Spirits Review

Pow-Wow Botanical Rye Whiskey

In a reference to early colonial American herbal concoctions, Georgetown Trading Co. has taken rye whiskey and infused it with a barrage of herbs and spices. The result tastes neither exactly like a whiskey nor a liqueur, nor like anything else, really. The orange and spice scents suggest sweetness, yet there’s only a hint of sugar; the leading notes of saffron and orange peel bloom with woodier flavors like anise, vanilla and licorice root. It’s delicious on the rocks or in an Old-Fashioned (use a restrained hand on the bitters), and excels in a Hot Toddy.

Reviewed in W&S Winter 2013.