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Critical Acclaim 96 Points!

Winemaker Notes

The 2018 vintage was characterized by a warm climate. The nose of this white wine offers notes of chamomile, accompanied with a savory palate of delicate vanilla and butter sensations which transition gracefully into hints of tropical fruit.

Critical Acclaim RP 96

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Compared to the 2017 vintage that shows a more accessible and full-bodied style, the 2018 Cervaro della Sala is a classic edition—it’s about as classic as I have ever tasted this landmark white from Umbria to be. This cooler vintage prizes finesse and elegance, and those traits are matched by efforts in the winery to accomplish that same goal. On many levels, the 2018 vintage opens a new chapter for Cervaro della Sala, with a stronger emphasis on preserved lemon, crisp pear and crushed mineral. The wine offers beautiful freshness and linearity. I must also mention that this vintage is released while the fruit is still a bit closed or shy. That slightly reductive approach bodes very well for the wine’s future evolution.

W&S 95

Wine & Spirits

The moderate 2018 growing season yielded a Cervaro of outstanding vivacity and balance. Barrel-fermented chardonnay comprises the majority of the blend, contributing a sleek texture as well as notes of toasted hazelnut and vanilla bean that enrich the crisp apple and pear flavors. A small percentage of stainless-steel-aged grechetto adds fresh acidity to balance the wine’s subtle spice and gingery warmth. Delicious now for its combination of richness and verve, this wine will be even better in a couple of years, as the flavors continue to integrate.

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake

Some time ago, our Director of Whisky Creation, Dr Bill, found himself musing over how some of his most joyful memories came from cake — from the pineapple upside down cake his daughter made for his birthday to baking with his Granny in her kitchen.

He devised this whisky to conjure the magic of a cake moment, finishing his favorite Glenmorangie Single Malt in the finest Tokaji dessert wine casks.

The liquid is a rich copper, but the taste is pure technicolor, luscious, sweet and complex with multi-layered bursts of honey, white chocolate and fruits with a lilting hint of mint. As you might expect, it tastes incredible when enjoyed with actual cake.

Aroma

Complex, rich and multi-layered, with a burst of passion fruit, peach, pear, mango. More savory notes like baking bread, gentle sappy oak and a curious, flinty minerality emerge.

This is then followed by classic Glenmorangie notes like honeycomb, vanilla and almond, with a hint of milk chocolate.

With a splash of water, more zesty notes emerge, like apricot, elderflower, flowering currents, honey pollen and peach syrup.

Taste

The mouthfeel is surprisingly luscious and tart at the same time, leading into a burst of sweet, cake-like – honey, white chocolate, apricot, almond, vanilla and pear. This is balanced by a hint of tangy orange and menthol, both classic Glenmorangie flavors.

Finish

The lingering aftertaste again reminds you of a delicious combination of honeycomb, chocolate almond and pecan nuts.

Jack’s Abbey Pride and Parquet Lager

The Boston Celtics announced via press release that they and their partner Jack’s Abby plan to make their popular collaborative adult beverage — “Pride and Parquet” beer — available year-round.

The Framingham, Massachusetts, brewery will have the imbibable on shelves this week according to the release. It is described as an easy-to-drink lager with a hoppy taste and 5.7% alcohol by volume. The team forwarded a pair of statements from Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers co-owner Sam Hendler and the senior vice president of partnerships and business development for the Boston Celtics, Jack Delton.

“My brothers and I are extremely excited to launch this collaboration beer with a great Boston institution like the Celtics,” began Hendler.
“In making this beer, we were able to work side-by-side with the Celtics team throughout the entire process, from design to naming to ingredients and recipe. To be able to do that with a giant in the sports world is a really unique opportunity for a small family business and we are bringing everything we have to this partnership and this special beer. “
“We are thrilled to announce our first ever Celtics collaboration beer, Pride and Parquet, with our friends and partners at Jack’s Abby,” added Delton.

Saint Cloud Cask Strength Bourbon

Extremely Rare

Cask Strength

115 Proof

Kentucky Bourbon at it’s Finest

Bottled 01-20-20

Bottle #2192

Cask Strength Kentucky Bourbon Refined

Saint Cloud is a Kentucky Bourbon unlike any other, Ray Walker left behind the life he knew in California to become a grand cru wine maker in Burgundy, France. Upon his returning to America he has again focused his attention on a centuries-old craft with Saint Cloud.

