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(That’s how it’s pronounced)

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to BTI

Well, Cognac, from the town of the same name. It’s called brandy, or eau de vie, when it’s out of town, but the best grape spirit in the world, by popular consensus, is cooked up in the fields surrounding Cognac in more or less concentric circles, starting with Grande Champagne and the Borderies in the bulls-eye with Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and Bois Ordinaire circling it.   more >>

The Geezer Pleaser
Gray Daze of Vodka

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to BTI

Well, vodka, no pun intended. I’m older than vodka, so it’s never been on my preferred potable list. OK, I’m not actually older than vodka, but when I was first bellying up to assorted bars on the west side of Chicago, it wasn’t on most people’s lists and the vodkateers were marketing it as having "no taste, no smell," which struck me at the time as, well, dumb.   more >>

Dreams Come True in Blue Agave

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to Tastings.com

 “If Elvis had developed a taste for añejo Tequila instead of fried peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches, he’d be on tour today. “ - José Cuervo IV

At least he said his name was José Cuervo IV. Ran into him in a joint in Memphis a few years back, which is how we got on the subject.   more >>