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Fifth State Seville Gin
Fifth State Seville Gin
Fifth State Seville Gin is the creation of Master Distiller Robert Schulten, owner of Fifth State Distillery located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was awarded the 2021 Connecticut Gin Distillery of the Year by the prestigious New York International Spirits Competition. He handcrafts this delectable gin from locally grown Connecticut corn and Seville oranges, which is distilled in small batches in a column still. The result is a smooth and richly flavorful orange forward gin that is an admirable ingredient in cocktail and culinary recipes.
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Hartford Flavor Company Vanilla Flavored Vodka
Hartford Flavor Company Vanilla Flavored Vodka
Hartford Flavor Company Vanilla Flavored Vodka is a delectable super premium gluten free vodka made with organic sugar cane and infused Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans. Creatrix and Infusionary Lelaneia Dubay is the driving force behind her innovative woman-owned distillery in Hartford, Connecticut, where the flavors she creates are as innovative as she.
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Wild Moon Rose Liqueur from Hartford Flavor Company
Wild Moon Rose Liqueur
Wild Moon Rose Liqueur is a versatile, lower alcohol spirit created by Creatrix and Infusionary Lelaneia Dubay, owner of the woman-owned distillery Hartford Flavor Company based in Hartford, Connecticut. This delectable, certified gluten free spirit inspired us to create many cocktail and culinary recipes with it, as well as add it to champagne and prosecco, drizzle it over vanilla ice cream, jazz up a fresh fruit salad, use it to glaze grilled shrimp and grilled pineapple, and brush it on the cut sides of cakes to impart layers of flavor and keep our cakes moist. Cheers!
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Fifth State Ginger Zap Vodka
Fifth State Ginger Zap Vodka
If you love ginger then you are in for a treat with Fifth State Ginger Zap created by Fifth State Distillery Master Distiller Robert Schulten in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Distilled from corn and handcrafted in small batches, Fifth State Ginger Zap is a gluten-free, delectable, award-winning vodka that is packed with real ginger flavor. 
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Farigoule Herbal Thyme Liqueur – A Taste of Provence
Farigoule Herbal Thyme Liqueur
Ooh lá, Farigoule Herbal Thyme Liqueur made in Provence, France and imported by Crillon Importers, Ltd. Is c'est magnifique and the perfect ingredient for delectable cocktails. As cocktalians, we are always on the lookout for new spirits to inspire cocktail recipes. Farigoule Herbal Thyme Liqueur is a delectable herbal liqueur made from thyme, verbena, angelica, and sage that is perfect to sip neat, chilled over ice, or in used in cocktail or culinary recipes to add layers of delectable flavors. 
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Westford Hill Distillers Organic Rime Vodka
Westford Distillers Organic Rime Vodka
With the rising interest in organic and gluten-free products, we decided to explore Westford Hill Distillers Organic Rime Vodka handcrafted in Ashford, Connecticut with 100% organic non-GMO corn. Master Distiller Louis Chatey has created another delicious spirit for their handcrafted artisanal spirit line with the introduction of Rime Vodka. Delectably smooth and all-natural with nice viscosity and mouthfeel, Rime Vodka is perfect served chilled or over ice, and is an admirable companion in cocktail and culinary recipes.
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Touring Fifth State Distillery, Bridgeport, CT, USA
Fifth State Distillery
Drink local is the sign inside Fifth State Distillery owned by Rob and Bridget Schulten where their motto is "Made with pride in the great state of Connecticut." Based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, their award-winning Fifth State Distillery products are made from locally grown Connecticut non-GMO corn and are gluten-free. Handcrafted in small batches, Fifth State Distillery has been turning heads with their delectable spirits since 2016.
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Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits
Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits
The Baker Brothers - David, Jack, and Peter, owners of Litchfield Distillery in Litchfield, Connecticut have added another very tasty spirit to their long line of super-premium award-winning spirits, with the addition of their latest product, Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits. Made from 100% blue agave imported from Mexico and distilled and bottled at their distillery in Connecticut, Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits is sure to garner many a fan. 
