Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here. The other day, Lena and I were talking about the variations of similar alcoholic beverages, and she mentioned a great article by Gunther Anderson which mulled the differences between schnapps, cordials, and liqueurs. As Lena pointed out, Mr. Anderson talks of the kinship between liqueurs and schnapps :
“Liqueurs do go a long way towards tasting like real schnapps, and can make some compelling tastes on their own.”
And the point I believe she was making was that just because schnapps aren’t available doesn’t mean that all is lost to the consumer. A knowledgeable merchant (like Bruce or Lena) can still save the day.
But that got me to thinking (dangerous) about the whole nature of alcoholic beverage choice and the subjective nature of the process. If you look over to the sidebar on the right, you’ll see a series of free tutorials presented by Da Gizz, and one of the themes that he stresses is that of open mindedness. As it goes with schnapps, (IMHO) so should it go with all potent potables.
Take for instance beer. (Now that’s my field of expertise.) Suppose you go looking for the latest, trendiest, designer red lager. Well, HSS (or any other store on the Cape for that matter) might not have that. But with just a little direction from a seasoned clerk, you’ll probably end up with a moderately-priced (~$7.00) six pack of Killian’s Red… And you know what? I’ll bet you dimes to donuts that the Killian’s will be the better beer…
I’m just saying… Keep an open mind and listen to the experts.
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* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.