California distillery creates cannabis vodkaBy Amy Hopkins
California’s Humboldt Distillery is the latest spirits producer to launch a cannabis-infused vodka, called Humboldt’s Finest.
The vodka is infused with cannabis stavia and made with local and legally grown hemp, which is distinguished from marijuana by having a THC content less than 0.3%.
Humboldt’s Finest is distributed by Young’s Market Co. and the newly Breakthru Beverage Group and is available throughout California and Colorado.
Said to have a “unique botanical aroma”, “herbal character” and “smooth finish”, the vodka joins Humboldt’s range organic vodka and spiced rum.
The distillery said it decided to create the variant due to “consumer demand” for “local flavour” and was able to launch Humboldt’s Finest following the passage of the 2014 United States Farm Bill, which distinguishes hemp from marijuana.
“Humboldt’s Finest doesn’t have the THC that you’d find in marijuana, so it’s not going to get anyone in trouble with the law,” said Abe Stevens, founder of Humboldt Distillery.
“It does, however, retain an herbal and aromatic quality reminiscent of fresh cannabis, which inspired us to create two brand new specialty cocktails to showcase its unique flavour.”
Humboldt Distillery also intends to release an organic vodka and aged rum.