Defining Rum

For all the growing interest in rum, though, the American regulations have very little to say about it. Want to know what dark and light rum are or what is required for a rhum agricole? The TTB’s spirits regulations won’t help you. If you look at the definition of whiskey in the US regulations, you will find about a dozen different categories described, from bourbon and rye to corn, blended, light, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, etc. 

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Sku
Perfect Proof

The perfect bourbon to sip while the ball drops finally bottled at cask strength. This little family owned brand is still under the radar, but there starting to rock the boat a bit and we love it.  It’s been an incredible 2018, but there’s still so much cool stuff on its way - we’re not going to let this party stop!

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David Othenin-Girard
Manna From Lannemaignan

A classic K&L classic returns older and better than ever. This 30+ year old brandy should cost much more than we’re charging but the incredible Claverie family remains one of the most reasonable producers on the market today. The perfect nip for a cold Xmas night. 

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David Othenin-Girard
TTB Proposal Leaves Some Terms Undefined

The recent TTB Proposal to modernize spirits regulations added a host of new definitions for terms that are widely used but not defined in the regulations, including “cask strength,” “white whiskey” and “oak barrel.” Despite the voluminous nature of the TTB proposal, though, there are still a number of widely used terms that are not defined in the regulations, including the following: 

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Sku
Armagnac Arrived

We found one of our old favorites at a new bottler of Armagnac. Easily one of the world’s greatest brandies, once thought to have been lost to the blenders, has resurfaced and is changing the way people see the special brandy of Gascogne. A benchmark bottling that cannot be missed.

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David Othenin-Girard
Copalli: Drinking Rum Never Felt So Good

Despite rum’s shady past, we think it has a bright future. That’s why we’re particularly excited about one of our new products, Copalli Rum, that defies all your preconceived notions about the spirit. From the heart of the rainforest in Belize, this rum is all about refined taste, a sense of place, conservation and the community. Everything about this spirit feels good – from your taste buds to your conscience.

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Megan Greene
Is it Time to Retire Bottled in Bond?

The designation of Bottled in Bond has been many things through the years – a guarantee of quality, a protection against taint, a sign of good budget booze...but does it really stand for any of those things anymore? And is it worth keeping around or is it time to retire the whole concept? 

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Sku
Fire Relief - Update

Thanks for your interest in our fundraising efforts for victims of the fires in both Northern and Southern California.  Due to the overwhelming response generating by this campaign, it’s taking us a little longer than expected to finish up the organizational details.  We expect to contact everybody involved shortly.  We appreciate your patience, and we appreciate your support of the charitable organizations assisting the fire victims.

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