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Southern Wine and Spirits
New American oak for 4.5 years
The color of this whiskey is impressively dark for its age. Immediately upon pouring it into the glass you can smell aromas of freshly baked rye bread. Brown sugar, cacao nibs, dark chocolate, marshmallow and charred oak dominate the nose. Unlike any of the typical Kentucky ryes on the market, the 100% rye mashbill really sets the tone for flavors. The palate is just as intense as the nose, but very balanced for the proof, with a finish that lasts for days.
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This American single malt is distilled in Seattle using 100% malted barley. In this particular bottle, 90% is sourced from Washington State, and is comprised of 5 different types of malt: Munich, extra special, brown, pale chocolate, and Washington Select. Additionally, a strain of Belgian brewer's yeast is used. This whiskey is a great crossover for a bourbon drinker because like bourbon and unlike most Scotch malt whiskies, it is aged in new American oak barrels. The use of brown and roasted malts give this whiskey a nice rich chocolate flavor complimented by coffee notes. The Westland has a gorgeous mahogany color and great viscosity welcoming you with aromas of chocolate, caramel, bananas foster, fresh roasted coffee and malted milk balls. The palate confirms the initial flavors with big bold hits of roasted malt and spice finishing for days with more chocolate. At cask strength 54% abv, this whiskey is stout but smooth and great on its own. The addition of water opens up the flavors and mellows out the heat on the finish a bit. You may enjoy this whiskey on its own, but it is great with a spread of fine chocolate or even cheese.
Youngs Market Company
11 years aged (barreled on 11/2008, bottled Spring 2020)
Aroma: Marshmallow, peanut brittle
Taste: whiskey soaked marshmallow, spice, fruity, medium oak/tannin
The whiskey drinks well below its proof. Though a 100% rye, the pour is neither overly spicy nor oaky. The flavors meld well together and do not overpower one another. A nice, delicate balance of fruit and spice.
Freeland Spirits Gin is small batch crafted using a unique blend of traditional heat distillation along with vacuum distillation, which allows us to use fresh, Pacific Northwest ingredients. Fresh herbal essences of rosemary, mint and crisp cucumber lift the nose. Grapefruit and lemon peel brighten the brisk juniper and bold spice. Pink peppercorn, coriander and star anise mingle with 10 additional dried botanicals in the copper pot still.
Finish: lingers with complexity
Taste: Layered spice balanced by freshness, strikingly smooth texture, rounded body
Aroma: Garden herbs, vibrant spice, citrus bursts, floral hints, spruce undertones
We originally created the 2008 version of this wine to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a winery in 2010. With the exotic complexity and food friendliness of a white Rhone-style blend, it is a “red-drinker’s white,” a complex alternative to the more one-dimensional white varietal wines like Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. It is the perfect complement to its namesake shellfish, as well as chicken or pork dishes with buttery-creamy sauces. *Coquille is pronounced “ko-keel” and it is French for shellfish or scallop, like the scallop shells on the Shelton family coat of arms.
Exotic nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. Multi-dimensional (many layers), a hard-to-describe range of aromatics, intriguing, almost mysterious! In the mouth it is crisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit.
Zaccagnini has added a perfect complement to its extremely successful Montepulciano and Pinot Grigio wines by releasing this beautiful Rose. It is made from a tasty blend of Montepulciano, and Sangiovese grapes, harvested from a single vineyard. It has attractive pink-coral color and possesses bright, fresh white blossom aromas. On the palate it is light bodied with delicate mouth-watering red berry flavors.
An extremely versatile wine, it is great as an aperitif and pairs beautifully with all seafood, poultry, creamy, soft cheeses, charcuterie and spicy foods.
If you are searching for the wonderful dark ales of Belgium – apart from the Trappist beers – your path should lead you to the cozy town of Mechelen. Here you will find the Het Anker brewery. Every year they make a special brew dedicated to Charles (Karel) Quint (1500-58), German-Roman Emperor. That beer is the Cuvée van de Keizer.
Aromas and flavors of roasted malts, caramel and plums. Soft and fruity mouthfeel that’s not too rich nor decadent. Perfect for the holidays or for aging.
