Do you ever find yourself getting bored with your go-to booze? When you’ve grown tired of that mundane drink order, we’ll be here to walk you through what’s new and noteworthy this week:
The Tennessee-based distillery, found in the Great Smoky Mountains, is adding two new flavors to their collection of moonshine: Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Blueberry Muffin. These additions mark the start to the “Outlandish Series,” an initiative started to get distillers thinking outside the box. The two new variations will be available at the distillery Nov 27th, and in stores Dec 15th.
We’ve written about these troublemakers before, with past vodkas that have knocked the bejesus out of people with their spiciness. Up until now, the brand had tortured people with spicy vodkas measuring 100,000 and 250,000 Skovilles (a unit of measurement for spicy peppers). In comparison, your average jalapeño clocks in anywhere between 2,500 and 5,000 Skovilles. Yikes. But now, The ‘Hot Enough’ Vodka Co is back with their most intense iteration yet: a 500,000 Skovilles Naga Chili Vodka. The stuff is so hot that the bottle reads specifically not to drink it in a shot. But, if you’d like to see people do just that, click here.
Jack Daniel’s has a wide variety of whiskeys. From the constants to the special editions, there is something for everyone. And, when it comes to the US Military, that something is Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey. According to Jeff Arnett, Jacks’ Master Distiller, the armed forces are faithful members of the By the Barrel program. The program invites prospective buyers to the distillery where they sample whiskey from three different barrels. Once they decide on one barrel, it gets emptied into approximately 250 bottles and shipped to the buyer, for anywhere between $9,000 and $12,000. It’s rumored that Navy Seal Team 6 bought a barrel after killing Osama Bin Laden.
Following the apparent trend of late, this family-owned champagne founded in 1859 has announced that 100% of its bubblies are vegan. Following requests made by customers, the brand revised its process to expel the use of non-vegan products, typically used to speed up the whole process. While this is great to hear, they aren’t the only ones making this change. Most notably, Verve Clicquot made the transition years ago.
Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible tends to be one of the most definitive whiskey rankings of the year. And this time around, Crown Royale Northern Harvest Rye has taken the top spot. In a turn of events, Canada has finally proven themselves in an effort to break the “brown vodka” stereotype placed on their whiskeys. Can you say giftspiration??