Spirits SIP Pack - Ultimate Vieux Carre

Our Ultimate Vieux Carre SIP Pack includes:

Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye (750 mL)

Martell Blue Swift VSOP Cognac (375 mL)

DOM Benedictine Liqueur (375 mL)

Carpano Antica (375ml)

 

***Should a wine in this package become unavailable, we will provide another gem of equivalent quality and value***
Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye (750ml) [wa 94, #7 top 20 0f 2020]
Original Price: $28.97
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Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye
(750ml) [WA 94, #7 TOP 20 0F 2020]

The first extra-aged Kentucky Straight Rye whiskey from Elijah Craig
One of the most highly awarded/rated/coveted whiskeys of the year!

MASH BILL: 51% Rye, 35% Corn, 14% Barley

AROMA: Dark chocolate with spices and a hint of smoke

TASTE: Rich baking spices and honey backed up with smooth oak influence

FINISH: Long and lingering

Proof: 94 (47% ABV)

Awards/Ratings:

Double Gold - SFWSC 2021

Double Gold - SIP Awards 2021

95 Points - Intl Wine & Spirits Competition 2021

"Elegant with a beautiful complexity on the nose as oak extracts combine with coffee beans, citrus and cereal. A lovely richness on the palate is enhanced with a warming spice into a sweet butterscotch finale."

94 Points, Finalist, Great Value - Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2021

"Spicy and earthy grain aromas are punctuated with leather and smoked herbs. A touch of maple sugar on the palate brings a round dimension to the spicy grain notes, with red chili, charred corn kernels, and toasted oak. Smooth and easy."

94 Pts, #7 Top 20 Whiskeys of 2020 - Whisky Advocate

“Priced a notch below comparable peers, this rye delivers powerful flavors that feel excitingly untamed, and will impress bourbon and rye lovers alike."

94 Points, Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast

Platinum, Best Of Class - SIP Awards 2020


Martell Blue Swift VSOP (375 ml)
Original Price: $27.97
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Martell Blue Swift VSOP
(375 ml)

This innovative eau-de-vie from Martell is made by finishing their acclaimed VSOP Cognac in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The Martell Blue Swift VSOP has been described as uniting two worlds; it is simultaneously olde-worlde with its Bourbon cask glass shape, and also new and innovative in the way that it experiments with traditions of Cognac production dating back centuries.

If you’re a fan of a richer, toasted and rounded flavor, then this is the eau-de-vie for you. It cannot be called Cognac, as the latter must be aged in French oak to qualify as so. Instead, it is an “eau-de-vie de vin”, which quite literally translates as a distilled grape wine spirit.

Martell pride themselves upon their impurity-free distillation process, which is signature to the Cognac maison. This makes it all the more ready to absorb aromatic qualities from the bourbon casks.

Martell Cognac VSOP Blue Swift Finished in Bourbon Casks
The Blue Swift VSOP commemorates the fact that Martell was indeed the first Cognac house to ship barrels of spirit to America from 1783.Their reputation as the oldest of the Cognac houses, dating back to 1713, means that Martell work tirelessly to ensure that their stellar reputation as one of the best Cognac producers in the world is constantly challenged, updated and exceeded.

The Martell Blue Swift successfully reinvents the Cognac genre, bringing curiosity and ingenuity to the long-standing craft. It is only fitting that Martell has decided to call this liquor the Blue Swift, after their iconic logo that appears on all of their bottles, and features heavily in a number of their marketing campaigns.

The blue swift represents the spirit of the Cognac house; one that flies freely from continent to continent, traversing oceans and bringing the French art of Cognac to the US and vice versa. With signature notes of plums and candied fruits, it brings a new twist to traditional notes with flavors of toasted oak and vanilla.

Tasting Notes

Eye: Golden sparkling copper color.
Nose: A rich, luxurious aroma of caramelized pear and banana. A light sweetness turns into coconut and vanilla, and a spicy menthol scent.
Palate: Gourmet, round and incredibly silky. There are fresh flavors of ginger and white fruits like plums. The smooth finish of a toasted oak cask fills the mouth in the end.

Awards/Reviews

3 x Gold - SF World Spirits Competition (2021-20, 2018)


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Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth [375ml]
Original Price: $16.99
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Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth [375ml]
(Italy)

About This Wine:
Carpano's Antica Formula, from the original recipe developed by Antonio Benedetto Carpano in 1786, is a sweet vermouth of the highest quality. This distinctive and powerful aromatized wine should be considered a standard component in any respectable bar. It can be served chilled as an aperitivo, a digestivo or a welcome addition to your favorite cocktail.

Color: light brown with an amber hue.

Nose: bouquet of vanilla with spicy, citrusy and dried fruit notes of almond, raisins and cloves.

Palate: well-rounded, rich vanilla taste that picks up the aromas from the nose. Combines well with the bitter orange, dates, cocoa beans and saffron flavors.

Alcohol content: 16.5%

INGREDIENTS
White wine from selected Italian grape varieties from the Romagna, Puglia and Sicily regions, processed within 24 hours of receiving to prevent oxidation. These wines have a medium alcoholic strength that, in combination with the special production processes, brings out the flavors of the spices, herbs and roots that make up the secret recipe.

THE PRODUCTION PROCESS: CREATION OF ANTICA FORMULA
The numerous aromatic plants that go into the recipe of Antica Formula are extracted by hot infusion or cold extraction methods handed down through the centuries, depending on the raw material. These methods, along with the recipe itself, constitute the secret of this product. The process is extremely precise and lengthy (some of the botanical ingredients require months of processing). Once the various plants and herbs have been put together, they undergo a refining stage which can last for several months. This is so that they can blend together properly and release all their fragrance and aromatic intensity. Finally, after the product has gone through the various quality control stages, it is ready for bottling. The old and original Carpano recipe combines the traditions of the historic Turin company with the centuries-old skill of Branca in the selection, composition and processing of the raw materials: the high level of technological innovation applied in the production process respects traditional methods of production, infusion and extraction. Still today, in keeping with Carpano tradition, there are only three people who share the secret behind the production and recipe of this product, one of these being the President of Fratelli Branca Distillerie himself, Niccola Branca.

Awards/Reviews

95 Points / Best Buy - Wine & Spirits Enthusiast