Friday, November 13, 2009

Double Vision --

The 2009 Reserves are here...

Grand Teton 2009 Cellar Reserve
Double Vision Doppelbock....$12.99 / liter

Double Vision Doppelbock was brewed to highlight our brewery's wonderful water. Like all the great traditional brewing towns, our home, Victor, Idaho, is in or near some of the world's best barley- and hop-growing regions, and is distinguished by an ample supply of top-quality water.
The 17th century Paulist monks of Munich were allowed no solid food during their twice-yearly fasts. They brewed an especially nourishing strong dark lager they called “liquid bread” and named “Holy Father” to help them through the Lenten and Advent fasts. The beer was known as a doppelbock, which signifies a strong lager. Since “bock” also means “billy goat” in German, these beers are often decorated with images of gallivanting goats. Our Double Vision label features two goats in front of a waterfall—a reminder of the importance of water to the development of the style as well as the taste of this strong lager.
Our Double Vision Doppelbock is brewed with Idaho 2-Row Pale and German Munich, CaraAroma, CaraMunich and de-husked Carafa malts to an original gravity of 24 Plato (1.096 SG). The malts provide a dark leather color with ruby notes, a luxurious tan head, and a bready aroma with a hint of smoke. It is lightly spiced with Liberty hops, an American version of the noble German Hallertau Mittelfruh, and fermented with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. In the traditional manner, Double Vision is fermented cold (48 F) and lagered a full 10 weeks for smoothness. At over 8% alcohol by volume, it is a deceptively drinkable springtime warmer.
Double Vision’s slightly burnt caramel flavor and malt sweetness make it an incredible match for game—venison, moose, duck, goose, wild boar—especially when prepared with fruity sauces or reductions. Try it with pork and sautéed apples, roasted root vegetables, sweet sausages, ham or prosciutto. It’s wonderful with cheese and dessert, too. Pair it with an aged gruyere, a caramel flan, crème brulee or tart tatin." -- brewery

The Pursuit of Hoppiness...

New release --
Grand Teton 2009 Cellar Reserve
Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red...$12.99 / liter

"Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red was brewed to showcase the role of hops in the flavor of beer. Like all of our 2009 Cellar Reserve series, it was brewed in strict compliance with the Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law.
Hops are a climbing plant, a member of the nettle family that also includes mulberry, elm, and hops' closest cousin, Cannabis sativa. Hops have been a key ingredient in beer for at least several centuries, and perhaps even longer. They might be the plant mentioned in the Jewish Talmud in relation to "strong drink." Pliny described them in his Natural History, saying the hop grew "wild among the willows, like a wolf among sheep." Hops' scientific name, Humulus lupulus comes from the Latin lupus, or wolf.
Since the 8th century hops have been included in descriptions of monasteries, particularly in Bohemia, southern Germany, northern France and Flanders, but the first undisputed reference to hops in beer is by the Benedictine Sister Hildegarde (1098-1179). Her natural history writings mention hops and ash leaves in beer (and cannabis as a cure for headaches).
Perhaps because of their superior preservative qualities, hops have become by far the dominant spice in beer. Hops lower the pH of beer, protecting it from spoilage. They provide flavor, aroma, and bitterness to balance the natural sweetness of the malt. Scientists have identified more than 300 natural chemical compounds in hops' essential oils, and professional tasters have come up with scores of aroma and flavor comparisons, from anise, basil and cedar to tobacco, violets and wet hay.
The hops grown in the United States are considered to be some of the best in the world. Compared to their more traditionally subdued, elegant European counterparts, American hops are bold, bright, piney and zesty.
Pursuit of Hoppiness was brewed to showcase the brash beauty of American hops: Summit, Simcoe, Chinook and Nuggets at 100 International Bitterness Units (IBU). It was brewed with Idaho 2-Row malted barley and German specialty malts to provide a rich, slightly caramel flavor and bold reddish color. At 22 degrees Plato starting gravity and about 8% alcohol by volume, this is a perfect autumn beer, thick and warming, to be shared and savored on a crisp fall evening.
A wonderful beer with food, Pursuit of Hoppiness' slightly sweet, caramel flavors complement any grilled meat, chicken, barbecue, salmon, or (perfect for the fall) roasted root vegetables. It's great with pizza and robust pasta dishes. The spicy, citrusy hops even play nicely with our favorite autumn dessert, pumpkin pie.
As is traditional, and like all of our Cellar Reserve beers, Pursuit of Hoppiness is bottle-conditioned so it will age well if properly stored. Because hop flavor and bitterness diminish with time, though, we recommend you drink this one fresh. The yeast in the bottle provides earthy, nutty flavor and is rich in B vitamins. It can be swirled and poured into the glass, or the beer can be decanted carefully off the yeast, according to the drinker’s preference." -- brewery

The Black Cauldron is here...

