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As midnight nears on New Year’s Eve, we’ll all have our sparkling wines ready to toast in the New Year, 2016.
But whether it is New Year’s Eve or in the days immediately before and after, shouldn’t we also take a look back at 2015? Shouldn’t we take some time to think about all the good things that happened during the previous 12 months and celebrate them with a glass of a good spirit?
And if 2015 was a really, really crappy year that you would like to forget, then raise a glass in thanks that it’s almost over! Here are selected spirits and fortified wines we’ve sipped over the past year for your “toastal” consideration. (Prices are approximate, and will vary from place to place.)
Some marketing whizzes associated with Absolut came up with a great idea: Have one basic recipe for vodka, then work with local entrepreneurs to source local ingredients and make the finished product. Oh yes, build them a small distillery. Similar to but different than its Seattle counterpart (below) — more herbal, less creamy, and a bit more straightforward. Think globally, drink locally?
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In Seattle, the result of the Absolut project is a very pure-tasting, almost-creamy vodka that is well-structured with a long finish.