Atelier Vie on Fermented Adventure Podcast

Join us for this discussion of the shadowy origins of the distillery, our red and green absinthe, and so much more. Our host, Mr. Clean, asks about our early challenges and we mention certain run-ins within the hot air zones of City Hall. We also discuss rice whiskey and give a special shout-out to the self-styled Grand Pooba.

 

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An Exquisite Rum Release From Atelier Vie: Calio Rum Cask Strength, 5 Years, Single Barrel

March 11, 2024—New Orleans. Atelier Vie announces a flagship rum expression with the release of Calio Rum Cask Strength. This rum has been aged a minimum of five years and was aged in a single barrel. Further, the rum is bottled exactly as it came out of the barrel, without any dilution, hence the designation cask strength.


Making Calio Rum
Calio Rum is distilled from Louisiana molasses which we source from a sugar mill about 80 miles from the distillery. We ferment the molasses for one to two weeks; this extended fermentation time develops additional flavor.

We also use “dunder” to enhance the flavor of our fermentations. Dunder is the liquid remaining in the still after the initial distillation, or stripping run. The dunder has tremendous flavor and also adds acidity to the fermentation, which creates an optimum environment for the yeast.

After the yeast have consumed the sugar in the molasses wash, the wash has about 9% alcohol by volume. We charge the still with the rum wash and distill the low wines in a stripping run.

After collecting low wines, we charge the still with low wines and tails. The tails come from the final portion of the pot still run; there is still plenty of alcohol in the tails, but the flavor is bitter and earthy. Adding the tails back into the next spirit run adds additional flavor and complexity to the new make rum. This second distillation is called the spirit run and produces new make rum at around 150 proof.


Next, this new make rum is diluted to barreling strength, which can vary; a lower entry proof can often produce more interesting and complex flavors. In the case of this cask strength release, the spirit was entered at 107.86 proof and came out of the barrel at 112.36 proof.

The rum was entered into a former bourbon barrel on January 1, 2019, and withdrawn from the barrel on January 29, 2024, for a total aging period of five years and 29 days.



Availaible Now

Calio Rum Cask Strength, is available immediately at the Atelier Vie tasting room for purchase during visits. Calio and our other spirits can also be purchased for pickup via our online store. This new Calio Rum Cask Strength release is bottled in 750ml at 112.36 proof, and is priced at $80. This price includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes. Calio Rum Cask Strength will also be available through our Louisiana distributor, International Wines and Spirits.

Atelier Vie’s Spirits
In addition Calio Rum Cask Strength, Atelier Vie produces an extensive line of creative spirits in New Orleans.

Atelier Vie’s distilled spirits include Calio Rum; Barrel Aged Calio Rum; Calio Rum Bottled in Bond Gin Barrel Edition; Euphrosine Gin #9; Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve; Euphrosine Gin #9 Snowflake Edition; Euphrosine Gin #9 Bottled in Bond; Barleycorn Magic; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey Bottled in Bond; Louisiana Single Malt; Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength; Orphan Street Brandy “El Jefe” Edition; Gumbo Noir; Chalana; Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge; and Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte, made with local wormwood.

The Company
Inspired by our renowned culinary culture, Atelier Vie creates flavorful new spirits in one of the greatest drinking cities of the world. Atelier Vie is the oldest continuously operating distillery in New Orleans and is also the oldest whiskey distillery in Louisiana. Our motto: “Liquor is art you can drink.” Atelier Vie was founded in 2011 by Jedd Haas.

Visiting Hours at the Distillery
The distillery is open for tastings and discussion of the distillation process by appointment only. Appointments are generally available at 10am, noon, and 2pm on weekends. Limited availability during the week, depending on production schedule. Due to insurance requirements, there is a $30 tasting fee for the full tasting experience, which includes over one dozen spirits. Spirits are available for purchase during visits or through our online store for pickup at the distillery. Visitors should see the company web site for directions, store link, and additional details.

Contact:
Jedd Haas
504-534-8590 (distillery line, leave message or text)
Social media: @ateliervie

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Return Of A Double Gold Medal Winner: Atelier Vie Releases Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey, Bottled In Bond

February 19, 2024—New Orleans. In 2022, Atelier Vie was awarded a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey, Bottled in Bond. The San Francisco competition is considered by many as the most prestigious spirits competition in the world. This initial release of our Bonded version of Riz has long since been sold out. After years of patient aging, Bonded Riz is back.

