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.
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.
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
If you're in the market for a spirit that marches to the beat of a different drummer, look no further than Hendrick's Gin, a refreshing, marvelously twisted gin with a unique outlook on things. Self-described as the "world's most peculiar gin," Hendricks exists confidently in a universe of its own making—and we’re all rather fortunate they did.
The brand is produced in the seaside village of Girvan, Ayrshire in the south of Scotland. Its individualism to a large degree is the result of skilled craftsmanship. The gin is crafted from a blend of small batch spirits produced in two types of stills, each of which produce distinctively different styles of spirits. The distillery's small pot still produces a full-bodied, full-flavored spirit with an oily texture and a juniper-forward character. In contrast, the Carter-Head stills extract the aromas and flavors in the botanicals using alcohol vapors alone, yielding a distinctively lighter, more delicately flavored spirit. Blending the two results in a finished spirit unlike all other entrants.
Another significant point of distinction is the composition of Hendricks' botanical mix, a delightfully eccentric blend of juniper, coriander, citrus, witch hazel, cassia bark, Bulgarian rose petals and cucumber essence. After distillation the spirit is diluted to 88-proof with spring water from the Scottish lowlands.
The result is a refreshing break from convention, a gin without a heady blast of juniper on the nose or palate. Hendricks has a lightweight, oily textured body and a prominent cucumber and floral bouquet with light citrus and juniper notes. Despite being relatively high in alcohol, the gin raises little heat on the palate before slowly fading into a slightly spicy, cucumber-laced finish.
Côte des Bars, Champagne, France
This Blanc de Noirs Cuvee is the pillar of Moutard's production as it is a blend of several of the best vintages. The refined, rich nose evokes notes of butter, almond and brioche. A lively, elegant and balanced palate with good mouthfeel. -Winemaker's Notes
Hudson Baby Bourbon is the first bourbon whiskey to be distilled in New York. Named “Best Artisan Distiller of 2010” by the American Distilling Institute, this single grain bourbon is made from 100% New York corn and aged in special small American Oak barrels. This unique aging process produces a mildly sweet, smooth spirit with hints of vanilla and caramel. The BABY is Tuthilltown’s first whiskey and the first legal pot-distilled whiskey made in New York since prohibition. Hudson Baby Bourbon is a perfect introduction to aged whiskey spirits. It is mild and friendly, bright to the tongue and warming all the way down with notes of marzipan and roasted corn. Each bottle is hand waxed and numbered. It is a true American classic. We recommend trying the BABY in one of Tuthilltown Spirits signature cocktails.
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