Saturday, June 5, 2010

Balblair Distillery

Available online

Balblair Single Malt Scotch
visit their site to read more

"Many single malt Scotch whiskies distinguish between their expressions with an age statement, rightly proud of the long maturation their distillates have undergone.
At Balblair we have pursued a Vintage statement by which to differentiate our various expressions. In doing so, we take a complementary approach between age itself and the fundamental character of the spirit that is Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The ageing process plays a significant role in the maturation of fine single malt Scotch whiskies. The interaction of the spirit with the oak barrels and the environment in which they are matured is fundamental to the character of the final distillate. However, over and above this, is the character of the spirit itself.
Every distillery is different. Its location. Its water source. Its still shape. Its wood policy. In fact, there are a myriad of variables. With Balblair we go one step further. Our Vintage whiskies are hand–picked, specially selected 'years' that represent the very best whisky the distillery has to offer.
Every year our Distillery Manager, John MacDonald selects only those whiskies that have reached their exact point of 'optimum maturation', the absolute peak of perfection.
The casks not selected, are simply not chosen because they have not yet reached their absolute best. They are left to quietly mature further in our warehouse.
In certain cases these Vintage releases may demonstrate pure Balblair characteristics, whilst others may highlight the effects that a single cask can have on this character." -- Balblair

Balblair Vintage 1997 (12 year old)...$42.99 / 750ml
"This full-bodied malt is fused with the citrus aromas of pineapple, apricot and lemon to create a long-lasting sweet finish. On the nose, the American oak barrels, used in the distillate's maturation, produce an inviting, spicy fragrance.
Subtly amber in appearance with rose gold highlights this 1997 vintage has hints of oak, spice and raisin, combined with the sweetness of vanilla to create a long-lingering, creamy smooth finish on the palate." -- Balblair
Appearance: Amber with rose gold highlights.

Aroma: Fused with the aromas of pineapple, apricot and lemon.
Palate: Hints of oak, spice, raisin and sweet vanilla.
Finish: Finish Long-lingering, creamy smooth.

Balblair Vintage 1991 (18 year old)...$109.99 / 750ml
Bottled 2009 - Unchill-filltered
"A full bodied malt with aromas of oranges, grapefruit and lemon, hints of chocolate and leather can also be detected. The American oak barrels used in the distilliate's maturation, lend a warm toffee, vanilla fragrance. On the palate it is sweet, slightly spice with traced of butterscotch and orange: smooth to start leading to a long-lasting, warming finish.

anCnoc -- KnockDhu Distillery

anCnoc -- KnockDhu Distillery
(also available online)

In order to avoid confusion with a similarly named single malt, Knockando, the decision was made in 2000 to change the brand name to anCnoc, pronounced a-nock.
This is a Gaelic word meaning 'the hill'. This bestowed upon the whisky the rather intriguing distinction of no longer being named after the distillery which produces it.

Established in 1894 -- read the history

anCnoc 12 year old....$33.99 / 750ml
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
"anCnoc 12 Years Old is renowned the world over – a must have in any whisky drinkers collection. It’s light, yet complex, it’s smooth yet challenging, each twist and turn delivers a surprise. For malt drinkers and new to malt alike, this is a dram that has something for everyone."

anCnoc 16 year old....$52.99 / 750ml
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Matured in Amercian Bourbon Barrels
Wholly maturing anCnoc in American Bourbon barrels allows the intense citrus notes that are key characteristics from Knockdhu to shine through.anCnoc 16 Years Old has been bottled in its most natural form – neither chill-filtered nor coloured. As a result anCnoc 16 Years Old may develop a light haze with the addition of water or if kept at a cold temperature. This haze is a natural characteristic of whisky that is unchillfiltered.

Michter's is back - still limited!!!

Order Michter's online

"If you drink the whiskey that warmed General Washington’s troops at Valley Forge, does that make you a patriot? Not necessarily, but it indicates you appreciate that Michter’s sets the standard for highest quality, limited production whiskeys. America’s first whiskey distilling company, Michter’s rich history dates back to 1753 when a farmer in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania distilled his first batch of whiskey from hardy rye. At one point a Master Distiller left his family’s well-known distillery to join Michter’s so he could be at a smaller, less cost-conscious company where he could make the finest whiskey, cost be damned. We continue this grand distilling tradition in Kentucky by never releasing our whiskeys until both our Master Distiller and our panel of whiskey tasters deem them ready. In fact, our whiskey is often much older than the age statement on the label. We are very grateful to our loyal customers who have lived with us though our time-to-time whiskey shortages." -- Michter's

Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Rye....$37.99
"Renowned for Rye, America’s first whiskey, since our founding in 1753, we take production of every barrel of Michter’s Rye very seriously. Our US*1 Rye is made from select American rye grain that is sheared to enable the saturation of more flavor during fermentation. It is then aged in a heated warehouse. This premium rye has hints of light spice, black pepper, marmalade and plum, spicy grain and light caramel.

Production: Single Barrel.
Limited quantities.
Bottling Strength: 84.8 Proof (42.4% Alcohol by volume)
Cooperage: Fire-charred, new American white oak barrels.

