The Maybe not so Mundane

The Maybe not so Mundane

Since we are talking about what the new distilleries around Alberta are going to be competing with when their first bottles come off the line it would be a shame to not include vodka. It's another clear spirit that has little governance as a category and can be released immediately unlike whiskies as the eventual goal of these new players. Vodka is, generally speaking, the most confusing consumer product in the world for me, and anyone to come look at our bottles at Vinearts has heard my rant. The quick version is as follows: it is the only thing conusmers pay more to get less and quite simply this makes no sense for anything! Expertly distilled and hand-crafted spirits retain the character of the mash they are distilled from, and the only reason for not wanting that is using poor ingredients or sucking balls at the distilling process.

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Alberta's on the Gin Train

Alberta's on the Gin Train

Distilleries and breweries are opening all around us as my favourite city in the world embraces the need to have more local fare and becomes even more hipster, like fun boozing cities such as Portland, OR. While these distilleries are still being built I have only anticipation to taste from them, which, while complex and exciting, doesn't command the same sorts of tasting notes as the liquid that currently abides on the shelves of the best bottleshops around town

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