GSN Alert: March 5th – National Absinthe Day

art_nouveau_absinthe_poster_by_mybeautifulmonsters-d4ya3ntWho would have guessed that there would ever be a National Absinthe Day?  Since it was banned in the United States in 1912, and prohibition nailing the coffin shut in 1919, it is really a miracle that absinthe is back on the market.  2015 marks the ninth anniversary of this new holiday devoted to the Green Fairy.

In celebration of this event, here is the traditional way to enjoy a glass.  And no, you don’t light it on fire!

  • Pour a measure of absinthe in an absinthe glass
  • Place a sugar cube on a flat perforated spoon on top of the glass
  • Drip ice-cold water on the sugar cube to slowly dissolve it
  • Add three to six parts water to the glass
  • Take your time, sip. The slower, the better

If you’re looking for a cocktail that calls for absinthe, try this one from the classic Savoy Cocktail Book published in 1930.

Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail
.75 oz Plymouth Gin
.75 oz Cointreau
.75 oz Lillet Blanc
.75 oz Lemon juice
Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with absinthe and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into the prepared glass.  Be revived!


GSN Brews News: March 2nd 2021 Edition

Milton, Delaware-based craft brewer Dogfish Head is launching a line of RTDs from its distilling operation. Dogfish Head Canned Cocktails are debuting with three flavors: Blueberry Shrub Vodka Soda, Strawberry & Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade, and Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour, all at 7% abv. All three are made using Dogfish Head Distilling Co. spirits. The new offerings are rolling out now and will be available in 4-packs of 355-ml slim cans within Dogfish Head’s 37-state distribution area.

Brooklyn Brewery is launching Pulp Art Hazy IPA as the newest addition to its core lineup. At 6.5% abv, it was brewed with Citra, Strata, and Simcoe hops and features a Pop Art-inspired label and logo created by drinks design and branding agency Thirst. Pulp Art is the first hazy IPA in Brooklyn Brewery’s year-round stable. It’s rolling out this month across the company’s 30+ state distribution area in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, as well as in Brooklyn’s new IPA For All variety pack; a 6-pack will retail for $10. Additionally, the variety pack will be the exclusive home of another new release, Parktime IPA (5.7% abv).

San Diego, California-based Ballast Point is launching its first new additions since 2019 with two new labels—Big Gus and Wee Gus—joining the brewery’s year-round portfolio. Big Gus is a clear, dry IPA at 6.5% abv, while Wee Gus is a hoppy lager at 4.2% abv that was originally called Hop Soda due to its clearness and resemblance to tonic water. Both are available now in southern California and Arizona, with Wee Gus priced at $11 a 6-pack and Big Gus at $12.

Nellysford, Virginia’s Bold Rock is entering the lemonade hard seltzer market. Bold Rock Hard Lemonade Seltzer will launch in March in four flavors—Blackberry Lemonade, Blood Orange Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, and Lemonade—all at 5% abv and with 100 calories per 12-ounce can. Bold Rock Hard Lemonade Seltzer will roll out in 12-can variety packs in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Washington DC.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Spirited News: March 2nd 2021 Edition

Grey Goose has unveiled Essences, a new range of vodkas infused with real fruit and cold-distilled botanicals. The lineup will initially include Strawberry & Lemongrass, White Peach & Rosemary, and Watermelon & Basil expressions. The new range is at 30% abv and has no gluten, artificial ingredients, sugar or carbs. It’s aimed at the fast-growing at-home cocktail segment. Grey Goose Essences are rolling out nationwide, retailing at $30 a 750-ml.

Louisville, Kentucky-based Michter’s will release another edition of its Barrel Strength Rye in March, the first barrel proof rye released since April 2019. The 2021 release comes in at an average abv of 55.15% and will retail at around $100 a 750-ml. This limited release will sit alongside Michter’s core US*1 portfolio and the company’s higher-end age-stated releases, all of which are currently allocated to help manage supply.

Crested Butte, Colorado-based Montanya Distillers has partnered with Louisiana-based Three Roll Estate to help meet rising demand. Under the partnership, Montanya will bottle a 50/50 blend of the Three Roll rum with Montanya Oro and Platino for a short period of time until Montanya replenishes its inventory after its distillery expansion. To introduce Colorado whiskey finishing notes, the blends will first age in Laws Whiskey House barrels. The new blends and bottles should start to hit stores in March.

