Leave it to beavers: New whiskey pushes boundaries with unexpected ingredient

A rare whiskey went on sale Saturday at a shop in Old City that is raising some eyebrows.

John McDevitt
June 16, 2018 - 12:16 pm
"Eau De Musc" whiskey

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Just in time for Father's Day. A rare whiskey went on sale Saturday at a shop in Old City that is raising some eyebrows. 

Art in the Age is a one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar, supply and bottle shop. And it's the only place where you can get a 2-year-old bourbon whiskey called  "Eau De Musc,"  made with an unusual natural flavor agent.

"It's infused with beaver castoreum," said Steve Grasse, the founder of Philly-based Quaker City Mercantile. "It has a vanilla and raspberry type flavor."

It's a substance that comes from the castor gland of a beaver.

Grasse partnered with Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire to create the 88 proof spirit. He says the concept was based on history.

"Beaver secretions were used in flavoring by various immigrant groups that came to America years ago," Grasse explained, "like the Swedes."

"Eau De Musc" is in a 200ML vintage perfume style bottle and costs $65.