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Whether you’re getting ready for Father’s Day (June 18), National Martini Day (June 19), or looking ahead to Negroni Week (September 18-24), Uncle Val’s is a refreshing gin that’s meant to be enjoyed as an accompaniment with delicious food. Developed by 3 Badge founder August Sebastiani, Uncle Val’s Gin is an homage to the herbal concoctions his late uncle Zio Valerio (AKA Uncle Val) distilled from his Tuscan garden. The gins are a tribute to those favorite cooking ingredients, resulting in a smooth, uniquely delicious gin. Details below:
· Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin (SRP: $30) – Presenting a complex and subtly pleasing sensation of flavors, each sip of Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin bolsters the botanical flavors and continuous presence of piney juniper.
· Uncle Val’s Zested Gin (SRP: $30) – Awakening the senses with its fresh citrus profile yet spicy sensation of white pepper, Uncle Val’s Zested Gin is inspired by Uncle Val’s undeniable zest for life. This gin is well suited to be enjoyed on its own or in simple cocktails under the Tuscan sun surrounded by friends and family as Uncle Val would have preferred.
A classic American expression, Benjamin Chapman Whiskey is another great option for a Father’s Day gift or fall cocktails. Crafted with zero added sugar and low in carbohydrates, Benjamin Chapman typically contains just one gram per serving, belying its rich, spice-driven complexity. This whiskey is as enticing as it is approachable – much like its under-$40 SRP! Details on each expression are below:
· Benjamin Chapman 7-Year Whiskey ($39) – Brilliant, iridescent amber color with bright yellow hues when the light catches the whiskey just right. Cinnamon and vanilla spice dominate the nose with subtle layers of caramel apple, dark chocolate and maple syrup. An invitingly smooth sipper, there is a hint of spice promised from the rye, balanced with silky flavors of white chocolate and crème brûlée from the wheat. An explosion of spice leads to a pleasing and smooth finish with lingering flavors of toasted oak.
· Benjamin Chapman 4-Year Corn ($36) – Rich, golden color with pale straw hues. Aromas open with fresh cornbread, smooth vanilla cream and butterscotch layered against baked pineapple upside-down cake, biscotti and toasted almonds. Delicate and soft on the entry, tropical notes from the aromas are prominent on the velvety palate with baked upside-down pineapple cake. The finish is warm and lasting, with flavors of toasted oak spreading throughout.