2019 Brokenwood Semillon Hunter Valley...$15.99 This delicate and slightly green-tinged Semillon is made by one of the Hunter's most renowned estates. Fresh and youthful, it bounces with aromas of fresh flower blossoms, lemon and lime leaf. In the mouth, Semillon's typically waxy texture and citrus oil notes are tempered by crisp acidity. Drink now–2030. Rated 93/100 Wine Enthusiast Magazine Has a little bit extra to the fruit line. While still speaking to the classic lemon-accented aromas and flavours, there is an extra edge of lemon/passionfruit sorbet. The drinking window will remain open for as long as you wish. Rated 95/100 James Halliday
Another exciting Zoom Tasting with a Master distiller Redwood Empire Zoom Tasting invite
with Master Distiller Jeff Duckhorn Thursday, October 29rd Time 6:45-8:15pm
Blending is (almost) everything in whiskey and Redwood Empire has been killing it with their expressions. They’re assembled from spirit sourced from Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, plus whiskey from their own distillery located in beautiful Sonoma, California.
Master Distiller Jeff Duckhorn (yes, of the winery Duckhorn) will be talking about their whiskies, their environmentally driven distillery and their devotion to forest conservation.
Purchase a minimum of one bottle to be included in the zoom tasting Pick any one of the Redwood Empire whiskies below and we’ll email you the Zoom invite. All line-priced at $31.99 per bottle!!!
Redwood Pipe Dream Bourbon Whiskey 45% abv ...$31.99 4-12 year Blend from California, Kentucky, Tennessee & Indiana bourbon whiskey Named for the 14th tallest tree on the planet, Pipe Dream is our first Bourbon whiskey. Pipe Dream Bourbon is made from barrels aged between four and twelve years with a high corn mash bill. Smooth and complex, it is a true sipping whiskey.
Redwood Emerald Giant Rye Whiskey 45% abv...$31.99 3-5 Year Blend from California and Indiana rye whiskey Named after the fastest growing Redwood in the world, Emerald Giant is a fan favorite in the Rye world. We started with a mash-bill of 95% premium rye and aged it for over 3 years in new charred oak barrels. Spicy with an exceptionally smooth finish, it is a great choice in your classic whiskey cocktails.
Redwood Lost Monarch Straight Whiskey 45% abv...$31.99 blend of 4 to 12-year-old Bourbon & 3 to 5-year-old Rye Whiskey Named after the world’s largest coastal Redwood, Lost Monarch whiskey has a name to live up to. An award winning bourbon-rye blend with an exceptional balance of sweetness and spice. The perfect choice for those who just can’t decide between rye or bourbon, we call it “the best of both worlds.”
A little about our guest, Jeff Duckhorn:
Jeff Duckhorn has combined his wine country heritage with the mindset of a maker, be it bread, beer or kombucha, into a successful career as our head Distiller. We think of him as an “accountant gone rogue”, since he originally started his career as a number cruncher, later signing on to explore new frontiers of spirits production. Jeff has been brewing for over twenty years, he has “always loved dabbling in fermentation and making all sorts of stuff at home.” Considering Jeff's natural talents, paired with his passion for whiskey, Jeff is now in a position where he clearly belongs. In his free time, you'll find him gardening, fishing, hiking, or camping with his family.
10 Year old Rum Foursquare Detente Single Blended 10 Year Old Rum....$62.99 Mark XIV “Détente” A blend of two distinct single blended rums, both 10 years of age. One aged 10 years, entirely in Ex-Bourbon Barrels, and a second, double-maturation, aged 4 years in Ex-Bourbon then 6 additional years in Ex-Port Barrels. Bottled at 51% ABV – 102 Proof. No color, no sugar, no additives, no filtration.
2020 marks 200 years since John Walker first opened the doors to a small grocery store in rural Scotland, setting in motion a chain of events that would change the world of Scotch whisky forever. This is a limited edition release inspired by our first commercial blend ‘Old Highland Whisky’ the first of our whiskies to be exported from Scotland to the four corners of the world.
As John Walker opened the doors to his grocery store two hundred years ago, we invite you to do the same when you open this celebratory Scotch whisky blend to unveil the historic image of where our journey began.
A lot has changed since those early days, but our entrepreneurial spirit remains the same.
