3 SUZE Cocktails to Expand Any Palate

Earl Grey White Negroni

As we age, our palates change, and whether that’s due to physiology or simply preference is akin to the nature versus nurture debate. Reality is likely a combination of both. Sometimes we call certain tastes “acquired” and research suggests that there is indeed a baseline amount of exposure to a new flavor that must occur before it becomes preferred. Developing a palate for the bitter notes of hops in beer or the bitter acidity in black coffee are two prime examples. Around the age of 40, Read more

Barsmith Shandy

Allow me to be transparent. When I first tasted the latest product in Barsmith’s lineup I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Not due to it being obscure or unusable, but rather due to my own knowledge gap. Sure, the name “Shandy” is self-explanatory, but I’m more accustomed to cocktails than beer. Read more

An Amari Crash Course

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I’ve previously equated palate expansion to increasing literacy. Occasionally some of these experiences cause a paradigm shift and create a palate milestone. Prior to enjoying an amari flight with Aaron Post of Valkyrie I had limited experience with amari. I was familiar with the standard bottles like Fernet-Branca, Cynar, Aperol, Averna, and Campari, but Read more