Yep, that Jefferson. President, diplomat, farmer and winemaker. Might be called the “Mixologist of Monticello,” too. Like Washington and other colonials, Jefferson made his own alcohol including a terrific pumpkin beer from real pumpkins (not orange dye and spice). Two centuries later, clever young artisanal brewers and distillers now bring Jefferson’s pumpkins back every autumn, and it’s a very serious drink. Amazed me when I tasted it in Miami last month.
Golden color, with a honest pumpkin flavor, and lots of clove, ginger and nutmeg, like a peppery gingerbread. It’ll give a Manhattan a truly seasonal edge and let your inner bartender go wild.
This year is batch six of the collaboration between smart kids at Lakefront Brewing and Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee. Lakefront found Jefferson’s recipe and started brewing America’s first pumpkin lager. Their pals at Great Lakes loved the result and decided to distill the lager into a liquor. Sort of a beer concentrated into a whiskey and then aged in a melange of barrels (used rum, cabernet and whiskey as well as new oak).
Like nothing I’ve tasted before. But there’s a very limited supply in individually numbered bottles. Order now to have this great taste of harvest and history on your bar.
Great Lakes Distillery Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit …What’s it taste like? Well, think of a malty whisky with a pumpkin and spice flavor -nutmeg and clove leap out. We were pleasantly surprised by how much pumpkin flavor is retained in the spirit after distillation.
The finest bourbon in the world comes from a single barrel. That’s the way Colonel Albert B. Blanton first bottled his private reserve bourbon nearly a century ago. Blanton believed the “center-cut” or middle sections of Warehouse H were the best for aging his bourbon. Personally tasting and choosing each barrel, these barrels were reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family and friends becoming the world’s first single barrel bourbon. His time-honored tradition lives on today as only a handful of barrels from the center of Warehouse H are selected to become Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon.
Here at B-21, we tasted numerous barrel samples and received the original barrel with our order’s arrival. The finished product was truly golden in color and smooth and flavorful with no hot aftertaste, even at the high 93 proof. An utterly incredible sipping whisky, from our table to yours. Robert Parker reiterates what we already told you, “…this is one of the most complex of the Kentucky bourbons I tasted.”
Smoky, woodsy, caramelized flavors of brown sugar, honey and maple syrup include a hint of wood. With a light to medium amber color, a full-bodied, gorgeously textured, fleshy, broad, savory mouthfeel…
What happens after creating brands like Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s “Gentleman Jack” and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel during a 40 year career as Master Distiller at Brown-Forman Corporation, becoming an inaugural member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, being awarded Malt Advocate’s Lifetime Achievement Award and claiming the status of “Living Legend” from Wine & Spirits Magazine? Well, if you are Lincoln Henderson, you “come out of retirement” and create the best-tasting bourbon on the planet.
Angel’s Envy is what happens when 200 years of tradition meets a master craftsman’s instinct to improve. It’s a total return to craft first, hand-blended batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time. Lincoln personally tastes every barrel throughout each step of the process to ensure that the spirit meets his standards. This would be enough for other premium bourbons, but Lincoln had other ideas. That’s why every batch is finished in ruby port wine casks. The ruby port finish adds nuance without compromising the spirit. Sinfully rich, Angel’s Envy is an exceptionally smooth and rare bourbon inspiring envy, even if it takes a little longer.
While in life, the pinnacle time to “coming of age” is the maturation from adolescent to adult when someone turns twenty-one. But in the whisky world, twenty-one is considered old, yet unbelievably mature and refined. Most master distillers will tell you that 21 years, and no more, is the maximum time any whisky should spend in barrel to achieve the utmost purity and elegance. After that it’s wasted time. The analogy to life is oh so similar.
