Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

It’s almost Inauguration Day and we’re in such a celebratory mood. In two days, we’ll have a new administration who promises to really be for the people. As we watch the virtual swearing-in ceremony, we’ll be raising a glass to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Since we’ll be enjoying a new Administration with an actual conscience, we thought we’d celebrate with a spirits brand with a conscience too – Marble Distilling Co.

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

Marble Distilling Co. is an award-winning grain-to-glass to ground distillery located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Their “Drink Sustainably” philosophy is born from their passion to be gentle with the Earth’s natural resources and a duty to do their part to save the planet. Marble Distilling Co. returns all spent grains to the farms where they were grown, recycles 100% of their process water, and recapturing all of the energy from their stills. Marble has committed to being net-zero by 2022. They are at zero waste and use 1/100″ of the water a normal distillery utilizes. Their new addition of a 35kw solar array is getting them close to net-zero electricity. This makes them the most sustainable distillery on the planet!

Marble Distilling Co. produces two spirits brands, the small-batch Marble range consisting of Original Vodka, Moonlight Expresso Vodka, Moonlight Expresso Reserve, Gingercello, and Gingercello Reserve; the second brand, Hoover’s Revenge, features Hoover’s Revenge Whiskey, Hoover’s Revenge Ragged Mountain Rye Whiskey, and Hoover’s Revenge Single Barrel Bourbon. Their Original Marble Vodka is made from locally grown soft white wheat and malted barley, which imparts a smooth and creamy texture. The 80 proof, non-GMO vodka is 5X distilled in a copper pot still to ensure purity and clarity. It is then filtered over crushed Yule (limestone) Marble for a hint of minerality and finish; then the vodka is filtered on coconut husk for a luxurious, viscous finish.

We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with some of Marble Distilling Co.’s offerings and we’re delighted with this multiple award-winning distilling company. We find ourselves completely obsessed with the Gingercello (a non-traditional take on the Italian classic).

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

A contemporary cello adaptation, the gluten-free and non-GMO Gingercello liqueur is pot distilled with fresh ginger and rested on 200 hand-zested lemons and more ginger for several weeks. It combines fresh cut ginger and the sweetest part of the lemon zest creates a refreshing taste. Lightly sweetened, it is citrusy and bright with a ginger forward spiciness (the Gingercello Reserve is aged for a minimum of 1 yr in whiskey casks). the 70 proof liqueur is quite lovely on its own. We mostly enjoyed it on the rocks to fully enjoy what makes this such a distinct spirit, but the Gingercello is also extremely versatile as a modifier in craft cocktails. A Gingercello version of a Bourbon tea cocktail is absolutely divine (just switch out the limoncello for Marble’s Gingercello and you’re in cocktail heaven).

Moonlight Expresso Small-Batch Vodka

Coffee lovers will love the small-batch-from-scratch, coffee-flavored vodka. Made from a family recipe using all-natural ingredients, Moonlight EXpresso is made by distilling vodka, locally roasted Guatemalan coffee, and Ugandan vanilla beans. The result is a rich, dark coffee profile with a smokey, chocolate finish. Combined with a cold brew made in-house, this luxurious coffee liqueur is perfect for fabulous cocktail creations or stand-alone in hot or cold libations. The Moonlight EXpresso Reserve is aged in ex-rye whiskey casks for a minimum of 1 yr.

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

The Hoover’s Revenge range is Marble Distilling Co.’s first foray into putting several single casks together, which yielded their Silver Label Whiskey. Each single 53-gallon American Oak cask is hand-selected and tasted for the flavor profiles it brings to this “marriage.” This whiskey is aged a minimum of two years, bottled at 84 proof with bottles numbered and signed by Connie Baker, Co-Founder and Head Distiller. The copper-colored whiskey is a marriage of three whiskies made by Marble Distilling Co: Bourbon, Rye, and Triticale. It features notes of hay, pear, and allspice; its taste is light in body with a floral sweetness with a hint of vanilla. It boasts a long finish with black peppercorn and clove spice that spikes at the end.

