Niche Import Co. Welcomes Ireland to Its Portfolio!
By Bob Barnes
Niche Import Co. has added two Irish whiskeys from Barr an Uisce: Wicklow Rare and 1803. Barr an Uisce is a new whiskey purveyor founded by Ian Jones from the small village of Redcross, which lies just below the townland of Barraniskey on the east coast of Ireland. The Irish words “Barr an Uisce” translate to “above the water” and the Irish word “uisce” was used during the time when Irish monks first distilled what we now call whiskey, which they referred to it as the “Water of Life.”
Wicklow Rare is a small batched Irish whiskey and Barr an Uisce’s signature blend, matured in first-fill bourbon barrels and finished in Oloroso casks for 6 months. The result is a complex and smooth 43% ABV whiskey with aromas of vanilla, honey and baked fruits with a mid-palate of nuttiness with hints of raisins and plum and a long and clean finish with subtle marmalade and caramel notes.
1803 is a 10-year-old single malt Irish whiskey named for the year St. Patrick’s Church of Barraniskey was built. The copper colored cross still stands in the graveyard in Redcross to this day, which inspired the logo for Barr an Uisce. This 46% ABV whiskey reveals aromas of vanilla and white chocolate; a mouthfeel of spice; mid-palate of tropical fruits, cinnamon, ginger and a distinct maltiness; and finishes with hints of toasted oak.
Both whiskeys are matured in first-fill bourbon casks and cut with water from the Jones’ family well in Redcross, County Wicklow which gives Barr an Uisce its unique taste and flavor.
The Wicklow Rare and 1803 are distributed by Epic Wines in the entire state of California, but Barr an Uisce products are currently not being distributed in Nevada. The suggested retail price of Wicklow Rare is $49.99 per 750 ml bottle and 1803 is $79.99 per 750 ml bottle. For more info visit barranuisce.com.
USDA Certified Organic, Kosher & Gluten Free Tequila El Consuelo Tequila
By Bob Barnes
One of the few spirits that is USDA Certified Organic, Kosher & Gluten Free, El Consuelo Tequila is born in the village of Atotonilco el Alto and is made chemical and additive free with USDA certified blue weber agaves sourced from Jalisco in the Mexican region of Tequila, a region with unique climatic characteristics that yield a larger, fruitier agave. Proprietary yeast blends are used and the process is completed using a family-owned distillery and exclusive bottling process.
Three types are produced:
Blanco—Un-aged, crisp & spicy with tastes of white and black pepper, hint of spice and mint with aromas of sweet fruit with minimum alcohol fragrance, it has a finish of grassy/earthy tones with no burn. Delicate and intense, Blanco is recommended for margaritas.
Reposado—Aged for 6 months in Cognac barrels with a hint of vanilla, a touch of caramel and a slight finish of pepper and mint, it has an earthy aroma and a drier finish with notes of cinnamon that pleasantly lingers on the pallet. It is recommended to enjoy neat, in a margarita or as a shooter.
Añejo—Aging for 12 months in Cognac barrels imparts an oak-y, wood-sy flavor with light lingering agave fruit notes complementing grassy and vanilla flavors. Connoisseurs enjoy Añejo sipped chilled or neat.
Consuelo is currently distributed in CA, NY, NJ and FL by Park Street. MSRP are: Blanco $49.50, Reposado $54.50 and Anejo $59.50. All three are 80 proof and packaged in 750 ml bottles. For more info and a detailed description of the tequila making process, visit elconsuelotequila.com.
E Harlow Magnolia Bitters
By Adam Rains
Coming soon to Las Vegas, a new style of cocktail seasoning hailing from Tennessee, the E Harlow Magnolia Bitters are the first of its kind, using the aromatic Magnolia flower. With the oil obtained through steam distillation, it has a beautifully pure yet soft concentration. The bitters are also bolstered by another southern flower, the Boneset, which has been used in the region since the Civil War. Be sure to keep this one in mind for cocktails and mock-tails alike, because this brand of bitters has a zero percent ABV. Look for E Harlow Magnolia Bitters from Bevi Beverages.
MSRP for a 4 oz bottle is $20. For more info visit www.pourtaste.com/shop/magnoliabitters