Saturday, December 15, 2018

2016 Jadot

2016 Jadot!!
Very low yields this year! 
Much smaller production!

2016 Jadot Pommard Rugiens Premier Cru...$105.99
(two-thirds of a normal yield): Bright medium red. Pure but reticent aromas of cherry, minerals, iron and menthol. A distinct step up in intensity and juiciness from the Clos de la Commaraine, displaying captivating depth and peppery lift to the sappy flavors of cherry, spices and dried flowers. An element of vendange entier contributes punch. Finishes with firm but suave tannins and rising floral length. Excellent potential.
Rated 90-92/100 Stephen Tanzer

2016 Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru...$439.99
(Jadot made 85% of a normal yield here): Bright, full red. Very ripe, almost liqueur-like aromas of cherry and raspberry enlivened by rose petal, menthol and crushed stone. Compellingly rich and dense but light on its feet; even richer and riper than the Chapelle but still with terrific inner-mouth energy and juicy definition. The intense red berry flavors are complicated by an exotic spicy/herbal element of za'atar. Even more backward than the Chapelle but the tannins are wonderfully refined and the raspberry and spice finish at least as long. (Jadot also has a single purchased barrel of Chambertin, but the wine was too reduced and leathery to assess--not to mention chunky and a bit aggressive following a very late malo.)
Rated 94-96/100 Stephen Tanzer
Rated 94-96/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93-95/100 Burghound

2016 Jadot Clos de Couchereaux Premier Cru...$57.99
Bright medium red with a palish rim. Slightly musky, subdued red raspberry and mineral aromas show good energy and purity. Pristine and tightly wound, displaying a fine-grained texture and lovely inner-mouth floral lift. A very pretty wine with a light touch and subtle rising length without any hardness. This steep, south-facing, high-altitude site features thin soil over chalk and consistently produces wines with high-quality tannins, according to Barnier. The yield here was less than 15 hectoliters per hectare, but this very promising premier cru is nicely balanced.
Rated 89-92/100 Stephen Tanzer

2016 Jadot Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees 1er Cru...$123.99
The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées has the best bouquet from Jadot among the premier cru Chambolles, with crisp red cherry and raspberry notes soaked in minerals and smoke, an achievement considering the vineyard was impacted by frost. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin, crisp acidity and a lithe, sensual, silky smooth finish. Bravo.
Rated 92-94/100 Wine Advocate
Rated 91-93/100 Burghound
Rated 91-93/100 Stephen Tanzer

2016 Jadot Volnay Santenots....$85.99
Medium red. Sexy fruit cocktail notes of raspberry and pomegranate are complicated by savory minerality and a whiff of coffee. Nicely ripe and pliant, with its red fruit and spice flavors conveying a relaxed quality despite the fact that 40% of the crop was lost. This rather suave wine finishes with a touch of menthol, ripe tannins and attractive floral persistence. This fruit was picked early, on September 22, but the grower did a very good job sorting, noted Barnier. As Jadot purchased the sizable Domaine Prieur-Brunet last summer, there will be a separate domain bottling of Santenots beginning with the '17, but this négociant version will continue to be made. (My sample of the Volnay en l'Ormeau, a site hard hit by frost, was a bit oxidative as well as quite tannic, and impossible to assess.)
Rated 89-91/100 Stephen Tanzer
Rated 89-92/100 Burghound

2016 Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru...$122.99
The 2016 Corton Pougets Grand Cru has an earthy, cedar-tinged bouquet that has personality and is nicely defined with good vigor. The palate is well defined with juicy, ripe red cherry and boysenberry fruit, impressive focus with a more introverted finish that will hopefully come out of its shell once in bottle. This is one to watch.
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 91-93/100 Stephen Tanzer
Rated 91-93/100 Burghound

2016 Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot...$97.99
Bright, pale yellow. Pear and white flowers are complicated by a note of marzipan on the nose. Suave, juicy and light on its feet, with sharply focused lemon and floral flavors lifted by harmonious acidity. This energetic, very precise wine is most impressive today on the rising, slowly mounting back end. This wine from a relatively cool site was a sentimental favorite of mine at Jadot for its floral character and class. The yield was two-thirds of normal in 2016, according to Frédéric Barnier.
Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer
The 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Abbaye de Morgeot has a rather conservative yet well-defined bouquet with light wet stone scents percolating through the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity. The new oak is more pronounced here than the other Chassagnes but that will be subsumed with time. Good potential here.
Rated 89-92/100 The Wine Advocate

Château des Jacques Morgon Côte du Py

2016 Château des Jacques (Louis Jadot) Morgon Côte du Py...$36.99
This was a very creditable performance from the 2016 Morgon Côte du Py, a medium to full-bodied, concentrated wine with tangy acids and an attractive bouquet of blackberries, wild berries and cracked black pepper. Though affected, yields were less impacted by hail in Morgon than in Moulin-à-Vent, and the wine is a bit more classic in profile as a result.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Limited releases!!!

