GSN Spirited News: November 16th 2021 Edition

Beam Suntory has launched a new collection, the Mundial Limited Edition Series, as part of the El Tesoro collection of Tequilas. The first release in the series is an Añejo expression finished in Laphroaig barrels. The single barrel Tequila is bottled at 40% abv and matured for 13 months in total—nine months in ex-Bourbon barrels and four in Laphroaig casks—and will retail for around $125 a 750-ml. El Tesoro Mundial Collection: The Laphroaig Edition is rolling out now in select markets across the U.S.

Mezcal Amarás has launched the Logia Collection, comprising three new limited-release expressions in the U.S. First up is Logia Cenizo, a 43% abv mezcal made from 14-year-old agave durangensis plants that will retail for $85 a 750-ml. The second release is Logia Sierra Negra, a mezcal made from 12-year-old agave americana plants. Sierra Negra, also bottled at 43% abv, is made with pink peppercorn and chili peppers mixed in with the volcanic rock and oak used to cook the agave. It carries a suggested price of $125. The final release—Logia Tobalá—is made from 12-year-old agave potatorum plants and will retail for $150. Like the other mezcals, Logia Tobalá is bottled at 43% abv.

Louisville, Kentucky’s Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey has debuted its first Bourbon. The company’s namesake Bourbon is a blend of two 4-year-old high-rye whiskies sourced from Indiana and bottled at 57.2% abv, barrel strength. Buzzard’s Roost Bourbon carries a suggested price of $85 a 750-ml. In addition to launching a new whiskey, the company has announced a new home at Bardstown Bourbon Company. Going forward, the company’s whiskies, which are chosen and rebarreled by Buzzard’s Roost, will be aged and bottled at Bardstown Bourbon Company.

A new organic Tequila brand, Hermosa, is debuting across 10 states. Hermosa includes Silver ($45), Reposado ($53), and Añejo ($60) expressions, with the Reposado and Añejo spending eight and 18 months in American oak barrels, respectively. It’s made at family-owned Tequilas Las Americas NOM 1480, a third-generation distillery and agave grower based in Amatitán, Jalisco. Founder Will Elger said the inspiration for the brand came from an old bottle of homemade Tequila given to his father, who was a local hotel manager. The name “Hermosa” was written on the label of that bottle from 1939.

Teeling Irish whiskey has announced a 30-year-old single malt, the latest in the brand’s series of extra-aged whiskies. The 46% abv whiskey was distilled in 1991 and first matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before spending nine years in Sauternes casks before bottling. The release is limited to 4,000 bottles and will be available at the Teeling Distillery in Dublin this month and the U.S. in January 2022 for a suggested price of $2,200 a 750-ml.

Mezcal brand Vamonos Riendo has entered California and Illinois, partnering with RNDC for the former and Southern Glazer’s for the latter. The new partnership will see the super-premium priced mezcal sold in chains like Total Wine and Binny’s, plus independent stores in California and Chicagoland. Vamonos Riendo is an ensemble mezcal triple distilled from Tobala and Espadin agaves (with fruit added for the final distillation) and bottled at 42% abv. It’s available for a suggested price of $60 a 750-ml.

Savage & Cooke, the Mare Island, California distillery from Dave Phinney, has launched its winter seasonal whiskey: Bad Sweater. The whiskey is a blend of four-year-old Bourbon with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cacao nibs, and vanilla bean, and bottled at 40% abv. This year’s edition, the third, features a sweater draped around the bottle’s shoulders. It’s available through December for $38 a 750-ml.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Mezcal Amarás

mezcal_amaras The Mezcal Amará website has an almost poetical way of explaining the process behind their sustainably produced mezcal.  So, I’ll let them explain this unique spirit.

“This traditional mezcal is made from Espadín agave plants grown on the hills surrounding San Juan del Rio, which are harvested at their optimum maturity by Jimadores, and roasted for 5 days in conical stone ovens over sustainable Holm Oak logs. Next, the agave hearts are ground on a horse-drawn Egyptian mill, which creates an extract that naturally ferments in open pine containers for up to 13 days.  Finally, the liquid is slowly distilled twice in copper pot stills, a process which removes impurities, refines the character of the mezcal, and produces a soft, smooth flavor with a slightly smoked, citric aroma.”

It certainly paints a beautiful picture of the process.  What is even more impressive is that the company pays 20% more than market value for their agave, and replants anywhere from 5-10 espadin and cupreata agaves for each one harvested.  In addition, Mezcal Amará is looking to launch nutrition and health education programs in the area this year.  That is what I call giving back to the community.

But what of the spirit itself?  Read on…

Mezcal Amarás (82 proof)
Visual: Crystal clear.
Nose: Smokey and sweet with a fresh agave nose.  Quite evocative and rustic.
Taste: Sweet charcoal, agave juice, with a young vivaciousness that is still tempered.  The Espadín agave has a unique flavor that is unlike others.  There is a lot going on here within a spirited canvas that holds all of the elements together.
Finish: Grassy sweetness with a touch of wood smoke goes on for quite a while, finally tapering off into a dry and soft finish.
Overall: Memorable and entrancing.  The kind of mezcal that deserves a wider audience.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Mezcal Amarás

GSN Backbar Review: January 26-30, 2015

indexU.K.-based alcoholic ginger beer brand Crabbie’s has launched its first non-ginger offering—Crabbie’s Cloudy Alcoholic Lemonade—in the U.S. market. The debut entry in the new Crabbie’s Fruits lineup, Cloudy Alcoholic Lemonade is infused with tart, lemon flavor and packaged in four-packs of 11-ounce bottles. The 4.8%-abv product joins Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer Original and Spiced Orange in the brand’s existing U.S. lineup.

indexSan Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Co. has launched the Mezcal Amarás brand in the U.S market. Mezcal Amarás is hand-crafted by five master mezcaleros in the Mexican village of San Juan del Río in Oaxaca. It’s made from 100% Espadin agave, grown in the hills surrounding the town. The liquid is distilled twice in copper pot stills to refine the mescal and produce a slightly smoked, citric aroma and flavor. Each bottle of Mezcal Amaras (Amarás translates from Spanish as “You Will Love”) is signed and numbered by hand by one of the distillery’s master mezcaleros. At 41% ABV, Mezcal Amaras has a suggested retail price of $49.99 a 750-ml.

indexAnchor Distilling Company is launching two new vermouths from Tempus Fugit Spirits in the U.S. market. The first, Alessio Vermouth di Torino Rosso, is at 17% abv and retails at $22 a 750-ml. The second, Alessio Vermouth Chinato, is 16.5% abv and retails at $25 a 750-ml. The brand is named for 16th century Italian physician, alchemist, humanist, inventor and cartographer Alessio Piemontese, creator of “several elixirs that are distinct ancestors to the herbal wine-tonic that later became known as vermouth,” Anchor says.

indexHillsboro, Oregon-based Big Bottom Distilling is adding to its line of craft spirits with the release of its first in-house distilled offering, Big Bottom Oregon Gin. The 91-proof gin ($29.95) is created from 16 different botanicals for a floral bouquet that complements the juniper and is slightly sweeter than a traditional London Dry gin, the company says. It will be available throughout the company’s distribution footprint, which includes Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily