Very very busy day. So busy I cannot do much more than the brief notes I scribbled down for these! Tasted with the distributor today and got all the goods on these whiskies! All should be in stock as early as tomorrow!
The Corryvreckan is now a full time item! While we are sad that the Beist is no longer with us, we are very happy to have what many consider to be the best of the Ardbeg line on the shelf without a single bottle limit. Quantities have been very scarce and getting a bottle previously was like getting Rolling Stones tickets - you had to be ready right at the onsale time. Due to our budding relationship with Ardbeg, we've been in talks with them and their distribution about how we could continue the success we enjoyed in 2010. In those discussions we thought that getting the always delicious Ardbeg 10 down to $39.99 would be a fantastic feat, so we made it happen and now everyone wins. At that price, it's hard for me to think of a better value in the world of whisky right now.
The last time we had the Corryvreckan it was over $80 so the new sticker price of $73.99 is lowest price on Wine Searcher right now by about $7. Hopefully we can continue to offer it at a this price and hopefully it lasts long enough for everyone to get a bottle.
Enjoy the Ardbeg!
I really enjoyed this article in today's New York Times because it is topical, relative to a customer service job like my own, and bound to stir up many different reactions from its readers. The story is about restaurants in NYC that are refusing to offer alterations to their menus that stray from the original vision of the cuisine. I won't ruin the reading experience by summarizing any further, but I wonder how far outside of restaurants this trend could extend. For so long customer service has always been about pleasing the customer no matter what, many times in instances when the service demanded the ridiculous and over the top. What cracks me up about these guys in the article is that they are completely flipping the anal-retentiveness around - a la the soup nazi. I'm a big believer in voting with your pocketbook rather than throwing a temper tantrum, so this kind of enterprise really makes me smile because many people like to do both. I wonder what would happen if I suddenly refused service to the customer who wants a 12 bottle box (something we are always short of) for his one bottle purchase because he drove here and he doesn't want the bottle to roll around in the car?
All of the unknown wonders of wine that used to enthrall me, the unknown varietals and the history of the regions, are now unfortunately known to me. It's great to have a wine education but it takes the mystery and excitement out of it. Whiskey used to have the same effect on me, but now I'm an industry professional and I know a lot about what's going on. However, I know absolutely nothing about what's going on in Japan because what's going on in Japan is staying in Japan. We only get three whiskies imported to the U.S. and they're all form Suntory. However, Neyah White and I hung out this afternoon and he brought me some special treats. I don't have the time or the memory to fill in the details, but I feel like a second podcast about the other Japanese distilleries will be necessary very soon. There is so much I want to learn and Neyah is a fantastic educator. Here are a few more photos of what was consumed.
When you listen to Neyah talk about these whiskies you can't help but get excited. Some are using 100% japanese oak! Crazy expensive and so different - they taste like they have curry!
A legendary blend of whiskies made by father and son. Amazing.
This one is off the charts. No plum wine aged malt in this (only in the 12), but the salty finish is mind-blowing. Neyah said they obsess about the water in Japan and it makes all the difference. I wish we were that obsessive because if water can make whiskey taste like this, sign me up for the H2O class. More about these whiskies soon.
Finally got to taste the new Bulleit Rye which should be in stock by this Thursday afternoon. From what I understand it's LDI rye but this is a bit more spicy and sweet than the Redemption or Willett. This has the cinnamon and baking spices that the others lack. A very nice, easy going 95% rye that should help ease the burden that Rittenhouse has been carrying. This will retail for the same price as Bulleit Bourbon - $21.99. A very good deal for such a tasty whiskey.
I decided to bring in the Nolet Gin, a $49.99 spirit that charms you immediately on the first sip. Made with peaches and raspberries, as well as juniper, this is a perfumy and exotic gin that grabs the senses with a vice grip before lulling the taste buds into a stupor. Very good, made by the Ketel One people who know gin far better than they do vodka. Get this if you really love high-end gin.
I continue to be impressed by Belvedere. I decided to bring back the vodka as well as the "intense unfiltered" stuff that has a bit more rye flavor. These vodkas are soft, creamy, and very sippable. I am intrigued by the idea of bringing vodka back. I think there is something about vodka people are missing and I think that Belvedere might be the brand to show them the way. It's as good if not better than every other high end product out there, so why not? I might as well start somewhere!