Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Sept. 30 – Oct. 7: France, Italy, Portugal, Argentina!

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Giovanni Sordo Barolo 2010 Italian Red Wine

Giovanni Sordo Barolo 2010–$27.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.07.15)
93 points – Wine Enthusiast, October 2014
“Fragrances include crushed rose petals, red berry, leather, spice and smoky mineral. The straightforward palate is quintessential Nebbiolo, displaying crushed black cherry accented with white pepper and clove balanced by firm, supple tannins. Drink 2016–2025.” — K.O.

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Offley Porto Late Bottled Vintage LBV Portuguese Dessert Wine

Offley Porto Late Bottled Vintage LBV–$19.54 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.07.15)
88 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2010
“Big, bold fruity wine, with plenty of black berry and sweet jam flavors. The wine has some tight tannins, but the velvet fruits are prominent, giving both density and directness.” -Roger Voss

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Finca Flichman Paisaje de Barrancas Mendoza 2012 Argentina Red Wine

Finca Flichman Paisaje de Barrancas Mendoza 2012–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.07.15)
93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, August 2012
“This blend of Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is sultry and sexy‚like a club dancer. Flashy, brash, deep in color and big in flavor, this has flavors of wild berry, chocolate and cola, with a toasted note. An incredibly ripe wine.” -Michael Schachner
89 Points – International Wine Cellar, March/April 2013
“(a blend of 55% syrah, 35% malbec and 10% cabernet sauvignon): Good medium-deep red. Mellow aromas and flavors of plum, currant, mocha, milk chocolate and game. Suave and fine-grained, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the middle palate. Finishes with firm tannins and good grip and length.” -Stephen Tanzer

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Chateau Lestruelle Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2009 Red Bordeaux Wine

Chateau Lestruelle Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2009–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.07.15)
90 Points! – Wine Spectator, March 2012
“Nicely toasty, with vanilla and espresso notes up front, but the core of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit rushes in behind it, with a long, licorice-filled finish. Should settle in nicely. Best from 2012 through 2017. 12,500 cases made.” -James Molesworth

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Francesco Chianti Classico Riserva Italian Red Wine

Francesco Chianti Classico Riserva–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.07.15)
“From A superior vineyard in Tuscany this garnet colored wine made from Sangiovese and Canaiolo has a persistent nose of black pepper and cherry. The tannins are very smooth and elegant giving way to a soft and velvety finish.” Winemaker’s Notes

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Bodega Cartuxa E A White - White Portuguese Wine

Bodega Cartuxa E A White–$10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.07.15)
“70% Loureiro and 30% Alvarinho. On those nose there’s a minerality and steeliness to the wine. Tighter aromas of pear, Granny Smith apple are more pronounced and the riper white stone fruit of the Loureiro takes more of a secondary role. Great underlying, balanced acidity on the palate. The Alvarinho adds a wonderful roundness and richness and fills out the palate beautifully. The fine minerality of this wine sits nicely below the surface and the finish is lingering and moreish.” -The Winery

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Oct. 7-14: France, California, Australia, & New Zealand!

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Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec Cotes du Roussillon 2012 French Red Wine

Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec Cotes du Roussillon 2012–$22.09 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.14.15)
91 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2015
“…A blend of 60% Grenache, 28% Syrah and the rest Carignan, that was fermented in tank aged in demi-muid (the Grenache is brought up all in tank), this medium to full-bodied beauty has terrific ripeness in its sweet blackberry, black cherry, truffle, peppery herbs and spice-driven aromas and flavors. Concentrated, rich and structured, with rocking levels of fruit, it will drink nicely for 5-6 years.” -Jeb Dunnuck

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Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Alexander Valley 2013 Red California Wine

Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Alexander Valley 2013–$18.69 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.14.15)
“One of the best vintages in 30 years from the Alexander Valley. Great season, warmer than 2012, but a moderate one with no heat spikes and grape dehydration. Bud break was early for this vintage. We experienced a warm June but a cool July that perfectly balanced the vines. August was perfect. Picked the week of Sep 10th. Cabernet came in a little early and light. The clusters were there but the cluster density was a little low. The flavors were mature and complex. The tannins fully ripened. Overall, the quality of 2013 was outstanding.” -Winemaker’s Notes

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Misfits Wine Company Cycle Buff Beauty 2013 Red Austrailian Wine

Misfits Wine Company Cycle Buff Beauty 2013–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.14.15)
“Opaque ruby. Potent aromas of dark berries, cherry pit and licorice, with a smoky topnote. Lush and expansive, offering spicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that are lifted by zesty acidity. Finishes with slightly edgy tannins and good, smoky persistence. 90% Shiraz – 10% Malbec ” ~ Winery Notes

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Shinas Estate Sweet Justice Moscato 2012

Shinas Estate Sweet Justice Moscato 2012–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.14.15)
“Sweet Justice Moscato is an Italian style sparkling white Wine produced in north-west Victoria. This new addition to the Shinas Estate Boutique wine collection is sweet, low in Alcohol and is perfect for any occasion.” -The Winery

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Walnut Block Collectibles Sauvignon Blanc 2013 New Zealand White Wine

Walnut Block Collectibles Sauvignon Blanc 2013–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.14.15)
“Fresh and pure, the nose displays floral, lime zest and subtle herbaceous characters. The palate is lively and well fruited with a juicy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. Classically flavoured and easy drinking.” – Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Sept. 23-30: Molto Bene Italian Wines!

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La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino 2009 Italian Red Wine

La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino 2009–$33.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 09.30.15)
93 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2012
“The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino shows good freshness and plenty of energy in its delineated fruit. This mid-weight Brunello offers fine overall balance, but the sheer excitement that was once common here is still missing. Freshly cut flowers, mint and spices add complexity on the medium-bodied finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.” -Antonio Galloni

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Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2011 Italian Red Wine

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2011–$28.89 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 09.30.15)
93 points – Wine Spectator, May 2015
“Red Marked by ripe cherry, strawberry, floral and tar flavors, this red is graceful and detailed, with the fruit intensity persisting on the finish. This is well-integrated, and just needs time for the tannins to soften. Excellent length. Best from 2018 through 2030.” —B.S.

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Statti Gaglioppo 2014 Red Italian Wine

Statti Gaglioppo 2014–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 09.30.15)
100% Gaglioppo.  Aged in stainless steel tanks for 3 months. The respect of the original and typical fruit produces a wine of a rare elegance and pleasantness. The right witness of a land hidden into his own richness.

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Tenute del Cerro Bianco di Toscana Manero 2014 White Italian Wine

Tenute del Cerro Bianco di Toscana Manero 2014–$10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 09.30.15)
Trebbiano 80%, Chardonnay 20%.
The flavour is immediate, pleasant; it has a medium concentration, with a final pleasant acidulous sensation that facilitates drinking. Good with fish appetizers, first courses of shellfish, steamed or grilled white fish.

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Colosi Sicilia Rosso 2012 Italian Red Wine

Colosi Sicilia Rosso 2012–$7.64 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 09.30.15)
86 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2013
“The 2010 Rosso bursts from the glass with jammy dark fruit, licorice and cloves. A ripe, juicy red, the Nero d’Avola-based Rosso is a solid choice for drinking over the next year or two. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2014.” -Antonio Galloni

Mora’s September Bourbon of the Month Club: Noah’s Mill

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Noah’s Mill
Small Batch Bourbon, 114.3 Proof
Kentucky Straight Bourbon

