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2012 McKinlay Vineyards, Special Selection Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-02-2015
Classic Willy Pinot of the highest order. Deep dark cherry and earth. More exotic fruits too. Balanced despite the strong tannin. Probably will be stunning in the cellar for a few years.
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-01-2015
Solid stuff showing dried cherries, herbs and earth on the nose. Fresh fruit and low tannin, light texture and soft acids. The finish builds for a little crescendo to a medium long finish. Satiating for most every true Pinot lover.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Cristom "Mt. Jefferson Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-01-2015
Dense red flower (hibiscus, rose) and red wild cherries. Well balalnced, juicy acid, structured like a classic wine. Love the old school feel here. Truly wonderful expressive wine and a wonderful value compared to other pinots at any price range.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-01-2015
Here's an incredibly well developed NV from Drappier. Slightly nutty signs of older champagne, with yeast brioche and heady dark fruit. Rich and full in the palate, with the dark cherry coming forward and a taught lifted finish. Superb.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

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$34.99
WS 91

2006 Drappier "Grande Sendrée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-01-2015
This is the hotness. Ultra powerful nose of quince preserve and freshly rolled butter. Powerful, textural, open, but with so many layers. Something to buy big on and appreciate how it develops over the coming years, knowing that you could pop every bottle at anytime and be absolutely satisfied with the result.

Chateau de Bligny "Grand Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-01-2015
Slightly reduced on first nosing, a calm thoughtful swirl helped that out 100%. Perfect yellow flowers and white meat peaches. Creamy citrus, delicate lively texture, and a perfectly balanced finish. Bligny is blangin'.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 90 WS 90

Baron Fuente "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-01-2015
Absolutely gorgeous. Brioch, Tropical fruit, more yeast! Cherries and then cherries! Lemon cream. Mountains of acid and cherries and cream. What a steal.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 92

2014 Teutonic "Crow Valley Vineyard" Willamette Valley Riesling
Review Date: 09-01-2015
Beautiful white fruit, cassis to be precise, on the nose. Funky white flowers, orange peel and wild acidity. Solidly delicious.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Bodegas Re "Cabergnan" Cabernet Sauvignon-Carignan Maule Valley
Review Date: 09-01-2015
I don't know if it's the silly names, but these RE wines took me by surprise. The wine making is impeccable and although they're not cheap, they really stand up as world class wines. The Cabergnan is powerful and aromatic. Tons of complexity on the nose and palate. Rich but delicate fruit, clean and full. Lovely nuanced textured and a persistent back end. Serious stuff sir. Serious stuff.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

2012 Bodegas Re "Chardonnoir" Single Vineyard Casablanca Valley
Review Date: 08-31-2015
Well this is totally gnarly in the best way. It's super bright and forward, with a funky undertone that just reminds me of nothing else. The creamy texture and awesome mineral palate seals the deal. It's grade A geek wine from Casablanaca. Good work.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

