Four years ago two ladies started BroVo Spirits in Woodinville with the goal of making liqueurs the traditional way: buy the base alcohol and craft real flavors into it. It was “lady made liquor” and by their admission, a “collaborative, experimental distillery.”
The experiment worked and now one lady, Mhairi Voelsgen, is running the show with distiller Mac Kenney behind the scenes working his magic. Their spirits are unique and born out of desire to make liquor with real plants. The lineup of unique liquors currently includes:
- Seven liqueurs (chocolate, douglas fir, ginger, lemon balm, spearmint, lavender, and rose geranium)
- Four vermouths (sweet red, rose, Blanc, and dry white)
- Three amari
They’ve actually made 17 amari. Yes, 17! Each of their amari is a collaborative effort with bartenders. BroVo give the bartenders a liquor base then the bartender adds their desired ingredients. When it’s reached the flavor profile they like, they give the sample back to Mhairi and Mac, where they go to work in the distillery mimicking the finished sample.
As of right now, three of those amari are distributed broadly. The others are distributed in the bartender’s home markets (San Francisco and Chicago).
Last Monday evening, the Seattle Whiskey Collective was able to taste a few of BroVo’s products as well as get a special behind-the-scenes tour of their facility. It was one of our favorite tours yet and we look forward to tasting future products that come out of this small, craft distillery.
What we tasted
Amaro No. 1
- Nose: clove, citrus, cinnamon
- Palate: strong cinnamon, clove, and orange rounded out by a little bitterness from the gentian root
Most of the group liked this amaro the best.
Amaro No. 4
- Nose: eucalyptus, herbal
- Palate: sweet and herbal. Maybe a hint of ricola cough drops (in a good way – it doesn’t taste like cough syrup).
Very good and would pair quite nicely with gin cocktails.
- Nose: Mexican chocolate
- Palate: The nose did not lead us astray. This tastes straight up like Mexican chocolate. Warm and slightly sweet with a little kick.
This was delicious! I bought a bottle for myself and have a feeling this will be a staple in my home bar.
Jammy (sweet vermouth)
- Nose: ginger and citrus
- Palate: ginger, cherry, with a dry finish
I don’t typically drink sweet vermouth neat so I’d be very interested in trying this in a cocktail. I have a feeling it would work well.
Thank you to Mac and Mhairi for hosting the Seattle Whiskey Collective. We had a great time and look forward to tasting your future spirits.