Mora’s July Spirit Tasting

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Mora’s is having a FREE Monthly Spirit Tasting on July 19 from 4-7 – and you’re invited!

LAGAVULIN: This limited edition 8-year single malt Scotch whisky is a special 200th anniversary bottling – when it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t miss out on your chance to sample its light, pleasing aroma and layered, smoky flavors!

DON JULIO ANEJO CLARO: An incredible, crystal clear Anejo tequila. It starts with a lively aroma of citrus fruit and caramel notes. The flavor is sublime: fresh honey with notes of peppercorn, lemon and tobacco. It ends with a long, clean finish!

BLADE & BOW BOURBON: Fruity but not too sweet, warm but not too toasty – this new Kentucky bourbon is one to remember. It’s aged using a unique Solera system. 

 

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Mora’s Pappy Van Winkle Contest!

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Pappy Van Winkle – if you love Kentucky bourbon, that name sends a shiver up your spine.Pappy Van Winkle 15 and 20-year whiskeys are famed, highly-sought-after whiskeys with a huge cult following. They’re in extremely limited supply and are nearly impossible to find on the market. They’re basically whiskey unicorns – you’ve heard that they exist, but very few have seen them in the wild.

Why are they so awesome? Well, they’re aged for a really long time. They’re exquisitely made. And they’re absolutely delicious – some say the best bourbon on the planet.This unicorn of whiskey comes with a big price tag (anywhere from $1300-1900+ online).

Lucky for you, Mora’s has our hands on ONE bottle of 15 year and ONE bottle of 20 year and is giving you the chance to buy them at a huge discount!
PRIZES:
— you can buy 1 bottle of Pappy’s 15 year for $650 (avg online price is $1300)
— you can buy 1 bottle of Pappy’s 20 for $1000 (avg online price is $1900)
CLICK HERE TO ENTER!!

 

Mora’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

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We love when our customers trust us to help them select gifts for their friends and family members.
This year, we’ve compiled our ultimate gift guide so that you can get something for everyone on your list!
 WINE & SPIRITS CLUBS:
Our wine & spirits clubs come in a range of budgets and options for everyone on your list.
For the wine club, you receive two carefully chosen bottles of wine each month, with a handy information packet that helps you learn more about that month’s offering.
For the spirits club, you receive one FULL-SIZED bottle each month – your choice of the bourbon, scotch, tequila, or vodka club. We expertly select unique, interesting craft spirits that few others have, so each month offers something cool that you won’t find anywhere else.
COST:  depending on the club you pick, and you get a 10% discount if you order more than one month at a time. Local orders get free delivery or in-store pickup.
PERFECT FOR: Anyone! Husbands, wives, dads, moms, favorite siblings, best friends
MORA’S x MOSAIC
SCOTCH TASTING DINNER:
We’re pairing up with noted St. James restaurant Mosaic for a unique Scotch Tasting dinner this January. Seating is extremely limited – purchase two tickets for an unforgettable night out.
PERSONALIZED WINE/SPIRITS
SELECTION SERVICES:
Mora’s is staffed by wine and spirits experts. We’re happy to offer our “personal shopping” services to you this holiday season.
If your loved one has a wine or spirit they love that you can’t find anywhere, let us know and we’ll try to find it and place a special order.
If you don’t know what they like, come to us and say, “She loves tiramisu and hates merlot. What should I buy her?” and we’ll find something amazing for you (it’s okay, we’ll give you all the credit for thinking of it!).
Happy Holidays, and we’re here for you during your holiday gift shopping adventures!

Mora’s Wine & Spirits Clubs

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PICTURE THIS:

It’s the dead of winter. There’s two feet of snow outside your door, yet it still keeps falling. You’ve spent half the day shoveling the driveway with no end in sight. You’re pretty sure you’ll never feel the warmth of the sun again.

Then – a sound at the front door. What could it be? Is there any joy left in this cold, miserable world?

Hark! It’s here! Your monthly club package from Mora’s! You grab the package and blow your delivery elf a jubilant kiss.

You tear the packaging off and carefully unpack your
full bottle of craft liquor (if you’re in the Spirits Club)
or
two bottles of fine wine (if you’re in the Wine Club).

You read the enclosed info packet with mirth. You forget about the snow piling up outside your door.
Aren’t you glad you signed up for Mora’s Spirits Club or Wine Club as a holiday gift to yourself?

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Mora’s X Kilchoman US East Coast Tour

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Kilchoman whisky is one of our favorite whiskys that we carry at the shop. They make a great selection of single-malt whiskys.

Kilchoman Whiskey on sale

Kilchoman Distillery is a small family run farm distillery based on the rugged west coast of Islay. The distillery was established by Anthony Wills in 2005: the idea was to build a new distillery which took whisky production back to its roots. Kilchoman produces its 100% Islay single malt from barley which is grown in fields surrounding the distillery and completes every stage of the whisky-making process at the distillery, including traditional floor malting. Kilchoman is the only distillery in Scotland to do this.

James and Peter Wills, sons of Kilchoman Founder Anthony Wills will travel from Boston to Washington DC in their custom Land Rover making stops along the way to share a few drams and a story or two of Kilchoman, Islay, and growing up in a distillery.

