Saturday, September 27, 2014

Scavino great Barolo

2008 Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva...$149.99
The 2008 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziata possesses striking inner perfume, beautifully detailed fruit and gorgeous textural elegance. Sweet red berries, flowers and mint are some of the nuances that emerge from this finely sculpted Barolo. Once again, the Rocche is all class and elegance. Rose petals and freshly cut flowers of all sorts reappear on the finish, adding lift and brightness. This is a dazzling showing. Scavino’s Barolo from Rocche dell’Annunziata is one of Piemonte’s reference point wines. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033. 

Rated 97+/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 95/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2010 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric...$66.99
Scavino's 2010 Barolo Carobric stands out for its focus and clarity. Sweet red berries, mint, crushed rocks and rose petals are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The 2010 Carobric is bright, aromatically lifted and gorgeous in its precision. Today the 2010 is an infant, but it has gorgeous intensity and length. All the elements are in the right place. This is one of the best vintages of Carobric I can recall tasting. As a reminder, Carobric is a blend of fruit from Cannubi, Rocche di Castiglione and Bric del Fiasc. 

Rated 96/100 Antonio Galloni Vinous Media

2010 Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero...$59.99
Intense scents of rose, wisteria, red berry, herbs and baking spices take center stage. The vibrant palate seamlessly weaves together red cherry, black raspberry, cinnamon, clove and mint, with a blast of orange peel on the finish. Velvety tannins make this tempting now but it also shows aging potential. 

Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Rated 95+/100 Antonio Galloni Vinous Media
Rated 94+/100 StepenTanzer

2010 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio ...SOLD OUT
The 2010 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio bursts open with an immediate whiff of fresh flowers and crushed roses. Paolo Scavino bought the four-hectare, south-facing vineyard in 2001 the same moment he saw the listing. Crushed mineral tones appear at the back but those delicate fruit and floral tones take center stage. The wine is smooth and silky, although the tannic presence and acidity are very much in play. 

Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Paolo Scavino Barolo DOCG....$39.99
The 2010 Barolo is sourced from five or six vineyards in Castiglione Falletto and Barolo. This is a gorgeous wine with a silky entry and loads of elegant fruit, cassis, licorice, tar and cola. There’s a real sense of energy and zest in the mouth that is not just due to the freshness of the acidity. It comes from the pristine quality of fruit in 2010. 

Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Bedrock Wines

2012 Bedrock Syrah Hudson Vineyard...$49.99
From a well-known Carneros vineyard, the 2012 Syrah Hudson used 60% stems and was aged in 40% new French oak. The blocks of vines used for this cuvee were planted by John Kongsgaard, who also fashions sensational wines from this source. I liked the fact that Morgan Peterson did not have a clue as to what the total alcohol was. This floral, meaty Syrah is reminiscent of a French Cote Rotie. Full-bodied and ripe with plenty of juicy blackberry fruit, this winner should drink nicely for a decade.
Rated 91-93/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Bedrock Evangelho Vineyard Heritage...$34.99
Zinfandel, Carignane and Mourvedre
Bedrock Wine Co. was founded in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson in a 550 square-foot, former chicken coop with 8 foot ceilings and no fermentation space. After six years of Bedrock being a one-man-show, Morgan was able to talk his best friend, Chris Cottrell, into moving to California from New York to join him. They now happily have a little more space to move around in but share the same objectives that guided the winery at the start.

Damia Cava Brut

New and exciting is not very often you find a new sparking wine of this quality under $20

Made from Old Vines

Damia Seleccion Brut Cava....$16.99 / 750ml
Blend of 60% Xarel.lo, 20% Macabeo, and 20% Parellada.
   A selection of the estate’s best grapes are used for this bottling. Grapes are delicately pressed and the free run musts undergo primary fermentation prior to blending.   Produced in the traditional method, with secondary fermentation in the same bottle. Matured 18 to 24 months  on the lees. Bottles are still riddled by hand as the wine  ages on the yeast!  Loaded with ripe apple, pear and apricot aromas, with light biscuit and yeast notes. The palate is richly textured from the extended lees aging, with fine bubbles and a creamy mousse.