Fort Collins, Colorado’s Old Elk has launched its first limited release of 2021: Sour Mash Reserve. The whiskey is distilled from a mash of 51% corn, 34% malted barley, and 15% rye and was distilled in New York. The first batch consists of 5,040 bottles that will be distributed in select markets by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. It will retail for a suggested price of $90 a 750-ml.

Welsh whisky maker Penderyn Distillery has announced two new single cask whiskies exclusive to the U.S. market, set to hit shelves on March 1, just in time for St. David’s Day, the national day of Wales. First up is Penderyn 15 Year Old Bourbon Matured Single Cask, a 59% abv whisky that matured in an ex-Buffalo Trace barrels. A very limited supply will be available for around $170 a 750-ml. The other new whisky is Penderyn 13 Year Old Rich Oak Single Cask, a 58.1% abv whisky matured in Buffalo Trace barrels before finishing in a European oak cask that was shaved, toasted, and re-charred. This whisky will retail for $150 and is also rolling out in very limited amounts. The whiskies are available in select states across the U.S.

Bumbu Rum Company is introducing Bumbu Créme, a new line extension joining its existing Bumbu Original and Bumbu XO expressions. Retailing at $35 a 750-ml., Bumbu Créme is a 15% abv blend of rum, spices, and real dairy cream and is recommended to be served chilled straight, on the rocks, or in cocktails.

Barrell Craft Spirits has launched Batch 028, the company’s latest Bourbon whiskey. The new release is a blend of 10- and 11-year-old whiskies distilled and matured in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana before blending and bottling at cask strength by Barrell. Batch 028 comes in at 54.43% abv and will retail for a suggested price of $90 a 750-ml. Barrell’s whiskies are currently available in 46 states across the U.S.

Mezcal El Silencio is entering the Tequila category with the introduction of a Cristalino expression called Dahlia. Retailing at $40, Dahlia is a 100%-blue agave Reposado Tequila, which is filtered through activated charcoal. Constellation acquired a minority interest in El Silencio for an undisclosed sum in 2019. The brand is known for its core Ensamble and Espadin mezcals.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Alert: March 3rd – National Moscow Mule Day

To commemorate the Moscow Mule’s significance in cocktail history and its impact on cocktail culture, Smirnoff vodka declared March 3rd as National Moscow Mule Day.  Smirnoff vodka announced the date last night as the country’s best-selling vodka brand welcomed guests to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Moscow Mule with a one-of-a-kind, immersive cocktail party that took guests back in time to 1941 to explain how the cocktail became a pop-culture sensation.  The event took place just miles away from where the cocktail was first invented on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.

The date of National Moscow Mule Day – March 3 or “3-3” – is significant. The Original Moscow Mule was crafted with three ingredients: Smirnoff No. 21 vodka, premium ginger beer and lime. As the story goes, there were also three key people involved in the cocktail’s creation: the first, John G. Martin, had trouble selling his Smirnoff vodka at a time when brown spirits were king. The second, Jack Morgan, owner of a popular pub on the Sunset Strip, could not convince his patrons to try his ginger beer.  The third, a woman named Ozeline Schmidt, provided the copper mugs, the perfect vessels for enjoying the zesty creation they called the Moscow Mule. The trio came together to creatively combine their crafts and simultaneously revolutionized cocktail culture with the Moscow Mule.

GSN Review: San Felice 2015 Vigorello Toscana Wine

San Felice is located in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, a few kilometres from Siena, in the heart of Chianti Classico. Surrounding the tiny medieval hamlet and the winery complex are 140 hectares of vineyards, 80% planted with Sangiovese, a testimony to the commitment of San Felice to the production of Chianti Classico with a manifest bond to its local terroir, as shown by its ‘Il Grigio’ and ‘Poggio Rosso’ wines.

At the same time, San Felice has won recognition as a very innovative producer and committed researcher. Eloquent examples are its historic wine Vigorello, the precursor to the Supertuscan wines, and Pugnitello, made from the ancient Tuscan grape of the same name, which San Felice re-discovered and experimented with over many years, in collaboration with the University of Florence.

Their Vigorello is a blend of four different grapes: Pugnitello 35%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, and Petit Verdot 5%.