2013 Buchegger Vordernberg Grüner Veltliner Erste Lage Kremstal
Review Date: 08-31-2015
We love Gruner cause its fun and often over delivers, but it's also a pretty serious sometimes. This wine is powerful and decadent. A rich bouquet of tropical flowers, wild honey, mineral powder. Golden ripe fruit, apple, quince, apricots, then more minerals! A fine specimen.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Zahel "Orange T" Orangetraube Wien
Review Date: 08-31-2015
If you can imagine melting wax covering orange sherbet, you know what this wine smells like. Since you can't, grab a bottle. The ultra rich complex nose gives way to a dry juice medium bodied white that's as friendly as they get. Very easy to drink and keeps you interested at every sip. Salad wine alert.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Château de Brézé Clos de Midi Saumur Blanc
Review Date: 08-31-2015
Absolutely golden. Perfection in a summer white. Without equal currently in the store at this price point. Planning to buy as much as I can afford.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Les Poëte "Le Côtes Cabernet des Poëte" Touraine Rouge
Review Date: 08-31-2015
Having tasted the exceptional pinot noir (serious that wine is an A so look it up), I had high hopes for the Les Poete Touraine Rouge. Needless to say it delivered or I wouldn't be writing this. This easy going juicy wine is not in the running for Parker's top ten list, but it's deftly constructed and will enhance nearly and food you throw at it. Very complex bouquet of minerals, red flowers and black currants. The palate is lift, but not sharp with a very minimal tannic imprint. It's this type of really well made french wine that makes me want to cook french food. Poulet Roti, mais oui!
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Umathum Blaufränkisch Burgenland
Review Date: 08-31-2015
These reds from Austria are so CHEAP! These guys try really really hard to make great wine in an unforgiving climate. The quality across the board is excellent and almost always fun to drink. Umathum is pretty tendy so you expect it to be a cut above. The start is just a pile of rubber and gravel. Note: these wines tend to be slightly reduced and should always be heavily decanted. Pounding them with air cleans them right up and if those flavors put you off you can still enjoy these wines without having to waste years cellaring. With tons of air we still have tons of gravel! I love that. Now rich earthy red fruit. On the palate all dark fruit and rich coffee tones. Soft easy tannins don't get in the way. IN the end a pretty easy going wine that drinks well beyond its price point.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Rosi Schuster Saint Laurent Burgenland
Review Date: 08-31-2015
I don't know if St. Laurent is my achilles heel, but all of these Austrian reds these days taste superb. This 2012 Schuster is precise and absolutely delicious. One taste and its clear that an exceptional team took advantage of every oppourtunity afforded to them by nature to make this wine. Tons of mineral and earth on the nose. Blood. Raspberry preserve. The intensity continues on the palate with medicinal herbs and earth red fruit. Textured and full of life. Medium bodied. Maybe a hard wine to love, but with lots to give. A wonderful pairing for fall flavors. Don't be surprised when this and the next vintage disappear!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Sattler St. Laurent Burgenland
Review Date: 08-31-2015
Wow, these Austrian reds are becoming the value of the year. Over delivering on upfront drinkability, this St. Laurent is as complex as it is open and stylish. For the price it honestly should have been sold instantly. Expect some definite earthy under tones -whether an expertly controlled brettanmyacin component or simply the unusual gravel soils. The slight hint of animale is distinct and terribly inviting. Behind the well kept stables, tons of blueberry bushes and ripe plums. The palate is cleaner, a thirst quenching juiciness and ultra soft tannins. Top notch stuff and look at the price.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

1982 Macallan Gran Reserva Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 08-25-2015
This exceptional example of why Macallan has long been considered top dog among sherried malts is a true living legend. Second to none in its magnificence, I truly don't understand why anyone would buy current bottlings of high-end Macallan when these babies are still around. Sure, the price is high, but nothing modern compares to these old glories.
Price: $1,999.99 Add To Waiting List

1979 Macallan Gran Reserva 18 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 08-25-2015
It's always a special treat simply to hold these special bottles. I was lucky enough to taste the '79 Gran Reserva thanks to a very generous tasting group. We had it right up against the current 18 year old. While modern Mac 18 is by no means a trifle, the Gran Reserva is in a class of its own. Oozing with that deep dark sherry, but providing more structure and character than the modern version. Whether it was just the cask selections or if the spirit itself has changed, we can never know, but there's no questions this is the finest example of the Macallan in the store or perhaps the entire United States.
Price: $2,499.99 Add To Waiting List

Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 08-25-2015
A wonderful little cask that shows off OFs best qualities perfectly. Graphite and fresh oak spice, medium to full with tons of spicy fruit and dry underbrush. This feels like a less malty/funky Woodford with some extra spice. A killer little cask showing the potential of this under-appreciated distillery.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

Springbank 10 Year Old Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 08-25-2015
If you want the real Scottish experience, there is no better bottle to cut your teeth on. The Springbank 10 year pulls no punches. Bottled in small batches, you're quickly transported to the fields of Kintyre, and the damp, inviting warehouse and the wonderful malt floors that make this one of the most special spirits in Scotland. This is real whisky made the real way, and once you taste it, you'll understand why it's different from every other 10 year out there.
Price: $54.99 Add To Waiting List

