GSN Review: Rum Rubirosa

For generations, the Dominican Republic has produced rums in small batches using artisanal distillation techniques with initial aging in American white oak barrels and finishing in French white oak cognac barrels. At the dawn of the 21st century, Rubirosa’s master blender takes rum in a new, cutting-edge direction through blending.

Rum Rubirosa, was created as a tribute to the famous Dominican diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa, style icon and last great playboy of the 20th century. Among the jet set of the fifties, he was considered the “Most Interesting Man in the World”. Rubirosa was always ready for a cocktail. He played polo, loved women, flew planes, drove race cars, and searched for sunken treasure in the Caribbean. This man about town inspired Ian Fleming to create James Bond.

Rum Rubirosa comes in two expressions; a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old.

Rubirosa 4 – GSN’s Remarks: Light body with a somewhat sweet entry, quickly followed by mild spice and medium wood notes. Caramel, vanilla and some tobacco essences work in unison to make for a easy going, and terrific blending rum for cocktails and highballs. GSN Rating: B+

Rubirosa 8 – GSN’s Remarks: The 8-year-old ramps up the sweetness with a somewhat heavy breakfast syrup flavor. Quite sweet and more of a sipping rum overall. The more subtle flavors peek out after a few minutes with cinnamon toast, coffee cake, and candied pecans. We like the chewiness and long, long finish. GSN Rating: A-

We enjoyed each of these expressions in different ways, yet you can easily tell that they are siblings. A welcome addition to the rum world!

For more information go to: Rubirosa Rum

#RubirosaRum

 

 

GSN Review: Drinkmate OmniFizz

Drinkmate prides itself on being the only brand that can carbonate any beverage. Thanks to its patented Fizz Infuser, Drinkmate can add bubbles of any beverage, even reviving flat ones back to fizzy life. You can directly add tasty fizz to water, juices, iced tea, and much more. 

The OmniFizz comes with a 60 Liter CO2 carbonator so you can start carbonating right away. It also includes the OmniFizz machine, 1 BPA-free 1 Liter reusable carbonating bottle, and Fizz Infuser. The unit is elegantly styled in a small footprint that saves counter space. Best of all it requires no electricity or batteries. The OmniFizz is available in several decorative finishes to match your kitchen or bar décor.

GSN’s Remarks: We tried a multiplicity of liquids to see just how well they would carbonate. The best tended to be clear juices, wines and teas. For thicker juices like orange, pineapple or tomato, the results were not as appealing, but considering the low price point, we can’t argue. Of course adding a bit of fizz to cocktails is really the draw here for readers of GSN. We tried carbonating a few classics: Negroni, Margarita and Lemon Drop. All worked well and added an interesting texture to the libations. Cleaning was easy and operation is quick and simple. It’s well worth getting a unit and experimenting. Who knows? You may come up with a new favorite for your home bar! GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Idrink Products

#Drinkmate #OmniFizzc

GSN Alert: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana Raffling a Coveted Flight of 5 Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons

Back by popular demand, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) is raffling five Pappy bottles packaged as a flight. The raffle, which typically sells out quickly, kicks-off Aug. 1.

Each ticket will be sold for $100 each and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit families who stay at the House when they travel to Louisville for medical care for their children. All programs and services are free of charge to families.

“These five coveted bottles offered as a group directly support sick children and their families,” said Marc Abrams, a well-known bourbon expert based in Louisville. Abrams personally authenticated each bottle and recently appraised this raffle at $17,000. “This raffle has gained a cult following around the nation and I’m thrilled to help,” he said.

The rmhck.org flight includes one bottle each of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year (2020); Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year (2021); Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year (2021); Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, lot b (2019); Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year (2020).

“We’ve chosen to sell 1,984 tickets to commemorate the year 1984, when Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana first opened its doors to families,” said Hal Hedley, the organization’s CEO.

Through the years, this raffle has made an enormous impact on the organization. RMHCK’s Pappy raffle efforts have directly raised $825,000 for the organization since 2019, providing 7,638 nights of comfort for families who travel to Louisville for medical treatment for their children.

“When we sell 1,750 tickets, we will hit $1 million raised through our Pappy Raffle,” said Hedley.

