Best Craft Rum DIstillery 2017
"We asked a panel of American spirits experts to nominate 20 of the best craft rum distilleries in the USA, and four the past four weeks, our readers have been voting daily for their favorites. Many of these distilleries work in small batches using locally-sourced ingredients. Many are family-owned. All take pride in crafting unique rums worthy of sipping as well as mixing."
Publisher's Picks: 92 Points
"Distilled from grapes and wild native herbs, this California-made, 80-proof spirit leads with an enticing array of oregano, tarragon, sage, and bay leaves. While juniper gently whispers on the nose, it emerges on the palate along with lavender and what could be described as a cactus-like flavor. It ends with a deepening salinity that resonates for a long time on the tongue."
Review: Calwise Big Sur Gin
"The sage and bay leaf are considerably more prominent, but the body proper has a stronger sweet element running through, reminiscent of apple, pears, and even some tropical notes. There’s more of that earthy character on the back end, evergreen but also tarry and pastoral, with a hint of gunpowder on the finish. There’s a lot going on here, but it’s all quite delightful, offering balance within its savory framework."
Calwise Spirits Co. opens craft cocktail cave in Paso
"That's right, folks. We're talking about real cocktails made from a full bar, not just straight tastings (which are available, too). Thanks to a new law that allows distilleries with food-serving kitchens to serve mixed drinks, Calwise is one part distillery and tasting room, one part Cali-inspired cocktail lounge."