The first batch of Beluga Noble Russian Vodka was produced in 2002. It was the first and the dearest to our hearts! This was the result of the meticulous hard work of the Mariinsky Distillery masters. The refined, rich taste of Beluga Noble Russian Vodka results from its unique composition, mainly due to the malt spirt and the purest water of the Siberian artesian wells. This helps to smoothen the taste of vodka. These carefully selected natural components pass through a triple filtering system. Afterwards Beluga Noble is left to ’rest’ for thirty days. Such method helps to neutralize the harsh smell of the spirit and to enhance the rich taste and soft flavor of Beluga Noble Russian Vodka.
To create Grey Goose vodka, François Thibault maintains an unrivalled level of craftsmanship, using only the very finest ingredients. Its signature smoothness and distinct character are the result of an extraordinary passion for spirit making and an unparalleled commitment to the highest possible quality.
Each batch of Grey Goose vodka begins with soft winter wheat grown on farms in and around the fertile Picardy region of northern France. Grey Goose Maître de Chai François Thibault insists on using only the highest-grade wheat - the same wheat used in the finest French breads and pastries.
After the wheat grain is fermented and distilled into a high-proof spirit, it travels south to Gensac-La-Pallue, in the Cognac Region, France, where it is blended with the remarkably pristine spring water found there.
•Nose: Clear, fresh with an elegant floral aroma accented by a subtle citrus note
•Palate: Initially soft with a gentle sweetness that gradually envelops the mouth - smooth and rounded texture with a hint of almond
•Finish: Fresh and bright throughout with a long, satisfying finish
Whisky Advocate 92 points - Wonderful opening of cigar humidor and tack room, it presents vibrant caramel and vanilla, but really shines with complex fruit, spice, and nuts. Baked apples, canned pears, blackberries, and strawberry jam meet white pepper, followed by roasted walnuts and honey. Then resounding nutmeg appears, with slight hints of smoke, chipotle, and earth. The long finish rekindles the caramel note from the beginning. Must-have sipper. Reviewed by: Fred Minnick (Fall 2017).October/2017
To celebrate the staying power of hard-earned flavor, we’re bottling a limited edition, unfiltered* and cask strength single barrel bourbon. This bourbon is truly a high point in Knob Creek’s proud history. This is our first ever bourbon bottled at barrel strength. Now you can experience the exceptional flavor profile of these personally selected barrels as if you were at the warehouse in Clermont: uncut and unblended.
The Macallan Fine Oak is triple cask matured in a unique, complex combination of exceptional oak casks; 1. European oak casks seasoned with sherry impart a rich character with hints of dried fruits, spice and chocolate orange. 2. American oak casks seasoned with sherry deliver delicate hints of citrus lemon, coconut and toffee sweetness. 3. American oak casks seasoned with bourbon deliver floral aromas and sweet notes of vanilla and fresh fruits. This triple cask combination delivers an extraordinarily smooth, delicate yet complex Single Malt matured at The Macallan distillery for a minimum of 15 years.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - On the nose, toasted almond, tangerine and dried cherries mingle with more serious notes of peat smoke, toasted earth and oats. Generous and honeyed on the palate with light brown sugar, vanilla, and a subtle smokiness making an appearance before a powerful finish.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - The nose is inviting with green apple, fresh green peppers and hints of cinnamon. The palate is pleasantly saline interplaying with tastes of sweet custard, pineapples and mangos. The texture is light and slightly dusty..April/2014
This limited-edition tequila is best appreciated when served in a snifter. Adding even more to its exclusivity, Tequila Don Julio 1942 undergoes a second distillation in a special still known as Pot Still 6, which refines the flavors even further.
Color: Brilliant golden hue. Nose: Rich, sweet aromas of caramel and toffee layered with a fresh vanilla fragrance and hints of red fruits like cherry mixed with caramel and almonds. Chocolate tones along with cinnamon and a light touch of wood. Taste: A silky, smooth character that coats the palate with roasted agave and vanilla flavors, sun-ripened tropical fruits and spiced undertones to create a wonderfully unique tequila experience. Finish: Beautiful, sweet agave-laced finish with lingering hints of oak and rich vanilla essence.
