Saturday, September 30, 2017

Quince Brandy

Imperian Quince Brandy...$31.99 / 750ml
Made from Quince
Product of Serbia

Our own barrel of Filibuster aged in Ramey Wine Barrels

On sale - not moving as fast as we hoped. 
Save $10 per bottle

Filibuster Straight Bourbon Whiskey TWCP Barrel Select...$59.99
Aged in Ramey Grenache / Ramey Chardonnay Barrels.  Amazing limited release of 270 bottles.  
This Limited Release Small Batch Bourbon was hand selected by our friends at The Wine and Cheese Place, aged 4-6 years in a New American oak, and "Dual CAsk" finished in ex-Grenache (80%) and Chardonnay (20%) French oak barrels from Ramey Family Vineyards, California. Bottled at 113.10 proof, only 270 bottles were made" - label

Ballwin Open House Pinot Noir Tasting

The Wine and Cheese Place 
14748 Clayton Road in BALLWIN
October 6, from 5:30-7:30

Everyone is invited!
Wine Tasting Open House
From 5:30-7:30 others will be invited to join in and taste the wines below.
Pinot Noir from Around the World

Scheduled to taste:

  • 2015 Copain - Pinot Noir “Tous Ensemble” 
  • 2015 Hartford Court - Pinot Noir Russian River 
  • 2012 Lemelson - Pinot Noir “Thea’s Selection” 
  • 2014 Roco – Pinot Noir “Gravel Road”
  • 2015 Angeline – Pinot Noir Reserve 
  • 2015 Belle Glos - Pinot Noir “Clark and Telephone” 
  • 2015 Cooper Hill Pinot Noir  Willamette Valley
  • 2015 Jean-Marc Pillot Bourgogne Rouge "Les Grandes Terres" 
  • 2011 Lucien Crochet Croix du Roy Rouge Loire
  • 2013 Momo Pinot Noir Marlborough, NZ
  • 2015 Holm Oak Pinot Noir Tasmania 
  • 2014 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir (90/100 WA)
  • 2014 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
  • 2015 Paul Lato “Matinee” Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County
  • 2014 Melville Pinot Noir "Block M" SRH (93/100 Vinous)
plus more....

NZ whiskey

Little more of each arrived ---
this one sold out instantly the first time --

New Zealand Whiskey Co. The Oamaruvian 16yr Old...$114.99 / 375ml

Bottles produced: 412
Bottled April 2017
Cask Strength: 60.9%
Barrel 405Aged for six years in American Oak, ex-bourbon, and finished for ten years in French Oak, ex-red wine barrels. Bottled at cask strength.
The Story
New Zealand whisky evangelists and winemakers Warren and Deb Preston identified Oamaru’s historic Harbour Precinct as an ideal seaside climate for whisky maturation. Next, they did something profound. They decanted over 200 barrels of Dunedin distilled single grain whisky out of American bourbon barrels and into French oak NZ wine barrels. The Dunedin DoubleWood was born. Eight years on, The New Zealand Whisky Collection is proud to present The Oamaruvian – specially selected casks chosen for their rich toffee, floral nose and creaming soda mouth-feel with a hint of Oamaru sea spray to finish.

New Zealand Whiskey Co. Dunedin Double Wood 18 Year Old...$89.99 / 375ml

A Master Blend of 70% single malt, and 30% premium grain whisky produced from unmalted barley in the Willowbank Distillery. Aged for 6 years in American Bourbon barrels, before finishing for 12 in French Oak NZ wine barrels, giving ruby colour, depth of character and long-lasting, rich flavours.
The awesomeness of the Dunedin DoubleWood comes from the foresight of our predecessors, the Preston Family, to transfer a large number of six year old MasterBlended whisky from American Oak to French Oak ex-red wine barrels. The new barrels came from the North Island and previously contained New Zealand Pinot and Cab Sauv.

Iron Maiden Trooper Hallowed

Iron Maiden Trooper Hallowed....$3.99 / 11.2oz
Press release:
British rock legends IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers ROBINSONS have revealed a brand new Belgian style beer: HALLOWED.

This new ale follows on from the success of the original TROOPER, which has sold over 15 million pints since its launch in 2013, and previous limited edition beers TROOPER 666 and RED ‘N’ BLACK.

