Monday, October 6, 2014

New Arrivals: Ardbeg Super Nova and Highland Park Dark Origins!

Hey All,

Shhhhhhhhh, it's a secret. Okay I guess technically it's not a secret any more. But if you want a shot at either of these two single malts you'll probably want to keep it to yourself. First off one of the most sought after releases of all time, Ardbeg Super Nova, has finally made its way back to Healthy Spirits. For years and years Dr. Bill, Master Distiller of Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, has adamantly said he would never make Super Nova again. He always told me it reduced his ability to keep the peatiness of the regular line up as high as it could go. It was a reasonable explanation but the high demand for the second peatiest whisky in the world made me always have to ask him. Not only is this heavenly whisky finally making an encore but this time its got more sherry influence making it rich and decadent in addition to being bold and intense. Like before it's bottled at cask strength clocking in at a robust 55% alcohol (110 proof).

Dark Origins is a new offering from Highland Park but unfortunately, as with so many limited offerings, they decided to make it available on premise only. Meaning the only place you could get it is at bars and restaurants. By the glass only, so you're basically out of luck if you wanted a bottle. Through a clever loop hole Healthy Spirits was able to obtain a few bottles. They won't last for long, and are only available at the Castro shop. Dark Origins is a little peatier than the regular line and is aged in "double first fill sherry casks for a naturally darker, richer flavor", so there's that.

These are some of the best new single malts on the market, if you want em grab em fast! Cheers

Nate

New Arrivals: Amador Barrel Strength Bourbon and Rye!

Hey All,

So if you weren't already aware, we love Amador Distillery! I've personally had the pleasure of seeing my friend Adam's dreams come to fruition. From brainstorming with him about the idea of starting a distillery, to talking about how products are coming along over the years, to even throwing our suggestions on label design, I've been fortunate to see a brand that holds a special place in my heart grow and flourish. A couple months ago we had the privilege of picking out a very special barrel, which sold out much quicker then we anticipated. Fortunately Adam has decided to offer some similarly awesome whiskies in the form of a barrel strength bourbon and rye. These are older then a lot of other offerings on the market with the bourbon clocking in around 7 years old, having an incredible amount of depth and spice, and the rye coming in around 3-4 years, perfect balance between vibrant spice and just enough oak for a rounded finish.

I can't say enough good things about these whiskies, if you're a fan of Willett Family Estate or Four Roses Private Selection Cask Strength you'll wanna give these a go. Your Welcome.

Nate

New Arrivals: Colorado Gold Bourbon and Rye

Hey All,

With refreshing new packaging, older stocks of bourbon and a brand new rye, Colorado Gold Distillery seems to be finally hitting its stride. We've always been big fans of the distillery, and even bought a barrel a few years back that was featured in Bourbon Club. The bourbon drinks like a wheater, although I'm told there's a touch of rye in addition to the corn, wheat and barley in the mashbill. It's aged 3 years (a year older then previous releases) in new charred oak and bottled as a single barrel at 45% (90 proof). The rye whiskey I'm told, has a mashbill of 95% rye, likely meaning the other 5% is barley. While that usually warrants red flags that the juice may be sourced from MGP, I've been assured the whiskey is in fact made in Colorado with local Colorado grains. Its also bottled as a single barrel at 45% (90 proof). And one of the best parts, they're using full size 53 gallon barrels, meaning no small barrel flavors here.

 These are some of the best whiskies coming out of Colorado, give em a try if you get a chance. Cheers!

Nate

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Arrivals: St. George Lot 14 Single Malt Whiskey & Elijah Craig 23yr Single Barrel Bourbon!




Hey folks,

I'll keep this brief: the St. George Single Malt and Elijah Craig 23yr have hit the shelves at both Healthy Spirits locations!  Judging by the amount of calls we've gotten for these, as well as the limited allocation we received, I doubt they'll be around tomorrow morning.  So run, don't walk, and if you're a club member you can even call!  Good luck, and cheers!

St. George Lot 14 Single Malt: $104.99
Elijah Craig 23yr: $229.99

-James

Friday, July 4, 2014

New Arrival: Rhetoric 20yr Bourbon!



Howdy friend-o,

The highly anticipated third release from the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co. has finally hit our shelves!  Much like its brother Barterhouse (released earlier this year), Rhetoric sports a 20 year age statement.  However, while Barterhouse was distilled solely at the new Bernheim distillery, Rhetoric's juice came from both the new and old Bernheim distilleries, meaning it could contain some stock older than 20 years.  Another noticeable difference between the two is where they were aged; while both matured in the Stitzel-Weller warehouse, Rhetoric was situated in the lower levels, which often leads to a softer profile.

As the label states, Rhetoric will be "an evolving exploration in bourbon maturation."  Over the course of six years, each bottling will get progressively older (2015's release will be 21 years old, 2016's release will be 22 years old, and so on).  Supposedly the label will get increasingly darker to symbolize the older age, which sounds pretty neat to me!  Such a unique insight into the aging process is pretty rare, so take advantage while you can.

Rhetoric is available in limited quantities at both shops for $109.99.  Cheers!

-James

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Arrivals: 5 New Signatory Single Malt Scotch Casks!

Hey All,

Happy to announce the arrival of some very well selected single malt Scotch casks from Signatory. Not only did these whiskies blow me away from a flavor profile stand point, but they're also some of the more sought after distilleries in Scotland: Laphroaig, Highland Park, Caol Ila and Jura. You have to be careful when buying from independent bottlers, fortunately these guys know what they're doing, offering bottlings without caramel coloring, chill filtration or dilution (cask strength). You would never find a 24 year peated Jura, 17 year Caol Ila or a 15 year sherry cask aged Laphroaig without producers like Signatory.

New In:

-Signatory Cask Strength Collection: Jura 1989' Heavily Peated 24 year single malt $199.99
-Signatory Cask Strength Collection: Laphroaig 1996' Peated 17 year single malt $249.99
-Signatory Cask Strength Collection: Highland Park 1988' 25 year single malt $299.99
-Signatory Vintage Un-Chillfiltered Collection: Caol Ila Peated 17 year single malt $139.99
-Signatory Vintage Un-Chillfiltered Collection: Laphroaig Peated 15 year single malt (sherry cask) $129.99

Again these Scotches are epic! Talk about a great gift or treat to yourself, especially if you're a fan of one of the four mentioned distilleries. Since they're one time only single casks, when they're gone they're gone, so get em while you can. Cheers

Nate

New Arrivals: Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Hey All,

It's been a long time coming, waiting for Stranahan's whiskey to come back after it was pulled from the California market almost 5 years ago. The company got to big to fast, and like so many large distilleries today they decided that pulling product from their largest market (California), would allow them to keep up with demand locally in Colorado and their surrounding states. It's a disturbing trend, one that seems to put a bullseye on California for selling the most whiskey in the country. I guess it is what it is.

But fortunately Stranahan's is back, rightfully taking its place as one of the first micro-distilled single malts in the US. The flavor profile is grainy, with some well developed notes of honey, buttered rolls, cereal grains and florals. The flavor profile is soft and round with a very delicate assertion of oak. Very similar to how I remember it tasting all those years ago. Not sure if the legendary "Snowflake" will ever make it back to the bay area, that's their red wine finished version, but I would highly recommend seeking that out if you can ever get your hands on it (currently only sold at the distillery). For now the regular Stranahan's is available @ both shops! Cheers

Nate