Glendronach Cask Strength Batch #3 Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 08-25-2015
The stupendous batch #3 from Glendronach's well-regarded Small Batch Cask Strength line is here, and it's better than ever! The nose is a wild interplay between dark rancio, fudge and freshly squeezed blood oranges. Macerated dried stone fruits in honey, freshly roasted espresso beans, tiny hints of apple and pear, but absolutely no heat. The palate is lifted and bright. Frighteningly drinkable at nearly 110 proof, the sweetness is perfectly balanced with the powerful dark malty flavors. If this is why they have to take age statements off, I'm on board all the way!!!
Price: $89.99 Add To Waiting List

1965 Darroze Domaine de Bouillon Tenereze Armagnac 750ml
Review Date: 08-25-2015
An unusual selection from Mr Darroze, the Bouillon is one of the few properties we see Darroze bottle from the Tenereze. The clay and chalk soils make for great wine making, but the young Armagnac’s lack the elegance and grace of the renowned Bas-Armagnac appellation, after 30+ years of aging the powerful brandies from this special region even more heady and deep than the Bas. This bottling, features ultra dense aromas of sandalwood, dried plums, and rich dark toffee. A truly perfect choice for someone turning 50 years of age: they’ll most likely have never tried something so superlative in their half century as this half-century-old brandy.
Price: $399.99 Add To Waiting List

1945 Darroze Bas Armagnac Domaine de Lasserade 750ml
Review Date: 07-28-2015
No surprise that this bottle represents some of the rarest brandy being sold at any price point. Not only is it from 70 years old stocks, a rarity in and of itself, but we're also talking about a war vintage and therefor one of the lowest production periods for the region. The Germans headed for Gascogne pretty early and by the end they were simply living off the local products as their supply chains broke down. That means regularly raiding farms for food and of course drink. Total liberation of the area did not occur until later in 1945, but by May of that year it must have been clear that things were about to change. What had started as the 5th harvest under occupation would end with France liberated and a plentiful, now legendary vendage. Nonetheless, precious few liters of Armagnac remain from the years of occupation, so this bottle is truly as special as it gets. Expect a massively rich nose of polished mahogany, dried plums, flinty earth and exotic spices. The palate is seamless and still lively, with wonderful balance of alcohol over the layers of deep dark fruit and spicy earthy aromas. Soft like the finest down, smooth like quantum stabilized atomic mirror. It is without a doubt in a class of it's own. If you want the ultimate trump card for winning the gift game at a 70th birthday party or simply want to own a piece of history that you can physically consume, this is the bottle for you.
Price: $1,499.99 Add To Waiting List

Plantation "Stiggin's Fancy" Pineapple Dark Rum 750ml
Review Date: 07-28-2015
BOOOOOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! Without question the finest flavored rum in the world. Start with awesome funky rum, add a centuries-old recipe exactingly recreated by the good people of Plantation, and you've got a product that will rule your bar for the foreseeable future. Heady and intense, yet subtle and overtly pleasurable, not for your typical flavored rum fans, but a must own for all bar/cocktail people. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE!
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

Gift Box - Macallan 41 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 07-28-2015
The magnificent Gordon & Macphail's is famous for their incredible stocks of wonderful old whisky. They're a merchant bottler that's been in Elgin for over 200 years, and that means they've got relationships with the region's top distilleries that go back just as long. For some time they were indeed the official bottler of several famous distilleries whose operations rarely included proper bottling lines. Now, Gordon & Macphail, thanks to these age-old relationships, has some old stocks that even the distilleries themselves do not own. Rest assured that Macallan has tried countless times to purchase these stocks back from G&M, no doubt to repackage in crystal and sell upwards of $10k. While the prices from the venerated merchant have gone up they still destroy the distillery's OB offerings, while maintaining a level of quality and consistency that is non-existent in the competition's independent bottlings from this special distillery. Anyway, if you're seriously considering dropping the coin for a OB Mac 25 year, this bottle should make you reconsider that decision, because while it may not have the flashy Bentley exterior, you can be sure that it's got a massive Rolls-Royce jet engine under the hood.
Price: $0.00 Add To Waiting List

Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof, Bottled in Bond 750ml
Review Date: 07-28-2015
Despite some grumblings regarding a distillery change (yes Rittenhouse was made under contract by Brown-Forman for years after Heaven Hill's Bardstown plant burned down in the late 90s) Rittenhouse remains the ultimate value for all bartending needs. It might not kick like a Willett Single Barrel Rye, but there's still very little in the price range that will make a better Manhattan, in fact I can't think of one thing.
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90 - 95

