In their bid to be individualistic and stand out in the crowd, liquor manufacturers are producing some exotic bottlings which may not be to everyone’s taste like Anty, the result of a joint venture between gin distillery Cambridge Distillery and Nordic Food Lab. Anty is a gin containing the essence of around 62 wood ants! Also known as Formica rufa, the red wood ant defend themselves by producing formic acid in their abdomens which they spray on whatever poses a threat. The formic acid is a reactive compound found in alcohol that acts as an agent for producing aromatic compounds. The ones used in the gin have been cultivated by wild plant specialists. The ants are combined with other springtime botanicals, including wood avens, nettle and Alexanders seed, as well as Bulgarian juniper. Cambridge Distillery has come out with 99 bottles, which will retail at £200 per bottle.
This is literally the Christmas spirit. Spencerfield Spirit has released a new gin made with festive spices at its new distillery in Edinburgh. The limited-edition Christmas Gin is infused with frankincense, myrrh and nutmeg, all connected to Christmas, with a base of Edinburgh Gin which is made with traditional Scottish botanicals. The new gin was developed in partnership with Heriot-Watt University School of Distilling. This is a limited-edition product with only 1,200 bottles produced, and handcrafted in small batches with Scottish juniper berries, pine, heather, thistle and eight other botanicals.
Unlike the gin-makers, Diageo is the world’s largest producer of spirits, but even they cannot resist getting into the niche market of flavour-infused liquors. Their latest is Pie Hole, a new brand of Canadian whisky liqueurs which, as the name suggests, carries the flavours of freshly-baked pies. The range consists of Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and Pecan Pie. The Apple Pie bottling is described as offering flavours of sweet apple pie filling, baked crust with a hint of cinnamon and clove spice. Each expression has been aged between four and eight years and bottled in Canada, where most of it will be sold.