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The Find: January 2012 Edition

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1969… A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR SINGLE MALT

Committed exclusively to vintage-dated Single malts, the Balblair distillery has just released its 1969—from a mere eight casks. Distillery Manager John MacDonald tastes through casks each year, determining which vintage is mature enough to be released. MacDonald says, “What really amazes me is its complexity—it’s spicy and fragrant with flavors of lemons, flowers, green apples, honey and toffee all superbly well-balanced.” SRP: $2,000

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SEEKING THE 2012 BOURBON VOTE

Just in time for the presidential campaigns, Heaven Hill has released Red State and Blue State Kentucky bourbons. They’re the same spirit with different labels, encouraging bourbon lovers to select their “party affiliation” with a nod to politics. Heaven Hill and its distributors will be tracking sales, hoping to correlate voting patterns and bourbon preference. On a less contentious note, sixth and seventh generation father-and-son Master Distillers Parker and Craig Beam remind us that the tradition of American whiskey pre-dates the current two-party system. SRP $14.99-$15.99

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PISCO GOES UPSCALE

The Marnier Lapostolle family—known for the Lapostolle Chilean wine portfolio and iconic liqueurs Grand Marnier—has introduced a new super-premium Pisco, KAPPA, from the Elqui Valley in Chile. Pisco is made from a double distillation of wine; in KAPPA’s case, the base is aromatic Muscat. Known for pristine skies, the Elqui Valley is home to two astronomical observatories; KAPPA is named after a star cluster within the Southern Cross constellation. Delicious neat or on the rocks with a lime or orange slice, it is also primed for cocktails. KAPPA puts it own spin on the classic Pisco Sour by combining KAPPA, Grand Marnier and fresh lime juice. SRP: $34

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IT WAS DISTILLED HOW MANY TIMES?

Buffalo Trace has long been associated with superior quality…of bourbon. When switching gears to create a limited-edition vodka, the distilling team started with 28,400 gallons of mash, dividing them down and redistilling over a period of 12 months, resulting in 2,000 precious bottles (but not before the spirit rested another 12 months in cool dark steel tanks). HDW CLIX was named for Master Distiller Harlen Davis Wheatley (HDW), and the Roman numerals denote the number of times it was distilled:159. It is complex, balanced and elegant, with aromatic hints of fresh nectar. The custom lead-free crystal decanter arrives in a handcrafted burl wood case. SRP: $299

hdwclix.com

ALCHEMIA VODKA: NEW FLAVORS KEEP COMING

While many flavored vodkas are made by simply adding extracts or chemicals to a grain-alcohol base, Alchemia Vodka is infused using a traditional Polish process. Premium rye grain is distilled three times with ingredients saturated in the vodka; then the full mixture steeps in an oak barrel before being re-filtered and poured into hand-blown bottles. Flavors include Czekoladowa (chocolate), Imbirowa (ginger), and Wisniowa (wild cherry). Initial distribution will be in New York, New Jersey, California and Florida. SRP $24.99-$26.99

alchemiavodka.com


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