Old Grand-Dad has been around forever for a reason. This is the kind of stuff your own grand-dad would have exclaimed, "That'll put hair on your chest!" as you took your first drink. Big and brawny, this bourbon is not for those of faint heart. It gives you a strong whiff of heat with orange peels, cinnamon and clove spices, leather and roasted nuts. It's got a big bite and a nice heft to its body with creamy toffee sweetness combining with rye spiciness for a long warm finish.
Let this air out in your glass for a while or add a little water to soften it up. At 100 proof, this is a perfect bourbon to use for different winter-time cocktails like the Hot Toddy or a Spiked Apple Cider.
***Bottled In Bond means that this bottle of bourbon follows federally regulated production methods. (Hooray for Government sanctioned booze!) That means the whiskey must be the product of one distillation season made by a single distillery. It also must be aged in a federally bonded warehouse under US government supervision for at least 4 years and must be bottled at 100 proof (50% alcohol by volume). And finally, the product's label must identify the distillery where it was made and bottled.
Salmon pink color; fresh aromas of soft red berries, predominantly strawberry and raspberry. On the palate, round and fruity with hints of peach; the flavors are intense, with lively acidity framed by a well-made structure and delicate bubbles. The finish is smooth, clean and dry. -Winemaker's Notes
2016 marked the last of the drought years and like last year, overall quantity was down, but that naturally pushed the quality level up significantly. Low yields generally help to produce wines of impressive depth and concentration. As with years past, we sourced Chardonnay from marine influenced areas up and down the California coastline where the cool influence of the Pacific Ocean moderates warmer temperatures for optimal growing conditions.
Among the native wildflowers found in the Alps are the Queen Charlotte and March Violets. Elegant in its simplicity, this authentic Crème de Violette captures their fragrance, vibrant colors, and taste. Enjoy this liqueur in classic cocktails such as the Blue Moon or Aviation, or as an ingredient in continental cuisine. -Importer's Notes
"A subtle nose of lemon leads onto a slender, fresh palate where lemony brightness and lightness reign. A phenolic edge sets a pleasant, gastronomic accent while refreshment is guaranteed on the dry finish."
In 1997, the former geophysicist, Tito Beveridge, opened the first legal distillery in Texas outside of Austin and began producing Tito's Handmade Vodka in pot stills he builds himself from his own design. Beveridge is one of a growing cadre of American distillers handcrafting world-class vodkas using artisan techniques and micro-distilling technology. While distilling in small batches requires that he invest considerably more time and effort, it affords Beveridge greater control over the process.
There are scores of variables that directly affect the character and taste of a vodka. For example, Tito's Handmade Vodka is made entirely from high-grade corn. But like other commodities used in distillation—grapes and barley malt to sugar cane and blue agave—the quality of corn is subject to such factors as soil composition, the balance between sunny and cloudy days, and the amount of rainfall at the beginning versus the end of the growing season. Change necessitates that Beveridge remain intimately involved in every step of production. He personally examines the grain, tests the water and assesses each batch as it ferments. Beveridge builds his own stills so they can't be replicated by others.
When you get a bottle of Tito's Homemade Vodka, trust that it couldn't be made by anyone else on the planet. Fortunately for mankind, Beveridge has a firm grasp of the tiller. His luxurious, character-laden vodka has a medium-weight, satiny-textured body and a crisp refreshing aroma. Its initial entry is pleasantly warm without a trace of harshness or excess heat before it gradually fades into a slightly sweet finish.
Tozai 'Living Jewel' Sake is produced in Kyoto's ancient brewing town of Fushimi, known for its abundant supply of pure, pristine, and soft water from many of the nearby mountains. The label image represents a Japanese "koi" whose vibrant colors and shimmering scales have earned them the moniker "living jewels." Aromas of white grape, anise, and a hint of sweet rice are quite complex in this Sake. The same flavors come rushing through the medium-bodied palate which has a slightly creamy texture followed by a hint of white pepper and fresh herbal notes. The long, clean finish makes this a great sipping sake as well as a companion to baked herbed salmon, grilled lobster, and light poultry dishes. -Distiller's Notes
91pts - Vinous
"Spice-accented aromas of dark berries and cherry take on a spicy nuance as the wine opens up. Bitter cherry, cassis and succulent herb flavors deepen and become sweeter on the back half, which is energized by a jolt of white pepper. Closes juicy, taut and long; sneaky tannins lend shape and firming grip."