Once again, the dynamic duo of ROBINSONS’ Master Brewer Martyn Weeks and IRON MAIDEN’s lead vocalist and ale aficionado BRUCE DICKINSON have teamed up to create something very special for beer and music fans alike.

BRUCE DICKINSON explains: “What makes this brew pretty special is that we’re adopting a Belgian yeast for the first time. I’m a big fan of Belgian beers, so I jumped at the chance to brew my own. While I get very excited about experimenting with new formulas and ingredients, the thing about Belgian beer is that it’s as much a way of life as it is a drink. We’ve tried to bottle that philosophy in HALLOWED, albeit with a British twist.”

At 6.0% ABV in a 330ml bottle, HALLOWED is a Belgian inspired beer that’s brewed in England. It is also one of the first beers to be brewed by ROBINSONS Brewery that uses Belgian yeast. ROBINSONS haven’t changed the yeast used in their beers since 1942, which makes HALLOWED even more special.

Martyn Weeks, Head Brewer at ROBINSONS Brewery, continues;“It’s all in the yeast. Belgian yeast yields a very distinct taste and presentation. You can sniff out a Belgian beer simply from its aromas: fruity, spicy and earthy. Belgian yeasts withstand higher alcohol levels, they attenuate well and create an array of phenolics and esters… put simply, this means more flavour and I think Hallowed drinkers are in for a treat.”

HALLOWED’s innovative bottle label pays tribute to Belgian beer, presenting IRON MAIDEN’s iconic mascot EDDIE, robed in traditional monk’s clothing: a nod to the Trappist monastic brewing tradition in Belgium.

Laphroaig tasting with Simon Brooking - Open House!

Event was a success!  Thank you to Simon Brooking and Laphroaig!
Put on a great event, just shy of 100 people showed up to taste!

Big News! Simon Brooking is coming back
Laphroaig Tasting with Simon Brooking

Saturday September 30th  from 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Open House Tasting - share with your friends.

Let us know on Facebook that you are coming

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

Laphroaig Tasting with
Simon Brooking - Master Ambassador (we are excited to welcome him back)

Most will have special prices today

(even below our normal low price)

Taste -

  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 10 year old
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 10 yr Cask Strength Batch 007
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 10 yr Cask Strength Batch 009
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Quarter Cask
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Triple Wood
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Select
Plus these limited releases available today
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Cairdeas 2017 
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Lore

Please join us..

Simon Brooking, Master Ambassador
“World peace thro’ whisky one dram at a time.”
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a member of the Robertson Clan, Simon traces his roots back to the 13th Century and the Celtic Earls of Atholl. A well-known expert on Scotch whisky, Simon has worked for many of the leading Scotch distilleries, learning the art and science of distilling from the world’s foremost master distillers and blenders. For over 17 years, Simon has led thousands of Scotch whisky tastings for consumers, bartenders and social organizations. Informative and entertaining, his presentations have made him an in-demand spokesperson for the whisky industry. Simon’s love of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands has paved the way to his present position as the Beam Suntory Master Ambassador for Laphroaig, Ardmore, Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch Single Malt Scotch whiskies.
2011 Keeper of the Quaich
2011 Icons of Whisky - Ambassador of the Year
2012 Icons of Whisky - Ambassador of the Year “Commended”
2013 Icons of Whisky - Ambassador of the Year “Commended”
2014 Icons of Whisky - Ambassador of the Year “Highly Commended”

Friday, September 29, 2017

Jack Rudy Olives and Cherries

Jack Rudy Bourbon Cocktail Cherries...$16.99 / 16oz
When updating the cocktail cherry we looked to our Kentucky roots for inspiration, combining Bourbon from our home state with Oregon cherries. The result is the ideal companion to any number of drinks, most notably those made with whiskey. You might find them good enough to eat straight from the jar.

Jack Rudy Vermouth Brined Olives...$12.99 / 16oz
When updating the cocktail olive, we celebrated our affinity for a classic Martini: a nice splash of Dry Vermouth, and the punch of juniper & coriander that we associate with a great Dry Gin. Our olives, grown in California, share that same flavor profile; they are a hearty olive, unstuffed, with a flavorful brine that you’ll no doubt find a suitable use for.

These olives are the ideal companion to that classic cocktail, as well as a Bloody Mary – or, as the Italians do it, with a nice Spritz. You might even find them good enough to eat straight from the jar.

