One of the great surprises at the 74th Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention was Sierra Norte, a new brand of whiskey from Oaxaca. Oaxaca, of course, is known for mezcal, but one particular producer and importer of the agave spirit has decided to make use of the Mexican state’s abundant corn crop and produce a line of whiskeys—a rarity in those parts. Caballeros, Inc. is best known for Scorpion mezcal (featured in my first book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously) and now it’s marketing a line of whiskeys made from yellow, white and black corn. I caught up with Caballeros, Inc.’s Barbara Sweetman who detailed the creation of master distiller Douglas French.
Now here’s a pretty pioneering move for a craft spirits outfit.
New York City’s Kings County Distillery has become one of the rare craft distillers to join the exclusive Bottled-in-Bond club with the release of its own Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, available in allocated quantities in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, DC, Delaware, Kentucky and Tennessee.
There was so much to talk about at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans that I decided to do the report in two parts. Part II is coming next week (hopefully!)
Yep, back in Vegas yet again for the latest showcase of new spirits. This time it’s the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s (WSWA) 73rd convention and expo. Baijiu, poitin (Irish moonshine) a couple of hemp spirits and a hops-infused gin are among the new products that make the cut.