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REDBREAST 12 Year Cask Strength Single Post Still Irish Whiskey Drink Me Magazine

REDBREAST 12 YEAR CASK STRENGTH SINGLE POT STILL WHISKEY

Something of a cult legend in Ireland, Redbreast Single Pot Still Whiskey is quickly achieving the same elusive status in the U.S. To be a single pot still whiskey, malted barley is combined with un-malted barley. It was a very traditional method of making whiskey in Ireland and although it is no longer common, Redbreast is keeping the tradition alive. The Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength is pleasantly influenced by the oloroso sherry casks that the blend is aged in, with increased cask strength which gives an already superb whiskey a richer, fuller, fruitier dimension, and if you can imagine it, even more complexity. The extra proof also delights rocks drinkers to no end. Word on the street is that the supply is limited and demand has been through the roof. We suppose that’s what happens when reviews start throwing out phrases like “I can’t think if I’ve ever tasted a better Irish whiskey…”

*Drink Me Magazine Review 95/100
“Prominent vanilla layered around Bananas Foster, drizzled with wild honey & freshly picked apples. The palate adds more vanilla with a velvety, whipped spice creaminess, rich and layered on the tongue. The finish is moderate to long for this full-bodied dram with subtle citrus notes followed by dark caramel & more vanilla.” 
*Drink Me Magazine Elite 150 Spirit 2014

Bushmills 21 Year Irish Whiskey Drink Me Magazine

BUSHMILLS 21 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT IRISH WHISKEY

An old timer with plenty to give, the Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt is another distinguished and celebrated addition to our growing list of rare and limited Irish Whiskey casks to seek out now, before they’re gone forever. The Bushmills Distillery, located in the quiet village of Bushmills on the north coast of Northern Ireland, is one of the oldest in the world, having just celebrated its 400th anniversary. With age comes expertise, which is evident in the Master Distiller’s remarkable and uncommon decision to mature the single malt in bourbon and sherry casks for 19 and 21 years, before marrying the barrels together for two years in a Madeira-infused cask. It’s a rare taste that is distinctively Bushmills and one that receives consistent praise and accolades as the “Best Irish Single Malt of the Year.” Produced in limited quantities, each bottle is numbered. Yet another shining example of why the Irish Whiskey category is in the spirits spotlight.

Knappogue Castle 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Drink Me Magazine

KNAPPOGUE CASTLE 16 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT TWIN WOOD

Today’s honorary Irish Whiskey tells a brave tale of perseverance and a desire to preserve a rich bit of Irish history; and as fate would unravel, it also serendipitously brought us a historic Single Malt Irish Whiskey. The Knappogue Castle 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Twin Wood dates back to the 15th century Knappogue Castle. The castle was purchased in the 60s by an architect couple who stumbled upon it and at “first sight” knew they needed to restore it to the glory and grandeur of its magnificent former self. In the process, the family began ageing casks of distilled whiskey in the castle and quickly become famous for vintage whiskies bottled in particular years. The original 1951 vintage is one of the rarest Irish Whiskies in the world. Knappogue Castle 16 Year Twin Wood is the first sherry-finished single malt, matured for sixteen years in two types of wood. The best of the 1994 vintage single malt is aged for fifteen years in bourbon barrels and then put into casks especially seasoned for Knappogue using Oloroso Sherry. Only 1,900 bottles of this rare whiskey were bottled, each individually numbered and signed, making this an Irish whiskey as individualistic and historic as the 1951 vintage it celebrates. Everyone likes a tale of tenacity, and many might argue Irish Whiskey is the very definition. Indefatigable perseverance and graceful complexity, together in a bottle.
*Drink Me Magazine Review 94/100
*Drink Me Magazine Elite 150 Spirit 2014

Teeling Whiskey Company Vintage Reserve Silver 21 Year Single Malt Drink Me Magazine

TEELING SILVER RESERVE 21 YEAR SINGLE MALT

As part of our week-long celebration in appreciation of Irish Whiskey, it seems only fitting to draw attention to the rare and storied old casks that, like a limerick, provide a mysterious relic to Ireland’s past. Paving the way is The Teeling Whiskey Company, one of Ireland’s few remaining independent whiskey companies, who has released its Silver Reserve 21 Year Old Single Malt Irish whiskey, the first bottling from its new Vintage Reserve Collection. This Silver Reserve bottling consists of 21 Year Old Single Malt Irish whiskey distilled in 1991 and matured first in Bourbon casks then allowed to marry in Sauternes wine casks.  This small batch bottling, limited to only 5,000 bottles, is the first ever Irish whiskey to be finished in Sauternes wine casks.  Containing some of the oldest Single Malt Irish whiskey ever bottled, the Vintage Reserve Collection will be individually hand bottled in exclusive decanters worthy of such rare whiskey offerings. Just think, we already gave 95 points to the Teeling Small Batch Blended Whiskey, and this one’s got two decades on it…

Drink Me Magazine Review 97/100
Drink Me Elite 150 Spirit 2014

Jameson Limited Edition 2014 St. Patrick's Day Bottle

JAMESON LIMITED EDITION ST. PATRICK’S DAY BOTTLE 2014

I’m here! Can you not see me? I’m wearing green.“ Jameson, the world’s most celebrated Irish whiskey, proudly flaunts its Irish heritage every day, but always reserves a little something extra for St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to sponsoring a full day of carousing in Dublin, Jameson has joined millions of revelers in dressing up for the occasion with a limited-edition design of its iconic bottle, inspired by the sights, sounds and jubilant atmosphere of its Dublin hometown. The limited edition bottle, which is the fourth to be released by Jameson in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, was designed by Irish illustrator Dermot Flynn, who used Jameson’s intrinsic Irish character as inspiration. The whimsical illustrated label features the legendary Dublin pub, The Stag’s Head, along with some of the city’s most historical figures and notable slang. The bottle has been created for a limited period and will be available in 40 markets worldwide in March 2014. Although the spirit inside may be the same, it just seems wrong not wearing green on St. Patty’s Day. May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. Sláinte!