The flight will be raffled at 11am, EDT, Sept. 29. Winner does not have to be present. To purchase tickets: https://bit.ly/3AYMdCU

More details can be found at PappyRaffle.org.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana

Founded in 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) is a Louisville, KY nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that provides the home and support that allows families to stay together while they focus on the healing of their sick children at a critical time. In partnership with area medical facilities, RMHCK also operates Ronald McDonald Family Room Programs at Norton Children’s Hospital, Frazier Rehab Institute and Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital where local families can seek respite. All programs and services are free of charge to families.

In 2021, RMHCK served 992 families for a total of 11,860 nights lodging. For more information, visit rmhck.org or connect with us at @RMHCKentuckiana on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

GSN Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection: Batch Proof 118.4

Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky recently released its 2022 annual limited-edition, high-proof expression – Woodford Reserve Batch Proof. This latest expression is built upon Woodford Reserve’s traditional bourbon mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt. 

Batch Proof takes Woodford Reserve’s standard 90.4 proof and instead offers consumers the privilege of tasting Woodford Reserve in its purest form. The 2022 Batch Proof release is barreled at 118.4 proof. 

“Barrels drawn from the first floors of our heat-cycled warehouses routinely possess lower proof presentations due the more relaxed angel share process found there,” said Master Distiller Chris Morris. “This batch had more of these barrels in its composition, and therefore a lower batch proof presentation than past releases.”

GSN’s Remarks: As with all Woodford Reserve Batch Proofs, this one is solid. Great wood influence along with stellar distillation. Rich, evocative notes of oak, tobacco leaf, young leather, dark toasted bread, baking spices and a hint of apple cider all come together in a cohesive whole. The flavors tone down with a splash of water, but they each retain their prescence. A really nice bourbon that is a welcome addition to the annual WR portfolio. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Woodford Reserve

#WoodfordReserveBatchProof2022Edition

GSN Alert: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announces 2022 Spirited Awards® Winners

Lauren Mote

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is honored to announce the winners of the 2022 Spirited Awards®Since its inception in 2007, the Spirited Awards have become one of the most globally recognized accolades, recognizing beverage professionals, brands, media, journalists, and establishments across all areas of the cocktail industry. In partnership with Forbes, the Spirited Awards® official media partner, TOTCF honored the Spirited Awards recipients during an in-person celebration at the conference’s 2022 host venue, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

Recognized through the lens of this year’s conference theme, “Progress” — chosen for its appreciation of the nimble and adaptive development of the drinks community, the winners of the 2022 Spirited Awards have made strides in progressing the beverage industry forward. Honoring writers and brand ambassadors alongside bartenders and bars, the Spirited Awards showcase talent on a global stage. The evening’s award recipients were carefully considered by a panel of over 200 industry experts, led by Charlotte Voisey, the Spirited Awards Overall Chair. 

“The Spirited Awards celebrates excellence in our industry and this year’s winners embody that standard so well,” says Charlotte Voisey, Spirited Awards Overall Chair. “After a difficult few years, it is truly inspiring to gather together once more and see what these recognitions really mean to everyone nominated.”

In celebrating the growth and achievements of the drinks industry, the Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s winners, broken into International, U.S., Media & Writing, and Global categories, along with announcing the winner of the Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award and World’s Best Bar. 

2022 Spirited Awards® Winners:

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

International Bartender of the Year presented by Patrón Tequila

  • Remy Savage — 🔶🟥🔵 A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London, UK

Best International Bar Mentor presented by Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic 

  • Lauren Mote

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic

  • Martin Hudak — Mr Black Spirits

Best International Bar Team presented by House of Angostura

  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza

  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Perrier

  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Amaro Montenegro and Select Aperitivo

  • Sexy Fish — London, UK

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Stranger & Sons

  • 🔶🟥🔵 A Bar with Shapes for a Name — London, UK

U.S. CATEGORIES

U.S. Bartender of the Year presented by Del Maguey

  • Chris Hannah — Jewel of the South, New Orleans, LA

Best U.S. Bar Mentor presented by BarSmarts

  • Sean Kenyon

Best U.S. Brand Ambassador presented by Libbey

  • Lynn House — Heaven Hill

Best U.S. Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar presented by Absolut Vodka

  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY

Best U.S. Hotel Bar presented by Grey Goose

  • Silver Lyan at the Riggs — Washington, DC

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar presented by Maison Ferrand

