Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

Be safe and drink at home!

Everybody has a little bit of Irish in them at this time of year....

We have over 40 Irish Whiskeys in stock at our Forsyth location

Plus  we have
all the classic Irish beers (and U.S. Irish style)
Santa Fe Irish Red
Boulevard Irish Ale
Schlafly Irish Export
Weston Leapin' Leprechaun

Baileys Irish Cream
Midleton Irish Whiskey
Midelton Barry Crocket Irish Whiskey
Green Spot
Tullamore Dew
plus much more....

Some are available online - but we have much more in stock

New shipment of Samaroli has arrived

SAMAROLI - very rare scotches

"This was the first time independent bottler Samaroli was at WhiskyFest. Indeed, they are only now being imported to the U.S. I tasted a few of their offerings and really enjoyed them. I look forward to tasting more of their whiskies in the future....People will discover Samaroli here in the U.S. And next year, that table will be more crowded for sure." -- What does John Know? The Malt Advocate

Info about Silvano Samaroli

Born in Bologna seventy years ago, Silvano Samaroli, has been selecting and bottling the world’s greatest whiskies since 1968. At that time he was the only non-British or non-Scottish person doing this type of work. His story is based on the gamble he took, a chance taken rather recklessly but with great determination and almost maniacal perfectionism. Selecting great malts means drinking sample after sample, a thing that is anything but easy to do. Many whiskies are cask strength, so can easily exceed 50° abv and, above all, in-depth knowledge of the very complicated world of Scottish malt distilleries is indispensable. Silvano Samaroli is now famous and esteemed and selects samples sent to him from all the most important distilleries; small bottles, each of which comes from a specific cask; Samaroli chooses the cask and has it bottled with his own labels.

We sold through 30 bottles of the 2011, the 2013 just arrived -
Only 610 bottles made of this one!

12 bottles in stock now!
2013 Samaroli Evolution Multi Vintage Pure Malt Top Class...$279.99
90 proof
Notes: A harmonious vatting of whiskies aged from ten to over forty years in special sherry and oak casks, produced exclusively by Scotland’s last artisan distilleries, which still use the same procedure as a hundred years ago. NoAge is the only whisky for which the reduction of original alcohol lasts for no less than twelve months, as was the custom in the 19th century. All the batches are re-blended every two-three months. A small percentage of water is added to it, so that it is gradually absorbed by the whisky’s various organoleptic components. This practice has been abandoned by everyone else, as it was too expensive. NoAge does not undergo artificial colouring, nor is it submitted to chill filtration, which could remove its original components and natural aromas.

Samaroli Bunnahabhain 1990....$189.99
80 poof
Duration And Aging Method: Very penetrating refined bouquet. Impetuous but at the same time clear. Mature but lively. Hard and also smooth, clean and at the same time ample. Has great character.As deep as the oceanPowerful - doesn’t pass unnoticed.

Bunnahabhain stands on the shores of the Sound of Islay, which separates Islay from Jura on the east. The ship that seems to be waiting to unload malt has been there since 1974, when it ran aground on the rocks. Tourists once bought Bunnahabhain (‘Boon-a-havn’) almost by mistake. For a certain period it was the top selling brand at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre in Edinburgh. It is one of the soft Islay malts, founded in 1881 – the same year as Bruichladdich – and for the same reason: to meet the rising demand for whisky for the blending industry. Due to the isolated nature of the zone, the first owners had to build roads, houses and grocery shops for the distillery workers, as well as a school for their children. Bunnahabhain became an example of a self-sufficient community. The malt whiskies produced on the isle of Islay are generally phenolic, pungent and salty; since 1883, Bunnahabhain has contradicted this commonplace, having always produced a smooth almost winey whisky, with an impressive constancy and regularity. A few years after the construction of Bunnahabhain, the owners joined up with two other distilleries, forming Highland Distilleries. Closed for a short period in the early eighties and re-opened almost immediately, since 1963 has two pairs of stills.

Samaroli Linkwood Top Class 1983....$299.99
90 proof
Notes: Elegant but with character. Harmonically complex bouquet with the typical elements of Speyside malts, such as honey, ether, pears and vanilla at the finish. Well balanced. A whisky of days gone by.

Built in 1821 by Peter Brown when whisky was still more or less illegal, began actual production in 1825. The records show that Peter Brown ran the distillery until his death in 1868. The distillery was entirely rebuilt in 1873 and again in 1963, with the refurbishment keeping part of the water-powered machinery. It is now owned by Diageo and runs two distilleries alongside each other. It has always had unusually large stills. Its magnificent spirit stills produce one of the most fragrant Speyside single malts. 

