Ritual Sister Smoked Pineapple Spirit By Matchbook Distilling Co.
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Half-Bottle of Ritual Sister Smoked Pineapple Spirit By Matchbook Distilling Co.

Item # 43143 375mL
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Tasting Notes

Being an experimental distillery in perpetual search of new flavors, it isn't always easy to categorize the output from a producer like that so it's natural to look for references. The closest comparison for this head turning Smoked Pineapple spirit would be mezcal. The production even follows very similar methods if you could imagine the pineapples standing in place of the traditional agaves. The fruit was even cooked in a handmade earthen oven and cooked with embers from local timbers infusing it with smoke along the way. The spirit is tropical, savory and spicy all at once with a round sleek texture and mineral like finish. There is nothing else like this out there today and supplies from this one-off batch are very limited.

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Staff Pick Notes

Making a Saturday night cocktail, but want to keep your ingredients low key? Here's what I did on a recent weekend—added this super groovy, locally made smoked pineapple liqueur to some mezcal, with a splash of pineapple juice and a squeeze of lemon. Allow me to tell you it was one of the most refreshing cocktails I've had in quite some time. Not too sweet, with just the right balance between tart and smoky flavors. This little bottle really packs a flavor punch! We are quite fortunate to have so many locally made wines and spirits and Matchbook Distilling on the North Fork of Long Island is a standout. Lots of what they make is experimental, so be sure to grab a bottle of this for your home bar before they move on to their next round of research and development.


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