• Sunday , 24 September 2017

Taste Your First Sip of Tamworth Distilling Craft Spirits at Fine Philly Bars

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Steven Grasse’s Art in the Age products coming out of  Tamworth Distilling are finally available for a limited time in Philly, so jump on the opportunity to try these select spirits in some of the top bars around Philly. Beginning on May 26, five products from Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile will be available through SLO at Fine Wine and Good Spirits: Flora Gin & Apiary Gin from the Tamworth Garden series, Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial (a spirit inspired by Andrea Wulf’s book The Invention of Nature), and two Art in the Age Infusions from the test kitchen, Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial and Chicory Root Vodka.

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In celebration, a few of the city’s top bars — many longtime supporters of Art in the Age — will be introducing these exciting new spirits with featured cocktails.

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See the list below on where to find the craft cocktails:

·      Bourbon & Branch (AITA Chicory Root Vodka)

·      Buckminster’s (Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

·      Double Knot (AITA Chicory Root Vodka)

·      Fishtown Social (Apiary Gin)

·      Heritage (AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry, Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

·      Hungry Pigeon (Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

·      Lolita (Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

·      Parc (Apiary Gin)

·      Pour (AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry)

·      SOUTH (Apiary Gin, Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

·      Standard Tap (AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry)

·      Suga (Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

·      Twenty Manning (Flora Gin)

·      Wm Mulherin’s Sons (Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser)

·      Talula’s Garden (Apiary Gin, Black Trumpet Blueberry cordial and Tamarind cordial)

·      Bardot (Apiary Gin, Black Trumpet Blueberry cordial and Tamarind cordial)

·      Lo Spiedo (Tamarind cordial)

When Steven Grasse created Art in the Age Craft Spirits almost a decade ago, small-batch, artisanal spirits were the exception rather than the norm. He had already seen success as the creator of Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum, but wanted to innovate even further, beyond established spirits categories. The unique flavors and historical recipes of ROOT, SAGE, SNAP and RHUBARB were well received by both consumers and bartenders, and quickly gained national distribution through William Grant & Sons.

Last May, the next chapter of the Art in the Age story began. After years of masterminding spirits brands, Grasse finally opened his own distillery in rural Tamworth, NH. Why New Hampshire rather than Philadelphia, where Grasse is a longtime resident and business owner? The very essence of any spirit: water. Concerned about industrial pollution in the city and the statewide scourge of fracking in Pennsylvania, he was drawn to New Hampshire’s un-frackable granite bedrock and the clean, clear Ossipee Aquifer — one of the purest on the east coast.

Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile serves as a test kitchen for new Art in the Age flavors, as well as new creations following the brand’s historically inspired, farm-to-bottle ethos. Each begins with GMO-free grain sourced from within 150 miles, which is hand-milled in house before being distilled into neutral grain spirit (an ingredient many “craft” distilleries simply truck in and run through their still). Distillers Matt Power and Jamie Oakes then add fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farms, foraging trips to the woods, or the botanical garden in the distillery’s backyard to create unique and delicious spirits like their Apiary Gin with local wildflower honey, or Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial with foraged blueberries and mushrooms from Tamworth neighbors the New Hampshire Mushroom Company.

These are just two of over a dozen unique products TDM released in their first year — many of which have garnered praise from across the globe, including a silver medal, 2 gold medals, and a double gold medal (Best in Category) at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition. They also recently won Best Distillery in New Hampshire, beating out many more established distilleries.

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