Sugarlands Distilling to Offer Piña Colada Moonshine this Summer

SugarlandslogoSugarlands Distilling Company (Gatlinburg, Tennessee) recently announced plans to officially release Piña Colada Moonshine beginning on Monday, May 15.

Piña Colada Moonshine has been created by Sugarlands Distilling to act as the perfect paring for any summertime gathering with friends and family.  This new offering combines the flavors of “fresh pineapple and coconut milk” to trick the mind into believing it has been transported “directly to the sunny beach setting of its dreams.”  Clocking in at 70 proof (35% ABV), Piña Colada Moonshine “is best enjoyed over ice, on an island, or on your own front porch.”  Piña Colada is the latest moonshine to join Sugarlands’ “award-winning line of spirits that has won 20 awards internationally since distillation began in 2014.”

Sugarlands will officially release Piña Colada Moonshine on May 15.  Once released, this offering will be available in 750 ml Mason jars at select liquor stores found within the distribution area of Sugarlands Distilling Company and online at BuySugarlands.com. Prost!

Vital Information for Piña Colada Moonshine from Sugarlands Distilling Company

Release – launching May 15, 2017
Style – Flavored Moonshine
ABV – 35%  (70 proof)
Distribution – Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota & Indiana
Buy Online – BuySugarlands.com

 

 

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Sugarlands Distilling Co. adds Electric Orange to Lineup of Cream Liqueurs

unnamed-3Sugarlands Distilling Company (Gatlinburg, Tennessee) has officially introduced Electric Orange Cream Liqueur as the newest offering in the distillery’s Appalachian Sippin’ Cream series.

Joining “an award-winning line of spirits that has won 20 awards internationally since distillation began in 2014,” Electric Orange Cream Liqueur has officially arrived as the latest release from Sugarland Distilling Company.  Inspired by the orange creamsicles many of us enjoyed in our youth, this new cream liqueur “combines a bright, fresh orange zest with the smooth taste of vanilla cream.”  Weighing in at a reasonable 40 proof, the folks at Sugarlands propose that you enjoy Electric Orange Cream Liqueur straight or used as a mixer in your favorite adults-only float recipe.  Electric Orange joins Butter Pecan Cream Liqueur and Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur to comprise Sugarlands Distilling Company’s current lineup of Appalachian Sippin’ Creams.

Electric Orange Cream Liqueur is currently available for purchase now at the Gatlinburg distillery.  If you are not in that area, 750 ml Mason jars of this offering will soon be available in liquor stores found within the distribution area of Sugarlands Distilling Company and online at BuySugarlands.com. Electric Orange Cream Liqueur is sure to be a unique and eye-catching addition to your bar (home or otherwise), so pick up a jar the next time you are at the liquor store to treat yourself and your friends to some delicious new cocktails.  Prost!

Vital Information for Electric Orange Cream Liqueur from Sugarlands Distilling Company

Release – Appalachian Sippin’ Cream, launching February 2017
Style – Cream Liqueur 
ABV – 20% (40 proof)
Distribution – Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota & Indiana
Buy Online – BuySugarlands.com

Tasting Notes – Spirits Edition: Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur from Sugarlands Distilling Co.

dccclsugarlandspour1000Tasting Notes wanders back into the realm of spirits this week by partaking in a little Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur from Sugarlands Distilling Co. (Gatlinburg, Tennessee).

Since the flavors of chocolate and coffee are commonly found in various beer styles these days, it only seemed natural to do a Tasting Notes crossover featuring this Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur.  Sugarlands Distilling Co. created the Appalachian Sippin’ Cream Series to add depth and diversity to their popular and ever-expanding Moonshine lineup.  Just as the name implies, Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur has been crafted to be a dessert-style drink that is “rich in cacao and notes of roasted coffee beans.”  Whether consumed straight or in a mixed drink, this offering is meant to be savored as the sweet treat that we all deserve after a long day.  750ml Mason jars of Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur and the full Appalachian Sippin’ Cream lineup** are available for purchase online (click here) or at select retailers found in Florida and throughout the rest of Sugarlands Distilling Co.’s distribution area.  That should pretty much cover all the necessary background information, so let’s break out the fancy ice and get to some Tasting Notes!

