The Shelf (December 2009)
Old Rip Van Winkle 23-year-old Decanter
Just 1,200 decanters of Old Rip Van Winkle Family Selection 23-year-old bourbon whiskey are now available. Every barrel of whiskey was chosen from the lower, cooler floors of the aging warehouse, allowing this wheated-recipe bourbon to age more gracefully. This bourbon was not chill-filtered, leaving in all the flavor and complexity of the whiskey. Each decanter is bottled at the original barrel entry proof of 114.
For more information, visit www.oldripvanwinkle.com.
a new luxury tequila, hit the spirits market in California. The tequila is handcrafted in small batches in Tequila, Mexico, where the master distiller uses selective distillation to separate the heart of the distillation and selects only superior flavors and aromas. PaQuí, which means “to be happy” in the native Aztec language, expresses the essence of blue agave and offers an inviting, flowery aroma.
For more information, visit paquitequila.com.
Woodford Reserve Seasoned Oak Finish
On Nov. 1, Woodford Reserve released the latest extension of its acclaimed Master’s Collection, “Seasoned Oak Finish.” It is the fourth in the series of limited edition bottlings, and it features bourbon aged in unique barrels crafted with wood that’s seasoned longer than any previously used in the industry — about three to five years. Each bottle is individually hand-numbered and presented at 100.4 proof. Only 1,337 cases are available.
For more information, visit www.woodfordreserve.com.
Purity Vodka launched in the U.S. in California, Georgia, New Jersey and New York; additional markets will be added in 2010. Produced in a proprietary pot still, Purity uses only natural ingredients, including estate-grown wheat and barley from Ellinge Castle in southern Sweden. It has won gold medals at competitions including The International Wine & Spirit Competition in England and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Purity is available in 50 ml, 750 ml and 1.75 L bottles.
For more information, visit www.purityvodka.com.
Stunna Liqueur combines ultra-premium vodka, tropical rum, smooth tequila and other spirits with hints of melon and citrus flavors. The 40-proof liqueur is packaged in a 750 ml bottle with pewter labeling and a set of identifying dog tags. Stunna is best served chilled over ice or as part of a cocktail. It is available in California and also Atlanta, Nashville, Milwaukee, Chicago and Chattanooga, Tenn.
For more information, visit www.drinkstunna.com.
Classic & Vintage Portfolio Gains Sombra Mezcal
Domaine Select Wine Estates added Sombra, a single village mezcal, to the Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits Portfolio. Sombra is made from organically farmed, single variety Espadin agave. Richard Betts (master sommelier, Betts & Scholl, and wine director, Castle Brands), Dennis Scholl (entrepreneur, Betts & Scholl) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, BIELER Pere et Fils and Charles & Charles) created Sombra.
For more information,visit www.sombraoaxaca.com.