  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar presented by Aviation Gin

  • Happy Accidents — Albuquerque, NM

WRITING & MEDIA CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • VinePair 

Best Broadcast, Podcast, or Online Video Series presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • The Cocktail Lovers 

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • “Get Real: The bar world looks beyond feel-good measures on sustainability and climate change” by Max Falkowitz for Imbibe Magazine

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic 

  • The Japanese Art of the Cocktail by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History, or Spirits presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails edited by David Wondrich with Noah Rothbaum

GLOBAL CATEGORIES

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic – Italian Orange 

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • Little Red Door — Paris, France

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Beam Suntory

  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon — Washington, DC

Pioneer Award Presented by The Blend

  • Amanda Gunderson – CEO & Co-Founder, Another Round Another Rally

Timeless International Award presented by Jägermeister

  • Harry’s New York Bar — Paris, France

Timeless U.S. Award presented by Johnnie Walker

  • Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel — New York, NY

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award presented by William Grant & Sons

  • Julie Reiner — Co-Founder Clover Club, Leyenda, Social Hour Cocktails, & Mixtress Consulting

World’s Best Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK

Spirited Awards Directory

Tales of the Cocktail is excited to share the Spirited Awards® Directory in partnership with marquee sponsor Diageo Bar Academy with support from Angostura, Bacardi Limited, CAMPARI, Elijah Craig, Hendricks Gin, Tequila Fortaleza, and The Blend. Giving discerning imbibers a comprehensive compendium of all 900+ Spirited Awards winners and nominees from the past 16 years, the Directory is an interactive, global map created to easily guide guests to officially recognized Spirited Awards establishments.

This resource will be updated year over year, making it an easy-to-use tool to plan which bars to visit at home or when traveling. Use the Spirited Awards® Directory today to explore award-winning bars, including 183 bars added this year.

The Spirited Awards Chairs and Co-Chairs

Below is a list of Spirited Awards® Chairs, responsible for overseeing the judging process this year:

  • Spirited Awards Overall Chair
    • Charlotte Voisey
  • Spirited Awards International Chair
    • Jacob Briars
  • Asia Pacific Co-Chairs
    • Lorenzo Antinori
    • Pankaj Balachandran
    • Hayley Morison
    • Charmaine Thio
  • Canada Co-Chairs
    • Evelyn Chick
    • Sabrine Dhaliwal
  • Europe Co-Chairs
    • Guiseppe Gallo
    • Nicola Riske
  • Latin America & Caribbean Co-Chairs
    • Camille Austin
    • Jean Trinh
    • Tato Giovannini
  • Middle East & Africa Co-Chairs
    • Cassandra Eichhoff
    • Richard Irwin
  • U.S. Central Co-Chairs
    • Bridget Albert
    • Steva Casey
  • U.S. East Co-Chairs
    • Laura Cullen
    • Andy Seymour
  • U.S. West Co-Chairs
    • Kiowa Bryan
    • Mary Palac
  • Writing & Media Co-Chairs
    • François Monti
    • Paul Clarke
    • Matthew Rowley
    • Sandrae Lawrence
  • Timeless Co-Chair
    • Christine Sismondo
    • Colin Asare-Appiah

GSN Review: Ole Smokey Sour Watermelon and Sour Razzin’ Berry

Ole Smoky Distillery is reintroducing its popular sour moonshine flavors, Sour Watermelon and Sour Razzin’ Berry in a new Mini Moonshine Jar. Just in time for the hottest days of summer, the flavors are now available nationwide in 50ML mini size as well as the original, 750ML size.

Sour Watermelon Moonshine – GSN’s Remarks: A boozy “Jolly Rancher” watermelon flavor. Pretty tasty in a candy kind of way. Try this with some fresh squeezed lemonade or as a simple cocktail on its own by keeping a bottle in the freezer and then pouring 5 ounces into a chilled “Martini glass”. GSN Rating: B+

Sour Razzin’ Berry – GSN’s Remarks: This one doesn’t work as well. More like an alcoholic blue sno-cone that misses the mark. An oddly bitter aftertaste lingers much too long, leaving me looking for something to clear my palate. Stick with the Sour Watermelon Moonshine and keep this one on the shelf. GSN Rating: D+

For more information go to: Ole Smokey

#olesmokey

GSN Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch #33

Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 is a marriage of high-rye barrels and high-corn barrels ranging in age from 5 to 9 years old. The high-rye barrels were chosen for their distinct stone fruit, black pepper, and nutmeg notes. The high-corn barrels were chosen for their rich butterscotch, coffee, and citrus notes. Two sets of barrels mingled together for two months, then the balance was adjusted for the most optimal combination.

