Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve all been spending a little less time in bars than we might have in the past. Just because you’re not able to visit your favorite watering hole doesn’t mean you can still try some new spirits.
5 Brand New Spirits
A ton of great new stuff has been released over the past few weeks. If you’re headed to the liquor store and are in the mood to try something new, these six bottles are definitely worth your attention.
Macallan Double Cask 12, 15, and 18
Later this month Macallan is hosting its first-ever virtual tasting with its whisky team and you’re invited to join!
“The Macallan Whisky Bench Experience: Discover The Double Cask Journey From Acorn To Glass” is a one-hour experience that offers an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the 116+ year journey to create the new range. Joining along in the journey will be Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker; Stuart MacPherson, Master of Wood; and Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker.
Little Book Chapter 4: Lessons Honored
Eighth Generation Beam distiller Freddie Noe recently announced the fourth installment of his annual, limited-release series of blends: Little Book Chapter 4: Lessons Honored. The blend includes three uncut and unfiltered American whiskies that each have a connection to his father 7th Generation Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe.
The blend includes a 4-year-old Kentucky Straight Brown Rice Bourbon, an 8-year-old Kentucky Straight “high rye” Rye Whiskey and a 7-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Earlier this summer the world’s first premium aged rum from Africa and the Caribbean launched I the United States. The rum, is a limited batch blend from two different distilleries: Gray’s in Mauritius, and the world-renowned Barbadian distillery – Foursquare.
Equine is a 100% natural rum, with no spices, no colorants, no additives and no added sugar. It’s also already winning awards. It won gold at the International Spirits Challenge, Spirits Selection and San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and silver (with over 90 points) at International Wine and Spirits Competition
You can snag a bottle now from the company’s website for $59.99.
Vamanos Riendo Mezcal
Vamanos Riendo Mezcal officially launched in the United States last week. The super-premium small batch mezcal is made from agave that has been grown, slow roasted, and distilled in the high-altitudes of the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico, giving it a distinctive flavor.
On the nose, you’ll get honey, fresh fruit, and herbal aromas along with an oaky smokiness. On the palate, hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mandarin, and melon balanced with sweet cocoa and mint and anise notes. The spirit’s smooth finish is accompanied by notes of caramel with a citrus bite at the end.
Garrison Brothers HoneyDew
This one from Garrison Brothers was actually released at the beginning of August, but should be at your local shop now. The special release was 13 years in the making for the distillery and represents a departure from some of the previous expressions created by the brand.
The whiskey is made with Texas Wildflower Honey from Burleson’s Honey in Texas and offers tasting notes of sweet elderberry syrup, yellow-flesh peaches, apricots, white chocolate, and of course, delicious, golden Texas honey, making it the perfect whiskey to sip on in the middle of summer while you’re trying to battle the heat.