GSN’s Remarks: A dark burgundy color in the glass, with a slight oakiness overlaying a medium grape nose. The initial tasting brings fresh fruity grape character, quickly followed by a rich, near meaty presentation. This fades into a pleasant and balanced finish with some light tannins. The blend is a success, with a liveliness that is immediate. If you let it breathe awhile, more notes of dried fruit awaken. All in all, this makes for an elegant wine perfect for enjoying with some light charcuterie or with a chocolate dessert. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Vision Wine and Spirits

GSN Alert: February 27th – National Kahlua Day

kahlua_label__22824Let’s revisit a brief history of “the other” Mexican spirit, Kahlua.

1930: The Alvarez brothers harvest Arabica coffee beans from the fields of Coatepe, Veracruz, Mexico. They work with Señor Blanco, a local entrepreneur, to use their beans in a spirits recipe he was financially backing.

1936: Chemist Montalvo Lara uses the Alvarez brother’s coffee beans in a spirits base made from sugar cane to produce both syrup and rum. The final product is named Kahlúa, meaning “House of the Acolhua people” in the Veracruz Nahuatl language.

2014: Kahlúa is made in Mexico City at a Pernod Ricard owned factory. The beans are medium roasted and then cold brewed.  When bottled, natural vanilla flavoring and only a touch of caramel coloring is added to insure the same rich dark brown liquid goes into every bottle.

The two most iconic cocktails using Kahlua are the Black Russian and the White Russian.  I’d suggest making one of each and comparing while celebrating National Kahlua Day.



GSN Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A121 & Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A121

Each winter, spring and autumn, a limited edition bottling of Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon & Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon is released. The latest batch of Larceny Barrel Proof A121 has a mash bill of 68% corn, 20% wheat, and 12% malted barley. After aging between six to eight years, the bourbon is non-chill filtered and bottled at barrel proof.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A121’s mash bill is 78 percent corn, 12 percent barley and 10 percent rye, and aged for a fairly long twelve years.

The first letter of the batch number indicates which of that year’s releases the bottle was a part of, starting with “A,” while the second digit is a number that determines the month of the year the bottle was released. The third and fourth digits indicate the year. This latest expression is the first release this year, bottled in January of 2021.

Larceny Barrel Proof A121 (114.8 proof) – The nose presents stone fruit essences, wildflowers along with maple cream and baking spice. The initial tasting reveals a sweet and toffee-like entry followed by more of that maple and cinnamon toast. At the finish, all winds down with some baked apple and nutmeg.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A121 (123.6 proof) – Greeted with a breakfast cereal nose, tinged with some orange marmalade. The flavor is excellent with a slight sweet and sour quality balanced by a slight bitter cocoa patina. Very round and even mouthfeel and balance of flavors. Things come to a close with a nutty pecan-like, sweet roll finish.

GSN’s Remarks: GSN has been impressed with all of the seasonal Heaven Hill releases over the past several years, and it appears that they’ve achieved a new benchmark in bourbons with these latest two releases. Especially when considering the price point of these limited editions, you can’t go wrong. They are everything a bourbon should hope to be, and more, as you can water it to the proof you enjoy. We’ve found that adding a few rocks to a small glass works very well. If the A121 bottlings are any indication, the B121 & C121 releases will be powerhouses. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Heaven Hill

GSN Review: Philips GoZero Hydration Bottle

Philips recently launched an innovative new self-cleaning water bottle that uses the power of UV-C LED light to both clean water and sanitize the bottle itself. The Philips GoZero Smart Bottle is the second entry under the new Philips GoZero label launched just this past October in North America.

The GoZero Smart bottle features UV-C LED technology integrated into the cap of the bottle and activated at the touch of a button. Within minutes, the LED light eliminates up to 99.999% bacteria and 99.9% viruses from water, allowing users to enjoy fresh, clean water from virtually any source.

Additionally, the bottle’s UV-C LED light can also disinfect the bottle itself after use – whether you’re drinking water, coffee, tea, juice, soda, or other beverages – cleaning the hardest-to-reach corners of the interior to eliminate foul odors, prevent bacterial build-up, and refresh the bottle for a refill.

The GoZero Smart Bottle is designed to be intuitively easy to use. The bottle’s high-tech cap features an LED light ring that indicates when the bottle is clean and ready to use. This indicator ring also displays the bottle’s battery life. When it’s time to charge, simply attach the included magnetic USB cable to the cap and use it for up to 30-days before having to plug it back in. Constructed of a double-walled, insulated food-grade stainless steel, the bottle is dishwasher safe and can keep liquids hot for 12 hours and cold for up to 24 hours.

