26 November 2019

Visit to the local distillery and liqueur manufacturing

What I was not aware of is how many different liqueurs are made in Sao Miguel island. Tiago Mela in Mulher de Capote took me thru the whole list and showed us around the manufacturing process.

An interesting anis liqueur (which is not Licor Beirao – from mainland and is Sharmila and my absolute favorite anis based drink) caught my eye. The bottle has a anis plant inside and covered with sugar crystal. Think sweet and think anis. And if you are a Bengali, think yummy!

While I finished up my deep dive into gins over a year back, decided to pick up a bottle of Goshawk gin, nonetheless. The previous day, Arsenio had me try the local gin at the hotel bar.

25 November 2019

Great evening with our bartender

Sharmila and I spent a great time with Arsenio – our bartender at the hotel. He has an amazing knowledge of all alcohols and their stories. Of course, it is the local stories that intrigued me the most.

I never realized the amount of local liqueurs, rum and gin that is made in the island! Or that aguardente (aguardiente in the Spanish world) is so popular in the Portuguese world.

Took a lot of notes… and tried a few local beverages…