In stock now at all 4 locations now - come get them!
Deschutes The Dissident 2018 Reserve....$12.99 / 500ml
Deschutes The Dissident Marionberry....$12.99 / 500ml
Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti...$9.99 / 12oz bottle
Firestone Walker XXII 2018...$11.99 / 12oz

2017 Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon

People loved the 2016 - new vintage!
2017 Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon...$19.99

Borne of Fire is a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a remote new vineyard region in eastern Washington State known by locals as “The Burn.” This exciting region was named from legends of early settlers who set fire to the land in the fall to replenish and rejuvenate the grasslands for their horses in the spring. Borne of Fire is a wine that, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, has laid claim to this unique land with a torrid past and found its true awakening: grape growing. From a rugged terrain where agriculture was scarce to where present grapes grow mighty, Borne of Fire is a new expression of Cabernet Sauvignon that was created to reflect the uniqueness of this unlikely terroir.

Previous vintage scored huge, nothing on the 2017 yet
2016 Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon The Burn
This is the first year made of this wine with wonderful blackberries, rose leaves and blueberries. Wildly floral. Stems. Full body and round and fine tannins. Juicy and intense. Shows an eccentric style. All large oak. A new nature and personality. Drink now or hold.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling

Aberlour Casg Annamh Single Malt Scotch

Aberlour Casg Annamh Single Malt Scotch...$59.99
Batch #1
48% ABV
Aberlour Casg Annamh means ‘rare cask’ in Scots Gaelic – is a no age statement single malt created in small batches from whisky matured in oloroso Sherry casks.

Friday, December 14, 2018

BRC - Rare Beer Raffle December 2018 Edition

One more for the holidays - 
December Edition!
Chance to get a great Christmas gift!

In our effort to keep mixing it up and giving more people a chance to get some rare beer....

You must be in our BRC
BRC release based on all purchases starting December 1st through December 20th, 2018.   Names will be drawn early Dec 21st. 
17 names will be picked via random number generator. 
Many people suggested to be more open on this as nobody has a way of knowing if they are in the top 200.  So we took their suggestion and switched it to every person that has purchased over $50 in the month of December will be eligible.

For the December Raffle  - we have these bottles available to purchase for the names drawn...

  • Perennial TWCP Maman....$39.99   (6 bottles) this is the end of it now
  • Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout (4 bottles)
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla (2 bottles)
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee (1 bottle)
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Wheatwine (1 bottle)
  • Tilquin Quetsche ( 1 bottle)
  • Drie Fonteinen Cuvee Gaston Armand (2 bottles)
We will email the 17 winners and they will send back their list in order of preference and they will get their top choice that is still available.  We will confirm in order that their name was drawn.
Thank you!

Stillwater Artisanal Dank Dank IPA

Fresh batch
Stillwater Artisanal Dank Dank IPA...$14.99 / 4pk

also sold as singles
Double Dank Dank IPA
Double IPA

Game of Thrones Lagavulin 9 Year Old

Game of Thrones Lagavulin 9 Year Old...$63.99

Back in stock

Firestone Walker Dark and Stormy 2018

Firestone Walker Dark and Stormy 2018 ...$8.99
Rum Barrel Aged

Wellbeing Coffee Cream Stout

Wellbeing NON-ALCOHOLIC Coffee Cream Stout...$9.99 / 6pk
Our Coffee Cream Stout is here! Brewed with dark roasted Mississippi Mud coffee, flaked oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and lactose, it is a energetic revelation of spice and flavor in Non Alcoholic beer. Part cold brew coffee, part classic stout, the Intrepid Traveler is brewed for open road adventurers to enjoy 24/7.
The Coffee Cream Stout with the Alcohol Out!

Best Sipping Rums of 2018: The Ultimate Holiday Gift GuideFrom Forbes

We have know this for a few years!  One of our best selling rums!
In fact we just got in our last 10 cases of the Foursquare 2005 and we have the 3 cases of the Premise in stock now.

