The 4 Best Mezcals to Drink This Winter

first_imgMezcals have risen in popularity in the past few years as more producers are working to shed the stereotypical “here’s something like tequila with a worm in it” mindset that has dominated popular culture.Mezcals are a great introduction to agave spirits for those that are used to whiskies. And bartenders across the country (and the world) are working more and harder not only to bring the joy of sipping a premium mezcal to light, but also to create cocktails that speak to the intricacies of the smoky, clear, and complex spirit that is mezcal.With more mezcals available than ever before (there are currently well over a hundred commercially available), we’ve picked out a couple we think are some of the best mezcals you should try if you’re looking to find out what tequila’s older, smokier cousin is all about. (Also, make sure you check out our conversation with Jay Schroeder of Mezcaleria Las Flores in Chicago.)Del Maguey Vida de San Luis Del Rio Made by Ron Cooper, the man who created the term “Single Village Mezcal.” Vida is a great place to start if you’re unfamiliar with mezcals in general. It’s easy to sip and has a nice, fruity profile that makes it easily approachable. ($34)Sombra Mezcal The only agave spirit to be made by a Master Sommelier—Richard Betts— Sombra is made with made with Espadin agave (distilled 8,000 feet above sea level) and has spicy, fruity notes that blend pretty well with the smokiness that you’d expect in a mezcal. ($44)La Niña del Mezcal Espadin Started only a few years ago by Anaheim native Cecilia Rios Murrieta—the eponymous La Niña del Mezcal and one of the only female mezcal producers out there—La Niña has citrusy, spicy notes that come from the fact that the agave is aged in the fields before being picked and made into mezcal. ($60)El Silencio Joven Mezcal El Silencio is named after the bar from the movie Mulholland Drive, and has only been around since 2013. Joven is unaged and double distilled in copper stills from a blend of three different agaves. The mezcal is floral and spicy while maintaining a great touch of tobacco and smoke on the finish. ($70) Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Liberals merge youth employment programs in revamped jobs strategy

OTTAWA — Myriad federal programs aimed at helping young people get footholds in the job market are being merged as part of a revamped youth employment strategy.The changes unveiled today are meant to make applying for money simpler and to broaden the number of groups receiving government funding. Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says the one-window application system will have department officials link groups with funding, instead of making organizations wade through various programs with multiple funding streams.She says there will also be “additional rigour” required of groups to show they are providing appropriate mentoring and supports to young workers, particularly vulnerable groups like Indigenous youth and recent immigrants.That could mean some groups that have regularly received funding will find themselves on the outs, while those that never received funding before suddenly find themselves with up to $5 million annually for a national project, or up to $3 million for a regional project.Left untouched in the changes is the Canada Summer Jobs program, which an expert panel recommended become a year-round program. The Canadian Press read more

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Oil industry will continue to lose money this year Conference Board of

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2017 7:38 am MDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil industry will continue to lose money this year: Conference Board of Canada CALGARY – The Conference Board of Canada says the oil industry will continue to lose money for much of this year despite stronger financial conditions and the promise of new pipeline capacity.Economist Carlos Murillo says the sector has narrowed losses since hitting rock bottom with an $11-billion overall loss in the first quarter of 2016, but it won’t post positive numbers until the fourth quarter of this year.He says he expects the industry to recover to match its 2010 profit of around $13 billion by 2021.The board says in a report released Monday that capital investment this year is expected to fall to $22 billion from $27 billion last year as big construction projects in the Alberta oilsands and offshore Newfoundland are completed.The peak investment level was $62 billion in 2014.The board says benchmark light crude will average US$55 per barrel this year and rise to US$71 by 2021.Murillo predicts Canadian industry costs will jump by an average of 13 per cent per year between 2017 and 2021, in part because of pipeline transportation constraints that could force more producers to switch to crude-by-rail options.“The way we kind of look at it is, because the losses have been so large over the last couple of years, it takes a bit of time to get up there to the point that you actually are starting to make money again,” said Murillo.“Of course, improving revenues will help, but there are already cost pressures.” read more

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