Jensen's Barrel Selections
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Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011
This whisky was created to show the effect that soil, climate, geographic orientation and natural influences can have on a whisky’s flavour profile. Distilled from barley grown on six farms in both western and central Islay, this whisky has a flavour unique to the island. A sweet and fruity spirit, this single malt also holds a refreshing saline quality that cuts through flavours of apples, gooseberries, vanilla and citrus.
Our Islay barley series has always been a mission. For many years now we’ve sought to showcase the phenomenon of “terroir” in single malt whisky – the belief that soil, climate, micro-climate, geographic orientation, natural influences and local weather systems will influence the quality and flavour profile of the spirit, making it a unique expression of ‘place’. Bruichladdich Islay barley 2011 is distilled from barley grown on six western and central Islay farms in 2010.
The 2011 vintage Bruichladdich Islay Barley single malt was made using Publican and Oxbridge barley varieties grown by six farms around the Hebridean island. As ever, Bruchladdich has also given us an in-depth look at the casks used for this whisky - 75% was aged in first-fill American whiskey casks, 15% was aged in second and third-fill Sauternes and Austrian sweet wine casks, and 10% was aged in first-fill Rivesaltes wine casks. The whisky was then married together for six months before bottling.
Nose: Bright grapefruit and nectarine, balanced by a hint of sea spray.
Palate: Almond, walnut and barley, joined by tinned peaches, milk chocolate and orange peel.
Finish: Subtly coastal, with white grape and barley sugar in support.
Black Whiskey - Andean Black Corn Whiskey
At Don Michael, we have the privilege of presenting a whiskey unlike any other. Made from Andean Black Corn and the purest mountain spring water, our whiskey is aged to perfection in American white oak barrels. This is Black Whiskey.
The first, and the best Andean Whiskey in the world.
St. George Baller Single Malt Whiskey
“A California take on the Japanese spin on Scotch whisky.” So says master distiller Lance Winters of this unique and inspired spirit, which was created with Japanese-style whiskey highballs in mind (hence the name Baller).
Baller Single Malt Whisky is distilled from a mash of malted and lightly roasted American barley (predominately two-row pale malted barley, the remainder is lightly roasted, in the same pot stills used for their brandy. After distillation in the eau de vie pot stills, most of its 3 to 4 years maturation used bourbon casks and French oak wine casks, as well as filtered through maple charcoal. Then they finish the whiskey in casks that had held house-made umeshu (a Japanese style of plum liqueur made entirely from California-grown ume fruit).
Crisp and dry, with a touch of malt sweetness. The smoky finish lingers and builds with each sip.
In addition to using in Japanese-style whiskey highballs, we also recommend Baller in a "Ballervardier," or in place of Scotch whisky in a Bobby Burns or Rob Roy.
Distiller Lance Winters did the art direction for the label, which re-imagines the legend of St. George as a samurai. The original watercolor on the front label was by Oakland artist Sylvia Solochek Walters, done to emulate woodcut. The calligraphy was done by Eri Takase of Takase Studios.
California- Crisp and dry, with a touch of malt sweetness. THe smoky finish lingers and builds with each sip. Try with whiskey highballs or in place of Scotch whisky in a Bobby Burns or Rob Ray.
47% ABV / 94 Proof
Knob Creek Smoked Maple Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Knob Creek Smoked Maple is blended with natural smoked maple flavors for a unique, smoky sweetness, creating a full-bodied taste with inviting maple notes that lift to smoke, complemented with rich vanilla and caramel. Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks.
Released in honor of Knob Creek creator Booker Noe, who liked pairing his bourbon with maple syrup and smoked meats, this bourbon is infused with real maple syrup.
Color: Copper to medium amber.
Taste: Full-bodied, inviting maple notes that lift to smoke and are complemented with rich vanilla and caramel.
Aroma: Smoked hickory and maple wood, with hints of earthy grains.
Finish: Smokey, smooth, and slightly sweet.
Mash bill: 73% corn, 10% malted barley, 13% rye (same as KC Small Batch)
90 (45% ABV)
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas
The Spanish term 'Las Alturas' means 'the heights', a fitting name for this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA.
At this elevation, the sunny but very cool climate creates a wine bearing all the hallmarks of this coastal region: robust, expressive, full-bodied and balanced by firm acidity.
Deep garnet in color with an aromatic medley of black cherry, marionberry, ripe plum and a hint of anise. Dark fruit on the palate with flavors of wild berries, caramelized oak and cacao nibs complemented by subtle notes of vanilla, cedar and a hint of lavender and forest floor. Rich and unrestrained, this wine’s abundant fruit is beautifully balanced by firm acidity and layers of red and black fruit.