A distillery in New Hampshire has released a new bourbon flavoured with the secretions from a beaver’s rear end.
The peculiar libation is called Eau De Musc, and at first sight, it looks like any other Whiskey.
But oh no, this one comes with a vengeance:
“The sac excretion exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma,” says the official product description on the company’s website.
Tamworth Distilling, the creators of this particular beverage, claim their anal flavoured inebriant is “a rich, full-bodied 2-year bourbon,” which bolsters a “vanillic nose and fruity, floral finish”.
Wow, now I’m tempted.
But there’s more – oh yes.
The New Hampshire distillery also says their unique anal/alcoholic concoction is “a medley of charming flavours that are sure to impress”.
Well, they’re not exaggerating there.
But while the secret ingredient may not sound appetizing at all, it’s actually not unorthodox.
“Castoreum” has found its way into many food products and perfumes in the past, and the company claims in a somewhat reassuring tone, that the secretion is on a small list of FDA ingredients categorized as “generally recognized as safe.”
At this point, I know you’re curious, so I’ll tell you more.
Castoreum is a yellow tinted secretion from the castor’s anal sac.
Both female and male beavers have a pair of anal glands located under the skin between the pelvis and the base of their tail.
Beavers generally use castoreum in combination with urine to scent mark their territory.
And in case you’re really thinking in buying one of these, well, no worries, it’s safe.
“A long, historical use of castoreum extract as a flavouring and fragrance ingredient has resulted in no reports of human adverse reactions.
“On the basis of this information, low-level, long-term exposure to castoreum extract does not pose a health risk,” said a 2007 study in the International Journal of Toxicology.