Kinsey Introduces Winter Whiskey

Kinsey Winter Whiskey

One of the more welcome trends of 2020 is definitely “Winter Whiskey.” A whiskey blended with warming spices suitable as a reward for shoveling snow, settling in by a fire, or simply with a couch and NetFlix.

Bluebird Distilling launched their Winter Whiskey with spices and brown sugar on Black Friday. Liberty Pole Spirits offers a Winter seasonal of their rye whiskey spiced with cinnamon, allspice, orange peel and then sweetened with a touch of brown sugar simple syrup. The spirits are a nod to the Pennsylvania Coal Country’s Boilo, itself a riff on a Lithuanian liqueur flavored with citrus fruits, herbs, spices, honey and ginger.

Now, New Liberty Distilling has announced and released its own limited release Kinsey Winter Whiskey. The spirit’s base is Kinsey’s American Whiskey and then has tea and mulling spices added, as well as a touch of honey, promising a warming sip with a pleasantly sweet finish. 750 ml bottles weigh in at 86.8 proof and are available for $27.99 each for pickup and delivery.

Aged Rum Finished in Pittsburgh, Began Life in Trinidad

Kingfly Morphos Amber Rum

Kingfly Spirits out of Pittsburgh has just released a special rum for the holidays, Morphos Amber Rum. Originally from Trinidad (the country, not a small town somewhere in Pennsylvania), the rum was aged for 12 years in used bourbon barrels. It’s described as having a “warm aroma of dates, caramel apple, coffee and vanilla…. Brilliantly copper in color, Morphos delivers balanced tasting notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon and mocha with a velvety finish.”

750 ml bottles are $42 each and are available at the distillery or online for shipping across Pennsylvania. The Strip District distillery also offers something they call “cocktail catering” where their bartenders batch up fresh cocktails starting at $32 for four cocktails.

PA Favorite Available from Christmas City Spirits

Christmas City Spirits Boilo

Tis the season for Christmas City Spirits and the Bethlehem based distillery has released a Pennsylvania coal region classic, Boilo. Boilo is a variation of a traditional Lithuanian liqueur called Krupnik or Krupnikas. Boilo is historically made with a neutral spirit (moonshine), but modern recipes may start with bourbon rye or other alcohol. The standard recipe includes citrus fruits, herbs, spices, honey and ginger.

Christmas City’s Coal Country Boilo is a honey and ginger flavored moonshine infused with seasonal spices. It can be served hot or cold, but this will warm your on a cold day.

Coal County Boilo is $32.95 for a 750 ml bottle. It can be picked up at The Sun Inn in Bethlehem, delivered locally (within six miles of The Sun Inn) for a three dollar fee, or shipped across Pennsylvania.

Maggie’s Farm Celebrates Seven Years with Five New Releases

Maggie's Farm Rum - Cask Strength Release 2020

Black Friday marks the seventh anniversary at Pittsburgh’s Maggie’s Farm Rum and the distillery is celebrating with FIVE different releases.

And it isn’t just rum being released this year. Maggie’s Farm is releasing two eau de vie-style brandies (pear and blueberry), two rums (single-barrel and vanilla flavored), plus the seasonal favorite, Peppermint Coffee Liqueur.

The brandies are both fermented from recent farm pressings and crafted to retain as much fruit flavor and aroma as possible. 375 ml bottles of the pear brandy and blueberry brandy are available for curbside pickup or shipping across Pennsylvania.

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Triple Sun Readies Black Friday Straight Bourbon Release

Triple Sun Pennsylvania Straight Bourbon

On Friday, November 27th, Triple Sun Spirits is releasing their Pennsylvania Straight Bourbon. Distilled from a sweet mash of 80% corn, 10% rye and 10% barley, the bourbon is then aged for a minimum of two years in Kentucky oak barrels.

Reserve your bottle of the limited release today. 375 ml bottles are $38 each. Pickup will be available starting on Black Friday.

The single barrel release is described as “offering notes of caramel, vanilla and honey that blend with light spice, tobacco leaf and oakiness.”

