Russet in hue, Haber’s Hibiscus Spicy Hibiscus Tonic is the more floral offering to complement their primary offering Haber’s Tonic. Crafted in my very neighborhood, I’ve seen Haber’s locally at a few bars and small local stores. I included their tonic in my tonic syrup giveaway this past fall, and when I did, they sent me a preview of their forthcoming Hibiscus tonic.
On the nose, the syrup has a lot of ginger, hibiscus flower and vegetal, peppery notes underneath. Sipping it, you realize that the note of hot pepper and the label “spicy” doesn’t refer to an abundance of spice as much as it serves a note: there’s hot pepper in here.
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Hailing from the watershed.
Which is known as Catoctin Creek.
Its waters are known to drain
To the bay called Chesapeke.
And the distillers
call Loudon County, VA their home
Released a few years back
a gin of their very own!
So they built their gin from scratch
Up on a base of Rye!
and the label says its organic!
for which it is genuinely certified!
So what say you Aaron?
what do you think of this gin?
At 100 proof it brings its heat
what kind of cocktails will you mix it in?
Enough with the Rhymes/Its drinking time!
We’ll hang up our poetry hat for a moment and get down to business right here. The nose is a tad strawlike, notes or carraway and pepper, but with a hint of something a bit jam-like in there, giving off hints of hibiscus and blueberry. Very subtly floral, but predominantly grainy. It doesn’t quite have a white whiskey nose, but you can tell you might be in the neighborhood.
At 100 proof,you might be expecting it to a bit harsher than it is. True, while it brings a noticeable heat, it is still rather smooth.
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