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Smoke Wagon Small Batch Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

Nevada H&C Distilling produces the Smoke Wagon line-up of whiskeys. The Small Batch Straight Bourbon was born of a brainstorming process to solve a particularly thorny problem they were having with bottling an aged, high-rye whiskey that met their profile preferences and standards. Because rye typically ages much faster than corn-based mash bills, the aged high-rye spirits often lost their spicy rye components after successive years and rackings. At the same time, the younger rye spirits exhibited all the bold and spicy components they were seeking, but the palate was often lacking in the sweet, rich texture that aging brings. The solution was to blend and bottle and combination of old and young ryes, thereby capitalizing on the desirable characteristics of each in the finished product. Bottled at 100 proof, the Smoke Wagon Small Batch carries all the depth, body, and richness of an aged spirit the with robust spice of rye and #4 char.

 

 

Michel Couvreur “Overaged” 12 Year Malt Whisky (750ml) $79.99 View

Belgian Michel Couvreur was an independent bottler of single-malt Scotch (and this apprentice Jean-Arnaud has carried on after studying under Michel for more than a decade). The cellars are located in Bouze-lès-Beaune in the heart of Burgundy, where Michel aged his single malts for years in sherry butts and then in demijohns or giant bottles kept in total darkness in the exceptionally well-protected underground galleries of Bouze-lès-Beaune. Vatted from 54 whiskies aged 12 to 27 years in oak casks, this malt has a rich amber color, a nose full of dried flowers, tobacco leaf, Jerez wine, and fat almond, plus a powerful, fruity, long finish. What a fantastic accompaniment to smoked salmon when served over ice. It is also perfect as a dinner digestive served at room temperature.

Heaven Hill Legacy Bundle (Heaven Hill 7 Year, Henry Mckenna 10 Year, Elijah Craig Small Batch, Rittenhouse Rye) Whiskey Collector Set (4x750ml) $139.99 View

Rare bourbons and a deal? Who can say no to that. If you were lucky enough to grab these four whiskies in your cart on our site, which would of course be an unprecedented stroke of lucky on your part, you’d find your retail price would equal exactly $148.99 plus tax and shipping. Now get access to two of Heaven Hills most renowned products, plus two bar staples that any whiskey lover should have stocked at home, for nearly $10 off the regular retail price. This bundle includes three of Heaven Hills flag ship brands at different ages and proofs. The sought after revamp of the great old Heaven Hill brand bottled in bond at 7 years on, the exceptional Single Cask Henry Mckenna bottled in bond at 10 years old and the famous Elijah Small Batch, which is a blend of 8-12 year old bourbons from the same mashbill bottled at 94 proof. Throw in a bottle of the excellent Rittenhouse BIB Rye for good measure and you’re set for the next few weeks at least. Dont forget that Henry McKenna was the winner of best in show at SF Spirits in 2019 and has been next to impossible to keep in stock or that Heaven Hill 7 year is the #4 on Whisky Advocates Top 20 Whiskies of 2019. Needless to say there are few better values on anyones shelf these days.

Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond (Heaven Hill 7 Year, Henry Mckenna 10 Year, Evan Williams, Rittenhouse Rye and Mellow Corn) Whisky Collector Set (5x750ml) (Elsewhere $212) $149.99 View

92 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark In 2018, Heaven Hill discontinued its 6 year old bottled in bond bourbon that was sold only in Kentucky, but now has roared back with this widely available 7 year old. While the bottled in bond designation isn’t necessarily a quality guarantee, this whiskey more than proves its merit. It’s explosive, bold, and buttery, with warm flavors of honey-roasted peanuts, caramel, chocolate, corn muffins, licorice, and cinnamon, all accented by notes of savory herbs, cloves, white pepper, tobacco, and an earthy undertone. Well-integrated big oak, sweetness, and spice combine to create grace, power, and length. This is pure bourbon bliss, at a very approachable price. *Number 4 in the 2019 Top 20* (DF, Winter 2019) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

*NB: Partial Returns not accepted, all 5 bottles required* The Bottled In Bond Act was passed on March 3rd, 1897. This is perhaps the most important piece of spirits related legislation in the history of the United States. Not only did it establish the most rigorous standard for any distilled spirit in the world, it was also a critical change to tax law that allowed us to have great and relatively inexpensive whiskey. To be bottled in bond a spirit must meet a number of requirements. Most importantly for today’s whiskey consumer, spirit that is BIB must be a minimum of 4 years of age. In addition it has to be distilled in a single distillation season (Jan-Jun or July-Dec) by a single distiller at one distillery. That single season whisky must then be aged in a bonded warehouse and ultimately bottled at exactly 100 proof. The label must identify where it was distilled and who bottled it. In the case of Heaven Hill, no one has a larger or better portfolio of Bottled In Bond whiskies. This item includes 5 full-sized bottles: Henry McKenna – winner of best in show at SF Spirits in 2019. This bottle alone averages about $85 bucks since this prestigious award was bestowed upon it. A bottle of Heaven Hill 7 year – #4 on Whisky Advocates Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 (elsewhere $70). This 5 pack is rounded out by 3 other extraordinary whiskies: Evan Williams BIB Bourbon, Rittenhouse BIB Rye, and Mellow Corn BIB Corn Whiskey. All stone cold classics and staples in any well stocked bar.

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