Whisky, Rum, Vodka and more!
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There are endless possibilities for enjoying the offerings of the world. We've compiled the basics here for you to peruse.
Rum is quickly becoming one of the popular and enjoyed spirits around the globe. Find out more about the different styles here.
Zaya Gran Reserva 750mL - Find it at your Co-op Wine Spirits Beer for $63.59
The ever-changing trends of the whisk(e)y industry are sure to keep even the astute appreciator on their toes. Offerings made from locally acquired produce and additives are in demand along with craft and single-barrel offerings. You'll find the word spelled "whiskey" commonly from the US or Ireland but the rest of the planet, especially Scotland, will virtually always spell it with out the "e".
Ballantine's Finest 750mL - Find it at your Co-op Wine Spirits Beer for $27.99
Vodka is a clear liquid made from ethyl alcohol from grain or potatoes, generally without much of an aroma or flavour. But, over the last few years, flavoured vodka has taken the industry by storm. Every season, new and sometimes weird flavours arrive to excite and shock your palate. They can be enjoyed alone or in traditional or new and interesting cocktails.
Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka 750mL $27.99
Absolut Raspberri 750mL $28.99
Three Olives Rootbeer 750mL $29.49
The recently rediscovered clear spirit, Gin, flavoured with juniper berries and sometimes other botanicals is a common ingredient in martinis. Historically, it became known as Mother's Ruin, eventually resulting in the Gin Act of 1736. See some Classic Gin Cocktails here.
Hendrick's Gin 750mL - Find it at your Co-op Wine Spirits Beer for $47.99
Gin's ancestor, Genever/Jenever, though very different from gin, is predicted to be very popular again in the industry. Find Bols Bokma Jonge Graanjenever 750mL for $31.29 at your Co-op Wine Spirits Beer
We often get asked, "What is Sloe Gin?". It's actually a liqueur made with gin and sloe plums. Find Hayman's Sloe Gin 750mL at your Co-op Wine Spirits Beer for $33.99
Cognac, the prestigious brown spirit, is a brandy that must be produced in the region of Cognac, France. Likewise, Armagnac must be produced in it's respective region. If you love rap, you've probably heard about the love of cognac by many a rap musician. Although there are several classifications, such as Grande, Petite and Borderies, the common age statements are: VS - very special/superior (at least 2 years old), VSOP - very special/superior old pale (at least 4 years old) and XO - extra old (at least 6 years old).
Remy Martin X.O. 750mL - Find it at your Co-op Wine Spirits Beer for $201.39
Brandy, however, can be made anywhere in the world when wine is distilled. Common examples are from France, Spain, the U.S., Grappa from Italy, Metaxa from Greece or Pisco from South America. Many flavoured brandies or spirits distilled from other fruits are also available such as Calvados, apple brandy from France.
According to the Official Mexican Standard for Tequila (NOM), it must be made from the blue agave plant grown in the Appellation of Origin: Tequila Territory. It includes municipalities from five states: Jalisco, Nayarit, Guanajuato, Michoacan and Tamaulipas. There are two types of Tequila: 100% Blue Agave and Tequila Mixto (at least 51% Blue Agave). Five further classifications are:
Tequila Silver (Blanco, Plata, White, Platinum): aged less than 4 - 8 weeks with no additives or colourants
Tequila Gold (Joven, Oro): may be 100% Agave or Mixto with added flavours or colours.
Tequila Reposado: aged 2 to 11 months, taking on the colour and flavour of the barrel.
Tequila Anejo (extra aged): aged a minimum of 1 year in barrels less than 600L.
Tequila Extra Anejo (ultra aged): same rules apply as Anejo but must be aged at least 3 years.
Milagro Silver Tequila 750mL - Find it at your Co-op Wine Spirits Beer for $38.89
Mezcal, similar to Tequila and sometimes with the worm, is made from other varieties of the agave plant and is produced throughout most of Mexico. Find Fidencio Mezcal Pechuga 750mL at your Co-op Wine Spirits Beer for $141.99
Sotol, the state drink of Chihuahua, is made from Desert Spoon, which is not an agave plant. It is also made throughout Mexico.
Liqueurs are an incredibly vast and versatile alcoholic beverage. They are made from a plethora of processes and sources such as Cream, Fruit, Chocolate, Nuts, Whisky, Coffee, Herbs and Flowers.
Try our private label Carruther's Cream Liqueur for just $17.59 for a 750mL bottle.