INDULGE: Wine & Spirits

INDULGE: Wine & Spirits

Spicy, Smoky, Sour, Salty

Subtle spirits are so yesterday. If you really want to engage your senses in the new year, try one of these lively libations.

 

Try: Chairmans Reserve Spiced Original Rum

For Chairmans Reserve, the key to making some of the worlds finest rums is all about blending. To produce their spiced rum, distillers begin with the original Chairmans Reserve rum steeped with Bois Bandé,” a local Caribbean bark culturally known for its aphrodisiac qualities. The rum is aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and then rested in oak vats for an additional six months. As part of the finishing process, local St. Lucian spices and fruits such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, lemon and orange peels are blended in to produce a rum that features a deep mahogany hue, an expressive aroma and a mouthful of crisp citrus character and exotic spices.

Try: Producer Mezcal Arroqueño

Mezcal gets its smoky flavor from cooking the agave plant in earthen pits lined with lava rocks. One of the best mezcals on the market is Producer Mezcal Arroqueño. Producer Mezcal is an artisanal mezcal brand from Oaxaca, Mexico, that derives its distinctly complex flavor profile from a variety of factors, including slowly cooking the agave hearts whole to allow for wood smoke to circulate evenly and build caramelization. Additionally, the palenques open-air fermentation vessels are surrounded by fruit trees, which contribute natural yeast strains and pollen to the mash, resulting in added nuance in the final mezcal.

Try: Casey Brewing Sour Beers

Consistently rated as one of the worlds top 100 brewers according to RateBeer.com, Casey Brewing & Blending is small, family-operated brewery best known for their sours. With two locations in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Casey Brewing relies on local farmers for 99% of the ingredients that go into their award-winning sours. What truly makes Casey Brewings sours different is that they are fermented in custom, open-top, oak fermenters with their proprietary mixed culture. After the fermentation process is complete, the beer is then aged in vintage oak wine barrels for months — or sometimes even years. The next step is to add in the fruit and then age it for another month or so.

Casey Brewings beers are mostly available in Colorado, so if youre planning to hit the slopes this winter, you may want to stock up.

Try: Dashfire Salted Caramel White Russian

Dashfire is a family business that started out with a focus on bitters. When they began using those bitters to make distinctive cocktails, the natural next step was to find a way to get the Dashfire cocktail experience out to the masses. Their White Russian canned cocktail combines vodka, Midwest heavy cream and ChaiWalla bitters to produce an approachable and portable drink. Combine it with salt and caramel for a drink that will satisfy both your sweet tooth and your urge for something salty.

Dashfire Salted Caramel White Russian

  • 100 ml can of Dashfire Chai White Russian
  • Caramel sauce
  • Coarse salt

Rim the edge of a rocks glass with caramel sauce and coarse salt. Fill the glass with ice and top with Dashfire Chai White Russian. Enjoy!


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