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Fifth State Gin
Fifth State Gin
Fifth State Gin is an American premium gin "made with pride in the great state of Connecticut." Owned by Master Distiller Robert Schulten and his wife Bridget Schulten, Fifth State Distillery has been handcrafting their line of award-winning spirits since 2016. Gin is a very diverse and unique spirit as the taste is based on the blend of botanicals and spices used. While juniper is always an ingredient, some gins have a stronger juniper flavor profile, while others are softer on the palate. Like chefs in a kitchen, each master distiller has their own preference. Master Distiller Rob Schulten uses juniper, coriander, cinnamon quills, angelica root, lemon peel, and green pod cardamom for his award-winning Fifth State Gin, and it is delicious.
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Westford Gin
Westford Gin
Westford Gin is a delectable London-Dry Gin created by Master Distiller Louis Chatey at Westford Hill Distillers, his distillery in Ashford, Connecticut. Licensed to distill in 1998, Louis and his wife Margaret, are known for their award-winning spirits including eau-de-vies and apple brandy and have broadened their spirit line with an organic vodka, gin, and other tasty spirits at Westford Hill Distillers.  
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Tasting and Touring at Woodbury Brewing Company, Woodbury, CT, USA
Woodbury Brewing  Comapny
When Luxury Experience wants to learn about something, we believe in going to the source. We visited Woodbury Brewing Company located in Woodbury, Connecticut to learn more as our craft beer knowledge was limited, and the craft beer movement has been rapidly growing in Connecticut (there are over 100 breweries in the state). Lagers, IPAs, Märzens, Sours, Stouts, Flanders Red, Porters, Belgian Quadrupels, and more, who knew there were so many interesting and tasty brews out there? 
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Litchfield Distillery Vanilla Bourbon Whiskey
Litchfeld Vanilla Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon lovers have another reason to love Litchfield Distillery with Litchfield Distillery Vanilla Bourbon. Located in Litchfield, Connecticut, their slogan is, "The Spirit of Hard Work." As an award-winning bourbon house, they hand-craft a wide selection of tasty bourbons, as well as crafting gin and vodka. Their Litchfield Distillery Vanilla Bourbon is an ultra-premium sipping bourbon that is also the perfect cocktail and culinary companion. Cheers!
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Continuum Distilling Grappa (Blanco)
Continuum Distilling Grappa
Master Distiller and Founder Brandon Collins, of Continuum Distilling in Waterbury, Connecticut has a new baby - Continuum Distilling Grappa, to add to his growing spirits house that includes his flagship Charred, Drops, and Blueberry ContinuRum, among others. His latest foray is making Grappa, the Italian brandy made with grape skins from nearby Hawk Ridge Winery. We visited Continuum Distilling and tasted their Continuum Distilling Special Release Grappa Blanco as well as their Barrel-Aged Grappa and they were delicious! We brought a bottle of the Grappa Blanco home and created some very tasty recipes for you to enjoy. Cheers!
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Absente Absinthe Refined
Absente Absinthe Refined
While you may not be able to jet off to the South of France on a whim, you can enjoy Absente Absinthe Refined imported by Crillon Importers, Ltd, anytime, anywhere. Absinthe was the favorite drink of the French artists Van Gogh and Degas, and Absente Absinthe Refined is a luscious absinthe product made in the South of France using wormwood, anise, mint, and spices. It packs a punch at 110 proof (55% Alcohol by Volume), so a little of this delicious product goes a long way. Luxury Experience was "In the Kitchen and Behind the Bar" TM creating hand-crafted cocktails and culinary recipes with Absente Absinthe Refined for you to enjoy. 
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Touring and Tasting at Black Hog Brewing, Oxford, CT, USA
Black Hog Brewing, Oxford, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
We had a fabulous tour and tasting at Black Hog Brewing in Oxford, Connecticut learning about their tasty products and the craft brewing movement in Connecticut. Owned by brothers Jason and Tom Sobocinski and brew master Tyler Jones, Black Hog Brewing (BHB) has been turning the craft beer movement on its head since they founded it in 2014 and launched their first products in July 2014.
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Westford Hill Distillers Pear William
Westford Hill Distillers - Pear William
Master Distiller Louis Chatey creates exceptional eau-de-vie spirits in Ashford, Connecticut at Westford Hill Distillers.  After visiting and taking a tour and an in-depth product tasting with Louis and his wife Margaret, we could not wait to get home and start creating cocktail and culinary recipes using their Westford Hill Distillers Pear William Eau-de-view (Pear Brandy). Hand-distilled and made in small batches, their Pear William deserves special treatment.