The self-cleaning GoZero Smart Bottle is  available on Amazon in two different sizes – 12 oz. and 20 oz. – and four designer colors – black, grey, yellow, and blue.

GSN’s Remarks: One thing I’ve learned over the years is to keep hydrated. This is especially important if you are a working bartender. Sometimes, it’s all you can do to find a chance to take a sip of water when you are in the weeds.

What we like about this new water bottle is that it is metal, has a rubber carrying handle, holds hot or cold liquids, has a smooth drinking rim, and best of all, it self sanitizes and purifies itself on a regular basis. We can actually taste the difference in the water afterwards. It seems purer, fresher and near to spring water. Really, this is everything we could ask for in a water bottle whether we’re behind the stick, at home, or in the great outdoors. We recommend the 20 oz. bottle as a better value.

GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Philips

GSN Brews News: February 23rd 2021 Edition

Mark Anthony Brands’ Mike’s Hard has announced a new lemonade-flavored seltzer, entering the growing subcategory within the wider world of hard seltzers. The 5% abv RTD is launching in four flavors—lemon, strawberry, mango, and pineapple—available together in a variety 12-pack of 12-ounce cans. Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer is now available across the U.S. 

Memphis, Tennessee-based Wiseacre Brewing is launching a new year-round brew, Bow Echo Hazy IPA. Bow Echo joins Ananda India Pale Ale, Gotta Get Up to Get Down Coffee Milk Stout, and Tiny Bomb Pilsner in the core range. With a new 40,000 square foot brewery in downtown Memphis, Wiseacre has annual capacity of 100,000 barrels.

Colorado-based Breckenridge Brewery, part of the Anheuser-Busch portfolio, is launching a new hard seltzer label called Good Company. The brand’s 15-can variety packs include three cans each of Good Company’s Apple and Pear, Black Cherry, Peach, Mountain Berry, and Honeydew flavors. Rolling out across Colorado, each can of Good Company seltzer contains zero sugar, is at 5% abv and has two grams of carbs and 100 calories.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Spirited News: February 23rd 2021 Edition

Diageo has launched a new, lower-calorie brand extension for Baileys Irish Cream. The release, Baileys Deliciously Light, comes in at 16.1% abv and has 40% fewer calories and 40% less sugar than the original Baileys. To kick off the launch, Diageo has partnered with Cocktail Courier, a home mixology-focused e-commerce platform, to create four cocktail kits showing off the new liqueur. Baileys Deliciously Light is now available nationwide for around $25 a 750-ml.

Chopin Vodka is partnering with fashion designer Vera Wang on a limited edition release. The vodka collaboration is called Vera Wang x Chopin and was distilled using a special variety of young potato that Wang personally selected, which is grown near Chopin’s distillery in Krzesk, Poland. Wang was also involved in designing the bottle, which maintains Chopin’s standard shape but features a matte black and white color scheme and a poem on the back written by Wang. The new edition will have select availability throughout the U.S., retailing at $100 a 750-ml.

Agave spirits brand Puntagave is introducing a new line of Tequila-based hard seltzers, including Grapefruit Peach, Meyer Lemon Ginger, and Blood Orange flavors. Made in Mexico, the range is at 5% abv and retails at $14 a 4-pack of cans. Concurrently, Puntagave is debuting an Artisanal Double Barrel Tequila retailing at $90. Artisanal Double Barrel is aged in used American oak for one year, then split between new American oak and new French oak for further maturation.

Edrington’s the Macallan has announced a new series of ultra-limited whiskies, celebrating British artist Peter Blake. The rarest whiskies, called Anecdotes of Ages, were all distilled in 1967 and are packaged in 13 handblown bottles with collages created by Blake. One bottle will be auctioned by Sotheby’s to support the Guggenheim museum’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. The distiller will also release 322 bottles of the same 1967 vintage whisky—called Anecdotes of Ages: Down to Work edition—that will be available globally for around $83,000. The collaboration also resulted in An Estate, A Community, and A Distillery, a more widely available (yet still limited) whisky that will retail for around $1,200.

