New Booze in November and December 2013
The Celebrity Tequila Index

New Booze: Tapatio Excelencia and Battle Cry American Single Malt

Normally my New Booze posts run on ShakeStir.com but they have a backlog so I'll post them here on Alcademics in the meantime. Here are two new ones.

Sons of Liberty Battle Cry American Single Malt

Battle Cry on TransparentThe Sons of Liberty announce two American Single Malt releases; BATTLE CRY Single Malt, born from a Belgian style ale and UPRISING Single Malt, born from an Imperial Stout.

BATTLE CRY enlists a base of 100% malted grains (80% malted barley, 20% malted rye) and is fermented with a Belgian Trappist yeast strain and aged in newly charred American oak barrels and lightly toasted French oak.

Sons of Liberty also re-launches UPRISING, distilled from fermented dark malted barley that is traditional in stout beer. The newly released UPRISING increases its aging time in charred American Oak Barrels, complemented with dark toasted French Oak.

All Sons of Liberty products are distributed throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island and are available at select locations throughout the New England states. Shelf prices for Battle Cry range from $27-$30.

Visit www.solspirits.com for more information.

Tapatio Excelencia Tequila

Excelencia250pxCharbay Distillers, exclusive U.S. importer of Tequila Tapatio, has received 100 cases of rare 'Excelencia’ Gran Reservas (Extra Añejo) usually reserved for friends and family of Mexico’s 75-year-old La Alteña Distillery.

100% estate-grown Blue Agave were selected and slow-baked for four days. After being fermented using the family’s 75 year-old yeast culture and double-distilled in small (90-250 gallon) copper Alambiques Tequilano pot stills, the spirit was aged in new American oak (#4 Char) for four years.

Due to the limited number of bottles, Tequila Tapatio ‘Excelencia’ is only available in select California retail stores and restaurants and can be purchased online nationwide for delivery (where legal). [CA SRP $159; 1 Liter; 40% abv.]

It is not presently known whether more Tequila Tapatio Excelencia will become available to the U.S. market anytime soon.

Tapatio is a Mexican term for ‘someone from Guadalajara’ (no relation to the hot sauce). Since 1937, the Camarena Family has been distilling Tapatio Tequila from 100% estate-grown blue agaves grown in the Arandas highlands.

The U.S. Tequila Tapatio collection includes:

Tequila Tapatio Blanco - aged for 6 months in stainless steel. CA SRP $34 (1 Liter)

Tequila Tapatio Reposado - aged for 8 months in aged oak barrels to bring a hint of sweetness from the wood, without overpowering the spicy agave flavor. CA SRP $38 (1 Liter)

Tequila Tapatio Añejo - aged for 18 months in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks. CA SRP $44 (1 Liter)

Tequila Tapatio 110-Proof Blanco (‘B110’) - aged for 6 months in stainless steel. CA SRP $48 (1 Liter) Award: ‘Best of Class’/Spirits of Mexico 2013 (‘Overproof Blanco’ class created for it)

Tequila Tapatio ‘Excelencia’ Gran Reservas (Extra Añejo) - aged for 4 years in new American oak (#4 Char) CA SRP $159 (1 Liter)

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