Saturday, November 21, 2015

Laphroaig 32 Year Old

Release for their 200th Anniversary

In stock now! Limited!
Laphroaig 32 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Cask Strenth...$1199.99
ABV - 46.7%
Only 490 cases produced for the world
Matured in ex-Oloroso Sherry Cask
"It took maturing this exquisite single malt in ex-Oloroso sherry hogshead for 32 years to give it such profound character. This rare liquid features notes of dark bitter chocolate, nutmeg, spicy oak and the subtle peat smoke that is the trademark of Laphroaig. We know you'll find each extraordinary sip worth the wait.

4 Hands Limited Release...Stout in Apple Brandy Barrels!

Emails sent this morning!  Thank you.

Some great beer from our friends at 4 Hands Brewing....

I put a teaser out back in September about this beer that is would be based partially on 4 Hands Purchases! - 

Due to the event last night and other pressures, I will not have time to get the report and allocation emails out today.  I will do them first thing tomorrow - Saturday Morning.

This will be a BRC release and partially based on 4 Hands support up until 7pm tonight (extended deadline one more day - Friday November 21!)

Provided it does show up today, we will open a bottle today at 4pm to taste.

Release at The Wine And Cheese Place only
4 Hands Woodsman Imperial Stout Aged in Apple Brandy Barrels

Cat Spit Vanilla

Emails sent this morning, thanks.

2nd Shift Cat Spit Vanilla...$7.49 

We only got 12 bottles so I will use the BRC tomorrow. 
Will go to the top 12 - 2nd Shift supporters from October 13 until tonight at 7pm.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is the 2016 World Whisky of the Year - click to read full review

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye....$27.99
"Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is a unique whisky.  Our Canadian rye grain is planted in the fall, sprouting until it's covered by a blanket of soft winter snow.   Once this snow melts, our rye completes its growth, maturing over the spring and summer.   This distinctive growth cycle creates the perfect grain for a deliciously balanced whisky, extraordinarily smooth with hints of fruit, cloves and spice.

Elderflower Liqueur at an amazing price!!!!!

JDK Fleur Elderflower Liqueur....$9.99 / LITER
The lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $16.99 for a 750ml
 - this is a LITER for $9.99

Express yourself the French way with Fleur, an elderflower liqueur with a sweet fruity aroma and subtle hints of floral and tropical fruits.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

J.K. Scrumpy and other hard ciders....

J.K.'s Northern Neighbor Farmhouse Cider...$5.99 / 22oz bottle
J.K.'s Northern Neighbor Farmhouse Cider...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans

We invite you to celebrate a collaboration of a few passionate American and Canadian farmers. The fruits of their labour are presented in this bottle, a family reunion of sorts.  This delightful cider is made from Michigan apples and a unique Canadian prairie apple, the Saskatoon. This natural cider has been carefully fermented at Almar Orchards using our traditional methods.

J.K.'s Scrumpy Farmhouse Cider...$5.99 / 22oz bottle
J.K.'s Scrumpy Farmhouse Cider...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans

Orchard Gate Gold as a unique Artisan Michigan Farmhouse Cider, somewhere between English Scrumpy and a Normandy Cidre.
After the harvest, we press our organic apples and allow them to slowly ferment for up to six months. We then carefully hand-fill and label each bottle and let it age for several weeks to properly condition.  There are only two ingredients in our Orchard Gate Gold: Apple Juice and Yeast. No artificial flavors or colors and - of course - no sulfite nor preservatives of any kind.

J.K.'s Cuvee Winterruption Farmhouse Cider....$5.99 / 22oz
As the sun arcs low in the mid-day sky, this year's harvest is slowly fermenting in its winter slumber. Everyone here at the Orchard enjoys a few days to remember the hard work in the last year's harvest. We look forward to next year's crop of apples.  To warm ourselves in the cold norther solstice we enjoy our winter cider. Lightly spiced with ethically traded cinnamon, vanilla and a wee drop of syrup from old Maple trees on the farm.  Formerly: "Winter Solstice"

Twisted Manzanita new beer!!

New canned beer from California

Twisted Manzanita Riverwalk Blonde Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
Riverwalk is a light refreshing beer brewed with American Barley, American Hops, and fermented with Kolsh-style yeast. A welcoming transition beer for those new to the craft beer. It is great to drink while working in the yard or garage. Also while hanging out with friends and family. Riverwalk is for people that do not like Big Hoppy Beers.

Twisted Manzanita Rustic Horizon Red...$9.99 / 6pk
Balanced complexity appeals to European-style ale drinkers. Mahogany colored from a blend of premium caramel malts. Medium bodied and smooth with a touch of roasted malt for a dry finish.

Twisted Manzanita Prospect Pale Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
Strong Malt and Hop Flavor. Fragrant citrus taste with a dry finish Flavor procession: Hoppy -> Malty -> Bitter -> Crisp

Twisted Manzanita Iron Mountain IPA...$8.49 / 4pk
Lightly kilned caramel malts round out the pungent, piney Chinook dry-hopping. As its smooth mouthfeel dissipates into a pleasantly bitter finish, we hope you’ll find our IPA an elegant outlier from its hometown crowd.