Panamonte Rum XXV 25 Year Old Rum

First 6 bottles went fast - just got in another 6 - still batch #1
Panamonte Rum XXV 25 Year Old Rum....$389.99
Batch #1
From Panama
Every drop aged 25 years in American White Oak Barrels
This is not solera method, this is true 25 Year old

Tullamore D.E.W Cider Cask Finish

Tullamore D.E.W Cider Cask Finish...$37.99 / liter
Triple Distilled
40% ABV
Once a year, this finely balanced, sophisticated spirit is created in the heart of Ireland. It is a marriage between the craft of small-batch cider-making and our legendary whiskey, creating a layered complexity of nose and taste that is richly rewarding.
This one of a kind special edition can only be found at airport stores.
This is a rare and noble Irish whiskey that is the essence of Ireland, with notes of toasted oak tinged with cider sweetness to engage and delight the palate of true Irish whiskey lovers.

Douglas Laing The Epicurean Blend Malt Whisky

Douglas Laing The Epicurean Blend Malt Whisky....$44.99
A dram described as “city born and bred”, Douglas Laing’s The Epicurean is a marriage of some of the finest Lowland Malts; bringing together the best that the East and the West of Scotland have to offer. Bursting with barley, citrus, floral and herbal notes, this Malt Whisky is packaged in a premium gift tube featuring The Epicurean himself. No attention to detail is spared, from the cocktail shaker, crystal decanter and barley husk illustrations, to the charmingly rhythmic pack copy that well and truly brings the spirit and its characterful namesake to life.

Fred Laing, Managing Director and 2nd Generation in the family business, says:
“Back in 1930s Glasgow, The Epicurean, as everyone knew him, was the life and soul of any party. Wherever he popped in for a dram, you’d find him surrounded by a circle of admirers, regaling them with captivating tales of derring-do, of chance encounters in foreign climes and of the fine food and drink he feasted upon his travels. Our new expression is in honour of that roguish character who never fails to deliver charm, charisma and just a little bit of cheek. Any likeness to Douglas Laing’s Managing Director is purely coincidental!

In line with the family philosophy, Douglas Laing’s The Epicurean is proudly without colouring or chill-filtration, and bottled at high alcohol strength, 46.2%. 

Ballwin Whiskey Bar

Each week - we are going to have a special
"Flight of the Week"

Ballwin Location Tasting Bar!
This week:  Elijah Craig Tasting Flight!

With Bourbon demand, a lot of distilleries removed the age statement from their bottles.  Elijah Craig used to be 12 year old,  now there is no age statement - here is your chance to try them side by side and see if there is a difference in quality.

 -- $8 for three 3/4 ounce pours
  • Elijah Craig 12 Year Old
  • Elijah Craig / TWCP Single Barrel
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

      Updated list - includes a few exciting new ones--
      • Jefferson 18 Year Old Stizel Weller Barrel Aged Distilled 1991
      • Basil Hayden Dark Rye
      • Weller 12 Year Old - back on the list
      • Buffalo Trace Experimental Edition
      • Elmer T. Lee 
      • Calumet 10 Year Old
      • Jeffersons Ocean Cask

      Beer Tasting tonight ---

      Beer Tasting tonight ---

      Forsyth location tonight!!

      • Stone Xocoveza Stout
      • Perennial Fantastic Voyage
      • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Peach
      • Lagunitas Saketumi

      Founders Harvest Ale

      offline now - Forsyth just has a few left
      In stock now at Ballwin and Rock Hill now too

      our other stores should get some today

      Founders Harvest Ale...$11.99 / 4pk

      This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a white, two-finger head. Your first sip of this beer rewards you with a super juicy hop presence bursting with citrus then finishes to introduce toasted malt undertones.

      6.5% ABV
      70 IBUs 

      Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout

      Offline now - but we still have a little
      Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout...$14.99 / 6pk

      Imperial Stout inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate
      8.1% ABV
      There’s nothing like making a beer so beloved that people feel compelled to campaign for its return. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we are very pleased to give our fans the number one item on their wish lists. As illustrated by the avalanche of social media requests, that is Stone Xocoveza, an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition, this imperial stout is layered with smooth roastiness, semisweet chocolate and a touch of spice. Thanks entirely to you, this creamy, mocha stout has gone from initially being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition. Happy holidays from all of us to all of you…and feel free to continue enjoying it long into the spring and summer, as this gem will age beautifully and is definitely not exclusive to the winter season!

