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: Montanya Exclusiva Rum

Montanya Exclusiva, a limited release only available in Colorado is barrel aged for two years in an American White Oak barrel that previously aged Colorado whiskey.   The rum is then transferred for an additional 6 months to a French Oak barrel that previously aged Sutcliffe Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and Port.   This 3 year aged rum is proofed with mountain spring water from a well under the distillery.

Montanya Distillers was originally founded in Silverton, Colorado in 2008 by Karen and Brice Hoskin. The original Distillery was on Blair Street in Silverton, CO in a 100 year-old, 800 sq. foot stone building. The complete operation was on three levels, requiring a LOT of heavy lifting and pumping of distilled spirits between floors. Fermentations were done in the basement, distilling and tastings on the main level, and aging and bottling on the top floor.

In the summer of 2011, the Hoskins relocated the distillery to Crested Butte to help accommodate the company’s rapid growth.

Montanya Exclusiva Rum (80 proof)
Visual: Rich orange-gold.
Nose: Loads of caramel, butterscotch and wisps of vanilla. Dessert-like and decadent.
Taste: Brown bread with a curious high and dry character that transforms this into an elegant sipper. As time wears on, dried currants, raisins and figs playfully tease the palate.  A medieval feast.
Finish: Medium long with a crisp end that speaks of pleasant finality.
Overall: An excellent rum that works just as well in a rum old-fashioned, as it does neat or with a single rock.  If you can procure a bottle, do so.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Montanya Rum