Friday, March 22, 2013
Just got in the new super limited Private Edition from Glenmorangie, called Ealanta. This single malt comes with quite a story as Master Distiller Dr. Bill actually traveled to the Ozark Mountains of Missouri in the early 90's to hand select a few American oak trees to be made into barrels. The new or "virgin" oak barrels were then used to age this exceptional whisky 19 years. Here are my tasting notes:
On the nose I get aromas of wild flower honey, brittle, marzipan, sea air and candied orange peel. On the palate I get flavors of shortbread, honeycomb, lavender candy, cream, and lime zest. Very elegant and refined with a zesty-mineral finish. Epic!
Get this one while you can! Cheers
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Got some fun new whiskies in today including 3 new single malts from local brewer/distiller Moylan's. All of the Moylan's whiskies scored high points and had rave reviews from Beverage Tasting Institute's latest 2013 Spirit Review. I listed the corresponding scores in parentheses below or check out these links:
2013 American Single Malt Results
2013 All Results
-Moylan's Double Barrel Cask Strength Cherry Wood Smoked Single Malt (89 points BTI)
-Moylan's American Cask Strength Single Malt: Finished in Orange Brandy barrels (94 points BTI)
-Moylan's American Single Malt: Finished in Orange Brandy barrels (90 points BTI)
-Russell's Reserve Non-Chill Filtered 55% (110 Proof) Single Barrel Bourbon
-Parker's Heritage 6th Edition 69.7% (139.4 Proof) Cask Strength Bourbon (New Batch)
-Big Bottom Non-Chill Filtered Port Cask Finished Bourbon
-Big Bottom Non-Chill Filtered Zinfandel Cask Finished Bourbon
-Russell's Reserve 6 Year Rye
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
To commemorate our favorite snake-chasing Irish saint, both Healthy Spirits locations are having a sale!
Starting TODAY, Wednesday, March 13th until St. Patrick's Day on Sunday the 17th, as a special thank you to all of our patrons we've deeply discounted a selection of your favorite Irish specialties including Guinness Stout, Smithwick's Ale, Harp Lager, Murphy's Red and Magner's Cider. In addition, our newly expanded selection of Irish whiskies will be discounted for your sipping pleasure.
HEALTHY SPIRITS CASTRO
2299 15TH STREET
(CORNER OF 15TH & CASTRO)
HEALTHY SPIRITS CLEMENT
1042 CLEMENT STREET
(CORNER OF 12th & CLEMENT)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Saturday, March 9, 2013
March Bourbon Club just landed at both shops! This month I'm featuring a brand new bourbon to the Bay Area: Homestead. I got a chance to interview brand creators John Andrews and Reggie Amos who shed some light on what it's like to create a new American whiskey. Homestead is a high rye content barrel strength bourbon that is very complex and spicy with surprisingly soft and lush tannins. There's a few extra bottles on the shelves if any non-bourbon club members are interested. Cheers
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Just got in some phenomenal Speyside whiskeys from Glenrothes!*** One of the oldest currently operating distilleries in Speyside, Glenrothes specializes in releasing whiskey not at any particular age statement, but when they feel it has reached its peak. Instead of the usual 12,15 and 18 year old releases, Glenrothes produces small batch blends of various vintages. It's a nice change of pace to see a traditional distiller bottling outside the rigid constraints of age statements. We just got in the Select Reserve (no age statement), the 1998 Vintage, and the 1995 Vintage.... here's what I thought of 'em.
Select Reserve: I get lemon and orange citrus, caramel, and just enough spice on the finish to keep it from being too easy-going. The body is smooth and silky, the finish spicy and warming. Probably the best Speyside single malt for the price in the shop.
1998 Vintage, bottled in 2012: Engaging nose of candied lemons, and ripe red fruits. Mid-palate rich vanilla cream sets in, laying a comfy foundation for the invigorating and spicy finish. Easily one of the most engaging single malts I've tasted in recent memory.
1995 Vintage, bottled in 2012: A bit richer than the '98, the '95 exhibits lush caramel, almost butterscotchy aromas that serve as a wonderful backdrop for the brighter citrus fruit notes. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and grapefruit rind round out the lush body and leave the mouth watering for another sip. It is a remarkably cohesive whiskey, full of rich nuanced tones, and one that certainly rewards careful inspection. A definite winner in my book!
Well there's the quick and dirty of it, until next time.... cheers!
Store Manager Clement St.
***NOTE: these whiskeys are only available at the CLEMENT ST location!