MGP Ingredients has announced plans to roll out Green Hat gin throughout its distribution network over the next few months. Green Hat, created by Washington, D.C.’s New Columbia Distillers, was acquired by MGP in March 2020 and is the first commercially available gin from the Indiana-based contract distilling giant. The company will make four varieties—Green Hat’s original gin, a navy strength variant, Citrus Floral gin, and Summer Cup Cordial—available across the U.S. with suggested retail prices of $30 for the original and two flavored releases, and $33 for the navy strength release.

Saison Rum is introducing a new Sherry Cask expression, imported by the Craft Spirits Cooperative. Retailing at $45 a 750-ml., the new entry is a blend of 60% Trinidad and 40% Barbados rums, aged for five years in ex-Bourbon barrels. It is then transferred to ex-Cognac casks for a year before a final three-month finishing period in Pedro Ximenez barrels. Saison Sherry Cask (42% abv) is handled directly by Craft Spirits Cooperative in California and by Vintus NY in New York.

Tia Maria, part of the Disaronno International portfolio, has unveiled a new ready-to-drink cocktail, the Iced Coffee Frappé. The 4% abv offering is available nationwide in 200-ml. 4-packs retailing at $10, with single 200-ml. cans positioned at $2.30. Meanwhile, the core Tia Maria coffee liqueur ($28 a 750-ml.) has received a new bottle design that emphasizes its cold brew method and ingredients of 100% Arabica coffee beans and Madagascar vanilla.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Alert: February 24th – World Bartender Day

Bartenders play an important social role and must adjust to many scenarios. They deal with many types of patrons: people hanging out with friends, people on dates, people relaxing after work, and people who sometimes get a little too unruly in bars. Bartenders have to build strong relationships with their patrons, and sometimes become a therapist of sorts for them. They rely on tips for much of their wages, making it even more important that they have good relationships with their clientele. On top of this social role, bartenders must remember the names of many drinks, what goes in them and how much, and the type of glass the drink is served in. They must also prepare them very quickly.

Bartending goes back to ancient times. Roman, Greek, and Asian societies had public drinking houses that were social gathering places. Prior to the fifteenth century, bartenders were usually alehouse owners or female innkeepers that made their own liquor. Later, taverns became important places for professionals and writers, and bartenders had a high social status. Bartending then made its way across the ocean to the New World.

Today, bartenders not only make drinks and lend their ears to patrons, but many try to entertain patrons by “flair” bartending as well. Some bartenders have elaborate pouring or bottle tossing tricks that they enthrall audiences with. Flair bartending contests are held around the world.

Celebrate the day by paying a visit to the bar that has your favorite bartender. Make sure to thank them for serving you, and wish them a happy World Bartender Day. Since tips make up a large portion of a bartender’s wages, make sure to tip your bartender a little extra today. There are many other ways the day could be celebrated:


GSN Review: Copalli Rum

Brand co-founders Anya Fernald and Todd Robinson developed Copalli Rum, an organic single estate rum made in the heart of the Southern Belize jungle, in late 2018. Copalli is made from just three ingredients including heirloom sugar cane, yeast, and filtered rainforest canopy water sourced from the distillery’s farm.

“Copalli is an incredibly unique spirit,” says Copal Tree Distillery co-founder Anya Fernald. She adds, “It’s a 100% authentic rum with all aspects of the product hand-crafted and grown in the most ecological way possible.”

The distillery is zero-impact and powered by sustainable, regenerative biomass and the process supports full-circle conversion of waste from production into agricultural inputs. The sugarcane used to produce the rum is grown on Copal Tree Farms, so all levels of products can be overseen from start to finish. Rainwater is used to proof the rum down to drinking strength.

The founders have spearheaded the philanthropic support of the local community in Southern Belize for over 20 years, through a legacy of rainforest preservation, marine conservation, and support of local education. Copal Tree Distillery supports the local community as the largest employer in Southern Belize, providing over 100 jobs to local residents in a clean and safe working environment. Additionally, the group provides education grants for local girls and boys to continue their education into high school.

