Flavored whiskeys have become increasingly popular over the past few years. We now have Jim Beam Maple, Jack Danial’s Apple, and other flavors. One whiskey maker is taking to a the flavor infusion game to a new height. Granite State distillery just released a beaver flavored spirit. Yes, you read that right BEAVER.
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Tamworth Distilling and Mercantile on Monday launched its latest craft spirit — Eau De Musc, a high-end, 88-proof bourbon flavored in part by the scent oils found in the castor sacs of New Hampshire beavers.
The substance is castoreum, the beaver-specific scent that has ended up in everything from natural foods to fruit flavorings to cigarettes, said Anton Kaska, the New Hampshire trapper who supplied the dried castorerum to the distillery.
“I’m sure you’ve had castoreum, you just didn’t know it. When you eat something good and you see ‘natural flavors,’ a lot of time you can thank a trapper,” he said.
The castoreum from a single beaver would be enough for multiple barrels of whiskey, said Steve Grasse, who opened Tamworth Distillery four years ago. Their single run for Eau De Musc involved fewer than 1,000 bottles.
Eau De Musc is sold in a 200 milliliter bottle (normal “fifths” are 750 milliliters) for $65. Using the National Institute of Health’s standard of 1.5 fluid ounces per shot, a single bottle holds about 4.5 shots.
Who knows this might open up another market for trappers. The price of furs have dropped but the price of dried castor glands has remained stable. According to Kaska, in the last three years, the price of a beaver pelt has plummeted to $12 or less; he said the castoreum from two beavers amounts to about a pound once dried and frozen. A pound of castoreum goes for $72.
So now the big question, would you try beaver flavored whiskey? Keep in mind a beavers castor glands are located near its butt and at times Catoreum has been called “Beaver butt secretions.”