The Distillery: “…In the beginning of 1936, the Willett Distilling Company produced its first batch of 300 bushels (~30 barrels) on March 17th, 1936. The newly barreled whiskey was stored in one of the eight warehouses, each capable of holding between 5,000-6,000 barrels (Total capacity 48,623 barrels). The warehouses were built on some of the highest ground in the county, assuring that a fresh breeze would aid in the maturation of the whiskey. Five years after the foundation of the Willett Distilling Company Lambert retired from the Max Selliger & Co. to manage his farm and oversee the distilling process.  The Willett Distilling Company continued to operate until the early 1980’s. The Willett’s had made their mark on the Bourbon industry and it was now time for them to retire. On July 1, 1984, Even G. Kulsveen (pronounced Evan), a native of Hamar, Norway, and son-in-law to Thompson Willett, purchased the property from the Willett’s and formed Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd. Even Kulsveen continues to operate at the facility to this day.” -The Distillery

The Whiskey: “The bourbon is crafting by marrying together no more than twenty casks of Kentucky bourbon, each of which has its own unique characteristics and flavor profile. In contrast to most small batch bourbons, the casks used to craft Noah’s Mill have varying mashbills – while some casks are composed of bourbons that use rye as a secondary grain, others are composed of bourbons that use wheat as a secondary grain. The varying recipes – the percentage of rye and wheat used also varies among the casks – results in a layered bourbon that has a virtually unparalleled depth and complexity. After the casks of bourbon have been allowed to mature for up to 20 years, small batches of the bourbon are bottled at 114.30 proof.” –Caskers, online

91 Points Whiskey Bible, 2008 5th Edition
“Nose-23 Points; Taste-20 Points; Finish-21 Points; Balance-24 Points. This is one of Kentucky’s most complex whiskies by far. Small grains, big heart.” –Jim Murray

Mora’s September Tequila of the Month Club: Crotalo Reposado

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Tequila Crótalo Reposado
Tequila Embajdor, SA de CV
Highlands- Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico

Crótalo Tequilas: “Crótalo Tequila is a traditionally crafted, limited production premium tequila. One hundred percent blue agave is hand selected and harvested with a coa by our jimadors, ensuring that only the finest pínas are used to produce Crótalo Tequila. It is our attention to tradition and detail that provides Crótalo Tequila with character, taste and quality that are unmatched. We showcase Crótalo Tequila in artisan glass blown bottles with labels that are applied by hand.  Our triple distilled plata followed by our double distilled reposado, añejo, extra añejo reserva and extra añejo gran reserva have received special permission from the CRT(Consejo Regulador del Tequila) for our proprietary barrel aging process which provides Crótalo Tequila with character, taste and quality that are unmatched.” -The Distillery

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The Tequila: “Crótalo Reposado is double barrel aged for just over 11 months. It is aged for six months in French Oak barrels and is finished for 5 months in our proprietary oak barrels. The combination of barrels smoothens out the flavor of the Tequila while turning its color to a deep gold.” –The Distillery

Spirits of Mexico (2012) Tasting Notes:
“CROTALO REPOSADO TEQUILA offers a moderated, well-managed mix of roasted agave, tree fruits, spice and vanilla—a classic reposado opening. On the palate there’s a mix of baking spices, earthiness and roasted agave, along with a mouth-filling creaminess. Nicely balanced finish completes the package.”

 

Mora’s September Vodka of the Month Club: ADK Vodka

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Adirondack Distilling Company
ADK Vodka
Utica, New York

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The Process: “Our mission at Adirondack Distilling Company is to provide you with the highest quality spirits, made with locally grown ingredients using an environmentally friendly distilling process. We hand-craft each batch to create a unique experience that really is a taste of the Adirondacks.  We buy only the highest quality New York corn. It arrives at our facility dried, cracked, slightly milled, and ideal for distilling… [After the corn is fermented it] is pumped to the copper still, and a ‘stripping run’ takes place, making cuts of heads, hearts and tails. Only hearts and tails are kept. Once enough hearts and tails are distilled, a ‘spirits’ run takes place, running it through the still with all plates (26 of them) engaged. A pure sprit at 190 proof is the result. We then make cuts at head, hearts and tails again only keeping hearts and SOME tails. This highly alcoholic un-polished vodka is proofed so we can add our natural Adirondack water, and then chilled and run through the filter and authentic Herkimer Diamonds.” –The Distillery

The Vodka: 100% corn. Gluten Free.

