For the Glendronach 1991 Kingsman Edition single malt, they chose the finest sherry casks they have ever encountered. Together for over 25 years, spirit and cask are nurtured in the never-ending dusk of the Glendronach stone warehouses, closely guarded.
Color: Deep Walnut Brown
Nose: Waves of black and grapes on a woody vine combine with antique walnut furniture, leather, and maple leaf tobacco.
Palate: Ripe Victoria plum and Seville orange give way to old Jamaican ginger cake and sticky black treacle.
Finish: Lingering and warm, with ground coffee, dark chocolate and walnut raisin cake.
We have had tastings here at the store of the Clyde May's whiskey, and we are fans of what they are producing. This one, however, is a more rare and limited bottling that the folks over at Clyde May describe as
This 8-year old whiskey is bottled at Cask Strength to release a full nose of citrus, peach and cedar. At 117 proof, the Cask Strength delivers layers of rich spice, apple and oak on the palate, and finishes with a lingering complexity of zesty orchard fruits and white pepper. A spirit this pure is best served with just one large piece of ice to help bring out its natural flavors without watering it down.
Much like when Clyde May distilled his renowned original moonshine, he did it in small quantities, and given the level of craftsmanship involved in creating Clyde May’s Cask Strength, only 3,000 bottles of this unique spirit were produced."
If their other offerings are any indication, this is as good as it is limited.
We are big fans of what Compass Box Whisky puts out. From their Great King Street all the way up to their 3 Year Old, they really know how to blend an amazing whisky.
We recently took delivery of some more limited offerings from them, the Phenomenology, a whisky they invite you to taste with no preconception of its flavors, experience the phenomena first hand.
Their Double Single, a single malt whisky, and a single grain whisky make up this elegantly complex and balanced pour.
Their No Name, their peatiest whisky yet. A bonfire-like smokiness on the nose with a peatiness that is by turns tarry and medicinal with hints of autumn leaves. A powerful smokiness and peatiness follow, accented by hints of ripe cherries, plums, and spice.
And of course the 3-Year-Old Deluxe, composed of less than 1% malt whisky produced near Brora, 90% malt whisky of an unstated age from the same distillery, and 9% peaty malt whisky distilled on the Isle of Skye, but they can only share the youngest aged whisky. Rich vanilla notes, waxy mouthfeel, and decadent baked orchard fruit notes, this 3 Year Old is simply wonderful.
The 16th edition of irreplaceable whiskies from closed distillery Brora, always a highlight of Diageo’s Special Releases. This 34-year-old Highland single malt, distilled in 1982, is an elegant and restrained take on Brora’s characteristic waxy and smoky notes. Expect waxed apples, damp straw and fruity dark chocolate, accompanied by unusual notes of Szechuan pepper, all wreathed in gentle smokiness. This whisky was distilled a year before the distillery closed in 1983.
We don't always think of Portugal when you think about wonderful summer wines. But the Vinho Verde White and Roses are refreshing and crisp wines. Vinho Verde is an ideal wine pairing for salads, seafood, and Asian cuisine, and can be served alone or as an aperitif.
Vinho Verde is Portugal’s northernmost wine producing region. It’s located on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula in northern Portugal. The White Vinho Verde wines are made with a blend of several grape varieties including Arinto, Azal, Trajadura, Loureiro, and Alvarinho. And the Red grape varieties include Alvarelhão, Amaral, Borraçal, Espadeiro, Padeiro.
Here are our two favorites:
Ciconia Vinho Verde: 88 Pts Wine & Spirits Magazine - Very lively, with pineapple and peach flavors that are fresh, clean and snappy. Features mineral and cream on the finish. (Grapes: Arinto, Avesso & Azal)
Lima Vinho Verde Rose Encostas: The aromas are fairly bursting with fresh red berries, such as strawberry and raspberry along with more subtle notes of citrus. (Grapes: 75% Souzao, 15% Borraçal and 10% Espadeiro)
A relatively new bottler on our shelves is also one of the best on our shelves, and with the new year they have released a new bourbon.
