I had the opportunity to visit the New York Bar & Wine show a couple weeks ago. Needless to say, it was a experience. Met some fantastic cocktail people, and gained more thorough knowledge about this industry that we all love. This weeks blog post is a review of a brand new Liqueur---> Given <---
Given was one of the first booths i encountered when i walked in to the show. The colors and Layout of the booth immediately drew me in(Red and Black are my favorite color combination). So i ventured over to see what this company was all about. Needless to say i was pleasantly surprised. It is a wonderful blend of Tequila and Lime Juice. So its a liqueur used for mixing but also can be enjoyed alone. Here's a little background on Given.....
In tribute to its French roots, grace of fashion and instincts of humanity, GIVEN was born.
GIVEN (pronounced Jee-Vahn) is the ideal balance between a spirit and liqueur. It is a unique blend of premium agave tequila (imported from Jalisco, Mexico) and all natural lime juice(using whole limes in the maceration process), handcrafted through an infusion process in the Cognac region of France. By incorporating the rich heritage of wine and cognac producing techniques we created a new way of enjoying tequila. GIVEN is best served neat chilled in a martini glass or on the rocks for a refreshingly smooth taste".
Given has also won a few awards and is very highly regarded in the cocktail community. Here;s a few achievements....
• Gold Medal Winner – The Prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010
• Mentioned in BlackBook Magazine's online article “Given Tequila, if you haven’t already, you should definitely try” (http://www.blackbookmag.com/article/skrapper-brings-art-and-t-shirts-together-good-units/18093)
• The bottle design has received several accolades and will be featured in an Italian luxury packaging magazine
• Mentioned in RamshackleGlam.com “may be the best tequila I’ve ever tasted” http://ramshackleglam.com/blog/2010/05/mtvs-hired-screening/
I loved this brand. Very smooth, and very easy on the palate. Being a Cognac lover this liqueur caught my attention as an alternative, and something that can be used with high end Cognac's(Hennessey, Remy Martin, Conjure, Seraphin etc). I even tried the Given Signature cocktail--->
3 parts GIVEN, fresh mint leaves, 1 part champagne, maraschino cherry, served in an elegant black champagne flute to match the bottle.