2014 Domaine Renaud St-Véran
Review Date: 07-15-2015
The wonderful Renaud wines are proof again that the Macon is producing some of the finest value-driven whites in France. Beautiful Chardonnay that anyone can appreciate, the St-Veran really had something for everyone. Ultra clean and light-medium body. The nose is wild pomace fruit and crushed rock. The palate brings in some orange skinned fruits, great structure, and a freshing acidity. The St-Veran is about as good as it gets for low/no oak Chard under $20. A beautiful southern counterpoint to the wonderful wines from the other end of Burgundy.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay
Review Date: 07-15-2015
The entry level Renaud wines are always such a pleasure. Wonderful stainless steal Chard, usually a little ripe and fatter, but this year both the Solutree and the Charnay are vivacious and totally satisfying. The Charnay is differentiated by a slightly more advanced citrus (tangerine?) and a tiny lactic note. A wonderful value for anyone looking for no oak Chard.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

Johnnie Walker Double Black Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 07-15-2015
Double the Black, Double the Pleasure! Many many Johnnie drinkers don't realize that Johnnie Black is really quite a smokey little blend. Using Diageo's workhorse peated malts (Caol Ila & Talisker) they've crafted an even smokier version of the world's most popular whisky. Add a secondary aging in alligator charred oak barrels (stripped down and re-charred most likely), and imagine that someone has taken your Johnnie Black and turned it up to eleven. You see? This one goes to eleven.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Clos de l'Anhel "Les Terrassettes" Corbieres
Review Date: 07-15-2015
As with the entry level offering, Clos De L'Anhel is seriously one of the most exciting finds in Languedoc we've had for many years. Wines made with incredible thoughtfulness and finesse, they walk that incredibly thin line between earthy complexity, and open fruity richness. The Terrassettes shows more meaty funkiness than it's entry level sibling, but stays lifted with a great herbal/garrigue quality, and well structured backbone. Not hard or tannic, but screaming for air. DECANT DECANT DECANT!
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

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$14.99

2013 Clos de l'Anhel "Les Dimanches" Corbieres
Review Date: 07-15-2015
As with the other Anhel wines, it's obviously made with great care and thoughtfulness. A true "vin de garde," I mean this truly has some world class potential behind the dense plush fruit. With just a few years in your cellar, I imagine this wine will likely be one of the most complex and versatile wines you've ever experienced under $25. K&L is killing it with the Anhel wines, again and again.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur 750ml
Review Date: 07-14-2015
The Italian classic has been making a comeback recently and deservedly so. Bottled at a laughable 11%, Aperol backs all the punch of its big brother Campari without the headache in the morning (i.e. less alcohol and less sugar). That said you can also drink it for 6 hours straight without realizing you've just had 25 drinks so please be careful. Traditionally served in a Spritz, add 2-3 oz of Aperol to a glass full of ice. Top with Prosecco and an orange slice. Enjoy over and over!
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90 - 95

Fernet Branca 750ml
Review Date: 07-11-2015
Beware the Branca. The single most habit forming substance in our store. Plan on either hating this or never looking back. After that, expect to need a bottle in the house at all times. In spite of those truths, it is wildly utilitarian should you choose to use it that way. Very few more powerful digestives are available. Maybe you should just buy a case and get it over with.
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List

Kilchoman Machir Bay (2014 edition) Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 07-11-2015
Many are aware of our affection for this wonderful new distillery on Islay. This, being their entry level product, deserves to be a benchmark. If nothing else it should provide a wonderful education for any Islay lover. What happens when you put Ardbeg spec barley into steel fermenters and Kilchoman's tall little still? Add an ultra fine heart cut and a thoughtful wood management program and you've got truly soulful whisky that's still Islay in every way. Proof positive that great whisky need not be old. Zesty and full of oceany brine, the peat at this age stands up and smacks you right across the face. Sweet malt and mild rancio notes whisper in, but one does not forget the rugged shoreline just below the farm where this whisky was distilled. A pleasure, to say the least.
Price: $54.99 Add To Waiting List