Best Sipping Rums of 2018: The Ultimate Holiday Gift GuideFrom Forbes

Fred Minnick
Dining & Drinking
I cover spirits, the drinks culture and business.

Rum is an amazing sipper.
Put any of these rums up against the best brandies or whiskeys and you'll see that well-aged rum deserves an opportunity to please your palate.
And the best part, you can still find the elite rums. That's right.
While bourbon geeks stand in lines with a hope--no, a prayer--to land a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, rum enthusiasts can still walk into many American liquor stores and find the best rums.
But you cannot rest on your tiki shorts: People are starting to learn of rum's sipping beauty.

Before I get into my best sipping rums of 2018, I must offer a couple disclaimers: This is my opinion and I assessed these on their sipping merit vs. cocktail glory. There are many great rums in the world (I've tasted most), and these are what I believe to be the very best of 2018. They were selected after a long year of tasting, in which I shortlisted these as the best of the best for my palate.

Best Sipping Rums

Foursquare Premise 10-year-old, 92 proof,  $55.99 Barbados click to order online now

About: Aged in ex bourbon and sherry casks. It is a blend of pot and column molasses distillates.
Foursquare is simply on a roll. The distillery releases the best rums year in and year out. This beautiful spice-forward rum exudes an in-your-face style more aligned with cask strength styles than 92 proofers. Molasses, Jamaican jerk, clove and other baking spices are the hallmarks to this beauty. Then, it’s hints of vanilla, coffee and toffee. It finishes long and strong with a mouthful of spice.

Foursquare 2005, 118 proof, $64.99 Barbados click to order online nowAbout: 12 years old, blend of pot and column and aged in former bourbon barrels. 
Foursquare Distillery year in and year out releases some of the world's best rums. This year is no different. Its 2005 release is Fred Minnick's Pick for World's Best Sipping Rum.
This is quite simply one of the best spirits in the world. In the same league as its predecessors—2004 and 2006—Foursquare 2005 is a complex beast with flavors pouring out of the palate. I’d say this is a once-in-a-lifetime rum, but Foursquare seems to be releasing this high quality all the time. For this delicious release, you’ll get a cadre of complex sweet and savory, from buttermilk biscuits with melted butter to intense brown sugar, coconut, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, rye bread and even marzipan. It’s ripe with all sorts of vanilla and caramel, but the consistent and residual flavor is the maple and molasses notes that just wow the palate. This impressive rum’s unrelenting mouthfeel simply encompasses every inch of the palate. This is my pick for Best Rum of 2018.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye

Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye....$33.99
Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye is a product of the town’s perseverance – the first whiskey 100% distilled and matured at the Kilbeggan Distillery to be released since its restoration was completed in 2010. Featuring a heritage mash of malt, barley, and ~30% rye, this whiskey hearkens back to the 1890s when many large Irish distillers used rye in their mash. However, this spicy grain virtually disappeared from the Irish Whiskey category around the time of Prohibition and the Irish War of Independence. Double distilled in Kilbeggan’s copper pot stills – one of which is the oldest working whiskey pot still in the world today – Kilbeggan® Small Batch Rye is the first of its kind in today’s market, as it is the only modern Irish Whiskey of record to use this amount of rye in its mash.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pappy Raffle

Whiskey Reward Club Pappy Raffle now ---

Day 1 emails have gone out - confirmations sent
Day 2 emails sent out - confirmations sent
Day 3 emails sent out - confirmations sent
Day 4 - emails sent out - confirmation sent


Below is a partial list of Bourbon that will be in the raffle. The raffle is for a chance to purchase one of these bottles.

