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Staff Pick

Half-Bottle of Escubac Botanical Spirit

Item # 33706 375mL
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Tasting Notes

From the historic Gustave Eiffel-designed Combier Distillery in the picturesque town of Saumur of France's Loire River Valley comes the very exciting first offering from a new outfit dubbed Sweetdram. Escubac is a reimagining of the quintessential French liqueur that was, for generations, as ubiquitous as the baguette. It's made with a base of neutral sugar beet alcohol and the team slowly brings the distillate down to an ideal macerating proof as a canvas for the exotic recipe of botanicals that includes caraway, bitter orange, cloves, nutmeg, licorice, green anise, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, lemon peel, and more. After distillation on the rare egrot pot stills, the spirit is left to rest for a few days as it naturally picks up its chartreuse-like color from an infusion of saffron. The strong notes of baking spices, brine, and medicinal plants and herbs make this an ideal alternative to gin for any tonic-based drink, as well as a choice partner for mixing with sparkling wines, citrus juices, and much else. This is a drink of the present and future by way of the past.

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Staff Pick Notes

What's Escubac and how do you use it? Think of it like a gin, except Escubac is softer around the edges and is concocted sans juniper. It's a liqueur, yes, but brimming with notes of cardamon and cumin spice you won't confuse it for a sugar bomb banished to the back bar. Familiar notes of lemon peel and clove invite a tight bitter/sweet dynamic that allow this spirit to appeal to the staunchest of G&T loyalists. Inspiration for Escubac comes from kummel, gin, and a desire to make something from natural ingredients (the color is from saffron, raisins impart richness and sweetness). Escubac is a modern liqueur. It doesn't rely on secret recipes or 100 grams of sugar to obscure its flavors. Surprisingly versatile in cocktails, a little bit addicting when consumed alone.

- SS