Saturday, September 20, 2008

Victoria Gin is here again!

It's finally back! After months of our waiting by the window with a hurricane lamp, we can just catch sight of Winchester Cellars finally coming into view with a load of their fantastic, locally-made Victoria Gin!

Here's what its maker has to say about it: "Victoria Gin blends ten organic and wild botanicals, from juniper berries to rose petals, and balances the characteristic evergreen flavor of juniper with notes of citric, floral and spice"

Now, you may disagree as I do with the use of "floral" as a noun, but there's no disagreement about the quality of the product! But wait, there's more--- "Victoria Gin is distilled in small batches in a gleaming handmade wood-fired copper pot-still. Only the middle part of each run, the 'hearts', is saved for bottling. The result is an intensely-flavored spirit that is as full-bodied and complex as a fine single-malt whiskey."

I'm not sure I like the switch from singular to plural ("middle part" to "hearts") in that last bit, but once again, the quality of the product silences all complaint about its promotion! This is great stuff, and it's going to fly off the shelves now that it's here! Come and get it!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Sortilege is Back!

What more can I say about this delightful concoction of Canadian whisky and maple syrup?

This Spinnaker’s exclusive was brought to my attention a couple of years ago by a friend who had to fly home to Quebec to get his beloved Sortilege. With a little hard work we were able to get some into the store, but with word-of-mouth it didn’t take long for a fan base for this beautifully exotic beverage to develop, and the 10 cases we'd picked up didn't last long. Even non-whisky drinkers loved it, with its subtle aromas of vanilla and spice cake---and of course, whiskey and maple.

So months later, the wait is over and Sortilege is back in the store! But with only 10 cases coming in the time to jump on the bandwagon is now---it hasn’t even hit the floor yet and I already have a list of people waiting…. So hurry up and get some Maple Whisky today!