Today, Atelier Vie announces a new release of this exquisite Louisiana Rice Whiskey. Our Bonded edition of Riz is available immediately at our tasting room and is in stock at our Louisiana distributor, International Wine & Spirits.

Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey Bottled In Bond
To qualify as Bottled in Bond, the spirit must distilled and bottled at the same distillery; must be aged a minimum of four years; and must be bottled at exactly 100 proof (50% ABV). The whiskey must also be distilled during a single distilling season, which is defined as either the first half or second half of the year.

We distilled this 2024 release of Bonded Riz in the Fall season of 2019 and entered the whiskey into second use 25 gallon barrels on December 26, 2019. This release is a combination of three barrels, which were previously used for wheat whiskey and rye whiskey. The whiskey was aged for a total of four years, one month, and six days.

Making Riz
We handcraft Riz in small batches from 100% Louisiana rice in our New Orleans distillery. Riz is the original Louisiana rice whiskey; we have been distilling Riz since 2012.
The production process is similar to making a corn whiskey or bourbon. We start by cooking and gelatinizing the rice; then we use enzymes for liquefaction and saccharification. After cooling the rice mash to fermentation temperature, we add a whiskey yeast and create a distiller’s beer at around 8% ABV. Unlike some spirits, which are fermented in a few days, the rice ferments for two weeks or more.

The fermented mash is double pot distilled. In our initial “stripping run,” we produce “low wines” at around 60 proof (30% ABV). For the second run, known as the “spirit run,” we charge the still with the low wines and with tails from a previous run. The tails come from the final portion of the pot still run; there is still plenty of alcohol in the tails, but the flavor is bitter and earthy. Adding the tails back into the next spirit run adds additional flavor and complexity to the new make whiskey. From the spirit run, we produce new make whiskey at around 150 proof (75% ABV).

We dilute this new make whiskey to barreling strength and enter it into the barrels. In the case of this Bonded release of Riz, the original entry strength was around 120 proof. After aging, the proof had risen to around 127 proof when it was removed from the barrel.

Available Now
Riz, Bottled in Bond, is available immediately at the Atelier Vie tasting room for purchase during visits. Riz and our other spirits can also be purchased for pickup via our online store. This new Bottled in Bond release of Riz is bottled in 750ml at exactly 100 proof, and is priced at $100. This price includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes.

Atelier Vie’s Spirits
In addition to Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey Bottled in Bond, Atelier Vie distills an extensive line of creative spirits in New Orleans.

Atelier Vie’s distilled spirits include Calio Rum; Barrel Aged Calio Rum; Calio Rum Bottled in Bond Gin Barrel Edition; Euphrosine Gin #9; Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve; Euphrosine Gin #9 Snowflake Edition; Euphrosine Gin #9 Bottled in Bond; Barleycorn Magic; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey; Louisiana Single Malt; Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength; Orphan Street Brandy “El Jefe” Edition; Gumbo Noir; Chalana; Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge; and Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte, made with local wormwood.

The Company
Inspired by our renowned culinary culture, Atelier Vie creates flavorful new spirits in one of the greatest drinking cities of the world. Atelier Vie is the oldest continuously operating distillery in New Orleans and is also the oldest whiskey distillery in Louisiana. Our motto: “Liquor is art you can drink.” Atelier Vie was founded in 2011 by Jedd Haas.

Visiting Hours at the Distillery
The distillery is open for tastings and discussion of the distillation process by appointment only. Appointments are generally available at 10am, noon, and 2pm on weekends. Limited availability during the week, depending on production schedule. Due to insurance requirements, there is a $15 tasting fee for the full tasting experience. Spirits are available for purchase during visits or through our online store for pickup at the distillery. Visitors should see the company web site for directions, store link, and additional details.

Contact:
Jedd Haas
504-534-8590 (distillery line, leave message or text)
https://ateliervie.com
Social media: @ateliervie
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Superstar Whiskies That Give Us All A Reason To Live: Louisiana Single Malt in Jim Murray’s 2024 Whisky Bible

We were pleased and perhaps a bit astounded to learn that Louisiana Single Malt was included in Jim Murray’s 2024 Whisky Bible, said to be “the most comprehensive, internationally influential and thoroughly researched guide to all the world’s whiskies.”

Thanks to the good offices of our friend Amzie Wenning, a bottle of Louisiana Single Malt found its way to Jim Murray while he was on his annual summer whiskey sojourn in Kentucky.

Murray, who describes himself as “the world’s most renowned independent whisky expert,” awarded Louisiana Single Malt a rating of 94.5 out of a possible 100 points.

