* Inspired by 19th Century Whisky Made Famous by San Francisco’s A.P. Hotaling
* A Blend of Kentucky Bourbon & Old Potrero Rye Whiskey
* A Revival of J.H. Cutter’s Original Packaging
San Francisco, May 14, 2018 – In the mid- to late-1800s when A.P. Hotaling’s liquor warehouse was the talk of San Francisco, the most celebrated whiskey in his stock was known as J.H. Cutter, an American whiskey that commanded the premium price of the day – an estimated $5 per bottle. Today, San Francisco’s Hotaling & Co., the importer and distiller formerly known as Anchor Distilling Company, introduces a reincarnation of that original whiskey – J.H. Cutter Whisky (using the spirit’s spelling of the day).
This blend of American whiskies, bottled at 48% ABV and offered for $50 SRP, brings together 73% sourced bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers aged 3.5 years, 17% Old Potrero 18th Century Style Rye Whiskey aged a minimum of 2.5 years, and 10% Old Potrero Port Finish Rye Whiskey aged 2.5 to 3 years to achieve maximum complexity.
“A.P. Hotaling was the original man of whiskey in the western United States, and with this release of J.H. Cutter, we seek to pay homage to his impact on San Francisco’s whiskey heritage, and celebrate a once great brand,” says Hotaling & Co.’s President & CEO Dennis Carr.
J.H. Cutter Whisky
(48% ABV; $50 SRP)
Nose: Sweet and spiced with hints of pear. Notes of brown sugar and caramel make themselves present as the spirit opens up.
Palate: Smooth, creamy bourbon mouthfeel with a distinctly rye backbone. A balance of spice and sweetness with soft stone fruit in the middle.
Hotaling & Co.’s J.H. Cutter packaging, which includes an amber glass bottle, takes inspiration from the original J.H. Cutter Whisky. In the 1800s, A.P. Hotaling & Co. began embossing its bottles to prove their products’ authenticity and quality over imitators. The bottle top is a nod to the porcelain tops of the time with an antique silver-colored capsule that is reminiscent of the metal that once adorned the tops of whiskey bottles.
When Hotaling & Co. adopted its new name, it drew inspiration from A.P. Hotaling, who was one of the country’s most reputable spirits dealers in the second half of the 1800s. In San Francisco drinks culture, Hotaling’s name became immortalized when his whiskey warehouse on Jackson Street survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Following in their namesake’s footsteps, Hotaling & Co.’s new J.H. Cutter continues the company’s celebration of San Francisco’s whiskey heritage.
For more information about Hotaling & Co., visit www.HotalingandCo.com.
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About Hotaling & Co. (pronounced ho-de-ling)
Hotaling & Co., formerly Anchor Distilling Company, is an importer and distiller of fine spirits headquartered in San Francisco. Originally established in 1993 by beverage visionary Fritz Maytag, fueled by the bold realization that there were no pot-distilled whiskies or high-end craft gins being made legally in America at the time. As a result, Anchor Distilling Company is credited with creating America’s first craft whiskey (Old Potrero) and gin (Junípero Gin) after Prohibition. In 2010, Fritz Maytag retired and sold Anchor Distilling Company to a business partnership that included Tony Foglio and London’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd. With the sale, Anchor Distilling Company expanded beyond production on Potrero Hill to incorporate importing a collection of super-premium craft spirits from around the world. Today, newly named Hotaling & Co., has earned a nationwide reputation for its curated portfolio of premium craft spirits imported into the U.S. that is made up of over 300 specialty products from 23 countries. The Hotaling name remains a part of San Francisco drinking culture as the distillery celebrates 25 years of production, a proud tradition that will continue into the future alongside the other core business pillars: importing and consumer education. www.HotalingandCo.com.