  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old 
  • Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old Family Reserve 
  • Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old Family Reserve 
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Family Reserve 
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old Lot B 
  • Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old 
  • George T. Stagg Bourbon
  • Thomas H. Handy Rye Whiskey
  • William Larue Weller 
  • Parker's Heritage Finished in Curacao Barrels
  • Four Roses Small Batch 130th Anniversary
  • Heaven Hill 27 Year Old Barrel Proof
  • Weller 12 Year Old Liter bottles
  • Weller C.Y.P.B.
  • Old Weller Antique 107
  • Old Weller Antique 107 TWCP Single Barrel
  • Angel's Envy Cask Strength
  • Old Fitzgerald BIB 2nd Edition 9 Year Old
  • Kentucky Owl
  • Bookers Little Book
  • Michters Toasted Barrel
  • Michters 10 Year Old
  • Shenks Homestead 2018 Release Sour Mash Whiskey
  • Yamazaki 12 Year Old
  • Blood Oath Trilogy Pack
  • Blanton's TWCP Single Barrel
  • Yellowstone 101 Proof No.3 Char Wine Cask
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 
  • Parker's Heritage Finished in Curacao Barrels
  • Four Roses Small Batch 130th Anniversary
  • Heaven Hill 27 Year Old Barrel Proof
  • Weller 12 Year Old Liter bottles
  • Weller C.Y.P.B.
  • Old Weller Antique 107
  • Old Weller Antique 107 TWCP Single Barrel
  • Angel's Envy Cask Strength
  • Old Fitzgerald BIB 2nd Edition 9 Year Old
  • Kentucky Owl
  • Bookers Little Book
  • Michters Toasted Barrel
  • Michters 10 Year Old
  • Shenks Homestead 2018 Release Sour Mash Whiskey
  • Yamazaki 12 Year Old
  • Blood Oath Trilogy Pack
  • Blanton's TWCP Single Barrel
  • Yellowstone 101 Proof No.3 Char Wine Cask
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 
more will be added

Clear Creek Distillery Cassis

Clear Creek Distillery Cassis...$19.99 / 375ml
A wonderful Portland restaurant once suggested that we make a liqueur similar to what the French call “Crème de Cassis” from Oregon blackcurrants. Of course we had to do it, and the result is truly wonderful: an intensely tart, lightly sweet, slightly earthy liqueur with huge fruit flavor. Our blackcurrants come from a farm less than half an hour from the distillery. They arrive at the distillery still warm from the sun, with their woody little tops still attached, and are immediately dumped into our clear, un-aged brandy. After months of maceration, the solids are pressed off, and some sugar is added. Put a splash of Cassis Liqueur in your bubbly and you’re immediately transported to the Parisian cafes that made classic Kir and Kir Royale (cassis in white wine or champagne, respectively) so popular.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Still 630 Double Barrel Rally Point Rye

Still 630 Double Barrel Rally Point Rye...$54.99 / 375ml
This is Still 630 in a bottle. Unfiltered and uncut, the intense rye, sweet caramel and rich oak flavors of this barrel strength whiskey earned it the 2018 Seattle International Spirits Awards "Best in Class - Whiskey!"
Batch V was aged for 39 months in a 53 gal barrel and then finished for 10 more months in a 15 gal barrel.

Journeyman Distillery Whiskey Collection

Another fantastic gift idea
Journeyman Distillery Whiskey Collection...$33.99 / 3pk

Includes 1 bottle each...
  • Featherbone Bourbon Whiskey 200ml
  • Last Feather Rye Whiskey 200ml
  • Silver Cross Whiskey 200ml

2017 Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay

In stock now at Forsyth
Check at that price for a bottle!

2017 Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay...$3.48 
We are the lowest price in the country on Wine-Searcher
Loved around the world, Lindeman’s Bin Series wines are approachable in style, consistent in quality with global appeal. Designed to be opened, enjoyed and shared time and time again, these are wines people simply love to drink. Lindeman’s most well-known range began with the iconic Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay, which was first launched in 1985 in response to the popularity of Lindeman’s approachable and fruit-driven style of wines in the northern hemisphere. Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay features aromas of peach, fig, tropical fruit and toasty oak, with a Medium bodied, fresh, crisp finish.

Oban 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Oban 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch...$96.99
This rare, bottling was selected to mature four years longer than Oban 14-Year-Old.
Those extra four years give Oban 18-Year-Old a rounder, more developed flavour. The sweeter notes such as banana and toasted teacake, found subtly in Oban 14-Year-Old are amplified. The rich sweetness of Oban 18-Year-Old is perfectly balanced with the most mysterious of flavours: a dry hint of Sea Salt.
43% ABV
Pale, green-gold.
Sweet with white banana notes at firstfollowed by toasted muffins and a trace of toasted tea-cake before the familiarOban key note of sweet smokiness and salt appears.
Fruity like rhubarb compote. Smooth texturedand easy to drink.
Long with late smoke, cocoa and aniseed. Oilyand rich with long tannins.

