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Last year I discovered Desert Door Texas Sotol and loved it, so I’m pleased to see it made available in miniatures, and in a new oak-aged version. Desert Door’s is a cool story, and you can read about it on my review of their original sotol. The potted version is that three guys met at business school, created a course project to theoretically build a sotol distillery, and later did it for real!
As well as some excellent wines, Greece is known mainly for its indigenous spirits like ouzo, raki, tsipouro, and Metaxa. But gin? Not at all. There are only 2 or 3 made in the whole country, and only one currently available in the USA: Stray Dog Wild Gin.
Walk into a distillery, even a micro-distillery, and you do expect to see a still. A small still, at the very least. That’s not the case in the micro-distillery in a small basement room beneath the award-winning Orchid Bar in Aberdeen, Scotland, where they make Porter’s Gin. Instead, there are several rotary evaporators (rotavaps), which are more normally found in laboratories.
Greek ouzo is an aniseed-based aperitif made all over the country but especially on Lesbos, tasting like a Greek pastis or arak and usually drunk with water. Ouzo is produced all over the country and in the islands. It is especially associated with the island of Lesbos, and the town of Plomari in particular.
Ghost is a 100% blue agave tequila blanco… but with a spicy edge to it.
Ghost spicy tequila began life, as many good things do, thanks to a bartender experimenting. In this case it was a bartender at a tequila bar in Boston, Chris Moran, who was infusing a tequila with spicy ghost peppers. When he perfected the technique, he started making spicy margaritas and they were a big hit with his customers. He went on to create other spicy cocktails, and by that time he knew he was onto something and...
Mike Gerrard visits Nellie Bly, one of the few kaleidoscope shops in the world, in the unlikely setting of the former mining town of Jerome, Arizona.
One of the joys of a road trip is passing by a town and wondering how it got its name. I’ve visited Why in Arizona, driven by Truth or Consequences in New Mexico, and one day I hope to pass through My Large Intestine in Texas and discover the delights of Intercourse in Pennsylvania. So when I found out that there was a Pie Town in New Mexico, I knew I had to go.
With eight breweries, two of which have expanded into second locations in recent years, it’s not surprising Flagstaff’s been described as the Craft Beer Capital of Arizona. Better-known as a stopping point on Route 66, the Mother Road, the city has a population of about 70,000, and almost half of those are students. No wonder beer is booming in Northern Arizona.