2012 Drouhin - the amazing vintage is here!


2012 Drouhin:
It's been a long time coming but the 2012's are here. The good news is that quality is amazing, the bad news is the production was tiny and prices have gone up a bit. That being said with very small crops and uneven quality on the horizon for 2013 and 2014, the 2012 is a vintage to buy while you can. While we have all of these wines in stock quantities are quite small.

2012 Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune...$26.99
Drouhin's Chorey-Les-Beaune is really very ripe with notes of black raspberry and plenty of earth nuances that give way to a supple and round palate. An attractive, energetic, wine for early drinking.

2012 Drouhin Cotes de Nuits Villages...$28.99A delicious red Burgundy, with harmonious flavours. Bright ruby color. On the nose, intense aromas of wild cherry, liquorice and mild spices, evolving towards notes of undergrowth and mushroom

2012 Drouhin Cotes de Beaune Villages...$26.99
This wine is both simple and elegant. A nice purple color. Delicate red fruit aromas on the nose. This is a great example of what the Pinot Noir grape can produce on the Burgundian terroir.

2012 Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin AC...$57.99

Tasting note: A ripe and beautifully layered nose speaks of black cherry, humus, underbrush and plenty of Gevrey-style earth. There is good precision and fine volume to the mineral-inflected, suave and punchy medium weight flavors that exhibit fine balance on the impressively long finish. There is a sense of harmony here and overall this is a relatively refined Gevrey villages.
Rated 89-91/100 Burghound
2012 Drouhin Pommard AC...$57.99
An intense, bright, red color; a powerful nose, with notes of black cherry and spice, evolving towards aromas of young leather. On the palate, the tannins give a certain impression of firmness, somewhat softened by a nice, harmonious texture. Persistent flavors in the aftertaste."

2012 Drouhin Beaune Greves 1er Cru...$89.99
One of the more distinctive wines in the range, the 2012 Beaune Grèves is showing beautifully. Dark red berries, graphite and smoke are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. This is an especially dark, brooding Grèves. The focus and delineation here are compelling. 
Rated 89-92/100 Burghound

2012 Drouhin Vosne Romanee AC...$89.99
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"Supreme elegance! Beautiful colour, with intense and bright reflections. The diversity of the aromas is striking: wild cherry, nutmeg, camphor wood, fine leather...Later on, the wine takes on a subtle aroma of truffle, producing the most varied palette. With its perfect balance between tannin and acidity, the wine has a fleshy, sturdy body. Powerful and long aftertaste. A wealth of harmonious sensations characterizes this great Burgundy".

2012 Drouhin Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru...$89.99
Bright red cherries, rose petals and sweet spices flow across the palate in the 2012 Chambolle-Musigny. Bright, layered and succulent to the core, the 2012 is full of Chambolle raciness. Insistent veins of underlying salinity give the wine much of its energy and potential for the future. What a beautiful wine this is. Drouhin's Chambolle 1er Cru is a blend of fruit from six sites; Hautes Doits, Sentiers, Combottes, Groseilles, Borniques and Plantes. 
Rated 90-93/100 Burghound
Rated 92/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinious Media

2012 Drouhin Beaune Clos de Mouche Rouge 1er Cru...$119.99
The 2012 Beaune Clos des Mouches is rich, deep and explosive in the glass. Smoke, dark cherries, incense, tobacco and licorice are some of the many notes that resonate off the palate in the 2012. I wouldn't dream of touching a bottle before its tenth birthday, and that may ultimately prove to be optimistic. In 2012, yields were a minuscule 6-8 hectoliters per hectare. 
Rated 93-95/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Very rare wine from Drouhin

2012 Drouhin Clos de La Roche Grand Cru...$269.99
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"A sumptuous wine ! The colour is a beautiful deep ruby. The nose is complex and brings to mind black cherries, with subtle notes of musk and cigar. The tannins seem coated by the velvety texture of the wine. The length of the aftertaste is exceptional: note of spices and candied fruit linger forever in the mouth. This wine gives a marvelous sensation of harmony and plenitude".

