Friday, June 20, 2014
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.
-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
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
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Happy to announce the arrival of these two highly anticipated bourbons. While we're grateful for what we're given, the allocations on Four Roses products are getting smaller and smaller with each release. While I'd love to give you some in depth tasting notes here, since we only got 3 bottles of each, I can't in good consciences eliminate 33% of the supply. You guys, our loyal following, are way to important for that. These will probably sell out in a matter of minutes, first come first serve, limit one bottle per customer.
While club members can call in to reserve, I also put a side one bottle of each for in store sale only so everyone has a shot. Apologies in advance if you're not able to get one. Good luck!