Imperial Stout time.....

Grand Teton Black Cauldron
Imperial Stout...$8.99 / 4pk

Rated 96/100 Percentile on RateBeer
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate

Available online also
"There are few styles of beer more flavorful than Imperial Stout. Our thick, rich version was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts and subtly spiced with American Chinook and Styrian Goldings hops. We've accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt. At 22 degrees starting gravity and 8.0% alcohol by volume, this beer boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry.
Black Cauldron is a strong ale, best enjoyed in moderation, and paired with full-flavored grilled or roasted meats or with dessert. Chocolate cakes, truffles, fruit tarts, caramel flan or creme brulee are all excellent matches.
We've brewed our Black Cauldron Imperial Stout to recognize and honor the women in the history of brewing. Brewing has been women's work since the dawn of civilization. In all ancient cultures, beer was a gift from a goddess, and women maintained status and power through their skills as brewsters. This remains true today in indigenous cultures from Asia to Latin America, Africa to remote villages in Scandinavia. Around the world, women baked bread and brewed their own beer.
In Europe, the rise of cities brought commercial brewing, as governments realized the potential tax revenue to be had from large breweries. By 1445, the first all-male brewers' guild was established, the campaign against witchcraft burst forth across Europe, and the purge of women from brewing had begun. Beer historian Alan Eames has written that, when an occupation was listed, most of the women burned for witchcraft in Europe were brewsters or alewives.
Most of the imagery we associate with witchcraft today originated with the brewster. The large black cauldron bubbling over with foam? A brew kettle, of course. The black cat? Necessary to keep rats out of the grain store. The tall pointed hat? It allowed the brewster to be seen over the heads of taller men in the marketplace. A broom? The symbol of household domesticity, it is still associated with brewing all over the world.
Without the work of these women through the ages, it's entirely possible beer would not exist today. To learn more about the role of women in today's brewing industry, visit

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Next release from Laughing Dog....

Laughing Dog Brewing is an award winning Craft Brewery located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains just outside of Sandpoint Idaho in the city of Ponderay. They brew their Beer on a fifteen barrel PUB brewing systems brew-house using the local water, which is ideal for brewing smooth clean ales. With few exceptions they use only Water, Barley, Hops and Yeast in their beer. The Laughing Yellow Lab that appears on all of their brews is Ben their family dog.
Ben is the inspiration behind Laughing Dog Brewing
Owners are Michelle Douglass and Fred Colby .

Laughing Dog's most sought after beer....
Laughing Dog The Dogfather
Imperial Stout....$7.99 / 22oz
"I've got a brew you cant refuse. The DogFather has 7 malts and 4 different hops giving it a complex flavor profile.
11% ABV
71 IBUs

Rated A- by BeerAdvocate
Rated 96/100 percentile on RateBeer

Also available online

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rare single malt scotches

Black Bull 30yr old.…$149.99 / btl
The last 600 bottles just arrived in the U.S. and then it is gone!

“Well, what have we here? A blend of 50% malt and 50% grain (a very high malt content for a blend), and bottled at 50% too! The whisky was blended first (very unusual), before being aged in sherry cask for its entire life.
Black Bull, 30 year old, 50%, $200
Antique amber/chestnut color. Full sherry impact, but never cloying—the higher alcohol level and grain whisky cut through the sherry and add balance and drinkability. This is a fruity confection delight, with, raisin chutney, fig cake, orange almond scone, and chocolate-covered cherry. Add to the mix richly textured toffee, old oak, polished leather, and a cinnamon-spiced, tobacco finish. A rare treat! A great old blend that malt drinkers will embrace.”
Rated 94/100 Malt Advocate