2012 Drouhin Echezeaux Grand Cru...$324.99
The 2012 Echézeaux is flat-out stunning. A deep, resonant wine, the Echézeaux covers every inch of the palate with striking depth and nuance. Cinnamon, cloves, menthol, smoke and plums all flesh out on the rich, voluptuous finish. Everything about the 2012 is huge; the fruit, tannin and structure, yet the wine's balance is absolutely impeccable. What a pleasure it is to taste this magnificent Burgundy from the Drouhin family. 
Rated 93-95/100 Antonio Galloni,  Vinous Media

2012 Drouhin Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru...$589.99
The 2012 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru was picked on September 24 and includes 15% whole cluster fruit. Bright in color, it has a lively bouquet, laden with bright red cherries, blueberry and wild strawberry, plus a hint of sea spray emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, offering a smooth silky texture that is deceptive, since the finish suggests much better backbone and density than the Clos-de-Beze. Excellent.
Rated 92-95/100 Burghound
Rated 92-94/100The Wine Advocate

2012 Drouhin Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru...$629.99
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"In its youth, the wine displays aromas of great finesse, reminiscent of cherry and dark chocolate or cocoa bean, which is a delicate and sought after characteristic of this wine. As the wine matures, these aromas evolve towards other refined nuances evoking undergrowth, truffle, fine leather and sometimes light notes of cigar or cedar wood. The result is of great elegance and breed. The tannins are refined and the silk and velvet of the body are a perfect match. Very long aftertaste in which some of the aromas previously encountered are again in evidence and create the most elegant sensation".

2012 Drouhin Bonnes Mares Grand Cru...$759.99
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"A wine with great breed. Bright, intense ruby-red colour. Complex aromas of Morello cherry ("griotte"), cherrywood, raspberry, and, in some years, a discreet touch of tobacco. As the wine ages, there are notes of truffle and musk. On the palate, a good balance between structure and texture. A remarkably long aftertaste".

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale - Single Hop : Equinox

Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hops IPA - Equinox Hops...$5.69 / 24oz
A complex and versatile new hop.
Our history with Equinox hops stretches back well before this newly developed varietal ever had a name. We were the first brewery in the world to get our hands on the intense and nuanced hop. We fell in love with the complex aromas ranging from bright and citrusy to herbal and woody, with a top note of fruity, garden-fresh bell pepper. Equinox is part of our five-bottle Harvest series, which features single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop beers.

Hell on High Quad Bock

Hell on High Quad Bock...$3.29 / pint
14% ABV
Euro Super High Alcohol Lager.
Orange-gold. Smell is of rich full caramel malt and well straw. Smooth and well ballanced, with just enough malt and hops to add a fruity taste. Alcohol flavor is not prevalent despite 12% ABV, almost is not noticable until you're through. Really good with BQ pork or pulled pork. Naturally fermented. - See more at:

Dragon Lady Doppelbock

Dragon Lady Doppelbock...$2.79 / pint
9.7% ABV
Euro High Alcohol Lager
Pours with a tall lingering froth. Beautiful caramel, copper color. Wispy beige head. Complex smell. Aromas of sweet malts, spicy hops, wet hay, plum, brown sugar. Taste is complex too. Flavor of rich sweet malts, caramel. Lots of toffee. Full nectar with good carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well. A mild malty sweetness ensues as the werewolf attacks with its high abv. Nice chewy texture. Overall it has an earthy presence and finishes dry bittered nicely.

Naturally fermented.

