New Orleans (and even Louisiana) has long been a one horse town when it comes to legitimate, above the board, legal distilling. Old New Orleans Rum was the only game in town. But that has been changing in recent years as the craft distilling movement has caught on across the country. Almost a full year ago, we were told by Todd Price of the Times-Picayune that not one, but two distilleries were on their way to New Orleans. Our piece on Todd’s news gave the low-down on Sac-Au-Lait Distillerie, with no news on the second distillery.
Well here’s the low down on the other distillery from Todd’s piece. Atelier Vie is a distillery set to open in the Art Egg Building any week now. Having successfully secured their federal and city permits, Atelier Vie awaits approval from the fine State of Louisiana to begin distilling. [Update--State permits were obtained this morning].
Atelier Vie’s first product to the market will most likely be their red absinthe, Toulouse Red. Toulouse Red will be a “traditional” red absinthe, which derives its distinctive flavor and color from hibiscus flowers. While there are serious plans for other spirits down the line, in particular whiskey, the company is dedicated to producing quality products and will only branch out when they’re satisfied that any expansion will not diminish the quality of their current offerings.
While the distillery is now fully legal and approved to begin distilling, it may be some time before their products make it to the shelves of a store near you. In the meantime, be sure to follow their progress on Facebook (here), Twitter (here) and the web (here).