Brenda will be here pouring a variety of high quality spirits. This is a particularly great chance to sample some higher end agave products.
-The entire line of Organic 123 Tequilas, including their Mezcal. I love this company, and think that their products are really incredible. Their Reposado completely changed how I thought of Tequila.
-Dry Fly Triticale Whiskey. This is an unusual hybrid (wheat/rye) grain whiskey, but to me it drinks a bit like a bourbon. It's approachable, yet unexpected.
-Oola Barrel Aged Gin. If you haven't tried an aged gin, this is your chance! We'll play around with this as if it were a brown spirit.
-FEW American Whiskey. This is one of my favorites for sipping or using in a cocktail. It was originally a mistake at the distillery, but it's one of their best products.
1. Taste with as clean a palate as possible. Try to avoid smoking or chewing gum just beforehand. If you have just eaten, drink some water to clear the flavors of the meal.
2. Keep an open mind. Try new things! We all get into ruts when it comes to our palates, but the fun of a tasting is that you don't have to commit to the whole bottle. If you don't like what you've tasted, you can spit it out.
3. Spit or swallow--it's up to you! Just make sure you use the spittoon!
4. See, swirl, smell, sip, savor. Give attention to all aspects of the wine. Here are a couple of links that explain the process:
5. Have fun! Wine tasting has an air of elitism around it, but unnecessarily so. Your palate is your own-it's as individual as you are-and the most important part of appreciating good alcohol is knowing what you like and why you like it. You don't have to use fancy words or spend a lot of money on a bottle. As the kids say, you do you!