I must be desperate to reach for Desperado Red again – but the labelling has changed.
Gone is the ‘Tequila’ of previous bottles – & in is ‘Cachaca’.
Confusingly the white neck label states ‘Cachaca Tequila’ & as one is made from sugarcane juice & the other blue agave – I’m not sure what’s actually in this concoction.
I do remember the Mexican Tequila authorities were taking Desperado owners Heineken to court over the use of ‘Tequila’ in the beer.
It appears they have won!
Desperado Red meanwhile – to me at least – remains like a heavily flavoured alcoholic lemonade.
But as it’s always on the shelves of my local stores – I notice these things.
My original Desperado Red blog here.
Tequila CRT take Heineken to court here.
Rum – the spirit that spanned the globe.
The depth, spread, longevity & diversity of rum through all it’s manifestations is chronicled in this entertaining book – along with cocktail recipes if you wish to indulge.
From the days of slavery, pirates & colonial might – to the globalization of rum brands today – and all points in between.
Why Cuban rum is not available in the US to how Haiti is still an undeveloped nation.
Clairin to Cachaça – Demerara to dunder – it’s in here – along with an intriguing Newfoundland variation – Screech.
Politics, plunder, prohibition & popular music – rum has been central to them all.
Pour yourself a glass, sit down & enjoy the story.
My own journey into spirits based books took a bit of a stumble with this publication.
I found it more of a literary exploration of the customs, traditions & folklore of Brazil via a personal & rather introspective viewpoint making for a mystical – & at times magical – travel tale.
But there is no Brazilian Tequila.
Tequila is a geographically protected (GI) term for the spirit made in Mexico from the Agave plant.
Brazil has it’s own GI spirit – Cachaca – of which quite a lot is consumed by the characters of this tale.
The Brazilian Tequila in question arises as a joke by the doctor tasked to remove parasitic worms from the narrator’s feet.
Kind of takes ‘Experience Brazil’ to a new level.