Tasting Notes by Spirits Review, online:
Appearance: Bright clear appearance almost sap like with a nicely heavy body that swirls sensuously around the glass leaving a nice oily coating. Tears form around the edge line and eventually become isolated drops with some legs forming.
Nose: Fresh, corn with sweetness and hints of mint and grasslike notes, similar to a very good white rum
Taste: The white rum impression holds true during the tasting, with a full oily entry and a sweetness and fullness in the mouth, and a weighty feel to the vodka and a nicely but naturally sweet finish with touches of minerality.

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Sept. 16-23: All Californian Wines (and a scotch!)

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Michael-David Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Lodi California Red Wine

Michael-David Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 09.23.15)
90 Points from Robert Parker of Wine Advocate (11/2014)
“…This delicious, dense purple-colored wine possesses plenty of crème de cassis, licorice, spice box and cedar notes in a medium- to full-bodied, supple, explosively fruity, fruit-bomb style. Drink this delicious Cabernet over the next 5-6 years, although I would not be surprised to see it last even longer in a cold cellar. A candidate for the best value winery in the United States, the Michael & David Winery is incredibly proficient at turning out full-flavored wines at bargain basement prices. Shrewd consumers take note.”

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Michael-David Petite Petit 2013 California Red Wine

Michael-David Petite Petit 2013–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 09.23.15)
85% Petite Sirah, 15% Petit Verdot
90 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2015
“…An outstanding wine with gorgeous aromatics of incense, blueberry liqueur, camphor and blackberry, the wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, thunderous inky feel to it, great fruit purity, amazingly supple, velvety tannins for Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot, and a long finish. This is another wine that over-delivers in a big way. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.” –Robert M. Parker, Jr.

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Michael-David Seven Deadly Zins 2012 Red California Wine

Michael-David Seven Deadly Zins 2012–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 09.23.15)
90 Points – Wine Advocate, November 2014
“Another outstanding value is the 2012 Zinfandel 7 Deadly Zins (230,00 cases of 100% Zinfandel). Aged in American oak, it is an opulent, delicious, sexy, full-throttle Zinfandel boasting lots of briary, peppery, mulberry and black cherry fruit notes, a full-bodied texture and terrific purity as well as opulence. It is a delicious, staggering value in Zinfandel, and the fact that there are 230,000 cases blows my mind. Drink it over the next several years.” -Robert Parker

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Butter Chardonnay 2014 White California Wine

Butter Chardonnay 2014–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 09.23.15)
“Grapes sourced from our preferred clones of Chardonnay provide the tropical notes folks have come to love. A slow cold primary and secondary fermentation on our proprietary combinaion of oak create an ethereal creaminess balanced with a vanilla finish. Fruit from our favorite cooler climates in California produce delicate aromas of baked lemons, pear, peach and apple that seamlessly evolve on the palate with a finish that is uniquely Butter!” -The Winery

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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old–$41.59 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 09.23.15)
Highland Single Malt Scotch
“Matured wholly in air-dried, hand-selected ex-bourbon casks, the ‘unashamedly excellent’ Old Pulteney 12-years-old is the definitive expression in the Old Pulteney family. Traditionally crafted using techniques that other distillers have long abandoned, this winner of numerous gold medals at the most prestigious international competitions is a high water-mark of quality spirits. Deep amber color with a slight pink hue. Medium to high aromatic intensity, dry with a hint of sea air. Dry, medium bodied and smooth with a clean finish: faintly salty with a slight sherry note.” -The Distillery

Ardbeg boldly goes where no Scotch has gone before…

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Except the bottles in Scottie’s locker. Experiments in effects of microgravity on terpene production in scotch whiskey yields impressive results!