Springbank Mitchells Glenglyle Blended....$37.99
"Mitchell's Glengyle Blend is comprised not only of distillations from Mitchell's Glengyle distillery, but with select whiskies from throughout Campbeltown. The lion’s share of Mitchell’s Glengyle blend is Kilkerran—the inaugural whisky from the new Glengyle Distillery, with the addition of some Springbank and a touch of Longrow which bring about this blend's nice, smoky edge.The malt component makes up 40%, with the other 60% grain whisky selected from other fine Campbeltown sources. Mitchell's Glengyle Blend is a well-rounded dram from the nose through the finish; a fine example of a smooth Campbeltown malt. " -- importer

Springbank 12yr Cream Sherry Cask...$86.99
"This cask strength Springbank 12 year old was matured 12 years in a Cream Sherry Butt. Distilled in June 1996, this was bottled in April 2009. There were 592 bottles of total production, all of which are for the U.S. exclusively." -- importer

Springbank 18yr....$144.99
A very rare one from Springbank
"I enjoyed a wee taste of the new Springbank 18 year old while out in Chicago for WhiskyFest. Keep in mind that this was an informal tasting as I was working my way through many whiskies. That said, my initial thoughts of this whisky are that it’s pretty good.

I was told by the importer to expect it here in the U.S. in the next month and a half or so. I’ll be getting a sample then and I’ll review it formally and let you know my thoughts. I didn’t ask how much it was going to cost, but if you like Springbank I think you’ll enjoy this one. I’m told there will be 7,800 bottles available worldwide.

It’s mostly 18 years old with a small amount of 19 & 20 year old whiskies thrown in. Most of the whisky is sherry cask aged, but it’s not dominated by sherry like some bottlings have been over the years. That’s because a most of the whisky is from second and refill casks, according to Peter Currie from the Distillery. Indeed, I thought there was a good balance of flavors."

---John Hansell, Malt Advocate

Glen Catrine Inchmurrin 12yr....$49.99

Glengyle Kilkerran...$46.99
"Officially opened on 25th March 2004 by Dr Winnifred Ewing MP, and Mr Hedley Wright, Chairman of J & A Mtchell and Co Ltd, the Mitchell's Glengyle Distillery is the first distillery to open in Campbeltown in over 125 years, and the first new distillery in Scotland this millennium.

The whisky produced at the Mitchell's Glengyle Distillery is called Kilkerran Single Malt.
The first 6 casks of Kilkerran Single malt filled at the distillery had previously held Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry, Fino Sherry, Port , Rum and Madeira.
On 21st May 2009 at an open day held at the distillery, the global launch of Kilkerran 'Work in Progress" Single Malt took place. This first release of 12,000 bottles will be part of the "Work in Progress" series and will allow you to follow Kilkerran Single Malt as it matures from 5 years old towards it full release age of 12 year old. Kilkerran Single Malt will be available in from whisky specialist all over the world." -- distillery

Longrow is the peated version of Springbank....
Longrow 7 year Gaja wood....$94.99
"We admit we've never been troubled by the dilemma of choosing between Scotch and wine - we just have both. Usually not in the same glass, however; until a bottle of Longrow Gaja Barolo showed up. The 7-year-old single malt from Springbank, one of Scotland's most renowned distilling dynasties, is matured in bourbon casks for five years then finished for a year-and-a-half in Barolo wine casks from Angelo Gaja's famed vineyard in Piemonte, founded in 1859.
Trying this experiment with a heavily peated Campbeltown malt like Longrow might seem counterintuitive, but in fact the smokiness keeps the spirit from being overpowered by the grape. The confluence of flavors is nothing short of symphonic, plus at 111.6-proof it packs all the authentic muscle of a cask strength bottling. Definitely one the very best single malts we've tasted since the last time we were actually in Scotland." --

