Monday, September 30, 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen, the holy grails have landed. There's a line from the movie Beerfest, one of my favorite movies, that sort of encapsulates what I feel like I should be writing in this post: "This is that moment that only exists in sports - where the coach gives a speech on the jumbotrom to get the hometown fans fired up! We're the bad guys and they're the good guys, and I'll be damned if we let the good guys win!"
Lucky for us there's no good guys or bad guys in this, we all have the ability to be winners, which in this case means obtaining your very own bottle of the rare and elusive Michter's 20 or 25 year. Now I'm not gonna lie, we only got a few bottles of these, plus you'll likely have to drop half a month's rent to get them. But outside of that I can't think of another bourbon or rye I'd rather have in my bar at home. The 20 year bourbon and 25 year rye are practically life changing. The layers of depth and flavor are unsurpassed in anything I've ever tried before. Listen, I could go on and on about how good these are, but realistically they're gonna sell out fast regardless of what I say. Will you be one of the lucky winners?
Michter's 20 Year Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon 57.1% (114.2 proof) $599.99
Michter's 25 Year Cask Strength Single Barrel Rye 58.65% (117.3 proof) $499.99
Available @ Both Shops
Friday, September 20, 2013
Healthy Spirits has partnered with the fantastic local whiskey bar Elixir to bring you a special Four Roses Tasting event with Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. Jim will guide us through 8 private selection cask strength single barrels, all exclusive to Healthy Spirits and Elixir, as well a few surprise offerings possibly of the "limited" variety. Jim Rutledge will also be signing bottles, and we'll provide a nice food spread to help balance out all that delicious whiskey.
The event will take place this coming Friday Sept. 27th from noon to 2pm at Elixir (corner of 16th and Guerrero). Tickets are $45 and can be purchase through event brite on the following link:
Hope to see everyone there. Cheers
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
So the hits keep coming today as some Elijah Craig 21 year unexpectedly fell in our lap. The last release of Elijah Craig was the 20 year, which was astonishingly good and won Whiskey Advocate's best whiskey of the year in 2012. The talk around town is that the 21 year is even better. We got tiny allocations at both shops so I don't expect these to last long but if I get a chance to try it I'll repost tasting notes here later. Good luck! Cheers
Johnnie Walker has finally strolled into the shop. At the end of the day, even though these are blended whiskies, these offerings (one new, one being discontinued) are just too damn good to pass up. We pride ourselves on our whiskey selection and sometimes that means saying no to certain whiskies that don't meet our standards of quality. Johnnie Walker Platinum and Green meet these standards in spades. The Platinum Label is aged a minimum of 18 years, with some stocks undoubtedly a little older, and is a blend of about 25 distilleries. This is the first time the Platinum has ever been available as it's a new release for the holiday season. The flavor profile focuses on malt whiskies from Speyside and Islay.
The Green Label has been destined for extinction since Diageo decided to discontinue it late last year. The US had a rather large supply at the begin of 2013 and has been able to keep it on shelves much longer then the rest of the world. Those stocks have finally run dry and the shipment we got today is among the last remaining cases. Unlike all the other Johnnie Walker releases the Green Label is a blend of all malt whisky, with Talisker, Caol Ila, Cragganmore and Linkwood as the main components. Each whisky is aged a minimum of 15 years which makes Green Label one of the better deals for an all malt Scotch. This is your last chance, once they're gone, they're gone.
Platinum Label $109.99
Green Label $79.99
Available at both shops
This is it. The last shipment of Singleton 12 year we'll see in the US for some time, possibly permanently. The story goes that about a year and a half ago the owners of the Singleton brand had to make a tough decision, keep Singleton available globally and have lots of outages or pick a region or two that sells it best and make it only available there. They decided on the later and made it only available in their top market, Asia. The 750ml bottles were immediately pulled from the US and the product hasn't been available since. Some how, much to our good fortune, a few cases of 1 liter bottles got lost at the distributor's warehouse. We were able to secure those few precious lost cases and now have the beautifully balanced yet remarkably well priced 12 year gems on our shelves. Singleton has a little more oak than your average 12 year single malt and an impressive sea air/briny characteristic that really sets it apart. Get these while you can, $55.99 each. Cheers
Available at both shops!
Got a small allocation of St. George Lot 13 today, definitely one of the best single malts in the country. What's most interesting to me about this line is the use of such a wide range of barrels, from pear brandy barrels to tequila barrels, wine barrels and whiskey barrels. Anything is fair game. And its one of the most unique single malts you'll ever try with notes of white florals, stewed fruits, cereal grains, toasted pecans and wild flower honey. Get it while you can. Cheers
Available @ Both Shops
*Update: Sold Out*
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Holy shnikies! Just when you think you've seen the last of something, it seemingly falls from the skies above. That's right, Michter's 10yr Single Barrel Bourbon is back for a limited time! In case your memory needs jogging, Michter's is known for surpassing expectations with their age-stated whiskeys. This 10yr release has the depth and character of a 15 or 16yr old bourbon, and most likely contains juice of that age. No way of knowing for sure, of course, but by golly if my palate isn't in heaven. This sauce is easily some of the best bourbon available right now, up there with the most anticipated releases of the year... Don't wait for the holidays to snatch this up!
Available at both shops!
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