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Rare whiskey is hard to find, but easily appreciated. Each of the labels in our "Collections" category are single year releases, and when the final drop is poured we will say goodbye to them forever. Due to their uniqueness, we recommend spending time with each pour contemplating the color, nose, palate, and finish.
Featuring selections from The Old Rip Wan Winkle Distillery and Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Van Winkle Collection
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery – Frankfort, KY
The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery has a four-generation history. In 1935 at the age of 61, Pappy opened the newly completed Stitzel-Weller Distillery in South Louisville. Their prominent brands were W.L. Weller, Old Fitzgerald, Rebel Yell, and Cabin Still. He had a heavy influence on operations there until his death at the age of 91.
All of the Van Winkle bourbons are made with corn, wheat, and barley instead of corn, rye and, barley. This “wheated” recipe gives the bourbon a much softer, smoother taste and it also allows the whiskey to age more gracefully.
Due to this selection’s reputation, its availability is extremely limited.
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year 107 proof
Despite being the youngest of the annually released Van Winkle vintages, Old Rip Van Winkle 10 provides an otherworldly tasting experience. A splash of limestone well-water is added before bottling to keep it as close to barrel proof as possible. Strong vanilla and toasted wood flavors with caramel, roasted nuts, and a long, spicy finish.
Pappy Van Winkle 12 Year 90.4 proof
Van Winkle Special Reserve is the perfect combination of age and proof. This sweet, full-bodied whiskey has been described by some as “nectar.” The 12 years of aging and medium proof seem to be just right in creating a very pleasant drink of whiskey. This fine bourbon can compete with any excellent cognac as an after-dinner drink. The overall impression is rich and deep.
Buffalo Trace Collection
Buffalo Trace Distillery – Frankfort, Kentucky
Ancient buffalo carved paths through the wilderness that led American pioneers and explorers to new frontiers. One such trail led to the banks of the Kentucky River where Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making bourbon whiskey the same way for more than 200 years. Many of their bourbons are named in honor of past Buffalo Trace Master Distillers who have contributed to the craft of bourbon in ways that changed the spirit across the country. The distillery is a designated National Historic Landmark.
George T Stagg 2018 124.9 proof, Aged 15 Years & 4 Months (Not Available)
The highest rated Stagg release in the last half decade, this 124.9 proof bourbon delivers a depth of flavor and intrigue that cuts through the heat that other bourbons of the same proof would be characterized by. The nose starts subtle and inviting, with notes of sweet raisin, brown sugar, and rye spice. Burnt caramel and cherry dance between earthy oak and vanilla on the mouth, finishing in with a hit of rye spice and tobacco.
George T Stagg 2020 130.4 proof, Aged 15 Years & 4 Months (Not Available)
The nose is light – take a moment swirling to let it open up and experience notes of rum-soaked dark fruit, cigar box, and burnt caramel. Spiced vanilla and leather dominate the palate, rich but not overpowering, with a long and complex finish of cinnamon, graham cracker, and heat.
Bourbon has been distilled in the United States since the days of the American Revolution. It was not until May 4, 1964 that Congress recognized it as a “distinctive product of the United States.” Under federal regulations, bourbon is a whiskey distilled at no more than 160 proof from a fermented mash of no less than 51% corn. The balance of the mash may be any other grain but is generally rye and barley. The product must be aged in new charred American oak barrels
James B. Beam Distilling Co, Clermont, KY, 80 proof
– The recipe dates back to 1796, when Basil Hayden himself was a master distiller. Hayden was born and raised in Maryland, where he learned to make whiskey from rye. When he came to Kentucky, Hayden began making whiskey from a base of corn, but added a higher percentage of rye than other distillers, resulting in a smooth, mild Bourbon that was distinctly his own.
Blanton’s Single Barrel
Blanton’s Distilling Co, Frankfort, KY, 93 proof
– Taken from the center-cut or middle sections of the famous Warehouse H, Blanton’s Original was once designated for ambassadors, dignitaries, and Colonel Blanton’s family and friends. Today, everyone has access to the world’s first single barrel Bourbon. The taste profile is sweet with citrus and oak. A creamy vanilla nose features hints of nuts, caramel, orange and light chocolate. Blanton’s Original set the standard for single barrel Bourbons.
Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY, 90 proof
– Masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than 10 years, each barrel is discriminately selected. The rareness of this great breed of Bourbon is evident in its complex aroma of toffee and orange peel followed by a bold and dry taste with notes of candied almonds.