Samaroli Caol Ila Top Class 1980....$319.99
90 proof
Fermentation Method: Caol Ila matured for 31 years in casks: a truly selection. Predominant medicinal and iodine nose, but nevertheless well amalgamated in an overall aromatic structure that supports and accompanies it. Medicinal herbs, vanilla, leather and liquorice in the background complete the expression. Remarkably persistent on the palate, where the typical Islay saltiness predominates.

Caol Ila (Gaelic for “Sound of Islay” and pronounced Cool EELA) was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson. The distillery was not successful and in 1854 changed hands, when it was bought by Norman Buchanan, owner of the Isle of Jura Distillery. In 1863 the company was bought by Bulloch Lade & Co. of Glasgow and since 1880 over 147,000 litres of whisky have been produced every year. After various other changes in ownership, Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. purchased 100% of the company in 1930. Closed during World War II, production continued afterwards until 1972, when the entire distillery was demolished. A larger distillery was built in the original architectural style and production began again in 1974.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rare Grand Cru Burgundy - Chambertin

Very rare and limited - only 3 bottles available
Only 576 BOTTLES made (not cases, bottles!)
2011  Perrot-Minot Chambertin Grand Cru....$429.99
Vinified with 50% whole clusters. Here the nose is quite different from that of the Bèze as this is much more floral with notes of lavender, dried rose petal and cool red currant. There is superb detail to the almost painfully intense and pungently mineraldriven large-scaled flavors that possess a saline character on the refreshing yet quite serious finish that seems to go on and on. This isn’t quite as complex as its stable mate though Chambertin is rarely as showy as a typical Clos de Bèze in its youth. For now I’ll give the nod to the Bèze but that may not be the case when both of these are finally ready to go. 2026+
Rated 93-96/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

(vinified with 50% whole clusters): Deep red with ruby highlights. Very ripe, dark aromas of blueberry, huckleberry and graphite. Dense, sappy and highly concentrated, with black fruit, mint, pepper and mineral flavors displaying terrific definition and energy. In its intense minerality and inner-mouth tension this vibrant wine reminded me of a 2010. Finishes with outstanding length. Should age slowly and gracefully over the next 15 to 20 years.
Rated 94/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Very limited Compass Box The General

Compass Box The General...$299.99 / 750ml
"Old, Eccentric, Powerful"
It’s been a good year for sourcing ridiculously rare parcels of extraordinary whisky. The provenance of these two parcels, blended together at a young age and then put back into cask for many years, was not important. They had matured into something extraordinary in flavour and were beautifully complementary. The result, bottled at cask strength, boasts an ‘antique’ character that lovers of old whiskies seek out. The associations of The General, however, are more akin to that of Buster Keaton’s classic 1926 film of the same name where the General is an old steam locomotive which Keaton takes on a long and wild ride to try to save the love of his life. Only 1,698 bottles of this whisky have been produced.
One parcel was 33 years old
One parcel was 40 years old

Goose Island 312 PALE ALE

New 312 PALE ALE

Goose Island 312 Pale Ale....$8.29 / 6pk
Brewer's Notes:We are from the city that invented the skyscraper. We constructed our Urban Pale Ale on a balanced malt backbone, so the citrus hop aroma and crisp flavor can stand tall.

Recipe Information
Style: Urban Pale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.4%
International Bitterness Units: 30
Hops: Amarillo, Mt. Hood, Nugget
Malts: 2 Row, Crystal 60

KCCO Black Lager

In stock now 

KCCO Keep Calm, Chive On

Redhook KCCO Black Lager...$8.99 / 6pk
KCCO Black Lager is a toasty lager with notes of chocolate and coffee. Unlike a heavy stout or porter, it’s amazingly light, crisp, and sessionable. Debunks the misconception that all dark beers are heavy, filling, and very high in alcohol.

Kobalt from Mark Herold!

Kobalt from winemaking superstar Mark Herold (who originally brought Merus wines to fame)

2012 Kobalt Sauvignon Blanc...$29.99
Bursting with apricot, nectarine and peach flavors and aromatics, this displays wonderful purity to the fruit flavors. There's an elegance here, delivering juicy acidity and fresh herbal shadings on the finish. Drink now. 170 cases made. –MW
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2010 scored 95 from The Wine Advocate - no score yet on the 2011
2011 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon...$97.99
684 cases produced
In the glass, the 2011 Cabernet is intense deep purple & concentrated blue. It has a nose overflowing with ripe raspberry, plum & blueberry – etched with nuances of spicy vanilla oak, the cedar of cigar boxes and creamy currant. The young wine asserts a foundation of crisp tannins and bright fruit promising rewards to those who wait a decade. To drink now, please “splash” decant and check the wine every 30 minutes or so until the youthful tannins soften up. Then enjoy flavors of ripened stone fruits gushing from the glass and pleasing the palate - invigorating with focused bright cherry, raspberry and layers of spicy vanilla framed with ripe plum. The lingering, lively cherry-skin finish satisfies those who drink this wine young while sealing a promise of its ageability.