Longrow CV....$54.99
"CV stands for Curriculum Vitae (meaning Resumé) as it contains whiskies of a variety of ages and so showcases the full range of Longrow characteristics. This came about as an effort to create a single malt with the maximum smoke and peat while maintaining balance and complexity and maturity. After 6 months of trying various combinations of ages, cask types, and cask sizes here is the result. Ultimately, they used Longrow ranging from 6-14 years old and cask volumes from 50 litres up to 550 litres. This is sure to become a classic and draw many more connoisseurs to the secret delights of Campbeltown’s peated malt. The gentle smoke lingers and lingers, leaving you yearning for more!" -- importer
Highest Recommendation -- 5 stars
"Straw/18-carat gold color; flawless purity. Initial inhalations encounter wonderfully saline and smoky scents that immediately identify maritime-influenced Scotch whisky and nothing else; another seven minutes of exposure to air stimulate wildly disparate aromas, including sawdust, dry cheese, lanolin, wax paper, peatreek, chalk/limestone, kippers, unused band-aid, medicine chest, and dried tabacco leaf; this is sniffer's paradise - unless, that is, one doesn't hanker for sea breeze salinity or peatiness in their malt bouquet. Palate entry is deliciously sweet and salty simultaneously, offering high-flying core flavors of tobacco smoke, smoked fish, light honey, and dry grain; midpalate enlarges the taste spectrum x 2 by adding zingy/tangy flavors of spiced rum, vanilla cake frosting, cocoa butter, milk chocloate, and sweet oak. Concludes as zestily as it begins, with expressive, vivid tastes of salt air, grain, cheese, dried fruit, and brown sugar." -- Whiskey Magazine

Hazelburn 8yr....$77.99
Only 6,000 bottles produced
"Aged in Bourbon and Sherry wood Color: Pale gold; Nose: Light and delicate, the 8 year old Hazelburn has subtle nuances of raspberry coulis, short bread, and sherbet. Sweet vanilla, malt and white oak are also in evidence; Palate: Elegantly sweet and malty. Loads of vanilla flavor combines well with toasty oak notes leading to a spicy aftertaste. No smokiness in triple distilled Hazelburn; Finish: A slightly peppery finish elegant dram." -- importer

Rare beer....

Only 250 bottles made! Or maybe only 100 bottles I am told?
(we only got 2 bottles)

Going, going, gone.......sorry.

BrewDog Zephyr.....$99.99 / 750ml

(cork finished bottle)

"The long awaited Zephyr is being bottled at the brewery today. This will be the first bottling from our new piece of equipment for filling champagne bottles which are to be bottled conditioned. Zephyr started off life as a 9% Double IPA which has spent 21 months in a 1965 Invergordon whisky cask which was stuffed with fresh strawberries. It is now a 12% translucent pink strawberry infused Belgian inspired wood aged ale.

We are expecting a yield of around 250 bottles. The label has been designed by young Scottish designer Johanna Basford and is stunning. The beer will also come packaged in a presentation box.

Here is some more information on the project:

We are fortunate enough that Martin's grandmother owns a lovely little Scottish strawberry farm, we decided to take full advantage of this.

We also had a Invergordon 1965 whisky cask. Invergordon is a fantastic grain whisky with amazing coconut, vanilla and toffee flavours. The fact the whisky had been in the cask for 42 years prior to us getting it made it even more special. We decided to combine 3 of our favourite things; old whisky casks, Martin's grandmother's strawberries and IPA.

We filled the cask with our 9% Imperial India pale ale along with a whopping 30 kilos of fresh strawberries, or maybe 29 kilos - James seemed to eat alot of them.........

After the beer had been in the barrel for 2 months we decided we could no longer wait to sample the beery treasures held in the oak. And what better time to open them than when 2 of our customers came to visit? James' gently tapped the cask only for the bung to explode skywards followed by a 6 foot high volcanic eruption of strawberry beer, completely soaking everyone in the vicinity with sticky strawberry seeds and hoppy ale. It had been fermenting in the cask - allot! The sugars in the strawberries had triggered the yeast still in the beer. It continued to ferment away slowly for another few weeks - this time with a proper pressure release fitted to ensure no more strawberry showers.

It looks and tastes amazing. It is a bright, translucent, fluorescent almost transparent pink colour - it is unlike anything I have ever seen in a glass. The hops of the India pale ale have died down a little but still give it a reassuring bite, the strawberry flavours dominate the nose and the coconut, vanilla and oak flavours of the cask hold it all together." -- BrewDog Blog

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mendocino Imperial IPA

Mendocino prices have come down -- now only $6.99

Mendocino Imperial IPA...$6.99 / 6pk
Great price for an Imperial IPA

"Winter Seasonal - Imperial IPA has been delicately crafted for those crisp cool days when the skies are resplendent and the air glistens with the slow fall of a millio
n flakes, when nature gets ready to turn her thermostat way down and your desire for something warm and enthusing is almost a primal urge. This Imperial India Pale Ale can slake some of that want. Our robust, full bodied IPA is brewed with massive amounts of hops and paired with a rich blend of luscious malts. The result is a perfect balance of
heady hop flavor and aroma. At 7.5% Alc. by Vol. this India Pale Ale is the perfect winter seasonal!" -- brewery
Imperial IPA

Danish rarities...

