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St. Augustine Wine and Food Festival

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Sunshine and whiskey with a hammock!

This #whiskeyventure we ended up at the St. Augustine Wine and Food Festival(plus spirits). That’s what we really came out for. We saw our friends from St. Augustine Distillery, hung out with David and Katie from Laws Whiskey House, sample some salty caramel whiskey from Ugly Dog Distillery, then we made new friends like Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey and Prohibition Pops which tastes as it good as it sounds. Down here in Florida this is going to be a clutch summer time go to. Plus, I heard whispers from the owner that a bourbon berry is on its way before summer is over. Yeah, we’re stoked!  Can’t forget to mention Rivulet, while not a whiskey, this pecan liqueur is so tasty. We were wondering what the event was going to be like since wine was on the bill but I have to say that we were pleasantly surprised and we will be there next year! #stafwf

Review #0009 Metaxa

Who makes it? The House of Metaxa

Something totally different than we are used to. It is very smooth at 40% alcohol and definitely has fruity smell and taste. Erik could taste plums at the first taste while Kris could pin down what kind of fruit he was tasting, then after adding ice it brought out more of the botanicals. Grapes more on the finish. With a full melt Kris could taste the rose petals and Erik enjoyed it more with a full melt.

Since it’s not a whiskey we didn’t think it would be fair to rate plus being in a league of it’s own we decided to just give our opinion.

What do you get in the bottle: wine distillates, muscat wine and Mediterranean botanicals that is a closely kept secret except for the rose petals

How much: It’ll cost you about $30

A little history. Founded by Spyros Metaxa who was a silk merchant and of the day did not like the spirits of the day being to harsh and not very smooth. He then got his brother involved and built a distillery and upon digging the foundation found a medallion of a Salamania warrior and that is on the bottle today. It was first introduced as a Cognac but in 1936 Cognac was defined and it didn’t fit the bill. So it was then considered a brandy but again in 1987 brandy was defined and because Metaxa contains wine and botanicals that it couldn’t be a brandy. So it now in a class all of its own.

Currently it can be found in most liquor stores.