Sunday, June 30, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
First, in 2006, the company introduced the world to Bluecoat Gin, an award-winning floral spirit made from certified-organic botanicals and distinguished by its smooth finish. Its signature blue-glass bottle has become a fixture on the bar scene and is widely used by savvy bartenders.
The 8,000 square-foot, Northeast Philadelphia-based distillery has since followed up that early success with Penn 1681 Rye Vodka, a spirit made with organic local rye, and Vieux Carre Absinthe Supérieure, the first absinthe to be legally distilled, bottled and sold in the East Coast of the United States in 100 years. An emphasis on local ingredients has resulted in high-quality, affordable products which are available online, at PA state stores and at discerning liquor stores around the country.
Penn 1681 Rye vodka is made by Pennsylvania Distilling and meant--by virtue of the year in which King Charles II granted William Penn the land to create the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"--to pay homage to the founding of the state of Pennsylvania. It is made with organic rye selected from local farms. In Penn 1681 Rye Vodka the column still removes rough and undesirable alcohols, resulting in a smooth spirit. This vodka is carefully guided all the way from local Pennsylvania rye grains through the artisan distilling process and into bottles made locally from partially recycled glass. I though it was incredibly smooth at only slightly below room temperature. Cold or on the rocks, I can't imagine how lovely this vodka would be. Very elegant and light!
I wasn't able to taste the final product, but I thought I would pass along their tasting notes:
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Here's just a smattering of the very impressive reviews:
"Quebec's wine country ripen. Warning-getting bottles are emerging from the Eastern Townships, Where wines pair nicely with country pleasures ..." - Los Angeles Times
"White Seyval on the spot. When I love once.'s Popularity Seyval indeed sèamenuise with the discovery of new varieties ..." - Cellar
"Biodynamics, a living culture. Perceived as a marginal movement in the early to the years 1980, biodynamic viticulture took up the ranks, and nectars are now found on larger tables ..."
- SEE Montreal
"In 1999, Véronique Hupin and her boyfriend Michael Marler go in Latin America to find a small vineyard ..." - Chatelaine
"We want to see a truly born our typical production regions, instead of surboiser, too extract land and sweeten to be fashionable ..." - enRoute
This is a fascinating small winery dedicated to putting out as pure a wine as possible. You have to absolutely admire their stamina and their fortitutde...and their success!!! The wines are terrific! and theo owners are thoughtful and are making wines with a purpose. And that not only deserves our respect and admiration. It also deserves our applause....and our desire to drink them!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Beer blogger Cassandra C. wrote, "I do not know if you've heard of sotolon or research François Chartier published in the book Taste Buds and Molecules ? In summary, the sotolon is aromatic molecule that is found in many ingredients like curry, maple, nuts, coffee, celery salt, etc.. This is reflected in this beer. This beer is produced in association with water Aubier (a sap water produced in Quebec). In addition to water, other unusual ingredients such as quinoa, millet, buckwheat and brown rum. This is surely all these differences make such a unique beer."
Hugely aromatic beer. It's a yellow-golden blonde color. But it has huge aromas of coffee, caramel, and maple syrup. With its 8.5%! This is a huge, huge beer! It's a blonde Imperial Stout! Amazing. One of the best beers of the night!!!
From the brewer: Hibiscus flower Wit "Bottle conditioned" Rosée d’Hibiscus is a soft spoken wheat beer. The rose colour comes from the hibiscus flowers added during the brewing process. The aromas and flavour of this tropical flower are very prominent in the beer, giving it a slight acidity and a very agreeable fragrance. This was a huge hit, especially with many of the lady bloggers...but it won high mark from everyone! The Rosée d'hibiscus was born in their Montreal brewpub in May 2006.
From the brewer: The Peppercorn rye beer Routes des épices (French for "Spice Route") is a rye beer brewed with both black and green peppercorns. Initially, the beer reveals flavours of fresh grain and malt, which give it notes of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The pepper flavour and aroma is fully revealed in the finish, which leaves a pleasant, spicy, tingling sensation on the tongue. Absolutely fantastic! So unique! Loved it! The Route des épices was born in their Montreal brewpub in May 2002.
A very solid Blonde Pale Ale. A light yellow ale with nice Pilsner like quality when drinking. A good, quaffable beer. Nice hoppiness. Good cereal notes.