Michter’s US*1 Small Batch Bourbon....$37.99
"We are proud to offer you our Small Batch Bourbon. In the Michter’s tradition hailing from America’s first whiskey distilling company, this bourbon is made from highest quality American corn and matured to the peak of perfection. It is then mellowed by our signature filtration.

Production: Small batch, limited quantities
Bottling Strength: 91.4 Proof (45.7% Alcohol by Volume)
Cooperage: Fire-charred, new American white oak barrels.

Michter's 10 Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon....$69.99
"The "Best American Whiskey" in one of the year-end ratings by Food & Wine magazine, this rare single-barrel bourbon is distilled according to the Michter's traditionand quality standards dating back to the year 1753, over a decade before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Production: Single Barrel. Limited quantities.
Bottling Strength: 94.4 Proof (47.2% Alcohol by Volume)
Cooperage: Fire-charred, new American white oak barrels.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Twisted Pine Brewing

New to St. Louis - from Boulder Colorado
"Established in 1995, Twisted Pine Brewing Company produces only 100% natural, unpasteurized pure malt ales, batch brewed and hand-crafted. We maintain a strong local presence and feel proud that our beers capture the full flavor and variety of style found at our brewery. It is our intention to bring to you a select family of individually distinctive ales that we as brewers would enjoy drinking ourselves. That is our final measure. We ignore costs, fads, and difficulty in creating our ales. And, while we are very serious about the art and business of beer making, we try to avoid taking ourselves too seriously. After all, we realize brewing a fine beer isn't exactly nuclear physics. It's something far more important." -- Brewery

Pearl Street Porter...$9.59 /6pk
A Baltic Porter made to celebrate Boulder's 150th anniversary. Light on the palate yet full of flavor. Roasty, Chocolaty and delicious

Big Shot Espresso....$5.69 / 22oz
A favorite of many coffee-loving beer drinkers, Big Shot Espresso Stout boasts about a shot of espresso in every pint. Twisted Pine teamed up with popular Amante Coffee in Boulder to produce what Amante co-owner and founder Greg Buchheister calls "the most perfectly balanced buzz." The earthy, dark chocolate flavors of the Amante Espresso blend to the flawless balance of the beer

Billy's Chilies Beer....$9.99 / 4pk
The wildly acclaimed new Billy's Chilies beer is made with fresh anaheim, fresno, serrano, jalapeno and habanero peppers. It has an aroma that jumps out of the bottle, followed by a mild yet insanely satisfying flavor and a pleasant finish.


Hoppy Boy IPA....$9.59 / 6pk
This India Pale Ale is loaded with hops yet balanced with a malty sweetness. It has a rocky white head, hazy pale orange color, and hoppy citrus aroma. A fine beer from the first aroma sense to the finish!

Hoppy Man Imperial IPA.....$8.99 / 22oz
Twisted Pine releases Hoppy Man - a 10.5% Imperial India Pale Ale. The culmination of Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe hops give this IPA an unbelievably manly hop strength! There’s a good chance one sip of this well-balanced IPA will leave you craving more, so grab it while you can, this seasonal ale won’t be around forever!

Twisted Pine Crate of Ales....$18.99 / 12pk
2 btls Amber Ale
2 btls Hoppy Boy
2 btls Honey Brown
2 btls Blonde Ale
2 btls Raspberry Wheat
2 btls Cream Stout


John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey

Small batch: aged in "single use" American Bourbon Barrels

John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey...$19.99

"... is a special, small batch blend, aged 4 to 10 years in Single Use Bourbon Barrels. It consists of only the finest, individually selected barrels, pulled for their unique character detected during the aging process. John L. Sullivan is smooth, yet at the same time rich, complex & balanced. It is layered with hints of oak, vanilla, spice, citrus, malt, and honey. The finish is long and has a silky bourbon character from the barrels. This special bottling by the Cooley Distillery pays tribute to an Irish American legend & to all the descendents of the hard working Irish immigrants who came to America and helped to build it into the great nation it is today. Aging the whiskey in Single Use American Oak Bourbon Barrels, honors John L. Sullivan & the Irish immigrants, as they too were the ‘Product of Ireland’, but ‘Aged in America’."

John L. Sullivan was the last "Bare Knuckle" Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World (1889) - read more about the fight

Big Chimay Beer!

Chimay Trappist

They have recipes for both the beer and the cheese!
check out these great sounding recipes

"Covered with forests and pastures and crossed by numerous rivers, the countryside of Chimay has always been a livestock-rearing area. And dairy herds mean cheese! Since 1876, the Trappist monks of Scourmont have known the secrets of making this semi-hard cheese made from good milk from their farm and matured in the vaulted cellars of the abbey. Today, Chimay cheese is made exclusively with regional milk and the Trappist monks have modernised their production equipment. Technology has combined with tradition for the greater happiness of the connoisseur and Chimay cheese has adapted itself to high consumption whilst retaining its authenticity." -- Chimay

Chimay Cheese bathed in Trappist Ale
"The very personal preparation and maturing of this cheese make it an exclusive product. Its natural rind is bathed in Chimay Trappist beer so that its incomparable flavour flatters the palate and the nose." -- Chimay