Foursquare Rum 2005 Single Blended 12 Year Old

More in stock now
Foursquare Rum 2005 Single Blended 12 Year Old....$64.99
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $69.99
Aged 12 years in ex-bourbon casks
Fine Barbados Rum
Exceptional Cask Selection Mark VI
59% ABV

4 Hands Plush - New Year Beer

4 Hands Plush - New Year Beer...$6.99
Plush is a saison brewed with grape in celebration of the New Year. This light and effervescent beer is dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin which contributes a delicate white wine fruitiness. Plush pours straw in color with a firm white head.

Logboat Rosalitas Double IPA

Logboat Rosalitas Double IPA...$9.99 / 4pk 12oz
Ye intruders beware, the flavors developed within are citrusy, ripe fruit and other distinguished dank aromas.   Down here it's our time, it's our time DOWN HERE, that's all over the second we ride up Troy's bucket.

Logboat Cowboy Me

Logboat Cowboy Me...$8.49 / 6pk
This Schwarzbier style has piles of flavor with subtle notes of chocolate and roasted flavors and a hint of smokiness from the malt. Lager yeast cleans this Cowboy up nice!

2016 Caymus Cabernet

Half Bottles of Caymus Cabernet In Stock and On Sale
2016 Caymus Cabernet Napa Valley....$39.98 / 375ml
An alluring plum red, with scents of dark cherries, chocolate shavings and violets. A hint of Napa Valley dust comes through on the nose, which has an equal balance of fruit, oak and earthiness. Enters the palate with a soft suppleness, peaking with flavors or cassis, dark berries, lavender and nutmeg. Texturous and fills the mouth. The exceptionally long finish displays a harmony of grippiness, vanilla oak and lush fruit.

Knob Creek Bourbon Legends Set

Knob Creek Bourbon Legends Set...$24.99 / 3 - 375ml bottles
Great set and a great price!

Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye

Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye...$39.99
100 proof
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Secondary Oak Finish

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Roaring Dan Maple Flavored Rum

Roaring Dan Maple Flavored Rum...$19.99
Great price - next lowest price online is $25.99
Roaring Dan's Rum, The Best Rum for a Rum & Coke
Roaring Dan's Rum is distilled from fermented grade "A" sugar cane molasses. Before a second distillation, pure Wisconsin maple syrup is added. The rum is then aged in a combination of new charred American white oak barrels and used bourbon barrels. The hint of maple we add gives Roaring Dan's Rum a buttery sweetness on palate entry followed by a dry finish. Try it straight up or in the best Rum & Coke you will ever have. But don't stop there, try it in Cream Soda  or with a Dr. Pepper. ALL AMAZING. 

Lighthouse Batch Distilled Gin.. ..From New Zealand

Lighthouse Batch Distilled Gin....$33.99
From New Zealand
Today, under the direction of Rachel Hall, Lighthouse Gin continues to produce small batch gin with its unique blend of nine botanicals. The unique blend continues to impress connoisseurs and experts around the globe with high scores and exceptional reviews.
Established in 2005 by Neil Catherall, Lighthouse Gin is the culmination of years of hard work, research and native botanicals, brought together to create a truly authentic New Zealand gin. The design and inspiration for this gin came from the Cape Palliser Lighthouse at the southernmost tip of the North Island of New Zealand. With the famous lighthouse in mind, founder and Master Distiller, Neil Catherall, spent several years researching and experimenting with a variety of native botanicals, including fresh zest from New Zealand grown Navel Oranges and Yen Ben Lemons, to create a unique small batch gin. During his years of research, Neil designed a 200 litre copper still from scratch and had it built by the local craftsmen. With his custom still built and his unique botanical formula complete, Neil went to work crafting the first batches of Lighthouse gin. As the production and demand for the gin increased, distiller Rachel Hall joined the Lighthouse team in 2010 to assist Neil. Rachel spent the next few years learning as much as she could from Neil before being named Head Distiller of Lighthouse Gin in 2014.

Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

We bought the last 6 cases available of this one at a great price!
Kilchoman Original Cask Strength...$89.99

Next lowest price online is $99.99
Quarter Cask Matured
Distilled 2010
Bottled 2016
56.9% ABV
The Original Cask Strength is a special edition Kilchoman bottled at natural cask strength, presenting the whisky in its purest form with un-paralleled intensity of flavour and texture. Anthony Wills, managing director of Kilchoman, said: “This is the way single malt should be drunk. It allows everyone to experience Kilchoman with all the characteristics captured in the glass”. The first release in October 2014 was chosen from a selection of ex-bourbon barrels filled in 2009. The second edition in October 2016 was a vatting of 95 Quarter Casks.