White Rum (84 Proof/42% ABV) A double distillation of fresh sugarcane juice–crushed within two hours of being cut–the white rum is made with a blend of pot and column distillation with a long resting of the finished product on stainless steel. GSN Remarks: Opens with a fresh and funky agricole nose. The entry is quite dry and has a soft smokiness. Body is heavier than expected with a round and silky mouthfeel. After half a minute, some of the sweeter notes peek out with a slight fruity/nutty character. Quite interesting a flavorful. GSN Rating: A

Barrel Rested Rum (88 Proof/44% ABV) The Barrel Rested Rum is made using double distillation of sugarcane juice, use of exclusively full-bodied copper pot still distillation with French technique. It is aged in American Oak bourbon barrels. GSN Remarks: Most of the cane nose is overshadowed by a heavy dose of oak cask. The entry is almost akin to a young whiskey. But, shortly, the rum character makes itself known, albeit in a subtle fashion. The overall effect is of a very dry, barrel forward spirit. If you’re looking for an aged rum to use in tiki-styled drinks, this is a good one to go for as it has similar characteristics to some of the overproof rums in a less fiery presentation. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Copalli Rum

GSN Review: Black Velvet Apple

Black Velvet Whisky recently launched Black Velvet Apple. Apple joins Black Velvet Toasted Caramel to further expand the current flavor offerings in the franchise.

“Black Velvet Apple is an approachable flavor that marries the quality of Black Velvet Whisky with the hottest flavor in brown spirits today for an extraordinary taste,” said Hannah Venhoff, Group Product Director, Heaven Hill Brands. “With renewed attention and investment in Black Velvet, we are invigorating the brand with thoughtful innovation that honors the Black Velvet legacy and brings new consumers to this iconic brand.”

Heaven Hill Brands acquired the Black Velvet Distilling Company in November 2019, quickly moving forward on infrastructure developments to build upon the success and experience of the Black Velvet team in Lethbridge, Canada.

GSN’s Remarks: If you like apple, and you like whiskey, you will love Black Velvet Apple. This is like a boozy candy apple, or boozy apple candy, take your pick. We really have been enjoying this at the GSN offices at the end of the day. It’s really in the vein of an RTD cocktail. Pour it over ice, or do a shot followed by a pint of Imperial Stout or a strong porter. This is a real winner in the ever expanding Black Velvet flavored whiskey portfolio. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Heaven Hill

GSN Review: PaQui Silvera Tequila

A top finding in PaQuí’s consumer research uncovered that while a lot of people love the idea of Tequila, they don’t actually love the actual liquid. So founder John Chappell found a master distiller in Jalisco, Mexico – the highly respected Gilberto Jasso — who knew a different way to make Tequila.

“I created PaQuí because I felt there had to be a better tasting Tequila – one that fully expresses the beautiful aromas and flavors of the blue agave fruit, without the harsh bite that is so common in Tequila,” said PaQuí founder John Chappell. “I wanted to create a Tequila that is a pure pleasure to sip and enjoy in cocktails.”

The word PaQuí means “to be happy” in the Aztec language, and the branding and liquid inside the bottle bring that emotion to life. The bottle design was inspired by an Aztec pyramid and the dancing Mexican warrior on the label in his headdress – but no weapon – inspires fun.

PaQuí Tequila stands out from other luxury Tequilas thanks to three key differentiators in the production process:

  • Only agave piñas that reach exactly 26 brix ripeness (sugar level) make the cut. These agave plants take seven or more years to mature; most mass production Tequilas are made with younger, less-ripe agave (as young as four years).
  • Fresh wine yeast – not airborne yeast – is used in the fermentation process, for control and consistency over the finished product. PaQuí also uses stainless steel fermentation tanks and pot stills to avoid “off” flavors.
  • A selective distillation process goes further than most major brands by separating the “heart” of the distillate to remove impurities that are harsh, bitter substances, allowing the pleasant aromas, fruit, minerals and soft texture to fully emerge.

PaQuí Silvera is unaged, PaQuí Reposado is aged for four months in ex-whisky barrels of American oak, and PaQuí Añejo is aged for 14 months in ex-whisky American oak barrels. Unlike its competitors, there is a great deal of restraint used in the oak aging, retaining the sweet agave fruit of the Silvera.

GSN’s Remarks: Fresh agave nose with a hint of oak. A wisp of smoke on the entry, with a burst of concentrated agave flavor. There is a lot of character to this spirit. Slightly sweet, but also dry; mildly spicy, but also vegetal. The flavor goes on for quite awhile, ending with a minimally tannic and bitter note. You’d swear that this had been aged in oak for at least a few months. This makes for a perfect sipper, but also a rare young tequila that will add a depth of flavor to your cocktails. One note of warning. The cap on the bottle has a sharp metal rim and is also somewhat difficult to remove. Take care when opening the bottle to avoid cutting your hand.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: PaQui Tequila