A while back we heard about an organic spirit called Square One Botanical, and we were curious about why it wasn't classified as gin. After all, it's full of botanicals and all the other stuff that pretty much makes a gin a gin. Thankfully, our main man Kevin from over at The Scotch Blog gave us our V8 headsmacking moment by pointing out Square One is lacking one vital ingredient that would make it gin - juniper. Duh.
Anyway, we've gotten our hands on a bottle, and we'll ask our Editor in Chief to get a review online post haste. More at Square One.
It seems like every time we turn around a celebrity is endorsing a bottle of booze, but maybe Ludacris is going about it a bit differently? He's not just pimping a bottle he happened to slap his name on; he also helped select the flavor notes and has apparently been involved in the creation every step of the way. But what could a rapper know about cognac, right? From checking out the description, they may just be on to something.
Conjure is made from the ugni blanc grape from blends that represent a variety of Cognac regions including Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Borderie. The rich copper color of this signature cognac accents a bouquet of cedar, cocoa and hazelnut. Hints of vanilla, apricot and dried prune leave a smooth warm feeling and long lasting oak finish on the palate.
Conjure will have a limited release in September, and will retail for somewhere around $30 per bottle. Keep an eye out for the website that's on its way at ConjureCognac.com.
For those of you familiar with Square One Organic Vodka (and those who aren't, of course), the company just released a new organic spirit called Square One Botanical. According to the website, it's a "bold organic rye spirit, infused with a striking blend of 8 organic botanicals - pear, rose, chamomile, lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, coriander and citrus peel." Sounds like a nice new organic gin to us, but they never actually use the term, so we guess we won't.
We're very much intrigued by the mix of botanicals in there, and we like the feeling of drinking organic booze, so we're sure we'll pick up a bottle ASAP.
PAMA is one of those liqueurs we've heard about for quite a while but we haven't gotten around to tasting it yet. Well, we've had it in cocktails while we were out, but never had a bottle of our own to experiment with. That's all a thing of the past, because we've very recently gotten our hands on a bottle. Review is forthcoming and we're excited to whip up some cocktails in time for the summer months.
PAMA is a pomegranate liqueur and our first impression when we uncapped it and took a sip was that it was a bit more tart and less sweet than we expected...definitely a good thing. It strikes us as a good candidate for margaritas, mimosas, and many other cocktails that don't begin with M.
Learn more @PAMAliqueur.com, and check out the PAMA blog if you're looking for cocktail recipes and more tidbits in the meantime.
If you're a cognac distiller, and you're putting out your first new product since 1961, how would you play it? If you're Hennessy, you would call the product "Black," probably to cash in on that Spinal Tap relevance.
It's like "how much more black could this cognac be?" and the answer is none. None more black.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make money in the cognac business. Hey, it worked on us - we'd love to try Hennessy Black and then, as they say in the business, "smell the glove."
We got in a couple bottles of Hiram Walker Triple Sec this week, and one of the things that makes it stand out is what else was in the box. Not only did they send us two (count 'em, two) bottles for reviewing purposes, they also nestled a mini bottle of Cointreau in there. We like the cut of their jib - it takes balls to send out a product for review and not only suggest we compare it to the gold standard of orange liqueurs, but also send us a bottle of it to ensure we do. Sounds like it's time for a Pepsi Challenge, but with Margaritas!
Oh, and we are also fans of Hiram Walker (the man) after some quick Web research, due to his business sense and his role in the groundbreaking Pregnant-Cow Case.
Now that you know his interpretation of contract law, read up on his interpretation of Triple Sec at the Hiram Walker Website