A Visit From The Gin Blog (UK)

In a land known for consumption of gin and discernment of excellent quality in that spirit, one might wonder if an upstart brand from the other side of the pond stands a chance?

We’re speaking of the United Kingdom, where in addition to the many established gin brands, numerous small gin distilleries are making a mark as well.

With this barrier to entry in mind, we’re chuffed to note an increasing interest in and appreciation of Euphrosine Gin #9 from those distant shores.

The first glimmer of interest came in our first international press hit a few years back. But then the attention went to another level when a UK expatriate in Arkansas sent a bottle of Euphrosine to Matt Burton of The Gin Shelf, which resulted in our first UK review of Euphrosine.

More recently, we had a pair of visitors from the UK the weekend before this past one and they left with a bottle to bring back with them. Now coming up to date, we had a visit this weekend from Tom and Becky from The Gin Blog, another UK site “Dedicated to Gin.”

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Tom and Becky pose by the still with their box of Euphrosine

Tom and Becky have commenced a world tour of gin distilleries, and we were first on the itinerary! We enjoyed a lengthy visit and conversation with Tom and Becky on Euphrosine and other gin-related matters. We look forward to an upcoming article on the Gin Blog where Tom will provide his insights on Euphrosine. For now, check out their instagram photo set from their visit.

Naturally, they didn’t leave empty handed. Their box includes both Euphrosine Gin #9 and a bottle of Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve.


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Atelier Vie in The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey-focused site The Whiskey Wash takes on Rice Whiskey in a new article. Of course, no such article would be complete without a discussion of the original Louisiana Rice Whiskey: Riz.

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“At Atelier Vie, the impetus for trying a rice whiskey was geographic: Louisiana is a major producer of the grain. When owner and distiller Jedd Haas started looking into the question of whether other American distillers were making spirits from rice, he found that the existing products seemed to all be made with an Asian-style fermentation (more on that in a minute). “So my thought,” he says, “was to take Louisiana rice—which I get from a place called Falcon Rice Mill in Crowley—distill it whiskey-style, and make some whiskey out of it.””

We first released Riz in 2013, and more Riz is on the way. This time, it’s all in the barrel; we’ll let you know when it’s ready! For now, check out the article for some further insight on our rice whiskey process.

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A Busy Month of Bottling at the Distillery!

Visit this weekend to taste.

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Orphan Street Brandy Returns: Atelier Vie Announces The Second Release Of Barrel-Aged Louisiana Grape Brandy

January 31, 2018 – New Orleans. Innovative New Orleans distillery Atelier Vie announces the second release of a their two year old Orphan Street Brandy, the first barrel-aged Louisiana grape brandy since at least the days of Prohibition.

“Orphan Street Brandy is ongoing series of experimental brandy distillations from ‘orphan’ lots of wine,” Jedd Haas, President of Atelier Vie explained. “Each distillation has been a unique combination of varietals and vintages. It’s an interesting process in which the full results aren’t known for two years, which is the aging period. With this second release, we have achieved a notably different result,” Haas continued.

Once distilled, the new-make brandy goes into a barrel, the type of which has also varied for different batches. This second release was aged in a recently dumped bourbon barrel, and the brandy has subsequently acquired a bourbon note as part of the flavor profile.

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By Federal law, brandy distilled from grapes must be aged at least two years in oak barrels in order to be legally called “brandy.” Any less than that and it must be called “immature brandy.”

“Who wants to drink immature brandy?” Haas asked.

You might wonder about the name of this spirit; but there is an explanation stemming from local geography. Scattered throughout the city of New Orleans, one finds a number of curiously short streets. Church St. in the Central Business District. Architect St. in the Bywater. Madison St., Wilkinson Row, and Clinton St., all in the French Quarter. These orphan streets seem almost like accidents, remnants out of place within the overall grid.

Likewise, remnant lots of wine come our way. These orphan bottles are put to good use and distilled into brandy. Orphan Street Brandy reflects this heritage; one of accidental journeys, leftover scraps of geography, and fortuitous crossings. The label contains references to this origin, with typography and design inspired by the street signs of the French Quarter, antique iron work, and the symbol of New Orleans, the fleur-de-lis.

Orphan Street Brandy is bottled at 80 proof (40% Alc./Vol.) in 200ml flasks. Available only at the distillery, the flasks sell for $20 each. Quantities are limited.

Visiting Hours at the Distillery
The distillery is open for tastings and discussion of the distillation process every weekend from 10-2 on both Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge to visit the distillery and the company’s full line of spirits is available for retail purchase during these weekend hours. Visitors should see the company web site for directions and additional details.

Atelier Vie’s Spirits
In addition to Orphan Street Brandy, Atelier Vie distills Euphrosine Gin #9, a flavorful American gin; and also distills a barrel-aged version of Euphrosine, called Barrel-Finished Reserve, which is aged in American whiskey barrels. The Atelier Vie line-up also includes Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte, a traditional-style absinthe based in part on French recipes from the 1800s and distilled with Louisiana wormwood; and Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge, a “new school” American absinthe colored red with hibiscus and excellent for cocktail mixing. Atelier Vie also sells Buck 25 Vodka; an overproof cane vodka designed for creative mixologists to craft their own spirits flavors through rapid infusion.