THE STORY BEHIND THE JOHN WALKER & SONS CELEBRATORY BLEND LIMITED EDITION The John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend is inspired by a breakthrough moment, the release of ‘Old Highland Whisky’ in the 1860s, which was created primarily for export and became the first of our whiskies to travel from Scotland to the four corners of the world. With more whisky being sold overseas, the iconic design of the square bottle and uniquely slanted label were distinct and helped the name stand out against other whiskies.
“John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend is a sensorial journey featuring notes of sweet dried raisins, subtle spice and marzipan, which develop into hints of roasted nuts, icing sugar sweetness and gentle peat, with a soft pepper finish. It celebrates an historic moment in the our story.”
2018 Borne of Fire Chardonnay Columbia Valley...$14.99 Compared to $15.99 at Total Wine and More
A great little Chardonnay brought up in 10% new French oak, with the balance in a mix of vessels, the 2018 Chardonnay offers clean, crisp notes of white flowers, apple blossom, a touch of minerality, medium body, and a clean finish. Drink it over the coming year or three.
Generously Hoppy IPA DANKFUL Seven hop varieties & heaps of gratitude. Sierra Nevada Dankful IPA....$8.49 / 6pk cans A better tomorrow is why we brew Dankful, a resinous West Coast IPA that supports nonprofits standing up for social equality, economic well-being, and environmental protection. Through this philanthropic pledge, we work with nonprofit partners dedicated to moving our communities forward. We’re Dankful for that.
Great Divide Hibernation English Style Old Ale....$9.99 / 6pk
"Great Divide’s award-winning Hibernation Ale is Colorado’s original strong ale – it has been our winter seasonal each year since 1995. Since that time, Hibernation has become the most sought-after winter beer in Colorado. Hibernation’s massive flavors are so intense that it requires over three months of aging each year. Each summer, while our brewers are still spending their weekends in flip-flops and shorts, they prepare for July’s Hibernation brewing schedule. We cellar Hibernation until late October, when it reaches the peak of perfection. This lengthy aging process gives Hibernation its revered malty richness, complex hop profile and hearty warming character, which is perfect right out of the bottle or cellared for longer periods of time. Hibernation is a lively treat that really beats the winter chill. This scrumptious, collectible, and imminently cellarable ale is only available for six weeks each year, from November 1 to December 15. Hibernation Ale is the perfect gift or accompaniment to your winter festivities." -- Great Divide
Ope! You don't want to let this one sneak by you! Our light and crisp cream ale features organic flaked corn from Cow Creek Farm in Paxton, IL.
WHAT THE HELL IS A CREAM ALE? You might get the impression that we, the beer gurus of ACB, understand all there is to know about beer, yet we’re still learning, just like anybody else. And it’s this thirst for knowledge that drives us to dig deeper into the stories behind the beers we drink, thus protecting you from the embarrassment of not knowing what exactly it is you’ve decided to pour in your mouth.
As the days and blades of grass grow longer, so too grows our need to stay hydrated whilst pushing heavy machines across the yard. Yet having a beer called a Cream Ale doesn’t exactly sound like the best option to satisfy that thirst. Or does it?
Good thing you’ve tuned into the latest episode of our ongoing series (drum roll please…) “What the Hell Is a Cream Ale?”
The Basics: With the huge influx of German immigrants in the late 19th century, the popularity of lager and pilsner styles exploded, especially throughout mid-America. Due to generally colder temps and local preference, Northeastern brewers were predominantly ale brewers, so they hatched a strategy to keep up.
Prior to prohibition many NE brewers brewed a light bodied ale known as a “present use” ale (it was not made to sit on the shelf), which is effectively what a Cream Ale is: a cold fermented ale. Much like the cold-fermented kölsch ale brewed in Cologne, Germany, the top fermenting Cream Ale is light bodied, has fewer fruity esters and neither malt nor hops prevail.
Though a cream ale differs from the kölsch in one major way: the addition of rice and/or corn adjuncts to lighten the body. Historically, the dominant cream ales of the Northeast have been Narragansett from Rhode Island and Genesee from Rochester, NY, yet since prohibition they’re brewed nationwide with Rainier, Olympia, Old Style and even Natural Ice technically fitting the definition.
So, if you bought a cream ale in the hopes that it would be creamy or maybe even a dark malted beer, you’re probably not the first or last to do so. We get this disappointment, yet as we speak, those brewing cream ales are changing the style as we know it.
History Xicaru, the Zapotec word for beautiful, reflects Fernando Santibañez’s desire to share a traditionally produced mezcal that is approachable and distinct. Using his grandmother’s recipe, Fernando makes small batches of Xicaru Mezcal with time-honored methods at a palenque in Matatlán, Oaxaca.