Limited - Guigal 2010 Ch d'Ampuis Cote Rotie

The score just went up on this one!!!
2010 Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis Cote Rotie...$184.99
The 2010 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is an off-the-hook effort that easily competes with the more expensive single-vineyard releases. Seamless, gorgeously pure and seriously concentrated and full-bodied, it’s an insanely gorgeous Syrah offers layers of creme de cassis, vanilla bean, creamy licorice and smoked meat aromas and flavors. Still a baby, it needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years, at which point it should offer another two decades or more of longevity. Don’t miss this beauty!
Rated 99/100 The Wine Advocate

Rock-solid, offering dark currant and blackberry paste flavors that race along, thanks to well-embedded graphite and charcoal notes. The finish lets warm fruitcake, plum skin and singed juniper details fill in, with plenty of grip. Mouthwatering acidity and a long echo of sweet tapenade keep this racy and defined. Best from 2015 through 2035. 2,200 cases made. –JM
Rated 97/100 The Wine Spectator

Founders Centennial IPA in CANS

Fresh, back in stock!

Founders Centennial IPA ....$8.49 / 6pk bottles 
Bottled Sept 1

Founders Centennial IPA...$16.99 / 12 pack CANS

Big Sky Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout

Big Sky Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout...$8.99 / 6pk
Happens every year; people shootin' cows. That's how the slow elk got it's name. Enjoy the creamy texture, great malt complexity and the unequaled smoothness of this northern rockies oatmeal stout. Stock your fridge the easy way and keep an ear open for the unmistakable bugle of the slow elk.... Moooo!

Canton Ginger Liqueur is back!

Canton Ginger Liqueur...$33.99 / 750ml
Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur was inspired by the French tradition in which sweet and fresh elixirs were fortified by fine eaux de vie and cognac. Spicy and aromatic elixirs became popular with the French during the time of colonial Indochine. Domaine de Canton is inspired by the subtle spiciness of the baby ginger grown locally in modern day Indochine. The result is a recipe which evokes an era of tropical romance and continental sophistication that is both elegant and timeless.

Breckenridge Distillery

Back in stock!

The rolling waters of the Blue River carve a jagged fissure through the heart of Breckenridge Colorado. These river banks were once rich in alluvial gold deposits, washed down by glacial ice from the mother lode high in the surrounding mountain range. Such easy pickings were an irresistible lure for the prospectors and gold miners of the late 1800′s. Now mining gold is thirsty work, and a might bit profitable we’ve been told, so naturally the saloon and draft house became a fairly common sight along main street. It’s a common fact that wherever you find men with a loose grip on their money there inevitably arrives an entourage of loafers, gamblers and fancy men looking to fleece the spoils of their labors. If all this conjures an image of the iconic wild west mining town well your not wrong, it was exactly that. Fortunes were found and lost.

Breckenridge Vodka...$23.99
"We start with some of the finest tasting water nature has to offer. Natural snow-melt, drained through acres of mineral rich soil and stone from 14,000 ft elevation. We then marry it with grain spirits that have been carefully distilled to achieve the highest level of purity without reaching absolute neutrality of character. Slow filtration through a bed of natural coconut shell charcoal strips away traces of sulphur and chlorine to unveil the clean, lightly floral aromatic qualities. This careful process yields a premium Vodka with an imitable body and character.Simply put, we couldn’t make it this good anywhere else in the world."

Breckenridge Bourbon...$37.99
"It’s good to have friends in the whiskey business, and we’ve been lucky enough to meet and share times with some of the industries’ most talented distillers and their most beloved barrels. These generous souls have opened their rick houses to share with us some of their finest products while we’ve patiently WAITED for the maturation of our own. We’re excited to offer special releases of Bourbon Whiskey from an exquisite blend of hand-picked barrels and rare finds from some of the most renowned producers around the country. We’ve carefully blended lots on a barrel-by-barrel basis with fine Breckenridge snow-melt water. This mingling of excellence gives our special release Bourbons a character all their own. Enjoy in good company!"