Marble's Distillery Doubles

One of our favorite things that Marble Distilling Co. offers during the pandemic is their Marble’s Distillery Doubles. A rotating selection of craft cocktails, such as their house Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Barrel-Aged Negroni, and more. Each Distillery Double makes two cocktails, all you have to do is just add ice. These cocktails are always made sustainably and with all-natural, local ingredients. Unfortunately, you have to live in Denver to enjoy their Distillery Doubles but you can still purchase their spirits online at www.shopmarblespirits.com with free shipping on 3 or more bottles.

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

We usually accept celebrity brands with a bit of skepticism because we’re not just going to accept that something a celebrity puts out is good. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case with Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63 ($36.99) because this Bolivian spirit already had a rich and distinct history. Distilled high in the Bolivian Andes from Muscat of Alexandria grapes, this impeccably clean and amazingly versatile spirit will blow you away with every sip. Many may not know this, but Singani is actually the national liquor of Bolivia. Mr. Soderbergh was introduced to this award-winning spirit by the Casting Designer on the set of CHE. Singani is really its own category but many people incorrectly classify it as brandy. The brand is hoping to change this with a petition for category recognition. We find it’s a bit similar to eau-de-vie (a light fruit wine/brandy-esque blend). We invite you to really get to know this spirit. Try it on the rocks first and take in its floral and grape fragrance; sip it slowly to indulge in its Mountain Meadow Flowers, White Pepper, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Honeysuckle notes; and indulge in its short, light, clean, and smooth finish.

Holiday Drink Ideas With Steven Soderbergh’s Singani 63

We love Singani 63 because it greatly complements herbal liqueurs like Cynar and Aperol; check out their take on classic cocktails made with those Italian liqueurs.  Since it is the season, we want to share some great holiday cocktails. What makes adding Singani 63 to these cocktails to make them distinct? When the grapes mature at the Andes’ high altitude, their skins thicken, creating a unique flavor during the distillation process. Singani has been produced since the 16th century and 500 years later it’s this unique flavor that captivated Steven Soderbergh’s palate. He formed a partnership with pioneers of the Casa Real Distillery and after six years was finally able to launch Singani 63 in the US. This is why we are able to share these delicious holiday cocktails with you now. Let’s get mixing!

Singani Roseberry Spritz by Becky Alford

Singani Roseberry Spritz by Becky Alford

2 oz. Singani63
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Rosemary Cranberry Simple Syrup*
Club Soda
Rosemary Sprig & Cranberries Garnish
*Roseberry Simple- Boil 1C sugar, 1C water, 1C cranberries, 3 sprigs rosemary. Crush, strain when thickened.
Mix first 3 ingredients with ice, top with club soda, garnish.

After the Frost
Emily Morton, Deli/126, Burlington, VT

After the Frost by Emily Morton, Deli/126, Burlington, VT

1.5 oz Singani 63
.5 oz Amaro Nonino
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1 bar spoon honey, or to taste (preferred raw honey)
3 drops Owl & Whale Lemongrass bitters
8 oz Chamomile tea
fennel frond for garnish
Start brewing the tea in a separate vessel, and simultaneously pre-heat the teacup with hot water. After 3-4 minutes, empty the prepped warm teacup, and add the remaining ingredients. Top with the tea, and garnish with a fresh fennel frond.

Naughty by Ivy Mix

Naughty by Ivy Mix Cocktail

1.5 oz. #Singani63
.75 oz. Lemon Juice
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
.75 oz. Red Currant Jelly infused with Ground Ancho Chili (1/2 cup: 1 tsp)
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain over a rocks glass filled with crushed ice, and garnish with a mint sprig and cocktail cherries.

Nice by Ivy Mix

Nice by Ivy Mix Cocktail

1.5 oz Singani 63
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake, serve up, garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Singani 63 is available at some of the coolest bars, restaurants, and alcohol retailers including iPIC Theaters And The Tuckroom, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Nobu Downtown, Sanctuary T, Hudson Wine & Spirits, Tribeca Wines & Spirits, and more. You can also purchase it online for $36.99 at www.buysingani63.com.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

We recently shared some great holiday gifts for the wine enthusiasts on your holiday gift list; we’re back with a few more gift options for the wine lovers on your list. These gifts will be obvious hits that both you and the wine lover on your list will enjoy for a long time. If you enjoyed our first round of wine gift ideas, then you’ll love these.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Today we bring you three additional holiday gifts for the wine lovers on your list from Aervana, Tervis Drinkware, and Winebars.

