Spirit Tastings

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4 H
There are two ways to make rum. One is by using sugar cane and the other by using a product of this – molasses. There are many differences between the two, but the main one is the ... morereason that molasses was ‘invented’ in the first place; sugar cane has a limited growing season. Molasses contains preservatives and can be stored and used when sugar cane is out of season. It’s a difficult process to repeat each time with any consistency, and the quality of the rum made from this is equally variable, and is categorized as ‘industrial rum’. The good stuff, the really magical and top-notch white rum made directly from cane sugar, it bears the proud certification of ‘rhum agricole’.

In Thailand there is only one accredited rum distillery. And that’s here, on Koh Samui.

The ‘Magic Alambic Rum Distillery’ was set up in 2003, as a family business, by the husband and wife team of Elisa and Michel Gabriel. Every bottle that comes out of the Magic Alambic distillery is made of sugar cane. There are no preservative or additives of any kind in their rum, they use high-quality sugar cane that’s locally grown – one tonne of cane produces 700 litres of juice when crushed. And, after it has been made, it’s left to mature for one year before it goes on sale. They have several flavours; obviously the first one is the natural white rum. Then they have pineapple, lemon, orange and coconut. And all of the fruits are pure essences with no artificial flavourings added. It has a sweet smell because of the cane sugar but not a sweet or sticky taste. It’s high quality and very smooth, with no ‘throat burn’ at all. And you won’t get a hangover in the morning.

Although you can often find this magical rum behind the bars of many of the better resorts and restaurants across the island, the only place you can be sure of buying a bottle for yourself is from the distillery. And it’s a delightful spot to visit, tucked away in a little peaceful world of its own, down in Ban Thale, in the southern part of Samui. It’s quiet and secluded, with a separate little thatched bar where you can relax and sample shots of all the different flavours – you can even take a break from your resort and stay in one of their lovely bungalows for a day or so (or if you suddenly find that your driving skills have become somewhat impaired from all those samples!

During the ‘making’ season, which matches the cane production between January and May, you can book a tour of the production process itself – which is utterly fascinating!

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Albufeira, Portugal
4 H
In the Algarve there is much more to discover than just the gorgeous beaches! Enjoy a half day off the beaten path 4 x 4 safari jeep tour around Albufeira and discover the Algarve's ... morestunning countryside with your experienced driver and guide. During your adventure off road you will drive along orange groves and dense forests of cork oak, and discover the secret gems of the Algarve. Visit picturesque local villages where time stands still, visit a Moorish castle, enjoy a waterfall and swim in a local river, stop at a small organic farm to taste the famous strong spirit also known as ‘firewater’, taste homemade local liquors and honey, learn the customs and traditions of local villages with a highly professional and friendly guide, who knows all about the local history, nature, and the local landscape. A truly fun and memorable experience for families, individuals and groups!

Highlights of this tour are beautiful landscapes, regional architecture and gastronomical tastes of Algarve. One of the can't-miss experiences of this tour is the gastronomical tasting of honey, as well as the visit of an old firewater distillery and tasting of Portugal's famous Medronho fruit brandy.

We are a dynamic and dedicated team specialized in jeep safari tours with an extensive knowledge of the region, its geography and the local traditions. Most of all, we never miss the best places of interest, the gastronomy, the fauna and flora. We have over 10 years of experience and we speak several languages.
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Milano, Italy
3 H
A holiday in Milan is incomplete without sampling the mouth-watering cuisine it has to offer. The ideal way to accomplish this is the expansive, 3-hour Food Tour of Brera, which is ... morethe oldest neighborhood in Milan, steeped in history and quaint old world charm!

A guide will take you to six different places so you can taste the most delicious and scrumptious food as you learn fascinating trivia and historical facts about food and dining in Milan, including that of the Brera area and how it has evolved. The tour begins with a visit to a locally run pastry shop for some yummy Italian cream rolls, which is considered to be the best in town. Once you fall in love with the recipe (you will!), you can ask the guide about how to bake it at home.

After the pastry shop, we will begin our stroll in the fascinating Brera district and jump into a real temple for food lovers; there, surrounded by hung hams, you'll taste two different Italian cold cuts and learn how are they made. You will also have the opportunity to taste a new version of the famous Risotto alla Milanese prepared by one of the most historical gastronomic shop in Milan.

During the next part of the tour you will visit the Pastificio Moscova, where you will taste two kinds of special meatballs – once a poor recipe, now a treat - and a traditional Italian dish: Melanzane alla Parmigiana. Our recommendation is not to miss out on any of those delectable preparations!

You will also experience Aperitivo, a genuine Northern Italian tradition. Leave room for yet another refreshing Italian concoction called Grappa – it is literally poured onto the palate so you can perfectly taste the fruity flavor, while learning about its distillation and aging process. 

The tour concludes with the captivating history of the Italian Gelato that you get to eat while walking around at leisure. Rest assured this is one Food Tour you will hold memorable for the rest of your life!