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Introducing Rose Courvoisier: A Red Wine & Cognac Liqueur

courvoisier rose red wine cognac 1 124x300 Introducing Rose Courvoisier: A Red Wine & Cognac LiqueurBy Matt Goldstein

After releasing Courvoisier 12 years aged and Courvoisier 21 years aged, Courvoisier now releases the Rose, a blend of signature Cognac and French red wine grapes.  At a very low alcohol percentage, 18.0%, the Courvoisier is designed to be a sweet, easy drinking liqueur.  Sipping more like a sweet wine than a strong Cognac, the Rose Courvoisier is designed to be market to the African American community as Rose wine has taken off in that demographic.  In fact, African Americans single handedly saved the Cognac industry when it became the trend to drink Cognac.  Not a bad move because we love us some Courvoisier.  Review coming soon.  A 750ml bottle of Courvoisier Rose has a suggested retail price of $24.99.

From Courvoisier

  • Courvoisier Rosé-a first-of-its-kind cognac innovation. An elegant blend of Courvoisier Cognac and premium French red wine grapes, its refreshing and smooth taste makes it perfect for any occasion.
  • The fusion of ripe summer fruits, like blackberry and peach, combine perfectly with the aromatic complexity of Courvoisier, creating a smooth and sensual flavour explosion.

Colour: Deep maroon

Blend: Courvoisier cognac with a touch of superior French red wine grapes

Aroma: Blackberry, blackcurrant and a touch of cherry, along with notes of vanilla, honey and vine-peach flavours

Taste: Round, smooth, and crisp in the mouth with a delicious aftertaste

  • Neat: For ultimate refreshment, Courvoisier Rosé is best served chilled or sipped over ice in the summer.

Cocktails: The intense fruit flavours and renowned smoothness of Courvoisier Rosé makes it the perfect accompaniment with Champagne or orange juice.

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(Ginger) Snap: An Organic Neutral Spirit by Art in the Age

ginger snap art in the age 300x249 (Ginger) Snap: An Organic Neutral Spirit by Art in the AgeBlackstrap Molasses & Ginger:  A Medieval Recipe Inspired by 13th Century German Monks

By Matt Goldstein 

Inspired by 13th century German Monks and based on the Pennsylvania Dutch recipe ginger snap cookie recipe, Snap is a modern take on a classic drink by Art in the Age.  Made with organic blackstrap molasses, clove, brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger, Snap is exploding in popularity.  The Pennsylvania Dutch, who are actually German, were a rustic farming bunch who baked with blackstrap molasses instead of refined sugar.  Art in the Age likes to call Snap a “sophisticated organic spirit based on authentic folk history made for people who know how to drink.”  If it’s one thing we know how to do at Whiskey Goldmine, its drink.  Let’s give the Snap a shot.            

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At first open of the bottle, the Snap has a thick vanilla scent with light spice.  The flavor is spicy, sweet, with notes of molasses, ginger, sugar, and definitely a ginger snap spice.  With a good bite in the finish and a thick aftertaste, the Snap has a dry and classy sweetness.  The Snap is not overbearing or overtly sweet like a candy or some bad fruity liqueur.  The Snap is a complex but refined drink and we love it.  The (Ginger) Snap is definitely worth a try.        

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Root: An Organic Neutral Root Tea Spirit by Art in the Age

root tea art in the age 162x300 Root:  An Organic Neutral Root Tea Spirit by Art in the AgeThe Original Root Beer: An 18th Century Root Tea Recipe Made with All Natural Herbs & Pure Can Sugar

By Matt Goldstein

Originally a Native American recipe, Root tea could date back much further than we know.  However, in the 1700’s, the recipe was taught to colonial settlers.  Then, the Root Tea was made with wintergreen, wild roots and herbs.  As the recipe grew, the potency grew as well.  When the temperance league was trying to ban alcohol, the Root Tea recipe became the recipe for non-alcoholic root beer.  A Philadelphia pharmacist created root beer for the Pennsylvania coal miners and steelworkers to enjoy when they couldn’t get their hands on an alcoholic beverage.  Originally a Pennsylvania folk recipe, Art in the Age produced the Root to recreate a pre-temperance alcoholic Root tea.  The Root is certified organic, “Because everything back then was organic.”    

