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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Diplomatico Mantuano Rum Extra Anejo



Diplomatico Mantuano Rum Extra Anejo...$22.99
Mantuano is an excellent blended rum aged for up to eight years in white oak casks, which previously served to age bourbons and malt-whisky. It combines Column, Batch Kettle and Pot Still distillates elaborated from sugar cane molasses and honeys.


TASTING NOTES
Nose:
opening aroma of dried fruits (plums), oak and a delicate spiciness.

Mouth:
complex and well-balanced, with notes of dried fruits, wood and vanilla. Concludes with a harmonious and slightly dry finish.

BEST SERVED
Mantuano is the ideal rum for flavorful cocktails such as Mary Pickford and Presidente. It can also be enjoyed neat.

Bones Virgin Island Rum


Bones Virgin Island Rum...$24.99
The majority of world-wide Rum production occurs in the Caribbean. Few places have a history soaked with Rum more than the Virgin Islands. 

BONES RUM is proudly bottled on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, as well as the United States, using a centuries-old recipe, small batch distilling and oak barrel aging. While you enjoy your choice of BONES drink, here are a few little-known facts concerning Rum and some interesting historical trivia regarding Pirate culture and lore. Bottoms Up!

Rhum J.M. 2003 Agricole

Very limited!
Rhum J.M. 2003 Agricole....$119.99 
Barreled Oct 2003
Bottled May 2016
Aged 100% in re-charred Bourbon barrels, the explosion on your mouth’s sensory is matchless. Pure Rhum Agricole delicately aged in re-charred Bourbon barrels and allowed to naturally reduce and bottled at "cask strength" creating a boldly flavored single vintage aged rhum with tremendous body, redolent of crushed walnuts and pecans, pecan pie and brown sugar. The flavors are more sophisticated, with notes of saddle leather, old wood and tobacco joining the subtle sweetness.

Appleton Joy Anniversary Blend 25 Year Rum


Appleton Joy Anniversary Blend 25 Year Rum...$219.99
45% ABV
Appleton Estate's Joy Anniversary Blend is a beautifully complex and elegant, rare rum celebrating Joy Spence's 20th Anniversary as Master Blender.  
This 25 Year old minimum aged rum includes rums up to 35 years, and is a reflection of the woman who created it -- an embodiment of passion, love, and above all else, joy.

Ballantine's Scotch






Ballantine's 12 year Old Blended Scotch...$24.99

Rich, smooth and creamy blend comparing to finest which is more floral and delicate. Ballantine’s12 is characterized by more honey, toffee and creamy notes compared to Ballantine’s 17yo.

Ballantine's 17 Year Old Blended Scotch...$79.99
The longer maturation of Ballantine’s 17 year old gives an extra depth of flavour and character to the blend. Characterised by a subtle sensation of smokiness that differentiate it from Ballantine’s 12. Its fruitiness and velvety texture coming from fresh fruits differs from Ballantine’s 21 dry fruits influence.


Mezcal Tasting! August 21 at Forsyth

Continuing our Mezcal Tastings!
Another great learning experience!
Mezcal Tasting!
Eric from Backbar Project 
Monday, August 21st 
5pm-7pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, 
Clayton, MO, 63105

Taste all these Mezcals.....and learn from the importer about them.

  • El Jolgorio Madrecuixe 
  • El Jolgorio Tepeztate 
  • El Jolgorio Espadin 
  • Nuestra Soledad San Baltazar 
  • Nuestra Soledad San Luis Del Rio
Some info on a few of them...

El Jolgorio Mezcal Madrecuixe...$119.99
Agave Madrecuixe is a member of the Karwinskii species of agave, related to other species like Cuixe, Barril, and Bicuixe. It grows sparsely at higher elevations and has a cylindrical piña, with it's leaves (or pencas) growing at a distinctly upward angle.. Due to the agave's dense core and relatively low water content, mezcal made from Madrecuixe often has a flavor profile high in minerality, with whisps of vegetation and floral notes.

El Jolgorio Mezcal Tepeztate...$123.99
Agave Tepeztate is possibly the most interesting of all agaves, as well as one of the rarest. It takes a very long time to mature, sometimes up to 25-35 years, and prefers to grow on steep grades in rocky soil. Its leaves are broad and wavy. It can often be found hanging horizontally from mountain cliffs. Tepeztate is truly a wild agave, however, due to the species' increasing rarity and potential for endangerment, El Jolgorio's producers are exploring the cultivation of Tepeztate seedlings in a nursery to be re-planted in the wild (i.e. semi-cultivated).
The mezcal yielded by Tepeztate is often categorized as intensely vegetal, herbal, and earthy.


