GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 23

With only two days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 23, we’re focusing on the 30 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A (93) during 2017.

  1. Amarula Cream Liqueur
  2. Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur
  3. Deadhead Dark Chocolate Rum
  4. Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino Walnut Liqueur
  5. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro delle Sirene
  6. Dunedin DoubleCask 16 Year Old
  7. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. A117
  8. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. B517
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. C917
  10. El Tesoro 80th Anniversary Limited Edition
  11. Frisco Brandy
  12. Galliano L’Aperitivo
  13. Haikara Yuzu Sake
  14. Highland Park Valkyrie
  15. Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  16. Jura 10-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  17. Kavalan Pedro Ximénez Single Cask Whisky
  18. Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask 2017 Edition
  19. Lucid Absinthe
  20. The Macallan Edition No. 1
  21. The Macallan Edition No. 2
  22. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
  23. Marble Distilling Co. Vodka
  24. Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello
  25. McKenzie Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
  26. Montanya Exclusiva Rum
  27. Redemption Wheated Bourbon
  28. South Island 25 Year Old Single Malt
  29. Union Horse Rolling Standard Four Grain Whiskey
  30. Westland Distillery’s 2017 Peat Week Commemorative Bottling

GSN Review: Frisco Brandy

San Francisco-based North Channel Distillery recently announced the debut of Frísco, the company’s inaugural craft spirit distilled from wine made from California grapes. “Little did I know that 20 years ago when I tasted my first Pisco that it would ignite a journey to creating Frísco right here in California,” says founder Charlie O’Connell.

Crafted in San Francisco from grapes sourced from neighboring California vineyards, Frísco is double distilled in a copper pot still in small batches, followed by a unique charcoal mellowing – a technique rarely used on this type of spirit.

Frísco is produced and bottled at Seven Stills of SF, a boutique, San Francisco-based state of the art distillery.

Frísco is owned and produced by North Channel Distillery. Established in 2016, the mission of North Channel Distillery is to deliver innovative, premium craft liquors responsibly produced locally in California.

Frisco Brandy (90 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Grape forward with a mouth-watering grape perfume. Clean, fruity and lively.
Taste: Round, full and with a good deal of vine fruit character. A fine distillate that has a somewhat dry and cooling effect on the palate. Quite tasty.
Finish: Medium long with a slight grapeskin tannic edge that cleanses the taste buds.
Overall: A very nice unaged brandy that has a cleaner and fruitier quality than most traditional South American brandies.  Eminently mixable in cocktails, and with a heft that will make it stand out against citrus.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Frisco Liquor