Libation Destination

This month’s featured hot spot Café Cabernet

By Rosanne Dunkelberger 

While the mind might trend toward the fruit of the vine when one considers the extensive wine list and name of Café Cabernet, this local watering hole/restaurant also is home to one of the largest selections of single-malt scotches in North Florida.

{mosimage}With its unadulterated presentation and cask aging scotch ain’t your girlfriend’s Cosmo. Even before you taste it, you’ll be assaulted by its pungent aroma, reminiscent of peat and leather. Just a sip creates a hot explosion on the palate.

Sound intimidating? Bartender Carlos will help you narrow down the array of more than 50 possibilities – starting with “Island or Highland” – and offer tips for drinking and pairing your choice with cheeses or a cigar that can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio. Consider trying the Bowmore Legend – a 12-year-old scotch whose smokiness is tinged with the slight saltiness of the islands – “neat, with water back.” $10.25

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