A League of Their Own

Though many distilleries both large and small have been producing an array of innovative spirits, there are a handful that have truly pushed the envelope. These brands are experimenting with exotic ingredients and unusual combinations, which has led to the creation of whole new categories of liquor. Here are a few unique bottlings to look for.

Comb White ($45):

New York’s Comb Spirits makes a range of traditional products from orange-blossom honey, but it’s this elixir (pictured above) that’s really out there. It’s distilled just once and retains a lot of honey flavor with none of its sweetness. It works well in place of white rum, cachaça or blanco tequila, but distiller Ed Tiedge loves it in a Whiskey Sour.

Rumble ($50):

While cooking up a “Texas knockoff of bananas Foster,” Balcones Distillery founder Chip Tate decided that the dessert’s ingredients—figs, honey and turbinado sugar—would be great distilled and barrel-aged. The result, which Tate likes to drink neat, has fruity and slightly smoky notes.

Solbeso ($40):

As any candy aficionado can tell you, the base of chocolate is seeds from the cacao plant, but normally the surrounding fruit is discarded. This floral creation is made by distilling and fermenting that former byproduct and is set to be released in November. It contains caffeine and theobromine, the same chemicals that give chocolate its mood-enhancing boost, and makes a tasty Margarita or Mojito.

Sorgrhum White ($29) and Dark ($40):

People have been turning sorghum sap into a molasses-like syrup for centuries. Stuart Hobson of Heartland Distillers and homebrewer Matt Colglazier recently decided to make a spirit using sorghum syrup from Indiana Amish farms. Though the production process resembles that of rum, the alcohol tastes more similar to tequila or mezcal. It is currently available only in Indiana, but it should have expanded distribution soon. Try it in tropical classics the Piña Colada and Daiquiri.

Spodee ($9 for 500 mL):

During the Depression, folks, according to legend, would mix wine with herbs, spices and a bit of moonshine. The concoction, called spodee, is now being bottled commercially. But the modern version has an added feature: chocolate. It makes an intriguing Manhattan (use Spodee instead of vermouth) or can be enjoyed with cola, orange juice or tonic water.

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Discussion (2)

  • Liquor.com posted 3 years ago

    Forty Creek is a Canadian whisky that seems to be relatively easy to find in Canada but has more limited availability in the US. There's an email address you can try for more info here: http://fortycreekwhisky.com/wheretobuy.html

  • Jerry Jones posted 3 years ago

    Im looking for a brand called 40 Creek if anyone knows how i can get it please let me know thanks

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