Appleton Estate (Jamaica) and El Dorado (Guyana) are the only nations other than Panama that produce rums at this age or higher. Appleton has been making rum since 1749, over 260 years, and Joy Spence, Master Blender since 1997, has the prideful distinction of being the first woman in the industry to hold this position. Only 12,000 bottles are produced annually. On the palate, this rum delivers layer after layer of complexity with spikes of oak, spice, and other flavors, but the overall structure is balanced and smooth. You’re rewarded with about a five minute finish.
“A monumental aged rum that is one of the world’s greatest rum drinking experiences” is how the Beverage Tasting Institute described El Dorado’s 21 year old bottling. A true Demerara Rum, from the banks of the Demerara River, El Dorado has only been around since 1992 but rums from this “estate” were being produced for over 300 years. In that same year, El Dorado became the first rum producer in the world to market a premium aged rum; El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve. A unique blend of both American oak and used Bourbon barrels contribute to the smooth, rich flavors that make this a true connoisseurs’ rum.
These 21 year olds are the greatest value in world class whisky.
You gotta have one or two.
…The palate entry is acutely astringent; the midpalate is baked nut-like with bitter tastes of oak and molasses. The aftertaste is long, desert-dry, sugary and sap-like. Not as overly woody as many old rums are…
…vibrant entry leads to a smooth, dry-yet-fruity full body of toffee, coffee, and brown spice flavors. Finishes with a seemingly endless, sweet nutty fade with evolving layers of tobacco, chocolate, and spice….
Signatory is an independent bottler of rare Single Malts offering flavors otherwise lost in blends. Signatory selects their casks from the highest-quality scotch distilled throughout Scotland. The result is a collection of tastes that represent the country’s best and most distinct flavors. Founded in 1988, it is one of only three true independent bottlers. It is their aim, as an independent bottler to offer a range of whiskies, some of which are not bottled by the proprietor of a particular distillery, and some at different ages/strengths to those offered as distillery bottlings. The majority of their bottlings are the product of single casks, with the malt whisky enthusiast being given the opportunity to sample the subtle differences which occur with each different cask. To add to the exclusivity of their bottlings, they often declare the cask number, date of distillation, and date of bottling. In addition, each bottle is individually hand numbered. The bottlings we have are separated into two categorical collection series: Unchill Filtered and Cask Strength. Here is our offering of these very distinct and rare single malt whiskys within their respective collection series.
You may not be familiar with Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, but you’ve likely heard of their other spirit: Ketel One. Joannes Nolet founded his distillery in Schiedam, Holland, in 1691. Carolus Nolet (10th generation) introduced the vodka into the U.S. in 1983, and the brand now has sales of two million cases annually. Today the company is run by Carolus and his two sons, representing the 10th and 11th generations respectively.
With the arrival of the 11th generation, Carl Jr. and Bob, the Nolet company began the transition into the 21st century (while there’s no admitted connection between the two events, one gets the sense that they may well be cause and effect). The family decided to make a modern style of gin that would still reflect their heritage and roots. The result was Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin (bottled at 47.6% ABV/95.2 proof), marketed as “The New Face of Gin” and aimed at the generation that came of age during the recent explosion in America’s cocktail culture. In addition to the standard botanical (juniper, orris root, citrus, etc.), Nolet’s Silver uses three never employed before in the production of gin… peach, raspberry and Turkish rose.
Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin has a lyrical, floral nose highlighted by scents of lemon zest. It is seamless and graceful in the mouth, offering an assortment of intertwining flavors in the mid palate: licorice, mint, white pepper and citrus. The texture is lush and rich, the finish is long and gentle, and the gin is a pleasure to drink… in addition to being eminently mixable in a wide range of cocktails.
Will this astonishing floral and fruity gin revolutionize the category? It will certainly add to the debate. …Great on its own (a gin rarity), served cold in a white wine glass…. It blew me away from the first sip….