1. Aervana Essential One-touch Aeration, $59.95

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

The Aervana Essential is the newest addition to the Aervana one-touch aeration line. For those not familiar, Aervana is the first one-touch luxury wine aerator. Its newest addition, the Essential, provides the same amazing instant aeration for wines that need to breathe, in a fresh, contemporary format for everyday wine drinkers. Available in three distinct colors, warm and vibrant Saffron, fresh and modern Dusty Blue, or classic Glossy White, you’ll be ready for a night of wine at its best with one touch.

We also love the Aervana Essential because with every purchase of a Saffron or Dusty Blue Aervana Essential, $1 of your purchase will be donated to Food Lifeline, Aervana’s non-profit partner in the effort to end hunger.

2. Tervis Stainless Steel Slim Carafe & Tumbler

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

We’re not telling you to break the law or anything but we have to share this discreet way to enjoy your favorite wine in public. To do so, look no further than Tervis Drinkware. Their 25oz slim carafe and 12oz stainless tumbler make the perfect discreet wine carafe and wine “glass”. The 25oz stainless slim carafe with lid, $24.99, holds one 750ml of your favorite beverage. The standard size for a bottle of wine is 750 ml. Coincidence? I think not. The slim carafe includes a leak-proof, insulated lid, and a quiet non-slip base. It will keep your favorite wine at the perfect temperature for 60 hours.

The 12oz Stainless Steel with slider lid, $24.99, is a double-walled tumbler that offers all the benefits of stainless steel. The Tumblers boast triple insulation to reduce condensation and keep your drink hot for up to 6 hours or cold for up to 15 hours. Its copper-lined 18/8 stainless steel construction is durable, and the material won’t retain tastes or odors. Lastly, it includes a BPA-free leak-resistant, easy-to-clean, and easy-close slider lid.

3. Winebars Versatile Wine Rack, $69.00/Set

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: More Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Not everyone has a home with a cellar to store their wines; this is where the versatile wine racks from Winebars come in handy. Winebars are like bookends for wine. You can quickly and easily stack your wines anywhere with these sleek-designed racks. Perfect for small kitchens and as an elegant display, these wine racks can be placed everywhere, even your refrigerator. Plus they are made from solid aluminum, so they get nice and chilly in the fridge. Whether they drink red or white, the wine lovers on your list will love these simple yet decorative wine racks. Get a set of two of the Romantic Red, Jet Black, or Natural Silver for $69.00 on www.winebars.com.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal – Best Vodka Award

The holiday season is upon us and while Thanksgiving is all about the food, Christmas is about the holiday spirits; and we don’t just mean the joy and magic of the season. What better holiday spirit to celebrate the festive season with than one that’s an award winner! Say congratulations to Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka which recently won the Platinum Medal – Best Vodka at the 2020 L.A. Spirits Awards. Although this is their first platinum medal, it isn’t the first time the American-made vodka brand has won awards.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

Of course, it’s no surprise that this classic, velvety smooth, 100% American-made vodka won platinum. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka is five-times distilled with high-quality grain, grown in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, to ensure a clean, extra smooth taste. If you’re looking for a delicious, clean, smooth cocktail to enjoy during the holidays, we’ve got five to share with you today.

Seagram’s Vodka Classic Bloody Mary

Seagram’s Vodka Classic Bloody Mary

2 oz. Seagram’s 80 Proof Vodka
4 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
1⁄2 oz. Olive Juice
1⁄4 oz. Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 Dashes Tabasco
1⁄2 oz. Tomato Juice
1⁄2 oz. Lemon Juice
1⁄2 tsp. Horseradish
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Rim a pint glass or mason jar with salt and fill the glass with ice. Combine all ingredients in the glass over the ice and stir with a cocktail spoon. Garnish with a celery stalk, skewered cocktail olives & onions, lime, and lemon rounds.

