Basil Hayden's Bourbon dates back to 1796, when Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. created a recipe unlike any other. He used a traditional corn base, but mixed in small grains in his mash to capture the spicy flavor of rye and complement the sweet smoothness of corn. More than 200 years later, Basil Hayden's is a singular bourbon that bridges the flavor of rye whiskies and small batch bourbons together. Enriched by a hint of peppermint, it impresses with notes of pepper balanced by slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish. Aged eight years at a relatively mild 80 proof, Basil Hayden's has a broad appeal and is equally enjoyable alone or in cocktails.
Distilled from a mash of 90% rye and 10% corn harvested from New York State farms, Breuckelen "77" Local Rye & Corn Whiskey has been matured for seven months in new American oak barrels from Kentucky. The smooth, clean base spirit has a subtle sweetness which shines through in the mature product, and is balanced by notes of vanilla and spicy oak.
In the 1830s, as a tavern keeper in Louisville, Kentucky, Augustus Bulleit set himself on a mission: to create a Bourbon unique in flavor. Just as Bourbon lovers today may sample many brands before finding their favorite, Augustus decided to experiment, too — by creating Bourbons of many different types and tastes. After countless small-batch trials, he came upon a Bourbon with the character he had been seeking. While transporting barrels of his Bourbon from Kentucky to New Orleans, Augustus Bulleit vanished. What happened to him is still unknown, and his creation could have vanished as well. But after more than a century, in 1987, his great-great-grandson Tom Bulleit stepped in. A lawyer by profession, Tom's lifelong dream had been to revive the family’s Bourbon legacy that started more than 150 years ago.
Bulleit Bourbon is made by following the small-batch technique inspired by Augustus Bulleit. Only the highest quality ingredients are used. This Bourbon's subtlety and complexity stem from its unique blend of rye, corn and barley malt, along with special strains of yeast. Because Bulleit Bourbon is especially high in rye content, it has a bold and spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish. This russet colored Bourbon has hints of oak and spice with a crisp, clean flavor that feels smooth in the throat with notes of vanilla and honey. We recommend sipping it on the rocks with a splash of ginger ale.
Barr Hill Gin begins with neutral grain spirits distilled from corn. Hand-crushed juniper berries are infused during the last distillation in the botanical extraction still. Raw honey is then added after the spirits come off the still. The hue of each small batch of gin will vary somewhat based on the season's honey—fall honey is a shade or two darker than summer honey. Kosher and gluten free, it's bottled at 45% alcohol (90 proof).
Barr Hill is literally an homage to the classic, juniper-forward style of gin. With juniper berries being only one of three ingredients—neutral spirits and raw honey being the others—Barr Hill is decidedly dry and piney. It has a pale golden/straw hue, a velvety, medium-weight body and the focused aromas of pine, fresh flora, honey and citrus zest. The palate is a no-nonsense, yet beautiful marriage of woodsy juniper and pure Vermont honey. The finish is long, spicy and citric. -Distiller's Notes
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The second wine from the biodynamic estate of Durfort-Vivens, this is a deliciously ripe fruity wine, dominated by 82% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a crisp accessible character that will allow it to age relatively quickly. The wine has juicy acidity, red-berry fruits and final acidity. Drink from 2019."
This 100% natural pot-still Haitian rum was produced by Bethel Romulus in the village of Pignon from three varieties of sugar cane.The distillery was built on a rock and the bottling named Le Rocher because Romulus is a devoutly religious man and so took inspiration from the Gospel of Matthew, verses 7: 24-27 'The foolish man builds the house on the sand and instead the wise man builds it on the rock'.
Le Rocher is produced from sugarcane syrup, not from pure juice. The syrup is boiled in order to preserve all the aromas of the rum while retaining the character of the three varieties of cane. It has tropical fruit notes and can be easily enjoyed neat or on the rocks.
Cotswolds Dry Gin has a delectable blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals. The expression of this traditional London dry style Gin comes from the maceration of pure juniper, coriander, and angelica root, which has been left for 12 hours to allow the flavour characteristics to fully infuse. Next, a unique botanical mix of Cotswolds lavender, bay leaf, grapefruit, lime, black pepper and cardamom seed are added to a Holstein pot still for distillation before finishing with naturally refined Cotswolds water. The result is a classic well-balanced juniper-led gin with crisp citrus and spice.
Nose: Fresh notes of grapefruit with earthy coriander backed-up by sweet juniper. Soft notes of black pepper with a hint of perfumed Cotswolds lavender.
Palate: Clean, pine juniper spice with fresh grapefruit and coriander seed. A touch of dryness from the angelica root with eucalyptus notes from bay leaf. Subtle lime and lavender.
Finish: Clean and balanced. Juniper, citrus and some cooling notes from bay leaf and cardamom.
This gin is delicious on its own and over ice. It’s robust enough to stand up to tonic and smooth enough to craft the ultimate gin martini. -Distillery Notes
Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. Every barrel is discriminately selected to offer consistent flavor but with a seemingly individual personality. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience. The nose is complex, with aromas of toffee, hints of orange peel, herbs, honey, leather and oak. The taste is bold, dry and delicate with notes of candied almonds and very rich cocoa. The finish is dry and lingering. -Distiller's Notes
Located just a distiller’s leap from Kobe Bay, Eigashima is the closest whisky distillery to the coast in Japan. The ocean laden air is reflected in the whisky’s savoury, saline driven purity. Founded in 1888, Eigashima holds Japan’s first whisky license, issued in 1919. serious malt production did not begin until 1984, when the current copper pot stills were put into action and a focus on premium whiskies began at their “White Oak” facility. Following a program dedicated to crafting an insanely fine, super sipping whisky, they limit production to insure that quality is preeminent, making Eigashima’s Akashi one of the rarest whiskies on the planet.
Akashi is named after its hometown -- translated as the “Sun Rise City” -- where the owner’s family has been making traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages for over three centuries. Akashi whisky is blended in the scotch tradition, with Japanese precision, the malt is lightly peated, and vatting is mostly ex-bourbon barrels. The nose is very fruity with apricots and dried fruits, and a shy note of honey. -Distiller's Notes
Opened in 1952 by legendary master distiller Don Ignacio González Vargas, Casa Siete Leguas has become one of the most prestigious distilleries in Mexico. It first garnered international prestige when it produced the original tequila used to launch the now famous Pátron brand in the late '80s. The famed producer is now better known—and rightfully so—as the creator of critically acclaimed Siete Leguas 100% Agave Tequilas.
The altogether sensational Siete Leguas Blanco 100% Agave Tequila is bottled fresh from the still. If you liked the original Pátron Blanco, you'll adore this brilliantly aromatic and flavorful silver tequila. It has ideal clarity, a velvety, medium-weight body and a generous nose brimming with spice, pepper, citrus and the unmistakable aroma of wet pavement. The bouquet alone is well worth the purchase price. It has a gentle entry that bathes the palate with herbal, spice and fruit flavors. The finish is long and sublime. A more elegant blanco tequila you will not find.