As Floridians, we are lucky to be so close to the islands producing the great rums. Especially Barbados, “The Cradle of Rum,” whose Mount Gay is the oldest distillery in the world (founded 1703 as the label says) and makers of “The Rum that made Rum.” I have never seen rum this good at such a world-beating price. I’m serious, this is a historic rum made from the oldest rums in Mount Gay’s reserves, some as old as 30 years, which to my knowledge are are the oldest rums to be bottled. Think about other Whiskies and Spirits that old, like Pappy 20yr, Hennessy XO and others and what they cost and here you have pauper’s pricing, comparatively. Mount Gay’s master blenders, led by Allen Smith, sorted through old barrels (originally used for Kentucky bourbon) before assembling this magnificent rum made in pot stills fastened to the floor with bolts bigger than bottles. Layers of banana, sweet oak, vanilla, caramel, almonds and fruitcake spice are a monument to rum making. Offering it is our tribute to world-class rum.
…this is molasses-based rum at its international finest; a clinic on what oak-aged rum should be aromatically. Entry is ideally balanced between vigor/freshness and oaky maturity; ends up graceful yet potent. Mount Gay’s pinnacle achievement.
I’ve always wanted to bring you Camus, one of the greatest Cognacs of France, but it just wasn’t available. Though Camus is the fifth largest Cognac house in the world, it is largely unknown in the states…until now. I finally got it for B-21, and you will love the XO Elegance.
This is a great blend from exceptional vineyards, mostly from Borderies, the smallest cru where Camus is the largest vine grower. Eaux-de-vie from Borderies are the most unique, with nutty aromas
and flavor, as well as a distinct violet or iris characteristic. Martell Cordon Bleu is made with a high percentage of these eaux-de-vie, which has become a very sought-after flavor profile. Camus never uses new oak barrels to age its brandies, only well-aged ones that have lost a lot of their tannin. The result is more easy-drinking and less harsh, even in its youngest bottlings; the XO is especially delicate. Drink up to find notes of dried apricots and honey, plus a touch of flowers and spice. It finishes long, dry and clean, with just a hint of vanilla. You’ll take pleasure in this bottle for a long time.
Camus XO Elegance Cognac
Deep copper color. Attractive aromas of spiced melon, caramel apple, cola nut, polished wood, and raisin scone aromas with a broad, supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a richly concentrated chocolate, spice, pipe tobacco and mineral dust nuanced finish. A superb sipping Cognac with excellent depth.
It could be the Irish of your life, and certainly one of the most powerful at almost 60 percent alcohol. Don’t let the power distract you, though. That’s not what has created the buzz. Sure you’ll smell the alcohol, but it’s the flavors in your mouth that will knock you over. Everything that you’ve ever tasted in an Irish is here, from apples and smoke to white chocolate and buttery fruit cake. It’s all wrapped in a thick oily liquor you can lick forever. Not to mention the very slick commemorative package. This is a rare, classic pot still concoction you won’t see or taste again. More than the luck of the Irish, every connoisseur of fine whiskey from the colonies, Scotland or Japan will want this.
Johnnie Walker Blue is the ultimate reward for the Striding Man, the pride of a great distillery for two centuries. This most exclusive Johnnie Walker is meticulously blended from the largest library of rare whiskies. Mixing the smoke and peat of Scotland’s west coast with the sweeter, spicy notes of the the east in endless layers of silky harmony.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch
Few masters blend like Johnnie Walker and none have access to the diversity and rarity that are in the Walker warehouses and cellars. That’s why Scotch connoisseurs have treasured Johnnie Walker for so long, and their elegant Blue Label above all else. The Walkers first made it in the 19th century from old and scarce whiskies reserved for family and close friends as a special privilege; they gave it a blue label but it was never sold to the public.
When Johnnie Walker decided to recreate the blend, they packaged it with style and elegance. Each Blue Label bottle is numbered as proof of its authenticity and swaddled in silk within its box. Some like Richard Nixon have mixed it with ginger ale and added a lemon garnish, but Blue Label is beautiful enough to drink unadorned. Have water on the side to cleanse your palate, then take in the aroma before savoring each sip.