**If you somehow have an aversion to chocolate and coffee, Sugarlands Distilling Co. also currently produces Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Butter Pecan Cream Liqueur.**

Tasting Notes for Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur from Sugarlands Distilling Co.

Appearance: This liqueur fills the glass with a presentation that is strikingly similar to chocolate milk.  It falls somewhere between dark tan to milk chocolate brown in color.  The liquid is completely opaque and somewhat viscous.  When swirled about, an off white to light tan sheet coats the glass and drops down evenly spaced, slightly darker, streaky legs.

Aroma: As is the case with most liqueurs, the first inhale brings a gentle waft of alcohol.  Fully committed, I leave my nose in the glass and discover rich, indulgent layers of depth with each breath.  Vanilla and whipped cream rise up first, and this easily shifts to a sweet milk chocolate note.  The aromas then deepen to produce tones of dark roasted coffee beans and a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate.  These enchanting aromatics easily convince you to take sip after sip.

Taste: The start of each sip is a comforting reminder of youthful moments spent enjoying an awesome milkshake or a tall glass of chocolate milk after school.  Out of the gate, there is just so much chocolaty goodness.  This naturally opens up to expose qualities of toffee, vanilla, cream and caramel.  The flavor profile extends even further and finishes with fresh brewed coffee and fine dark chocolate.  This is dangerously good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and silken in texture on the palate.  Each sip coats softly to allow all the flavors the chance to develop and be thoroughly enjoyed.  At just 20% ABV, this liqueur only leaves a suggestion of heat to linger in the throat.  Although sweet, it still avoids being cloying or over the top.  Milk chocolate and vanilla remain as a lasting aftertaste.

Final Thoughts:  If you are a fan of sweet Liqueurs/Cordials and have been looking to try an alternative to offerings like Baileys Original Irish Cream, you may have just found it. Rich, decadent and absolutely loaded with indulgent flavors, Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur immediately proved to us that it is an incredibly tasty and versatile addition to any bar (home or otherwise).  This offering was very much enjoyed straight and in coffee – great with brunch or as an after-dinner drink – while taking these notes, but this liqueur’s list of possible uses does not stop there.  You could easily slip some into the mixing bowl to make an adults-only batch of whipped cream to top your coffee, mixed drink, brownies, pie, etc.  Sub it into your favorite chocolate martini recipe to give it a mocha-like twist. Finally, if you are a fan of “Depth Charge” shots, we came up with this Tennessee-themed take on the “Irish Car Bomb” that proved to be quite delicious.  The name is still a work in process, but here’s the recipe:

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint of lower ABV, locally produced American Stout or Irish-style Dry Stout (avoid hoppy Stouts) 
  • 1/2 shot of Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Cream Liqueur from Sugarlands Distilling Co.
  • 1/2 shot of Tennessee Whiskey of your choice

Instructions: Fill 1/2 of a sturdy shaker pint glass with your Stout of choice.  Take a standard shot glass and add the Sippin’ Cream and chosen Whiskey (layer the Sippin’ Cream to the bottom of the shot).  Carefully drop the shot into the pint glass and enjoy!

However you choose to enjoy it, it is pretty much a certainty that you will be using several of the following words to describe each sip you take of Appalachian Sippin’ Cream – Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream Liqueur: Luscious. Delightful.  Tempting.  Enticing.  Heavenly.  Ambrosial.  Faced with terms such as those, how could you possibly resist?  Seriously, we highly recommend that you give this offering a try and let us know what you think.  Prost!

Tasting Notes – Spirits Edition: Maple Bacon Moonshine from Sugarlands Distilling Co.

moonshinecap1000Tasting Notes is going to close the week out by venturing into the world of craft spirits by sipping on some Maple Bacon Moonshine from Sugarlands Distilling Co. (Gatlinburg, Tennessee).

Just as the craft beer community has been experiencing amazing growth and popularity over the last several years, so has the world of fine liquor and craft spirits.  It can be said that both of these industries share common characteristics that have acted as the catalyst for their mutual growth: hand-crafted, locally produced, use of fine ingredients, an adventurous and playful approach to their products, quality of product over quantity of production, etc.  Beyond that, these two often collaborate or draw inspiration from one another whether it be by experimenting with similar flavor profiles or by aging craft beer in the used liquor barrels of the other (or vice versa in some cases).  Because of this parallel, Tasting Notes will occasionally branch out to take a look at a spirits offering that shares something in common with craft beer.  Since the use of maple and bacon has been a recent, popular combo in craft beer as of late, we are going to launch the first Spirits Edition of Tasting Notes by trying out Maple Bacon Moonshine from Sugarlands Distilling Co.  

