Local Craft Distiller Releases First Louisiana Barrel-Aged Gin
NEW ORLEANS – Atelier Vie, home of Real New Orleans Spirits, announces the release of the first Barrel-Aged Gin from Louisiana.
This new gin expression is created from Atelier Vie’s award-winning Euphrosine Gin #9 and is officially called Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve. Both Barrel-Finished Reserve and the standard version of Euphrosine Gin #9 are being released in new packaging.
“After your gin wins two gold medals in craft spirits competitions, what is the next step?” Jedd Haas, Atelier Vie president said. “For us, it was barrel-aging that same gin in second use American whiskey barrels. After months in the barrel, the gin picks up an attractive amber color and mellowed flavor with whiskey notes added to the gin. Interestingly, Federal law does not allow an ‘age statement’ on gin labels. They’ve begun enforcing this more vigorously recently. Therefore, we call this ‘aged’ version of our Euphrosine Gin #9 our ‘Barrel-Finished Reserve’ and make reference to ‘casking’ it in American oak whiskey barrels on the label.”
Both versions of Euphrosine are packaged in glass bottles with embossed labels that showcase the brand name. The back labels include a historic New Orleans street map, which is visible through the front of the bottle, and features the location of the distillery at the intersection of Broad St. and Euphrosine St. The new bottles are also packed in six-pack cases.
More Atelier Vie spirits will receive new packaging in the months ahead.
Brady’s Wine Warehouse & Pearl Wine Company Craft will both host tasting events for both versions of Euphrosine next week. The tasting at Brady’s, 1029 Oretha Castle Hailey Blvd., will be on Thursday, May 28, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and the tasting at Pearl, 3700 Orleans Ave., will be on Friday, May 29, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve, along with the rest of the company’s spirits, are available directly from the distillery during weekend Bottle Sales Hours. Visitors are welcome from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition to the new Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve, Atelier Vie’s award winning spirits include Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte, Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge, and Euphrosine Gin #9, a full-flavored American gin which has earned multiple gold medals in national spirits competitions.
The Atelier Vie line-up also includes Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey, the first Louisiana whiskey since Prohibition, and Buck 25 Vodka, an overproof vodka designed for creative mixologists to craft their own spirits flavors through rapid infusion.
All spirits are available to retailers through International Wine & Spirits of Louisiana and select spirits are also available in Arkansas, Illinois, and Indiana.