Elijah Craig Small Batch
Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc, Bardstown, KY, 94 proof
– Back in the 1700’s a Baptist minister by that name actually invented the process of aging whiskey in charred oak barrels. Today, this super premium small batch Bourbon remains one of the finest on the market.
Four Roses Yellow Label
Four Roses Distillery, LLC, Lawrenceburg, KY, 80 proof (Not Available)
– A worldwide favorite, especially when creating cocktails with a sophisticated and contemporary flair.
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, TN, 94 proof
– Single Barrel Select layers subtle notes of caramel and spice with bright fruit notes and sweet aromatics for a Tennessee Whiskey with one-of-a-kind flavor.
James B. Beam Distilling Co, Clermont, KY, 100 proof
– Named after Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home in Kentucky, Knob Creek is Bourbon at its finest. This specially hand-crafted Bourbon was created to represent whiskey before it was mass produced. Aged nine years in wood, Knob Creek embodies the look, feel and taste of pre-prohibition Bourbon with distinct notes of cherry.
John E. Fitzgerald ‘Larceny’
Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, KY, 92 proof (Not Available)
– Selected by Master Distillers and made with wheat as the secondary grain instead of rye, Larceny is a smoother tasting bourbon.
John E. Fitzgerald ‘Larceny’ Barrel Proof
Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, KY, 128 proof
– Released three times per year in January, May, and September, each offering is a bold yet balanced special Small Batch Bourbon rich with depth and distinction. .
James B. Beam Distilling Co, Loretto, KY, 90 proof
– A solid Bourbon with a strong corn, wood, and floral nose.
Brown Foreman Distillery, Louisville, KY, 86 proof
– Heat and spice with a medium length spicy fade out finish.
Labrot & Graham Distillery, Versailles, KY, 90.4 Proof
– Has a delicate woody sweetness, but not quite as potent on the nose. The finish is long and dry with a flowery twist, and lingering wood.
Pre-prohibition rye whiskey made up the majority of whiskey production in the United States. Rye whiskey is a product that is not distilled more than 160 proof from a fermented mash of grain containing at least 51% rye grain. A straight rye in the United States must be bottled at no less than 80 proof, and be aged in new charred oak barrels for no less than two years.
High West Double Rye
High West Distillery, Park City, UT, 92 Proof
– Our distinctive Double Rye embodies a harmonious balance of bold rye spice with bright botanical notes that simultaneously showcase layers of freshness and complexity. A blend of column and pot-still whiskies, aged a minimum of two years. Curated to highlight the wonderful, bold spice character that comes from high rye whiskies as well as a refreshing botanical brightness. A unique and balanced flavor profile of cinnamon, gingersnaps, juniper, mint sprigs, and fresh wildflower honey. Blended to be boldly sipped, stirred, and savored.
High West Rendezvous Rye
High West Distillery, Park City, UT, 92 Proof
– Marriage of two straight rye whiskies: a straight 6-year-old with a mash bill containing 95% rye and 5% barley malt; a straight 16-year-old with a mash bill containing 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt. High West does not chill filter its whiskies because they prefer to retain the natural oils that contribute flavor, texture, and a lingering finish that is really enjoyable in a sipping whiskey.
W.J. Deutsch & Sons, 92 Proof
– With a rye content of 95%, well past the 51% required for the category, we’ve recreated the classic American whiskey that ruled our glasses before Prohibition. Beautiful rye spice with light floral and citrus notes along with dark spices and black pepper.
Heaven Hill Distilleries, Bardstown, KY, 100 Proof
– Rittenhouse rye is rich and intense. Vibrant with lush notes of dark chocolate, rye, clove, sticky caramel, and well integrated oak. It has been stored continuously for at least four years in American oak barrels. The current revival of classic cocktail mixology has resulted in high demand for Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.
Sazerac 6 Year
Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY, 90 Proof (NOT AVAILABLE)
– 6 year old straight rye whiskey. Sazerac Rye Whiskey symbolizes the tradition and history of New Orleans dating back to the 1800’s. Sazerac Rye Whiskey was used to make the original, first and only branded American Cocktail—The Sazerac.
By Irish law, all whiskey must be aged a minimum of three years in barrels. Single malt Irish whiskey is made from 100% malted barley by a single distillery in a pot still. Grain whiskey is particularly light in style. Made from corn or wheat, grain whiskey is produced in column stills. Blended whiskey constitutes 90% of all Irish whiskey production. Pure pot still whiskey is a blend of both malted and unmalted barley distilled in a pot still. It is a style unique to Ireland.