      Perennial Fantastic Voyage

      Order up - no limit!

      As will all Perennial purchases, this will help your chances to get Abraxas when it is released in November through our Beer Reward Club

      Perennial Fantastic Voyage...$18.99 / 750ml
      "Fantastic Voyage is a harmonic melange of coconut and Imperial Milk Stout brought to us by brewer, Jim Leabig.  Loads of coconut, lactose and black malt balance each other to provide flavors reminiscent of chocolate covered coconut with a finish smooth like silk sheets.  Best enjoyed while listening to slow jams by candlelight."

      Taylor Fladgate 325th Anniversary Port

      Taylor Fladgate 325th Anniversary Port...$34.99
      This is a superb blend of aged tawny Ports, blended to celebrate the company's 325th anniversary. Filled with rich fruit, it has great depth and spicy richness although it is also impressively fresh. Dried fruits and red plums are lifted with a hint of smoky wood and good acidity. Like any tawny Port, it is ready to drink.
      Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast

      Amazing 2015's from Stephan Aviron

      The Amazing 2015's from Stephane Aviron:
      I was lucky enough to tast through these wines with Stephane this past February and have been eagerly awaiting their arrival. Well the wait is finally over.

      2015 Stephane Aviron Beaujolais Villages...$12.99
      The Stéphane Aviron Beaujolais Villages is sourced from 50+ year-old vines in a lieu-dit named “Les Monthieux,” located in the commune of Lantignie, considered the finest in Beaujolais villages. The terroir is composed of clay and limestone soils with a favorable southwest exposure. 

      2015 Stephane Aviron Morgon Cote du Py....$19.99
      Produced from old vines in the Côte du Py on the slopes of an extinct volcano, this cru wine is structured with generous black fruits and a series of ripe tannins and balanced acidity. It has the structure and density to age while also having a light touch of black cherry fruit.
      Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

      2015 Stephane Aviron Moulin A Vent....$19.99
      A firm and structured cru wine from 100-year-old vines that has layers of firm fruits and tannins. It is a wine that is likely to mature well, with its wood aging and dry core. A blend from four parcels, it is concentrated and with a rich black-cherry character.
      Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

      2015 Stephane Aviron Fleurie Domaine Madriere....$19.99
      This wine is packed with cheerful red fruits that are given a more serious edge by the tannic structure and acidity,. With its touch of pepper and minerality, it will age well over the next two years. The cru wine comes from a family-owned property on steep slopes.
      Rated 91/100 The Wine Enthusiast

      2015 Leflaive Burgs arriving!

      2015 Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet...$64.99
      Comes on softly, with butterscotch, vanilla, pastry, floral and white peach aromas and flavors. Remains open and turns tense and fresh on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2024.
      Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

      2015 Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet....$64.99
      This fleshy white offers peach, apple, lemon, honey and spice flavors. A fine structure lends support, providing balance and driving the lingering finish of citrus and baking spices. Drink now through 2022. 400 cases imported.
      Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

      2015 Olivier Leflaive Rully Les Cloux 1er Cru...$28.99
      Though round in profile, this is undercut by vivid acidity, remaining well-delineated. Apple, lemon and subtle stone flavors play out from the start to the long finish. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases imported
      Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

      2015 Olivier Leflaive Meursault Charmes 1er Cru....$92.99
      An attractively fresh and bright nose reflects notes of various white orchard fruit, petrol, citrus peel and a whiff of oak. There is a more refined mouth feel to the round, forward and beguilingly delicious medium weight flavors that culminate in a citrusy, dry and well-balanced finale. This well-made effort should drink well both young and with 5 to 8 or so years of bottle age.
      Rated 91/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

      Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon

      2014 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon....$47.99

      The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Star Lane Vineyard is bold, pungent and bursting with fruit. Deep and unctuous in texture, but with considerable aromatic lift, the 2014 offers a terrific expression of Happy Canyon. Black cherry, blackberry, grilled herbs, menthol, sage and licorice infuse the rich, inviting finish.
      Rated 95+/100 Antonio Galloni Vinous Media

      Thursday, September 28, 2017

      Macallan Single Malt Scotch Edition No. 3

      Macallan Single Malt Scotch Edition No. 3....$93.99
      The Macallan Edition No.3 is the latest release in this innovative annual Series.  Like preceding releases, Edition No.3 is an exploration into our approach to whisky making, exposing the detail of its creation, and offering true transparency. 
      Inspiration and innovation lie at the heart of The Macallan and nowhere is this more evident than with the Edition Series.  To make Edition No.3 we called on Mater Perfumer Roja Dove to provide his remarkable sensory knowledge and experience to describe the distinctive aromas in particular oak casks. 

