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Food & Drink: This New Whiskey Is Flavored With Beaver. Yes, Like the Animal.
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 12, 2018 09:06PM
Introducing!
This Whiskey Is Flavored with Beaver

Eau de Musc
by Tamworth Distilling
Castoreum Flavored Whiskey
[www.warehousewinesandspirits.com]

The information on this old timey ‘natural flavoring’ sparked some intrigue and further discovery of the castoreum’s use as a spirit ingredient. The sac excretion exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma. These notes are also very common among barrel aged spirits, so a natural progression took place. From that structure came the addition of woodsy aroma: Birch oil, wild ginger, and fir needles. They are a great way to link the oak barrel components (vanilla, caramel, spice) to the beaver’s contribution. The result is a rich, full bodied 2-year bourbon that bolsters a vanillic nose and fruity, floral finish — a medley of charming flavors that are sure to impress.
Regular Price $79.99
Pre-Arrival Price $64.99
200ml 44% ABV
The use of beaver secretions, called castoreum, is not as bizarre as it may sound.
Mike Pomranz June 11, 2018

Any publicity is good publicity, and for New Hampshire-based spirits brand Tamworth Distilling, that includes the inevitable chatter that’s sure to pop up after deciding to flavor a new limited-edition whiskey with castoreum—a secretion that comes from a beaver’s castor sacs located not too far from its tail by the rodent’s bottom.

House of Tamworth Eau de Musc, as the beaver-based whiskey is called, is actually a lot less crazy than it may sound—not particularly far off from saying that a honey bourbon has been spiked with bee vomit. Though beaver bum secretions might sound way grosser, with its sweet notes of vanilla and fruit, castoreum has actually been used as a flavoring additive for hundreds of years and is totally acceptable according to the Food and Drug Administration. In fact, according to the distillery government approval is where this story starts.

“As we build recipes, each one has to be reviewed by the [Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau]. This is common practice and generally bases the acceptance of these formulas on FDA certified ingredients,” Tamworth Distilling explains on its website. “The generally recognized as safe list (GRAS) is actually pretty small, especially when you are in the exploratory phase of spirits. There are a few really odd ingredients and castoreum is one of them.”

The unique details behind this particular ingredient led to further exploration, and the distillers were intrigued by what they found. “The sac excretion exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma. These notes are also very common among barrel aged spirits, so a natural progression took place,” Tamworth continues. “The result is a rich, full bodied 2-year bourbon that bolsters a vanillic nose and fruity, floral finish—a medley of charming flavors that are sure to impress.”

"I have always been intrigued by the use of castoreum in food and luxury products," Steven Grasse, head distiller of Tamworth Distilling, said in a statement to Food & Wine. "There was a time when it was ubiquitous and used widely as a flavoring agent and in perfume. In fact, it’s still used in a number of products today and considered by the FDA to be a ‘Natural Flavoring.’ I was curious what would it taste like in one of our unreleased bourbons from Tamworth Distilling—so we tried it, and it worked beautifully."

If you’re equally intrigued by castoreum (it’ll certainly spark some discussion when pulled from your liquor cabinet, no matter how tipsy you already are), you’ll probably want to hunt down a bottle sooner than later. Eau de Musc is a limited-edition release, available in small, 200-milliliter bottles, with a reported price tag of $65 at WAREHOUSE WINES AND SPIRITS
735 Broadway @ Astor Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 982-7770
I double dare you- please report back to this forum after your taste test.
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Re: Food & Drink: This New Whiskey Is Flavored With Beaver. Yes, Like the Animal.
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 12, 2018 10:32PM
Better the animal, than....
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Re: Food & Drink: This New Whiskey Is Flavored With Beaver. Yes, Like the Animal.
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 13, 2018 12:16AM
Who doesn't like the taste of beaver? devil smiley



It is what it is.
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Re: Food & Drink: This New Whiskey Is Flavored With Beaver. Yes, Like the Animal.
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: June 13, 2018 09:55AM
OK, I'll bite ... another beaver.



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Re: Food & Drink: This New Whiskey Is Flavored With Beaver. Yes, Like the Animal.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 13, 2018 10:08AM
Whisky flavored beaver might have more cachet.




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Re: Food & Drink: This New Whiskey Is Flavored With Beaver. Yes, Like the Animal.
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: June 13, 2018 11:04AM
Could I get a bottle with Jerry Mathers' signature on the label?



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Re: Food & Drink: This New Whiskey Is Flavored With Beaver. Yes, Like the Animal.
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 13, 2018 02:50PM
Nothing like a little hair of the beaver, the next day, eh?





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