Gin starts life as a wallflower. In the beginning, it is nothing more than colorless, odorless, flavorless liquor, sort of like vodka. Then it is distilled again with a mix of juniper berries and other herbs that transform it into an aromatic, sophisticated spirit.
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A bill was introduced Tuesday that would lower taxes on distilled spirits -- things like gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey -- which are taxed at a higher rate than wine and beer. The bipartisan bill (the "Distillery Innovation and Excise Tax Reform Act") was introduced by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and co-sponsored by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.).
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission recently filed a motion to dismiss a suit brought by Wal-Mart – a suit claiming that an “irrational” law is keeping the mega-retailer from selling distilled spirits in the Lone Star state.