An Incredible Flight
Often when it comes to tasting a few select wine or spirits, we refer to it as a flight. There are wine bars which bring you an ounce or two each of red wine from different places on the globe. You make mental or written notes, select your favorite, and you get a full glass of your favorite. Same with beer, and of course spirits. I’ve already written about the best subscription service ever, Flaviar, who for dimes on the dollar send you the world’s most interesting and diverse spirits each month.
By far, my favorite to date is in the theme is Hemingway’s Ways. The first was so incredible, I ordered two more. One to keep, and one to give as a gift for someone who can appreciate it. The famous author was well known for his adventurous lifestyle and drinking habits. While these are not brands of spirits that were available in his time, they certainly would have been those that he would have enjoyed undoubtedly.
Gin has become so much more than the London Dry varieties. Juniper is still there, but its so much more flavorful and fragrant with a lot of lavender notes. Today’s newer gins are so great, that all you really need to do is pull it from the fridge or freezer, pour, sip, savor and enjoy. No dry vermouth needed to offset the bitterness, these newer gins stand alone.
Absinthe has long been the rouge spirit. Its been illegal, modified, subject of controversy and even featured in one of my more modern films like Van Helsing. Its a mysterious spirit which even changes color and flavors once water or sugar is introduced. No matter how you like it, proceed with caution, it is 120 proof. Hemingway created a cocktail with champagne with absinthe “Death in the Afternoon” – after his book by the same name which is about a bullfighter who dies in the arena.
No doubt Hemingway took his drinking seriously, so should you. Not to drink more, or more often, but to simply drink better. Start with this flavor pack of spirits from Flaviar.