As summer turned into fall, it seemed like everyone released a cool new spirit to welcome the season.
Whether you’re in the mood for a soul-warming apple brandy or want to keep sunny days going with a new mezcal, there is something for everyone to enjoy this month. These are the best new spirits that were released in September.
Desert Door Oak-Aged Sotol ($50 for 750mL)
Sotol is a spirit that’s produced from West texas-grown evergreen sotol, also known as the Desert Spoon plant. While Native Americans living in Texas first produced the spirit thousands of years ago, Desert Door is making it a household name in the United States. Their Oak-Aged expression is a beautiful sipping spirit with rich notes of vanilla, cinnamon, allspice and pine nuts that finishes with caramelly oak flavor.
Glenfiddich Grand Cru ($327 for 750mL)
Scotland meets France in the latest expression from Glenfiddich that is perfect for toasting to your year-end celebrations. Glenfiddich Grand Cru single malt scotch is aged for 23 years in American and European oak casks, then finished in French cuvée casks to add elegant flavors like vanilla, white grape and yeasty brioche. Packaged in a sleek black bottle with gold accents, this stunning new whisky drinks above its price point.
Campari Cask Tales ($53 for 1L)
To celebrate more than 150 years of Davide Campari’s legacy, the brand released a new Campari expression to the United States. Campari Cask Tales is a modern take on the classic aperitif that has been finished in bourbon barrels to give it a balanced, subtle spiciness. Cask Tales has all of the floral bitterness you love from Campari with added notes of dark fruit and smoky oak from the charred barrels. Sip it neat or in place of original Campari in your favorite cocktail.
Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth ($22 for 750mL)
Both rum and scotch drinkers will love this new expression from Dewar’s. Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth is an eight-year-old, double-aged scotch whisky that’s finished in Caribbean rum casks for an extra velvety finish. They start with a blend of up to 40 single malts before finishing the mix in rum casks for about six months in their Glasgow aging warehouses. First you’ll taste notes of apple and cereal before flavors like brown sugar and coconut pounce to the front of the palate. We especially love it mixed into a Highball.
Lustau Vermut Rosé ($20 for 750mL)
Lustau knows their vermouth, which is why we were so excited to crack open this new bottle early last month. Lustau Vermut Rosé is a blend of three different wines: crisp Fino sherry, sweet Moscatel and a bright, fruity Tintilla de Rota wine. The pinkish orange liquid has notes of strawberry and orange blossom with a sweet, herbal flavor that makes for a perfect aperitif when served over ice with a slice of grapefruit.
Cinzano 1757 Vermouth di Torino ($23 for 1L)
Last month, Cinzano paid homage to its heritage by releasing 1757 Vermouth di Torino, which is handcrafted in small batches and reminiscent of the original recipe from the 1700s. The Rosso expression is sweet and fragrant with notes of dried fig that works beautifully in a Manhattan or Negroni. The Extra Dry Vermouth is bursting with Mediterannean herbs and has a lightly bitter finish that is excellent for mixing a Martini.
Knappogue Castle Marchesi di Barolo ($80 for 750mL)
As the latest release in their Cask Finish series, Knappogue Castle Marchesi di Barolo is a limited-edition single malt that’s finished in fine wine casks. This Irish whiskey is matured in bourbon barrels for 12 years before it’s further rested in casks from the Marchesi di Barolo winery, which lies in an area that’s protected by the Alps to the north, west and south. Fruity aromas fill the nose with notes of strawberries and bananas foster, and flavors of red fruit lead into a spicy finish.
Tamworth Distilling Graverobber Unholy Rye ($65 for 200mL)
The folks at New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling are always creating a new and interesting spirit, and their latest whiskey release has a spooky backstory that’s very October-appropriate. Graverobber Unholy Rye starts with a three-year-old rye before it’s blended with maple syrup that’s been tapped from the trees in a 1700s-era graveyard. The 90-proof spirit has a full-bodied rye spiciness that finishes with a smooth maple flavor to soothe the burn.
Cathead Old Soul Bourbon Whiskey ($50 for 750mL)
Cathead Distillery is Mississippi’s first legal distillery and the creator of seven small batch spirits. The latest in their lineup is Old Soul Bourbon, a blended whiskey with a mash bill of 75 percent corn, 21 percent rye and four percent malted barley. Even though the youngest bourbon in this blend is only two years old, Mississippi’s heat and humidity make the whiskey taste older than it is, hence the name. Expect flavors of toffee and dried cherry with a peppery finish from the high rye mash bill.
Doña Vega Espadîn Mezcal ($50 for 750mL)
Mezcal fans need to try the latest brand to hit the market, Doña Vega. While the brand’s Tobalá expression is a rare treat that’s meant to sipped neat on special occasions, the Espadîn bottling is a classic mezcal that can be enjoyed solo or in cocktails. The espadîn agave is hand-selected, and the liquid is triple distilled for an extra smooth flavor. Lightly smoky with a savory, peppery finish, serve Doña Vega Espadîn neat with an orange slice or mixed into a Mezcal Margarita.
Copper & Kings American Apple Brandy ($35 for 750mL)
Just in time for fall, Copper & Kings has released a brand new apple brandy to welcome the season. American Apple Brandy is distilled from apple wine—fermented from fresh-pressed apple juice—in Vendome American copper pot stills. It’s then aged in Kentucky bourbon and new American white oak barrels and bottled at 92 proof. Its apple nose and flavor is perfect for sipping once the air turns crisp, whether you prefer it neat or mixed in a cocktail.
The Macallan Edition No. 5 ($120 for 750mL)
The Macallan scotch is almost too easy to drink, and the brand’s latest expression is one of our favorites to date. For Edition No. 5, The Macallan partnered with Pantone to celebrate the whisky’s natural color spectrum and create a stunning purple label that will stand out on any bar cart. On the nose, rich scents of vanilla and toffee are met with fresh notes of basil, lemon and pear. Caramelized pears and spicy ginger linger on the palate as it morphs into a long and sweet finish. The Macallan Edition No. 5 is the gift we’ll be giving whisky aficionados all season.