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Clear Creek Cranberry Liqueur 750ml (Ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 9-12-2011
McCarthy's is known world wide for being one of America's finest craft distillery. His forte is fruit based liqueurs and he's been able to successfully compete with French producers with significantly more capital and about 200 hundred more years of experience. The Cranberry liqueur proves that Steve is also one of the most innovative producers of liqueurs around. His skill and commitment to quality is truly on show here, as he develops a perfectly balanced and incredibly complex liqueur from these angry little cranberries.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur 750ml
Review Date: 8-28-2011
The Italian classic has been making a comeback recently and deservedly so. Bottle a laughable 11%, Aperol backs all the punch of its big brother Campari without the headaches. Traditionally served in a Spritz, add 2-3 oz of Aperol to a glass full of ice. Top with Prosecco and an orange wheel. Enjoy over and over!

Barbancourt 5 Star 8 Year Old Haitian Rum 750ml
Review Date: 8-28-2011
Haiti's largest export is rhum. Barbancourt is essentially the ONLY rhum being exported from the troubled island nation. It is a testament to their commitment to quality. Made in a very similar style to the AOC rums of it's neighbors Martinique and Guadeloupe, Barbancourt 5 Star is one of my favorites. Fresh and light on its feet, you have all the intensity of a great Agricole rhum without the funky undertones. One of the best values in the store.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Combier Liqueur D' Orange Triple Sec
Review Date: 8-28-2011
I'm picky about my triple sec. Most people look at triple sec like a filler, something that doesn't really have to be of the highest quality. I say to them, "look again!" Trying triple sec of varying quality side by side will immediately tell you that this assumption is flawed. Combier is one of the finest triple sec available and should be considered as such. This makes every difference in your drink so don't skimp.
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Del Maguey Tobala Mezcal 750ml
Review Date: 8-28-2011
My favorite mezcal at any price, the Tobala is an incredibly rare agave the grows only in the shaded areas of the Oaxacan highlands. This producer is known to use tropical fruit in addition to agave to get the right balance for this spice fruit forward Mezcal.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Distilleries et Domaines de Provence Farigoule de Thyme 375ml
Review Date: 8-28-2011
This silly little product sounds like a bad idea, but it's turns out to be a really really good one. Powerful and intense, the Farigoule is like taking trip to Provence without the jet-lag. The thyme is evident, but as you explore it more you can tease out a great deal of interesting garrigue aromas. Needs a bit of an experts touch for mixing, but well worth it.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

El Dorado 12 year old Demerara Guyana Rum (ships as 1.5L) 750ml
Review Date: 8-28-2011
An incredible example of why the El Dorado Rum should be considered some of the world's finest. From a famous rum producing nation, Guyana, Demerara Distillers Ltd is the last functioning distillery in this Caribbean jungle nation. Using some of the world's oldest stills, DDL has been able to continue Guyana's legacy of producing the finest rums. Every offering from El Dorado is strikingly different, but the 12 year stands alone in terms of bang for your buck. This is a blend of 4 rums from 4 different types of still and represents the old style Guyana rum. Delicious!
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La Cigarrera Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda (375ml)
Review Date: 8-28-2011
Gwah! Great Manzanilla for nothing at all. If you don't like sherry then we can't be friends, but if you at least try this bottle I'll forgive you forever. An accurate example of this stupendous style of sherry. Intense and nutty, very very rich with a racy balancing acidity. This is what I LIKE!!!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Lagavulin 16-year-old Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 8-28-2011
I love Lagavulin. It represents everything that Scotch whisky should be. It's definitely not for everyone, but if you can appreciate this special whisky from the magical isle of Islay, you're probably going to ended up a life long fan. A whisky to cut ones teeth on, you just can't beat Lagavulin for consistency and overall depth.

Louis Roque Vieille Prune 750ml
Review Date: 8-28-2011
I'm smitten with this fun little spirit from the north eastern part of the French Southwest. This plum brandy is one of the easiest to appreciate, but will impress even the most jaded brandy lover. Forward sweet oak proceeds and incredibly deep fruitiness. No heat on the palate, the powerful fruit feels like its been sweetened, but it's in fact very dry.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Rare Wine Company Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Madeira
Review Date: 8-28-2011
Madeira has been relegated to the shelves of cooks for years, but the Rare Wine Co. is changing that with it's phenomenal line of Historically significant single variety Madeiras. This shows intense fresh cotton candy, freshly cracked almond and a deep earthy rancio fruit on the nose. The palate EXPLODES with acidity negating any sweetness that might have been there. Because of the ridiculous way they make Madeira, this basically has no shelf life, so open it today and drink over the next year!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart ST 93 BC 0

Tariquet 15 Year Old Cask Strength Folle Blanche Armagnac 750ml
Review Date: 8-28-2011
Tariquet is making some of the most exciting Armagnacs on the market today. Stupendous values as well, this 15 year is produced exclusively from the rare folle blanche grape. Highly aromatic and bottled at cask strength, this is more flowers and fruit than spice and earth, but still ranks high on my list of best brandy values.
Price: $55.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 3-9-2011
Meaty, beefy, austere, intense. Weird, but fun! GEEKS only.
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Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Review Date: 7-1-2009
Richly aromatic, toasted and yeasty. A full and thick bead and heavy mousse distinguish this sparkler from some of the other wines available in the price range. Definitely unique enough to satisfy the adventerous, but has something everyone can appreciate. Perfectly suited for a dessert pairing - although it's quite dry so choose its compliment carefully.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart WE 89 BC 0

Rowan's Creek Bourbon 750ml
Review Date: 8-22-2008
Incredibly balanced, its zesty aromatics feature some surprising honeysuckle and jasmine notes. The mouthfeel is supple but not thick; there’s also a subdued sweetness with just a touch of pepper and no detectable heat. Attractively packaged and reasonably priced, something this good can’t last forever.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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