Never been to Patagonia? Not to worry. Now, you have a chance visit from the comfort of your home. TRÄ•KÁL is a new spirit from Chile that is being distributed in Oklahoma and claims to taste like what you would experience in a Patagonian forest.
TRÄ•KÁL founder and distiller Sebastian Gomez came to Tulsa from Chile to promote the spirit by visiting numerous bars and restaurants.
The one thing that I took away is their slogan is right, “Sips like a whiskey. Mixes like a gin.” To me, it really did taste that way. Something different, something unusual, something that would make a good mixer or something you could drink neat.
TRÄ•KÁL uses pears, apples, native berries and essential oils from native herbs in its unique triple-distilled distillation process.
“Think herbs, think fruity, think familiar but different. The ingredients are hand-selected and cultivated by the indigenous communities there. They work with us. We do it in a sustainable way, and we work to try and put what would be the experience of walking through a Patagonian forest in a bottle,” Gomez said.
Gomez hasn’t been a distiller long. He was in the financial world prior to starting his distilling business.
“I took a chance on it because I believe in the concept. I didn’t know if it was going to be any good, but I think it turned out pretty good. I knew it was going to be interesting. I had to take a chance, go off the grid, make my own path, go to a place that no one else was making alcohol and be humble and be respectful. Try and give that place a pedestal, make it shine,” he said.
“Patagonia is a unique place. There are very few true wildernesses left out there. We thought it was time to capture it in a bottle. You get to try something that came a long way away with a lot of love.”
TRÄ•KÁL is distributed by Provisions Fine Beverage Purveyors and is available in liquor stores and bars and restaurants.
Another new spirit in the local market is from Mexico. Yes, it is tequila. The 100% agave-produced tequila is called Ambhar Tequila, and it is bottled in Jalisco, Mexico. The brand is partly-owned by actor Chris Noth.
It comes in three varieties — Ambhar Plata, Ambhar Reposado and Ambhar Anejo — and is available throughout Oklahoma via Republic National Distributing Co.
Ambhar Plata is a silver tequila. Crafted from 100% Weber Blue Agave, it is mellowed in stainless-steel tanks for up to two months and then bottled in a decanter. It is clear in color, with an aroma of lime and pineapple.
Ambhar Reposado is an ultra-premium tequila for the tequila connoisseurs. It is aged in former whiskey oak barrels for six months, imparting a pale golden hue.
The aging process is calculated to create a balance among agave, vanilla and salted caramel, to drink on its own or add to a cocktail.
Ambhar Anejo is aged in former whiskey oak barrels for two years, resulting in tequila with a robust body and mild caramel notes. It has hints of vanilla and citrus.