Review: Stoney Honey Infused Grappa
Is it a rarity or an oddity? Stoney Honey Infused Grappa is both. Distilled and bottled by St. George Spirits, this unique and very small batch project flavors grappa (no word on what grape varietals) with sage honey for Riverbench Winery.
The nose offers lavender, eucalyptus, and light citrus. I’m immediately reminded of spa oils, in a perverse yet delicious sort of way. The body is lightly oily, revealing well the honey which infuses the grappa. Again, plenty of eucalyptus on the palate, too, with big floral aromatics that stick with you for days. Then comes the sweeter aspects of the honey. Nice and sweet, but not overdone, it’s all orange blossoms with a silky, classic honey finish.
This is wild stuff. I wouldn’t have likely pegged it as grappa — that spirit’s classic funk is well obscured by the sweetness of honey and that light burn of menthol… here it actually soothes the throat, it’s so strong. The use of sage honey really opens up some unusual and unexpected flavors in this spirit. Color me intrigued, and good luck in your search for a bottle.
70 proof. 40 cases made.
B+ / $NA / stgeorgespirits.com