Before we break the seal on this Mason jar, let’s cover some background info on this distillery and offering.  Sugarlands Distilling Co. of Gatlinburg, Tennessee first began distillation of craft quality moonshine and whiskey in 2014, and their dedication to producing “innovative drinks with a raconteur and thrilling vibe” has been key to their success.  Fans can experience their offerings at the downtown distillery while also enjoying live music, Appalachian storytelling, moonshine tastings, distillery tours and “outdoor adventures in the Sugarlands—an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, also known as ‘moonshiners’ paradise’.”  Since opening, Sugarlands Distilling Co. has earned 28 awards, been recognized by several publications and media outlets, and has been named “America’s top-rated distillery experience and the number one ‘thing to do’ in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, according to TripAdvisor.com.” Spirits from Sugarlands Distilling Co. are now available in stores in 21 states nationwide and online at www.BuySugarlands.com.

Maple Bacon Moonshine is one of many Moonshines produced by Sugarlands and is a release within the distillery’s Outlandish Series, the “Seriously Not-So-Serious Moonshine Series”.  Just as the name suggests, this breakfast-inspired, 70 Proof Moonshine “combines the tastes of smoked bacon and candied maple syrup” in an offering that can be enjoyed on its own or as a part of a full-flavored cocktail.  Now that we have those particulars covered, let’s track down a rocks glass and get to some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Maple Bacon Moonshine from Sugarlands Distilling Co.

Appearance: In the jar, Maple Bacon Moonshine presents as a deep, rich, red-hued mahogany in color.  Once poured in the glass, the colors soften a bit to produce lighter browns that still flaunt some reddish tones.  The body is clear, but there are some dark, ashen floaties bouncing around in there.  This Shine absolutely has some legs to it, and it leaves a sugary trail on the glass as well.

Aroma:  As soon as the cap is removed, the room is filled with rich, smoky bacon goodness.  I mean . . . this is instantly conjuring up memories of waking up as a kid to a house filled with the smell of breakfast cooking in the kitchen.  Once you pull yourself out of this bacon-induced spell, maple syrup and a sweet grain presence that is pancake-like comes forward.  The final layer to this decadent fragrance is a touch of dark caramel lingering in the background.  The only thing I can say to all of this is “Yes please!”

Flavor: The maple hits first in the flavor department and we are talking about a beautifully represented note of sweet, syrupy perfection.  The bacon and smoke then slides across the palate to counter the sweetness with a balancing savoriness.  Rich, nearly burnt caramel and a light presence of dark fruit rounds everything off.  It may be sweet, but I am happily surprised at how that sweetness has been cut, smoothed and leveled out.  Breakfast in a glass is the only way to describe what we have here.

Mouthfeel:  Not surprising at all, this Maple Bacon Moonshine has a syrupy texture to it that thoroughly coats and saturates the taste buds in the delightful flavor experience mentioned above.  Although the offering is sweet, balance is nearly achieved with its savory, smoky qualities.  The alcohol heat is wonderfully tempered and well hidden.  Smoke lingers after each sip.

Final Thoughts: With just a quick glance at the label, name and description of Maple Bacon Moonshine, one may be a bit worried that this is an offering that would ultimately be too sweet to enjoy on its own.   I am here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.  I enjoyed this both straight and on-the-rocks, and the balance in this Moonshine must be noted, praised and celebrated.  The bacon is not acting as just the ridiculously awesome ingredient that bacon is, but its savory and smoky characteristics are put to work in this Shine as a means of balancing that maple syrup note.  This is not a gimmick. No, this is craftsmanship and it is delicious.  I suggest you give this one a try and enjoy it on its own, as a foundation for inventive craft cocktails, or as a flavorful addition to your after-dinner coffee.  Any way you want to try it, make it happen.  You certainly won’t regret it.  Prost!

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