Whiskeys used in this release were distilled and aged in KY, IN and TN. As is custom for the brand, Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 comes bottled at cask strength, 116.6 proof. This follows the recent releases of Barrell Bourbon Batch 32, and Barrell Craft Spirits BCS Gold Label Seagrass.

GSN’s Remarks: It’s an interesting blend for sure. The rye kicks in the top notes from the get go, with the sweetness of the corn spirit filling in the lower mid-range. Peppery with a bittersweet cocoa effect, yet with a mellow edge that offsets the heavy rye character. The aftertaste is very much like a cold-brewed black coffee, which leaves the palate with some bitterness. This release to our reckoning is sharply different than the most recent expressons from Barrell. Somewhat austere, yet with a familiarity that sneaks up on you. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Barrell Bourbon

#BarrellBourbon #BarrellBourbonBatch#33

GSN Review: Stellum Black Rye Fibonacci Blend #1

This release of Stellum Black Specialty Rye celebrates the Fibonacci sequence: a series of numbers, each the sum of the two previous numbers. Six separate rye blends were combined in accordance with this sequence. 

GSN’s Remarks: Sweet and spicy rye greets the palate with a warm wash of caramel tinged goodness. The mouthfeel is very round and semi-heavy mainly due to the eye popping 115.12% proof. Adding some water to bring down the fire, reveals a more tempered spirit with softer notes of nut bread, coffee cake and pecan pie. This is a whiskey that keeps on giving. One sip will not do. To celebrate your bottle, try a few ounces in your next, very special Sazerac. Truly exceptional. GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: Stellum

#StellumRye #FibonacciBlend

GSN Review: Stellum Black Bourbon Equinox Blend #1

This inaugural release of the Stellum Black Specialty Equinox was created using Stellum Bourbon. The spirit was slowly layered in rare sets of bourbon barrels, step by step, until the evening of the Vernal Equinox, when the blend was completed in honor of the changing season.

GSN’s Remarks: Coming out of the bottle at a staggering 117.26% proof, this is nonetheless an extremely quaffable spirit. Rich, enveloping sweetness is liberally doused with a heady charred oak profile. There’s a lot going on here with the flavor mix. Baking spices, sweet corn, chewy brown bread, young tobacco, toasted muffin, and light cinnamon all work as a cohesive unit. The finish is long and ends on a toffee note. All in all, another sure-fire winner from Stellum. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Stellum

#StellumBourbon #EquinoxBlend

GSN Review: Royal Ranthambore Indian Whisky

Radico Khaitan Ltd., India’s largest distillery, with over 75 years of distillation experience, recently launched the ‘Royal Ranthambore Heritage Collection-Royal Crafted Whisky’ in the United States. 

Royal Ranthambore is a blended whisky crafted with various blended malt scotches from different geographical regions, made from 100% malted barley and blended with oak infused Indian Grain Neutral Spirit. 

According to Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business at Radico Khaitan, “The key to our success is our Rampur distillery, which has earned its prestigious reputation as Asia’s top distillery in producing a wide range of premium beverage alcohol products.”

GSN’s Remarks: Lightly smoked, medium malt sweetness, and a light body. Very much in the style of Indian whiskies. If you’ve never had one, think of a blended Highland Scotch. This is easy going, and the kind of spirit that is good for gentle sipping on a scorching hot day. No need to add ice, this is ready to go. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Radico Khaitan

#RoyalRanthamboreWhisky

GSN Review: SuckerPunch Dill Pickle Sour Beer

SuckerPunch Dill Pickle Sour Beer was created by award-winning brewery DESTIHL Brewing, and SuckerPunch Gourmet, makers of bolder pickles done differently. Beginning this summer, the new beverage is available for beer and pickle lovers nationwide. The tart, citrusy flavors of a DESTIHL gose ale is combined with the unmistakable zesty, garlicky flavor of a SuckerPunch dill pickle to create a unique flavor experience. SuckerPunch Dill Pickle Sour Beer is available in a 4-pack of 12oz cans.