This is the ultimate luxury for Cognac lovers, a rarity you won’t see anywhere else: a handsome special-edition trunk showcasing a beautiful commemorative bottle of Cent Cinquantenaire, the ultimate in Grand Marnier’s Cognac pleasures, with two balloon snifters designed by Riedel especially for savoring this rare drink. The gorgeous centennial version doesn’t prepare you for what we call the Great Gran Mere of Marnier. This 150th anniversary bottling is exquisite, a dream cuvee. The Marnier Lapostolle family selected rare aged Cognacs largely from Grand Champagne vineyards. Then the alchemists blended a rich liqueur based on sun-dried bigaradia oranges from the Caribbean. Remarkable aromas of cinnamon and bitter orange, edged with cocoa, and an endless and satiny smooth finish. Drinking it would be luxury enough, but the hand-finished Art Nouveau bottle packaged with the custom Riedel snifters is over the top. Together they will provide rich drinking for many nights.
Drink it neat or splash it over a single cube. In the glass El Dorado 21 is a rich, golden hue with sappy aromas of caramel, honeysuckle, praline, maple, brown sugar and butterscotch. Like fine cognac, it has legs that stretch for miles down the inside of the glass too. Caramel carries through to the palate and joins spice and dried fruit, evocative of chilly winter days spent dunking apples into a steaming pot of melted Brach’s cubes. Hints of orange zest and vanilla accompany the long and sustained finish as this amazing spirit inches off into the distance. An incredibly complex whisky that will truly upgrade your backbar. This is serious rum.
Mark Stitt, B-21
El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve Rum
“Copper color. Rich mocha, toffee, pipe tobacco, and brown spice aromas. A rich, satiny and vibrant entry leads to a smooth, dry-yet-fruity full body of toffee, coffee, and brown spice flavors. Finishes with a seemingly endless, sweet nutty fade with evolving layers of tobacco, chocolate, and spice. A monumental aged rum that is one of the world’s greatest rum drinking experiences.”
98 Points (Superlative)
International Review of Spirits
This is a mature Irish beauty with a kiss of bourbon. That faint Kentucky accent in the bourbon barrels helps, but the real flavor in this connoisseur’s bottle of Jameson’s Reserve is as pure Irish as a brogue. The distillery’s blenders have sorted through some of the oldest whiskeys in their stock and carefully put them together into an intriguing drink of complex flavors and easy texture.
At 18 years, they make this limited edition a fascinating whiskey of honey and caramel with accented by dry fruit, leather and spice. One of the finest in Ireland, made for savoring. Consider this our lucky charm. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t overlook this shamrock in a bottle.
“A true original, Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve is an exceptionally balanced whiskey and is the elder statesman of the Jameson Family. Its mellow, complex taste and lingering finale of wood, spice and toffee have been deftly created by the Master Blender; his hand-picked selection of no fewer than three exquisitely poised whiskeys serving as the light, shade and foreground used to craft this unique blend.
Dutifully matured for no less than 18 years in a combination of bourbon and oloroso sherry casks, it’s given a final finish in fresh fill American bourbon barrels. Since its debut in 2002, stocks of Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve have been, as its name suggests, limited. So any opportunity to enjoy this connoisseurs’ choice whiskey, in its individually numbered bottles, should be savoured.”
Thought the Chinese were busy driving up the price of Bordeaux vintages and whole vineyards? Nope. A fine bottle of Scotch remains a revered status item around the Pacific, and when the results of a big auction came in, an aged bottle of Dalmore fetched $200,000. This Dalmore was 62 years old, and according to whiskey-philes, should have a full cookie jar of whiskey spices and then some. This is stuff you have to sip. Very slowly. I checked our shelves, and the oldest Dalmore we have is 18 years and a grand taste of the Northern Highlands to be sure. If you’re hunting for high-grade investment scotch, you won’t have to throw down 200 Gs. Buy a fine ol’ Macallan or one gorgeous Glenrothes (1979 and 114 proof). Best of Scottish thrift.