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Dark brown in color but not necessarily thick, the Root has a spicy wintergreen scent.  The taste is dry, rich, cinnamon and spicy.  With notes of wintergreen, spearmint, the Root is sweet, slightly and slightly astringent.   The flavor of the sugar cane makes a solid statement and the aftertaste is spicy and tingly with subtle warmth.  The Root is actually root beer esque.  If you’re into wintery and spicy liquors, or even black licorice type shots such as sambuca, jagermeister and schnapps, The Root is a less thick, slightly less sweet, but more complex drink for you.  It’s also the hip new thing to do so get on board.  Wait a minute; once you say something is hip, it’s no longer fashionable anymore.  Forget I said anything.  Hey, with all those herbs and spices it must be healthy right?  Drink up…

Source: The Story of the Root

Part 2 Coming Soon: The Snap, by Art in the Age

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Navan Natural Vanilla Liqueur from Grand Marnier: A Review

navan 194x300 Navan Natural Vanilla Liqueur from Grand Marnier: A Review Made with 100% Natural Vanilla

By Matt Goldstein

An exceptional and subtle liqueur, Navan Natural Vanilla Liqueur is produced in France by Grand Marnier. Using the same Cognacs as in Gran Marnier, Navan is made with 100% natural vanilla beans, hand picked from the Vanilla Coast of Madagascar. Navan actually stands for natural vanilla. Navan has a light vanilla scent. It has a sweet, vanilla ice cream flavor with a thick aftertaste. Slightly medicinal with a light burn, Navan is a brilliant drink. Navan can be served straight in a Cognac glass or on ice. However, our favorite way to drink Navan is to take ½ part Navan and mix it with 1 part Cognac and serve straight.

From the Navan website: Natural Vanilla comes from the vanilla orchid, one of 35,000 orchid varieties that grow in certain areas of the globe primarily among the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, the leading producer of natural vanilla. Orchids do not make the vanilla bean naturally; the human touch (or a bird) has to pollinate the flower, starting the 21 month -2 year process of this rare and unique spice. Each orchid blossoms only one day a year, for several hours.

Once the yellow-white flowers begin to bloom, they slowly mature into slender beans or pods. The fruits, which resemble big green beans must remain on the vine for nine months in order to completely develop their signature aroma. However, when the beans are harvested, they have neither flavor nor fragrance. They develop these distinctive properties during the long curing process.

The result of this meticulous journey from the orchid to the cured bean is Natural Vanilla, the 2nd most expensive and rare spice in the world.

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Domaine de Canton Liqueur: A Review

domaine de canton Domaine de Canton Liqueur:  A ReviewOne of the World’s Finest Liqueurs

By Matt Goldstein

Domaine de Canton is an excellent liqueur.  The nose is a very strong ginger with a subtle medicinal quality.  The flavor is much sweeter and the finish is very smooth.  The Cognac quality and is evident with the eaux de vie complimenting the ginger almost perfectly.  Domaine de Canton is one of the best liqueurs in the world.     

Domaine de Canton is a small batch liqueur made with the finest eaux de vie in France; XO and VSOP Grand Champagne Cognacs only.  With ginger root from Indo China, the Canton is then hand made with all natural ingredients; Tahitian vanilla beans, Provencal honey, and Tunisian ginseng.  According to their web site, “Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur was inspired by the French tradition in which sweet and fresh elixirs were fortified by fine eaux de vie and Cognac. Named for the ginger estate of Domain de Canton, this aromatic elixir first became popular with the French during colonial Indochina.”          

Domaine de Canton can be drunk straight, on the rocks or in a cocktail such as the Whiskey Goldmine original, The General Tso Martini. 

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