Xicaru Mezcal Silver Espadin...$31.99
Compare to $34.99 at Total Wine and More This mezcal showcases the 100% Agave espadin from which it’s made. Its natural smoky flavor is derived by cooking the agave in a conical stone oven on mesquite and ocote, woods native to Oaxaca. ORIGIN: Oaxaca, Mexico WOOD: Mesquite & ocote STILL: Copper alembic PALENQUE: Matatlán MASH: Tahona method DISTILLATION: Double AGAVE: 100% espadin PROOF: 81
Tasting Notes The pure appearance and substantial body result from age old methods used in the production process. The finished aroma is natural and robust; a combination of agave, mesquite and ocote. Earthy characteristics on the front palate give way to citrus and rich vegetal agave notes that finish distinctively clean. A tinge of smoke complements these qualities without overwhelming the delicate balance found in Xicaru.
Xicaru Mezcal Silver Espadin 102 proof...$37.99 Inspiration With Xicaru Silver 102° we honor the tradition of master mezcaleros, who prize the concentrated characteristics of high-proof mezcals. Selecting a smaller cut from the heart of the distillate gives Xicaru Silver 102° a bolder, more robust flavor. Xicaru Silver 102° differs from Xicaru Silver in the way it is distilled. A narrower cut is taken from the heart, where the alcohol, smoke and maguey are more concentrated. Xicaru Silver and Xicaru Silver 102° both utilize traditional mezcal production methods passed down from generation to generation.
Tasting Notes The crisp, high proof of Xicaru Silver 102° asserts itself in all aspects, dominating on the nose and palate before gradually softening to the rich, smoky and vegetal notes of traditionally-produced, artisanal mezcal. The finish is warm and lasting.
Fernando Santibañez saw the opportunity to create a mezcal with a nuanced and balanced profile while retaining the distinct identity of traditional mezcal. Xicaru Reposado is aged naturally and gently in small batches, reflecting Fernando’s great respect for both the agave and tradition. Xicaru Mezcal Reposado Espadin...$34.99 Compare to $39.99 at Total Wine and More As with Xicaru Silver, Xicaru Reposado is made with 100% Agave espadin cooked in a conical stone oven with mesquite and ocote woods. After tahona-mashing, natural fermenting and double-distilling, the mezcal is ready for aging. For two to four months, Xicaru Reposado is allowed to rest in medium-toasted American oak barrels. ORIGIN: Oaxaca, Mexico MASH: Tahona method BARREL: Used American oak BARREL TOAST: Medium AGAVE: 100% espadin PROOF: 80 Tasting Notes Barrel aging naturally imparts both the straw color and subtle sweet notes that complement the unique characteristics of a traditional mezcal. The herbal, smoky taste of the cooked agave is softened on the palate by the delicate tinge of vanilla and caramel. This beautifully rounded flavor finishes smoothly and cleanly.
Xicaru Mezcal Anejo Espadin...$44.99 Inspiration Fernando Santibañez had a passion for mezcal and its limitless possibilities. Using his years of experience and his love for mezcal, Fernando respectfully combined the traditions of mezcal with those of barrel aging to create a unique expression in Xicaru Añejo. Xicaru Añejo is made with traditional methods from 100% Maguey espadin. It rests for a minimum of one year in medium-toasted, used American oak barrels and is finished to 86 proof. Used barrels are employed to prevent over-aging, and the higher proof helps to maintain the essential characteristics of mezcal. Tasting Notes The patience required for barrel aging is rewarded with a fuller, more concentrated and complex mezcal. Notes of vanilla and oak contribute a new aroma, flavor and sweetness that delicately balance with the smoke and maguey.
New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Chai...$15.99 / 4pk
2020 Reserve 3
Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout with vanilla and chai spices
A throwback to one of our favorite Reserves, deep roasted notes pair with sweet tones of vanilla and chai spices in delicious fashion. Our Dragon’s Milk Reserve series is the ultimate indulgence. Authentic ingredients, unique barrels, and our brewer’s creativity result in delicious brews that showcase the incredible versatility of Dragon’s Milk. Each entry into the Reserve series is carefully crafted to highlight the signature flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, and oak in new and unique ways, becoming a legend all its own.
Schloss Eggenberg Radler....$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans Waves of bright citrus aroma beckon you closer once this liquid hits the glass. Brewed with a mix of lemon, lime and elderberry, this addition to Eggenberg’s line-up might just be its most-refreshing yet – and with a history dating back to the 10th Century, that’s a claim with some serious weight behind it.