Twisted Manzanita Chaotic Double IPA...$9.99 / 4pk
Chaotic is the seasonal release we just couldn't let go of. A hop aficionado's dream with so many additions that we had to redesign our brewlogs to fit them all in. The light gold pour has a slight haze that betrays the extensive dry hopping in each batch. This onslaught tags the entire spectrum of hop aromatics with an especially notable citrus medley including grapefruit and tangelo. Double Dry Hopped

Twisted Manzanita Gillespie Brown Ale...$9.99 / 4pk
Chocolate, Caramel and wheat malts give layered flavor and big mouthfeel. Substantial hopping cements this as an American Homebrewer’s Brown

Great Divide Showdown Rye IPA

We just got in more cases on closeout - 
bottled in June
Was 12.99
Great Divide Showdown Rye IPA...$2.49 / 4pk
Showdown is an IPA reimagined. With a heaping addition of hardy rye, this copper-hued beauty delivers an unmistakable spicy rye character, while a burly dose of American hops evokes the piney aroma of untamed wilderness. Balanced, bold, and brave, Showdown claims the prize.

Nouveau is here!!!

2015 Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau...$8.99
2015 Duboeuf Beajolais Villages Nouveau....$9.99

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Giant Whisk(e)y Open House Tasting Extravaganza!

Giant Whisk(e)y Open House

Tomorrow - Thursday, November 19th from 6pm-8pm!

You can let us know you are coming on facebook.
Reservations are not required though.

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Open House Event!  Taste all of these with many of the Brand Ambassadors!

Monkey Shoulder Scotch                                                      
Grant's Scotch Whiskey Finished in Edinburgh Ale Casks
Girvan Patent Still Single Grain Scotch Whisky                 

Jonathan Wingo -- Brand Ambassador for The Balvenie
The Balvenie 12 Year Old Double Wood
The Balvenie 17 Year Old Double Wood
The Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood

David Allardice -- Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich
Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
Glenfiddich The Original Single Malt "Retro 1963"
Glenfiddich 21 Year Old

Mary-Jade Hynes-- Brand Ambassador for Tullamore Dew
Tullamore DEW
Tullamore DEW 12yr
Tullamore DEW Phoenix 

Han Shan -- Brand Ambassador for Hudson Whiskey
Hudson Baby Bourbon
Hudson Four Grain
Hudson Single Malt
Hudson Manhattan Rye

Mary-Jade Hynes-- Brand Ambassador for Tullamore Dew

Jonathan Wingo -- Brand Ambassador for The Balvenie

David Allardice -- Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich
Han Shan -- Brand Ambassador for Hudson Whiskey

Whiskey Tasting Wednesday November 18th

Introducing to  St. Louis!! - first time for the 15 year old here!

Yes, you will be tasting this tonight!
Benromach 15 Year Single Malt Scotch....$91.99
Pour yourself a dram of Benromach 15 Years Old. Lift it to the light and note the especially golden amber colour, thanks to the long maturation in sherry and bourbon casks. Now swill it around your glass and take a few little inhalations to savour the 

AROMA WITHOUT WATER… there’s a lot going on… beautifully balanced sherry aromas with vanilla pod, zesty orange and spicy ginger complemented by delicate chamomile and menthol notes. Now sip your dram, roll the whisky around your mouth and enjoy the TASTE WITHOUT WATER… there’s luscious, rich fruit cake with stewed plum, red apple skin and the sharp edge of kiwi fruit. Next, take in the AROMA WITH WATER… the whisky shifts into another gear with subtle hints of cocoa, nutmeg and cinnamon giving way to sweet honey notes and hints of bonfire embers. Add a drop or two of water to release the full TASTE WITH WATER… it’s a very satisfying palate with traces of charred oak complementing sweet tangerine, plum and nectarines… completed by a gorgeous touch of milk chocolate. 

Also taste this tonight - NEW TO STL!
Brenne 10 Year Old French Single Malt Whisky....$91.99

Scotch Tasting with Chris Riesbeck

The Wine and Cheese Place
7434 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

Tonight!!!!  Wednesday, November 18 from 5-7pm

Open House Tasting 
with Scotch Expert Chris Riesbeck

Reservations are not required, but you can let us know on facebook if you are coming -

Here is what we will taste....

1) Benromach 10 Year Old: 2014 Speyside Whisky of the Year @ Whisky Magazine
2) Benromach 15 Year Old: 92 Points Whisky Magazine Editors Recommended ***
3) Benromach Peat Smoke: Heavily Peated All Bourbon Cask Matured
4) Brenne Estate Cask: 2014 Whisky Magazine Innovator of the Year
5) Brenne 10 Year Old: 2nd Best World Single Malt @ Wizards of Whisky  ***

*** He will introduce these for the first time in St. Louis.

Chris Riesbeck:

Chris Riesbeck is the 2016 Whisky Magazine Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the Year. Since January 2011 Chris has been traveling the United States in an effort to educate and promote single malt Scotch whisky. An avid collector of single malt he is always on the lookout for pre 1970 Speysiders and a great story. In 2015 Chris was inducted to the Keepers of the Quaich; the youngest ever American born Keeper. The mission of the Keepers of the Quaich is to promote the values and image of Scotch Whisky as the world’s finest and most prestigious distilled spirit.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Boulevard BBQ 2015 is here!

