Here are some of the exciting updates and new entries in our database...
- Jagermeister Spice: For those of you ignoring the quiet explosion of quality bitters liqueurs on the market and sticking to your college guns with shots of Jagermeister, they have unleashed a new “spiced” version of their product on the holiday market. It promises cinnamon and vanilla while bottled at a lighter proof. No word if it needs to be chilled but we would guess not given its new flavor profile.
- Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon. We’re not sure, exactly, who was clamoring for a Knob Creek flavored bourbon but Beam, Inc has succumbed to whatever consumer demand that they thought existed and launched a smoked-maple version of their whiskey. Happily, they stinted on neither the proof (still a full 90) or the age (9 years). As flavored bourbons go, this will likely make some very interesting cocktails.
- Herradura Seleccion Suprema. There is a new king of tequila on the block thanks to a perfect 100 point rating from the 2013 Beverage Testing Institute. This is only the second label we’re aware of (and the third overall) time that we’ve seen 100 points given. For tequila snobs, it may be worth a try.
- Kah Blanco. Another big time score from the September Beverage Testing Institute was a 96 point rating for the Kah Blanco tequila. Clearly they think it’s not just another bottle-gimmick, as cool as the bottle is.
- Girvan Patent Still 25yr Single Grain Whisky. This is, for all we know, the only scotch whisky around that is made without any malted barley: hence the single (mystery) grain. It’s announced as an “accompaniment” to single malt scotch. Available only in the UK, it’s a tremendously long-aged thing and probably a revelation to the flavor of the grain when not drowned by howling peat and robust malting.
- Pernod absinthe. The company announced a return to the original formula and a more authentic recipe. This included no more chemicals to dye the spirit green… now the color comes from the herbs used to infuse the spirit. Secondly, the spirit itself is no longer based on grain spirit but rather a grape eau-de-vie from French grapes. We applaud the authenticity!
- Absolut Chicago. The seventh release from the popular Absolut cities limited edition line of vodkas is Chicago… which somehow translated into the flavors of rosemary and olive. To us, this screams a nouveau dirty Martini cocktail using the limited edition vodka.
- Ivanabitch Tobacco and Methol Tobacco Flavored Vodka. Every single time somebody says the shock vodka category can go no further (or, in some opinions, sink no lower), they’re proven wrong. Ivanabitch extends the demesne of the flavored vodka line once again with the flavors of tobacco. For those struggling to quit cigarettes? Unclear. But we’re not terribly excited about bringing the aroma of cigarette smoke back into the bars.
- Vir Single Malt Gin. From the Rick Wasmund of the Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia, the American single malt whisky producer is now making a classic, dry-styled gin. It’s made from a base of 100% malted barley, which is a far cry from the ordinary neutral-grain spirit gins out there. This one might lure scotch drinkers over the fence.
- Yahara Bay Crancello liqueur. For all we know, the only “crancello” in the world. The craft folks at Yahara Bay take their small-batch vodka and use it to macerate (soak) Wisconsin-grown cranberries and sweeten with sugar. That’s it. The result is a scarlet liqueur for those who love tart spirits… from “bog to bottle.”