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Rounded bottle of Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur sitting on a wooden table

Chambord Liqueur

Chambord Liqueur is produced at La Sistiere Château in the Loire Valley region of France. Although this liqueur is modeled after a raspberry liqueur that was popular in the region during the late 1600’s, the Chambord brand was only founded in 1982. It is currently owned by Brown-Forman, an American spirits company. The production process to make this liqueur involves three over-arching steps. First, the juices are extracted from the blackberries, raspberries, and blackcurrants. These juices then go through a 4-week infusion process where they are mixed together with french spirits. Step 2 involves a second infusion – this time for two […]

Black bottle with white label and lettering

El Silencio Mezcal

While mezcal might not be ubiquitous like tequila, I’ve recently been noticing a larger selection of bottles in a variety of stores. And if you’re looking for an introduction to this uniquely flavored spirit, El Silencio Mezcal could be a good option. Mezcal is the name for spirits produced in Mexico using agave plants. This might sound oddly similar to tequila, but that’s because tequila is technically a type of mezcal. However, tequila is only made from blue agave while mezcal can use one of fifty different agave plants. El Silencio uses the heart (piñas) of espadín agave plants which are then roasted to produce a distinct smokey […]

Bottle of Clément Rhum Agricole Blanc sitting on a wooden table, in front of a mixed white and wooden background

Clément Rhum Agricole Blanc

Clément Rhum Agricole Blanc is produced by Habitation Clément, a historic distillery and estate in Le François, Martinique. Purchased from a struggling sugar plantation in 1887, Habitation Clément was transformed into a legacy by Homere Clément, nicknamed the “Father of Rhum Agricole”. In 1989, distillation was moved to local distillery Distillerie du Simon, which holds the Creole Column Stills from Habitation […]

Tall, clear bottle filled with light brown liquid with a rectangular lable with an illustration of a coastline

10th Street California Coast Whisky

Even though I’ve tried dozens of American whiskies, not many are from distilleries outside of Kentucky and Tennessee. But, the number of distilleries is increasing as the general popularity of whisky continues to grow, and I’m excited to check out some bottles from my home state of California. And luckily, my friend had a similar idea when he gifted me this bottle of 10th Street California Coast Whisky from the San Jose based distillery, 10th Street Distillery. After completing a whisky apprenticeship in the Islay region of Scotland, engineer Virag Saksena, along with chemical engineer and old college roommate Vishal Gauri, wanted bring […]

Bottle of Hofland Gin sitting on a wooden table, in front of a mixed white and wooden background

Hofland Gin

Hofland Gin is a London Dry Gin produced by Hofland at the Toorank Distillery in Zevenaar, Netherlands. Founded in 1923 by Jacob Hofland, the brand became known for its Gin and Genever products.

This particular bottle of London Dry Gin is produced using 8 botanicals and water that the company describes as “the purest water from Holland”. They source their water from The Veluwe, a national park in the Gelderland […]