Another shipment has finally arrived (we have been out for months)

Old Danish Braggot...$21.99 / 750ml

Brewed from according to an old Danish recipe from 1700
"Old Danish Braggot is based on an 18th century recipe and is brewed according to old Danish traditions by Dansk Mjod A/S in collaboration with Orbaek Bryggeri. Old Danish Beer is brewed with Vienna and Munich malts, select hops and ginger, and the good water from Orbaek. It is blended with GI Dansk Mjod. Old Danish Braggot is a BLEND of a fully brewed/fermented & matured strong ale with a fully brewed/fermented/matured mead." -- importer
Strong ale: about 7% alc/vol, using vienna malts, munich malts, caramalts
Mead: GI Dansk Mjod {brewed with honey , hop, and ginger}
Ratio: around 40% GI Dansk Mjod & 60% Strong Ale

"As there is no "standard definition" of "Braggot" developed yet just different versions/interpretations such as:- Should be fermentable honey & fermentable malt put together in the mash tun or - Honey can be added to fermentation tank or - Honey can be added to maturation tank {most would reject this definition}" -- importer
"Old Danish Braggot is best chilled and can be drunk to almost everything. History tells us that the Vikings drank Old Danish Braggot called Mjonsol at festive occasions as a special treat for kings." -- brewery

Dansk Mjod "This artisan metheglin style Danish mead has hibiscus, which gives its soft, citruslike flavour and very floral aroma. Its finish is hoppy-dry, spicey, and very warming
Mead is probably the oldest known alcoholic beverage in the world. From Europe to Australia mead has been a popular drink, dating back to long before Viking Times. One of the earliest references to mead can be found in the Hindu's of India's holy books, the Veda books, which date back 4000 years and possibly even earlier than that.The oldest known recipe for mead to be written down in the Nordic countries was in 1520 by the Archbishop Olaus Magnus. The recipe comprised of water, honey, hops and brewers yeast, and concludes, that "on the eight day - or earlier in emergencies - the mead may be drunk, but the longer it is left, the purer, better and healthier it will be."Our products are brewed based on a recipe from about year 1700, and the ingredients are pure and 100 pct. natural - guaranteed free from additives of any kind. Honey is the major and most important item in the recipe." -- importer
order online -- click here

We have all three in stock now ---
Viking Blod Mead....$24.99 / 750ml
with hops and hibiscus
GI. Dansk Mjod....$27.99 / 750ml

with hops and Ginger

Klapojster Mjod....$27.99 / 750ml

with hops and Danish Aquavit

In stock now

We got in some 2006 at a great price....
With the hype for the 2007s, the 2006 is getting overlooked. It is a great wine and already drinking well.
2006 Brunier Vieux Telegraphe
Chateauneuf du Pape....$45.00 net
Compare to Brown Derby...$79.99
(11/11/09 price on Wine-Searcher)

"A very grippy style, with lots of sweet tapenade, tobacco, hot stone and braised chestnut notes weaving through a core of dark currant and fig fruit. There's a nice twinge of lavender on the structured finish. For the cellar. Best from 2010 through 2028. 16,000 cases made. –JM" --
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

In stock now -- just a little left...

2007 Brunier Vieux Telegraphe
Chateauneuf du Pape....$62.99 net
"The 2007 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape should ultimately eclipse the 2005 and 1998. It appears to be one of the finest wines made by Daniel Brunier and his brother. Its deep ruby color is accompanied by a superb nose of nori seaweed wrappers, licorice, pepper, tobacco leaf, and gobs of sweet black cherry and black currant fruit. Full-bodied with a fabulous texture, purity, and freshness (a consistent hallmark of this vintage), a juicy, rich, layered mouthfeel, and a finish that lasts for 45+ seconds. Although young, the tannin, acidity, and alcohol are all well-integrated. Typically, this wine tends to be dormant for 3-5 years after bottling, then emerge brilliantly. Therefore, I would wait until 2012 before pulling a cork on this one. Drink it over the following 20-25 years. This venerable estate, long run by the Brunier family, is a consistent source for fabulous wines."

