Funky, fruity, fermented; all words to describe this rum-like spirit, technically known as arak or arrack. Made from the fermented nectar of coconut flower buds and aged for 24 months in casks made from Sri Lanka’s native Halmilla wood, the end result is a bright maple color (due to added caramel color) and a scent melding coconut, flowers and sweet vanilla. At…
Charred wood and smoke dominate the nose and palate of this Indian Cab, smoldering over a core of plush black fruit that hides within. It’s a pleasantly textured wine with soft, fine-grained tannins, but overwhelmed by smoke and a stalky, green finish.