Spirits are alcohol beverages made from the distillation of any fermented “base” beverage made from nearly any grain, fruit, or sugar. Spirits are typically at least 30-35% alcohol by volume or greater. Spirits come in a vast array of styles, colors, flavors, and strengths. Spirits, like wine, have an affinity with a place. Whisk(e)y is associated with Scotland and Ireland in respect to culture as well as production. The same can be said for Rum and the Caribbean, Bourbon with Kentucky, and Tequila with Mexico. However, while most spirits have an undeniable connection to a place, they are not out of place in your local bar and beverage store. You don’t have to be in Cognac to enjoy Cognac. With concerns of place settled, we can discuss time. The thrilling fact is that there has never been a better time to enjoy spirits. Regardless of where you are in the world (with a few notable exceptions), a greater variety of spirits are available to you, the consumer. Quantity is just part of the story as quality – the most important aspect – is better than ever. It’s a great time to explore spirits. No longer is it sufficient to have a grasp on wine facts alone. Today’s inspiring Beverage Expert is versatile, curious, and adventurous.