Murray’s scoring scale from 1-100 includes ten different categories within that range. From 98-100 is “Better than anything I’ve ever tasted.” While we didn’t fall into this superlative category, we did fit into the next slot of 94-97, which is described as “superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live.”

Murray divides his overall score into four categories: Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance, with each category accounting for up to 25 points. The score for Louisiana Single Malt broke down as follows. Nose, Taste, and Finish were each awarded 23.5 points, while Balance was out in front with 24 points.

Perhaps this high mark for Balance is fitting as we often think about our spirits in terms of defining and finding a balance. One of our chief concerns is a balance of flavors and how to create a pleasing and interesting combination thereof.

In his commentary on Balance, Murray says that Louisiana Single Malt is “a bewilderingly beautiful malt whisky, the particular style of which I have never before enountered from an American distillery. The smoke in this is just so understated yet effective, one cannot but simply admire and enjoy for all it is worth.” Murray adds that he finds this result “astonishing. Singularly the most Scottish style of single malt currently produced in the USA.”

While Murray’s comments are pleasing, we do have to enjoy a chuckle about Louisiana Single Malt being “the most Scottish.” While we are great admirers of single malt Scotch, our goal was to produce our own concept of single malt, one informed by the appreciation for combinations of flavors which are so celebrated here in New Orleans.

Our mash bill of 100% malted barley includes malts that are sweet, savory, smoky, and peaty to create our idea of sensory harmony. Like so many things in New Orleans, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Note. Jim Murray reviewed our 2 year expression of Louisiana Single Malt. Our standard expression of Louisiana Single Malt is currently released as a 3 year old whiskey. We also have a 5 year single barrel cask strength edition of Louisiana Single Malt and several other whiskies.

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Introducing Gumbo Noir, a Louisiana Coffee Spirit for Creative Cocktails

January 8, 2024—New Orleans. Atelier Vie introduces Gumbo Noir, a Louisiana Coffee Spirit. Gumbo Noir has the essential taste of coffee and is created in Louisiana. Gumbo Noir is an incredible ingredient for signature cocktails and culinary creations.

What is Gumbo Noir?
Gumbo Noir is distilled with coffee beans and other natural flavors. During the pot distillation process, the still produces a spectrum of flavors, from sharp, to rich and sweet, to bitter. We choose a cut from this flavor continuum to bring you our taste for a medley of coffee beans and related flavors.

Gumbo Noir is completely clear. But when you pour it there are intense coffee flavors on the nose. Then the taste: Pure coffee, with an intriguing mix of background flavor notes. No sugar or additives.

The name Gumbo Noir is derived from both the ingredients and their initial appearance. Roasted coffee beans are darker hues, including black, for which we’re using the French word noir. As for the gumbo, any good gumbo is made from a variety of different ingredients.

“Do you like your recipe bitter or sweet?” Asks Jedd Haas, distiller at Atelier Vie. “With Gumbo Noir, you have a choice. Keep your cocktail on the bitter side, or add the sweetening of your choice to expand your creative possibilities. Balance your recipe according to taste; Gumbo Noir is versatile. It’s a great ingredient to have on hand,” continued Haas.

We Know a Guy
How did Gumbo Noir come about? Much coffee is imported to New Orleans and there are a number of companies involved in the trade. In New Orleans, it’s often about who you know, so if you know a coffee guy, perhaps you become interested in a coffee spirit. “It was an idea we thought about for a number of years. After a number of experiments, we arrived at this mix of coffee and other botanical flavors,” said Jedd Haas, distiller at Atelier Vie.

The Ingredients Line
This new spirit becomes an instant companion to a product we created years earlier and also joins up with a more recent release.

Buck 25 Vodka, made for creating flavors through rapid infusion, came about due to exigent circumstances back in 2012. Namely, extreme delay from regulatory authorities. While waiting an interminable time to get our Toulouse Red absinthe approved, we were able to get Buck 25 approved on a somewhat less glacial schedule. Buck 25 has always been an oddball product, made as an ingredient for creating your own flavors.

A few months ago, we also released Chalana, a Louisiana Chocolate Spirit, which became the second spirit in what we call our Ingredients line. Spirits intended to be used as part of creating something new.

Now, Gumbo Noir joins the mix, expanding the line to a trio of Ingredients.
Gumbo Noir is packaged in a basic round liquor bottle, befitting its place in the speed rack. Pour through it, then pull out another bottle. Gumbo Noir comes in 12 packs of 750ml at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof). The retail price at the distillery is $30, which includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes.

