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Friday, 24 November 2017 11:36

Bourbon Bash 5.0 at Liquor Depot!

Yup. It's that time of year again!

When & Where:

    • Saturday, December 9th at our Simsbury location
    • Saturday, December 16th at our New Britain location

Here's what we'll have.

Multiple tasting stations will be set up around the stores offering a chance to sample Selections from our Single Barrel Select Program. Selections available for taste include Bourbons, Canadian Whiskey, Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whiskey, Tequila and Rum. All of the selections are from single barrels which have been chosen by our tasting committee. The tastings will begin at Noon at both events.

Raffle Tickets will be handed out at the tasting tables. Around 1:30 we will begin a raffle, with the winner having the first option to purchase one of our highly allocated Whiskey Baskets, which will include but is not limited to, Old Rip Van Winkle, Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Michter 10 & 20yr., Elijah Craig Cask & 18 year.

Friday, 13 January 2017 17:00

3 New Single Barrel Selections

balblair barrel

1993 Balblair Single Cask #3420 Highland Single Malt Scotch

This offering marks Liquor Depots first foray into choosing a single barrel (cask) of Single Malt Scotch. We are excited about our selection and know you will be once you’ve tasted it. This offering comes to us from Balbair Distillery in the Highland District of Scotland. The distillery was established in 1790 and has an impressive track record in producing well aged exquisite tasting Scotches.

Balblair whiskeys are uniquely Vintage, Their bottles are not marked with an age statement, but simply with the year the whiskey was laid down. Every year, Distillery Manager, John MacDonald, tastes, judges and selects straight from the casks, and at exactly the right moment when the balance between the age and the character of the whiskey is just right, he has it bottled. Occasionally Balblair will offer a single cask which has been judged to be very special indeed. These casks represent the finest and most exclusive expressions of Balblair; each cask selected displays unmistakable Balblair style, yet with subtle nuances of taste and character which make it truly unique.

balblair barrel stack

Liquor Depots Selection, Cask #3420 was laid down in 1993, and bottled in 2016, making it a true 23 Year Old Single Malt. The Whiskey is Non Chill-filtered and bottled at 108 proof. The Whiskey is bright golden in appearance. This is a full bodied malt with distinctive aromas of cloves, bananas, butterscotch and green apples. Hints of coconut and honey can also be detected. On the palate it is sweet and spicy with hints of butterscotch and tropical fruits. The finish is full bodied and long lasting. Ask to try a sample during your next visit, you won’t be disappointed.

Liquor Depot Price $97.99

Blanton’s Single Barrel #3

Begins with spicy caramel and vanilla on the nose, with a very pleasant but subtle with little burn. The palate begins with caramel, and orange coating the mouth with a soft but full amount of flavor. A little spice on the back end balances the initial sweetness.  As the spice on the back end of the palate fades away, burnt sugars, caramel, and vanilla take over. This is just as pleasant as the rest of the sip and lasts a little longer than most bourbons.

Liquor Depot Price $46.99

Stranahan’s Single Barrel Colorado Whiskey

Our Single Barrel of liquid gold (Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 ) just arrived from Denver, Colorado. Chose in conjunction with Northeast Wine & Spirits. This Small Batch Whiskey is crafted with Rocky Mt snow melt, unchill filtered, unique flavor. Hints of caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate and a light oakiness are some of the hallmark tastes of this unique whiskey.

Liquor Depot Price $56.99

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:11

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel

Kentucky Spirit has the same bottling proof of Wild Turkey 101. The different would seem to be barrel selection and age. Wild Turkey 101 is a bottling of barrels blended together with ages of 6, 7 and 8 years old. Kentucky Spirit is a little older at 8-9.5 years old. And that barrel selection should be good as Master Distiller Jimmy Russell picks them out himself.

The Liquor Depot Single Barrel Selection comes from Barrel #747 Stored in Warehouse N on Rick #3, it was bottled on 6-1-2015 at 101 proof.

The Initial nose of this Single Barrel is heavy Bourbon Spice, followed by hints toffee, butterscotch and cinnamon. The first sip reveals smooth spicy notes, followed by dark fruit and brown sugar with a strong backdrop of wood.  Hard to get more balanced with sweet and savory sitting in near perfect alignment and bolstered by a full body and smooth inviting texture.

Our selection finishes with wood, brown sugar, corn, dark fruit, honey, caramel and mint all lingering together on a nice long slow fade.

Special National Bourbon Heritage Month Price: $44.99/750 ml.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:09

Eagle Rare 10-Year-Old Whiskey

While some in the Whiskey community are warning of the impending aged bourbon shortage, Liquor Depot is doing all it can to ramp up our Single Barrel offerings of great, aged bourbons. We have just received our latest barrel of Eagle Rare 10-year-old. This particular Single Barrel has less of the usual caramel and vanilla, though these are also still there. This barrel of Eagle Rare has more texture than the last barrel, with lots of oak and tannins. The texture is expressed in notes of chocolate, caramel, fruit, and hints of grass and sap. The finish is dry and warming, and rather long. Easily one of our most favorite Eagle Rare Barrels we've ever experienced!

In our continued efforts to bring our customers the best selection of quality aged bourbons we have recently tasted and ordered Single Barrels of 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, our second Single Barrel of Four Roses. We have also blended our own unique Angel's Envy. These Single Barrels should arrive sometime in Late September or early October.

