Official liquor review for Journeyman Distillery Humdinger Jalapeño Organic Spirit
Journeyman Distillery Humdinger Jalapeño Organic Spirit
Liquor Review Category:
Vegetable Infused Vodka
Price (USD): $30
Price (EUR): €23
Liquor Review Notes:
The Journeyman Distillery is a true "grain to glass" distillery in that they control and execute every aspect of the spirit production. It was founded by Bill Welter in 2011, a former fringe professional golfer who found himself in Scotland learning about whiskey. At the distillery, they are a handcraft / hands-on distillery using traditional methods and attempting to recreate 18th century imagery. Their spirits are batch distilled in a traditional copper pot still (named Willy Wonka). Their product is certified organic by the Midwest Organic Services Association.
Journeyman Humdinger Jalapeno Spirit begins life from a whiskey base of 100% organic rye grain. This itself should lend a kind of spicy, robust flavor to the spirit. They macerate (that is, give a good, thorough soaking) locally grown jalapeno peppers from the community (organic) garden. They are quick to note that the process retains the flavor of the jalapeno but none of the spicy heat. We have opted to list this as an infused vodka to better represent it in its peer group, though we're quick to note the unusually high proof of 90 relative to flavored vodkas (often less than 80). They call it "sweet and spicy" and suggest for a Bloody Mary cocktail.
In a tasting event at Distill America, a signature cocktail with St Germain Elderflower liqueur, Chartreuse Green liqueur, lime juice, and Humdinger in equal parts was outstanding and met with great acclaim.
We had the pleasure of trying the Humdinger at Distill America 2013 and enjoyed it a great deal... it made our list of highlights of the night!
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By: Proof66 Staff (47) 3/5/2013Cheers!(0)
We had a chance to try this pepper wonder at Distill America 2013 in Madison, WI. What makes the Humdinger so special--aside from its awesome name--is that it really does have spice without the heat. It is perfect for a Bloody Mary and is a worthy try for those elite who particularly adore the spicy tomato cocktail. It’s a considerable adventure for the daring mixologist who’s up for the challenge. We had to give it 3 stars despite its excellent craftsmanship simply because it's so highly specialized and exotic.
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