      Mark Twain Hocuscadabra Barrel Aged

      Very limited
      Mark Twain Hocuscadabra Barrel Aged....$17.99 / 750ml
      "Hocuscadabra" - Saison brewed with Peaches and aged in Chardonnay Barrels.

      Tuesday, September 26, 2017

      James Pepper 1776 Straight Bourbon

      We have not seen this in about 6 months - new label now 100 proof instead of 92 proof
      James Pepper 1776 Straight Bourbon...$27.99
      100 Proof - Not Chill-Filtered - Over 38% Rye in the Mash Bill
      Rich Bourbon Sweetness & Rye Spice; vanilla, honey, cloves, & chocolate
      Neat, over ice, or in a proper Old Fashioned, this whiskey rock

      Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

      Buffalo Trace released info on the Antique Collection this year...

      This goes in our fall raffle with Pappy Van Winkle.  Make sure you are a member of our WRC if you are interested (and you know you are).

      (Sept. 19, 2017) 
      Whiskey lovers rejoice, Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its 2017 Antique Collection. The highly anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley notes, “The team had another great year with the Antique Collection. From distillation, to barrel selection, to bottling, this year’s collection showed very well. I was particularly excited about the William Larue Weller with its extra richness, and the Eagle Rare 17 seemed more rounded and full of flavor. None of these disappointed.”

      Here’s what fans can expect this year: 
      George T. Stagg 
      The powerhouse favorite of the Antique Collection, George T. Stagg weighs in at 129.2 proof this year. Past releases of this uncut and unfiltered bourbon have won many top awards, including “5 Stars – Highest Recommendation” by F. Paul Pacult’s The Spirit Journal. This year’s release contains bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2002. This batch contained 309 barrels, a few more than last year. Storage location of these barrels varied across warehouses C, K, M and Q. This whiskey tastes of expresso, chocolate fudge and tobacco. 

      William Larue Weller 
      The Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon is William Larue Weller. Previous editions of this wheater have won many accolades, including a Double Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and “Bourbon of the Year” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017. The 2017 offering was distilled in the winter of 2005 and aged in Warehouses D, I, and P. This bourbon registers in at 128.2 proof. The bold flavors include toffee, marshmallow and leather. 

      Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 
      Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. Previous editions of this whiskey have been named “World Whisky of the Year” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and “World’s Best American Whiskey” by Whisky Magazine. This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2011; aged on the third, fourth and fifth floors of Warehouses K, L, and Q, and weighs in at 127.2 proof. The flavor is described as fig, allspice and cinnamon. 

      Eagle Rare 17 Year Old 
      The previous edition of this bourbon was honored with a Silver Outstanding Medal at the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition. The 2017 edition has been aging on the first, second and third floors of Warehouses C, K and P. This 90 proof bourbon was aged for seventeen years and tastes of oak, tobacco, toffee and vanilla. 

      Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old 
      Last year Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old received “4 Stars – Highly Recommended” by F. Paul Pacult’s The Spirit Journal. This 2017 straight rye whiskey release has notable flavors of leather, clove and all-spice. The barrels for this whiskey were filled in the spring of 1998, and then put into a stainless steel tank in 2016 to stop further aging and evaporation. The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a cult favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000 these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from such notable publications as Whisky Advocate Magazine, Spirit Journal, and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. 

      New Ballast Point

      Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale...$13.99 / 6pk
      This pretty lady will make you pucker.
      Our Sour Wench Blackberry Ale is a fruity Berliner Weisse-style beer bursting with Oregon blackberry flavor and aroma. The fruit addition adds a beautiful violet hue, and the taste has an approachable soft tartness from kettle souring. This artful gypsy will surely lure you into the world of sour beers.

      Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin IPA...$7.99 /22oz
      Our trophy beer, extra-hopped and unfiltered.
      Our Unfiltered Sculpin IPA packs extra hops into every sip, enhancing the classic Sculpin notes of fresh apricot, peach, mango and lemon with a slight haze and less bitterness. Freshness is key to every beer, but especially true for this extra-hopped IPA—store cold and drink soon.