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Magellan Gin
Magellan Gin
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Westford Hill Distillers New World Aged Apple Brandy
Westford Hill Distillery New World Aged Apple Brandy
Westford Hill Distillers Aged Apple Brandy made in Ashford, Connecticut by Master Distiller Louis Chatey, would make Johnny Appleseed proud. We love the "ABCs" - Armagnac, Brandy, and Cognac, and we found Westford Hill New World Aged Apple Brandy to be downright delicious, like drinking potent liquid apple gold. Cheers!
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Continuum Distilling Blueberry ContinuRum
Continuum Distilling Blueberry ContinuRum
Head Distiller and Founder Brandon Collins has been having fun creating new spirits at Continuum Distilling, in Waterbury, Connecticut. Made with Connecticut blueberries, Continuum Distilling Blueberry ContinuRum is hands down delicious! Made from 100% blackstrap molasses and lots of fresh blueberries, it is easy to drink, and easy to love. Blueberry ContinuRum works well sipped over ice, used in cocktails, or to add a little extra flavor and a kick to culinary recipes! Cheers!
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Litchfield Distillery Maple Bourbon Whiskey
Litchfield Distillery - Maple  Bourbon Whiskey
Litchfield Distillery located in Litchfield, Connecticut is known for its exceptional bourbons, as well as their other small batch spirits. Their Litchfield Distillery Maple Bourbon Whiskey is the perfect taste of New England as it starts out as Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon that is then aged in retired bourbon barrels that a local sugar maker aged his maple syrup in, so there are layers of luscious flavors with delightful maple notes.
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Rhum Barbancourt White Rhum
Rhum Barbancourt - White Rhum
Luxury Experience takes your palate on a trip to Haiti to experience a delectable white rhum agricole from Rhum Barbancourt. This prestigious rhum distillery has produced its famed spirits since 1862 when Dupre Barbancourt founded the company. Later, his wife Nathalie Gardčre took over the company reins followed by decades of family management. Fifth-generation Delphine Gardčre helms this exceptional rhum agricole company, that celebrates its 158th anniversary in 2020. It is the oldest company and the largest rum exporter in Haiti.
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Litchfield Distillery Gin
Litchfield Distillery Gin
Gin is one of the most diverse and aromatic of spirits due to the botanicals used, and if you think that all gins are the same, you might want to try them again. Litchfield Distillery Gin made in Litchfield, Connecticut proves that the "nutmeg" state knows a thing or two about creating handcrafted artisanal spirits. While their special blend of botanicals is proprietary, we can tell you that after sampling their gin, it is absolutely delicious.
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Touring Continuum Distilling - A Perfect Happy Hour
Continuum Distilling Products - Drops, Charred, ContinuRrum
We had a perfect "Happy Hour" by touring Continuum Distilling in Waterbury, Connecticut and meeting with Master Distiller and Founder Brandon Collins who is creating very tasty and innovative spirits from reclaimed locally made craft "beer trimmings." While that may seem a bit strange, the taste of his products is amazingly good. Cheers! 
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Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black
Sierra Norte Single Barrel Black Corn Oaxacan Whiskey
We have known Master Distiller French for many years since he created Scorpion Mezcal. Not someone to sit back, he is a forward thinker, and with agave slowly depleting he was inspired to use native Oaxacan ancient heritage corn to create a series of Mexican Whiskeys. Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan Black Corn is one of a series of exceptional Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskeys (Black, Yellow, White, and Purple), each designed to maximize their own unique flavors. Cheers!
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Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Litchfield Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon lovers are going to love the award-winning Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey handcrafted in small batches in Litchfield, Connecticut where their motto is "The Spirit of Hard Work" and the result is pure excellence. Made from a delectable blend of locally grown corn, rye, and barley, Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey celebrates the best of Connecticut. Known for their exceptional bourbons, in addition to their Straight Bourbon, Litchfield Distillery also handcrafts a Maple Bourbon, a Vanilla Bourbon, and a Port Cask Finish Bourbon, all of which are very tasty. 
