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Not One But Two J. Carver – Cruella Amaro and J. Carver Wheat Whiskey

American Craft Spirits Association !00th Issue of Craft Spirits Weekly

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Not One But Two J. Carver – Cruella Amaro and J. Carver Wheat Whiskey

WACONIA, Minn. – October 19, 2018– Today, J. Carver Distillery celebrates over four years of award-winning distilling by announcing the introduction of two new handcrafted spirits: Cruella Amaro, a rye whiskey-based Amaro and J. Carver Wheat Whiskey.  Both products are distilled grain-to-glass and aged in our barrel room at our facility in Waconia, Minnesota, located 30 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

“We are thrilled to introduce these two new whiskies to Minnesota consumers,” stated Founder Bill Miller. “Each is handcrafted in very small batches and based on locally-produced grains and barrels manufactured in Avon and Park Rapids, Minnesota,” continues Miller.  “We hope to add each of these new products to homes and cocktail bars across Minnesota.”

“Four years ago we planned and produced a sophisticated Minnesota Wheat Whiskey despite the lack of interest in wheat whiskies at that time. However, during a gathering of high-profile bartenders at our distillery in Waconia, we received great encouragement to bring this product to market. We believe that we have embarked on a new era where whiskey aficionados include wheat whiskey on their shopping list. Marvel Bar and Shorewood Liquor were so enamored by this endeavor they hand-selected barrels for blending, purchased privately, and the fruits of this collaboration are now available at Marvel Bar in Minneapolis and Shorewood Liquor,” stated Founding Partner Gina Holman. Additional barrels have been blended for release and are now available to restaurants and fine spirits retailers throughout Minnesota.

Cruella Amaro was designed to take whiskey based cocktails to a whole new level. As long time Amaro lovers, we were inspired to create another unique specialty spirit to compliment our Sevilla Liqueur. Using rye whiskey as the base for this product allowed us to introduce the viscosity of an aged whiskey and a spicy finish to the seductive amaro flavors of herbs, barks, and other spices. The result is a devilish interplay of sweet and bitter, as you would expect from a spirit named “Cruella”. This is our distinctive Minnesota twist on a classic Italian-style herbal digestif. Cruella Amaro is worthy of sipping on its own or elevating a pre-prohibition classic cocktail like a Manhattan, Old Fashioned or Negroni. “Our entire team is proud to launch these two new whiskey-based products as they round out our portfolio of unique whiskies introduced over the last four years,” states Holman.

Newly released J. Carver Distillery Wheat Whiskey 100 proof and Cruella Amaro are available for wholesale purchase exclusively through Minneapolis-based distributor Vinocopia, Inc.  Consumers can search the store finder at www.jcarverdistillery.com for retailers by city or zip code including Surdyk’s, South Lyndale, Legacy Wine and Spirits, Shorewood Liquor, Dolce Vita, The Vintage, North Loop, and other fine spirit shops across the state.

Carver Distillery newly released spirits now available include:

Cruella Amaro

Cruella Amaro is an herbal liqueur made at J. Carver Distillery that is commonly consumed as an after-dinner digestif. It has a bitter-sweet flavor with a perfect kiss of sweetness. It is rye whiskey based, and infused with a blend of many herbs, spices and roots, including gentian, saffron, hyssop, rose hip, sweet and bitter orange, chamomile and galenga, with a few other botanicals to balance the many complex flavors. Enjoy the many tasty herbal flavors of Cruella on its own or use with our Sevilla Liqueur to elevate amazing flavors when making your Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or Whiskey Sour. (70 proof)

Carver Wheat Whiskey 100 proof

This 100 proof wheat whiskey has a mash bill of 71% local MN winter wheat, 20% MN corn, 9% malted barley, & has been aged for at least three years in charred oak barrels coopered in Minnesota. This is a sophisticated whiskey that offers rich, robust flavors from the influence of local MN winter wheat. This local J. Carver Wheat Whiskey is worthy of being included in every whiskey aficionado’s collection. 100 proof

About J. Carver Distillery  

  1. Carver Distillery crafts distinctive award-winning spirits inspired by a tradition of craft and curiosity, harkening back to the days of unchartered exploration and wonder. J. Carver Distillery is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Stop in and experience a tour and tasting and their grain-to-glass approach to distilling. Join their many enthusiastic customers in sampling locally made vodka, gin, barrel gin, apple brandy, grappa, bourbon, rye whiskey, liqueurs, and now small batch specialty spirits and hand-crafted cocktails in their cocktail room. Founded in 2013 in Waconia, Minnesota, partners include Bill Miller (Waconia), Gina Holman (Victoria), Beth Aschinger (Spring Park), and Dan Niesen (Waconia), Gregg Groechel (Wayzata), John Zupan (Waconia), Tom Kullman (Waconia) More information is available online at www.jcarverdistillery.com.

