syrup with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

“Silky, smooth, sweet” are not terms commonly used to describe tequila, but newcomer Riazul has quickly gained a reputation for appealing to tequila aficionados and novices alike. The local Texan label recently earned the top ranking according to Tequila.net,* which awarded the Riazul Tequila Añejo with a 94 rating.

* Riazul Tequila Añejo is currently rated as the top product in the listing page of the top rated Añejo Tequilas by both TEQUILA.net and the members, with a score of 94 out of 100.

The highlands of western Mexico, where Riazul harvests and processes its agave, are defined by their high elevation, cool climate, and red volcanic soil, or “tierra roja,” rich in mineral content. Riazul’s agave fields sit on 250 acres that were handed down from generation to generation for nearly 200 years following the Mexican War of Independence until Iñaki Orozco decided to introduce his own brand of tequila.

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Devotion Vodka Continues to Expand and Hires Seasoned Spirits Experts to Head Sales and Distribution

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Devotion Vodka, the world’s smoothest American made vodka, continues to make its mark on the spirits industry. After launching in San Francisco and New Jersey, the Casein-infused vodka is expanding to Las Vegas, Southern California, New York and Arizona. Devotion Vodka infused with Casein (protein) is quickly transforming cocktails across the country. The company is already in its second round of production, as the first round sold out in four and a half months (it was expected to last one year).

Devotion is also defining a new generation of vodka aficionados who devote themselves fully to everything they do in life. “People who drink Devotion aren’t afraid to stand out and take charge; we’ve always worked hard and played harder. That is the mantra of the Devotion brand,” says Devotion founder Andrew Adelman.

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If You Like Gin, You’ll LOVE Oxley

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INTRODUCING OXLEY™ THE WORLD’S FIRST COLD DISTILLED GIN

New Ultra-Premium Gin Innovates the Category with Unique Distillation

Available Now in Select Bars and Retail Outlets

In New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas

OXLEY is a new ultra-premium gin capturing the freshest flavors of botanical ingredients to create a bright and intense tasting gin unlike any on the market. Through an exclusive distillation process, pioneering approach towards creation, limited product availability and hand craftsmanship, OXLEY provides a sophisticated tasting experience for gin and spirit aficionados.

To create OXLEY, leading experts in gin and natural botanicals came together with the pioneering minds of scientists to innovate and reappraise how gin is made. While respecting and honoring the centuries-old traditions of classic English Dry gin creation, they implemented a new, unique Cold Distillation process, elevating the brand amongst its traditional counterparts. With just one sip, a wave of flavors is unleashed on the palate from citrusy fruits to intensely aromatic herbs and vibrant spices that taste freshly-picked.

“Our ambition was to produce an exceptional tasting, ultra-premium gin with no compromises that would satisfy even the most scrutinizing of palates,” said OXLEY Vice President, Brand Managing Director Giles Woodyer. “A gin that marries authenticity and craftsmanship with innovation and technology, OXLEY is a luxury gin and a first for spirit connoisseurs.”

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two new luxury products. DEWAR’S®

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two new luxury products.  DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch Whiskies is pleased to announce the introduction of a specially designed limited edition DEWAR’S Discovery Gift Set for 2009! The set includes the newest family member of the famed Scotch whisky maker, DEWAR’S 18, currently being released for the first time in the United States in limited quantities.. 

DEWAR’S, the most popular brand in the United States is introducing the DEWAR’S Discovery Gift Set, a special three-pack of Signature, DEWAR’S 12 and the new DEWAR’S 18.  The 200-millileter bottles are encased in a genuine leather pack that can be later used as a cigar case or a beautiful leather case for other items.  The gift pack retails for $100 and is available nationwide at local spirits outlets.

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Dewar’s 18 Fact Sheet

Dewar’s 18

clip_image004Rare indeed are the whiskies selected for Dewar’s 18 Founder’s Reserve – and even more unusual the painstaking care of our Master Blender in managing the time-honored marrying process that lends such refinement to this exceptional blend. Created and perfected by the legendary AJ Cameron, the Dewar’s marrying process is often imitated but never bettered.

The Marrying Process

With DEWAR’S 18 Blended Scotch Whisky, the master blender returned to the original Dewar’s marrying process. This involves taking fine Scotch whiskies at their peak of perfection – and improving upon them. Having created a blend of the finest Scotch whiskies from the different regions of Scotland, the marrying process then allows them to rest for a further period in exclusively reserved vintage oak casks, ensuring that their individual flavors and aromas harmonize to achieve a perfectly balanced and exceptionally smooth Scotch.

Awards & Accolades

Over the years DEWAR’S whiskies have been awarded more than 180 medals and awards at competitive tastings around the globe, winning some of their most prestigious awards in 2006. Every British monarch since Queen Victoria has granted DEWAR’S the Royal Warrant– a high honour and a symbol of the monarch’s personal recognition.

v Dewar’s 18 – Gold (Best In Class) Medal Winner, 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition

Tasting Notes

v Color: Warm, golden amber

v Nose: Immediately sweet and mellow with notes of honey, toffee, butterscotch and perfumed floral notes; subtle hints of almond emerge and a delicate impression of vanilla pods. With time, there appear notes of citrus zest, ripe cherries and just a touch of fresh coconut.

v Taste: Vanilla and toffee notes dominate the mellow, soft sweetness with lingering creaminess and a full bodied oakiness.

v With water, nose: More floral notes, a rich honeyed sweetness and dried fruits which softens to velvety vanilla and nutty caramel.

v With water, taste: Silky and smooth, with a profusion of sultanas and raisins.

v Finish: Long, soft and warming with a slight dryness.

Availability: Limited; select markets only.

Size: 750mL

Suggested Retail Price: $80.00

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