Specs At A Glance: Gose ale with SuckerPunch Pickle Brine, 5.2% ABV, IBU: 20. Best served in a Snifter, Tulip, or Oversized Wine Glass. Available year-round at major retailers including Total Wine & More, Binny’s, and more to be announced.

SuckerPunch Gourmet is the maker of pickles, Bloody Mary mix and pickle juice. SuckerPunch’s products are non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan, with no artificial preservatives or allergens. Their pickles are crafted with a signature 11-spice blend without high fructose corn syrup. The brand was founded in 2011 and today, SuckerPunch’s pickle-centric line includes seven traditional and signature pickle jars, three pickle Snack Packs, two Bloody Mary mixes and pickle juice. SuckerPunch Gourmet products are available in 8,000 retail stores across the U.S., including select Whole Foods Markets, Albertsons, Safeway, Sprouts, Shop Rite, Meijer, Publix and more.

DESTIHL opened its gastrobrewpub™ (DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works) in Normal, Illinois, in November 2007, where the company focuses on both artisan food & beers. The company’s original production brewery in Bloomington, IL commenced operations in May 2013, but production was moved to its new 47,000sf Brewery & Beer Hall in Normal, IL, which opened to the public in May 2017.  DESTIHL Brewery combines centuries-old, global brewing traditions and new American craft brewing ingenuity & artisanship to produce a wide array of award-winning beers for every palate.  The result is a diverse offering of intensely flavorful beers that are anything but bland, including its DeadHead® IPA Series, Dosvidanya®, the industry-changing WiLD Sour Series, and many other core beer offerings, like Hawaii Five Ale. The brewery currently distributes its beers internationally and in 37 states, plus the D.C.

GSN’s Remarks: Put aside your preconceptions of what a beer could and should be. This is an entirely new animal. A very dill and vinegar forward beer, it is on one hand curious and on the other similar to a shandy. We weren’t expecting such a blast of dill pickle juice, and as such it was a definite sipper as opposed to a crushable beer. However, that being said, if you love pickles, this works quite well. We would have pulled back on the pickle juice somewhat, as it really dominates the final product. One other side effect (if we may be so bold) is that our burps had an intensely dill character. We tried this as a pickleback alongside a Jameson Black Barrel shot, and it works pretty well, but again the dill is quite strong. Overall, an interesting experiment that won’t work for everyone, but admirable all the same. GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Shop Destihl

#SuckerPunchDillPickleSourBeer #Destihl

GSN Review: Shiner x Garrison Brothers Limited-edition 24 oz. Barrel-Aged Doppelbock

The independent, family-owned makers of iconic Shiner Bock announce a new 24 oz. Barrel-Aged Doppelbock made in collaboration with Garrison Brothers Distillery, a renowned Texas-based distillery known for Texas Straight Bourbon. The Barrel-Aged Doppelbock is the first of five in the Brewer’s Pride 2022 series, a line of exclusive brews crafted by Shiner Brewmasters to honor their most devoted fans.

Barrel-Aged Doppelbock is crafted with Two-Row Premium, Copper and Chocolate Malts, as well as Golding Hops, then aged in ex-Port casks that were used to create Garrison Brothers’ Guadalupe Bourbon. The combination of unique flavors and slow aging in the one-of-a-kind casks results in innovative flavors that will appeal to connoisseurs.

As the first release in the launch of the Brewers Pride line, the Barrel-Aged Doppelbock (12% ABV) is expected to sell out quickly. Available for purchase at major Shiner retailers in Texas including HEB, Kroger and Total Wine.

GSN’s Remarks: A strong, nearly imperial style beer with a lot of flavor and character. Doppelbocks happen to be one of my favorite styles, and this one does not disappoint. A rich, velvety and very tight carbonation diffuses the intense sweet and boozy lager. Loads of malt are offset by the intriguing blend of Port and Bourbon barrel aging, creating a lot of high notes that tease the palate with sharpness. A beautiful expression of the inherent skills of Shiner’s brewmasters. Grab a few bottles to cellar if you have the opportunity. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Shiner & Garrison Bros

#Shiner #GarrisonBrothers

GSN Review: Kentucky Senator John G. Carlisle Bourbon

Andre Regard (left) and Damon Thayer (right)

Kentucky Senator’s third Bourbon offering, the John G. Carlisle Release, is hitting shelves this summer. This release is labeled after the esteemed U.S. Senator John G. Carlisle because he was a stabilizing force in the liquor industry and a leader of the Bourbon Democrats in Washington D.C. He was a major advocate for the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Aged seven years in oak barrels, this pleasantly sweet Bourbon is 107 proof with a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley. 

