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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Spirits Journal
The Elegant and Easy "Whimsy Martini”

Will Beare, one of our spirit specialists in Redwood City, created this stunning winter martini. The cocktail has a elegant presentation perfect for holiday parties and it is as equally scrumptious as it is beautiful. A combination of vodka, gin and sweet vermouth, this elegant cocktail has nice depth and flavor without any heaviness. The twist of lemon on top completes the drink, adding a bright finish of citrus.

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Megan Greene
TTB Proposes New Regulations Modernizing Alcohol Labeling

On Monday, the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the agency that regulates the production and sale of alcohol, published new proposed regulations for the labeling of wine, beer and spirits.  This new proposal is a comprehensive revision of the current regulations. The 132 page publication includes many changes that those of us in the spirits world have been pushing for years.  The list of revisions is too voluminous to recite here, but here are some of the most significant for whiskey and other spirits.  

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Sku
'Tis The Season

The unprecedented number of individual single casks that has come in this season are a wide array of Scottish single malts and grains. Some are classic names, others hidden gems. This Loch Lomond “All Malt” Single grain whisky is something of both. It is a category defying whisky that deserves your palate’s attention.

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Andrew Whiteley