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Anders’ Handcrafted Vodka 100% Colorado Review

Anders’ Handcrafted Vodka is distilled in small batches using a state of the art still. The source used for this vodka is sweet corn from the Olathe region of Colorado. Farmers here use snowmelt to irrigate. The corn kernels are smaller than the kernel of regular corn and have a concentrated flavor. It is analogous to the size of wine grapes to table grapes. The cost is much higher, but the quality of the corn is exceptional. Harvesting of the corn is done without pesticides and the corn is naturally Gluten Free. This corn is usually hand picked rather than machine harvested because of the soft nature of the corn.
The water used in irrigation, distilling and to cut the distillate begins as snowmelt and for the processing and cutting is then purified. While many distilleries use purified water, few begin with anything as pristine as ours.
The filtration process is another big difference between this vodka and others. They filter the vodka once and coarsely, they make it this way to leave more of the oils and to have a more flavorful vodka. This creates a weightier vodka.
The corn is brought in whole kernels from the farms and milled on site. This is important because pre-milled grains can become oxidized and lose much of the flavor. It is fermented right after milling sent straight to the fermenters to again guard against oxidation. The fermented liquid is then batch distilled. Unlike continuous distillation this leaves more of the original character. It is distilled correctly one time, and the heads and tails are cut. We cut 30% of the distillate to ensure only the heart of the distillate remains.
The label features mountains a depiction of the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak in the Colorado Rockies, which is a backdrop to the distillery.

Highly recommended order a bottle of Anders’ Handcrafted Vodka here

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HANDCRAFTED ROCA PATRÓN SILVER TEQUILA REVIEW

ROCA PATRÓN SILVER, this tequila really did surprise me, I did a taste test against a handful of other silver tequila brands including the regular PATRÓN SILVER and ROCA PATRÓN came out on top not just with me but with two friends that were doing the blind tasting with me.

So here we have it, ROCA PATRÓN is a handcrafted 100% de agave tequila. After doing a bit of research I found out that this version of PATRÓN uses the finest weber blue agave that this company has available. Their finest agave is all used on the ROCA brand. They slow roast their Weber Blue Agave and then crush it with a two ton tahona stone wheel, the original/traditional way to crush agave. The juice is then fermented and distilled with the agave fibers. All this adds to a very complex taste with earthy tones and a long smooth finish. I highly recommend the ROCA PATRÓN SILVER, another sign is when it’s the first empty bottle on the table. I found a great price online if you want to order bottle Liquorama liquor store has a great price.

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ROCA PATRON SILVER TEQUILA
ROCA PATRON SILVER TEQUILA

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Craft Beer Competition Medal Winners

Craft Beer Competition International Awards brings together craft brewers’ favorite beers from around the world. The craft beer category seems to be growing daily, stores with 2,000-3,000 craft beers that will tell you they will have more than double the selection by next year. Each beer displays creativity, passion and complexity of ingredients. An expert panel of a dozen judges with years of experience judging beer will award this year’s entries. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded on a 100-point blind tasting. Craft Beer Competition International Awards results will be posted on the site and you will notice winning medallions on both craft beer bottles and marketing materials, click here for last years winners, Cheers!

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Top 100 Craft Wines

Craft Wine Competition Top 100 Wines

Craft Wine Competition International Awards, brings together vintners best wines from all over the world. Independent, craft, artisan, boutique… flagship wines that reflect what wine making is all about. Producers are focused on wine making, unique yet with a common constant commitment to quality. Craft wines have the ability to focus intensely on every aspect throughout the wine making experience. Start with geography, climate, and interaction with the soil to certain characteristic qualities that go into the fermentation process and aging or just the sum of the effects. Craft wines are made with passion and the unique flavors in each varietal present themselves in the finished product. Wines are tasted blind by an expert panel of a dozen sommeliers with years of expertise both in the industry and judging wine. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded on a 100-point system. Craft Wine Competition International Awards results will be posted on the site and brands will use winning medallion on bottles and marketing materials. To see the results from last years competition click here, Cheers!

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Craft Spirits Competition 2015

Craft Spirits Competition International Awards

Craft Spirits Competition International Awards attracts craft distillers’ top craft spirits worldwide. Just to let you know how craft spirits are growing, take a look at the U.S. from a few dozen distilleries ten years ago to over two hundred fifty today and growing, now multiply that worldwide! Independent owned distilled spirits from the master producers, making the best spirits possible using the best ingredients. It could be organic, small batch, hand made, local, new flavors, family recipes…but always unique. An expert panel of judges with years of expertise both in the field and judging spirits will award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals using 100-point blind tasting. Craft Spirits Awards International Competition results will be posted on the site and brands can use winning medallion on bottles and marketing materials. All Craft Spirits Entries for the 2015 Competition need to be in by March 31st 2015, tune in mid April for Medal Winners!

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Craft Spirits Competition 2015
Craft Spirits Competition 2015

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Tirado Gold Hand Crafted Artisan Whiskey

Tirado Gold Whiskey Review

Tirado Gold Whiskey, it’s handcrafted, artisan, award winning whiskey from the Bronx, New York. They use a backset method in order to give the product a richer corn taste. Tirado Gold Whiskey is great on the rocks, mixed with Coke, or mixed with your favorite cocktail.

Tirado Distillery Inc. is the first legal distillery in the Bronx, NY after prohibition. As a farm distillery 80% of our products are from NY farms. Their main product is organic corn for whiskey, the owner wanted to fuse his knowledge of organic chemistry and biology and the history of the Caribbean tradition with the modern American whiskey craft. . They are a big part of the artisan distillery movement. Tirado’s products are all hand crafted, hand bottled , nurtured into existence, selective and above all exclusive.

Tirado Gold Whiskey Awards
New York Wine & Food Classic Gold Medal 2013
American Craft Distiller Competition Gold Medal 2014
Spirits Of The Americas Bronze Medal 2014
The International Whiskey Guild Competition Silver 2014
Artisan Awards Spirits Gold Medal 2014

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Montana Moonshine Willie's Distillery

Montana Moonshine Review

Montana Moonshine is made with four grains and gently distilled to bring out the full flavor. It is what whiskey looks and tastes like before it goes into a barrel. Smooth, sweet and strong, Montana Moonshine is the perfect mixer. Use it like a vodka or a whiskey and you can’t go wrong.

They use a copper pot still made just for them by Bavarian Holstein Stills from Germany. They wanted to make whiskies and brandies, and a few specialty spirits, so they sought out one of the finest small batch stills in the world. The custom still is handcrafted out of copper, and hand-hammered to create more surface area to react with our spirits vapors. Since they specialize in whiskey which has a lot of flavor to it, copper was an important element to the design, as it reacts with unpleasant tasting compounds, allowing the better flavor to shine through.

The Montana Moonshine pin-up illustration is of MaryAnne. She loves to fish remote mountain streams during the full moon. Like our Montana Moonshine, she is independent and easy-going.

Craft Competition – Gold Medal Winner 2014

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