Breckenridge Bourbon takes Gold Medal in the International Wine and Spirits Competition!!!!!
Held in the UK, only three gold medals were awarded this year. Here’s what the judges had to say…
“Gorgeous youthful swipe of fresh flavours of corn, spice and oak. Baked apple and ginger meld with sweet corn and clean oak. Surprisingly complex for its age with all the nose had coming out in full flavours and the fruit and vanilla really taking control. Lively, spicy, fruit filled finish.”

Breckenridge Bitters...$31.99
Hand-harvested alpine herbs mingle with ancient bitter roots and spicy dried fruits in a symphony of aromas and flavors that recall the mystery of old world alchemy. This exquisite aperitif bitters strikes a remarkable balance of alluring aromatics and bittersweet flavors that will inspire the adventurous imbiber to the last sip.
ABV: 36%
Carefully-selected spices, herbs, and roots are steeped by hand in small batches.
Wanna know a secret?
Our bitter was created for more than cocktails or as an apertif. Add a few ounces to your next pint of IPA and prepare to need an underwear change!

Czechvar is back and fresh!!

The original Budvar is back!

Czechvar is back in stock -
We know it is fresh - new package!

Reserve aged in Whiskey Barrels

Gulden Draak Brewmasters Reserve Aged in Whiskey Barrels...$13.99 / 750ml
ABV: 10.50%
Rated 96/100 RateBeer
This Exclusive Gulden Draak combines the technology and the craftsmanship of the traditional brewing process. By letting the beer mature on Whiskey Barrels it gives it a distinguish and gentle finish that you have never tasted before.

Our brewmaster Jef Versele crafted this exclusive‘Gulden Draak Brewmasters Edition’ as a tribute to his grandfather ‘Jozef Van Steenberge’ and the 230th birthday of the brewery. His inspiration came from his numerous trips to the united states and his deepest respect for the Crafted Beer Culture.

Ska Decadent is back!!

Fresh, new release...

Have not seen this in awhile...

Ska Decadent Imperial IPA...$5.99 / 22oz

Lacking nothing, at ten percent alcohol by volume and 95 International Bitterness Units, the Decadent truly represents all that is self indulgent when it comes to drinking beer.

Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel

Insiders know that Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel is one of the best values in Zinfandel you can find.  We just let you in on the inside, your welcome!
2013 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel....$26.99

From Morgan Twain-Peterson, owner and winemaker
"For me, Zinfandel needs to straddle a spot between opulence and brightness, spice, and perfume. It should be powerful but have a certain elegance. The greatest examples I have had have weight but dance. And this is what I am looking for my Zinfandel’s to do: they need to do an Aztec two-step (to riff-off Ferlinghetti), they should jitterbug with perfume (to jig a bit of Tom Robbins); they should be more Brigitte Bardot than Catherine Deneuve (to steal from any number of people that slept with Bardot when she was underage by current American standards); they should be sultry, sprightly, and sexy. And most importantly, they should ooze soul-satisfying deliciousness.

To achieve this I focus almost exclusively on ancient vines grown in great sites. I am a proponent of dry-farming, organic viticulture when possible—sustainable at the very least, picking at reasonable ripeness, the use of native yeasts, fermentation to dryness, manual punchdowns, limited racking, and a moderate dose of really good, tight-grained, French oak. With all my wines, I value perfume and dexterity over excessive ripeness, I believe deeply in that much bandied about term “balance.” With Diane Kenworthy, from Sunbreak Vineyard Services, and one of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to old Zinfandel, I try to farm as many vineyards as I can to ensure that I am fully to blame for the results :-)

As of harvest 2010, I am incredibly pleased to receive fruit from the following vineyards for Zinfandel (some go into the Sonoma Valley Old-Vine, a few will be vineyard-designated when he combination of year and quality coincide).