The Company
Inspired by our renowned culinary culture, Atelier Vie creates flavorful new spirits in one of the greatest drinking cities of the world. “Liquor is art you can drink.” Atelier Vie was founded in 2011 by Jedd Haas.

Jedd Haas
504-534-8590 (distillery line, leave message)

“Real New Orleans Spirits” is a registered trademark of Atelier Vie, LLC.

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Euphrosine & Bucha? Instant Pimm’s Cup!

Sometimes, all you need to do is walk down the street to have a meeting of the minds and a great idea. During a visit with our friends at Big Easy Bucha, former bartender Austin added our Euphrosine Gin #9 to Big Easy Bucha’s Geaux Green for an impromptu cocktail.

The combination of greens and cucumber in Geaux Green and the balanced medley of flavors in Euphrosine Gin #9 turned out to be both easy to mix and incredibly delicious!

1 part Euphrosine Gin #9
2-3 parts Big Easy Bucha Geaux Green

Combine in a glass on the rocks. A lemon twist might well enhance it further.

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Celebrating Repeal Day and Toulouse Red 5 Year Anniversary!

Happy Repeal Day!
On this day, 5 years ago, Toulouse Red was released.
Join us in celebrating and raise a glass of Red!

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Special Holiday Shopping Hours This Week and December Schedule Updates

Does someone special deserve the gift of our Real New Orleans Spirits?

This week, we’ll be open Monday, November 27, through Friday, December 1, from 10am-1:30pm. Visit during those hours for bottle purchases at the distillery.

Our regular weekend hours of 10am-2pm continue on December 2-3, December 9-10, and December 16-17.

We’ll be closed the weekend of December 23-24 and during the weekend of December 30-31 we’ll be open by appointment only. Send an email to make an appointment or call 504-534-8590 and leave a message.

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Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve is “Outrageously Delicious”

Stalwart gin drinker Nina Luckman takes on gin, her favorite spirit, in her latest Intoxicology Report for the happily-revived Nola Defender.

Nina advises that “if you have a stalwart whiskey drinker in your life, pour this for them and watch a grin grow.”

Read the full Intoxicology Report on Nola Defender.

Need a bottle of Barrel-Finished Reserve to confirm this judgment? Check out our list of purchase locations, or visit during our weekend Bottle Sales Hours.

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Photo by J.R. Thomason

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More Creative Cocktails With Euphrosine Gin #9

Creative mixologists across the state are inspired by Euphrosine Gin #9 to create new cocktails and new variations on old classics. Our latest roundup of compelling Euphrosine gin cocktails includes the Window Box, the Limey Bastard, and the Havana Aviation.

In Shreveport, a classic cocktail gets a new Euphrosine twist with the Havana Aviation at Havana Sports and Cigar Bar in the Highlands neighborhood.

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Photo courtesy of Havana Sports & Cigar Bar

In Baton Rouge, Matt Vondenstein at Driftwood Cask & Barrel has mixed up The Limey Bastard, a compelling concoction that Vondenstein describes as “pretty much a Mojito but with gin.”

The Bastard came about because “we decided to twist a drink that everyone already drinks and I think it’s delicious,” Vondenstein added. “We figured we would give an ode to all those British sailors that had to endure long voyages. Back in the day it was mainly rum that they drank. But a little known fact is that sailors put limes in their barrels to keep them from spoiling. Then they added mint to settle their stomachs. So yeah. Here is the Limey Bastard.”

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Indeed, here it is! Photo courtesy of Driftwood Cask & Barrel, Bastard in front, Matt Vondenstein in the back.

Meanwhile in New Orleans, noted mixologist Lu Brow created the very popular Window Box cocktail at DTB. A delicate herbal creation featuring fresh thyme, cucumber and egg white, the Window Box has since been succeeded by the a new Euphrosine cocktail called the #9 Collins on the DTB menu. (But you can probably still ask for the Window Box and get it.)

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Window Box photo courtesy of Lu Brow

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Toulouse Red Absinthe Snowball Kicks Off Cocktail Celebration at Southern Food & Beverage Museum

During these scorching days of summer, cooling refreshment is much desired. So it was most fitting that the “welcome punch” for the American Independents competition at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum was a snowball. An absinthe snowball, to be precise.

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The Toulouse Red Absinthe Snowball was created by noted bartender Star Hodgson, pictured above with a bottle of Toulouse Red and the cocktail, with assistance from visiting bartender Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru. Jonathan is shown at right, busily mixing another round.

The hibiscus note in Toulouse Red that adds both color and flavor was taken to another level by another key ingredient: a hibiscus syrup amaro, blended by Star. An inspired and stimulating combination!

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