I am sure you all know by now that Bauer LOVES local products. Ever since distilleries began popping up in recent years, the Bauer team has encouraged, critiqued and sold local spirits. Better yet, the people responsible for creating small batch, hand-crafted spirits in the Boston area are getting some great recognition for all of their hard work these days in competitions and write ups in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other publications.
To celebrate local success, Bauer has decided to highlight a couple of the summertime favorites in our new window display. You will find Bully Boy, Privateer Rum and Ryan & Wood gracing the window and framing a sleeping Sofia these days.
Bully Boy, owned and operated by Will & Dave Willis, hand produces small batch premium spirits and is made right in the city of Boston. Their White Rum is made from black strap molasses and is wonderfully light bodied with vanilla notes. It is a white rum with depth and complexity that is not seen in the mass-produced rums of the world. Along with the rum, we have Bully Boy’s White Whiskey. A spirit that was hugely popular during Prohibition, Bully Boy has brought the tradition back with a certified organic, unaged whiskey that is clean, bold with smooth notes of coconut, vanilla, banana and salt water taffy. A peppery spice finishes long.
Andrew Cabot and Nelse Clark of Privateer Rum have also continued Boston’s legacy of producing rum. The original Andrew Cabot, a merchant and privateer who lived 1750 to 1791, rolled barrels of molasses off sailing ships down the pier to his Beverly rum distillery. Six generations later his descendant, also Andrew Cabot, is distilling in Ispwich, MA. Made with pure cane sugar rather than molasses, Cabot and Clark are making a Silver Reserve rum that is lightly floral, with notes of sweet basil, anise and just a hint of butterscotch. This is a rum that needs nothing added to it to enjoy. Privateer’s Amber Rum is what mass-produced spiced rums dream of being! Instead of syrupy sweet, their Amber rum has flavors of orange citrus, sandalwood, leather, cinnamon and a silky finish.
Gloucester may have a long history of fisherman, but Ryan & Wood distilleries is showing that Gloucester can produce world-class spirits as well. Family-owned and operated, Ryan & Wood is the first North Shore distillery in existence since Prohibition. Their Beauport Vodka is grain based and distilled with local, filtered water to keep the local character intact. It certainly has made a difference. The Beauport is clean, fresh and has an interesting grassy aroma. A standout in a shelf of vodkas with no character. Their Knockabout Gin is one of the most flavorful gins we have come across in a long time. Juniper berries, corriander seed, angelica root, orris root, orange peel, licorice root, cinnamon, nutmeg, cassia and lemon peel all go into making this gin taste like you are drinking summer. It is complex with layers and layers of flavor that really pop in a well-made Gin and Tonic (we suggest Fever Tree Tonic). Lastly, Ryan & Wood’s Rye Whiskey is in the new window. A smooth whiskey with cinnamon, clove and a little sweet corn flavors followed by hints of blueberry, pear and toast. It’s lingering finish is like a honey drop with a rye snap. It was featured in the Wall Street Journal back in December 2011…not bad considering it had only been available for about 8 months.