Welcome back - sure glad we all survived that mid-week! Sorry this is so late in the day, but I subscribe to a policy of real life first, always. Last Friday we had some pretty good tequila recommendations for Cinco de Mayo, so you should definitely check those out if you're starting to get "Mary Jane's Last Dance" stuck in your head. Here in Rhode Island we can definitely feel summer sinking in, so it's time for a departure. It's the rum and vodka edition! Don't worry, we still feature whiskies in our "earthshakers" section at the bottom. At Cereal Alchemist we appreciate the value of hard-working men and women, and although not all of us aspire to be collectors, we believe that everyone deserves the finest dram on the evening of their victory. Slainte! (or whatever you exclaim when you sip vodka).
Clarity and Finesse
A good friend and dedicated follower describes vodka as the veal of spirits. I can agree with this, and I can definitely appreciate using food descriptors to compare distilled alcohols :-) For those with a refined palate and a willingness to hold off on the mixers for a while, here are some vodkas you can absolutely appreciate neat (as seen above).
Sweet and Subtle
Rum is the new tequila, or so you would think by the people who haul out the 1.5 liter stuff for their rum & Coke fests. Not content to be callously tippled by the Spring Breakers out there, these rums stand out from the pack for the subtlety, their craft influence, and their sweet-sipping, unspiced approachability.
Whisky time! I'm not going to sugarcoat it - these expressions can be exceptionally difficult to find. If found, however, you should snap them up on sight. For those with the means and the drive, these are undisputed champions in their league.