Available Throughout Louisiana Now
Gumbo Noir is in stock at our distributor, International Wine & Spirits of Louisiana.

Atelier Vie’s Spirits
In addition to joining Buck 25 and Chalana as an Ingredient, Gumbo Noir joins the full Atelier Vie line of creative spirits distilled in New Orleans.
Atelier Vie’s distilled spirits include Calio Rum; Barrel Aged Calio Rum; Calio Rum Bottled in Bond Gin Barrel Edition; Euphrosine Gin #9; Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve; Euphrosine Gin #9 Snowflake Edition; Euphrosine Gin #9 Bottled in Bond; Barleycorn Magic; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey Bottled in Bond; Louisiana Single Malt; Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength; Orphan Street Brandy “El Jefe” Edition; Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge; and Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte, made with local wormwood.

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

Visiting Hours at the Distillery
The distillery is open for tastings and discussion of the distillation process by appointment only. Appointments are generally available at 10am, noon, and 2pm on weekends. Limited availability during the week, depending on production schedule. Due to insurance requirements, there is a $15 tasting fee for the full tasting experience. Spirits are available for purchase during visits or through our online store for pickup at the distillery. Visitors should see the Visit page for directions, store link, and additional details.

Contact:
Jedd Haas
504-534-8590 (distillery line, leave message or text)
https://ateliervie.com
@ateliervie
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El Jefe is Back!

Orphan Street Brandy “El Jefe” Edition is made from a combination of superb wines. After pot distillation, we barrel age it for a minimum of two years.

This 2023 release of El Jefe combines a two year barrel with a 2.5 year barrel. The blend is outstanding and this might be our favorite El Jefe release to date.

This release consists of just 54 bottles, with each bottle in the edition individually numbered.

El Jefe is currently priced at $100 + sales tax. Because bosses can afford to pay sales tax. This brandy is for those who have paid the cost to be the boss.

Are you a boss? Text us at 504-534-8590 to make your reservation at our tasting room.

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Is it Snowing?

At the distillery, a special batch of snowflakes has landed. Euphrosine Gin #9 Snowflake Edition was distilled nearly a decade ago. We initially aged the spirit in a 15 gallon oak barrel for 13 months. However, the results were incomplete. We moved the spirit to a stainless tank and let it rest for some six years. Along the way, we loaned this particular 15 gallon barrel to a local brewery, where it was seasoned with a variety of beers. After the brewery sessions, we reclaimed the barrel.

Then, turning to the distillate which had been slumbering for all this time, we reduced the proof and re-entered the spirit in this same 15 gallon barrel, where we aged it for another two years. Now the snowflake has finally landed, and at cask strength to boot.

The final yield was only 55 bottles, bottled at 51.51% ABV (103.02 proof). These bottles are only available at our tasting room and will be available for purchase this weekend. Text us at 504-534-8590 to make a tasting room reservation; or see https://ateliervie.com/visit for all details on visiting our tasting room and purchasing bottles.

Snowflakes come and they go. For the month of December, we’re offering this Snowflake Edition at an introductory price of just $50, which includes all of our notoriously high sales tax. Get yours before they melt into history.

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Introducing Chalana, a Louisiana Chocolate Spirit for Creative Cocktails

October 16, 2023—New Orleans. Atelier Vie introduces Chalana, a Louisiana Chocolate Spirit. Chalana has the essential taste of chocolate and is created in Louisiana. Chalana is an incredible ingredient for signature cocktails and culinary creations.

What is Chalana?
Chalana is distilled with natural cacao nibs. During the pot distillation process, the still produces a spectrum of flavors, from sharp, to sweet, to bitter. We choose a cut from this flavor continuum to bring you our taste for rich chocolate flavor.

Chalana is completely clear. But when you pour it there are intense chocolate notes on the nose. Then the taste: Pure chocolate flavor, with nothing else. No sugar or additives.
The name Chalana is a made-up word derived from Chocolate and Louisiana. After coming up with the name, further research revealed that in Spanish and Portuguese, “chalana” can refer to a flat bottom boat, a type found with many variations in Louisiana.

“Do you like your recipe bitter or sweet?” Asks Jedd Haas, distiller at Atelier Vie. “With Chalana, you have a choice. Keep your cocktail on the bitter side, or add the sweetening of your choice to expand your creative possibilities. Balance your recipe according to taste; Chalana is versatile. It’s a great ingredient to have on hand,” continued Haas.

