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Here's what landed in the inbox at Alcademics over the past couple of weeks: Booker's 25th Anniversary Bourbon Highland Park Freya Brugal Papa Andres Qui Platinum Extra-Anejo Westland Distillery First Peated, Deacon Seat, and Flagship whiskies Figueroa Mountain Paradise Rd Pilsner Breaker Bourbon 5 Year Rhum Clement Canne Bleue and Clement Select Barrel Related articles Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor + Book Arrivals at the Office 2/8/14 Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor Arrivals at the Office 11/23/13 Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor Arrivals at the Office 10/26/13 Alcademics Has a New (Physical) Address Read more →

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Today's post is written by Lou Bustamante, who travelled to Trinidad to witness the 2014 Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge. Lou is a contributor to publications including the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly and Wine & Spirits. On Sunday, March 2nd, on the eve of Carnival in Trinidad, The House of Angostura, producers of Angostura Rum and Angostura Aromatic Bitters, gathered 11 contestants from around the globe to compete in their Global Cocktail Contest. Each contestant had seven minutes to prepare two drinks, one rum based, and the other a freestyle cocktail. While the biggest challenge was certainly on stage in front... Read more →

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Rhum Clément Canne Bleue and Select Barrel Rhum Clément, AOC Martinique RhumAgricole, is adding two rums to its current US portfolio. Unlike rum distilled from molasses, a by-product of sugar production, the making of Rhum Agricole begins with sugarcane, which is pressed to extract fresh sugarcane juice, and then fermented and distilled to produce the end product. Rhum Agricole production must adhere to the standards of the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée of Martinique, an agricultural standard. Clément USA announces Clément Canne Bleue and Clément Select Barrel. Clément Canne Bleue is a white rhum made from a unique varietal of sugarcane: Canne... Read more →

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As mentioned in yesterday's post, rum is distilled from any sugar cane derivative like fermented fresh cane juice or molasses. But some producers add sugar to their finished rum after distillation. Adding sugar to any spirit can soften it and hide some flaws, but if you look at the (allegedly) sweetened rums in this post on RefinedVices.com, you'll notice two general patterns among the rum bottlings that allegedly have sugar added: They come from big companies that shouldn't need to add sugar to cover a bad distillate. They know how to distill. They're aged rums, rather than white rums. Well... Read more →

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It's a funny thing about rum: It all is distilled from a fermented sugar cane derivative (fresh cane juice, molasses, or something in between), but sugar doesn't pass through the distillation process, so some producers add sugar back into the distilled rum to sweeten it up. Recently on Facebook, people have posted lists of sugar levels in commercial brands of rum. One reportedly comes from the Finnish government and another from the Swedish government. I won't post them directly here but the lists are here on RefinedVices.com. You should really take a look. They show commercial brands of rums with... Read more →

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This week was the announcement that a new brand from New Zealand was hitting the market in Florida: Stolen Coffee & Cigarettes Spiced Rum. Stolen is "...infused fine Caribbean rum with natural roasted coffee beans and tobacco flavors, delivering a unique style of spiced rum." This comes on the heels of Ivanabitch vodka's two flavors: "Ivanabitch Traditional Tobacco Vodka features a bold taste of smoky vanilla blended with sweet caramel. The Menthol Tobacco Vodka features the same taste as the Traditional Tobacco Vodka with a hint of mint." One liqueur that's been on the market for a while (though I've... Read more →

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Here are some new spirits launching. The text is taken from these brands' press releases. Berentzen Wild Cherry Liqueur Berentzen announces the introduction of Berentzen Wild Cherry Liqueur, a light fruit liqueur with the flavor of wild cherries. Made with fresh, all-natural ingredients, Wild Cherry joins Berentzen Apple and Berentzen Pear. Berentzen, founded in Germany in 1758, has been producing high quality liqueurs for more than 250 years. The core of every Berentzen flavor comes from 100% winter wheat. All natural flavors are then added. Berentzen Wild Cherry (16% Alc./Vol.) is available nationally. Available in 750ml and 1L sizes, Wild... Read more →

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Hello from Tales of the Cocktail on Tour in Buenos Aires! I am attending three seminars today held at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel. (Then the rest of the time I'll just be in bars.) The first seminar was a talk by David Wondrich called Drinking the Americas from Punch to Prohibition Below are notes I took in the seminar, mostly unedited, but let me know if these raise any questions and I'll try to answer them. When Columbus arrived some South American and North American peoples had localized fermented beverages but not really any trade or exchange in them. When... Read more →

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