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Verite La Muse Drink Me Magazine

VÉRITÉ ‘LA MUSE” 2009

Boasting an elite lineage and quite the blockbuster history, Vérité ‘La Muse’ has the rare distinction of earning seven perfect 100 point scores. Privy to the charm of Pomerol, Vérité created the Merlot-dominant La Muse from premier Sonoma County micro-crus, consistently showing Sonoma’s ability to produce supple, balanced Merlot blends. And as in the past, the 2009 vintage does not disappoint.

Drink Me Magazine Review 97/100
This, my friends, is a knockout. Virtually seamless across the board with a voluptuous mouthfeel, ripe velvety tannin, and bright acidity. The dynamic flavor pallet includes black cherry, redcurrant, menthol tobacco, nutmeg, graphite, and a seductive finish of mocha. Bravo!  -JA

Wemyss Single Malt Single Cask Scotch Whisky Drink Me Magazine

WEMYSS MALTS RELEASES FIVE NEW SINGLE CASKS

News of these five exotic beauties sailed in from Edinburgh, Scotland, from the boutique Scotch Whisky producer Wemyss Malts. Named after the family of the same name (pronounced ‘Weems’), Wemyss Malts announces five new single cask single malt Scotch whiskies,  each cask celebrating a unique and contrasting characteristic that is coaxed out of the different Scotch whisky regions. The name of each single bottling hints at the distinctive personality and flavors derived from each cask & region. Hailing from the Highlands are: Apple Basket, a 1997 single cask from Clynelish, and Lead on Macduff! a 2002 single cask from Macduff. From Islay, The Bosun’s Dram a 1997 single cask from Bunnahabhain and Peat Smoked Herring a 2001 single cask from Bowmore. To round off the new parcel offering is a Lowlands release called Lemon Zest a 1998 single cask from Auchentoshan. The number of bottles available vary from cask size and age, but all are limited editions of very modest bottling runs. For this reason, these Wemyss Single Casks have a tendency to disappear rapidly, and at Drink Me, we’re already trying to track down these bottles. We’d love to hear from any of our readers who find them. Slainte!

Drink Me Review Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa

REVIEW: 93 Pts. THE LOST ABBEY, FRAMBOISE DE AMOROSA

Framboise de Amorosa is The Lost Abbey’s first foray into the world of raspberry beers. It begins as Lost and Found ale and is sent into freshly emptied red wine barrels. The beer spends over a year in the barrels during which it is spiked with three additions of raspberries. Lost Abbey’s barrel aged beers are brewed to no particular style and as such are referred to as Non Denominational, and are released on a when-they-are-ready basis.

Drink Me Magazine Review: 93/100
Full disclosure: Wild ale is one of my all-time favorite styles. That pungent, vinegar-tinged funk is the stuff dreams are made of. Puckering tartness overwhelms the palate upon first sip, and robust vine fruits hover tantalizingly in the distance. A great choice for wine lovers and serious beer enthusiasts with prominent wild yeast aromas and robust fruit flavors. 7% ABV. -BJ

Lyon Distilling Drink Me Magazine

LYON DISTILLING COMPANY SPIRITS

St. Michaels, Maryland, the quaint Eastern Shore hamlet best known as the “heart & soul of the Chesapeake Bay,” has a rousing new moniker: “home to Maryland’s only full production craft distillery.” Lyon Distilling Company opened its renovated doors- previously the town’s historic flour mill- in February 2014 with the noble goal of reviving Maryland’s illustrious distilling history. Truly a handcrafted process, everything in the bottle is local, starting with the raw ingredients. In addition to making Maryland’s only known rum, the distillery also just released the state’s first rye whiskey in over 40 years. The Maryland Free State Rye Whiskey is named in a nod to Maryland’s defiance of Prohibition. So carry on with your annual summer sails to the beautiful seaport, but this time, stop in for a tour and taste of Lyon Distilling Co’s signature rums, or ask about the limited batches of specialty whiskey, all of which are distilled on site in traditional pot stills. Sailing, sunsets, picking crabs and sipping craft spirits? Yes, please.

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CAMERON HUGHES LOT 500

Patience is a virtue. Cameron Hughes definitely knows the truth to this adage. The Cameron Hughes Lot 500 Cabernet Sauvignon ($29), released this month, marks the 500th wine produced under the Cameron Hughes Lot Series. More impressively though, it marks a milestone- the Napa Valley milestone. For 10 years his sights were set on Napa Valley, but as a negociant whose MO was to find exceptional juice at an approachable price, Napa always eluded him. Unwilling to compromise quality or price point, he waited. Until now. The 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the heart of Oakville, home of the first 100 point wine. After a decade of patiently waiting for the opportunity to buy fruit from this famed vineyard, it’s only fitting it happened at Lot 500. A perfectly proportioned wine, with elegant tannin structure and tremendous depth, and at $29, glorious.

Corsair Distilling Quinoa Whiskey Drink Me Magazine

CORSAIR QUINOA WHISKEY

Imagine this scenario: a super grain with celebrity status among foodies, is introduced into the niche world of experimental craft whiskey, via the pioneering and iconic hands of distillers at Corsair Distillery in Nashville, TN. That’s right: a super food + super trend + super talent. The result is the fascinating Corsair Quinoa Whiskey, a whiskey made with barley and red and white quinoa from Bolivia- not exactly an obvious pick for a whiskey. Then again, Corsair has never been one to be obvious. Master Distiller Darek Bell calls himself a whiskey lover who is always seeking out something a little more interesting and little more imaginative; experimental distilling is Corsair’s stock and trade. On the heels of their most recent accolade – the prestigious Bubble Cap, representing the very best in the world of artisan distilling – we thought it fitting to call attention to an ingenious whiskey that has excited, provoked, bemused, fueled and even divided fans since its inception. It’s a compelling whiskey and we want to hear your thoughts. Cheers to Corsair, cheers to innovation!

