Saturday, May 16, 2015

Review: Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece Bourbon Finished in PX Sherry Casks

Hey All,

Had the privilege of trying Jim Beam's relatively new Distiller's Masterpiece a few days ago and I have to say I was remarkably impressed. There's no age statement but my palate tells me its one of the oldest bourbons they've ever released considering how tannic and oak driven the flavor profile is. While Scotch producers have been using sherry barrels to age whiskey for centuries, it's a relatively new concept for American whiskey. Here are my tasting notes:

Aromas/Nose: Strong notes of sherry on the nose in the form of fruitcake, figs and marizapan. I also get aromas of candied ginger, firewood, granite stone, chocolate souffle and Italian sausage. The impressive heavy handedness of the oak seems to proliferate even the aromas, adding a density you wouldn't think possible. I get the sensation of being in a swamp where fallen trees and branches are slowly decomposing and a damp wood smell fills the air.

Taste: Wow this stuff's good. It's bold, it's viscous and resinous, it's everything I never knew Jim Beam could be. The initially flavors I get are earth, volcanic ash and gravel. Tannic and oak driven are an understatement, and I could see how this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm unabashedly smitten. All a board the oak train, we're riding this one till the wheels fall off. As it opens up I get notes of sticky toffee pudding, pumpernickel, cinnabons, espresso, cement and bran muffins. At 50% alcohol the flavors are perfectly concentrated without being overwhelming.

Finish: The finish is rustic and earthy, with a pronounced lingering minerality. There's some creaminess mid-palate but the finish is all beautiful leathery tannins that make your mouth water. Absolutely epic!

This for me is about as good as it gets bourbon wise. The richness of the sherry combines beautifully with the intensity of the oak. The price tag's a little steep at $200, but it's a one time release that's definitely worth seeking out. All things considered, you could pay $10,000 or more for a Scotch of equivalent quality. I'm sure I'll be taking home a few bottles of this for my cellar.

Available @ Both Shops!



Friday, May 8, 2015

New Arrivals: Black Maple Hill Rye and Bourbon, Black Saddle 12 Year Bourbon, Filibuster Sherry Finished Bourbon......

Hey All,

Got some great new stuff in recently and over the last month or two that I wanted to update everyone on. Here's the full new arrivals list:

-Black Maple Hill Oregon Bourbon $89.99 (Castro Only)
-Black Saddle 12 Year Bourbon $51.99
-Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece (Finished in PX Sherry Casks) $199.99
-High West American Prairie Bourbon $49.99
-Forged Oak 15 Year Bourbon $89.99
-Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon (750ml) $69.99

-Black Maple Hill Oregon Rye $89.99 (Castro Only)
-Corbin Cash Rye $59.99
-Woodford Reserve Rye $47.99
-Smooth Ambler 8 Year Healthy Spirits Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel Rye $79.99
-Redemption 10 Year Cask Strength Rye $199.99 (Castro Only)

-Seven Stills Fluxuate Coffee Porter Whiskey $45.99
-Mosswood Healthy Spirits Exclusive Espresso Barrel Cask Strength American Whiskey $75.99

-Alexander Murray 49 Year Highland Single Malt Scotch 1964' $1199.99 (Castro Only)
-Samaroli Glen Scotia Campbeltown 21 Year Sherry Cask Single Malt Scotch (only 360 bottles made) $299.99
-Blackadder Ledaig 13 Year "Raw Cask" 2001' Single Malt Scotch $169.99
-Blackadder Clynelish 22 Year "Raw Cask" 1992' Single Malt Scotch $269.99
-Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask Single Malt Scotch (back in stock) $89.99

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 World Whiskey Awards Annouced

Hey All,

Thought I'd share some of Whiskey Magazine's 2015 winners, always a good microcosm of the best whiskies from a given year.

World's Best Single Malt: Kavalan Vinho Barrique Cask Strength Single Barrel $179.99

World's Best Blended Malt: Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Pure Malt Whisky $169.99

World's Best Canadian Whisky: Forty Creek Confederation Oak $69.99

World's Best Pot Still Whisky: Red Breast 15 Year Old Pot Still Whiskey $89.99

World's Best American Whiskey: Thomas Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey $99.99

Pretty decent selections if you ask me, and wouldn't you know it we carry every single one of these. Thomas Handy is the only one not currently in stock although we do carry it, but if your familiar with the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection you'll know that's a one day a year release. Does this mean Healthy Spirits has the best whiskey collection in the world?

If you want to see the rest of the results check them out here:

2015 World Whiskies Awards



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Arrivals: Jim Beam Signature Craft Oat and High Rye, Moylan's Double Barrel and American Single Malts!