2011 Kobalt Window Pane...$38.99
The 2011 Window Pane (68% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Petite Sirah & 5% Carignane) oozes with very fragrant ripe black raspberry and blackberry jam aromas. It is juicy, full bodied and loaded with extracted fruit yet balanced and very suave. The aroma and flavor profile consists of: ripe black currant and blackberry with complex hints of dark chocolate, boysenberry, and plum with notes of cinnamon and hints of black cherry. The finish is accentuated by wisps of gentle oak and dry but moderate tannins that integrate with the dark fruit and linger nicely on the palate.

Bell's Mini Keg

New Mini Keg!!!

Bell's Midwester Pale Ale....$21.99 /5 liter Mini Keg
Brewed with barley from our farm in central Michigan, Midwestern Pale Ale stands apart from the model of completely hop-dominated pale ales, offering a noticeable degree of malt body to counter the hop bitterness. A blend of floral & herbal hop notes provide the aromatic & flavor highlights, alongside the distinctive contribution of our house ale yeast. A crisp bitterness finishes the experience without being harsh.

Founders All Day IPA Cans

Fresh Cans are in stock now!
Founders All Day IPA....$16.99 / 12 pack CANS 

Grand Cru and 1er Cru Burgundy Tasting!

Premier Cru and Grand Cru Red Burgundy Tasting
Thursday April 3th -  7pm-8:30pm

$60 per person

With the prices of and demand for Burgundy skyrocketing we thought it would be fun to put on a Premier and Grand Cru Red Burgundy tasting. Some of the bottles we will be tasting are literally the only bottles we were allocated for an entire vintage and we thought sharing them with 10 other Burgundy enthusiast would be more exciting than selling them into someones cellar. We are going to taste 6 wines all Premier and Grand Cru Red Burgundy. The Wines will be served in a single blind format, decanted 4 hours prior to the event.

2011 Regis Forey Nuits St Georges Les Perrieres 1er Cru...$89.99
2010 Lucien Boillot Volnay Caillerets 1er Cru...$88.99
2009 Domaine Gallois Charmes Chambertin...$122.99
2011 Domaine Fourrier Vougeot “Les Petits Vougeot” 1er Cru...$126.99
2009 Domaine J Chezeaux Vosnee Romanee Les Chaumes 1er Cru...$79.99
2011 Domaine Lamarche Vosnee Romanee “Malconsorts”...$139.99

Limited to 10 people only
Reservations are required 
call 314.727.8788 or

SOLD OUT - call to get on waiting list.

Beaujolais Wine Class!

Thursday March 20 
Wine Class 
Wines of Beaujolais 
($15 / person) 

Beaujolais Class - taste the other Burgundy wines!  This is what real Beaujolais tastes like!
  • 2012 La Jacarde Beaujolais Villages Blanc... 
  • 2012 Jean Paul Brun Terre Dorres Beaujolais Blanc...$15.99 
  • 2012 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais... 
  • 2010 Jadot Chateau des Jacques Clos du Grand Carquelin Moulin a Vent...$27.99 
  • 2010 Jadot Chateau des Jacques Cote du Py Morgon...$28.99 
  • 2010 Domaine de La Chapelle des Bois Fleurie VV...$21.99 
  • 2012 Marcel Lapierre Morgon...$21.99 
  • One mystery bottle to be announced at the tasting.

Reservations are required 

Domaine Forey Pere & Fils

Very, very, very, limited - in stock now at our Forsyth location!

If you are interested in rare Burgundy - contact Aaron to get on the list for many limited Burgundy that never make it on the shelf or in emails.

Aaron 314.727.8788

  • 2011 Forey Bourgogne rouge...$26.99
  • 2011 Forey Clos vougeot Grand Cru...$179.99
  • 2011 Forey Echezaux Grand Cru...$159.99
  • 2011 Forey Morey St. Denis...$55.99
  • 2011 Forey Nuits St. Georges AC....$66.99
  • 2011 Forey Nuits St. Georges Les Perrieres...$82.99
  • 2011 Forey Vosne Romanee....$66.99
  • 2011 Forey Vosne Romanee 1er Cru les Gaudichots...$149.99 (SOLD OUT)