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The Flaviar Awards 2023 Tasting Box is the ultimate assembly of the most gifted expressions of the previous year—each packing a certain superpower, a unique characteristic that sets it apart from the crowd.
Carefully chosen by Professor Flaviar and acknowledging our Members’ ratings and reviews, informed staff picks, sales numbers, and wishlist information, these liquid heroes showcase a certain F-factor that needs to be shared with the world.
The Awards remain the Club’s most anticipated, and most celebrated moment, and the moment has come to reveal the five F-Factor Spirits of 2022!
Kyrö Malt Rye Whisky: This 100% Finnish wholegrain rye Whisky cuts through competition with its sharp character. Double pot-distilled and aged in new American oak, its taste is both uncanny and enduring.
400 Conejos Espadín Joven Mezcal: Possessing taste bud teleportation powers, this Mezcal knows 400 ways to transport you straight to Oaxaca with its smoky flavor and rich heritage. One sip and you'll feel like you've blinked across borders.
Frey Ranch Straight Bourbon Whiskey: This four-grain Nevada Bourbon stands strong amidst the Kentucky giants. Its bold and complex profile, the result of continuous distillation and new oak aging, hits your palate with unimaginable power.
Hercules Mulligan Eyr & Rye: A versatile blend of three Rye Whiskeys, two Irish Whiskeys, cherry bitters, and cherry juice, this ready-made Irish-American Manhattan effortlessly shape-shifts between the flavor profiles from both sides of the pond.
Hardy Cognac XO Rare Cognac Fine Champagne: This fine Champagne Cognac holds sway over your senses. With its whirlwind of refined flavors, from rich dried fruit to delicate floral notes, will have you lost in a tempest of taste.
The Flaviar Awards 2023 Tasting Box is no ordinary tasting box, it's an adventure into the extraordinary. So go ahead, unleash your super tasting powers, and experience the F-factor in these fantastic Spirits!
1) In 2021, our huge community submitted over 110k bottle ratings and over 43k bottle reviews. And that’s how you know what you’re getting yourself into when you shop at Flaviar.
2) If all the tasting vials we have shipped so far were placed in a line, they’d cover the distance between London and Paris. Now, that’s what we call a “well-traveled palate”.
3) The idea for Kyrö Distillery Company came about when a bunch of friends were hanging in the sauna and sipping on Rye ― which is undoubtedly how many great stories start in Finland.
4) In ancient Aztec society, only priests were allowed to drink alcohol during rituals to establish a communication channel with Gods, symbolized as 400 rabbits. Apparently, these rabbits were the children of the Goddes of Alcohol Mayahuel, and the God of Medicine, Petecatl, symbolizing 400 different ways you could get intoxicated from alcohol.
5) While Mezcal is produced all across Mexico, most of the Mezcal we see is produced in the state of Oaxaca. Interestingly, over 70% of Mezcal is made from Espadín Agave—even though more than 20 types of Agave are used to make Mezcal.
6) Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it’s within the United States.
7) Hercules Mulligan Eyr & Rye is named after the unsung hero of the American Revolution, the spy haberdasher who immigrated from Ireland, immensely helped the cause, and saved G. Washington’s life twice!
8) There are six different Wine-growing areas (crus) authorized to produce Cognac - in descending order of prestige: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois Ordinaires.