Friday
Jun012012

Jefferson's Presidential Select 18

It's finally here!

McLain & Kyne, the company responsible for creating and bottling Jefferson's Reserve, believe that bourbon is the true spirit of America. They embrace this philosophy by utilizing indigenous grains (corn, malted barley, and rye) and the clean, crisp limestone water of Kentucky to produce their quality whiskies.

This limited edition, eighteen year old bourbon was created at the old Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville. A robust nose of vanilla, apple and caramel leads to a full, balanced palate with notes of toffee, cinnamon and leather. A touch of polished oak appears on the long, rounded finish.

At $84.99, this won't last very long!

Friday
Jun012012

Hakushu 12


 

Some of the world's best whiskies come from Japan.  This single malt from Hakashu will knock your socks off.

This fresh, lively whisky has a light yet intruguing nose, with complex oak and breaths of vanilla acting as a platforn for bright barley. On the tongue, crisp malts turn into a sugary, mildly smoky form and spices migle with vanilla. The finish holds subtle spice and soft lemon-vanilla sponge cake. This presentation is a prime example of why Hakushu is one of the premier Japanese distilleries and is one of the most complex, clever 12 year old whiskies and could be easily overlooked- but not by us!

With a rating of 95.5 from Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible and just $61.99, it's a must have.

 

Friday
Jun012012

Bruichladdich The Laddie 10

We couldn't say it any better than Whiskey Advocate reviewer John Hansell, so we won't try:

"This is the first 10 year old distilled by the current owners of the Bruichladdich distillery back in 2001. A lovely marriage of both bourbon and sherry casks, it is quite fresh, with a maturity resembling a 12 year old rather than 10. Smooth on the palate and very drinkable, with creamy vanilla, honeycomb, banana bread, bright lemon, melon (honeydew, cantaloupe), tangerine, candied ginger, and a delicate hint of brine. With all the Bruichladdich razzle-dazzle over the past decade, we can embrace this unpretentiously delicious Laddie with open arms." 

This spirit earned a score of 90 from Whiskey Advocate and is available from us for $56.99.

Thursday
May242012

Bols Genever

Super-premium Bols Genever is an exquisite spirit with lively aromatics, brilliant flavors and a velvety textured body. Widely acknowledged as the world's first white spirit, genever is the prescribed foundation in scores of classic cocktails and was popular in the U.S. until Prohibition. Reintroduced in the States in 2008, Bols Genever is significantly different in character than London dry gin and its singular attributes have made it a "must have" for every self-respecting cocktail haunt.

 

 

 While new on the American market, Lucas Bols Company in Amsterdam has been making genever since 1664. The heart of the spirit is called "maltwine," which is triple-distilled in traditional copper pot stills from a fermented mash of rye, corn and wheat. It constitutes 50% of the finished product. The maltwine is then blended with an infusion comprised of neutral grain spirits and a proprietary mix of juniper berries, botanicals and aromatics. The finished product is bottled at 42% alcohol by volume (84 proof).

Bols Genever has crystalline clarity, a lush medium-weight body and captivating malty, floral and fresh cherry aromas. Its initial approach is cool and slightly spicy before quickly bathing the palate with a generous helping of citrus, malt and black pepper. The juniper makes an appearance during the warm lingering finish. The genever is surgically balanced with just a touch of sweetness and features an intriguing well-integrated palate. It's such an engaging spirit that even whiskey enthusiasts will be impressed with its complex, malty character.

 

 

 

 

 

However, Master Distiller Piet Van Leijenhorst is always looking for new ways to enhance the genever experience. Bols has recently announced the release of the new Bols Barrel Aged Genever, a new expression of the spirit designed with bourbon connoisseurs in mind. Bols Barrel Aged Genever is produced according to an authentic recipe created by the company in the 19th Century - different from the recipe used for Bols Genever 1820. This recipe is aged in French Limousin oak barrels for at least 18 months, lending the spirit a pale golden color and adding complex notes of wood and spice to the herbaceous, juniper flavors of the original Bols Genever.

For centuries, Bols Genever has been bottled and shipped around the world in brown clay jugs that can still be found in old shipwrecks or during archaeological digs. In honor of this tradition, Bols Barrel Aged Genever is bottled in grey earthenware jugs from the German Westerwald region.

 

Thursday
May102012

Kah Tequila

 

 

KAH Tequila was designed to pay reverence and honor to Mexico and its people. Its bottle and spirit are reflective of Day of the Dead, the 3,000 year-old Meso-American ritual honoring deceased loved ones. KAH's unique packaging, in turn, is inspired by traditional Calaveras used in Dia de los Muertos rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. The word KAH translates to "life" in the ancient Mayan language. Every bottle is an individual, hand-crafted work of art, and as such no two bottles are the same. While the bottle captures that enduring spirit, so does the Tequila inside, as KAH's distillers transform hand-selected 100% Blue agave into lively Blanco, Reposado and Añejo varieties that are both certified organic and Kosher.