Thursday, December 8, 2022

Stellum / TWCP Single Barrels

Every Stellum Single barrel is selected for the program on its own merits. They are, however, bottled and released in groups. We give each group a name to group them by moments in time, though flavor profiles vary within each selection.  We got in on "Leo" and "Serpens"

Stellum / TWCP Single Barrel Rye Serpens N6...$59.99
117 proof
Super limited unfortunately!
This amazing single barrel only yielded 72 bottles!
Serpens - Selections made in the Spring and Summer of 2021
Mash Bill 95% Rye 5% Barley Malt

Stellum / TWCP Single Barrel Bourbon Leo A6...$59.99
116.1 proof
Yield was small too -  156 bottles
Leo  - Samples became available at the beginning of 2022
Mash Bill- 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Barley Malt

Whiskey Advocate Top Whiskeys of 2022!

Here are Whisky Advocate 
Top 10 Whiskies of the Year!

#10 Whiskey of the Year
Nelson Bros Reserve Bourbon...$49.99 / 750ml
Charlie and Andy Nelson resurrected the family company in 2009, a century after it was shuttered by Tennessee’s Prohibition laws. Initial efforts focused on a second label, Belle Meade, which scored well. This year came the first releases bearing the family name on two bourbon labels–Nelson Bros. Classic and Reserve. Both have carried on the legacy admirably. This one packs a punch but is soft and gentle at the same time, offering red berry and vanilla malt aromas and a palate of melted marshmallow, coconut shavings, and baked apple. Like all good whiskeys, it saves the best for last, with a long, creamy finish of chocolate and spice.—David Fleming
Rated 93/100

#9 Whiskey of the Year
Bruichladdich 8 year old Islay Barley 2013...$69.99
This expression, now in its eighth edition, showcases Bruichladdich’s commitment to Islay terroir. It’s an 8 year old in a world of double-digit age stated scotch, but you’ll never accuse this delightful whisky of being too young. Sweet biscuity aromas along with ripe peaches and pears lead to a creamy palate of lemon cake, candied orange, nougat and vanilla, all balanced by the wood influence and hints of salinity. Water brings out sweet nectar and honey. The finish is graceful, long, and lively, making this a truly memorable dram. —David Savona
Rated 94/100

#8 Whiskey of the Year
Limavady Single Barrel(0039)...$43.99
***Disclaimer** We do not have the same batch/barrel no. that was reviewed 
We currently have barrel no. 0136 available (subject to change)
Limavady’s master distiller Darryl McNally’s masterstroke has been to take the lead on single barrel releases within the Irish whiskey scene. This sourced single malt is triple-distilled from 100% malted Irish barley, matured in first-fill bourbon barrels, and finished in Pedro Ximénez casks, delivering a lusciously sweet combination of barley sugar, butterscotch, candied orange peel, and pepperiness. Now working in partnership with WhistlePig, McNally, a former distiller at Bushmills and Dublin Liberties Distilleries, is hoping that success will enable a new Limavady Distillery to be built one day. Until then, we can enjoy this singularly original dram. —Jonny McCormick
Rated 94/100

#7 Whiskey of the Year
Blue Note Juke Joint Uncut - we had our own barrels, but basically sold out
While this is bottled in Memphis, Tennessee by B.R. Distilling, Blue Note Juke Joint is a Kentucky straight bourbon, and it’s a big one. That’s due in large part to being bottled at barrel proof, coming in at 58.75% ABV. The nose is fruit-forward, evoking freeze-dried strawberries, strawberry Blow Pop, cherry cobbler, pumpkin pie, and black tea with honey. The palate is hot, but not to its detriment, and it’s wonderfully creamy throughout. Chocolate-covered cherries are at the fore, joined by lemon-poppyseed muffin, fresh-squeezed lemon, grated ginger, brown sugar-cinnamon oatmeal, and a hint of licorice. The finish is long, inviting you to take another sip. —Julia Higgins
Rated 92/100

