The Best Spirits And Cocktails For 2018
Here’s an article recently published in Forbes by Adam Morganstern where he talks with people in the beverage industry, asking them to name their picks for what to drink in 2018. What will your new favorite turn out to be???
State Line’s Selected Single Barrels:
Rhum Clement Cask Collection Vieux $36.99 750ml
This rum hails from the French Caribbean island of Martinique in the Lesser Antilles. The French government oversees the production of Rhum Agricole which is produced from sugar cane juice that is pressed within three days of harvest in the dry season, This produces a dryer style rum with complex grassy and herbal flavors. This is a barrel we selected last winter that was bottled in July and it has just arrived!
Two New Barrels from Four Roses!
State Line’s Four Rose’s OBSQ Barrel $69.99 750ml
Bottled December 4th, 2017
The OBSQ mashbill has a rye content of 35%, much higher than most other bourbons, along with 60% corn and 5% malted barley. This produces a rich, spicy flavor that has great length on the palate that has been mellowed by 9 years and 8 months of aging. The yeast strain Q adds a floral component to the aroma of this single barrel bottling that is at a cask strength of 116.6 proof. Most will find the addition of a little water will enhance the flavors of this bourbon and will allow you to balance it to where you like to drink it.
State Line’s Four Rose’s OESQ Barrel $69.99 750ml
Bottled December 4th, 2017
The OESQ mashbill has a rye content of 20%, the lowest of Four Rose’s bourbons, along with 75% corn and 5% malted barley. This produces a soft, creamy, and floral flavor that has a sweetness on the palate that has been mellowed by 9 years’ ageing. The yeast strain Q adds a floral component to the aroma of this single barrel bottling that is at a cask strength of 117.2 proof. Most will find the addition of a little water will enhance the flavors of this bourbon and allow you to balance it to where you like to drink it.
Crown Royal Single Barrel $54.99 750ml
This is a Coffey Rye Whiskey from a Coffey still that is among the finest components of Crown Royal and bottled at 103 proof to maintain its richness and body. This is the finest expression of Crown Royal we have ever had in the store!!
Two Barrels From FEW Distillery!
FEW Distillery is based in Evanston, IL, a suburb of Chicago that was once an international headquarters for the temperance movement headed by Francis Elizabeth Willard (FEW).
FEW Spirits is a craft distillery making whiskies and gins from locally grown grains and other ingredients sourced as close to home as possible, including Cascade hops grown in master distiller and owner Paul Hletko’s own backyard.
FEW Rye Whiskey was named Whisky Advocates Craft Whiskey of the Year in 2013 and its Bourbon Whiskey and Barrel Gin were both awarded gold medals by Beverage Testing Institute.
Bourbon Whiskey 60.05 %ABV Batch 15-56 $66.99
Spicy, nutty nose, soft caramel and toffee. Bright butterscotch, toasty cinnamon, faint bittersweet chocolate, and a lingering, sweetish finish.
Rye Whiskey 60%ABV Batch 15-56 $79.99
Distinctive spicy rye presence on the nose, citrus peel, piney oak, which carry through with significant depth mid palate. Lingering spicy sweet finish.
Stara Sokolova Plum Brandy
Blood Oath Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Barenjager Honey & Bourbon
Cadenhead’s Small Batch Single Malt Scotch
Kilkerran 12yr Single Malt Scotch- Glengyle Distillery
Hazelburn 13 yr Single Malt Scotch- Oloroso Barrels
Longrow Peated Single Malt Scotch
Sloop Betty Honey Flavored Vodka
Jacoulet Marc de Bourgogne
Calvados Fine Reserve, Famille DuPont
Calvados Vielle Reserve, Famille DuPont
Control Pisco Premium
Katsaros Family Tsipouro- Grape Marc Brandy
Verino Distillery Tsipouro Ipsecaminos, Grape Marc Brandy- Moschofilero
Ole Smoky mango Habanero Tennessee Whiskey
Rapa Giovanni Ratafia di Andorno Black Cherry Liqueur
Stumbras Green Nines Herbal Liqueur
Leopold Bros. Aperitivo
Leopold Bros. Highland Amaro
Gancia Americano Aperitivo
St. George Bruto Americano
Montenaro “After 6PM” Aperitivo
St. Raphael Rouge Aperitivo
Luxardo Amaro Abano Liqueur
Umberto Briganti Amaro-Camatti Liqueur
Indicente Viejo Mezcal
La Pitaya Tequila Blanco
Rancho Tepua Bacanora Blanco
La Venenosa Racilla Sierra Occidental de Jalisco
Early to Mid March:
Ohishi Rice Whiskey- Brandy Cask
Ohishi Rice Whiskey- Sherry Cask
Tipperary Watershed Irish Whisky
Exclusive Malts Highland Park 14 Yr Single Cask
Exclusive Malts Islay 9 Yr Single Cask
Eleven Jones Blended American Whiskey
Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye
Lusty Claw Bourbon
Isaac Bowman Port Barrel Finished Bourbon
Maker’s Mark Mint Julep
Blackadder Drop of the Irish Single Malt Whisky
Lord Lieutenant Kinahan’s Single Malt Irish Whisky
English Whisky Company- English Peated Single Malt
An array of Amrut Single Malts from India
Sullivan’s Cove Double Cask Single Malt Whisky, Tasmania
Fernet Leopold Highland Amaro
Foursquare Rum- Zinfandel Cask Finish
Capt Morgan Watermelon Smash
Rum Tasting: Walk Around Format
Friday, July 20 7-9pm Call to reserve your spot! 1-800-446-9463!
$20 Per Person- Small Bites Provided by The Blue Crab Grill!
Rum is made from sugar cane, and spans the gamut from clear, almost vodka like to rich and full of character. The lighter styles are typically used for mixed drinks, while the aged varieties are quite special to sip neat. We’ll take a tour of the islands and also have some from the states. Click here to see what Difford’s Guide has to say about rums.
Diplomatico Mantuano- Venezuela
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Diplomatico Batch #1 Kettle
Diplomatico Batch #2 Barbet
Leblon Cachaca – Brazil
Barbancourt 4 yr -Haiti
Havana Club Anejo- Puerto Rico
Pyrat XO Reserve- BVI
Appleton Estate 12 yr -Jamaica
Bacardi 10 yr – Puerto Rico
Amrut Two Indies
Hamilton Gold – Jamaica
Hamilton Black – Jamaica
The Scarlet Ibis – Trinidad
Ron Abuelo 12 yr -Panama
El Dorado 8 yr – Guyana
El Dorado 15 yr -Guyana
Bounty Dark Rum -Saint Lucia
Bounty Dark Spiced Rum – Saint Lucia
Ron Centenario Foundacion Solero 20 Yr – Costa Rico
Foursquare 2004- Barbados
Foursquare Zinfandel Cask
Malecon Reserva Superior 12 yr – Panama
Plantation Trinidad 15 yr Single Cask
Brinley Coconut – St. Kitts
Brinley Mango – St. Kitts
Kirk & Sweeney 12 yr – Dominican Republic
Kirk & Sweeney 18 yr – Dominican Republic
Old Line Aged Caribbean – Dominican Republic
Oln Man Guavaberry 5yr- Sint Maarten
Single Malt Scotch Tasting: Jared Card, ImPex Beverage
Wednesday, August 1 7-9pm
Stay tuned for the details!