El Jolgorio Mezcal Espadin...$81.99
Agave Espadín is the most prevalent species of agave in Mexico and reaches maturity earlier (5-10 yrs) than most other agaves. It also grows to be relatively large with a high sugar content, making it perfect for mezcal production. Due to the abovementioned factors, Espadin is easily the most produced (and consumed) variety of mezcal.
However, only the most unique lots of mezcal Espadín are bottled under the El Jolgorio label, often being produced in remote areas or being rested in glass for several years prior to bottling to allow for the spirit to mellow and its flavors to develop fully. 

Lustau Red Vermouth



Lustau Vermut Red...$15.99
Lustau launches the first Premium Red Sherry Vermouth
Bodegas Lustau enters the vermouth category with a unique product endorsed by the heritage behind the recipe and the brand’s reputation for quality.
Our Cellar Master has carefully selected the wines used to make this Sherry Vermouth. A perfect blend of two wines each aged individually following the traditional, authentic "Solera y Criaderas" system: an Amontillado, dry and nutty, with character. A Pedro Ximénez, sweet, intense and velvety.
Wormwood, gentian, coriander and orange peel aromas stand out among the array of fragrant plants, fruits and spices contained in this vermouth. Eachbotanical macerates separately for optimal aroma extraction. The master blender then expertly combines the botanicals to obtain a perfect blend.
The secret of the Vermut Lustau formula lies on the harmonious and complex union of sherry wines and botanicals. Mahogany in color with reddish glints. Sweet aromas of ripe fruit are laced with citric and herbal notes over a smoky wood background. In the palate it is silky, flavorful and balanced. Bitter finish delicately accompanied by a distinctive nutty aftertaste.

Argus Apple Bomb Cider




Argus Apple Bomb Cider ...$9.99 / 4pk 12oz Cans
6.2% ABVApple Bomb is a demi-sec, or slightly sweet, full bodied cider that delivers a blast of fruit and finishes big with a tannic, fruity pucker. This is not a subtle cider, but a fresh apple explosion derived from a collection of fermentation techniques and patience. 

Harveys A le Coq Imperial Extra



2013 Harveys A le Coq Imperial Extra...$6.99 / 9.3oz
Imperial Russian Stout  ABV 9.0%
Regarded as one of the world's most unusual and prestigious beers, the recipe contains a dense concentration of varied malts and hops to produce a bottle conditioned stout. This brew will improve and develop complexity up to one year and has an intense flavour which is complex and distinctive. The roast, alcoholic and spicy notes combine in this unusually sweet & sour beer. Was judged best beer of its style at the 2009 World Beer Awards.

Old Beer in stock!

Another case of 1997 


Taste some history from a now shuttered classic brewery.
3 vintages Back in stock
1997 Gale’s Prize Old Ale...$4.99 / 9.3oz   20 years old!
2001 Gales Prize Old Ale...$4.99 / 9.3oz
2005 Gales Prize Old Ale...$4.99 / 9.3oz 




Roger Protz, The Classic Bottled Beers of the World
"Here is a beer that proclaims quality and antiquity. It comes in hand-corked, sealed and numbered bottles with a handsome label showing the brewery in Victorian times. It is brewed and fermented in old wooden vessels including some 'rounds' - rare iron-hooped fermenters.


"Each bottle of Prize Old Ale is cork-finished, sealed, and numbered. Prize Old Ale is unfiltered and unpasteurized. It is brewed from floor malted Maris Otter and minute amounts of black malt. Hops are Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger. It is reddish in color with hops and apple fruit on the nose, spicy and malty in the mouth, and a dry, even tart fruity finish with hints of raisins and apple.The slow work of the yeast in the bottle may increase the alcohol content to 12% or even more. After several years of aging Prize Old Ale gains a more complex palate with Calvados like character. It is said that Prize Old Ale is at its best after 20 years of maturing." -- importer

J.W. Lees is back





Lees Harvest Ale!

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011...$8.99 / 9.3oz
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2014...$8.99 
/ 9.3oz

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale -- Cask Series multiple vintages
"J.W.Lees Vintage Harvest Ale is only brewed once a year for release on December 1 of each year. It is a Limited Edition Vintage to celebrate the first brew from each year's harvest of barley and hops. Only the first delivery of the year's classic barley malt 'Maris Otter' and the classic hop variety 'Goldings' from East Kent is therefore used."

