Aged: No age statement
Product of: United States
Inspired by an 18th-century Pennsylvanian recipe for root tea, an alcoholic precursor to root beer, which came about after a Philadelphia pharmacist removed the alcohol during Prohibition.
It is made from a base of sugar cane spirit and flavoured with birch bark, smoked black tea, sugarcane, sassafras essence, orange and lemon peel, allspice, anise, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg.
We were recommended this by New York bartender Eben Freeman as analogous to a bitter. We agree - it is not a straightforward liqueur and has distinct bitter notes in addition to the sweetness of the sugar. It is recommended to be paired with cider, cream soda or vanilla liqueur.
Art in the Age Spirits is part of an artistic collective (full name Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction) which groups and markets the work of American artisans and craftspeople.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 04/05/2011
Clear, dark cola brown.
Herbaceous, sarsaparilla nose with iodine, old-candy shop, Christmas spice, herbaceous mint and warm vanilla aromas.
Birchwood smoked and cracked black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom spiced sarsaparilla palate with sweet liquorice, vanilla and star anise.
Minty, liquorice and anise finish with warm clove spice and lasting orange zest.