Seagram’s Vodka Winter Sunset

Seagram’s Vodka Winter Sunset

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
4 ounces of grapefruit juice
¼ ounce of grenadine
Grapefruit and umbrella garnish
Add grenadine to a highball glass. Add grapefruit juice and Seagram’s Extra Smooth to a shaker. Shake then strain over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with grapefruit slice and umbrella

Seagram’s Vodka Bucha Berry Merry

Seagram’s Vodka Bucha Berry Merry

2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
1/2 ounce of mixed berry syrup
Top with kombucha
Garnish with mixed berry pick
Add everything to a shaker except the kombucha. Shake then strain into a wine glass. Top with kombucha and garnish with a mixed berry pick.

Seagram’s Vodka Cranberry

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka Wins Platinum Medal - Best Vodka Award

2 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Splash Tonic Water
Splash of Lime Juice
Rocks Ice
Combine Seagram’s 80 Proof Vodka, Cranberry Juice, and Lime Juice in a shaker and shake vigorously, strain over ice in a low-ball glass, and top with tonic water. Garnish with a lime round.

Seagram’s Vodka Martini

Seagram’s Vodka Martini

3 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth
1 oz. Dry Vermouth
Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and serve up in a martini glass, garnish with 2-3 stuffed olives.

Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka is the perfect bottle to have on hand to enjoy easy, festive cocktails this holiday season whether you’re celebrating with family, a socially distanced gathering, or solo.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

As you enjoy the fantastic deals that are being offered on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, don’t forget to check out the brands with heart and those that are giving back. Shopping with these altruistic will help bring happiness to someone who needs it and can help benefit all of us as well. Whether they are donating to a worthy cause or helping to save our planet, for Giving Tuesday 2020, we are highlighting companies that are helping to make our world a better place.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

From coffee that’s fighting injustice around the world, soaps that help those in need, eyewear and water bottles that help reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas, and a wine that supports Restaurant Workers as they remain out of work. It is our pleasure to celebrate these brands that are doing these wonderful things this Giving Tuesday 2020.

1. Generous Coffee Co.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Generous Coffee provides single-origin, traceable, craft-roasted coffee that exists to change lives in eight flavor offerings. Started by Former ABC Bachelor, Ben Higgins, and former President of Humanity and Hope United, Riley Fuller, Generous Coffee, which officially launched online in January of 2018, works closely with their roasting company to help farmers convert cocaine fields into coffee farms. This transition from coca to coffee creates a better life for the farmers and their families, who are then paid 80% more than the local price.

Generous Coffee believes if you’re going to buy coffee anyway, it might as well be quality, life-changing coffee. The for-profit biz sees themselves more as a FOR PURPOSE biz. They sell products, to make money so that they can turn right around and give that money straight back to nonprofits fighting injustice around the world. Today, Generous has two coffee shops, an apparel line, eight coffee selections, an online store, and an ambassador program of people fighting to end injustice together! What started out as a coffee company, has quickly become a community of people that have set out to change the world!

 2. Soapbox Soaps

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

We highlighted this wonderful brand in our Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home feature. Each purchase of their products donates a bar of soap to someone in need and also funds hygiene education taught by the people in the communities we serve. Soapbox’s mission is to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. This year, Soapbox joins the Giving Tuesday movement by doubling its donations of soap that will reach vulnerable communities in the US and around the world. The company is also offering 15% off all items purchased through its website with the code GIVE2020.

3. HydraPak RECON

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Hydrapak, makers of innovative hydration solutions has launched its RECON Series of outdoor bottles. These outdoor water bottles are made from  50% certified recycled content in both the cap and bottle. Vividly clear, and virtually indestructible, the RECON bottle is topped with a new patented twist cap that provides the perfect flow rate for a glasslike drinking experience. It was born out of the belief that outdoor gear can, and should, have a lower impact on the environment. RECON uses Tritan Renew technology, which uses recycled plastic as a raw material while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas footprints. They use a variety of sources with the primary source being PET (polyethylene terephthalate) single-use bottles. To be exact, it takes x9 single-use bottles to upcycle into outdoor water bottles.

The new HydraPak RECON Series outdoor bottles are available in two convenient sizes, 750ml ($15.00) and 1L ($16.00), and are available exclusively through HydraPak’s specialty retail partners and online at www.hydrapak.com.

