Don’t you love weddings? I do. They’re always great fun, especially when you’re not working at one. Amirite lads?
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the lovely isle of Mauritius to attend my friend and mentor’s wedding. Now naturally, being a bartender, I made it my mission to find time to visit one of the many rum distilleries on the island. Having written an article on New Grove, I wanted to visit their distillery as well, but unfortunately with my limited window of opportunity, I was only able to squeeze in one visit. But what a visit it was!
Ahhh, December. What a merry season; Christmas carols full of cheer, the smell of spices in the air, pumpkin lattes here and there, product launches everywhere…
Just a week or so ago, I was invited to Hong Kong’s first Gin Toniqueria for the introduction, by Brand Ambassador Jose Riudavets, of a fabulous new old product, Xoriguer, a Spanish specialty gin with 200 or so years of history. For those of us who don’t speak Spanish, that particular mess of letters is pronounced scho-ri-geh, with an especially gargle-y intonation on the first syllable.
Now, just as interesting as Xoriguer’s name is its origin, which dates as far back as 1708, right in the middle of the Spanish War of Succession. The war of succession was started in 1701, and lasted until 1714, during which time France and Spain were in an alliance against the combined forces of England, Austria, and the Dutch Republic, called the Grand Alliance. The smarter ones among you can probably see where this is going. Continue Reading