Ardbeg – Award Winning Cult Malt Whisky’s Pioneering World First Space Experiment Reveals a New Taste Dimension – Scotch Whisky News

September 14th, 2015

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Award winning cult malt whisky’s pioneering world first space experiment reveals a new taste dimension 

— Ardbeg’s research may also signal a way for whisky industry experts to build a database of ageing whiskies –

The results of Ardbeg’s pioneering space mission, released this week, in which the Distillery became the first ever to send spirit into orbit, have far-reaching implications for the unorthodox single malt – and perhaps for the entire whisky industry, experts say.

Nearly four years ago, Ardbeg distillate was sent into space as part of an experiment to investigate how micro-gravity (near zero gravity) would affect the behaviour of terpenes, the building blocks of flavour for many foods and wines as well as whisky spirits.  This maturation experiment was undertaken as research into terpenes in micro-gravity was limited.  Its findings, [revealed this week], are groundbreaking.  They pave the way for unprecedented flavour profiles, particularly for Ardbeg, the world’s peatiest, smokiest, Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

The experiment began in October 2011, when vials containing Ardbeg new-make spirit distillate and shards of Ardbeg casks, were sent to the U.S. National Lab on the International Space Station by the Distillery’s partner, U.S. space research company NanoRacks LLC.  Some 200 miles above Earth, the vials orbited the planet at 17,227 miles per hour, for almost three years. Following their return to Earth, the samples were analysed alongside control samples that had been kept at the Ardbeg Distillery by Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, independent whisky experts and scientists.

In three of the four stages of analysis, major differences were identified between the two sets of samples.  Dr Bill said: “The space samples were noticeably different. When I nosed and tasted the space samples, it became clear that much more of Ardbeg’s smoky, phenolic character shone through – to reveal a different set of smoky flavours which I have not encountered here on earth before.” Dr Bill added: “Ardbeg already has a complex character, but the results of our experiment show that there is potentially even more complexity that we can uncover, to reveal a different side to the whisky.”

Further analysis, looking at ratios of different types of wood extractive compounds, found significant differences between the two sets of samples – demonstrating that gravity has a very real effect on the maturation of spirit. Dr Bill commented “Our findings may also one day have significant implications for the whisky industry as a whole.  In the future, the altered range of wood extractions could lead scientists to be able to detail the ratios of compounds expected in whiskies of a certain age.”

Jeffrey Manber, CEO of NanoRacks who partnered with Ardbeg on this experiment, commented “”It’s hard to find companies willing to be pioneers… To have a partner like Ardbeg that is willing to make this sort of commitment augurs well for the future of commercial space research into flavourings and what it changes for consumer products in general.”

Ardbeg would like to thank NASA and the Space Station Program for allowing this experiment to be undertaken.

Mora’s September Bourbon of the Month Club: Temperance Trader Straight Bourbon

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Temperance Trader Straight Bourbon
Bull Run Distilling Company
Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 86.66 Proof
Portland, Oregon

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The Distillery: “In the spring of 2010, acclaimed Portland distiller, Lee Medoff, and business partner and chief enthusiast, Patrick Bernards, founded Bull Run Distilling Company along with a few trustworthy friends. What began as a ‘what if’ conversation between gentlemen one evening over cocktails evolved into a full-on crusade (as things sometimes do when spirits are involved). A couple aspirin, hundreds of hours and an emptied bank account later, Bull Run Distilling Company turned from a whiskey-infused dream into a reality.

