Bearface Canadian Whisky has released Matsutake 01 — the U.S. debut of the company’s Wilderness Series.
This release was infused with wild Matsutake mushrooms.
Inspired by the elements, flavors and changing seasons of the brand’s Canadian home, Bearface created The Wilderness Series, a limited-edition series. The first collection within the Wilderness Series is an “Elementaly Aged” blend of French oak, sherry pipes and Casked Matsutake.
“This Matsutake expression has been a long time in the making,” says Master Blender Andrés Faustinelli. “With each new limited release, we strive to shatter category norms and challenge traditions. I know Bearface Matsutake does just that. As seen with the latest spirits trends — umami flavors are in. The Matsutake mushroom grows once a year in the Canadian wilderness making it highly covetable and rare and brings a sophistication to this bottle unlike any other whisky.”
Elemental aging is a distillery-named process where hand-selected oak casks are matured in repurposed shipping containers and exposed to the elements of the Canadian wilderness. The goal is for the fluctuating temperatures within the Bear Country’s northern climate to “amplify how the whisky and wood interact, transforming the liquid inside the casks.”
This limited release was cask-infused with foraged matsutake, which is abundant in Vancouver. The result is Matsutake is a palate with savory and cinnamon notes, the company reports, followed by wild, earthy warmness and umami finish with flavors from the fresh forest floor.
Bearface Matsutake Whisky is at 42.5% ABV. It’s now available at retailers in CA/CO/FL/IL/IN/NY/TN/TX/WA for a suggested retail price of $44.99 per 750-ml. bottle.