Elmer T Lee Commemorative Edition Bourbon Drink Me Magazine

ELMER T. LEE COMMEMORATIVE EDITION SINGLE BARREL BOURBON

Although a triumph in its own right, the honorific title of Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace Distillery was not Elmer T. Lee’s sole legacy. Beyond the recognition of creating the world’s first single barrel bourbon, and even more impressive than the following his bourbon fetched, Elmer T. Lee left behind not only a legacy of service to the Bourbon industry, but also to his country.  In honor of this great legend, Buffalo Trace has just released an Elmer T. Lee Commemorative Edition Single Barrel Bourbon, donating profits from the sales to his most valued cause, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where proceeds will benefit local VFW Post 4075, in which Elmer was active until the end. Selected from the same warehouse floors as the barrels for his namesake bourbon, the commemorative edition is packaged with a black label with gold embossed lettering bearing Elmer’s signature and his distinctive profile. Quantities of this one-time offering are very limited and in high-demand. Afterall, we expect nothing less of a man whose premium Bourbon revived an entire industry.

Founders Brewing company All Day IPA Drink Me Magazine

FOUNDERS ALL DAY IPA SESSION ALE 15-PACK

Forget the donuts and bagels, the new Brewer’s Dozen has arrived. Just in time for the summer season, Founders Brewing Company has released a 15-pack of their top-selling Founders All Day IPA Session Ale. This is the first time a major craft brewery has put out a 15-pack. All Day IPA was Founders’ first canned beer and has earned a devout following; so much in fact, that this once-seasonal offering is now brewed year-round. The point of a session ale is to be fully-flavored yet drinkable for long sessions without the imbiber getting loaded- no easy task. With its modest 4.7% ABV, this light golden brew is surprisingly sessionable without sacrificing any of the hop-forward flavor. It’s really no wonder why this beer has become Founders’ top seller. And, with the extra few beers in the pack, this session ale truly can be enjoyed all day long. *The new 15-packs will replace the current All Day IPA 12-packs starting in April 2014.

weingut Von Winning Kirchenstuck Riesling Drink Me Magazine

Weingut von Winning Kirchenstück Riesling 2012

On the heels of the legendary 2011, von Winning’s 2012 offerings confirm Germany’s place among the greatest white wine producers in the World. The fact that this Estate is crafting some of the very best dry wines in Germany is no fluke, rather a result of nearly obsessive winemaker Stefan Attman’s commitment to both dedicated cultivation of the best sites and meticulous work in the cellar. Showing stature and grandness, the wines simultaneously manage to convey poise and contained virtuosity. Or, if we can borrow from another critic’s eloquent description: “a glory of internal, silent, endless complexity… all the wisdom of a lifetime yet still curious, wondering and pensive.”

Drink Me Magazine Review 96/100
Spellbindingly magnificent, this off-dry wine unleashes a sumptuous bouquet of ruby red grapefruit, jasmine, ripe apricots, and tarragon. Vivacious acidity with a subtle touch of salinity, this gorgeous mineral-driven wine is one that you will remember. -JA

Spring 44 Spirits Drink Me Magazine

SPRING 44 SPIRITS

Like the formidable Rocky Mountains and the bracingly crisp spring water they’re based on, the Spring44 Spirits cast an air of purity even at first glance. Minimalist but elegant, the bottles are graced with simple graphics alluding to their origins- nature. We’ve heard this story before, and couldn’t help recalling the merits of other “precious spring water” from the far reaches of the globe; but something was different about this story: the fervent, and at times manic, following. From proclamations of perfection: “one of the most outright delicious liquids I have ever tasted in my entire life,” to stunned musings on nature: “not to get too precious, but there is a clarity and freshness to it–you can actually taste that spring water,” our interest was piqued. As we delved deeper into the backstory, we learned that Spring44 is produced by two childhood friends in Oregon, but its birthplace is Colorado, where they source “the rarest water found on earth.” From a simple childhood pleasure that provided a visceral connection to nature, an idea was born. Spring44, like its namesake, delivers a thought-provoking, sincere experience.

Amaro Lucano Drink Me Magazine

AMARO LUCANO LIQUEUR

As wine & spirits enthusiasts, it’s a precarious line we walk between connoisseur and snob. Admittedly, we relish those moments sipping Single Malt, Grand Cru & Vintage potables- but our true pleasure comes from discovering the lesser known, humble potions, rich with history. One such pleasure is Amaro Lucano, an Italian herbal liqueur that is commonly sipped as an after dinner digestif, but has gained popularity in the U.S. as a multi-dimensional mixologist secret. Amaro, Italian for bitter is traditionally made by infusing grape brandy with a secret, proprietary mix of herbs, flowers, aromatic bark, citrus peel and spices—a blend that can include anything from cardamom to elderberry flowers. Amaro Lucano’s roots go back to 1894 in the tiny village of Pisticci, of the Lucania region in the province of Matera where Pasquale Vena created a special recipe in the backroom of his famous cookie bakery, which is still a well-kept secret today. Silky like a liqueur; both bitter and sweet in varying degrees; aromatically complex; and quite simply: delicious and fascinating.

*Drink Me Magazine Review 94/100
A sophisticated exploration of over 30 herbs, the scent of sultana, dried lavender, fennel, and cola funnel through the nose while sweet herbs and black tea unwind on the palate.  Enjoy this neat, chilled, or with some citrus zest. -JA

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