Stellwagen Vineyard, Sonoma Valley (planted 1890’s, and includes many mixed blacks and some Semillon)
Von Weidlich Vineyard, Russian River Valley (planted 1930’s)
Monte Rosso Vineyard, Sonoma Valley (1880’s)
Puccini Vineyard, Sonoma Valley (1906)
Lasseter Vineyard, Sonoma Valley (1919)
Scatena Vineyard, Sonoma Valley (1930’s)
Bedrock Vineyard, Sonoma Valley (1880’s)
Lorenzo’s Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (1900’s)"

Bedrock Heritage Red - limited

2013 Bedrock The Bedrock Heritage Red $46.99 
limit 6 bottles per person
2013 Bedrock Heritage Red...$46.99 
Over the past 3 years few wineries have consistently impressed me the way Bedrock has. You can pick any wine out of their lineup and it will way over deliver at the price point. Right now if I were forced to pick one California winery to drink for the rest of the year hands down it would be Bedrock. We are very excited to bring you the release of the 2013 Bedrock The Bedrock Heritage Red (this is a wine that did not make it to Missouri at all last year). Don't wait for the ratings, they are coming and will be huge but we only have 3 cases of what I'm sure will be the best and most highly rated under $50 bottle of red wine from California's North Coast. 
Talk about consistent, this wine has been rated 4 times by the Wine Spectator 
  • 2012 : 95/100
  • 2011 : 95/100
  • 2010 : 90/100
  • 2008 : 95/100 
We have the 2013 which is by all accounts the best vintage Bedrock has ever produced. 2013 Bedrock The Bedrock Heritage Red $46.99 limit 6 bottles per person

90 Point Chardonnay and $9.99

As usual Columbia Crest comes through with a great value and a great wine, this Chardonnay is always a favorite at The Wine and Cheese Place
2012 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay...$9.99
"Silky and seductive, with pear and spicy grapefruit flavors on a taut, polished frame, lingering with intensity and brightness on the glowing finish. Impressive for the price. Drink now. 160,000 cases made."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Cabirau Serge and Nicolas

2012 Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec...$24.99
2012 has not been rated yet, but it is a spectacular vintage.  This one is a blend of 40% Grenache, 28% Syrah, and 12% Carignan.   

PREVIOUS Vintage review - 95 points
The 2011 scored 95 points from Robert Parker - here is what he had to say.
The star at Domaine Cabirau is the 2011 Maury Sec. There are 500 cases of this blend of equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. I had it in a blind tasting with other Roussillon, Southern Rhone and Catalan wines selling for as much as ten times the price of this wine. This Maury Sec, which came in third out of eleven of these highly rated wines, blew me away. An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a stunning nose of camphor, acacia flowers, blueberries and blackberries, full-bodied richness, stunning purity, and a long, heady finish. This great value is capable of lasting for another 5-10 years, possibly longer. I have no experience with this estate’s potential longevity, but this is a big time winner." 
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

One of the best Albarinos from Spain!

This is constantly ranked as one of the top Albarinos in Spain.   This is the first time available in the U.S. and we are proud to introduce it to St. Louis!

2013 Bouza de Carril Albariño Rias Baixas...$17.99
Albariño has gone from obscurity to stardom. Although now planted in many countries, no place has matched the quality of wines from its home in this cool, lush Atlantic corner of Spain. Dense yet lacy, boldly flowery but not perfumy, it is acknowledged everywhere to make one of the world’s most beautiful white wines.
There are over 160 growers in Rias Baixas. Each year they hold a blind tasting. For the past decade, Bouza de Carril has always finished in the top 10. We are lucky to have this. Rarely has the word ‘gem’ been more appropriate for a wine.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mortlach Limited Rare Release

Limited and back in stock!

Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Rare Old...$124.99

Very limited

Press release:


Diageo has announced the rebirth of Mortlach™, one of the most formidable and revered Single Malt Scotch Whiskies to have been created on Speyside.

For decades, Mortlach’s output has been largely captured by Diageo’s blenders to add its unique notes to complex world-class Blended Scotch whiskies – though in recent times, a very limited number of bottles of Mortlach Single Malt Whisky have been available, and sold rapidly to connoisseurs in the know.

But now for the first time, and in response to suggestions over the years that such a rewarding Single Malt Whisky deserved a wider market, it will be available in global markets in four expressions aimed at global travel and the luxury and connoisseur segment: Rare Old, Special Strength, 18-year-old and 25-year-old.

Mortlach has been described by whisky connoisseurs as “The Beast of Dufftown”, for its rich and powerful flavours, produced in an astonishingly complicated and unique distillation process which commentators have attempted to explain as ‘2.81 Distilled’.

A famous family had a hand in that.
In 1823 Mortlach was the first distillery to be built at Dufftown, now one of the epicentres of Speyside whisky distilling. Its most eminent owners were the entrepreneurial Scottish civil engineer George Cowie, and his gifted and equally ambitious son Dr Alexander Cowie.

After playing a role in the shaping of the railway industry in the 19th century, George Cowie applied his pioneering and precise approach to engineering another great challenge, the production of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. He accepted a partnership at the Mortlach distillery in 1852, before becoming sole owner in 1867.

He clearly made an impact as shortly afterwards a local newspaper wrote: “There is not perhaps a distillery in Scotland that has so many private customers as Mortlach from which spirits are sent not only over the three kingdoms to families, but to America, India, China and Australia, in all of which Mr Cowie has customers who prefer his distillation to all others …” (The Elgin Courant, 1869).

In 1896, George died and his son Alexander, who through his own pioneering work had become an enlightened traveller, returned to Dufftown from Hong Kong and assumed full control of the distillery. Harnessing his entrepreneurial energies and scientific background to oversee the development of Mortlach, Alexander paved the way for the creation of a unique distillation system precisely calculated to create the highly complex and richly flavoured whisky that we know today. Alexander developed a profound knowledge and mastery of whisky making. Indeed, his pioneering work on whisky creation and production was soon recognised in the leading role he played in Scotland’s expanding malt whisky world.

As Chairman of the North of Scotland Malt Distillers’ Association, Alexander represented the interests of over 40 distillers in the North of Scotland and spoke on their behalf at the 1908/09 Royal Commission on Whiskey, where he proudly claimed “I am a malt distiller of high flavoured whisky, a thick type of whisky”.

In a golden age of Victorian expansion and improvement, George and Alexander Cowie were typical of those generations of Scottish engineers, scientists, surveyors and entrepreneurs who, with a energetic sense of purpose, made a confident and lasting mark not just in Scotland and Britain but around the world.

At the helm of the Mortlach distillery for over half a century, the Cowies’ innovative spirit shaped the brand and liquid for centuries to come. In the spirit of these pioneers, the reborn Mortlach whiskies are a celebration of those audacious thinkers who shaped today’s world, just as their forefathers did in the era in which Mortlach was born.

Just as both generations of Cowies made major investments to expand and improve their distillery, so they would undoubtedly be proud to note that its present owners (as announced in April 2013) are investing to double the distillery’s capacity and promote its whiskies widely – a statement of intent and ambition that George and Alexander would surely endorse. The expansion will include the building of a new stillhouse, which will replicate the bewilderingly complex distillation process which makes Mortlach™ unique.

The new Mortlach expressions will be available in selected markets in mid-2014. Further details of pricing, distribution and packaging will be released in early 2014.