#6 Whiskey of the Year
Midleton Very Rare 2022 Vintage...$229.99
Exuberant and irresistible, this year’s release by master distiller Kevin O’Gorman was deftly stylish; a composition of carefully selected stocks of single pot still and single grain whiskeys aged between 12 and 33 years. Each vintage in the series, which launched in 1984, has its own unique flavor profile and comes from the pick of the American oak bourbon casks in the Midleton warehouses. The sweeter grain components shine beautifully here, with flourishes of floral, honey, and toasted oak aromas against a captivating backdrop of fresh fruit, citrus, and wood spice flavors, and an elongated finish of creamy vanilla. —Jonny McCormick
Rated 94/100

#5 Whiskey of the Year - **NOT AVAILABLE IN MISSOURI
Westward Cask Strength
Founded in 2004 by Christian Krogstad, a brewer and winemaker turned distiller, Westward is a pioneer of American single malt. Despite a comparatively short history to that of Scotland, whiskeys like this have helped to prove the potential of the category. whose stature in the whiskey world continues to grow. Westward’s signature style takes the sweet, maltdriven base of traditional single malt spirit and matures it in new charred oak barrels, akin to bourbon. Bottled at cask strength, the flavor impression is of warm porridge and honey graham crackers laced with toasty oak, then cigar wrapper and butterscotch on the finish. A satisfying American original. —Jeffery Lindenmuth
Rated 94/100

#4 Whiskey of the Year
Dewar's 12 year old....$29.99
Reinvention, reimagination, call it what you will, but Dewar’s master blender Stephanie Macleod’s introduction of first-fill bourbon cask finishing elevates this classic to the higher echelons of blended scotch whisky. It may seem a small gesture, but the result of combining the marrying and finishing processes is both captivatingly delicious and texturally silken, adding seemingly infinite layers of honey, vanilla, dried apricot, citrus, chocolate, and soft oak to the tasting experience, interwoven with a wisp of smoke. Without changing a beat of the blend’s 40 malts and grains, Macleod’s methods prove her mastery of the craft yet again. —Jonny McCormick
Rated 94/100 

#3 Whiskey of the Year
Barrell Vantage Bourbon....$74.99
114.44 proof
Bourbon whiskey finished in Mizunara, French and toasted American oak
Distilled in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky
Already an established force in the world of blending, Barrell Craft Spirits has demonstrated its finishing prowess with a series of creative releases that marry different cask types together. Vantage is the most recent, and to us, the most successful. The nose has a bake shop sweetness, with aromas of sugar cookie, nutty chocolate brownies, and Funfetti cake, plus earthy dried tobacco leaves and strawberry candies underneath. The creamy palate delivers rich chocolate, Red Hots, and with water added, dried leaves and snickerdoodles. Big cinnamon spice on the finish ties this one up beautifully. —Ted Simmons
Rated 95/100 

#2 Whiskey of the Year
Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition
(This one sold out earlier in the year)
Redbreast’s new series champions the influence of American oak from various parts of the U.S., leaning less heavily on its signature sherried style. For this first U.S. exclusive, Irish Distillers worked with the Taylor family, renowned for their sustainable forestry practices, to select oaks from the Elk Cave Farm in Gravel Switch, Kentucky. The virgin oak cask-finished single pot still whiskey amplifies flavors of sliced almond, creamy vanilla, cinder toffee, red fruits, and oak spice, drawing inspiration from techniques developed with Irish oak for Midleton’s Dair Ghaelach series, while being bottled at 101 proof to pay homage to the Bluegrass State. —Jonny McCormick

#1 Whiskey of the Year
Jack Daniels Bonded Tennessee Whiskey...$29.99
For the team at Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, filling barrels for its Old No. 7 brand, the largest selling American whiskey in the world, has been a nearly all-consuming task over the decades. But there have been some adventures beyond that core label, of course, and this year we were treated to one of them—Jack Daniel’s Bonded. In selecting the whiskeys for this final blend, the search was on throughout the warehouses for whiskeys with boldness and depth of color. That search struck gold, as Jack Daniel’s Bonded emerged to become our 2022 Whisky of the Year. Like all bonded whiskeys, Jack Daniel’s Bonded was produced in one distilling season, aged for a minimum of 4 years, and bottled at 50% alcohol by volume. Our tasters found gentle aromas of dried herbs, cherry, banana, and well-integrated oak on the nose, leading to a bold palate of honeyed peanuts, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and melted caramel, all accented by peppery spice. Even with its heft and pleasant mature notes, this is still a fresh, vibrant whiskey. It’s also one with lots of character, offering a host of flavors that marry well. Jack Daniel’s Bonded isn’t entirely new, as it has been available in global Travel Retail for the past several years. This year became the chosen moment to have it join the permanent range. It’s now part of the new Jack Daniel’s Bonded Series, which seems a likely place where we will find other interesting bonded expressions in the future. —David Fleming
Rated 97/100

