Listen Now: Beaver Flavored Bourbon
A New Hampshire distillery is trying out a new ingredient and it might want to keep it a secret.
There are hundreds of different whiskeys on the market so it makes sense that distillery’s want to keep things creative, but this might be going a bit too far. Tamworth distilling has a new bourbon on the market it calls eau de musc. And the special flavoring you taste is actually the secretion from the castor sac of a beaver.
And if you aren’t up to speed on the anatomy of a beaver, the castor sac is located right around its rear end. The company says the secretion has a history of being used as a flavoring and is on a short list of FDA ingredients “generally recognized as safe.”
On its website the distillery describes the unusual addition as one that exhibits bright and fruit qualities such as raspberry. It contains rich leathery notes along with a creamy vanilla aroma common among barrel aged spirits. Other ingredients include canadian snakeroot, birch bark and maple syrup.
Well, don’t knock it till you try it.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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