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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rare Ardbeg Scotch!

We got in more of two Rare Ardbeg Scotches

Available online

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Scotch.......$79.99

Ardbeg Corryvreckan: in a league of its own "Man the lifeboats! Here comes the second wave of this deliciously deep, powerfully peaty and wonderfully wild whisky. Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram. Its briny character of crisp seaweed, sweet vanilla and rich, dark melted fruits draws you into a long deep finish. Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted!" -- distillery

"Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! "
96/100 The Malt Advocate




Ardbeg Supernova SN2010....$109.99




The new 2010 expression is out of this world – even deeper, stronger and earthier than the award-winning 2009 edition.* 60.1% ABV* Non-chill filtered

Colour
Deep gold

Aroma
Big and powerful with peaty, earthy and deep herbal notes.

With the first sniff, encounter deep earthy peat oils and crushed black pepper embedded in the darkest chocolate. Swirl the glass and dip your nose into herbal infusions of juniper, elderflower and agave. Tarry ropes and creosote-soaked elm follow with flowering currants, olives and hot chilli peppers.

Swirl water into the glass, and voyage into the unknown with smoky coal tar, an open box of rolling tobacco, peat moss and roasted malt. A barbeque of smoky charcoal rises above the peat moss, softened by camomile, cedar and heather bloom. A blast of brine, white pepper and smoky asparagus escapes into the atmosphere with a spritely display of gooseberries and greengages.

Taste
Ardbeg challenges the palate with a smoke and salt explosion - hot, sizzling and gristy sensations effervesce and explode on the tongue with a powerful peaty punch. Black and white crushed pepper pop with chilli and chocolate. Chewy sweet rolling tobacco, linseed oil and newly tanned leather roll backwards on a wave of brininess and burst of juicy lime marmalade. Cigar smoke builds up to a crescendo before drying out to bring dark roast earthy coffee, toasted almonds and liquorice root.

Finish
Long, deep and powerful, refusing to fade away – remaining warm and drying with tarry peat, cocoa and chilli.

Info from Ardbeg.com



Boulevard Harvest Dance returns...


Boulevard Smokestack Harvest Dance Wheat Wine
available online also

"There was three men come out o' the west their fortunes for to try,And these three men made a solemn vow, John Barleycorn must die,They ploughed, they sowed, they harrowed him in, throwed clods upon his head,'Til these three men were satisfied John Barleycorn was dead.
"This grim little verse belongs to one of the oldest of English folk tunes. It depicts the cultivation of barley as a series of abuses and indignities committed upon pour little John Barleycorn, who eventually triumphs, reborn as beer and whiskey. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John's cousin wheat, the great staple crop of Middle America. Wheat wines are a somewhat recent stylistic development, akin to barleywines in strength, but brewed with a large portion of wheat malt, which provides a soft mouthfeel to balance the big body of these warming brews. We add a generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops, and age the beer on both French and American oak, resulting in a beer that opens up with a warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, adding subtle Sauvignon Blanc notes before rounding slowly to a dry, oaky finish. This is a perfect beer for sharing with friends and family as we gather together for the fall and winter holidays. Pairs well with aged cheeses or seasonal squash and pumpkin dishes. And though it may appear that Miss Wheat is about to be cut down in her prime, have no fear: just pour a glass of Harvest Dance and you'll find she's alive and well."



Friday, December 10, 2010

VERY LIMITED WHISKEY!

We only have two bottles....call to reserve 314.727.8788

or email paul@wineandcheeseplace.com


Only 876 bottles made
Compass Box The Double Single.....$124.99

To celebrate our 10th anniversary we have brought back a small-batch whisky we first and last made in 2003. Double Single is a marriage of two single whiskies - one single malt and one single grain. The idea highlights the true virtue of blending grain whisky with malt whisky to create a truly elegant style.
The Art of Blending
What if we were to match perfectly one single malt whisky with one single grain whisky in just the right proportions? That is, what if we were to make a blended Scotch whisky with only two components, only two single whiskies rather than many? What if we were to make… a “double single”? This is the question our friends Duncan Elphick and Tatsuya Minagawa of the Highlander Inn on Speyside asked us in 2003, resulting in our first limited release bottling of The Double Single. For our 10th anniversary year, we’ve decided to bring it back.