Good supply in stock now, no limit!

Boulevard Smokestack Series Bourbon Barrel Quad 2015....$11.99 
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

Monday, November 16, 2015

Our own Single Barrel Cask Strength Crown Royal

We selected our own barrel! It is pretty spectacular if I say so myself.

This product is only released if you accounts that buy a full barrel.
Rare and only a limited amount released.
Crown Royal / TWCP Hand Selected Barrel....$44.99
Canadian Whisky
Coffey Rye Whisky Still
ABV 51.5% (103 proof)

Huge score!
This review is not specific to our barrel, but obviously there are a lot of similarities in the single barrels of Crown...

One of 50 component whiskies that go into the standard Crown Royal blend, this complex, delicious sipping whisky starts out with maple and vanilla aromas that then transition into enticing notes of tropical fruit and Sherry on the palate. It finishes long, warming and spicy. — K.N.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Enthusiast

"Single malt producers do it routinely and so do America’s bourbon makers. Until now, however, no major Canadian whisky distillery has ever released a single barrel whisky. Finally, as 2014 drew to a close, Crown Royal became Canada’s first major brand to do so. To top that, each hand-selected barrel is bottled at a healthy 51.5% ABV. A whisky year already brimming with encouraging developments in the Great White North concludes with the Canadian whisky story of the year.

Crown Royal Single Barrel Whisky is more than simply a high-strength rendition of the standard bottling we are all familiar with. About 50 different mature whiskies are used to create that blend. One of these is the ultra-flavorful “Coffey Rye,” and it is this Coffey Rye that the brand has chosen to bottle for its single barrel program.

The liquid itself is everything you’d expect from hand-selected barrels, though at first sip you’ll not recognize it as Crown Royal. Still, if you have tried Crown Royal Monarch you already have an inkling of what Coffey Rye tastes like. It is the heart of that 75th anniversary blend.

Since it was first created in 1939, the secret of Crown Royal’s success has been the meticulous mingling of several dozen individual whiskies produced at the distillery. Each makes its own contribution to what many consider the most complex, balanced, and smoothest of Canadian whiskies. If Crown Royal De Luxe displays the elegance of a prima ballerina, Coffey Rye is its muscular NHL-enforcer cousin.

The distillery at Gimli under the blue Manitoba sky
Unlike most Canadian whisky, Coffey Rye begins with a high-rye mash bill rather than a single grain. It is distilled to low ABV in an ancient copper Coffey still that was brought in from the defunct Waterloo distillery. Winters are long and cold in Gimli, Manitoba, where Crown Royal is made, so master blender Andrew MacKay leaves the Coffey Rye spirit in virgin oak bourbon barrels for seven years where it slowly absorbs their lusty flavors. On a recent visit to the distillery I tasted whisky from three of these barrels, and the differences among them were remarkable, varying from succulent butterscotch, through spices, to hard, brittle rye.

Rollout began in late November, in Texas, where liquor stores snapped up the first 519 barrels. Each barrel is exclusive to a single retailer. While there are no barrel numbers on the labels, if you are looking for a particular batch, a medallion around the neck of each bottle notes the retail outlet it was bottled for. Distribution will expand to include fourteen states beginning in February. But Canada’s reputation for keeping its best whisky at home has been dashed: it’s still fingers crossed that Crown Royal Single Barrel will be released in Canada at all.

Rye whisky lovers have something very special to look forward to on that tour. Manager Dwayne Koslowski tells you that chocolate bananas are the signature aromas of Coffey Rye, then takes you inside where the first thing you notice is those very smells. Then, as you walk past the large column stills toward the glistening Coffey still at the far end, the scents of cloves and typical rye spices waft in. “We try to keep as much of these aromas as possible in the spirit,” says Koslowski, clearly enjoying the fragrance as much as his visitors.

Suggested retail price for Crown Royal Single Barrel Whisky (the label says “Hand Selected Barrel”) is $55.00.

from the Whiskey Advocate

Our own barrel of Wild Turkey!

Wild Turkey / TWCP Single Barrel Kentucky Spirit Bourbon....$47.99
  • 101 Proof
  • Bottled 6/22/15
  • Barrel No. 2082
  • Warehouse: T
  • Rick No. 6

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirits is basically Wild Turkey 101 aged longer and a single barrel.  It is aged about 9 years where the "regular" 101 is about 6 years.

This review is not specific to our barrel, but obviously there are similarities....
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Stunningly complex, harmonious bouquet that includes aromas of pepper, ripe apple, saddle leather, pecan and caramel; a regal bouquet that needs to be approached slowly. In the mouth, melded flavors of candied almond, walnut, vanilla extract, red fruit and old oak dazzle the taste buds. Warm, biscuity, toasted aftertaste. A gold standard for Bourbon.
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Enthusiast