When ordering, choose from any of Triple Sun’s three locations including Emmaus, Doylestown or Newtown.

Bluebird Drops Two Spirits for Black Friday

Bluebird Winter Whiskey

This year has seen the disruption of way too many traditions and norms. So we’re happy to report that Bluebird Distilling is holding on to their Black Friday tradition of releasing two new spirits on Friday, November 27. For the sixth year, the Phoenixville distillery is kicking off the holiday season with special releases.

At 9 am, Bluebird will begin selling its Winter Whiskey and Barrel Proof Straight Rye. The Winter Whiskey takes the distillery’s Four Grain Bourbon, adds a pinch of brown sugar and a blend of winter spices. Winter Whiskey is described as having “warm notes of vanilla, baking spices, orange zest and toffee fill every sip.”

For customers looking for a more straight ahead whiskey, Bluebird is bottling a limited amount of Barrel Proof Straight Rye. It weighs in at 114 proof and promises to be “big, rich and bold.”

750 ml bottles of Winter Whiskey are $39.99, The barrel proof Rye is $39.99 for a 375 ml bottle. There will only be 150 bottles of the rye available.

Purchases will be offered outside the distillery. Bluebird will also offer special breakfast cocktails on their heated patio, as well as straight pours and cocktails to go.

Manatawny Has Two Thanksgiving Releases

Manatawny Still Works Bottled in Bond

Pottstown’s Manatawny Still Works has two bottle releases in time for your Thanksgiving feast. A year after releasing its first Bottled in Bond whiskey, the distillery is back with a second go-around, this one aged five years. Bottled in Bond is a kind of seal of quality and a technical term, meaning the whiskey has been distilled by one distiller, in one distilling season and aged for at least four years in a federally bonded warehouse and bottled at 100 proof.

This year’s Bottled in Bond is Manatawny’s oldest whiskey released to date and is described as having, “pleasing notes of sour cherries mix with oatmeal raisin on the nose, reminiscent of cherry cobbler. Bright flavors of apricots and dates fade to a deeper caramel and seasoned oak character with a mellow, dry finish.”

Bottles of the 100 proof whiskey are $70 and can be pre-ordered for pickup or shipping across Pennsylvania.

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Available Now: Boardroom Spirits Nocino Liqueur

Boardroom Spirits Nocino

Nocino, a traditional Italian liqueur made from green walnuts is also a seasonal custom at Lansdale’s Boardroom Spirits. And Boardroom’s Nocino is back and available for online purchase.

Boardroom’s family recipe blends spices and wildflower honey with the nutty liqueur. The 56 proof spirit is $39.99 per bottle and is available for pickup, local delivery and shipping across Pennsylvania. Get a tasty bottle for the holidays. Two if you have problems with sharing.

Stateside Black Label Bourbon Returns

Mark your calendars. Stateside, much better known for their distinctive bottle and vodka, is releasing the fourth batch of their Black Label Bourbon on November 21. You can pre-order your bottle today for pickup on Saturday.

Stateside’s Black Label Bourbon is aged two years in American white-oak barrels. It is bottled at 80 proof and bottles cost $49.99. Get a customized laser engraved bottle for just three dollars more.

Barrel 21 Releases a Rock & Rye

Barrel 21 Rock & Rye

State College’s Barrel 21 Distillery is bringing out its own version of the O.G. bottled cocktail, Rock & Rye. Based on an old family recipe, this version of Rock & Rye is made with Rye, rock candy, navel orange, pineapple, lemon, clove, cinnamon, horehound (an aromatic herb in the mint family) and honey. Snag a bottle of this sweet concoction for $36 a bottle.

Rock-and-Rye goes back to the late 1800s, where it was often promoted for its medicinal value. And who are we to say it wouldn’t help your cough, cold or sore throat. It’s still particularly popular in Pennsylvania, according to Whisky Advocate, Jacquin’s Rock & Rye was the third most popular spirit sold in the state during 2017.