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Litchfield Distillery Vodka
Litchfield Distillery Vodka
Litchfield, Connecticut is home to Litchfield Distillery Vodka where their motto is "The Spirit of Hard Work" and the taste is delectably outstanding! Made in small batches from locally grown corn in Sharon, Connecticut, Litchfield Distillery Vodka is another fine example of Connecticut's heritage of excellence. This high-quality delicious vodka is gluten-free, is a great sipping vodka, and works well in both cocktail and culinary recipes. Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating handcrafted artisanal cocktail and culinary recipes to showcase this outstanding vodka.
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Continuum Distilling Charred
Continuum Distilling Charred
Continuum Distilling Charred created by Continuum Distilling, founded in 2019 and based out of Waterbury, Connecticut, is a delectable dark spirit made from local Connecticut Craft brown ales, stouts, and porters. Continuum Distilling is the brainchild of Head Distiller Brandon Collins, Jim Baranowski, brothers Tom and Jason Sobocinski, and Master Brewer Tyler Jones of Black Hog Brewing, who have partnered to create a unique and very tasty flagship spirit which they refer to a "beer whiskey." Crafted in small batches, the Batch Number is handwritten on each on bottle.
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Continuum Distilling Drops
Continuum Drops - Continuum Distilling Drops
Continuum Distilling, founded in 2019 and based out of Waterbury, Connecticut, has created a delectable  alcohol  called Continuum Distilling "Drops" made from local Connecticut Craft Beer IPAs. Continuum Distilling is the brainchild of Head Distiller Brandon CollinsJim Baranowski, brothers Tom and Jason Sobocinski, and Master Brewer Tyler Jones of Black Hog Brewing, who have partnered to create a unique and very tasty spirit. Distilled from "Grain, Cane, and Hops," Continuum Distilling Drops is a delectable clear spirit with floral, bright, hoppy notes, and 46% alcohol by volume (92 proof). Crafted in small batches, the Batch Number is handwritten on each on bottle.
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Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Yellow Corn Whiskey
Sierra Norte Single Barrel Yellow Corn Oaxacan WhiskeySierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan Yellow Corn created by Master Distiller Doug French is one of a series of exceptional Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskeys (White, Yellow, Black, and Purple), each designed to maximize their own unique flavors. One sip of Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan Yellow Corn, and you will know why Master Distiller Doug French decided to make corn-based whiskey in Oaxaca, Mexico, "the cradle of corn."
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Sierra Norte Single Barrel White Whiskey
Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican White Whiskey Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan White Corn brings another exceptional spirit to Mexico's rich spirits heritage of making mezcal, tequila and xtabentun. Master Distiller Doug French, the creator of Scorpion Mezcal, has ventured into the whiskey market making corn whiskey from native Oaxacan corn. As would be expected from the talented Mr. French, Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan White Corn is a truly exceptional product. 
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Zaya Gran Reserva Rum
Zaya Gran Reserva Rum Drinking Zaya Gran Reserva Rum is like taking your palate on a trip to its island origin of Trinidad and Tobago - known as the "Land of the Hummingbird." To create the smooth and delectable Zaya Gran Reserva Rum, they blend rare rums aged for up to 16 years. The result is an award-winning aged rum that is a perfect ingredient for cocktails, drinking neat or over ice, or as a tasty ingredient in culinary recipes.
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Whisky Live New York 2019 - An Evening of Tastings
Whisky Live New York 2019 - photo by Luxury Experience It was a memorable evening of international and domestic tastings, whisky tastings to be precise, during Whisky Live New York. Whisky aficionados gathered at The Altman Building in New York City on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, for Whisky Live "The world's premier tasting show" for their first USA show for 2019 for an evening of learning about and appreciating the fine nuances and differences of Bourbons, Ryes, Tennessee Whiskey, Scotch, international whiskies and so much more through tastings and Masterclasses! Cheers!
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Catskill Distilling Company - The Art and Science 
Edward Nesta, Debra Argen - Catskill Distilling Company - Whiskey Barrels - photo by Luxury Experience When New York State passed the Farm Distillery Act in 2008, the Catskills got another reason to celebrate when the Catskill Distilling Company opened its doors in 2010 in Bethel, New York, and if the name Bethel seems familiar, it was the home of the iconic 1969 Woodstock festival. We took a drive to the Catskill Distilling Company to take a tour and taste their award-winning product line of  The Most Righteous New York State Bourbon Whiskey, Catskill Straight Rye Whiskey, Fearless Straight Wheat Whiskey, The One And Only Buckwheat, Wicked White Whiskey, Curious Gin, Peace Vodka, and Bosco Monte Vecchio Grappa.