Schloss Eggenberg Hopfen Konig Pilsner...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans Carefully-selected raw materials combined with the finest art of brewing make this a beer to fall in love with. Bright as it is crisp, and refreshing as it is flavorful, this is the picture of a pilsner you’ll be hard-pressed to stop coming back to.
Dashfire Bourbon Old Fashioned...$5.99 / 100ml can 38% ABV Bourbon Whiskey Cherry Five Bitters Blend Cane Sugar Our Old Fashioned Cocktail, with its blend of four bitters, natural sugar cane juice, hint of cherry, vanilla, chicory and spirited with bourbon, is about as pleasant as we can make it.
Dashfire Bourbon Chai White Russian...$5.99 / 100ml can 17% ABV Vodka Wisconsin Cream Chai Bitters Cane Sugar Our White Russian is just plain fun and a joy to imbibe. Made from Vodka, Midwest Heavy Cream, and the already beautiful botanicals of our Chai’Walla bitters.
Compass Box Rogues' Banquet Scotch Whisky...$199.99 Compare to $229.99 at Total Wine and More
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY Above All, Share & Enjoy: our mantra since 2000.
When we conceived the idea for Rogues' Banquet last year, we felt that a collection of our favourite Compass Box personalities and an opulent liquid would be the ideal means by which to begin our 20th anniversary celebrations. We could not have known that, by the time our whisky arrived in the parts of the world that had placed orders for it, all get-togethers would have to be put on hold. For a while - we trust not forever.
Rogues' Banquet is made for the gourmands and the hedonists who have accompanied us for the last 20 years. The label shows a fantastical depiction of the kind of gatherings we hope to have in the future when we have all overcome these present circumstances.
Bottled at 46% Not Chill-Filtered Natural Colour Lead Whiskymaker: James Saxon
To create Rogues' Banquet, we have combined malt whiskies from the Miltonduff, Clynelish and Glen Elgin Distilleries with grain whisky from the North British Distillery. Rogues' Banquet offers an opulent array of textures as well as flavours, from tropical fruits to stem ginger and toffee.
The whisky has been dispatched; it will start to appear on shelves around the world soon. Whenever the right time to open a bottle of Rogues' Banquet arrives, to share and enjoy it with suitable exuberance, we will be with you. In the meantime, please support your communities.
Blue Note Juke Joint Bourbon Whiskey...$25.99 Aged: A minimum of three years Product Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Mash Bill: 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley Proof & Filtration: 93 proof, unfiltered Crafted in Memphis
Nose: Sweet corn, allspice, and oak Body: Viscous Taste: Vanilla, allspice, apricot, and pear Finish: Allspice fades into lingering notes of oak, pear, and vanilla
Blue Note Bourbon Whiskey 9 Year Old...$43.99 Aged: A minimum of nine years Product Type: Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey Mash Bill: a proprietary blend of two mash bills 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley 70% corn, 22% rye, and 8% malted barley Proof & Filtration: 93 proof, unfiltered Crafted in Memphis
Nose: Maple, butterscotch Body: Viscous and rich Taste: Maple, caramel, and vanilla Finish: Smooth with lingering hints of vanilla
A holiday tradition! We know all the fruitcake jokes, but this one is the real deal. A delicious fruitcake that has received national attention and acclaim. We have been stocking it since the beginning (around 25-30 years).
Assumption Abbey Fruitcake...$36.99 / 2lbs $48.95 at William Sonoma "Assumption Abbey is a secluded Trappist monastery nestled in the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks. It was established in 1950 by a group of monks from New Melleray Abbey in Dubuque, IA. Through the years, the brothers of Assumption Abbey have continued to live by the centuries old Trappist tradition of contemplation and study, private prayer and common worship, and living by the work of their own hands.When Assumption Abbey was first developing its bakery, the monks sought the help of world class chef Jean-Pierre Augé, who at one time served in the royal employ of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Mr. Augé's assistance, and his generosity in providing the recipe and ideas for production, gave the monks the impetus to go forward with the Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes.Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes are the dark, rich, traditional style of fruitcake. They are baked slowly and aged under the careful supervision of the monks. Everything, from marinating the fruit, to mixing, to baking, to packaging, to aging, to mailing is done right at the monastery by the monks. Assumption Abbey is not a commercial enterprise. It is a way of life, and that way of life, combined with the careful work of the bakers, insures a dedication to