Just a quick note that we have Redbreast 12 cask strenght in the store and will be getting this week Amrut Two Continents 2nd Edition. Both these whiskies won there category in the Whiskey Advocate’s annual rating. I have had the Redbreast and it is all they say it would be, and the cask strength makes it more fun to drink.
I just had the pleasure of Meeting with Brian Facquet Co-Founder of Prohibition Distillery located in New York. They produce Bootlegger 21 Vodka, which I tasted today for the first time. The vodka is made from corn and distilled 6 times, so it has a very pleasant nose even from the bottle which is not always the case. If you open a bottle of vodka and inhale the immediately you usually get the strong hint of ethynol.
The finish was as smooth and soft with out the burn in the chest or the medicinal taste that is prevelent in many lessor vodkas. This will be on our shelves very shortly. We are excited to start selling Bootlegger 21 Vodka and hope you will enjoy it as well.
Even though I am trying to keep the blog to craft spirits, from time to time I get to taste something that is note worthy even though it is mass produced. I tried Russian Standard Platinum, now as a vodka drinker I tend to drink my vodka straight with ice. Because I don’t mix my vodka the taste is really important, that is my I don’t drink Grey Goose, Absolut or any of the ilk, meaning well marketed and taste horrible. My choice vodka is Zyr, or Twenty-2 Vodka out of Maine or the Mystic Mountain vokda or Core’s apple vodka. Again most of these are small run vodkas with the exception of Zyr.
The world-wide CEO for Russian Standard is stopping by on Wednesday and the rep is here making sure the shelves look good. Damian brought the platinum for me to taste, and I have to say after the first sip, always take two sips, I was quite happy. It had a minerally taste with touch of a bite as a finish. It reminded me favorably to Ketel One and it is priced that way as well. All in all not a bad vodka, I look forward to tasting the Imperia, their top tier vodka.
In the recent past, I owned my onw liquor store and bar, this is New Jersey, those things happen here. Anyway, I was big on tasting everything before it came into the store. This obviously has given me a great chance to taste a ton of things. One the things I tasted was a bourbon called Old Bardstown. It was unbelievable, and the price point was great. Old Bardstown has been awarded “Outstanding” in tasting competitions.
When I had the bar and people would buy any other bourbon, I would have them taste Old Bardstown, everyone bought that bottle as well. It is made by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, the same people who produce Noah’s Mill, Willetts Pot Still to name a few.
Let’s talk about bourbon, or at least some unique bourbon. Angel’s Envy is the latest creation by Lincoln Henderson, Master Distiller. He has made a boubon and finished it in Port Barrels. It is a beauty richly textured, silky, and well-rounded, with ripe berried fruits, candied tangerine, light toffee, maple syrup, and creamy vanilla, sprinkled with spice (cinnamon, hint of mint). Smooth, silky finish, and dangerously drinkable! The port pipe notes dovetail perfectly. Malt Advote gives this 93 points. Since I am not a qualified rater, I say it is definately a buy if you are looking for more depth in your bourbon.
Angel’s Envy will not disappoint anyone looking for a rich full body whiskey.
There is a limited supply, we have it at the Super Buyrite in Jersey City. Stop by for a bottle.
This is a blog that is dedicated to the fine art of distilled spirits. More to the point, we will be blogging about the growing micro-distilled movement in this country. Mostly I will be speaking about the taste, price, availability and the people behind the movement.
I will also be tasting and blogging about other spirits that I taste during the days including tequila, scotch, vodka, gin from around the country but mostly about micro distilled spirits
My goal is to help create the market, like the growth of the market for craft beer.
The first distillery I will speak about is Mystic Mountain in Larkspur CO. I have had the privilege of tasting the products produced there. Fred and his team were nice enough to give me samples. I will address today the Colorado Crystal Vodka.
Colorado Crystal Vodka is a super premium vodka that is smooth grain vodka that has very little after taste. I taste all things warm so the cold doesn’t mask the impurities or hide the flavor. This vodka is every bit as good as my favorite russian vodka, Zyr. There is a nice subtle flavor that leaves me wanting another sip. I did put this on ice the first time I tasted it and it was neutral, which is the way vodka is supposed to be. Unlike vodkas like Grey Goose, Smirnoff, Absolut to name a few that have after taste that are unpleasant Colorado Crystal is a definate buy.
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