You must be at least 21 years of age to drink alcoholic beverages. Do not drink and drive, and please drink responsibly.

For more information please contact:

Gina Holman

mobile 612-306-7870/ office 952-442-2433/ ginah@jcarverdistillery.com

1320 MILL LANE, WACONIA, MINNESOTA , USA

Runestone Straight Rye Gold Medal Winner

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"The Fifty Best" Runestone Straight Rye Gold Medal Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


-- The Fifty Best Holds a Rye Whiskey Tasting --

New York, NY, (September 25, 2017) – The Fifty Best, rating the finest in wines and spirits, has once again turned its spotlight on American-made rye whiskey.  The Fifty Best recently hosted a Rye Whiskey Tasting, where 25 contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best Rye” awards for 2017.

The Fifty Best is very pleased to announce that Runestone Straight Rye Whiskey was awarded a Gold medal.

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Runestone Straight Rye Whiskey
(J. Carver Distillery, Waconia, MN) 80° proof

Nose: Butterscotch, treacle, creamy, buttery, cocoa, vanilla, honey, banana, Juicy Fruit chewing gum, grains, nutty, cashews, Popsicle stick, herbal, vegetal, grassy.
Palate: Nougat, chocolate, creamy, sweet churned butter, honey, apple, grape, orange, sweet honeysuckle, corn, nutty, rye, clove, herbal, spicy, oak, smooth, silky.
Finish: Peach, melon, dried fruit, bay leaf, rye, straw, smooth, well-balanced.

Using professional criteria, the pre-qualified panel of judges blind-tasted the rye whiskies and rated them individually on a 1-5 point scoring system with 5 being the best. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges' impressions.

The complete ranking results, along with tasting notes, are published on TheFiftyBest.com:
www.thefiftybest.com/spirits/best_rye_whiskey/


TheFiftyBest.com is an digital guide to wines & spirits, featuring rated listings from proprietary blind tastings judged by wine/spirits journalists, spirits professionals, retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs. The Fifty Best achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluations by adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology.
 

Distillery rolls out 2 new grain-to-glass spirits

Distillery rolls out 2 new grain-to-glass spirits

 Today, J. Carver Distillery celebrates its third year of distilling by announcing the introduction of two new handcrafted spirits, Sevilla, a whiskey-based liqueur, and Hunt Club Double Barrel Rye Whiskey. Both products were distilled grain-to-glass and aged in our barrel room at our facility in Waconia, Minnesota, located 30 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

Minnesota Bourbon: J. Carver turns local corn to liquid gold

Minnesota Bourbon: J. Carver turns local corn to liquid gold

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J. Carver Distillery to release Rye Whiskey and Apple Brandy

J. Carver Distillery to release Rye Whiskey and Apple Brandy

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TERRIFIC LOCAL SPIRITS FROM J. CARVER DISTILLERY

TERRIFIC LOCAL SPIRITS FROM J. CARVER DISTILLERY

TERRIFIC LOCAL SPIRITS FROM J. CARVER DISTILLERY

Some of the best vodka and gin available is made at J. Carver Distillery, located just a short drive from the Twin Cities. Jason Newell, our manager of Wines & Spirits in Chanhassen, takes us on a tour of their facilities:

J. Carver Distillery gives favorite spirits a fresh, local take

J. Carver Distillery gives favorite spirits a fresh, local take

It was a similar spirit of adventure that spurred brothers Matt and Bill Miller and their team to open J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, creating a line of spirits that infuse old favorites with new flavors, using ingredients grown close to home.

J. Carver Distillery launches ultra premium spirits and the first barrel gin distilled in Minnesota: J. Carver Barrel Gin.

J. Carver Distillery launches ultra premium spirits and the first barrel gin distilled in Minnesota: J. Carver Barrel Gin.

J. Carver Distillery announces the introduction of a trio of grain-to-glass, handcrafted, small batch spirits: Lake House Ultra-Premium Vodka, Grimm Farm Ultra-Premium Gin, and the first barrel gin distilled in Minnesota: J. Carver Barrel Gin.

J. Carver Distillery of Waconia

J. Carver Distillery of Waconia

Waconia and its neighboring cities contain three wineries and two breweries. And last fall, a distillery was added to the tally. J. Carver Distillery erected its stills last August and sent its first bottles to market on October 23.

J. Carver Distillery: A Teaser

J. Carver Distillery: A Teaser

One of the biggest questions I've been getting from my readers and friends over the past 4 months is "What do you know about the new distillery they are building in Waconia?"  Since I live within walking distance from the site and am usually on top of this type of thing, I decided that I should look into this mysterious project more closely!  Founder and partner Bill Miller and Gina Holman, founding partner and manager were kind enough to invite me out to the J. Carver Distillery for a tour and interview.

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