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Number 50 July 20, 2009

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W. L. Weller 12 yr Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey $27.00 Spirit Journal 5 Stars/Highest Recommendation The deep bronze color beautifully reflects the light; perfect purity. The initial nosing pass finds fully mature aromas of lanolin, almond oil, and creamed corn; in the middle stage sniffings, following several minutes of air contact, a toasty oaky/vanilla perfume takes the aromatic helm; the fourth and last whiff highlights the oily/grainy quality that’s firm and pungent; a high-spirited, lusciously toasty, and animated bouquet that has top-notch bourbon written all over it. The dry, complex, and toasty palate entry is reminiscent of the Centennial 10 year Old’s grand entry; the midpalate flavor profile is heavily wheated (like Wheat Thins crackers), oily, layered, moderately sweet, and saplike. The finish is long, sweet, oaky, and intensely grainy. Follows in the footprints of the legendary Centennial and delivers the goods, all for an unbelievable price. Those of you who have been in the store bourbon shopping know that this is our absolute favorite bourbon, because of the high quality and the price. Nothing comes close. WE’RE ABOUT TO RUN OUT. We had Weller 12 in stock when we opened last May, ran out in August, and couldn’t get any more in until February. Chances are that it’ll be late winter before we can get it again. There’s probably some scattered around the county, but, as of 2:30 P.M. today, we have only eleven bottles left.

d'Arenberg Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale The Coppermine Road 2004 New Vintage Robert Parker 92+ $70.00 The backward, opaque inky/purple-colored 2004 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon offers up scents of blueberries, graphite, black currants, and background oak as well as licorice. Espresso and chocolate aromas also emerge as the wine sits in the glass. Deep, full-bodied, and chewy, this structured 2004 is best cellared for several years, and consumed over the following 12-15. October 2006

Rust en Vrede Merlot Stellenbosch 2007 $21.75 Wine Spectator 88 Solid, with a nice juicy edge to the dark plum, blackberry and prune notes, all layered with obvious but integrated-enough toast. Drink now. 2,400 cases made. June 2009

Ultimate Vodka Not Reviewed


This is made by Patron with both grain and potatoes. It’s the only one we know of that has both. Very smooth and elegant.


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