Southern Wine and Spirits
This new uniquely Californian gin is the brain child of Chef and Culinary TV Personality Marsh Mohktari. He set out to make a one of a kind London Dry style gin that exhibited the wonderful bounties of the great State of California. Using the majestic Gray Whale and its migratory path along the 800+ miles of California coast as a symbol for the diversity of ingredients foraged and farmed from local sources, they capture the essence of both our great state and what drinking gin is all about, having fun! But Marsh isn't just about having a good time. He's committed to helping save our dying oceans and gives a portion of his proceeds to Oceana, an organization committed to protecting the world's oceans. Crafting this gin from grain to bottle, they begin with a base of organic grain. This is fermented and distilled multiple times before gin production begins. The organic base spirit is steeped with Italian and local juniper from Big Sur. Other botanicals are suspended above the spirit during distillation including Sonoma Fir, Santa Cruz Mint, hand harvested Mendocino Coast Kombu, Baja Limes and even some fresh Almonds from the Central Valley. The result is something absolutely delicious and totally unique, but with a balance and familiarity that you'd expect from a great London Dry. The vibrant blue bottle is sure to turn heads, but it's the delicious flavor that's going to turn your glass upside down. Go ahead and pour another, it's for the whales.
Slight exotic fruits flavor, peach and white flowers on the nose. The palate it is rich and generous with a well structured body enabling a long mineral finish. Drink now, or age 3 to 5 years in bottle.
This wine pairs with truffle dishes, Ravioles du Dauphiné, omelette, buttered toast and coarse salt.
Pretty petal pink color with shiny undertones. This vintage instantly reminds of Provence with its beautiful aromas of fresh fruit and spring flowers. Airy and balanced, it delicately combines great freshness and complexity, and develops saline and mineral notes. Its long and intense finish is the signature of a rosé with incomparable elegance.
Signatory is an independent bottler of rare single malts. Their collection of single-barrel cask expressions represents an array of quality scotches from Scotland. The important distinction being independent companies that bottle their own products (Signatory, Gordon & MacPhail, Cadenhead) versus independent companies whose products are bottled under contract. This Signatory 'Inchmurrin 1993' was aged 100% in a hogshead (bourbon) barrel, #2848 to be exact, and yielded only 225 bottles. It was bottled to order for PlumpJack. After resting for 21 years in barrel, the angels had taken their fair share of drink leaving just 52.6% ABV at cask strength. The color is rich golden yellow and tastes just like it looks. Aromas of barley cereal, caramel, acacia honey, honeysuckle flower and orange zest burst from the glass. Upon aeration the aromas develop and deepen into fudge, chocolate and mild tobacco.
*bottle not pictured; this does not come in a cylinder
Aroma: spearmint, black tea, butterscotch candy, stone fruit, orange zest, maple syrup
Taste: black tea, allspice, clove, vanilla, orange zest, apricot pit, rye spice, caramel
Pale yellow in color, this 100% Vermentino shows aromas and flavors of lemon-peel, flowers and ‘macchia,’ the smell of the wild herbs that surround the limestone-rich vineyards. Fresh acidity makes this a very versatile food wine (a natural choice with seafood), and I love it as a dry aperitif too.
Named after the 15th century owner of this estate, the wine comes from a selection of the best parcels. With impressive tannins, a dense structure and rich bold black fruits, this is a powerful wine. It is full of ripe fruit with a mineral texture and has a good future. Very dark color with carmine highlights and a wonderfully complex and powerful bouquet of morello cherry, black currant, and spices. The freshness and fruitiness on the nose carry over to the palate, which has a long, silky finish. Pair with a roasted meat, like a T-bone steak. It also goes well with strong French cheese and dark chocolate.
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
This tightly wrought, mineral-textured wine has a full-bodied future. It is rich, with touches of apricot as well as apple behind the youthful texture. The wine needs to age, so drink from 2020.
Youngs Market Company
The Chianti Classico Riserva has a ruby-red hue with a trace of garnet. The nose is elegant, displaying hints of spice and fruit. This a well-structured wine with smooth tannins and a long finish.
"A red with plenty of ripe fruit, such as berries and cherries with some fresh-herb and lemon undertones. It’s medium-to full-bodied with bright fruit and fine tannins. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold". -94 points James Suckling