Malfy Gin—First Ever Italian Gin to Be Imported to the US

I enjoy the unexpected and also like products that surprise me. How about a lemon-infused gin? How about a lemon-infused gin that hails from Italy? In the case of Malfy Gin we have both. Debuted in May, it is the first ever Italian gin to be imported into the US and is now available in six markets: Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Distilled in a small family-operated distillery in Moncalieri, Italy, Malfy Gin is infused with the famous Italian lemons from the Amalfi Coast, adding zest and a refreshing aroma. I’m not usually a gin drinker, but I may be now, for when I sampled Malfy I was happily surprised with the zesty lemony zing. I’m not sure if the makers recommend this, but I tried adding fresh lemons, which to my palate enhanced the citrus blast and added to my enjoyment.

For more info visit Malfy is 41% ABV and retails for around $30-35 for 750 ml and is distributed locally by Breakthru Beverage Group Nevada through a partnership with Biggar and Leith, an owner and importer of fine spirits from established, family-owned distilleries.

Reyka Small Batch Vodka from Iceland’s First Distillery

Iceland, the land of volcano and sulphuric geysers, is probably not the first place you’d think of for a vodka product. Produced at Iceland’s first distillery in the little town of Borganes, located 74 km from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, Reyka uses the local environment to its full advantage. The distillery is powered by sustainable natural geothermal energy and uses pure Arctic spring water that runs through a 4,000 year old lava field that naturally filters the water. The vodka is handcrafted in small batches and distilled from wheat and barley using a copper Carter-head still, one of only six in the world and the only one being used to distill vodka. It pours crystal clear and delivers a clean and smooth grain taste with a bit of hotness and a mild spiciness. The makers suggest serving it over ice so it will remember where it comes from.

For more info and recipes visit Reyka is 40% ABV, retails for around $20 a liter and is imported by William Grant & Sons, NY, NY.