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Anchor Old Tom Gin 750ml
Review Date: 2-18-2015
Anchor’s Old Tom is not a syrupy sweet gin, but has the subtle balancing sweetness that one expects from an Old Tom. On certain occasions you might want an OT that’s simple and straight forward, but if you want some thing with a little bit more depth, this should be your first choice. Warming and spicy, it feels like this stuff would be way to much to handle without the hint of sweetness. Great texture as well, showing a textural richness only found in the popular Ransom OT. Of course that product is barrel aged and pot still malted barley, so a pre-modern OT – while the Anchor is distilled more cleanly. Also the smiling cat on the label makes me happy.
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Anchor Junipero Gin 750ml
Review Date: 2-18-2015
Junipero has become the iconic gin of both craft distillation and California. That stark understated label does not prepare you for the bold bouquet of aromas in the glass. Bright and crystal clear, the flavors are extremely well delineated as well. I love this with tonic, but when I want a martini that’s going to make me stand up, this is usually what I reach for.
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2012 Anchor Christmas Spirit White Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 2-18-2015
This is absolutely one of the finest white spirits you'll find anywhere. Forget about the christmas part, we should all be drinking this all night every night! What i really recommend here is using it as the base for a barrel aged whiskey cocktail. I guarantee it will taste better than if you start with nearly any $30 bourbon on the shelf. All the herbal spice and rich grain practically screams out for a swizle stick and a novelty 2 liter barrel! Let it soak up some oak, bitters, and vermouth -unleash the christmas spirit.
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Whistle Pig 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 2-17-2015
Whistle Pig has become an industry leader in the rye resurgence. Maybe the first distillery to release a Canadian Straight Rye as a craft style brand. Now they're growing rye, having it contract distilled, and stocking their warehouses with farm to barrel rye whiskey of the highest order. Why they don't highlight how and where they get this wonderful whiskey is their marketing departments problem. My main concern is how it tastes. Brimming with rye spice, the 100 proof WP always keeps you on your toes. Not soft or overly sweet, it's one of these that really hits the balance between intensity of flavor and textural complexity. The overlying theme is bold dry rye flavors. Behind the earthy rye, some sweet floral and exotic herbal tones. A great example of why Canada (via Vermont?) is still the Rye capital of the Whisk(e)y world.
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Laphroaig 10 year old Original Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-17-2015
Poll the people of Islay regarding their favorite whisky to drink, I'll argue that this one would be in the running for top billing. The truth of the matter is that Laphroaig's CS offering remains one of the single most impressive regular releases on the market. Laphroaig is nothing if not consistent in terms of quality and this release is no slouch. Massively powerful aromas on nose are not actually totally dominated by iodine and peat, but instead lead by powerful vanilla and sweet oak. ON the palate is where the powerful spirit shows through. Briny and textural, it can be mistaken for no other. With water the sweet oak on the nose gives way to more ocean water, white pepper, and some industrial grade smoke. You should rely on this whisky as it will always deliver.

1992 Clynelish K&L Exclusive 21 Year Old Cadenhead Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-17-2015
I truly find this whisky utterly wild. I'm a big time sucker for Clynelish because well, it's almost always delicious and right in my preferred style range. It's not because it tends to have the most powerful bouquet or the most intense flavors, but instead because they're is so little out there that tastes quite like it. Classic Clynelish on display here, not obfuscated by sherry or too much oak. The nose is subtle but massively complex, showing candied green apples (not quite jolly rancher), light herbal aromas, and an underlying creaminess that kind of reminds me of cake frosting. The palate shows a bright lifted sweetness that is completely balanced even at full strength. With water this gets a bit steely. Bring in more powerful aromas almost reminding me of the best Alsatian Riesling. More orange peel and pepper. A stunningly easy yet complex drink.
