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Wednesday
Mar062013

Have No Fear, For We Have Beer!

For all of you hopheads out there, don't despair- we love our beer here at Fine Spirits just as much as we love everything else! We've just gotten in some stellar new brews, including some really epic elixirs that are sure to knock your socks off. Don't believe us? Well, then, here are just a few of our new arrivals, listed in no particular order:

Green Flash Palate Smasher: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a medium bubbly white head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of fresh citrusy and floral American hops and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Flavor of aggressive piney hops, grapefruit and enough caramel malt to keep the hops just kind of in line. Certainly aggressively bitter. The flavor is intensely bitters, citrus (tangerines again), dried apricot and pine essence, with a dry sticky finish and just enough heft to coat your mouth and leave you eager for another sip. Definitely a beer made for the hopheads! 149 IBUs!

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA: Pours a deep golden orange with a finger of foam. Moderate carbonation stems from the center, good retention on the foam. Lacing is good, great looking beer. Smells of hops of course, some lemon and orange zest. Some floral pine melds with a touch of alcohol and a modest malt. Solid hoppy profile, balanced evenly with the malt. This is the #3 American IPA!

The Bruery Saison Rue: Belgian Style Ale Brewed With Rye and Brettanomyces. This rustic, deep golden California farmhouse ale is brewed just a few times a year to celebrate the change of the season. The Belgian yeast gives off banana and clove scents. The brett gives a bit of a funk. A bit of a pale bready smell as well as a hint of citrus. The taste has a slight brett funk, but not too much. Actually incredibly refreshing and smooth on the palate. A touch of banana and clove as well as lemon rind. Strong carbonation, medium body.

Those are just a few tasting notes on some of the more notable beers we've received lately. We also have Stone's Ruination IPA and standard IPA, Avery's Maharaja Imperial IPA, Brewery Ommegang's Abbey Ale, Brooklyn's Brown Ale, and lots of other amazing craft brews in stock and chilled for your enjoyment. Come in to pick up something new and exciting!

Wednesday
Jan302013

Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Whiskey

Clyde May’s Whiskey is an American spirit that captures the spirit of a real American. Clyde May, a World War II veteran, returned home to Alabama to farm his land and raise his family. Though Clyde reared eight children, his farming endeavors were not as successful. He turned to the illegal trade of whiskey-making, or “branch-farming” as he liked to call it, to help supplement his income. May sold much of his whiskey unaged, right from the still, but some he put down in barrels. He spent a large portion of his life perfecting the art of small batch whiskey-making and continued to experiment with different methods until he finally developed what came to be known as “Mr. Clyde’s Special Reserve.”

In 2002, Mr. May’s son, Kenny May, produced the first legal batch of his father’s whiskey and called it Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey. Distribution was limited initially to Alabama and in 2004 Mr. May’s whiskey became the state’s official state spirit.

The whiskey’s mash bill consists of corn, rye and malted barley, and is a marriage of 5& 6 year old bourbon from Heaven Hill that was aged in new caramel-charred white oak barrels. Deep, glimmering bronze color with perfect clarity. The generous aromatics are loaded with rich caramel, dried orchard fruits, toffee, butterscotch, nutmeg, spicy rye notes, maple, and candied orange peel. The palate is harmonious and seamless. The flavor profile bursts open with dried fruits, sage and black pepper offering enough viscosity to give the whiskey length and depth. Silky finish  with a complex black pepper accent and hints of anise and toasted oak.

Anyone who shops with us regularly will know that Alabama has a special place around here, and this whiskey has a special price: $29.99!

Wednesday
Jan302013

Kirk and Sweeny 12 Year Old Rum

35 Maple Street has announced the release of Kirk and Sweeney Rum, a handcrafted, 12-year-old premium liquor. Kirk and Sweeney becomes the third spirit introduced by 35 Maple Street as it continues to expand its niche in the growing cocktail movement, which has spawned a “gold rush” of cocktail bars and underground speakeasies in urban areas across America over the past five years.

“Kirk and Sweeney was the name of a wooden schooner that was best known for smuggling rum from the Caribbean to the Northeast United States during Prohibition,” said August Sebastiani, 35 Maple Street president. “There’s a historical bent for each of our spirits, so we thought naming the rum after Kirk and Sweeney was appropriate.”

The rum is made in the Dominican Republic and aged for 12 years in American oak barrels. This deep mahogany colored rum presents 
a sweet aroma balanced heavily toward cane honey, with earthy sugar cane undertones, along with a hint of vanilla, luscious toasted oak, caramel and dried fruits. Initial taste reveals a nectar-sweet quality, leading to a weightier body that indicates substantially aged rum that’s serious in character but not overbearing. Light notes of vanilla and wood hit the palate transforming into an incredibly smooth offering.

No need to be a scofflaw or pirate to get this spirit- get it here for $29.99!