Zaya Gran Reserva 12 Year Old Estate Rum Trinadad 750ml
Review Date: 07-11-2015
Sweet sweet Trinidad Rum. After stopping there on the way to Guyana - I'm totally enamored with the odd little Island. Eating halal potato pie and hot doubles doused in scorpion pepper sauce from an awesome acrobatic street vendor and sippin' aged dark rum, what could be better? Zaya is a blended of several distilled, of course, by the Trinidad Distillers Limited. Their stocks, which are considerable to say the least, are the only Trinidian Rum being produced today. Some may know the lively and bright Angostura products, also produced by TDL, but here ultra dark sweetness, soft spice, and powerful vanilla flavors are the name of the game. This heady blend is one of the top rums in the store. If you like the sweeter style of dark rum, you'll undoubtedly love what Zaya has to offer, especially for the spectacularly low price point.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90 - 95

St. George Dry Rye Reposado Gin 750ml
Review Date: 07-10-2015
Stupendous and affordable barrel aged gin. This what the Dry Rye was dreaming of being. The malted rye and juniper flavors marry perfectly with the sweet spice and tannic structure of the oak. The magnificent texture of the Dry Rye, its most striking attribute, is only heightened by the additional time in oak. A truly unique gin that will scratch that whiskey itch as well.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
Limit of 1 per customer

2012 Alain Voge "Les Chailles" Cornas
Review Date: 07-09-2015
The exquisite 2012 Voge wines are making high-end French Syrah look cool again. Also our buyers are getting a killer price on this stuff and I can't imagine it will last long. The lieu-dit Les Chailles is a near equal to the more expensive VV bottling. Deep black and blue fruits pointed by dark earth and waxy anethol. Tannins are taught and pure, adding incredibly complex layers as the wine closes with a fresh minty tang. Graceful yet full of gumption. Totally delicious, decant decant decant.

2012 Alain Voge "Vieilles Vignes" Cornas
Review Date: 07-08-2015
Tasting the Voge wines is always a treat and the old vine is no exception. Bold and uninhibited, the 2012 Voge is a triumph. It's clearly in the very early stages of it's developement, but offering a window into its ultimate maturity. While it certainly deserves several years in your cellar - I imagine we'll all have trouble keeping our hands off this stuff once tasted. Expect powerful black fruit, almost Chambord like, with herbal earthy sunbaked garrigue. The sweet herbal fruit continues on the palate, ultra polished despite the power, and oak intergration is very good considering the youth. The tannins are big, but not edgy and the sweet aromatics bely the wonderful juicy acidity. A true Vin de Garde, as in -get as much as you can possibly afford.

2013 Clos de l'Anhel "Lolo de l'Anhel" Corbieres
Review Date: 07-08-2015
What a magnificent find from out French Regional buyer Keith. The Anhel wines are absolutely filled with character, proof positive that they are made by a wonderfully caring and thoughtful person. Depth, complexity but not conformity, the LOLO is their entry level and delivers well beyond the price point. I would highly encourage a nice long decant for this wine, not because it's particularly closed or tannic, but the wine has so much life an hour in a decanter and you're only scratching the surface. Wildly complex for the price, serve with all grilled things, burgers, steak, and eventually will be the perfect cool weather sipper as well. You should own cases of this...
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 06-28-2015
Old school in the best way. An amazing value that will tickle the fancy of serious Bordeaux fans as well as the more adventurous international wine lovers. Structured and complex with strong notes of wild dark berries, eucalyptus/mint, gravel and spice. Powerful pepper and wonderful texture. Needs some time to let its full potential unfold, but this is something we should all be buying by the case. Can't have enough around.