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Jefferson's Ocean Voyage #4 Aged at Sea Very Small Batch Bourbon 750ml
Review Date: 2-13-2015
This is by far the best Ocean release I've yet tasted. I'm not sure if it's the additional time at sea or simply they're getting better at blending this unusual product once it returns to port. The rarity of the release is not the only reason to grab a bottle, it really does benefit from the abnormal aging technique. It's not particularly more or less saline than the others, but the depth is on the next level here. Powerful dense woodsy flavors meld perfectly with the subtle salty taffy sweetness. Candied orange peel and baking spice continue as it opens in the glass. The aromatic complexity is mimicked on the palate where the sweet oak and salt soften the powerful spice. Looks like Jefferson has found something special with this ocean line. What we got is all we'll get.
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Alexandre Le Brun "Passion" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-11-2015
Le Brun is like one of these culty type producers. He's one of these guys that treats his vines like his children. Probably reads them a story each night before bed and it shows. His entry-level wines are good, but once you cross the threshold into his upper level, it's a whole different story. Elegance like a Hepburn, depth like Death Valley, everything on this wine is firing on all cylinders. What a fabulous expression and proof positive that Le Brun is one of Champagne's most exciting producers.
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2011 Maison Angelot Mondeuse Bugey
Review Date: 2-11-2015
I don't really get how this is possible. It's so good and so cheap. This hits on so many levels for me. Everything you love about high quality Burgundy/Beaujolais, with the nervy intensity of Mondeuse. Depth, spice, richness, but not heavy at all. So versatile and exciting, but familiar and comforting. A fabulous wine at any price, so for less than $13 it's like you should probably buy a case, ya know?
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2013 Dreissigacker Riesling Trocken
Review Date: 1-23-2015
Having cut his chops working under the famous Peter Keller -one of the Rheinhessen's most celebrated dry wine producers- you'd figure Jochen Dreissigacker had picked up a few tricks. Should we call it a Keller Killer? I might not going that far, but this is my new favorite Trocken riesling under $20 (at least until we get the new Weingut Keller stuff back). Everything is perfectly in place. Very pale yellow color. Absolutely stunning minerality. A magnicifent value by any measure.
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2011 Dr. Wehrheim Muschelkalk Weisser Burgunder (Pinot Blanc)
Review Date: 1-23-2015
I absolutely love a white wine with tons a floral qualitities without seeming perfumed. Few wines achieve this without going over the edge to artificial or overly pungent extracted floral elements. This wine is like taking a wish a of the most freshly picked white wild flowers, honeysuckles, and blooming chaparral (NO GARDINIAS!). As with all Pinot Blanc we worry about acidity, but this one has all it needs and more. Great little bottle that should continue to develope nicely over the next few years.
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2013 Ökonomierat Rebholz Pinot Blanc
Review Date: 1-23-2015
Not surprised that I loved Rebholz' new Pinot Blanc. They're one of the most exciting producers of dry white wine in Germany. Nearly crystal clear in color. Incredible purity and fabulous structure. Clean Pinot Blanc with great acidity, incredible intensity and a fabulous price point. You gotta get into it. Serve it with some rilette or grilled fish.
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2013 Sadie Family Old Vine Series "Soldaat" Grenache Noir Piekenierskloof
Review Date: 1-23-2015
Well when people say this is the DRC of such and such I usually glaze over, but when I heard what these guys were doing down in Swartland, they got my attention. This is one of the most impressive offerings in out store today. Every single wine from Sadie Family makes me shiver. Their is so much depth, yet so much hidden still. Buy this. Hold it. Drink it to remind you why you fell in love with wine. Weep silent happy tears to yourself.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Orgo Rkatsiteli Republic of Georgia
Review Date: 1-23-2015
Medium Gold Color. You can see the weight and power in the glass. Incredible nose of confit citrus, funky dried fruit, and almond butter. Massively tannic (for a white), pithy and focused. Needs something greasy and grilled, but one of the best I've had in this traditional Georgian style.
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2006 Château Musar Blanc Bekaa Valley
Review Date: 1-23-2015
FREAKING LOVE THIS STUFF. Who can argue with native Lebanese varietals? Besides of course stodgy wine critics! Ok I'll admit this isn't for everyone, but if it doesn't fit your palate you might want to consider changing your tastes ; ) Clearly I'm smitten and you will be too if you like any of the Lopez de Heredia white. A triumph in my opinion!
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