Wigle’s Ginever — Not genever, Ginever! Wigle is a recently opened distillery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and one of their first offerings is a genever-style spirit (they call it a “genever-style gin,” but you know where I stand on that). I’m always happy to see people take an interest in genever, and even happier when someone does it well. Wigle’s combines assertive flavors from juniper and other botanicals with a very pleasant maltiness that comes through in cocktails. At 94 proof, it packs a bit of heat, too. Distribution of this spirit is limited, but if you find a bottle it’s a worthy addition to the liquor cabinet.
Shellback Rums — “Shellback” is a nickname for sailors who have crossed the equator. It’s also the name for a new line of rums from Gallo. Distilled in Barbados, the silver is very smooth with big notes of vanilla. The spiced rum adds other flavors while keeping vanilla at the forefront. In Oregon these are priced at $15.95 and $16.95, respectively. These are both good values, and I may end up bringing the silver into my bar.
Temperance “Regnig Dag” Aquavit — I had heard Bull Run was making a new aquavit, but I didn’t know anything about it until right before our Aquavit Week at Metrovino. Their “rainy day” aquavit is flavored with anise, caraway, and coriander, and is barrel aged. For the time being, it will be available only at the distillery in 375 ml bottles. This is one of the best aquavits I’ve tried and I highly recommend picking one up.