The whiskies we’ve chosen this time: an 18 year-old malt whisky distilled at Glen Elgin distillery (76%) and a 21 year-old grain whisky distilled at Port Dundas (24%), both aged in American oak. The combination yields a full, soft palate of flavours reminiscent of pear fruit, maltiness, vanilla and crème brûlée. This whisky is a testament to the virtues of combining grain whisky
with malt whisky, a testament to the virtues of blended Scotch whisky. The grain whisky creates a lovely, soft, sweet pillow on which the malt whisky flavours luxuriate. This is just as great blended Scotch whisky should be. Share and Enjoy.







Boulevard BBQ arrived at Forsyth

In stock at Rock Hill, Forsyth and Provisions now!

now --
also online

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad...$11.99 / 750ml


"Based loosely on the Smokestack Series Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel, after fermentation on cherries, was separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels, where it aged for varying lengths of time, in some cases as long as a year. Selected barrels were then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore." -- Boulevard







Thursday, December 9, 2010

Brewery The Musketeers

New Belgian beers to The Wine and Cheese Place....
also online now



Troubadour Magma...$18.49 / 4pk

Rated 97 on Ratebeer
"Tripel IPA that combines the hop bitterness of an American IPA with the fruity characteristics of a Belgian Tripel. Stefaan Soetemans, one of the founders of Brouwerij The Musketeers, gave us a little insight on the upcoming release as well as his thoughts on European and American beer cultures.
Some might look at Magma and begin jumping to conclusions without having tasted the beer. But to Stefaan Soetemans, that’s part of the experience. Along with co-founder Kristof de Roo, Stefaan aims to dispel some preconceived notions that beer drinkers in the United States and Belgium might have regarding beer styles.
The Musketeers are no stranger to this approach. It began with Obscura, a cross between a stout and a Belgian brown ale. The idea was simple: produce an easy-drinking, Belgian-inspired IPA. By taking the essential elements of both beers and combining them, they had a hit on their hands.
But they haven’t stopped there. The new Magma Tripel IPA provides a formidable hop presence and is dry-hopped with American Simcoe hops, but is also tempered by the fruitiness that comes from the yeast during the fermentation process." -- importer


Troubadour Blond...$4.19 / 11.2oz
"The clear, golden, attractive color is what strikes you first. A firm white head is the crown of this golden ale. Your first experience, while sipping the BLOND, will be a refreshing, sparkling effect on your tongue, followed by a mild bitterness enhanced by a spiciness, that finishes with a sweeter sensation. A good nose recognizes the hops, in combination with fruity esters.

With its 6.5 % alcohol by volume it is somewhat stronger in alco
hol content than regular beers, but it’s not overpowering, and it allows one to easily drink more than one glass--especially with dinner, where we recommend it certainly with fish dishes. Although it is a typical beer to sharpen the appetite, while drinking it with your friends, family or business partners before actually having dinner. And of course we will not refrain you from drinking a few more after dinner while having more fun with your company." -- importer




Troubadour Obscura Mild Stout...$4.19 / 11.2oz

Rated 96/100 RateBeer
"Pretty dark color, as you would expect from a stout. Slightly more red-brown, though, when compared with Irish stouts. A dense rich creamy beige head crowns your glass. Thanks to the refermentation in the bottle, we have the natural carbonation. The flavors are deeper, richer, more pronounced: malty, clearly roasted (is it hints of coffee, is it hints of chocolate?) Deceptive, because the relatively high alcohol content is not immediately felt, except maybe a slight glowing sensation. A complex aftertaste, with some licorice undertones, and a pleasant bitterness survives last. Absolutely a beer to savor and enjoy—let you taste buds experience every ounce of flavor. A lot of lace is left on the empty glass." -- importer






Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pusser's Rum Decanter


Pussers Rum
"Admiral Lord Nelson" Ships Decanter....$59.99
"John Paul Jones" U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Ships Decanter...$59.99
"Rum and the sea are inseparable, and no rum is more akin to the sea and the sailor than Pusser's Rum–the Original Navy Rum. For more than 300 years, from the earliest days of wooden ships and iron men, sailors of Great Britain's Royal Navy were issued a daily ration–or "tot"–of rum by the ship's "Purser" (corrupted by the sailors to Pusser's)." -- Pussers

"Ships decanters had their beginnings in the early naval sailing ships, and it would have been an exception to have found a captain's cabin without one- from the smallest to the largest vessel. The general shape began to develop sometime in the second half of the 18th century, and nothing much is heard of them until a well known British Admiral by the name of Rodney introduced one at a victory celebration on board his flagship following the famous Moonlight Battle and the Battle of the Saints in 1780 and 1782. His decanters had an especially broad base, some of them up to 12-inches in diameter, to ensure stability when used at sea in wardrooms or officers' cabins. It's said that the true test of a ship's decanter is when the shortest distance from the outer edge of the pouring lip to the edge of the base be equal to or greater than the outer circumference of the pouring lip. This was the "Rodney" test." -- Pussers

read more about the rum and history







Nogne Islay Edition

Order Nogne online

Nogne Winter Islay Edition....$17.99 / pint The label sounds like a challenge....

"Please be aware that this is not a sublte beer. If you are unable to appreciate the flavor of Islay Scotch Whisky , then this beer is certainly not for you. Three months of aging in fresh Islay whisky barrels did this. Certainly great for whisky lovers, but not necessarily for those in search of subtle balanced flavors. The timid should look elsewhere! We love it though!" -- label




Monday, December 6, 2010

De Struise Holiday ale...

2010 is here!
De Struise Tsjeeses.....$7.49 / 11oz


"Deep to orange blond abbey triple winterbeer which has been lagered for 8 months on different stonefruits. Tsjeeses was born out of a 5 year brew experience regarding x-mas beer without being capable of finding a suitable name up to now. With the name came a face, a caricature actually, that was drawn on the day Urbain, our brew master and master brewer, drank too many Tsjeeses's. Every time he drinks one, he says "Tsjeeses, what a beer". Therefore the name is more an expression of stupefaction than a curse. We have had already many discussions around the pronounciation of "Tsjeeses". Very close would be that you say "cheeses" or cheese in plural." -- brewery website
Rated 98/100 percentile on RateBeer

Order all Struise beers online

Boulevard Beer Dinner

As reported on STLHops.com

Don't miss out, looks like a great dinner..

Luciano’s will be holding a beer dinner on December 8th, starting at 6:30PM, featuring beers from Boulevard Brewing Company. This four course dinner was designed by Luciano’s Executive Chef/Owner Marc Del Pietro and Boulevard’s VP of Marketing and Sales Bob Sullivan along with the Director of Marketing Jeremy Ragonese will be there to discuss the beer.

Tickets for this meal will be $45 (not including tax and tip) and reservations (which are required) can be made by calling 314-863-9969. Here’s a list of the courses along with the beer pairings:

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Pan roasted striped bass, littleneck clams, mussels, sauce boulilbasse

Double-Wide I.P.A.
Porchetta & seared sea scallops cauliflower purée, apple slaw, cider vinegar gastrique

Long Strange Tripel
Roasted rack of lamb, house~made gnocchi, lamb bolognese, wild mushrooms, roasted garlic oil

The Sixth Glass
Vanilla pound cake, fennel seed & orange ice cream, honey reduction