Thursday
Apr042013

Reservoir Whiskey

Reservoir Distillery handcrafts single run, small batch whiskies that are aged and bottled in Richmond, VA. Reservoir uses only the finest quality grains to produce its signature bourbon, wheat, and rye whiskies. Reservoir Bourbon is a true southern classic made with a heavy corn mashbill that produces a sweet, smooth and bright profile. The traditional whiskey drinker will be right at home enjoying this spirit. Reservoir Wheat Whiskey is an off the run spirit made with a heavy wheat mashbill that produces an extraordinarily smooth profile that is savory to the palate. A great introductory whiskey that is easy to drink for those that are not accustomed to brown spirits. Finally, we have the Reservoir Rye Whiskey, a classic American whiskey that is currently experiencing a significant renaissance due to the microdistillery movement. Our rye is best described as an "adult swim" whiskey. Strong and sharp on the palate, the rye grain shows through strongly.

Each of these truly exceptional whiskies run $94.99 for 750mL and are truly worth every penny. These whiskies are very limited in production, and the utmost care goes into crafting each expression.

Thursday
Apr042013

High West Distillery

 

High West Distillery in Park City Utah is the first legally licensed distillery in the state of Utah since the end of Prohibition. They make their spirits in a 250 gallon copper pot still, giving each unique character. At Malt Advocate's 17th Annual Whisky Awards, High West took home 'Pioneer of the Year' and the accolades just keep coming!

Campfire: This is the world’s only, and possibly first, blend of Scotch, bourbon and rye whiskeys. A very unusual, distinctive, yet delicious whiskey.The main flavor is sweet honey from a ripe bourbon. The enhancing flavor is floral fruity spice from a mature rye whiskey. The accent is the smoke from a peated scotch whisky. The proportions? Top secret. So...as the sun sinks low and the cold settles in, grab a bottle of Campfire and gather round a blazing fire to warm up, wind down your day, share stories, and deepen friendships. One taste of this sweet, spicy and, yes...smoky whiskey, you’ll know how it got its name. We like to enjoy Campfire with s’mores…or good-looking strangers.

$56.99 for 750mL.

Rendezvous Rye: Rendezvous Rye is a blend of two exotic straight rye whiskies - one old, and one young. It marries the rich aromatic qualities of a 16-year-old rye with the bold spicy properties of 6-year-old rye to create a full flavored, very complex whiskey. The 6-year-old boasts an uncommonly high 95% rye mash bill. Almost every other straight rye whiskey you can buy today is barely legal, with 51-53% rye in the mash bill. Not Rendezvous Rye. It honors the way rye whiskey used to be made, with a high rye content and full, uncompromised flavor. With Rendezvous Rye, you get a taste of authentic rye whiskey.

Ryes have been skyrocketing in poularity this year, and this one is up there with some of the best we've tried! $57.99 for 750mL.

 

Silver Collection OMG Pure Rye: High West is proud to help bring back a true American product - Rye Whiskey. OMG Pure Rye is an un-aged whiskey made in the style of the rye whiskey from 1800’s Western Pennsylvania. With a traditional 80% rye and 20% malted rye mash bill, OMG Pure Rye is distilled at a very low proof in a pot still. We think OMG Pure Rye tastes like Christmas fruitcake with deep plum, yeasty grain, Christmas spices and dried fruit. Warning: OMG is not for everyone. We designed OMG Pure Rye to be put in a barrel or consumed neat. You can’t just mix this like you do vodka! But if you like big complex chewy libations, it’s for you.

$38.99 for 750mL.

Silver Collection Western Oat: An un-aged oat whiskey (akin to a blanco tequila) with a mash bill containing 85% oats and 15% barley malt. A very unique and incredibly smooth whiskey. Tequila and rum both have their blanco and anejo, why can't whiskey? All spirits are born clear and turn brown after aging in a barrel. High West SILVER spent all of 5 minutes in a barrel to minimize the barrel's influence on the taste of the native spirit. They call it SILVER because they distill it in old town Park City, one of the west's richest silver mining towns. High West SILVER is a lot smoother and more elegant than other "white" whiskeys...often called moonshine, because they use the best ingredients and exact science to distill the elegance from the grain and separate those sometimes murky flavors found in some white whiskies.