The limited edition release is available at liquor stores, bars and restaurants throughout Kentucky, with single barrel private selections at Liquor Barn, Party Mart and DEP retail outlets. The John G. Carlisle Release is also available online at http://www.BourbonOutfitter.com and will be featured at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, D.C. It has been distilled and aged in Kentucky, bottled at Bluegrass Distillers in Lexington and is being distributed by Kentucky Eagle Distributing.

“We are featuring the same mash bill as our second bottling, this time aged seven years,” said co-manager Damon Thayer. “As always, Kentucky Senator will be released at 107 proof. We continue our commitment to Kentucky’s fine Bourbon spirit and will continue to deliver superior taste and experience in each pour.”

The Kentucky Senator brand originated from Crigler and Crigler in northern Kentucky. The brand was later distilled and bottled by Double Springs Distillers, Inc. in Bardstown. Today, Kentucky Senator has been given a fresh look thanks to local managers Andre Regard and Damon Thayer. Both men possess a unique background in Bourbon that they bring to the management team of Kentucky Senator Spirits, LLC.  

GSN’s Remarks: Lightly sweet, but with a pop of rye spice, this bourbon fits the mash bill. (Little humor there). Really smooth, but with a nice bite from the oak aging, this is a wood forward bourbon. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, tobacco leaf, brown bread and dried apple mingle together, creating a melange of autumnal flavors. An elegant mouthfeel, this is a wonderful sipper, even at the higher than bottled-in-bond proof. But, add some water or a rock or two to bring the heat down, and it calms into a smooth and friendly libation. This is a great release to seek out for bourbon aficionados. Grab a bottle while you can! GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: KY Senator Bourbon

#kysenatorbourbon #johngcarlislebourbon

GSN Review: KLAUS Mezzrole Cannabis-Infused Beverage

KLAUS™ – a new cannabis-infused beverage made with ingredients for a healthier and euphoric buzz, has set its sights on the growing ‘California-sober’ market and is ready to take the cannabis beverage culture to a whole new level.  

Co-founded by “The Cocktail Whisperer,” Warren Bobrow, the first-of-its-kind product in the cannabis space, is here to transform the way you think about cannabis-infused beverages. Bobrow is a cannabis alchemist and cocktail aficionado, industry journalist and author of six books in the craft cocktail space, including his most recent Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics. 

Named after Bobrow’s 1800s German drinking gnome that he’s traveled much of the world with during his former career working in on/off premise liquor, KLAUS isn’t like any other cannabis-infused beverage. First up is the KLAUS Mezzrole™, named after Louis Armstrong’s friend and fellow hep-cat, Mezz Mezzrow. A Mezzrole was slang for a finely crafted cannabis cigarette during the early jazz era.  

Robust and tangy with bursts of piquant Picketts™ginger root syrup, gently giving way to palate soothing rice vinegar notes and the French lime puree, the features a terpene-forward 10 mg THC infusion per can, with only 16 calories, and less than 1g of sugar per serving.  

KLAUS is available at leading dispensaries in California including, The Vault in Palm Springs and SOLFUL in Sebastopol. KLAUS is currently available as single-serve and soon in 4-packs. 

GSN’s Remarks: An interesting blend of grassy, spicey, tangy and salty flavors, the first thing you’ll notice however, is the cannibis forward nose. Smelling like a loaded bud, this is a curious beverage. Apparently based on a classic Ti’ Punch cocktail, the flavors are tropical and vibrant. What’s nice is that the entire affair is alcohol free, so no need to worry about mixing booze with your buzz. Speaking of which, the 10mg of THC can be pretty intense for newcomers, so take your time and slowly sip this beverage. If you find you you’ve arrived, save the rest for another time. It’s a deep and heady high which will lend a helping hand at the end of the day. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Drink Klaus

#klausmezzrole #cannabis