Labor Day has come and gone. The white linen pants have been put away until Memorial Day. The football season is kicking off in earnest. For kids, it's back-to-school time. And for a lot of us over-21s, it's back to the liquor store, to stock up on some liquid courage as the nights get longer, the temperatures get colder, and a long winter approaches.
But wait a minute, I hear you say as you trawl the aisles of your local emporium of booze. What's that clear stuff in the Remy Martin bottle? That violet liqueur looks pretty and purple, but what does it taste like? And why on earth is there a rum named after a porn star? To answer these questions and many others, I took on the task of sampling a great many of the new spirits that have been released over the last few months (and a couple that are about to hit the shelves), and writing about the more interesting and noteworthy brands. Hey, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. So now, without further ado, I bring you the "boozy newbies" for Fall 2011: