Thursday, April 28, 2011
I know all you single malt fans can't get enough from that beautiful island on the south west coast of Scotland we call Islay. Like Lagavulin, Caol Ila is peated to 35 parts per million. For comparison sake more heavily peated scotches such as Ardbeg and Laphroaig are peated to 55 and 43 parts per million respectively. While I don't want to take anything away from their more fiercely peated brethren, Caol Ila is more about balance. With an amazing contrast between flavors of stoney minerals, smoke, peat, fresh cut pine, sea air and a beautiful malt sweetness, this is surely one not to be missed! Oh and Caol Ila Distiller's Edition just won a double gold and the title of best single malt scotch at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirit Competition. So there's that........
-Caol Ila 12 Year Single Malt (43% ABV)
-Caol Ila Distiller's Edition Single Malt-Moscatel Cask Finished (43% ABV)
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This tiny production rye whiskey which was introduced last year and was only available in bars, has been re-allocated to a select few retail shops. Guess who made the cut. Templeton rye utilizes a prohibition era recipe and is bottled in Templeton, Iowa. It came to fame in the 1920's when a certain bootlegger, Al Capone, decided it was his favorite whiskey. This is definitely one of the more elegant ryes on the market, truly exceptional straight or perfect as a base for cocktails.
You want this!
Friday, April 22, 2011
New Arrivals: E. H. Taylor Old Sour Mash Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Experimental and Angels Envy Port Finished
Big big releases today! All highly anticipated with extremely limited quantities. First off we have the E. H. Taylor Old Sour Mash bourbon. E. H. Taylor is widely considered a founding father of the modern bourbon industry, being regarded as such due to accomplishment like: patenting his own sour mash technique, financing, overseeing and modernizing numerous distilleries of the time, introducing equipment and methods to achieve new levels of quality, all while also being the owner and operator of what is now known as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. As a special tribute to his legacy, Buffalo Trace has recreated a sour mash technique which would have been used during his tenure. The first of possibly several releases that takes the namesake of a true bourbon aristocrat.
-E. H. Taylor Old Sour Mash (Limited quantities)
We also received a small allotment of the long awaited Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection. This years releases are categorized as being rediscovered, meaning they were inventory the distillery had lost track of several years ago. The still proof and barrel entry proof are unknown. What is known is that these killer bourbons set the bar pretty high!
-Buffalo Trace Experimental 21 year
-Buffalo Trace Experimental 19 year
-Buffalo Trace Experimental 17 year
If you look closely in the back ground you might recognize a familiar face, apparently angels aren't the only ones who envy this bourbon. Created by Lincoln Henderson, the man behind Woodford Reserve and most of the other Brown-Forman whiskeys over the last 30 years, comes Angels Envy. A premium bourbon in the 5-6 year range finished in port barrels. This will be there base brand, and what an awesome one at that, with more limited releases to come.
Bam! Time to do some drinking...........
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I know I know, you've had many sleepless nights waiting for the Willett Family Estate line to be released, believe me I have to. But the day has finally arrived and we got another couple gems to boot. So come on in and get your bourbon fix. Also I should have a couple more Willett releases over the next few weeks. New in:
-Willett Family Estate 6 year Barrel strength single barrel
-Willett Family Estate 19 year Barrel strength single barrel
-Healthy Spirits Exclusive Evan Williams single barrel
-Parker's Heritage 10 year wheated barrel strength
Friday, April 15, 2011
Bourbon Club is ready for pick up. This month we are featuring our Healthy Spirits barrel of Elijah Craig 18 year. All of us at the shop got to try it during the selection process and can attest to its awesomeness. Cheers!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Our shelves are currently over flowing with amazing Scotch. We just scooped up the last 4 bottles of Peat Monster Reserve Edition 1.75 Liter available in the Bay Area. And if that wasn't enough we got a small allotment of Talisker 18 year, a Scotch that has been unavaible for about a year. It apparently sold out through our distributor in one day, and now we're being told won't be available again till next year, so enjoy it while you can! Here's the new arrivals:
-Compass Box The Peat Monster Reserve Edition 1.75 Liter
-Glenmorangie Finealta Private Edition Single Malt (re-created recipe from 1903)
-Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year Port Cask Finished Single Malt
-Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Single Malt
-Macallan 18 Year Single Malt
-Macallan 15 Year Fine Oak Single Malt
-Talisker 18 Year Single Malt (Extremely Limited)
-Laphroaig Quarter Cask Double Matured Single Malt
-Glenfiddich 18 Year Single Malt
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
What a beautiful day to drink some bourbon right? I am ridiculously excited to announce the arrival of our Healthy Spirits exclusive Elijah Craig 18 year barrel. Doesn't it look pretty damn sexy? And there's just something about 18 year olds........