Strange Circumstances
How did Chalana come about? Strange circumstance can produce unexpected results. Chalana was inspired by happenstance. But once it appeared, Chalana instantly became part of a series.

Once upon a time, a large medieval festival held in the wild country near Baton Rouge had a serious problem. They had a signature cocktail made with chocolate flavored vodka. But their previous ingredient was no longer available. We created a new spirit distilled with real chocolate at our New Orleans distillery.

This replacement solved a problem and it also became an instant companion to a product we created years earlier.

The Ingredients Line
Buck 25 Vodka, made for creating flavors through rapid infusion, came about due to exigent circumstances back in 2012. Namely, extreme delay from regulatory authorities. While waiting an interminable time to get our Toulouse Red absinthe approved, we were able to get Buck 25 approved on a somewhat less glacial schedule. Buck 25 has always been an oddball product, made as an ingredient for creating your own flavors.
Now, a second spirit joins what we might call our Ingredients line. Spirits intended to be used as part of creating something new.

Chalana is packaged in a basic round liquor bottle, befitting its place in the speed rack. Pour through it, then pull out another bottle. Chalana comes in 12 packs of 750ml at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof). The retail price at the distillery is $30, which includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes.

Chalana is in stock at our distributor, International Wine & Spirits of Louisiana.

Atelier Vie’s Spirits
In addition to joining Buck 25 as an Ingredient, Chalana joins the full Atelier Vie line of creative spirits distilled in New Orleans.

Atelier Vie’s distilled spirits include Calio Rum; Barrel Aged Calio Rum; Calio Rum Bottled in Bond Gin Barrel Edition; Euphrosine Gin #9; Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve; Euphrosine Gin #9 Bottled in Bond; Barleycorn Magic; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey Bottled in Bond; Louisiana Single Malt; Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength; Orphan Street Brandy “El Jefe” Edition; Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge; and Toulouse Verte, Absinthe Green, made with local wormwood.

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

Visiting Hours at the Distillery
The distillery is open for tastings and discussion of the distillation process by appointment only, with appointments generally being available at 10am, noon, and 2pm on weekends; and with limited availability during the week, depending on the distillery’s production schedule. There is no charge to visit the distillery and the company’s full line of spirits is available for retail purchase during these visits. Spirits can also be purchased from the Atelier Vie online store for pickup at the distillery. Visitors should see the company web site for directions, store link, and additional details; https://ateliervie.com/visit.

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

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Mushrooms in wormwood? Yes.

While working in the wormwood garden, we have found an occasional mushroom. Some of these specimens have been rather large and the shapes have varied.

On this occasion, we found several medium sized mushrooms lurking under the wormwood and removed them. We checked with our local expert, Indiana Jones, who advised that since they were growing in the soil, rather than on the plant, they weren’t plant pathogens.

However, Dr. Jones also advised that while he couldn’t “positively identify those mushrooms,” we should “just assume they are poisonous.”

Perhaps some expert mushroom hunters can weigh in further.

In the meantime, the wormwood is recovering nicely from the extreme heat in August and we look forward to a nice harvest later this year.

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Last Week in July with Atelier Vie

Do you know what time it is? Yes, it’s that infamous last week in July. The heat is burning, the air is glowing, and a giant cocktail festival has landed in New Orleans.

Yes, it’s time for Tales about all sorts of cocktails, spirits, and related matters. We’ll be in that number with several options for linking up.

First, on Wednesday, July 26th, we’ll be at official TOTC event “Indie Spirits that Rock.”
Look for us in the depths of the “Riz-Carlton” at 921 Canal St. We’ll be pouring Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve; Barrel-Aged Calio Rum; and Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey.

On Thursday, we’ll be at Toulouse Theatre from 12-3pm, pouring tastes of Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte; Calio Rum; and Euphrosine Gin #9. Meanwhile, Nathan will be mixing excellent cocktails with our spirits.

Taste, then enjoy these cocktails!

Tales Reviver No. 9
Euphrosine Gin, Makrut Lime Aperitif, Lemon, Ginger, Absinthe.

La Lil Weezy Ana
Toulouse Green Absinthe Verte, Rye, Blood Orange Aperitif, Amaro.

Slip and Berry On
Calio Rum, Banana Liqueur, Blackberry Liqueur, lime.

On Friday, we’ll be back in the official TOTC action with “Meet the Distillers” from 2pm to 6pm once more at the “Riz-Carlton.”

Bonus Round: visit the distillery.

See our Visit page for details and text us at 504-534-8590 to make a reservation.

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