Ray’s great-great-grand father, Lewis Walker, fought in the Civil War for Kentucky’s “Company 48” Mounted Infantry, signing up for duty the same day that the battle of Gettysburg began. Lewis’ father, James, was in the War of 1812, a battle that saw the U.S. allied with France. James would become a Francophile, giving two of Lewis’ brothers French names, Napoleon Bonaparte Walker (a Union Soldier in the Civil war) and Lafayette Walker. Their other brother, Samuel Houston Walker was also in the Civil War, fighting for the Confederacy at the same time.

St. Cloud 12 year Cask Strength Bourbon

Extremely Rare

12 years Old

Cask Strength Kentucky Bourbon Refined

Only 150 bottles Made

Saint Cloud ™is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Crafted by Ray Walker using his unique perspective and vision from making Grand Cru wines in Burgundy, France. Ray has excelled in making wines of character, blending handwork and tradition. His focus is to bring a unique vision to the Kentucky Bourbon landscape. Saint Cloud is a labor of love, created to bridge the connection to Ray’s family which dates back in Kentucky since the early nineteenth-century.

Nose; You are greeted by dark brown sugar, chocolate covered cherries, plenty of baking spice, and heavy oak char. Overall the nose is quite rich and pleasant.

Palate; More of that dark brown sugar is present, but a relatively sharp spice quickly takes over mid-palate. Although there is plenty of spice that develops, there is also an underlying sweetness that provides a nice balance to the profile. Surprisingly, there is very little alcohol burn for a 120+ proof whiskey.

Finish; The finish is medium too long. The rye spice continues mid-palate and is accentuated by some burn from the proof. There is plenty of burnt caramel, oak char, some dried citrus, and the slightest hint of red grape on the back end.

This 12-year-old whiskey from Saint Cloud was a pleasant challenge. The nose is full of deep, rich flavors that ultimately transition nicely to the palate, where this bourbon then showcases a nice heavy-rye character. The flavors are big enough to entice you in for another sip.

Saint Cloud is a Kentucky Bourbon unlike any other, Ray Walker left behind the life he knew in California to become a grand cru wine maker in Burgundy, France. Upon his returning to America he has again focused his attention on a centuries-old craft with Saint Cloud.

Ray’s great-great-grand father, Lewis Walker, fought in the Civil War for Kentucky’s “Company 48” Mounted Infantry, signing up for duty the same day that the battle of Gettysburg began. Lewis’ father, James, was in the War of 1812, a battle that saw the U.S. allied with France. James would become a Francophile, giving two of Lewis’ brothers French names, Napoleon Bonaparte Walker (a Union Soldier in the Civil war) and Lafayette Walker. Their other brother, Samuel Houston Walker was also in the Civil War, fighting for the Confederacy at the same time.

Johnnie Walker Gold 18 year

A superior 18 year old blend from Johnnie Walker

Gold Label is a fruity, rich whisky with the Highland malt Clynelish at its heart

 Jim Murray from the Whiskey Bible awarded

96 points

The nose is of good body and quite fresh. There are some notes of fruit and honeyed spice, a touch of perfume and a

maritime driftwood note. The palate is quite full with good balance. There are notes of tropical fruits, a touch of stone fruit

and smoke and a little beeswax.

The finish is long with notes of eucalyptus oil and manuka honey.

A superior deluxe 18-year-old blended Scotch whisky made from an exclusive selection of 15 different aged whiskies.

 The blend delivers an exceptionally smooth taste together with

a richness of character and lasting finish.

Very Limited

Seen priced at $125.

SALE

$94.99

Taylor Fladgate Vintage 2016 Port

Deep purple black with a narrow magenta rim. High notes of pure, intense woodland fruit with lively accents of green apple, fresh plum and raspberry. Around this core of bright, singing fruit is a heady aura of gumcistus and wild herbs. On a deeper register, exotic notes of cedarwood and jasmine provide an additional dimension of complexity. The wine has an attractive leanness and muscularity with sinewy, linear tannins that integrate seamlessly into the mid palate and then re-emerge to hold the wine in a confident grip. Energised by a racy acidity, the intense berry flavors continue to build into the long finish. Although the keynotes are refinement and poise, the wine displays the restrained vigour and stamina that are the hallmarks of the Taylor Fladgate style.

OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor Fladgate I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025.

Score: 100

29-05-2018

James Suckling

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

Walnuts, blue veined and other richly flavored cheeses are excellent accompaniments to Vintage Port; so too are dried fruits such as apricots or figs.

