5 Irish whiskies to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2019

There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a toast of true Irish whiskey. With its signature smoothness, sweetness, and easy drinkability, you can see why the Irish style is the fastest growing in the whiskey market.

For your celebration, try one of these festive Irish whiskey options:

Green Spot

A favorite of whiskey critics, Green Spot has an aroma and taste of orchard apples and toasted wood with a sprinkling of clove. It is full bodied while balancing the fruity sweetness and toasted oak spiciness into a nicely malted finish with accents of vanilla.

Redbreast 12

Redbreast is a very special single pot still whiskey that is matured for a minimum of twelve years in sherry casks and bourbon barrels. It is robust, assertive, and highly praised among whiskey connoisseurs. Its nose is nutty and rich with notes of dried peels and spice. Its palate exhibits essences of spice and freshly cut citrus fruit with hints of marzipan and sherry. Redbreast has a delightfully long finish full of creamy custard and spice.

Teeling Small Batch

This small batch bottling consists of hand selected casks which are given further maturation in ex-rum barrels imparting extra character and smooth flavor unique to Irish whiskey. Bottling at 46% ABV with no chill filtration.

Bushmills Red Bush

This variant is a bourbon barrel-aged specialty. Matured in American White Oak, this blend of malt and fine grain whiskeys is triple distilled for smoothness and aged for a minimum of four years. Its taste offers sweet, nutty vanilla notes, with just a touch of bourbon.

Jameson Stout Caskmates

Emerging from a conversation between their head distiller and the head brewer of Cork’s Franciscan Well Brewery, Jameson Caskmates is finished in stout-seasoned whiskey casks. While their triple-distilled smoothness is very much intact, notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch confirm the stout influence in the classic Irish whiskey.

You can find these, as well as many other types of celebratory whiskey, at large, local independent spirit retailers like Wyatt’s Wet Goods, who offers you superior choice and selection for all your drinking desires.

Happy National Margarita Day 2019!

February 22 is National Margarita Day. If you haven’t already, raise a glass in cheer!

Like many classic cocktails, the origin of the Margarita is mired in legend.

One of the earliest tales of its invention is that in 1938, Carlos “Danny” Herrera created the drink at his restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, for aspiring actress and former Ziegfeld dancer Marjorie King who was allergic to other spirits but not tequila. Herrera combined the elements of a traditional tequila shot—a lick of salt and a wedge of lime—and turned them into the refreshing drink.

Another story describes the Margarita being invented in late 1941, at Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. One afternoon, Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the then German ambassador visited the establishment and Orozco offered her an experimental cocktail consisting of equal parts tequila, Mexican orange liqueur, and lime, shaken and served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. She liked it so much, he decided to name it after her.

There are also claims that the inventor was Dallas socialite Margarita Sames, who made the drink for her guests at her vacation home in Acapulco in 1948. Tommy Hilton reportedly enjoyed it so much he brought the cocktail back and added it to the bar menu at his hotel chain.

Tequila giant Jose Cuervo ran an ad campaign in 1945 with the slogan “Margarita: It’s more than a girl’s name.” According to the Cuervo company, it was invented in 1938 by a bartender in honor of Mexican showgirl Rita de la Rosa.

Whatever its actual inception, the Margarita has been hailed for decades as the perfect alcoholic combination of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter and is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in the United States.

The simplest way to make one is to remember the “3-2-1 Rule”: three parts tequila, two parts of quality Triple Sec (an orange liqueur like Cointreau) and one-part lime juice. Shake with ice and serve.

To enhance your experience, try Solerno, a Sicilian blood orange liqueur, as your Triple Sec component or try Grand Marnier for a smoother drink with the refined flavors of its cognac base.

Margaritas can be served on the rocks, frozen, and with or without a salted rim. The important part is to enjoy them and have fun.

Suerte Tequila is a lucky find for your Day of the Dead celebration

One of the hottest brands of tequila has a Colorado connection.

Suerte Tequila (which means “luck” in Spanish) was founded by two partners from Boulder who teamed with a family distillery in the high country of Jalisco, Mexico, to produce and market their small batch, single estate, handcrafted tequila.

Suerte has become a growing force in the craft tequila market, while garnering a collection of awards. But this hasn’t led to a mass commercialization of their production process. They don’t rush their product for cost efficiency, taking pride in a quality, artisanal experience.

The 100% Blue Weber Agave used at Suerte’s distillery is hand harvested and roasted in brick ovens instead of quick steaming in stainless steel autoclaves. The agave is then slow crushed using a large traditional stone tahona wheel. Gravity powered micron filters, instead of pump-pushed charcoal filtering, make certain their tequila retains the true flavor of the agave and the full terroir from its birthplace.

Suerte features three double distilled types. Their Blanco is rested for a minimum of two months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling. It delivers a silken finish with pleasing herbal, citrus, and sweet notes that make it ideal for sipping or enjoying in a traditional Mexican cocktail like the Paloma.

Suerte Reposado is aged in charred American white oak whiskey barrels for seven months. This perfect combination of resting time, oak exposure, and the pure agave create a robust bouquet of aromas that include subtle plum, butterscotch, and oak notes. Try it neat, or in an authentic, made from scratch margarita.

Suerte Añejo pushes the boundaries of Reposado style, further aging their tequila in charred American oak whiskey barrels for twenty-four months, twice as long as the industry standard. Its complex, full-bodied flavor carries a moderate wood presence, with hints of berry, chocolate, and mint to complement the underlying essence of the agave. Put away the shot glass and enjoy this one is a snifter to fully appreciate the sweet awards of its aroma.

If you’re looking for a quality tequila for your upcoming Day of the Dead celebration, give Suerte a shot. You can get yours at larger local liquors stores, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods, that always offer you an outstanding selection of items for the adventurous drinker. When it comes to selection, more is always merrier.

Baileys Pumpkin will spice up any Halloween party

With the plethora of pumpkin spice items that hit every autumn, one stand out above the crowd–Baileys Pumpkin Spice Liqueur. Don’t delay getting your hands on this limited run flavor because deliveries are scheduled to stop in November, and it’s delightful.

The unapologetically indulgent liqueur is a modern update on their classic Irish Cream that blends the flavors of sweet cinnamon and baking spices, luscious maple, brown sugar, and baked pie crust with additional hints of vanilla and coffee for a unique Baileys taste experience.

The back of each bottle offers three easy and satisfying recipes for their Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Old Fashioned, and Pumpkin Spiced Chai. You can also check these out on the Baileys website.

As with most pumpkin liqueurs, it will certainly brighten any coffee or hot cocoa, and is wonderful on the rocks.

However you choose to try the new Baileys Pumpkin Spice, you’ll find it a welcome addition to your fall drinking repertoire.

Locally, you can find Baileys Pumpkin Spice Liqueur at bigger beverage retailers, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods, who stock a large variety of Baileys flavors, including gluten free Baileys Alamande, and other seasonal cordials.