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Often Forgotten Fermentables

Thinking about types of grain used to make whiskey — barley, corn, rye, wheat — is also a list of domesticated species that are the workhorses of agriculture and base spirit in North America and Europe. Similarly, fruits that...

Perfecting A Botanical Recipe By Design

While recipe preparation is an art, designing a recipe has a method that borders on the scientific Every successful gin, aquavit, and absinthe must possess a variety of qualities but one that is essential is a unique botanical recipe; one...

Extracting Flavor

Flavors we delight in serve quite different functions in the plants we derive them from — not just appealing enticement but also defense and survival. Even within one plant, different structures hold different tastes. Texture and role of botanical...

Unearthling Taste

It is easy to be seduced by botanicals that flaunt aromatic leaves, flowers, and fruits above ground and to forget what lies below ground. Buried in the earth roots and rhizomes provide flavors that in some cases are underpin...

Chilies

A chilled drink of something hot: To create a paradoxical product use chili heat in a drink designed to be served cold. Careful selection of which chili pepper to use and how to process it can rein in heat...

Copalli Rum

These days, environmental responsibility is no longer a choice. For many distilleries, it’s a necessity. Implementing sustainability practices requires careful thought and design around the environmental pitfalls present throughout the life cycle of distillation: farming and harvesting, the source...

Raicilla

Raicilla is a Mexican spirit, distilled like tequila and mezcal from the genus Agave. Essentially a Jalisciense mezcal, raicilla was granted a Denominación de Origen (DdO) in January 2019, the application of which has already engendered controversy. Originating in...

Cinchona Bark

Introduction Cinchona is a genus of evergreen tree in the Rubiaceae (coffee) family, native to the Andean forests of South America and naturalized north into parts of Mesoamerica. However, most of the global supply is cultivated in Southeast Asia. History In the...

South African Gin

Given the intricate blend of cultures and wealth of natural biomes scattered across 470,000 square miles (1.2 million km²) of land, it should come as no surprise that South Africa is a pioneer within the realm of booze. Many...

Classic Rye Rides High

From the end of Prohibition in 1933, rye whiskies were in steady decline, with 150,000 cases of sold in the United States compared with 14.7 million cases of bourbon in 2006. It was the reemergence of cocktail culture in...