2013 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Lagavulin Casks...$9.99 / 9.3oz
Aged for 3 months in Lagavulin Casks

2012 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Port Casks...$9.99 / 9.3oz
2015 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Port Casks...$9.99 / 
9.3oz
Aged for 3 months in Port Casks

2012 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Sherry Casks...$9.99 / 9.3oz
2015 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Sherry Casks...$9.99 / 
9.3oz
Aged for 3 months in Sherry Casks.

2012 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Calvados Casks...$9.99 / 9.3oz
2015 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Calvados Casks...$9.99 / 
9.3oz
 Aged for 3 months in Sherry Casks.

Caymus 2015 just arrived!



2015 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon $74.99

10% off with a purchase of 6 bottles or more
Always one of the most anticipated releases of the year the 2015 Caymus Napa come with a little extra excitement. Combining one of Napa's most iconic wines with one of the greatest vintages of the last 30 years make for a heck of a combination. Stop by for a taste this weekend!

"This wine has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. Caymus farms Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling the winery to make the best possible wine in a given year. This Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries." - Winemaker

Hanssens Artisanaal



Restocked on Hanssens ---including one new limited one "hand picked"


Hanssens Oude Kriek Handgeplukte Schaerbeekse Krieken...$17.99 / 375ml
"Hand Picked Cherries "
Ale fermented with sour cherries and aged in oak barrels. A blend of 75% young cherry lambic
of the Schaarbeekse variety and 25% old lambic.


Hanssens Lambic Experimental Raspberry...$13.99
Hanssens Lambic Experimental Cassis...$13.99


Hanssens Scarenbecca Kriek....$21.99 / 375ml
Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek Sour Cherries


Hanssens Oude Gueuze...$8.99 / 375ml
Hanssens Oude Gueuze...$17.99 / 750ml
Lambic
"Hanssens Oude Gueuze has a hazy gold color and an aroma of wet wool, preserved lemons, vanilla, and earth. The palate is sharply tangy and dry, opening up to a marvelously complex display of citrus and damp earth in the center. The finish is miles long and juicily acidic, with a final flourish of fruit. This would be brilliant wit ha good ceviche packed with shrimp and avocado."
--Garrett Oliver, The Brewmaster's Table



Hanssens Oude Kriek...$10.99 / 375ml
Hanssens Oude Kriek...$18.99 / 750ml

Springbank new releases

(click link above to check out our full selection of Springbank - impressive line up)





Springbank Green 13 Year Old...$109.99
The first is the 2015 version of our Springbank Green, following on from last year's 12 year old, bourbon matured version. The new release is 13 years old, was again produced using organic barley and has been fully matured in sherry casks. It has been bottled at 46% and there are 9,000 bottles available for worldwide distribution.
Nose: Sweet cereal notes are accompanied with raisin butter, apple crumble, kiwi fruit and turkish delight.
Palate: The palate is fruity with raisins and orange zest to the fore. Marzipan, vanilla and soft sherry notes are also present.
Finish: A long, medium dry finish with classic Springbank sweet salty notes, along with hints of bung cloth and fig rolls.



Springbank Single Cask Single Malt 13 Year Old....$119.99
Limited Single Cask Releases 

Campbeltown
Distilled: December 2003
Bottled: April 2017
Cask Type: Fresh Sherry
No. of Bottles: 474
ABV: 58.6%





Springbank Single Cask Single Malt 19 Year Old...$248.99

Limited Single Cask Releases 

Campbeltown
Distilled: May 1997
Bottled: October 2016
Cask Type: Re-Charred Sherry
No. of Bottles: 438
ABV: 57%






Perennial Corail de Sang

Our second beer from Perennial is coming to help us celebrate our 35th Anniversary this year.  The first beer was Citra Paradisi (still some available) and it is a delicious beer that is developing nicely in the bottle

We cannot say thank you enough to Perennial.  