“The name ‘Bull Run’ dates back to the days of the first settlers on the Oregon Trail. As the story goes, back in the 1850’s, cattle belonging to pioneers crossing the Cascade mountain range broke loose in the area now known as Bull Run. The untamed livestock escaped into the dense forests to live, and local inhabitants would catch a glimpse of them every now and again, running along the grassy shorelines of the river and lake to graze and drink. Locals thus began referring to the watering holes as Bull Run River and Bull Run Lake. One hundred and fifty years later in a charming 1950’s warehouse in Northwest Portland, distillation begins with this immaculately clean water. The water is what makes Bull Run’s spirits so special — arguably the purest water source in the country, it imparts a soft, rich mouthfeel that’s impossible to duplicate outside of Oregon.” -Bull Run Distilling

The Whiskey: “Temperance Trader Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a sourced bourbon made from a mashbill composed of 65% corn, 25% rye and 10% malted barley. After the bourbon is aged for a minimum of four years (although a number of barrels are aged 6 years or more) in 53-gallon, charred American oak barrels, Medoff hand-selects fewer than a dozen barrels to blend together. ‘I’m looking for that perfect combination of sweet and spicy,’ he says. ‘We already have a lot of rye in the bourbon, which helps counter the flavor of the sweet corn, but I’m looking to get that perfect balance.”

“After selecting a handful of barrels, the casks are married together and bottled at cask strength. As a result, Temperance Trader Barrel Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey has an aroma of vanilla, smoke and spices that gives way to notes of roasted corn, honeyed oak and cinnamon on the palate. The finish is slightly sweet, with hints of oak, dried fruits and chocolate.” –The Distillery

 

Mora’s September Single Malt Scotch of the Month Club: Gordon & MacPhail’s Glentauchers 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch (1991)

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Gordon & MacPhail
Glentauchers 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch (1991), 86 Proof
Speyside, Scotland

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Gordon & MacPhail: “In partnership with each respective distillery, all whiskies in Gordon & MacPhail’s Distillery Labels range are uniquely labeled. In years gone by, many of these unique designs were used ‘officially’ to bottle the whisky under license from the distillery. Today these trusted relationships with distillers enables Gordon & MacPhail to bottle whiskies at various ages, strengths and vintages—all with their unique distillery label.” –Gordon & MacPhail, independent bottlers

The Distillery: “The Glentauchers distillery was founded during the height of the ‘Pattison Crisis’ at the end of the 19th century. Unlike many other distilleries that were founded around the time, they have managed to survive until this day. Nevertheless, the ‘brand’ is fairly obscure; Glentauchers has always been used almost exclusively for blending.” –Malt Madness, online

“The Glentauchers is a Speyside Scottish whisky distillery founded in 1897 by James Buchanan (the creator of the ‘Black & White’ and ‘Buchanan’ blends, not the 1850s U.S. President) and whisky trader W. P. Lowrie of Glasgow. Lowrie didn’t last long in the mix but the distillery and its spirit continued, primarily for use in blends. It was mothballed by United Distillers in 1985, and then sold to Allied Distillers in 1989. Allied was later acquired by Pernod Ricard. Whisky from this distillery is rarely released in the single malt format, with the only recent example being an official bottling of a 15 Year Old released in 2000. Yet there are independent bottlings available, primarily a semi-official bottling released by Gordon & MacPhail in the 1990s, such as the 16 Year Old, 43% abv version described here.” -Whiskey Reviewer, online

The Whisky:  First Fill and Refill Sherry Casks. “The nose retains a good sweetness with juicy peels and chewy sultanas. Notes of stemmy hay and a greenness pertain a good freshness. There are notes of mocchaccino and a little nuttiness. The palate is rich and full with creamy vanilla fudge. A little toasted oak spice and cereal notes with sherried raisins. The finish is warm and malty with creamy fudge.” – Master of Malt
Tasting Notes from The Drink Shop, online
Undiluted
Nose:  Sweet, sherry with a hint of smokiness. Some herbal, leafy
notes also present with a sweet malty background.
Palate: Rich, cream sherry notes with a little drying peppery edge. Some toasted malt flavours present.

With Water
Nose: Leafy aromas with sherry, some chocolate and nutty notes with a hint of malt and oats.
Palate: Spices initially with the sherry slowly developing. A subtle smoky note.