This month saw no shortage of delicious spirit releases, some of which are limited-edition bottlings that you need to get your hands on ASAP.
From a couple of aquavits made in Brooklyn, New York to a beautiful Irish rose gin, these new spirits should be on your radar right now.
Bearcat Infused Bourbon ($35)
There isn’t a lot of high-quality infused whiskey on the market, but all that has changed with the introduction of Bearcat Infused Bourbon. The brand launched with two flavorful expressions: Espresso & Aromatic Bitters, which has a rich, roasted coffee taste, and Orange Peel & Spice with notes of juicy citrus, light cinnamon and anise. Bearcat Infused Bourbons are perfect for people who are new to the spirit or who want to experiment with different flavors in their favorite classic cocktails.
Don Q Double Aged Sherry Cask Finish Rum ($50)
This beautiful expression is one of the most vibrant rums we’ve tasted this year, and it makes sense, considering the care that’s gone into crafting the spirit. Don Q Double Aged Sherry Cask Finish starts with a blend of five- to eight-year-old rums, hand selected by Master Blender Jaiker Soto, that were aged in American white oak barrels. This blend is then aged for a year in casks that once held Spanish Oloroso sherry. The result is a honeyed rum with deep notes of charred wood, raisins and rich dark chocolate that’s beautiful when sipped neat.
Corazón Tequila Expresiones del Corazón ($80)
Corazón Tequila just released its 2019 limited edition line of Expresiones del Corazón, and they are absolute must-buys if you see them on the shelf. The Buffalo Trace Distillery Old 22 Añejo was aged for at least 22 months in ex-Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels that previously held whiskey for at least 22 years, and it boasts bold notes of caramel, plums, almonds and lightly roasted coffee. Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Añejo was aged for 19 months in ex-Thomas H. Handy rye barrels, resulting in a grassy spirit with a mellow vegetal flavor and light honeyed notes on the palate. Both expressions are brilliant when sipped neat or served in a Tequila Old Fashioned.
Copper & Kings Way Up West ($65)
It seems that Copper & Kings is always releasing something new and delicious, and the Louisville, Kentucky-based distillery has done it again with their latest bottling, Way Up West. This luxurious, five-year-old brandy—a blend of Muscat, Chenin Blanc and French Colombard grapes—is finished for 30 months in ex-Kentucky bourbon barrels, followed by another 30 months in award-winning American single malt whiskey barrels. The resulting liquid is smooth, despite it’s 54 percent ABV, with light notes of saline and caramel apple. Drink this neat or on the rocks to really let the liquid shine.
Glendalough Rose Gin ($33)
The new Glendalough Rose Gin isn’t like the other pink gins on the market. This expression is the real deal, distilled with three different varieties of rose—including Wild Rose from the Wicklow mountains, fragrant Heritage Roses and the ancient Damask Rose—along with a variety of other fruits, flowers and spices. Because the petals are so delicate, the Rose Gin is distilled slowly and gently via vapour distillation to protect the flavor. After distillation, the gin is infused with even more roses to give it a deeper pink color and more robust floral flavor.
Svöl Aquavit ($35-$39)
While this Scandanavian spirit isn’t quite popular yet in the United States, we think that Brooklyn-made Svöl Aquavit is about to change that. The brand launched with two iterations of the caraway-infused liquor, Danish-Style and Swedish-Style. Svöl Danish-Style Aquavit is citrusy and caraway-forward with botanicals like Angelica Root and cape gooseberry from Peru. The Swedish-Style bottling is dill-forward and bright with botanicals like fennel and lemon peel. The former works beautifully in savory classics like the Bloody Mary and Martini, while we love the latter mixed with soda or tonic in a simple Highball.