Check back on our Blog or visit our Facebook page for updates.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:08

Masterson's 10-year-old Rye

This 100% rye whiskey is sourced from the same distillery as WhistlePig and Jefferson’s (The one you purchase might depend on which one you can find, as they are all quite limited.) This one sells at a premium to the other two, but shows polish and is nicely rounded. Floral aroma, with hints of spicy wood and cinnamon. Notes of roasted nuts, citrus and vanilla, which are complemented by a bold and spicy undertone. Finish is long and robust, with notes of oak and baking spices mingled with sweet undertones of honey, marshmallow and caramel. This makes a nice sipping rye and is thoroughly enjoyable. Very distinctive!

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:07

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

One of our Best Single Barrel Selection yet! The initial nose is full of alcohol, but quickly mellows to display all of those classic bourbon notes, i.e. dark brown sugar, vanilla, caramelized bananas, allspice, cinnamon, and a just a bit of menthol.

Our Selection is very spicy at the onset with a huge hit of cinnamon that concentrates on the tip of your tongue. Once the heat subsides, the dark brown sugar and vanilla notes emerge at mid-palate. It all comes together at the finish with those baking spices and herbal notes showing up, as well. Long, warming finish with a lingering cinnamon and sweet mint aftertaste. This whiskey reacts well to a drop of water or ice, but is just as enjoyable neat.

Visit the Wild Turkey website.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:04

Weller Antique 107 Proof

A Wheated bourbon with a full-bodied flavor and a balanced palette. The Old Weller 107 (OW107) is a purchase you can feel confident in if you're looking for an everyday sipper. Obviously it is 107 proof, aged for around 7 years, though it comes with no age statement.

Our single barrel offering is very well balanced with sweet fruit notes, strong vanilla currents, and sharp, spicy tones with a cinnamon finish. The profile is similar to the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, which is made at the same distillery, the only difference being the age. It is the same mashbill, aged in the same location, and is cut to the same proof.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:03

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

The finest bourbon in the world comes from a single barrel. That’s the way Colonel Albert B. Blanton first bottled his private reserve bourbon nearly a century ago. Blanton believed the “center-cut”, or middle sections of Warehouse H were the best for aging his bourbon - personally tasting and choosing each barrel himself. These barrels were reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family, and friends, becoming the world’s first single barrel bourbon.

His time honored tradition lives on today as only a handful of barrels from the center of Warehouse H are selected to become Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon.

The Liquor Depot Barrel Selection is very deep and satisfying. The taste has a masterful start with deep dry vanilla notes in perfect harmony with hints of honey amid the strong caramel. The long, creamy caramel lingers until some late soft peppers arrive to spice things up. The complexity and harmony of spice and honey really makes for a  bourbon that suits all tastes and one to keep the discerning whiskey drinker almost purring with delight. Blanton's Bourbon is availible in .375 ml and .750 ml bottles.

The tiny horse and jockey on the bottle stoppers are collector's items, too! Read more about them on the Blanton's Bourbon website.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:02

Angels Envy (30A/20B/50C) Barrel

This bottling is not a specific single barrel offering, instead it is a unique blend created by the Tasting Panel at Liquor Depot and Angel's Envy. 3 distinct samples of Angels Envy were presented, One sample was the traditional Angels Envy selection, the 2nd had seen longer time with the secondary aging in Port Barrels and the 3rd had seen less than usual time in the secondary aging Port Barrels. The 3 samples were tasted seperately and evaluated. Then we began precise blendings to see if we could create a finished whiskey that was greater than the sum of its parts.

Sample A had an oaky nose, with toasted nut and vanilla notes, a smooth, light palate and raisoney finish. Sample B had an earthy nose, with a spicy palate and had Maple, Chocolate and Spice on the finish. Sample C started with a burst of dried cherries and a hint of Sherry on the nose, was very complex on the palate and fishished similar to Sample B with Maple, Chocolate and Spice but with an additional creaminess that Sample B was missing. We created 6 different blends, most of which were at least 50 % Sample C. The blend that showed the most complexity and palate pleasure ended up being a blend of 30% Sample A, 20% Sample B & 50% Sample C. The final blend shows notes of honey and fruit balance with a little wood on the nose, has a very smooth and complex palate with caramel, maple, chocolate and vanilla notes, has a long, smooth, spicy finish.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:51

George Dickel 14 Year Barrel

At 14 years the bottling represents the oldest ever Tennessee whiskey. There is a deep, burnished oakiness, tending to dryness, with a hint of smoky quality. The Tennessee Charcoal Filtering process followed by 14 years of barrel aging has produced an exceptionally smooth and flavorable whiskey.

With 30 years of experience, Edward Freeman Russell knows a thing or two about bourbon. As the son of renowned Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell, and the fourth generation Russell to work at the Austin Nichols distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Eddie Russell is of an unmatched pedigree in the bourbon industry. Before being promoted to the position of Associate Distiller in 2007, Russell collaborated with his father to create “Russell’s Reserve,” the award-winning, 10-year old small-batch bourbon that serves as a testimony to the family’s heritage of distilling craftsmanship and tradition. In 2010 Eddie was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, the highest honor given by the legendary Kentucky Bourbon industry.

Visit the Wild Turkey website.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:42

National Bourbon Heritage Month

National Bourbon Heritage Month is an observance in the United States that calls for celebration of bourbon as America's "Native Spirit". On August 2, 2007, the U.S. Senate declared September 2007 as "National Bourbon Heritage Month". The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, passed by unanimous consent. The resolution calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to do so responsibly and in moderation. The bill reinforces the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon "America's Native Spirit" by celebrating the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.

We invite you to visit our New Britain and Simsbury stores as we celebrate this special month with our extensive selection of Single Barrel Bourbon offerings.