4. Smith CORE Sunglasses

Smith Eastbank CORE sunglass

The Smith CORE sunglasses, $129.00, boast frames made from 5 recycled post-consumer water bottles. They are available in three styles: Eastbank CORE, Shoutout CORE, and Lowdown 2 CORE. Each CORE frame is made with Evolve bio-based polarized lenses and uses an embossed logo to avoid the use of adhesives. The eyewear comes in a microfiber bag made from recycled PET water bottles and is shipped in 100% recycled packaging.

The gray lens tint provides true color perception for exact color definition. This lens creates a soothing effect on the eyes in bright and sunny conditions. They also include polarization to cuts glare, and they provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays.

5. Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is beautifully focused on the palate; it boasts flavors of crisp, zesty lemon, green apple, lime, and barrel spice. The wine rounds out with their signature citrus acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful finish. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russian River Ranches Chardonnay sales will directly support Sonoma-Cutrer’s $100,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF). This advocacy and action nonprofit was created by and for restaurant workers. Also, in the spirit of Friendsgiving, they announced a joint $50,000 donation to No Kid Hungry with Woodford Reserve. The 13.8% ABV white wine is available DTC via the winery website and retailers nationwide.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list of companies with heart. Will they be a part of your Giving Tuesday 2020 shopping list?

Saluting Hahn Family Wines 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands

Saluting Hahn Family Wines 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands

When we’re celebrating, we bring out the wine. When a vineyard is celebrating, it’s only natural that they too bring out the wine. That was the case of the Hahn Family Wines celebrating their 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands. We had the pleasure of virtually celebrating this wonderful family of wines with some of their most coveted new releases. Hosted by Master Sommelier Fred Dex, we sipped our way through the Hahn Family Wines 2018 vintage Hahn SLH and Lucienne single-vineyard pinot noir wines.

Saluting Hahn Family Wines 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands

We journeyed through a flight of Hahn Family Red Wines including Hahn SLH Pinot Noir ($30.00), Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50.00), Lucienne Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50.00), and Lucienne Lone Oak Pinot Noir ($50.00). Let’s get to know these hearty reds.

Saluting Hahn Family Wines 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands

Hahn SLH Pinot Noir ($30.00) – The 2018 SLH Pinot Noir offers aromas of cherry, ripe strawberry, and pomegranate with hints of white pepper and toasty oak. Aged for 11 months in 35% new French Oak barrels, this blend boasts remarkable depth, complexity, and ripe fruit flavors thanks to a long and dry growing season, lots of sun, and well-drained soils. An is an explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate, finishing with a touch of earthy notes, refined tannins, and a soft mouthfeel.

Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50.00) – This bold pinot noir features fragrant aromas of red currant, cherry, blueberry, and spicy toasty oak. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels, the grapes from this vineyard are located at Hahn’s highest elevation with rocky well-drained soils and eastern exposures. The Smith Vineyard is also the oldest of the Hahn Family Wines vineyards and is certified sustainable. This memorable pinot boasts flavors of red cherry, black plum, and lingering impressions of spicy clove and cinnamon that give it a backbone with an intriguing layered tannin finish.

Lucienne Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50.00) – This is a great pinot noir for those who love an acidic red wine. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels, this single-vineyard pinot noir boasts beautiful aromas of blackberry and cherry accented with hints of sagebrush and clover. This stretch of vineyard is located in the middle of the Santa Lucia Highlands; it experiences warmer temperatures and higher winds and is certified sustainably grown. The wine’s vibrant acidity and smooth tannins lead to a silky structure and lingering finish.

Lucienne Lone Oak Pinot Noir ($50.00) – If you’re like us, you may take a moment to breathe in your wine right after opening. That moment was made for wines like the Lucienne Lone Oak Pinot Noir. It’s an intensely aromatic wine with notes of vibrant red cherry and earthy mushrooms, followed by hints of bay leaf and black pepper. Located at the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands, the grapes in this vineyard slowly develop flavor and concentration thanks to the “cooled by ocean breezes” from the Monterey Bay. Its complexity continues on the palate with flavors of fresh handpicked cherries, hints of vanilla, and a toasty oak finish.