Wilderness Trail new Family Reserve Cask Strength

Wilderness Trail High Rye Bourbon Batch MDS-BR01...$49.99
Family Reserve Cask Strength
  • 4 Years and 5 Months
  • Proof: 111.85
  • Barrel : ISC
  • Rickhouse: B
  • Yeast Strain FP1 & 921
  • Mash bill : Corn, Rye and Malted Barley

Wilderness Trail Wheated Bourbon Batch MDS-BW01...$49.99
Family Reserve Cask Strength
  • 4 Years and 9 Months
  • Proof: 108.99
  • Barrel : ISC
  • Rickhouse: A
  • Yeast Strain 921
  • Mash bill : Corn, Wheat and Malted Barley

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Planters TWCP Ozark American Single Barrel Reserve!

Planters TWCP Ozark American Single Barrel Reserve!

In stock at Forsyth, New  Ballas, Kirkwood and Lamp and Lantern!
Come in and ask for a taste at all locations
Make sure you grab this one!
Everyone that has tasted it today at Forsyth have left with a bottle or two!

60 bottles of the 208 have already sold 

Planters /TWCP Single Barrel Reserve....$69.99
6+ years old
Barrels are Toasted and Charred.   Demetrius is very open about what he does, but this is one of the secrets he would not reveal.  He said it is a hot and slow toasting process but would not say what level.

Mash Bill
  • 51% malted corn (malted corn is a rarity)
  • 22% malted wheat
  • 22% Canadian rye
  • 5% malted Barley

The bottling!!

A few of us from The Wine and Cheese Place and then some of our customers that won in our Forty 4 Forty contest had a great time bottling our Single Barrel at Nobletons Distilling!

This barrel is amazing!  Wait until you taste it, all of us that tasted straight from the barrel wanted to know how much can we buy!  

Here is the still and TWCP SINGLE BARREL!

Demetrius Cain (founder and master distiller) 
giving us a history of his distillery and more!

We got to taste the whiskey straight from the barrel 
before it was pumped into the bottling tank.  

Then we all helped bottle and label, it was an amazing experience!

We also got to try his Apple Brandy in barrel and a new Orange Liqueur he has coming very soon.  Wait to these arrive!  


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Bluewood Brewing

Back in stock!


Bluewood Brewing King Charlie's Itch...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Imperial West Coast IPA
9.6% ABV

Bluewood Brewing Arch City Haze...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Arch City Haze is a New England style IPA brewed to showcase hop flavor profiles vs. the usual bitterness associated with most other styles of IPAs. Hazy in color due to generous hop additions and fermented with low-flocculation yeast, this ale is very reminiscent of juicy stone fruits!

Bluewood Brewing Cafe Noir Stout..$12.99 / 4pk 16oz cans

Imperial Coffee Stout
ABV: 10.5%
Café Noir is our flagship Proprietor's Stout of old brought to the front of our lineup. This bold stout is balanced with sweet chocolate notes and a smooth roast from cold-steeping coffee beans in the conditioning phase.

Bluewood Brewing Passionfruit Hop Tart...$10.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Style: Fruited Kettle Sour | ABV: 5%
A new edition to the series, Passion Fruit Hop Tart has the perfect sweet and sour combination. The addition of lactose, vanilla, and graham cracker creates that biscuit-like quality of our favorite childhood breakfast.

Bluewood Brewing Battle Stag...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Style:Brown Ale |ABV: 7.5%
A full-bodied American brown ale that is extra dark, slightly roasty and nutty with a creamy finish due to a light touch of lactose. Soft fruit notes can be detected from hops usually found in West Coast IPAs.