AO Rice Vodka Suntory Drink Me Magazine

AO VODKA, DISTILLED FROM JAPANESE RICE

Japanese culture has long been associated with harmony in nature. From the misunderstood intricacies of flower arrangements to the most delicate and contemplative snip of a bonsai tree, Suntory ambitiously introduces this concept to the Western culture’s most beloved spirit: vodka. Just released to the U.S. market, Ao Vodka is a premium vodka distilled from Japanese rice and fittingly takes its name from the Japanese word for blue, or shades of green found in nature. Landscapes of rice paddies are poetically called ao for their mingling of blue and green. The thought itself seems to provoke a zen state, and one we want to stay in forever- especially amid the cacophony of booze marketing. Made from 100% Japanese rice and water sourced from the island of Kyushu, Ao Vodka aspires to bring back the often-overlooked luxury of nuance, and therefore should be sipped neat, with a simple, Japanese-inspired garnish. Priced in the premium category, Ao teaches us that less can be more and subtlety is indeed significant. A lesson most of us could benefit from. Currently available in the New York market and online at Bowery & Vine and Crush Wine & Spirits

Drink Me Magazine Issue 30 The Island Issue

DRINK ME MAGAZINE THE ISLANDS ISSUE 30

Hot off the press, and just in time to entice those suffering from the serious winter blues, Drink Me Magazine Issue 30The Islands Issue, has just arrived on shelves. We’re taking you on a much-needed tropical vacation in an issue that covers the often under-appreciated sugarcane spirits, the lore and lure of Tiki  Bars, a shark invaded oasis and the illustrious uses for coconut over the years. We’ve also got you covered with a special section on the 2014 Drink Me Elite 150, the first of what will be an annual rundown of the best beers, wines, and spirits we tasted over the year. It’s an eclectic list that ranges from bottles that cost as much as a down payment on a new house to gems that will run you far less than the quality of the liquid implies.

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Wiston Estate Cuvee Brut Drink Me Magazine

WISTON ESTATE SOUTH DOWNS CUVEE BRUT

Regarded as an exemplar in the UK’s burgeoning sparkling wine movement, Wiston Estate has wooed many non-believers in the English Method. A tiny 16-acre vineyard is close-planted to the three classic Champagne grape varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The vines thrive on prime chalky soils reminiscent of the Côte des Blancs and élevage takes place in Burgundian French Oak barrels.  But the Champagne comparison ends there. The Wiston Estate South Downs Cuvee Brut is decidedly distinct and brilliantly British. Described as having that kind of “crackling, bright acid and chalk driven style” the tension and focus is 100% not French. After hearing so much buzz about English sparkling wines in the last few years this beautiful bottle in stately blue will be the push to try it for yourself. Who says a proper cup of tea is the authentic representation of what England can offer?

Southern Tier Brewing Company Creme Brulee Imperial Stout Drink Me Magazine Elite 150 Beer

SOUTHERN TIER CRÈME BRÛLÉE IMPERIAL MILK STOUT

Touted as “a stout of great contention” Southern Tier Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout hails from the brewery’s intriguing Blackwater Series. These seasonal, limited production Imperial Stouts boast special ingredients to nudge them over the edge of ordinary. What happens when you run hot wort through coffee beans? cocoa beans? vanilla beans? We’ll tell you what you get- one of the most palatable Imperial Stouts to hit your lips, and one that seems to defy categorization. Though such a contentious stout will undoubtedly invite discourse… Do you agree? 

Drink Me Magazine Review 93/100
“This brew evokes its namesake delivering a robust, vanilla-heavy creaminess sure to please any Imperial Stout devotee. Pour it into a snifter and wait a few moments for it to release burnt sugar, molasses, and maple syrup. 9.6% ABV” -BJ 

Brora 40 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Diageo Drink Me Magazine

LA QUINTINYE VERMOUTH ROYAL

Vermouth is back in vogue and it’s looking infinitely more stylish. The charmingly chic La Quintinye Vermouth Royal, caught our eye immediately. A collection of three vermouths, Extra Dry, Blanc, and Rouge, La Quintinye recently launched at London’s lavish Café Royal. Named after King Louis XIV’s botanist at the Palace of Versailles, the bottles bear fanciful images of the famed kitchen gardens he created, and an overall French sophistication. The base is Pineau des Charentes, a fortified wine made from grape juice and Cognac which is then blended with a mix of botanicals. One of the most interesting of these botanicals is Artemisia absinthium (better known in the UK as wormwood) which is a traditional ingredient in vermouth- but one that causes problems when exporting into the US. Which might explain why these beauties haven’t reached us yet. Available only in Europe for the time being, keep your eyes open at the most stylish bars you frequent. You’ll know them when you see them. *swoon.

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