We had fun getting to know the new pinot noir releases from Hahn Family Wines and we know you red wine lovers will happily indulge in bold reds as well.  So join us, grab a bottle or more of these Hahn Family Wines and raise a glass in honor of their 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Happy sipping!

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

While many spirits have seen some modern updates, vodka and rum come in many flavors, whiskies and bourbons come in new finishes, and wines are made with fruits other than grapes; one spirit that hasn’t much changed is Cognac. Until now! Until CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac! Cognac is a brandy variety specifically made from wine that comes from Cognac, France. It is required to meet certain production methods and legal requirements and CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac does meet all those requirements but it offers something a bit more. Something other cognacs do not offer, a double maturation in Oceanic and Tropical climates.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

Camus Caribbean Expedition is a one-of-a-kind small batch Cognac. It is stunningly amber-colored with golden highlights. You will immediately pick up on its fruit and spicy aromas of banana, pear, cocoa bean, and nutmeg. Side note: We’re looking forward to a later edition of this cognac will be after extensive aging in the barrels. Upon the first sip, this cognac opens up with a noticeable kick but then rounds out to an elegant mouthfeel. Expect lots of aromas, soft tannins, and more exotic fruit with this divine spirit.

The journey to this unique cognac is an adventurous one. In its 4th year of aging, 10 sealed casks were loaded on the De Gallant ship, which then sailed the Transatlantic route to Barbados. For 45 days, the cognac in these barrels was exposed to multiple environmental factors, like motion and variation in temperature, humidity, and air pressure, enhancing its intensely aromatic notes. A nod to the 18th and 19th centuries when the Cognac trade around the world was made by ship? During those times, oak barrels left their cellars in France and reached their final destinations after months of sailing. Here’s a breakdown of the ways motion, Oceanic climate, and air pressure affected the liquid.

  • The continuous movement of the ship while sailing, amplifies the contact between each molecule of the liquid and the wood staves, accelerating the extraction of aromatic components from the barrel.
  • As the ship crossed different climatic areas, entering into very warm zones, some of the crucial processes of maturation, such as oxidation with the formation of aldehydes, had the chance to happen sooner.
  • Lastly, the continuous change in the atmospheric pressure increased the mechanic effect of contraction and expansion of the oak wood staves, accelerating the process of oxygen consumption. While most of the 10 casks were loaded in the hold of the ship, two of these (no.5 and no.8) were deliberately tied down on the bow, in the open air, to maximize the exposure to external atmospheric agents.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

At the end of those 45 days, the Cognac was entrusted to the tropical conditions of Foursquare Master Distiller Richard Seale for 1 year of further maturation. The very unique climate of Barbados accelerated changes in color and flavor profile; this created a Cognac with a distinctive, highly aromatic taste that is an absolute first in the history of the category. The casks were kept in traditional Bajan cellars, stacked one on top of the other vertically. In the Bajan climate, the tannins from the barrels gave greater structure and complexity to the cognac compared to a cognac of equal maturation in a continental climate. The result is a cognac with higher aromatic components, more fruit and spice on the palate, and an array of flavors no European cognac possesses.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

This unprecedented and special finish in the highly distinctive environmental conditions is the fruit of an experimental vision by CAMUS; the brand is looking at exploring the boundaries of Cognac-making to enhance the intensity of aromas. This limited edition cognac is a must to experience, especially if you’re a cognac connoisseur. Forewarning, only 4500 bottles of CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac are currently available and it’s been obtainable since September 1st. To add the groundbreaking cognac to your home bar, visit the CAMUS e-shop, www.camus.fr.

 

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

There’s a quote about never delaying to open a bottle of whiskey and it accurately describes our experience with Milam & Greene Whiskey. Although relatively new, this craft whiskey brand is becoming one of the fastest-growing whiskey brands in the U.S. Three of their offerings, the award-winning Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon, Milam & Greene Port-Finished Rye, and Milam & Greene Distillery Edition Single Barrel Straight Bourbon are hitting shelves in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin now. Hitting stores just in time for the holiday gifting season.

