Twice-Told Tales

The challenge at Tales of the Cocktail is not to fall in a hole, or not to do so too soon. The festival that takes fine drinking seriously started most mornings with drinks before 9 or 10, and while they were rarely big drinks, they added up. In one tasting room, I sampled two cachacas followed in short order by Hine's Rare VSOP and Hine's Antique XO cognacs--both cognacs that make you want a winter night that they could warm--in a 10 minute stretch.