2012 S.C. Pannell Grenache McLaren Vale
Review Date: 06-28-2015
This wonderful wine was one of the biggest surprises of the tasting. Mclaren Vale is a complex region and we tend to pigeonhole all Australian wine as overly extracted and hyper manipulated. This, however, for me captures the essence of Grenache in the Aussie context perfectly. Dense and dark in the glass, the nose has all the intensity of fruit you'd expect, but with a deep minty herbal quality to keep it balanced. The palate is vibrant, structured, earthy and complex. Gigondas adjacent and ultra pure expression of Grenache at an awesome price.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 97
Limit of 12 per customer

2013 Sato Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 06-28-2015
I'm a sucker for natural wines when done right, but I can appreciate the controversy that exists. Natural winemakers must rely on their good senses and an unending attention to detail to create viable wines. The worst are terrible, the best are transcendent. This, for me, captures the goal of natural wine making perfectly without alienating those who don't know or don't care about why it's so incredible that this wine is so SPECIAL. Get what I'm saying? It's just perfect Pinot at a great price. Kiwi meets Burgundy in the best way. In love...
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 06-28-2015
Another fabulous value for Kiwi Pinot. This is deep powerful Pinot that will scratch the itch for most Cali Pinot drinkers, but not scare away those in love with more expressive terroir-driven style. Earthy, savory dark cherry, great structure with red and black fruit continuing on the palate. Pure and structured, this will easily improve over the next 2-3 years, but shows beautifully right now. For only $20, cases, dude, cases.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93 RC 91

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Sherry Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 06-23-2015
This is without a doubt the most exciting new product from Balvenie since the wildly collectable Tun 1401 series. Now, what makes this so interesting, despite the full term in Sherry, is that they're bottling these without filtration at slightly higher proof. That means we've got the ultra rich oily texture that's so important for appreciating this special distillery. Of course, each cask is different, but every one I've tasted so far has been exceptional.
Price: $109.99 Add To Waiting List

Balvenie 21 year Port Wood Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 06-23-2015
Slowly but surely usurping Macallan 18 Year as the go-to "Scotch Gift," especially now that Mac 18 is pushing toward $250 a bottle. People know the name, love the presentation, and generally think the spirit is one of the very best. This is just a no-brainer when buying a gift for ANYONE who likes Scotch, when you want to be different but don't want to scare anyone away. Clearly one of the top values for ultra-premium offerings from any of the great Speyside distilleries.
Price: $199.99 Add To Waiting List

Yellow Spot Single Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The big mama of Irish Whiskey. This whisky used to be a ghost, and thank the whiskey gods that Pernod Ricard have found their way to releasing this more widely. Ultra-soft, with a strong influence of orange fruit from Malaga casks. The subtle sherry notes definitely remain behind the unusual tones of Spain's other coastal fortified wine. Persimmon, candied orange peel, cinnamon, clove - the ease and openness of this whiskey cannot be overstated. Some prefer the more familiar Green Spot, but this whiskey stands out among its peers as something very different and very, very special indeed.
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List
WA 91

Casa Dragones Sipping Tequila 750ml (Ships as a 1.5L due to bottles shape)
Review Date: 06-18-2015
This improbable product has been one of our most popular ultra premium offerings. Building on what others in the industry have done (with varying levels of success, e.g. Don Julio 70th Anniversary Anejo, Patron Platinum & Maestro Dobel). We're used to having aged rums filtered to remove color, but it's a much more striking process in a spirit like Tequila. The key to Casa Dragones' success in this unusual category or aged colorless agave spirit is the blending process. By blending Blanco and Extra Anejo, the spirit retains a freshness and intensity that is lost other similar products. Because Dragones uses lowland agave, we retain tons of spice and mineral despite the rich oakiness of the Extra Anejo. The two flavors work wonders and result in an utterly balanced product that retains character and provides similar complexity to the great sipping spirits from around the world. In addition, the elegant presentation makes it one of the best gifts for any lover of spirits regardless of taste or proficiency.
Price: $249.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 96

Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 06-18-2015
Ultra smooth blanco component from the wildly successful Casa Dragones Sipping Tequila Joven. The spicy black pepper and dark mineral notes are softened by a third distillation. Usually, I would avoid triple distilled Tequila because they tend to lack character, but this Blanco is definitely the exception to that rule of thumb. The result is a fruity, whimsical blanco, that provides good depth and structure thanks to the ultra high quality lowland fruit that's being used. Drinking Blanco is becoming cool again and this is one of the best options to get you away from the agaveless extra anejos that have become ubiquitous recently.
Price: $64.99 Add To Waiting List

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