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The wonderful universe of Spirits is so diverse and exciting, one lifetime is barely enough to experience them all (and keep a working liver). This Tasting Box focuses on the fiesta-time realm of Rum, elegant world of Brandy, and no-nonsense landscape of Irish Whiskey.
The first Filipino sipping Rum, Don Papa Small Batch, is a premium and pristine Spirit with rich and tropical profile; Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy is a badass Kentucky Brandy for Whiskey lovers; and Jack Ryan, is a one of a kind Irish Whiskey.
Each Spirit is an epitome of its genre, wildly different from the other two, but with one common feature: striving for excellence and quality. If this is your first contact with Rum, Brandy or Irish Whiskey, there are no better ushers out there.
Don’t waste your time on second-grade booze. Cheers!
1) American Brandy was produced way before Bourbon was even possible. Laird’s, the oldest family-owned distillery in America, was founded in 1717, and they’ve been producing Brandy ever since.
2) Jack Ryan ‘Beggars Bush’ Single Malt Irish Whiskey was named after Ireland’s Ryan family, a distinguished line of Whiskey producers known for making Ryan’s Malt. To celebrate the Ryan's 100th year anniversary in 2013, the family decided to revive their Jack Ryan's Malt Whiskey with a 1,450-bottle-strong limited production.
3) Don Papa’s Rum is a global collab: the bottle is French, the cork Portuguese, the label Italian, and the Spirit itself Filipino. The award-winning brand design was created in New York by Stranger & Stranger.
4) Brandy was invented in the 16th century by a sneaky Dutch merchant who learned how to remove water from Wine and save cargo space. He then added water again and called it "Bradwijn," which means "burned wine".
5) Rum used to be known as a cheap drink in the Philippines, but when Stephen Carroll, ex-exec of Remy Cointreau, visited the country and realized they have the best sugarcane around, he set up show there in 2011 and started producing premium sipping Rum, basically reinventing the brand of Filipino Rum.
6) Whiskey was invented by Irish monks in the 12th century, when they realized the imported perfumes give you a nice buzz. They reverse-engineered Chanel No.1 and created uisce beatha – water of life.
7) American Brandy was first distilled by the Spanish missions in California. Since the grape grows there, the Golden State is still the main producer. By law, American Brandy has to be matured in wood for at least two years.
8) The Royal Navy gave its sailors a daily ration of Rum (also known as "tot") from 1850 to 1970 to prevent scurvy. Rum itself didn't actually scare away the condition - it was lime that was added to the ration. Government-issued tipple ended when the Navy realized soaking the buccaneers in alcohol wasn't the safest idea.