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SavWay Single Barrel Selection
A Cut Above the Rest!  
 

As Whiskey ages, variations in the wood, barrel toasting, and temperature swings cause every barrel to come out differently.  Most distilleries will blend between dozens to thousands of barrels to maintain the exact flavor profile that they’re known for, but occasionally a barrel comes along that is just too good to be blended.  These barrels are separated and sold as single barrels, and have become a mark of quality in the Whiskey world.  

   These single barrels were selected by Ed, SavWay’s Spirits Consultant, from the best their distilleries had to offer.  They are unique, one time offerings and once the barrel is sold out, it’s gone forever.

             
Copper & Cask Bourbon #2   Copper & Cask Rye
     

 

  Copper & Cask is dedicated exclusively to sourcing great single barrels of Whiskey for store picks.  After our first barrel from Copper & Cask was such a smash hit, we couldn’t help but get another!   At 5 years old, it’s a year younger than our first barrel and emulates the same caramel plus berries profile while trading a lingering cherry finish for one of spicy rye.  

 

  The only Copper and Cask Rye to hit Illinois in this round of picks, it is a unique Double Barrel.  While the recipe may be the standard 95-5 that MGP is famous for, the profile is anything but. This Whiskey spent 6 years on the coveted top floor of MGP, but at some point it was rebarreled.  While MGP won't divulge details as to why, the infusion of fresh oak was transformative. The minty, green apple aroma contrasts with notes of sandalwood, incense, and cigar box on the palate.  A great Rye to sip, pick apart, and ponder over.
             
Barrell Private Release Amaro Finish   Bulleit Single Barrel Bourbon
             

  This Private Release from Barrell started life as an 18 year old Light Whiskey, a lighter style of  Whiskey distilled to a higher proof somewhere between a Bourbon and a Vodka.  Next a small amount of Kentucky Bourbon was blended in to increase the body before finishing in a St. Agrestis Amaro Barrel.  Lighter oak notes provided by the Whiskey underscore beautiful notes of allspice, clove, and cinnamon before finishing with sarsaparilla root and herbal goodness.  A fantastic summer sipper reminiscent of a Manhattan.  

  Bulleit’s Single Barrel Select program takes its cues from Four Roses, with multiple mash bills and yeast types to choose from.  This leads to a far greater variety of Whiskies than most single barrel picks, with unique aromas and flavors.  This particular barrel is fruit forward and bursting with aromas of orange peel, caramel and chocolate-covered cherries.  Its palate lingers with notes of marmalade, bananas, and strawberries.
             
High West Malbec Finished Bourbon   Maker's Mark "Peach Crème Brûlée"
     

  High West’s Private Select was created to showcase unique finishes. This year’s standout was High West’s Malbec-finished American Prairie Bourbon. This barrel was an experiment with longer maturation times, and spent a full 15 months in its Malbec cask.  The extended finish gives the Bourbon an intense ruby color along with a dark, jammy fruitiness reminiscent of the best Sherried Scotches.  If you’re a previous fan of our Manhattan barrel-aged High West pick, you will love this bold sequel  

 

  Maker’s Mark’s Private Select program is completely unique, allowing us to choose from a selection of finishing staves to design our ideal whiskey.  We are fortunate enough to be one of the first accounts in Illinois to work with the new French Mendiant stave, which is baked at very low temperatures to preserve its fruity notes.  Our Private Selection (5-Mn, 3-Sp, 3-Cu) has notes of peaches, pie crust, and lightly burnt sugar inspiring its name: “Peach Crème Brûlée.”
             
Savage & Cooke Bourbon   Codigo Añejo Tequila
             
 
Savage & Cooke is the brainchild of Dave Phinney, the man who created The Prisoner as well as countless other famous wines.  This barrel pick started when Phinney decided to throw his weight around the industry to acquire the best Bourbons that money could buy (as well as some that it couldn’t).   Ed, the SavWay Spirits Buyer, picked from these barrels one that is truly viscous, and oozing with rye spice.  It was then transferred into one of Phinney’s Zinfandel casks to add an aroma of dark, jammy fruit along with a touch of herbal spice to complement the peppercorn and clove notes.  The finish coats and tingles the tongue, making it a high-rye Bourbon lover's dream.
 