Wine Spectator 95 points - A graceful, minerally version, featuring rich notes of smoke, mandarin orange peel and chalk that lead to subtle accents of creme de cassis, toasted almond, espresso and star anise on the fine, creamy mousse. Seamlessly knit, with citrusy acidity leaving a mouthwatering impression on the finish. Drink now through 2031. From France.-A.N..December/2015
James Suckling 93 points - A fresh and lighter-framed Dom on the nose with a bready, lemon and fresh-melon-fruit nose. It’s chalky and gently spicy - kind of skimming the surface though in terms of the potential this Champagne has. It’s more primary and less toasty, though the latter will come in time. The palate’s bright, fleshy and softly spoken with a core of gentle yellow-plum and berry-fruit flavors. The pinot noir drives this, and there’s smooth, sorbet-like, mouth-filling flesh. It finishes easy and needs to grow in complexity. Some bright, spiced white strawberries to close. Best around 2020..October/2016
Made exclusively from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from Grand Cru vineyards and from the oldest vines at the Abbey of Hautvillers, champagne Dom Perignon is produced only in exceptional vintage years.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Rich and spicy aromas of dried figs, cinnamon, and spice cake. The flavor is dry and spiced with a grainy texture and lots of woodsy flavor. Herbs and dried fruit flavors emerge toward the end and deep spice resonates throughout.
Distilled from Dankowskie Diamond Rye, a single-estate baker's grade grain grown on one select Polish farm, Belvedere Unfiltered is vodka at its smoothest and most distinctive. This full-bodied, elegant creation is a celebration of Diamond Rye; distilled four times and then left unfiltered in order to heighten the expression of the rye. This results in a silky soft texture and elegant mouth feel. Creating exceptional vodka is having the confidence to know when to take a step back and allow the craftsmanship of each element to shine.
Like all of the Classic Malts Selections Distiller's Edition, this Talisker has been double-matured in a second cask after the original maturation period (in this case in an Amoroso Sherry cask). The experience is older, sweeter and richer than the regular bottlings. This Edition has a very special bitter-sweet harmony where the peat softens on the palate to a rich, sweet, juicy fruit finish.
Appearance: Chestnut brown Palate: Crisp peat at first then softens to enormous richness in the mouth. There’s sweet, roasty malt with a heathery dryness. The sherry notes keep back some of Talisker’s usual pepper. In its place is luscious, slightly oily sweetness - with ripe, juicy fruit and vanilla. Finish: Some very deep cocoa notes, vanilla and lingering quite earthy peat. An enormously chewable single malt, with sweetness having the edge on dryness.
Our Usquaebach “Old Rare” Blended Scotch Whisky porcelain flagon is a vestige of Scotch whisky’s history – kept alive as a reminder of a time preceding bottled whisky when travelling merchants and artisans would combine the spirits of the highest caliber single distilleries to create ethereal blends that embodied sophistication and delicacy. With 41 specially selected single malts up to 20 years of age from the Highlands and only 15% high-quality grain whisky in the blend, this classic Scotch whisky offers multi-layered opulence on the palate. Flavors of white pepper, coffee, brushed leather, and zesty lemon peel allow for a mystifying experience from start to finish. The sublime mid-palate and long, blissful finish create an experience that is not easily forgotten. Its quality and finesse has been recognized by connoisseurs and aficionados the world over – notably, Usquaebach “Old Rare” Blended Scotch was served at the 1969 and 1989 Presidential Inaugural Dinners.
Bourbon that is pleasantly balanced with wonderful holiday spices - cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Unlike most flavored whiskeys available, this product is more about the whiskey than the flavoring. Bourbon still dominates the flavor profile with the perfect accent of spices. One of the few non-traditional whiskeys that will impress the aficionado.
Best served neat or over ice, but can also make some unique cocktails. Great in Spiced Manhattans, Old-Fashioneds & Eggnogs and also mixed with Ginger Beer. Only Available Seasonally from Oct-Dec.
The wine has a deep, rich purple color. Intense red fruits are on the nose, with black pepper spice and a touch of cloves and dried herbs. The palate is full with ripe tannins, raspberry, cranberry and black fruit flavors, followed by white and black pepper spices. The wine finishes with a touch of warmth that lingers on and on.
Wine Spectator 92 points - This boasts a powerful minerally aroma, with a deep well of richly spiced Gala apple and Asian pear flavors. The lightly honeyed finish is complex and elegant, offering some savory notes. Drink now through 2022. 150 cases imported. -KM Country: Germany Region: Germany Issue Date: Web Only - 2016.July/2016
eRobertParker.com 92 points - From a warmer vineyard that was planted in 1953 with ungrafted vines that deliver small, healthy berries and low yields, the 2014 Hofberg Spatlese displays an intense and ripe apple bouquet mixed with flinty and spicy/mineral aromas. Picked with 92� Oechsle, this is an elegant, round and voluptuous Riesling with a smooth palate, but also a piquant and mineral acidity that takes this lush and sensual Spatlese to a long, charming finish with a lingering and mouthwatering salinity..Stephan Reinhardt, March/2016
Full yellow in colour; a delicate aromatic bouquet reminiscent of rose-petal with hints of honey and ginger and a whiff of tropical fruits; full-bodied, luscious but dry on the palate, the opulence cut by vibrant acidity