Hey All,

Got some new gems in this week. We now have 6 offerings from the Jim Beam Signature Craft line, including the newest Oat and High Rye recipe bourbons. I get a smirk from people every time I recommend these but don't be fooled by the Jim Beam name. If they were the "Knob Creek Signature Craft" line no one would think twice, but it'd be coming from the same place. The four pictured above are part of the harvest collection where a new grain replaces rye in the mashbill, except for the high rye offering of course. We still have a little of the 11 year Red Wheat and 11 year Brown Rice left from the first release, and those were incredible as well.

Making a long awaited come back is the Moylan's line of whiskies. These are arguably the best single malt whiskies produced in the US and are shockingly hard to find. The crown jewel for me is the 8 year double barrel cask strength cherry wood smoked single malt. Aged in new charged oak barrels the color and texture are unbelievable. They use a percentage of cherry wood smoked barley so it's not overly smokey and actually has some wonderful red fruit and cherry like undertones. The "American Single Malt" is finished in orange brandy barrels and comes in regular or cask strength proofs. These two have some beautiful vanilla and candied orange undertones and are aged around 4 years. 

Get em while you can. Cheers


Friday, March 20, 2015

Healthy Spirits Clement 2nd Anniversary Van Winkle Raffle!

Tomorrow our Clement shop will celebrate its 2nd anniversary, and we've invited the Van Winkles!  Every hour beginning at noon, we'll be raffling off the right to purchase one of the Van Winkle bourbons.  The Schedule will go like this:

12pm: Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr

1pm: Van Winkle Lot B 12yr

2pm: Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15yr

3pm: Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20yr

4pm: Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23yr

Rules & Conditions

  • Raffle tickets will become available one hour prior to each drawing.
  • You may only enter a particular raffle once.  If you attempt to enter multiple times, you'll be disqualified from all raffles, and may God have mercy on your soul!
  • You must be present when your number is called.  If you are not in the store, we will have no choice but to draw another ticket.
  • THIS IS NOT A FREE BOTTLE GIVEAWAY!  You are entering to win the opportunity to purchase a particular bottle.  If you've ever attempted to find any of these products, you'll know that this is a fine prize indeed!

We hope you'll join us tomorrow for what is sure to be a darn good time.  In addition to a 10% discount store wide (15% for club members), we'll be featuring deep discounts on some select whiskeys.  Hope to see you there, and good luck!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Clement's 2nd Anniversary, 3/21/15

Please join us for a day of beer, bourbon and discounts at our Clement location.

Its hard to believe that its been two years since we opened our Clement Street location. Your support and patronage has helped build the business into the success it is today, and we'd like to take this opportunity to say "thank you". To show our appreciation we are hosting an anniversary sale and raffle on Saturday, March 21st from 11am - 4pm. It's a great day to restock your cellar and pick up a few rarities, but make sure to get there early as we usually get lines for the best deals and vintage beers. 

Cellar Sale!

Cellar Stock Sale when doors open including Russian River, Cantillon, Anchorage, Perennial, Prairie, Goose Island and more!

Hourly Raffle!

Noon - Old Rip Van Winkle 10
1pm - Lot B
2pm - Pappy Van Winkle 15
3pm - Pappy Van Winkle 20
4pm - Pappy Van Winkle 23

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Healthy Spirits

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Arrivals: Lost Prophet 22 Year, Wild Turkey Diamond, Jefferson's Ocean Aged, Four Roses "Nate's Barrel"

Hello Bourbon Fans,

The train is back on the tracks, as we've got a couple new bourbons for ya. The crowning jewel is probably the new Orphan Barrel Project's: Lost Prophet 22 year bourbon. It uses a completely different recipe from the other three offerings and is sort of a perfect combination of age, complexity and smoothness. Definitely a little more tannic and oaky than say Barterhouse 20 year but a little more subtle and soft than Old Blowhard 26 year:

-Lost Prophet 22 Year Bourbon: $159.99

The next bourbon is a special celebration of Jimmy Russell's 60 years as Master Distiller at Wild Turkey. They call it "Diamond", and utilize specially selected casks ranging from 13 to 16 years old. This bourbon is delicate and perilessly drinkable. With some softer wild flower honey undertones and just the right amount of barrel char in the finish:

-Wild Turkey Diamond Bourbon: $149.99

Another bourbon that has been highly sought after but tough to come by is the Jefferson's Ocean Aged. This release Introduces a subtle briny-sea air element from being on a ship at sea, it's said the bourbon also ages faster as a result of the hot-humid climate and the gentle rocking of the boat:

-Jefferson's Ocean Aged Bourbon: $99.99

And last but not least after so much success with Exclusive Four Roses single barrels I had to grab another "Nate's Barrel". Like most of my offerings in the past I went with the higher rye mashbill and fruitier yeast strain. At 11 and a half years old and bottled at cask strength its got an incredible amount of depth and spice, and an exceedingly long and lingering finish:

-Healthy Spirits Exclusive Four Roses Single Barrel OBSF "Nate's Barrel": $79.99

That's all I got, enjoy everyone!