Perennial Corail de Sang...$14.99
600 bottles produced
"Corail de Saing is a Belgian style Saison with torrified wheat aged in red wine puncheons with Brettanomyces for seven months.  Bottle conditioned, oak aged and brewed in collaboration with Paul Hayden and The Wine and Cheese Place to celebrate their 35th Anniversary." - label

More info from Chris Kinast....
"Corail de Sang was brewed back in September with loads of Torrified Wheat and a touch of American hops in the whirlpool, and fermented in Stainless Steel with our house clean Saison strain. From there it was transferred into 2 French red wine Puncheons with a signal strain of brettanomyces (Brett claussenni) and aged for 6 months before being packaged. It was then bottle conditioned for another 3 before it's release. Huge notes of tannic oak and almost a tropical fruit sweetness round out the pallet with just a slight tartness to finish it up. A touch of residual sweetness and a medium to high carb lead to a finish that will entice wine, cider or barrel-aged Saison drinkers alike. Corail de Sang will continue to develop in the bottle and age nicely (maybe a couple of years), but most will not build up any additional acidity." - Chris Kinast, Perennial Brewer



We started planning this beer over a year ago now.  Chris Kinast of Perennial was the mastermind behind this beer.   The name is French for Blood Coral as Coral is traditional for 35th Anniversary.  Blood Coral is considered the finest Coral.


Chris Kinast at Perennial brewing Corail de Sang.   I got a chance to head down there the day he brewed it. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cheongsam Tea Liqueur TASTING

We have Tyson and Manda from Cheongsam Chinese Tea Liqueurs at our store to taste -- they just arrived - come taste!



The Wine and Cheese Place – 

7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO
This Friday August 11th 4:30 – 6:30


Taste both of these on Friday at Forsyth




Made in China


Cheongsam Smokey Mist Tea Liqueur...$26.99
A unique blend of black teas are gently extracted to create a smooth liqueur that delivers subtle aromas of smoked pine needles and a lingering sweetness of osmanthus flowers.


Cheongsam Jade Oolong Tea Liqueur...$26.99
Jade green Ti-Kuan Yin Oolong tea leaves are gently extracted to create a rich liqueur that has an essence of honey and orchid flowers with delicate toasted notes on the finish.



click here for recipes

Perennial / TWCP Corail de Sang

Our second beer from Perennial is coming to help us celebrate our 35th Anniversary this year.  The first beer was Citra Paradisi (still some available) and it is a delicious beer especially for this hot weather.

We cannot say thank you enough to Perennial.  

If you cannot make it tonight, you can order online.  No need to order online if you are coming by tonight.  Just grab and go. 
In stock now at Forsyth and Rock Hill
(New Ballas and Ballwin tomorrow)

Perennial Corail de Sang...$14.99
Release party will be TONIGHT - Friday, August 11th from 4-6pm.
Come in and taste the beer and grab some!

We will have  brewer Chris Kinast here for the event.  Meet the man who created this amazing beer for all of us!



"Corail de Saing is a Belgian style Saison with torrified wheat aged in red wine puncheons with Brettanomyces for seven months.  Bottle conditioned, oak aged and brewed in collaboration with Paul Hayden and The Wine and Cheese Place to celebrate their 35th Anniversary." - label

More info from Chris Kinast....
"Corail de Sang was brewed back in September with loads of Torrified Wheat and a touch of American hops in the whirlpool, and fermented in Stainless Steel with our house clean Saison strain. From there it was transferred into 2 French red wine Puncheons with a signal strain of brettanomyces (Brett claussenni) and aged for 6 months before being packaged. It was then bottle conditioned for another 3 before it's release. Huge notes of tannic oak and almost a tropical fruit sweetness round out the pallet with just a slight tartness to finish it up. A touch of residual sweetness and a medium to high carb lead to a finish that will entice wine, cider or barrel-aged Saison drinkers alike. Corail de Sang will continue to develop in the bottle and age nicely (maybe a couple of years), but most will not build up any additional acidity." - Chris Kinast, Perennial Brewer



We started planning this beer over a year ago now.  Chris Kinast of Perennial was the mastermind behind this beer.   The name is French for Blood Coral as Coral is traditional for 35th Anniversary.  Blood Coral is considered the finest Coral.


Chris Kinast at Perennial brewing Corail de Sang.   I got a chance to head down there the day he brewed it. 





Thank you Perennial!

720 bottles made (about 100 bottles left)
Perennial Citra Paradisi TWCP 35th Anniversary Beer...$9.99
Saison with grapefruit,  26 IBUs, bottle-conditioned - Mostly citra hops, rounded out with a bit of simcoe and mosaic, grapefruit zest. Fermented with a blend of the Blaugies strain and Brett Claussenii -- Jonathon Moxey at Perennial