  This unique barrel of Codigo Añejo  started as a French Oak barrel that was made by cooper Tonnellerie Sylvain, famous for supplying wineries such as Harlan Estates and Screaming Eagle. After being used to age a prestigious Napa “Bordeaux,” the wine was decanted and replaced with Codigo’s Tequila. The wine stained wood spent 18 months working its magic before the Añejo was declared too exquisite to be part of the usual blend.  Our pick is not as assertive as the standard Codigo Añejo, but offers a gentle complexity with ever changing notes of agave drizzled strawberries and cherries.
             
1/8th Distillery "Untitled" Bourbon   Knob Creek Private Select
             

  1/8th Distilling (out of Washington, D.C.) has made a name for themselves by sourcing excellent, highly aged Bourbons and then artfully applying unique finishes.  This 11 year old, heavy char barrel aged Wheated Bourbon spent two of its years in French Oak Calvados Barrels (the apple version of Cognac) before being picked by Ed, SavWay’s Spirits Buyer.  At 120.6 proof, it is unabashedly cask strength, which concentrates its dark fruit flavors.  Heavy and rich, it tastes like blackberry pie with a tart apple glaze.     After a long hiatus, Knob Creek has restarted their store pick program!  While the days of 14 year old Knob Creek masquerading as 9 year old single barrels are behind us, their barrel picks are still fantastic and one of best deals on the shelf.  This barrel has a nose of caramel corn, a toffee-forward palate that is as warming as it can be without becoming hot, and a long, spicy finish.  A great sipper for the fast approaching winter.
             
             

Beyond Margaritas!
         
With more great brands entering the U.S. every day, Tequila is more popular than ever! Which is why it’s such a shame that Margaritas are the only Tequila cocktail that's well known.  There are great Tequila cocktails out there for every mood and time of year, so try a new favorite Tequila in one of these fantastic cocktails.
         
CASA ROSÉ
 

Ingredients:
1  oz    Casamigos Blanco Tequila
¾ oz    Combier Pamplemousse Rose
3  oz    Miraval Rosé

Instructions:

Combine into a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into a large wine glass.  Garnish with large block ice and dried rose petals.

         
CINCORO ANEJO OLD FASHIONED

Ingredients:
2½ oz Cincoro Anejo Tequila
½   oz Agave Nectar
3    Dashes Angostura Bitters

Instructions:

Combine ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir.  Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with an orange swatch and a maraschino cherry.

 
         
SMOKE & MÛRE
 

Ingredients:

1½ oz Banhez Mezcal 
½   oz Combier Liqueur de Mûre (Blackberry Liqueur)
½   oz Fresh Lime Juice
Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice (except the ginger beer). Shake and strain into a glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.
 

         
EL SANTO

Ingredients:

2 oz  Partida Reposado
1 oz  Carpano Bianco Vermouth
2 Dashes Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters

Instructions:
Shake over ice. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

 
         
TEREMANA JABRONI
 

Ingredients:

1  oz  Teremana Blanco or Reposado
1  oz  Campari
¾ oz  Dolin Sweet Vermouth
¼ oz  DuBouchett Banana Liqueur

Instructions:
Stir and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with dried banana chips. 

         
CODIGO ROSA PALOMA

Ingredients:

1½ oz Código 1530 Rosa Tequila
½   oz Lime juice
1    oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
Q Grapefruit Soda

Instructions:

Add the Tequila and juice to a glass with ice and stir to mix.  Top with the grapefruit soda. Garnish with grapefruit.

 
         
EL BUHZI
 

Ingredients:
1½ oz El Buho Mezcal
1½ oz Lucano Amaro

Instructions:

Combine in a mixing glass with ice, stir, then strain.
Garnish with a lemon peel.

         
JEWEL OF JALISCO

Ingredients:

1½  oz Chamucos Reposado
¾    oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
¾    oz Fundador Brandy 
¼    oz Green Chartreuse
1 Dash of Orange Bitters

Instructions:

Combine ingredients with ice and stir.  Strain and pour over fresh ice.  Garnish with edible flowers or orange zest.

 
        Image and recipe courtesy of Vincent by Van Gogh in Guadalajara.
         
BROTHERS + SISTERS
 

Ingredients:

1½  oz Ana Maria Tequila Rosa
½    oz Banhez Mezcal
2 Lemon Wedges 
2 Sprigs of Thyme
2 White Sugar Cubes

Instructions:

Cut up the lemon wedges and muddle them together with the thyme, sugar cubes, and a splash of water.  Add the Tequila and Mezcal, then stir. Strain onto a large ice cube and garnish with more thyme and lemon zest.

 

         

 

Cheers!
Your SavWay Spirits Specialist,
Ed