Glendalough Double Barrel
Glendalough Distillery, Glendalough, Ireland, 92 Proof
– Ireland’s first craft distillery, built in the ‘City of 7 Churches.’ This beautifully aged whiskey gains maritime character from aging on the east coast of Ireland, with a full, rounded character from select first-fill bourbon casks. The nose is sweet with hints of citrus and meadow flowers. The palate balances orange zest, vanilla and chocolate, and spicier cinnamon and pepper notes. Finish of lingering sweetness.
Glendalough 7 Year
Glendalough Distillery, Glendalough, Ireland, 92 Proof (Not Available)
– It first spends seven years in American Oak barrels before being finished in barrels that once held Black Pitts Porter from the 5 Lamps Brewery in Dublin. The result is a creamy, malty spirit that shares characteristics of both whiskey and beer.
Tullamore Distilley, Tullamore Town, Ireland, 80 Proof (NOT AVAILABLE)
– Triple distilled, blended Irish whiskey from barley in pot stills and aged in charred oak. Tullamore Dew is a smooth and malty Irish whiskey that has been distilled in the small town of Tullamore in County Offaly since 1829.
West Cork 10 Year
West Cork Distillery, West Cork, Ireland, 80 Proof
– A 10-year-old single malt whiskey from Ireland’s West Cork. Matured in first-fill bourbon barrels, this has notes of chocolate, vanilla and warming subtle spice.
West Cork 12 Year Port Cask
West Cork Distillery, West Cork, Ireland, 86 Proof (Not Available)
– Second in the series of 12-year-old finished Irish Whiskey is the West Cork 12 Year Old Port Cask. Aged for 12 years in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks and then finished for 6 month in Douro Superior Port casks this whiskey brings a nice combination of sweet characteristics that blend together quite well. Malt, sweet and dark chocolate on the nose with a nice lingering sweetness and dried grapes on the palate.
Single Malt Scotch is whisky made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. As with any Scotch whisky, a Single Malt Scotch must be distilled in Scotland and matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).
Balvenie Double Wood 12 Year
The Balvenie Distillery Company LTD, Speyside, Scotland, 80 Proof
– A rich whisky gaining distinction from two separate woods. During its period of maturation the whiskey is transferred from a traditional oak whiskey cask to a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask. Each stage lends a different quality to the resulting single malt – the casks having previously held bourbon, soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavor.
Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt Scotch
Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain Ross-shire, Scotland, 86 Proof
– The original expression and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland’s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks. The palate is light to medium, with citrus and some grassiness and hints of vanilla.
Lagavulin 8 Year
Lagavulin Distillery, Islay, Scotland, 96 Proof
– Salted popcorn, honey-roasted nuts, tarry ropes, and light hints of freshly-chopped cedar. Smokey peat, followed by coriander seed, barley sugar, cumin power, smoked kipper, and marzipan.
Macallan 12 Year
Macallan Distillery, Speyside, Scotland, 80 Proof
– Vanilla with a hint of ginger, dried fruits, sherry sweetness and wood smoke on the nose. Deliciously smooth, rich dried fruits and sherry, balanced with wood smoke and spice on the palate. The finish is complex with sweet toffee and dried fruits, lingering wood smoke and spice.
Blended Scotch whisky constitutes about 90% of the whisky produced in Scotland. Blended Scotch, as its name implies, is the result of blending grain whisky with single malts, sometimes from dozens of different distilleries. Each brand of blended whisky has its own particular flavor profile, and while the grain whisky that goes into it is pretty consistent, the barrels from the individual distilleries all vary. So the tricky task falls on the Master Blender to produce a consistent product, year after year, from these endlessly varying components.
Buchanan’s ‘Deluxe’ 12 Year
James Buchanan & Company, Glasgow, Scotland, 80 Proof
– Has a soft and fruity flavor, with orange and chocolate notes that allow it to be served on the rocks or with soda, garnished with a strip of orange peel.
Dewars White Label
Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, 80 Proof
– A perfectly balanced blended Scotch with delicate notes of unripened pear and a hint of oak. A delightful blend of soft vanilla and honey on the palate.
Spencerfield Spirit Co., Scotland, 80 Proof
– The Pig’s Nose has a rich and malty nose, with sultanas and spices. Seductive and smooth. Big bold and spicy in the mouth, with Sherry and developing notes of wine. Sweeter when water is added. The finish is steadily drying with prunes, oak, dry Sherry and a hint of peat.