Category Archives: spirits

George Washington’s Rye Whiskey Distillery gets spirited birthday party

It’s been 10 years since George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon re-opened and to mark the occasion, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Sunday officially naming George Washington’s Rye Whiskey the Commonwealth’s official spirit.

Not a bad tenth birthday present (or 220th birthday, depending on how you look at it).

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs bill officially designated George Washington’s Rye Whiskey the official spirit of the Commonwealth.

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WSWA: Colombian aguardiente

MGB Corp.’s Ana Vincentelli talks about Colombia’s Aguardiente Antioqueño. For those not familiar with aguardiente, it’s the term (meaning “fiery water”) for a range of Central and South American spirits. It tends to be drunk as a shot. Regional traditions often dictate flavors; in this case, the prevailing flavor from Colombia’s Antioquia Department is anise.

WSWA: Whiskey from Oaxaca, Mexico (Yes, you read that right!)

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One of the great surprises at the 74th Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention was Sierra Norte, a new brand of whiskey from Oaxaca. Oaxaca, of course, is known for mezcal, but one particular producer and importer of the agave spirit has decided to make use of the Mexican state’s abundant corn crop and produce a line of whiskeys—a rarity in those parts. Caballeros, Inc. is best known for Scorpion mezcal (featured in my first book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously) and now it’s marketing a line of whiskeys made from yellow, white and black corn. I caught up with Caballeros, Inc.’s Barbara Sweetman who detailed the creation of master distiller Douglas French.

WSWA: Blend including 150-year-old Cognac in artistic masterpiece of a bottle

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If you like Cognac and you’ve got $8,500 burning a hole in your pocket, you might want to buy one of only 300 of these gorgeous, horn-like bottles from Chapters of Ampersand. (No, they didn’t let me try any at the WSWA Convention).

WSWA: Get to know Kalikia, a brandy that’s Armenia’s answer to Cognac

I chat with Henrik Sargsyan of Prowood Wine & Spirits, importer of the Armenian Cognac-like brandy, Kalikia, at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention in Orlando.

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WSWA: Chat w/ David Solomon of Brod Irish Whiskey & Golia Mongolian vodka

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A few words with David Solomon, importer of Brod Irish Whiskey and Golia Mongolian vodka.