About Ecuadorian Spirits

About Ecuadorian Spirits
Ecuador, like many South American countries, is known for aguardiente. Made from sugar cane, they can be clear or offer a golden color if aged in casks. Clear versions have notes of whipped cream and cane syrup and are generally used for mixing, often in a popular drink known as canelazo, to which boiled water with cinnamon has been added; sometimes fruit juice is also added. The cask aged versions are sometimes used in cocktails, but are often sipped neat, to appreciate their complexity and smoothness.

Top Picks for Ecuador

Zhumir Aguardiente
90 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of banana leaf, banana chip, cane stalk, and copper pot with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of whipped cream, cane syrup, papaya, and minerals. A tasty, well made aguardiente that will mix brilliantly.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Zhumir Reposado Aguardiente Reserva Especial
86 points
Copper color. Rich aromas of mocha, toffee, maple fudge, and chocolate peaches with a silky, shy, fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, breezy cherry cola, spiced nuts, and mineral oil finish. A nicely aged aguardiente.
86 points $26.99