$38.99 for 750mL.

 

Thursday
Apr042013

Corsair Artisan Spirits

 

We are happy to announce that we have finally gotten in the long-awaited micro-batch spirits from Corsair. Corsair’s spirits have been praised in publications like Food and Wine, Saveur, Imbibe, Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate, the Atlantic, Time Out New York, and Maxim.com. Corsair’s innovative and adventurous spirits have won 41 medals at international spirits competitions.

So which of these amazing spirits did we fall head over heels for and just had to bring in for you?

Corsair Genever: Genever is the ancestor of more well known styles of gin, such as London Dry. Complex grain flavors really set genever apart from its more neutral cousins. This black sheep of a spirit is pot distilled from malted barley to preserve the grain's malty notes. Juniper, ginger, sweet orange peel, and a rich apothecary of botanicals are then added for an indulgent, intense spirit. Rare and exotic spices like orris root, licorice, and cardamom round out this versatile delicacy. If you're new to genever, try it in a classic Negroni, but we think this truly rare craft spirit is just heavenly on the rocks.

$39.99 for 750mL. 

 

Corsair Spiced Rum: Produced in very small batches, Corsair Spiced Rum is handcrafted from sustainably harvested citrus peels, whole Madagascar vanilla beans, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, anise and allspice, as well as a variety of other spices and botanicals. The resulting spirit is smooth and full-flavored with pronounced notes of baking spice backed by layers of orange, lemon and vanilla. This spiced rum is unique in that it isn't overly sweet like some varieties can be. Instead, it is rich and complex, promising to be a classic in cocktails like Rum and Coke and the tiki punches so popular this year.

$32.99 for 750mL.

 

Corsair Triple Smoke: Corsair "Triple Smoke" is created by smoking malted barley in three different ways - one smoked with cherry wood, the other smoked with peat, and the third smoked with beechwood. Pot distilled and then barreled in new charred oak, "Triple Smoke" has the sweetness and barrel notes of an American whiskey and the rich smoke of a single malt. Aromas of toasted date bread, smoked jerky, roasted nuts and chocolate lead to nuanced flavors of fruit, toffee and peat. The finish is long and persistent with notes of almond brittle, smoke and peppery spices. This one really impressed us, and we're not the only ones- this amazing spirit got 93 points (exceptional from the Beverage Tasting Institute, Artisan Whiskey of the Year, 2013, from Whisky Advocate, gold medals at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 2010 International Review of Spirits Awards, and another gold medal in 2011 at the MicroLiquor Spirits Awards. All that, and only $46.99 for 750mL.

Corsair may be a small distillery, but they're really putting some big spirits into the market. This is definitely a company to watch, and we just can't wait to see what they will put out next!


Thursday
Mar212013

One of the world's best values!


In October 2012 Robert Parker wrote, "Just when you think you’ve tasted the wine world’s greatest values, along comes the Bodegas Breca."  

Also from Parker:

 

The estate’s oldest vines are utilized for the 2010 Breca, also 100% Garnacha from vines that were planted between 1925 and 1945 in decomposed slate and gravelly clay soils. Yields were less than one ton of fruit per acre, and the wine was aged in old large French oak foudres. This is an amazing terroir of steep hillsides and ancient head-pruned vines. Black raspberry, truffle, kirsch, lavender and liquid rock-like characteristics emerge from this astonishing wine. Frankly, I was at a loss for words when I tasted it. It may be the most amazing wine I have ever tasted at this price in over three decades. 
There were very few cases imported into the state of Florida.  We could only get our hands on one case. 
$17.99 per bottle, limited to two bottles per customer.

 

Wednesday
Mar062013

Michter's Rye

Renowned for rye, America’s first whiskey, since their founding in 1753, Michter's takes production of every barrel of Michter’s Rye very seriously. This US*1 Rye is made from select American rye grain that is sheared to enable the saturation of more flavor during fermentation. It is then aged in a heated warehouse. This premium rye has hints of light spice, black pepper, marmalade and plum, spicy grain and light caramel.

Ryes have been amazingly popular lately, so we can't promise this will stay in stock for long! $39.99 for a 750 mL bottle, so get yours soon. Visit the Michter's website for some great history, recipes, and cocktails from this American staple!