"To date, every release of our bourbon has been a marriage of casks produced in the same distillation season. We do this to highlight different production styles, aging techniques and age expressions. To commemorate the new year we have created one special blend- Barrell Bourbon New Year 2017 Limited Edition. We combined 5-13 year old barrels from several different states, which were distilled and aged using different techniques. We had one goal in mind, to make the most captivating, delicious bourbon we could. We hope you will toast with us to good fortune and the promise that the new year brings.
"A selection of 5, 7, 8, 9 and 13-year old Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrels
Separately distilled in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana
Aged in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana
Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
117.0 proof cask strength bottling
Aged in American white oak barrels"
We have neve made it a secret that we love the offerings of Barrell Bourbon. This newest offering from them knocks it out of the park, though. Claiming the award for 2017 Best Bourbon from the San Francisco Spirits Awards.
Batch 011 is distilled and aged in Tennessee but crafted and bottled in Kentucky. It is bottled at Cask Strength: 114.8 proof.
According to Barrell, "Raw honey drenched Bing cherries atop toasted sweet corn pudding. Hearty Russian Rye toast soldiers sprinkled with sea salt slathered in maple butter and summer fruit compote. The rich and flavorful grains plunge into soft creaminess and recollects state fair caramel popcorn in the finish, belying the 114.8 proof heat."
Riesling wines are great anytime but they are especially refreshing as chilled, summer sippers! We are featuring a classic German Riesling, the 2015 Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling. It has brisk, clean flavors of citrus fruits and apples and pears as well. The slight sweetness is perfectly balanced by a nice crisp tartness. The Shine earned an 87-point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
The Radius Riesling shows how superbly well Riesling has adapted to Washington State. The Radius shows a very similar taste profile as the Shine and both wines are excellent with Asian and Indian cuisines or just by themselves as great aperitifs. Both wines are great values as well!
Sparkling wines from Spain known as Cava are some of the most versatile wines around! They are light, crisp, very flavorful and very reasonably priced. They are great for wedding toasts or for casual parties, they go well with appetizers, Asian food and especially shellfish like clams and mussels. Cava is also perfect for mimosas or any other drink calling for sparkling wine.
The Conde de Caralt Cava is perfectly typical with a fresh perfume of cut flowers and citrus fruits with hint of toasty yeast in the finish. The Rondel Platinum Cava is more of a premium product with the typical nose and flavors plus a much longer finish and more body and structure.
Sauvignon Blanc is originally from France but now it is grown all over the world in a myriad of styles. Here we compare a classic, Old World Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine in the Loire Valley to a New Worlder from New Zealand. The Pure Loire Sauvignon Blanc beautifully expresses the terroir of where it was grown; it shows minerality, crispness, and scents of fresh white flowers.
The Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand expresses the bolder aspects of New World winemaking; the wine bursts with bright citrus juice notes, orange peel, and tropical blossoms. The 2015 recently earned an 89 point rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine.
We are featuring two wines from two of the greatest grilling cultures in the world; Argentina and Australia! Both countries know their grilling and they make wines to match their grilled cuisine. The 2014 Phebus Mendoza Malbec Reserve earned 88 pts. from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and the 2014 Red Knot Shiraz from McLaren Vale in Australia earned 90 pts from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Both wines are big bold and spicy and will go great with your next grilling adventure!
Two great Red Blends from the Old World where blending is a way of life!
2012 Villa Lanata Baccanera, 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Barbera, from the Piedmont hills in Northern Italy, one of the greatest wine regions in the world! The native Italian grape Barbera gives the wine the signature earthiness of Italian wines and the Cabernet gives the wine the New World ripeness and deep blackberry and blueberry flavors everyone is looking for in a blend these days!
2013 Paxis Red from Portugal. A blend of several indigenous grapes including the Noble Grape, Touriga Nacional which is the most important grape in the blend for Port wine. 90 points from the Wine Enthusiast and it made their Top 100 Best Buys list for 2016. This blend will stun you with its long lasting, deep and complex flavors including red and black fruits, dried figs and tobacco!