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

What better way than the gift of a great craft whiskey to help someone de-stress while living through the holidays during a pandemic. By now you’re studying these whiskey bottles closely; which means you may notice these are not Kentucky whiskeys and you’re correct. While Kentucky has a long, rich whiskey history, they’re not the only source of great American whiskeys. Milam & Greene Whiskey is proof that a Texas craft whiskey can make you detour away from Kentucky and Tennessee; especially when it has a Kentucky connection.

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

Under the direction of master distiller, Marlene Holmes, Milam & Greene Whiskey distills using a 300-gallon copper pot still in Blanco, Texas as well as in continuous stills in Holmes’ home state of Kentucky. The team travels to Kentucky to distill using its own mash bill, yeast recipe, and distillation processes. The whiskey is matured in both Kentucky and Texas. In addition to distilling on-site and off-site, the team blends, batches, sources, finishes, and hand-bottles bourbon and rye whiskey to age to maturity in the unique Texas climate. The only craft distillery in the USA that openly embraces all these elements to make stunning whiskies. The distillery produces the three above mentioned Milam & Greene whiskies, which until now were only available in Texas. Join us as we explore these grain to glass whiskies created using the distinct processes of the great distillers of the past. Today we give them a proper nationwide welcome:

Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey, $44.99

 Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This rich made from Texas corn, Pacific Northwest malted rye from Oregon and Washington, Wyoming barley, and their proprietary yeast recipe from Kentucky and Texas. Each bottle of Milam & Greene Triple Cask is a batch of three hand-selected straight bourbon whiskies: a 2-year-old premium Texas bourbon for a pop of spice; married with a 3 to 4-year-old Tennessee whiskey for vanillas and fruits; and a 10 to 11-year-old Tennessee whiskey for structure and tannins. It is then proofed to be tasted and bottled on site. This bourbon has a deep golden color, along with refined and elegant aromas with pops of vanilla, floral, and spice. The palate is creamy and soft, surprisingly smooth for a 94-proof spirit. It has a medium warm finish with structure and tannins.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? Try the above M&G MANHATTAN, created by award-winning USBG Mixologist, Kelsey Caudebec.

2 oz. Milam & Greene Triple Cask Bourbon
½ oz. Luxardo
½ oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash peach bitters
Stir with ice. Strain onto fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist

Milam & Greene Distillery Edition Single Barrel Straight Bourbon, $121.99

Milam & Greene Single Barrel Straight Bourbon

The hand-selected and evaluated Single Barrel Straight Bourbon has the discerning whiskey drinker in mind before bottling by Milam & Green’s crack whiskey team. No two casks are exactly the same for this one-of-a-kind, small-batch Texas whiskey. Holmes, Greene, and head brewer, Jordan Osborne, look for whiskies that demonstrate elegance and personality. Each year the team selects single barrels that include gems found around the U.S. in addition to their own grain-to-glass casks. This year’s lot, a deeply flavored bourbon previously sold only in Texas, comes from Tennessee and has already won numerous double gold medals in international competitions.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? We loved it neat with a fat ice cube and with a splash of water to proof it down.

Milam & Greene Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey, $49.99

Milam & Greene Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey

Port wine fans, we’ve found your perfect whiskey. This Double Gold winner at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition is a gorgeous ruby-colored whiskey with luscious aromas of cinnamon, chocolate, and dark fruits such as black currants and blackberries. Its robust flavors are carried in a rich, velvety whiskey with a long warm finish. The casks used are brought from Indiana to Texas where this liquid gold is first batched in the Blanco rickhouse and then finished in old Port wine casks from Portugal. Because some casks take longer than others, these are meticulously curated and vatted for consistency, and monitored for flavor. The casks are then batched together and proofed before bottling. The Texan sun and varying humidity levels also influence the rate and strength of flavor imparted into this 94-proof whiskey, making this a tricky whiskey to produce.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? The boldly flavored HILL COUNTRY HIGHBALL is perfect. It too was created by USBG Mixologist, Kelsey Caudebec.

2 oz. Milam & Greene Port Finished Rye
1 oz. Averna or other rich Amaro
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
1½ oz. ginger beer
Shake with ice and serve on ice in a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Whether you’re a fan of classic or specialty whiskey, these Blanco, Texan-bred whiskies are sure to delight all during and after the holiday season. Keep an eye out for Milam & Greene at your local alcohol retailers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. Happy sipping.