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The Most Righteous Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Catskill Distilling Company
The Most Righteous New York State Straight Bourbon WhiskeyThe Most Righteous New York State Straight Bourbon Whiskey  made by the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, New York celebrates the area's agriculture,  its history as the first New York State distillery with the 2008 passage of the New York State Farm Distillery Act, and uses locally grown grains and natural processes for its distillation and aging. The result is a stunning bourbon whiskey that has great character, body, aromas, and flavor, that lends itself to be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, in cocktails or in culinary recipes. To celebrate its versatility, Luxury Experience created a special cocktail and culinary menu, Luxury Experience - The Most Righteous New York State Straight Bourbon Whiskey Taste of New York State Menu.
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Macchu Pisco La Diablada Italia Pisco
Macchu Piisco La  Diablada ItaliaMacchu Pisco, La Diablada Italia Pisco is a super-premium pisco made in Peru by the talented distilling sisters, Master Blender Melanie Asher and her sister, Lizzie. Exceptional care in the making and the use of high-quality Italia grapes, make this Peruvian pisco one to try. Stellar in cocktails or when used in culinary recipes, Macchu Pisco La Diablada Italia Pisco is a product to make Peru proud.
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Macchu Pisco La Diablada Pisco Acholado - Pisco Sour Centennial
Macchu Pisco - La Diablada Pisco Acholado Macchu Pisco, La Diablada Pisco Acholado Pisco Sour Centennial is a super-premium pisco made in Peru by the talented distilling sisters, Master Blender Melanie Asher and her sister, Lizzie. It is a blend of their best piscos and elicits sweet floral and citrus notes on the nose and on the palate, and is an inspiration for well-balanced, sophisticated cocktail and culinary creations made with Macchu Pisco.    
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Blue Ice Vodka - Handcrafted American Potato Vodka
Blue Ice Vodka American-made Blue Ice Vodka is a very smooth potato vodka handcrafted from the finest Idaho Russet Burbank Potatoes. "Big Jim" Myerson founded family-owned Blue Ice Vodka in 2002, creating handcrafted vodka in Rigby, Idaho in the heart of the Russet Burbank potato region. With gluten allergies on the rise, and the growing concern about GMOs, vodka aficionados will appreciate that Blue Ice Vodka is certified gluten free and non-GMO.
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Cocktail Demo with Audrey Saunders during NYCE 2016
Audrey Saunders - photo by Luxury ExperienceAudrey Saunders, the owner of New York's esteemed Pegu Club, dazzled the audience with her Cocktail Demo during lunch at the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center (ICC), where participants in the 2-day gastronomical event had the opportunity to add to their cocktail knowledge as well as cooking with renowned toques. Cheers!
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Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka
Vermont Spirits Gold VodkaVermont Spirits Gold Vodka is one more reason why we love Vermont. Vermont Spirits Master Distillers Harry Gorman and Joe Buswell ingeniously incorporate 100% maple sap into the Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka, and with every sip you can taste the goodness of the region.
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Vermont Spirits Crimson Vodka
Vermont Spirits Crimson VodkaVermont Spirits Crimson Vodka made from Vermont apples from the Champlain Valley is the latest release in the family of Vermont Spirits vodka products that includes Vermont Spirits White Vodka distilled from whey, and Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka distilled from the sap of maple trees. Created by master distillers Harry Gorman and Joe Buswell using local products, they bring the best of Vermont from farm to bottle.
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Vermont Spirits Coppers American Style Gin
Vermont Spirits Coppers GinVermont Spirits Coppers Gin is an American-style gin, and like every one of the Vermont Spirits fine collection of spirits, it has an interesting story to tell. Coppers Gin was named after the coins issued by the Republic of Vermont in 1785. It is distilled by hand with a simple selection of botanicals, starting with wild Vermont juniper berries, and their own blend of coriander, cassia, and angelica root, orange peel and cardamom pods. They distill each batch with 100% grain spirits in their one-of-a-kind 150-gallon copper pot still they built themselves, and the result is genuine flavor and a strong character.
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