Black Stallion Transcendent Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wine Maker Notes:

Deep garnet in hue, Transcendent Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of depth, poise and elegance. It boasts exquisite aromas of black currant, pipe tobacco and violet, and a luxuriously textured, mouth filling palate defined by layers of ripe, mocha-inflected cassis, allspice and black fruit. Velvety, structured tannins frame the rich flavors, eventually yielding to a long and lingering finish.

In Stock Currently for $125 per bottle

Canned Cocktails

Kahlua Nitro Cold Brew

This genius new creation from Kahlua is made with rum and coffee liqueur and boasts a 4.5 percent ABV. Per Kahlua’s site, it tastes like coffee through and through, meaning it’s, uh, the perfect Friday (morning) beverage? Stay tuned for this product’s intro to major retailers. For now, you’ll have to double up on their canned espresso martinis.

Loverboy Spiked Sparkling Teas

Fans of Bravo’s Summer House will know this canned hard iced tea drink created by stars Amanda Batula and Kyle Cook. It comes in sweet flavors like White Tea Peach and Hibiscus Pom that don’t contain any sugar and are only 90 calories.

Two Chicks Paloma, Sparkling Tequila & Grapefruit Cocktail

This new female-founded, owned, and run cocktail company is all about fragrant sparkling drinks. Our blush sparkling cocktail has fresh pink grapefruit, complimented with the light tequila blanco creating a crisp and refreshing drink. Quite simply, it’s grapefruit meets tequila delight with this go-to. Two Chicks, Two Servings per Can

Cutwater Cocktails has an ever expanding selection of canned cocktails.

Fabrizia Margarita, Lemonade, and Breeze

These refreshing ready-to-drink cocktails are handcrafted with our Fabrizia Limoncello and freshly squeezed lemonade, then blended with either tequila or vodka. At 7% ABV they provide just the right kick. These canned cocktails are meant to be enjoyed anywhere… backyards, pools, beaches, boats.

Blueshine Lemonade

A 7% abv sparkling cocktail made by blending Maine Craft Distilling’s Blueberry Moonshine with Maine Craft’s homemade Lemonade. The Blueberry Moonshine is a wild blueberry liquor made from Maine barley with blueberry and Maine maple syrup added. The blended cocktail is a touch sweet up front with the blueberry, but the tartness of the lemonade balances it beautifully.

The Long Drink

A refreshing citrus soda with a premium liquor kick. Americans love it; try it if you don’t believe it. Unlike the seltzers made with fermented sugar, Long Drink is a true award-winning liquor that is smooth, refreshing and doesn’t leave you with that full beer feeling.

Jose Cuervo Margaritas and Paloma

A new twist on an old favorite.

Nantucket Vodka Sodas

After a few years of experimenting on Nantucket, Triple Eight has introduced Nantucket Blue. Nantucket Blue is made from Triple Eight’s top selling vodkas and blended into a clean, refreshing, ready-to-drink cocktail. It is a wonderful representation of the unique and flavorful cocktails which grace the drink chalkboards in the distillery bar on-island at the “Brewery”.

Nantucket Blue is made with 100% real VODKA from Triple Eight Distillery and flavored with natural blueberry and lemon flavors. This carbonated ready-to-drink cocktails is 4.44% abv and 100% Gluten-Free.

Plymouth Gin Cocktail

The Daily Gimlet

A simple, elderflower variation on the classic Gimlet. A pinch of salt helps the flavours ‘pop’ on the palate. Make the cordial separately, bottle and leave in the fridge for when the time is right to make one of these tasty little drinks! The name references the fact that lime cordial was taken every day to prevent scurvy and it is also the surname of Harriet, the manager of the Refectory Bar in the home of Plymouth Gin.

2.5 Parts of Plymouth Gin

2 Parts Lime, Elderflower and Sea salt

Shake with ice, strain over fresh ice into Rocks glass.

To make the Cordial:

Combine equal parts of finely strained fresh lime juice with elderflower cordial (Bottle Green) and a pinch of sea salt. Bottle and refrigerate.

L.P.F

One of the most popular cocktails on sale at the Refectory Bar, the iconic cocktail bar located in the Plymouth Gin Distillery itself. After years of popularity in the bar, it seemed time to share the recipe with the rest of the world!

2.5 Parts Plymouth Gin

1 Part Plymouth Sloe Gin

1.5 Parts Elderflower Liqueur

2.5 Parts Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice

Top With Mumm Champagne, Grapefruit Twist

Shake with ice, strain into chilled flute