We hope everyone had a nice Holiday season and Happy New Year. Here are a few exciting new bottles that have made their way to our store. Cheers to your 2013. May it be happy, healthy and filled with great spirits.
Please feel free to contact us about these items or anything else we carry.
All the best,
Jonathan & Eric
Park Avenue Liquor Shop
292 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Bruichladdich: Islay Bere Barley 2006
“Kynagarry Farm Achaba, Achfad Fields”
The following is taken from Bruichladdich:
“It is possible that this is the barley that produced the original “usque-baugh”, the water of life. It is also possible that this grain, and the knowledge of how to distil it, was carried to the hebrides by Norse invaders in the 9th century from its ancient origins in the “fertile crescent” of mesopotamia.
1,200 years of distilling history in a bottle?”
Tasting notes. Also compliments of Bruichladdich.
The bouquet is totally disarming. A dash of water to tease the shy aromatics and a bouquet of water lily, marsh marigold, buttercup, gorse (fragrant shrub) and fern ascends. The floral notes are interlaced with sweet malt sprinkled with brown sugar. They are joined by fresh fruit notes of gooseberry, pear, apple and lemon. The malted barley notes slowly rise in harmony with the vanilla-rich oak.
The texture is so very succulent. Lemon meringue laced with warm honey, then the tidal surge of slow-distilled spirit that floods the palate with wave after wave of soft fruits. A super sweet butter-kissed flavor, with just a hint of wild summer flowers. The mid-palate introduces the oak character which brings glazed hazelnuts. It’s very impressive for a spirit so young, from a grain so old.
Our Price: $70/750ml bottle
Bruichladdich: The Laddie 22-Year Old
This spirit, stowed away in loch-side warehouses, has slumbered for over two decades, respiring the invigorating marine air of the wild Atlantic. This is classic spirit, with the “laddie” 10 and the 16, it shares a genealogy, a lineage and a philosophy that is the very essence of Bruichladdich.
Tasting notes,compliments of the modest folks at Bruichladdich.
“A disarming and elegant bouquet of sweet yellow fruits, drizzled with honey and crushed almonds, intertwine wonderfully with freshly picked summer flowers; together they rise serenely on the first pass. Then, with a little aeration, it’s custard cream and toasted barley, banana bread and vanilla fudge. Marzipan continues to rise, now mingling with a citric twist created by the big sleep beside the Atlantic ocean. The final notes are of the malt and oak, evolving together over 22 years,
The harmonious aromatics have merged superbly to give a mouth-feel that is the absolute single malt taste experience. Vanilla oak and lemon and honey lead on the first sips, with the soft, yogurt-like fruit flavors a heartbeat behind. Then it’s a vanilla wafer, and then sparkling like a firecracker all around the taste buds comes that marine citrus meringue flavor. This is truly a rare spirit of exceptional quality. There is no terminal, no finish. This will remain with you long after the bottle has gone.”
Our price: $200/750ml bottle
Colonel E.H. Taylor: Straight Rye
Straight Rye Whiskey has experienced a strong resurgence in the American whiskey landscape, yet Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. was making this style more than 100 years ago. This small batch, Bottled-in-Bond 100 proof straight rye whiskey pays tribute to the former Distillery owner with a unique rye whiskey reminiscent of days long past. This recipe contains just rye and malted barley, no corn. The result is an aroma full of dried fruit, black pepper, and touch of fresh dill. A small sip brings an array of flavors both sweet and savory with a terrific balance of dark spices and subtle caramel overtones. The finish is especially pleasing with an oaky dryness that lingers just long enough.
Our Price: $80/750ml bottle
George Dickel: Rye
George Dickel Master Distiller, John Lunn, brings us the newest addition to the Rye category that is sure to please consumers, mixologists and bartenders alike. Created the George Dickel way – at 90 proof, it has been chilled and then charcoal filtered for a smoother taste.
“The initial aroma of George Dickel Rye delivers a fresh, grainy scent with a pleasant note of fruit on the finish. Those fruit notes maintain upon first taste and the liquid finishes with a long, composed spiciness.”
– F. Paul Pacult, American spirits expert and author
Color: Amber/Old Gold Hue
Nose: Toasted oak, spicy rye grains, grapefruit and sweet caramel.
Taste: Initially sweet, hints of fruit, spicy and dry at the finish.
Our Price: $34/750ml bottle
Bruichladdich: PC 10 ~ Tro Na Linntean
This PC Edition celebrates the next generation at Bruichladdich. Allan Logan is the youngest distillery manager in Scotland, and has been learning the trade at Jim McEwan’s right hand for 10 years. “Tro Na Linntean”: Through the generations.
This is a limited release of just 6,000 numbered bottles.
Notes courtesy of Bruichladdich:
“The opening is one of peat smoke and lemon juice. On the second pass the malted barley and sweet, nutty, oak aromatics rise as one. The over-lapping fragrances are inter-mingling with marine freshness deep in the spirit lies the ripe guava, pineapple, gooseberry & honey-dew melon. They’re all cocooned within smoke. Subtle notes of peppermint, pine and anise pop up like champagne bubbles. Aromatically, it’s absolute heaven for peat fans. The briny aspect is with you throughout, blowing in on the westerly slipstream – peated malt, sea air, succulent fruit, mellow oak, sun kissed barley, and soft demerara sugar. The power surges onto the taste buds, detonating across the palate in wave after wave of flavor. Then the combination of oak & barley take the middle ground & vanilla-dipped fruits hold fast on the front palate. With a second sip, the flavors integrate into a harmonious, vibrant taste experience, with the sweet, biscuity taste of the malt shining through to bring balance to the mid- palate. The natural oils hold all the components together giving a smooth- ness that chill-filtered spirits lack. The citrus, marine, moorland freshness is a perfect foil for the peat flavors, giving a taste that can only be… Islay.”
Our Price: $154/750ml bottle
Bunnahabhain: 18 Year Old
This beautiful golden spirit’s nose releases honeyed nuts and a slightly sea-induced salty tang. Rich toffee and leathery oak aromas can be sensed upon further inspection. The palate is influenced by mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak wood.
The voyage ends with dry notes that are interspersed with mixed spices fading magnificently into a light salt and sherry finale. It is non-chill filtered and natural colored.
All of that being said ~ The 18 year-old is being discontinued. What we have left is what is on our shelves. So if the 18 is a favorite of yours – get it while you can.
Our Price: $110/750ml bottle
High West: American Prairie Reserve Bourbon
High West is dedicated to preserving and promoting the American West. The American Prairie Reserve is superb premium bourbon whiskey dedicated to one of the greatest land preservation projects of our time. The Reserve in Montana is a 5000 square mile land tract the size of Connecticut restored to what Lewis and Clark would have seen. Go to americanprairie.org to learn how to visit and support this worthy cause.
What’s in High West: American Prairie?
6 year old Bourbon distilled and aged at the old Seagrams plant in Lawrenceberg Indiana. Mashbill from 75% Corn, 20% rye, 5% barley malt.
10 year old Bourbon distilled by Four Roses. Mashbill from 60% Corn, 35% rye, and 5% barley malt
Our Price: $45/750ml bottle