We’re very, very excited to be included as a stop on the Kilchoman East Coast tour! The Wills brothers will roll up to East Setauket in their custom Kilchoman Land Rover on September 30th, and will be at the shop for a Kilchoman whisky tasting from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. We encourage all of our whisky-loving fans to attend – and if you can’t be there, we’ll be streaming it on Facebook Live for you to watch later!

To get in the mood for this awesome event, shop our Kilchoman products here!

 

 

Mora’s October Tequila of the Month Club: Don Eduardo Reposado

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Don Eduardo
Don Eduardo Reposado Tequila
NOM Jalisco, Mexico

The Distillery: “Don Eduardo Orendain Gonzalez ranks among the patriarchs of the tequila industry. He built his first tequila distillery—Orendain—in 1926. Today, the family-owned distillery is state-of-the-art and among the few that only produce super-premium 100% agave tequilas. Of all the successful brands they’ve produced, perhaps their most prestigious achievement to date is Don Eduardo Añejo 100% Agave Tequila. “The agaves used to make Don Eduardo range are cultivated on the family’s estate outside the town of Tequila. After harvesting, the mature agaves are baked, crushed and slowly fermented using a proprietary strain of yeast. The fermented wash is then triple-distilled in traditional, copper pot stills. The all natural tequilas are bottled at 40% alcohol by volume.” –Robert Plotkin, American Cocktails, online The Tequila: “Don Eduardo originally introduced 100% blue agave Reposado in 1950. Today Don Eduardo Reposado is uniquely rested for six months in 100-year-old White American Oak vats to produce a naturally mellowed expression.  This wonderful tequila was recently introduced in the U.S., and it is quickly growing in garnering attention from the experts for its ultra-premium quality and smoothness.” – The Distillery Tasting Notes from The Distillery: Appearance: Light, bright straw Nose: Smooth, sweet and fruity, very fresh Taste: Fruity, floral and spicy Finish: Long, sweet (floral) and spicy

“Smooth, firm entry with aromas of brine and wood leading to lemon/lime and brine flavors; salty, peppery finish.”
–Sante Magazine, November 2004

Mora’s October Vodka of the Month Club: Absolut Elyx

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Absolut
Elyx
Ahus, Sweden

 

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The Process: “Absolut Elyx is manually distilled in a 1921 copper rectification still known as Column 51, made entirely of copper… Absolut Elyx is the result of century-old expertise, passed down through generations of Swedish vodka-makers. Krister Asplund and his team are amongst the very few people who have the skills and knowledge to operate a manual still. Together they control the temperature and precise rate of flow during distillation by hand. Every handle, knob and level is adjusted manually… Absolut Elyx is made in Åhus, Sweden, exclusively from single estate wheat from the Råbelöf Castle, where they have been producing wheat since the 1400s. The wheat grown here contains exactly the right amount of water and has the perfect balance of starch. From seed to bottle, everything is done within a 15-mile radius of the distillery, ensuring quality control and perfection in every detail.” – Absolut

“Elyx is made in 100% copper stills, which are wrapped in wood for insulation.  Additionally, the mash for Elyx is passed through a filter of copper rings that absorb unwanted sulphuric compounds.  Absolut original also uses this process, but Elyx is passed through new copper rings, and they are only used once, and then re-used in the production of Absolut. The raw spirit comes from the facilities in Nöbbelöv at 85% abv.  The spirit is diluted in the extraction column down to about 20% abv, and then sent to the rectification column.  The spirit passes through four different copper stills.  These mighty and gorgeous copper stills are the heart of Absolut Elyx, they give much of the flavor character and identity to the spirit.” – Gastronomista

The Vodka: “…It has similar characteristics to the original Absolut mark, but where the wheat is the dominant flavor profile in the original, Elyx has citrus notes of grapefruit and lime, a silky smooth texture, a hint of spice, and a smooth, clean finish. It’s also got a slight hint of butterscotch, macadamia nut, caramel, and a bit of the low wheat note found in the original. It’s a delicious vodka, so don’t go drowning it in mixers. We recommend sticking to simple cocktails, the classic martini (extra dry) or vodka on the rocks – guaranteed to be delicious tipple.” – Gastronomista

“From a sharp crisp nose Elyx unrolls with a smooth and slightly sweet entry that carries the wheat grain note from the nose and adds light vanilla cream, a touch of butterscotch, and a hint of hazelnut and chocolate. Where Elyx really shows off its stripes is in the midpalate where it develops a fantastic spice reminiscent of the pin prick you get from a great Russian style vodka; although it’s not a pin prick here, the spice is wide and expansive on the palate. This spice gives Elyx tremendous structure and defines the finish, which has a nice spicy core but finishes clean. The mouthfeel of Elyx is simply exceptional, transforming from a smooth, creamy opening to a crisp, clean finish, perfectly executed in every way… Absolut Elyx’s solid midpalate and strong finish hold up admirably when combined with vermouth… Absolut Elyx is one of the most significant vodka releases since Ketel One or Grey Goose. Elyx is a game changer for Absolut, who has virtually reinvented itself with a contemporary vodka that stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the very best vodka on the market.” – Spirits Review

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.