Please drink your Mortlach responsibly.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Burrow Hill Hard Cider

Burrow Hill

Cider has been sold at Burrow Hill for at least the last 150 years. All the ciders we produce are made from pure juice pressed from fresh Somerset grown apples in the autumn (no Chinese concentrate here). We still sell cider straight from the barrel at the farm as well as in bottles. We also produce a slightly sparkling litre flagon in dry, medium or sweet as well as a half litre sparkling bottle of cider as well as a fine Perry. They are a blend of at least 11 varieties of vintage cider apple.
Recently we won the Championship for our medium farmhouse cider at the biggest cider competition in the world, The Royal Bath and West Show.
At the farm we also make cider we call “bottle fermented” which is made in a similar way to Champagne. In fact, some claim the method predates Champagne. This cider is fermented in bottles and matured for up to two years. The tops of the bottles are then frozen and the yeast disgorged. The result is a very fine sparkling cider .

Burrow Hill Stoke Red Sparkling Cider....$19.99 / 750ml
8% ABV
Bone dry. Full bodied with lots of tannin.   For the cider connoisseur. Excellent with all food or even as an aperitif.
Supreme Champion 2011.
Our Bottle Fermented Kingston Black was voted Supreme Champion at the 2011 Royal Bath and West Cider Show.

Burrow Hill Black Bottle Sparkling Cider....$19.99 /750ml
8% ABV
A dry, complex cider with a sharp fruit finish. Good enough to grace any dinner table.   This cider is very dry. Jilly Goolden on BBC Food & Drink described the Kingston Black as one of the best, if not the best, English Ciders. "This has got muscles, this has got brawn, this has got a hairy chest. I think it's gorgeous," she said.
Overall Champion at the Hereford International Cider and Perry Show 2014, against 200

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beer Department

We frequently get asked - "how many different beers do you carry?"
I usually just respond about 1,000.  I decided to finally count them tonight at Forsyth -

Turns out we have 1,347 different beers (give or take a little).

Plus we now have over 75 different ciders too!

Barterhouse 20 Year Old Bourbon

Back in stock!

Barterhouse 20 Year Old Bourbon...$72.99
 "The sly whiskey was discovered in the dark shadows of a rickhouse after spending 20 years in charred American White Oak Barrels.  A soft and elegant nose, reminiscent of warm spice, biscuit and buttercream i s cunningly paid off with the mellow taste of roasted grains and charred oak--finishing with pleasing hints of spice and brown sugar."
 "At Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co., we pride ourselves on rescuing lost barrels of rare and delicious whiskey, hidden away and long forgotten in the back of rickhouses.  While we take craft and quality seriously, we had a little fun bringing these extraordinary whiskeys to life with each of our marques.  Every Orphan Barrel bourbon Whiskey is hand bottles in Tullahoma, to ensure that these rare whiskeys are treated with the care they deserve--because once they're gone, they're gone forever."

Against the Grain Brown Note

We did not make the labels - we just ordered it.  
Could be the worst or the best label ever - you decide

Caution: so good it WILL make you shit yourself!!!!
Against the Grain Brown Note...$12.99 / 22oz
The brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there is no longer any reason to drink another. You’ve reached the pinnacle. A healthy blend of traditional British malts give this popular style a semi-sweet, biscuity, slightly roasted flavor. Oats thicken the mouthfeel, and a handful of specialty malts add complex chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. The hops are mostly traditional, earthy British hops, but we cocked it up a bit with some Cascade late in the boil just to show those snooty Brits that we don’t approve of that Constitutional Monarchy crap.

ABV: 5.0% IBU: 

Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

The weather is getting is the time....back for the season's

Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur...$9.99 / 750ml
Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur is the first ever pumpkin pie cream liqueur to hit the market.
Available seasonally during the months of September through November, the brand has an incredibly smooth, creamy taste that is instantly reminiscent of homemade pumpkin pie. Fulton’s Harvest is best served chilled, or on ice. It is also great in coffee and a variety of cream-based cocktails.

1 1/2 oz. Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur
Hot Coffee
Pour Fulton’s Harvest in mug. Fill with Hot Coffee. Stir.