Our newest craft distillery hails from Duluth Minnesota and aims to showcase the northwoods flavors and terroir in its products. Their line of Boreal Gins does just that. The Juniper Gin is a traditional dry gin, with a touch of rhubarb. The Spruce Gin is of course made with spruce buds and has a noted pine aroma and flavor throughout, and the Cedar Gin has notes of citrus, wood, and currants. Vikre also brings us their fantastic Aquavit. Aquavit being the original Scandinavian distilled spirit, is a popular drink with the folks up north. Orvevann Aquavit is infused with the traditional caraway, along with orange peel and cardamom. The Voyageur Aquavit is cognac cask finished.
Speaking of craft distilling, here is the newest entry from Westland and the first in its “Native Oak” series. Garryana is aged in casks made from Garry oak, or quercus garryana, native to the Pacific Northwest. Garry oak is a type of white oak, but much more tannic than other American oaks. On the nose, this whiskey is delicate with some smoke and hints of citrus. A strong oak character is pronounced on the palate leading to a very long peppery and spicy finish.
Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th Edition
This is the 6th installment of the 100% Islay series from Kilchoman. This is the only single malt being produced on-site from barley to bottle. Aged in ex-bourbon casks, the nose is vibrant and refreshing. After After 6 years of aging, soft flavors of vanilla and toffee marry nicely with peat and citrus. The taste reveals more citrus and peat with dark sugars. The finish is lengthy with peat and citrus lingering.
Clean and fresh agave on the nose with a hint of citrus. Slightly creamy body with loads of pepper and herbal notes. Long, peppery, and mineral-y finish.
Bomberger's Declaration Bourbon
On the nose, big beautiful honey and buttered notes with rich spice boldly backing up the sweeter elements. The palate reveals deep brown sugars, toffee, caramel, pepper and a pleasant dose of anise from the wood. The finish is long and pleasant with caramelized sugars and wood spice lingering.
Belle Meade Bourbon Finished in XO Cognac Casks
This new offering from Belle Meade follows on the heels of the immensely popular sherry finished bourbon. A selection of bourbon from 6 to 9 years old was married and finished in specially selected xo cognac casks. The French Limousine oak adds a layer of flavor not commonly found in bourbon. On the nose, red orchard fruits, roasted grain, and spice. The palate reveals dried fruits vanilla, caramel, and spice. The finish is long with vanilla, dried citrus, spice and toasted oak.
Shenk's Homestead Original Bourbon
On the nose, this bourbon gives off all of our favorite aromas. Caramel, vanilla candies, and toffee lead the way with soft spice rounding out the nose. The taste reveals maple flavors, orchard fruits, and soft pepper. The finish is pleasant with fruit and sugars lingering.