If you are a fan of craft cocktails and drinking sapid spirits, it’s likely you’ve encountered the smoky, earthy, warm flavours of the agave-based distillate mescal. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.

Johnnie Walker is ubiquitous, stocked in the finest bars in the world and also found down dirt roads in Cambodia. People have been sipping it neat for close to 200 years.

Chances are your mother kept a bottle in the pantry for cooking. Guaranteed your favourite bar stocks a bottle, whether you imbibe in a haute lounge or a dusty dive. Your familiarity with it lies in its recognizable label and its constant presence on the back bar. If any brand of spirit has a story to tell and a flavour to celebrate, it’s Bénédictine.

Every morning, Appleton Estate’s master blender Joy Spence walks past a row of barrels en route to her office. Those barrels demanded her attention for 25 years, just as they demanded the astute observation of her predecessor for 25 years prior to that.

Rudyard Kipling once waxed poetic about the national Peruvian spirit, pisco, deeming it “the shavings of cherubs’ wings, the glory of a tropical dawn, the red clouds of sunset, and the fragments of lost epics by dead masters.”

The path to Podensac is a leisurely 45-minute drive from the city of Bordeaux and is rife with scenes of French farm culture and picturesque countryside. Like so many other towns that make up this region, Podensac has a long love affair with wine. However, it is perhaps best known for giving the world its wine-based aperitif, Lillet.