The Beer
Chimay "Blue"
"Named Grande Réserve, it is principally distinguished by its character of a strong beer. This is a beer whose fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch is especially pleasant. Its flavour, noticed when tasting it, only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma , while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised." -- Chimay

Chimay Blue 2007 Magnum
"If you think that Magnum is just a Chimay Blue in a 150 cl (51 fl.oz.) bottle, you are forgetting one essential fact, for it is important to appreciate that a large volume of beer affects the development of taste in the second fermentation of the beer in the bottle and gives it a fuller and smoother character. A vintage like its little sisters of 33 (11.2 fl.oz.) and 75 cl (25.4 fl.oz.), Magnum Grande Réserve may be conserved in dark conditions for several years. This is how the beer acquires a light and pleasant taste of port. Convivial and festive, the Magnum is a must for the connoisseur." -- Chimay

The big boy --

Chimay Blue 2009 --- 3 liter

3 liter (101.5 oz = about 9 bottles of Chimay 11oz)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dan Aykroyd's vodka...

Dan Aykroyd sells wine and now vodka...

Crystal Head Vodka....750ml
Now in 1.75ltr!!
Crystal Head Vodka 1.75 ltr
Same skull bottle, just a lot bigger. It looks awesome!!

"Thousands of years ago, thirteen crystal heads were scattered across the earth – and they are greater and more powerful than anything we have the ability to manufacture today. Their workmanship is perfect: they contain no tool marks and have been cut against the natural axis of the crystal, defying the laws of physics. Some say they are artifacts from the lost civilization of Atlantis, some say they date back to the Mayans, still others say they were created by a higher intelligence.
Brought together, the Crystal Heads are said to contain vast knowledge and enlightenment capable of unlocking our most enigmatic ancient mysteries. Alone, each is believed to house radiant psychic energy, which has magical powers and healing properties." -- distillery

Listen to Dan Aykroyd talk about the vodka

Eggs are here!

Fresh Eggs have arrived at Forsyth.

Layed June 2

Bacon #10 arrives...

The Wine and Cheese Place year of the bacon continues....

2010 TWCP Year of the Bacon
Bacon #1 - Iowa -- Valde Rose - Sold out
Bacon #2 - Kentucky -- Scott's Jowl Bacon - sold out
Bacon #3 - New Hampshire - N.Country Cob Smoked Bacon - sold out
Bacon #4 - Kentucky -- Meacham Hams Country Maple Bacon - sold out
Bacon #5 - Oregon -- Carlton Farms Pepper Bacon -- sold out
Bacon #6 - California -- Black Pig Meat Company -- sold out
Bacon #7 - Wisconsin -- Nueske's Wild Cherrywood Bacon -- in stock
Bacon #8 - California -- Hobbs Applewood Smoked Bacon -- sold out
Bacon #9 -Tennessee -- Bentons Smoky Mountain Bacon - in stock
Bacon #10- New Jersey -- Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon - just arrived

In stock at Forsyth now!
Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon....$8.99 / 8oz
Declared by The New York Times to be, “…superb, filled with the flavor and aroma that makes everyone gravitate towards the kitchen,” our Sunday Bacon possesses all the flavor of old fashioned country bacon without added nitrites or chemical preservatives. At Applegate, we take our bacon seriously. We use select cuts of antibiotic-free pork, and season it with natural ingredients like sea salt and brown sugar. Then we smoke it for hours over applewood. Whether you’re preparing an old-fashioned country breakfast or an elegant dinner salad, Sunday Bacon is a perfect choice for people as serious about taste as they are about health.

And with that support, you’ve had a hand in preserving the nearly 300 family farms that supply us with humanely raised meat, without antibiotics or hormones.

Casein Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keep refrigerated below 40˚F at all times., Lean, Low Carbohydrate, Low Cholesterol, No Antibiotics Used, No MSG, No nitrites or nitrates added except for the naturally occurring nitrites in celery juice., No Preservatives, Og Trans Fat, Sugar Free, Uncured

Info from their website


Laughing Dog Rocket Dog

Order all Laughing Dog Beers online

Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA.....$5.99 / 22oz
A new one in bottles for Laughing Dog, it does not even appear on their website. I found on their facebook page that the first bottling took place on April 26 (no dates on the bottles or box).
"Out of frustration that there weren't enough hoppy beers in stores or pubs, Laughing Dog Brewing was born in 2005 in Ponderay, Idaho." -- Laughing Dog
"No wonder there's a hop shortage. Brewed special for the OBF, Rocket Dog launches four types of hops at five different intervals into this brew. Roasted barley and rye, pale and Munich malts give this beer a red tint. Fermented a little on the dry side, this thirst-quencher is a hop lover's dream. IBU's: 67" -- commercial description from RateBeer

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bacon and eggs.

Bacon #10 should arrive in the next few days!! Stay tuned!

Check out this article in the NY Times about our Bacon #2 Scotts and Bacon #9 Bentons Smoky Mountain!

Fresh Eggs should also arrive Thursday afternoon.