Rated 96+/100 The Wine Advocate

Shop online now for both wines!

Belhaven Scottish Stout

A new one from Belhaven
Belhaven Scottish Stout...$4.19 / pint
Some info from their website:
We reckon this is the porter equivalent of the tall dark handsome stranger, but with its blend of triple malts, roasted chocolate flavour and hop character, once you've tried this deluxe stout you'll want to get reacquainted.

Belhaven Brewery is proud to announce that Belhaven Scottish Stout has received top marks from the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) in their 2008 World Beer Championships Awards.

The deluxe handcrafted stout at 7%, was awarded its top rating - 96 points and a Platinum Medal - in the 'Strong Stout' category.

"It's an honour," said George Howell, Head Brewer at Belhaven Brewery. "Belhaven's products are all about quality, flavour and authenticity. Achievements like these validate the brands position as an authentic, deluxe stout. The brand was only launched in 2007 and it is already one of our top selling export brands in the States".

The Scottish Stout was described by the Beverage Testing Institute as having "aromas of baker's chocolate" and "charred nuts". Delicious!

Good reviews already...

A- on BeerAdvocate

91/100 on Rate Beer

96/100 The Beverage Tasting Institute

Anchor Christmas 2009

Anchor Christmas Ale 6 packs
Anchor Christmas Ale Magnums

"The brewers of Anchor Steam® Beer are proud to announce the release of our thirty-fifth annual Christmas Ale. Every year since 1975 the brewers at Anchor have brewed a distinctive and unique Christmas Ale, which is available from early November to mid-January. The Ale's recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.
Each year our Christmas Ale gets a unique label and a unique recipe for the Ale itself. Although our recipes must remain a secret, many enthusiasts save a few bottles from year to year—stored in a cool dark place—to taste later and compare with other vintages. Properly refrigerated, the beer remains intriguing and drinkable for years, with different nuances slowly emerging as the flavor mellows slightly."
Anchor Brewing

Schlafly Winter ESB

Quick notes:

Anchor Christmas Ale 6pks
Anchor Christmas Ale Magnum
Sam Smiths Winter Welcome (pints and 4pks)

Schlafly Winter ESB just arrived (bottled Nov 2)
Chouffe N'Ice (Winter Ale)
Dansk Viking Blod Mead -- back in stock

Rare offering

We do not have these in stock, we can special order them for you with some weeks notice. Let me know --

Rare Cognacs from Maison Surrenne

Tonneau No. 1.....$220.00 / 750ml

Inconceivably rich. In 1922, Surrenne filled an oak tonneau with old petite champagne cognacs. Concerned about evaporation because the tonneau gets direct sun from the half-moon casement over the entry door, Surrenne’s successive cellar-masters topped the tonneau every year for 79 years, always with old petite champagne of very high quality. Never used, this rare solera-like blend contains a high proportion of cognac aged more than 100 years. From the Madame facility in Jarnac. Bottled unfiltered from tonneau no. 1 on August 19, 2001. We’re bringing in 196 bottles only.