Bluewood Brewing 1821 Mild...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Style: English Dark Mild | ABV: 3.9%
Our house English dark mild features big toasted malt notes and mild nuttiness but is lighter in body than most dark ales to make for a true pub crusher. Tasting notes of biscuits, toffee, fig, and walnut

Bluewood Brewing Bananas & Blow...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Style: Bavarian Hefeweizen 
 ABV: 6%
A traditional Bavarian hefeweizen using Bluewood's proprietary blend of
yeasts - notes of bananas, bubblegum, and light clove spice.
Bluewood Brewing Sparkly Bits...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cansStyle: Kölsch | ABV: 5.6%
A clean representation of the lager family in ale form, Sparkly Bits is crisp
and refreshing with notes of soft stone fruit flesh and mild hop bitterness.

Ommegang Everything Nice Limited Release

Ommegang Everything Nice Limited Release...$4.59 /12oz bottle
Ommegang Everything Nice Limited Release...$16.99 / 4pk

Lightly dusted with spices of the season, Everything Nice is a warming, wintry Belgian-style blonde ale. This supremely cozy confection pairs perfectly with any traditional holiday treat. Note the flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and white pepper as you sip next to the fireplace. We hope this fresh-baked offering bringswarmth and light to you and yours.

Do Ferreiro Licor de Café de Galicia

Do Ferreiro Licor de Café de Galicia...$52.99
  • Base spirit of pomace brandy from 250+-year-old albariño vines
  • Macerated for three months with Blue Mountain Jamaican coffee and sugar
  • Charcoal filtered, with no chill filtration
  • Notes of fresh espresso crema, almonds, and orange marmalade
  • Drink chilled, on ice, or as a concentrated espresso boost in cocktails
  • 30% ABV
  • Contains caffeine

Do Ferreiro was founded in 1973 and is currently run by Gerardo Méndez with his son, Manuel and daughter, Encarna. Alongside their world class albariño production, they have also been working tirelessly for the last twenty years to resurrect an ancient family tradition of producing handcrafted Galician spirits. Do Ferreiro produces their brandy from a vineyard more than 250 years old, the source of their world-famous Cepas Vellas albariño. This brandy is the base for their IGP designated Galician liqueur Licor de Café.

Do Ferreiro’s Licor de Café de Galicia is a fragrant coffee liqueur made with only the best ingredients. The base distillate, Orujo de Galicia, is made from the pomace of Cepas Vellas albariño. The low yields of these incredibly old grapevines naturally limit the annual production. Do Ferreiro double distills their pomace in an alquitara, a primitive still most often used in Spanish brandy production, diverting some of this distillate to make the regionally famous Licor de Café. This aromatic brandy is then macerated with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and sugar for three months before being lightly filtered and bottled – a perfect blend of spirit and coffee.

Flavor Profile: The wild, vegetal flavors of the Orujo de Galicia are not shy, providing a flavorful pairing for the rich espresso of the Blue Mountain coffee. An intense aroma of espresso crema, almonds, orange marmalade and black sesame seeds. The palate has the prickly, playful texture of albariño pomace brandy, softened by the careful application of sugar and coffee tannins.

Usage Notes: Traditionally served chilled as a digestif, on ice, or with a cloud of whipped cream, Licor de Café can also offer an intense coffee boost to high end cocktails. Make a luxurious espresso martini or affogato and let its flavors sing.

Stoli Elit Vodka

Stoli Elit Vodka....$19.99 / 375ml
Stoli Elit Vodka...$42.99 / 750ml

Compare to $51.99 at Total Wine and More

ELIT is a platinum award-winning vodka and is regarded as one of the world’s best spirits. Every stage in the creation of ELIT® is a fusion of passion and precision.
Created to reimagine the centuries’ old tradition of “freeze” filtration, ELIT represents the best of both old and new world vodkas. From its visible luminosity in the glass to its weight, rolling mouthfeel, ELIT Vodka exerts a presence unlike any other vodka.

Athletic Brewing Non-Alcoholic Beer

Athletic Brewing Sunset Stoke NA IPA...$10.99 / 6pk 12oz can
Non-alcoholic IPA
Contains less than 0.5% ABV