About Aguardiente

About Aguardiente
Aguardiente is a generic term for a distilled sprit that contains between 29% to 60% alcohol. It is a term most often used in Spanish speaking countries; the word comes from the Spanish words aqua (water) and ardiente (fiery).

Some countries do use the term for a local distilled product, as is the case in Ecuador, where it is a beverage distilled from sugarcane or in Chile, where it is a product similar to grappa, as the skins and pulp of grapes are distilled.

Aguardiente is the national beverage of Colombia, where it is served in small shot glasses after dinner or sometimes used as the base for an aguardiente sour, which is mixed with orange and lime juice.

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Zhumir Aguardiente
90 points
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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.
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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