1946 Unblended Grande Champagne.....$480 / 750ml
Distilled in the fall of 1946 in the village of Bilhouet by artisan Hubert Portier, using grapes grown in his family’s vineyard. The first  harvest following World War II was superb, the best in memory.  Portier’s ancestral still—located in a rustic building behind the vineyard—was a wood-fired antique. He produced sixteen barrels of a wonderful cognac, using methods passed from father to son for generations....
Fifty-one years later, Surrenne rediscovered the 1946 while cataloguing their inventory Portier’s cognac, originally intended to become part of a blend, had remained a separate lot. Its aromas and flavors are simply superb. Surrenne has bottled the lot unblended, with no additives, just as it came from the tun, in tribute to its distiller, who quietly produced one of the finest cognacs ever made. The rich fruit is astonishingly generous for a 52-year-old bottling. Bottled in 1998, this cognac received a 96 score from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Heritage 1875....$920 / 750ml
In October of 1998, courtier Alexis Cabanne discovered Wine & Spirits Magazine’s "Cognac of the Year" in the cellar of an 18th-century farmhouse outside Jarnac, in the grande champagne region of Cognac. On the earthen floor, among age-darkened oak barrels, Médéric Rousseau had preserved a family treasure: six rattan-wrapped demijohns of a cognac whose precise date of distillation is unknown but whose existence is attested in 1875.
The Héritage was almost certainly distilled from wines vinified from pre-phylloxera grapes. Its exceptional quality is demonstrated—despite its age—by its unusual softness, delicacy, and finesse. You can taste that it has aged for more than a century. There is an extraordinary presence: a serene profundity that comes from decades of undisturbed slumber in a quiet backwater. It is a relic of a time, an entire world, that you and I can only dimly imagine.  
Cask 356....$1580
Exceptional quality; genuine rarity. This is one of the finest cognacs in existence. Surrenne will release two cases—24 bottles—a year.
The barrel was shown to me when we were tasting through the Surrenne inventory of cognacs aged at least 100 years. It is simply astonishing product. The previous cellar-master, Hilaire Guilbaud, had assembled Cask 356 in 1961—his personal choice of the house’s finest old grande champagne cognacs. The cask was placed to age between the supports of Tonneau no. 23 in the home Madame cellar, where it has spent another 40 years, undisturbed. There remains cognac sufficient for some 235 bottles. Every component of the blend is well over 100 years old. Bottled unfiltered from cask no. 356 on August 10, 2001.  24 bottles only.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thanksgiving Catering

Provisions Gourmet Market
Catering 314-989-0020

Thanksgiving Menu 2009

Let us do the work for you!
Spend more time with your family.
Whole Turkey (fried (12-14# only) or roasted)....$4.95* per pound
12 to 14 pounds OR 22 to 24 pounds, must buy whole turkey
Serving guide-1# whole turkey weight per person
Whole Turkey Breast (roasted)....$8.95* per pound
Crab Stuffed Salmon....$17.95 per pound
Cornish Game Hen....$7.95 per pound
Beef Tenderloin....$25.25 per pound
Prepared rare to medium-rare
Spiral Ham....$8.95 per pound
Sliced w/ brown sugar glaze
Whole Duck....$7.95* per pound
5 Pound average, must buy whole duck
* Sliced or de-boned, add $1 per pound

Traditional Sides
Giblet Gravy....$10.00 per quart
Mashed Potatoes....$4.50 per pound
Roasted Red Potatoes....$4.50 per pound
Whipped Sweet Potatoes....$5.50 per pound
Traditional Challah Stuffing....$4.50 per pound
Cornbread Stuffing....$4.50 per pound
Fresh Cranberry Salad....$9.95 per quart
Steamed Asparagus....$8.95 per pound
Honey Roasted Carrots w/ Pecan Glaze....$5.50 per pound
Autumn Roasted Vegetables....$9.95 per pound
Fresh Green Beans....$6.50 per pound
Fresh Green Bean Casserole....$5.95 per pound
Spinach Soufflé....$6.50 per pound
Grilled Vegetables....$9.95 per pound

Pumpkin Cheesecake....$16.00 (5in) $26.00 (8in)
Traditional Pumpkin Pie....$14.00
Dutch Apple Pie....$14.00
Pecan Pie....$14.00
Cherry Pie....$14.00
Carrot Cake....$12.00 (5in) or $24.00 (8 in)
Panache Truffle Cake....$14.00 - $16.00 (5in) or $20.00 - $24.00 (8in)

To guarantee your holiday order, all orders must be placed by Monday, November 23th. All orders received after the 23th are subject to availability. All orders are to be picked up Wednesday November 25th.

Call Samantha to order: call 314-989-0020
Samantha can help you with the quantities you will need and to help plan all of your holiday parties, including your office parties.

Bell's Rye Stout

I have some more Rye Stout in stock at Forsyth now and Rock Hill!

Bell's Rye Stout.....$11.99 / 6pk

This is a great time of year for Stout lovers. Bell's has one of the most amazing lists of stouts. They are all arriving now. Bell's makes Kalamazoo Stout, Expedition Stout, Double Cream Stout, Cherry Stout, Java Stout, and the latest for us here in St. Louis is the Rye Stout.