Press Release


CL-600-px-tall.jpgSanta Barbara, CA- Stephen Gertman, President & Master Distiller of Ascendant Spirits, Inc., announced the release of American Star Caviar Lime Vodka, a unique new small-batch, artisanal vodka made from the rare California-grown “caviar lime”.

“We established our craft distillery in Santa Barbara County because of the wonderful fresh organic produce available on California’s Central Coast and the great climate for aging whisky. We get our fruit fresh from the local fields and orchards and distill it immediately, using fruit at it's flavor peak.” says Gertman.

These exotic limes are only grown organically and naturally on California’s Central Coast at Good Land Organics and Shanley Farms. Caviar Limes are prized by chefs around the country for their magnificent flavor. The caviar limes are infused as whole fruit in Ascendant’s traditional American Star Vodka extracting their unique essential oils.

The Beverage Tasting Institute just recently named American Star Caviar Lime Vodka “Exceptional” and awarded it an International Review of Spirits Award Gold Medal.

“The flavors of the lime are streaked with essential oils, yet well restrained and unique. This is a subtle and refined white spirit.” - Erik Adkins, The Slanted Door Group

“The bright citrus notes gleam with a great viscosity.” - Jerry Cooper, Swirl on Castro

“A modern-and distinctive-take on flavored vodka.” - David Nepove, Southern Wine and Spirits Director of Mixology

"Clear. Interesting aromas of lime zest, lime leaf, pickled melon and faint saddle soap with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and grilled citrus rind and medicinal herb and bark driven finish. A bit unusual, but interesting savory cocktail possibilities abound." - Beverage Tasting Institute Review

Distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits, top retailers and on-sale customers will offer American Star Caviar Lime Vodka throughout southern California and elsewhere in the country after the beginning of the year. A listing of locations is at

Ascendant Spirits Inc., which opened in March 2013, is the first distillery in Santa Barbara County since the end of Prohibition and the first producer of bourbon in California since that time. More information about Ascendant’s fine artisanal products, can be found at

For more information, contact:

Sarah Manski, Operations Manager

Phone: 805-691-1000


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