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Staff Favorites - Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones

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Maker's Mark 46 K&L Exclusive "Barrel #6" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 10-14-2019
This barrel tastes better with a splash of water,which seems to open it up and to release the flavors and aromas that this barrel has to offer.The nose is sweet with a floral background.In the mouth it is a rich honey sweet with some subtle spice flavors. The finish is long and sweet.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Maker's Mark 46 K&L Exclusive "Barrel #5" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 10-14-2019
The Maker's Mark Private Select single barrels are a great variation on a theme. There is the nice soft sweetness of the regular Maker's Mark 46 but the volume is turned up with more flavors and nuances. This barrel is mouth coating,rich and sweet, with wonderful spice and honey notes. With a touch of water it is still intense but becomes more elegant and pretty. I think that one could drink this whiskey with and without water.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#19-345" (Rickhouse CN F, Floor 6) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 10-12-2019
Another interesting and delicious selection. I tasted this single barrel bourbon with and without water. Without water the nose has caramel notes that lead to an expressive, round, juicy, and concentrated sprite. There are beautiful spice notes that help round out this bourbon. With a drop or two of water, the nose is deep, complex, and interesting. In the mouth, barrel #345 is still concentrated, and the honey and caramel sweetness are expressed more fully. The spice notes are still there, but are a little more subtle.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#18-439" (Rickhouse CN A, Floor 4) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 10-12-2019
In a few words this barrel is expressive, direct and classic. The nose has vanilla, spice, and caramel aromas. In the mouth it is concentrated, and has a lot of depth and complexity in addition to some honey flavors.With a splash of water, vanilla notes come out in the nose. In the mouth, it is a little lighter bodied and comes across as slightly sweeter, but is still rich, juicy, complex, and classic.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

2007 Unnamed Speyside (Macallan) 12 Year Old "Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection" 2nd Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 10-12-2019
This is an elegant selection. The nose shows both beeswax and dried fruit aromas. In the mouth it is clean, with the sherry influence adding dried fruit flavors and a touch of pleasant sweetness. It is not big and juicy, but balanced and nuanced. There is a long finish that is very enjoyable. With a splash of water all of the flavors are a little more subtle and soft.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#19-1108" (Rickhouse CN A, Floor 4) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 10-12-2019
For me this was the barrel that was the most like a good piece of candy. The nose has floral and vanilla aromas, and in the mouth it was sweet, with butterscotch and caramel flavors. A touch of water continues this flavor profile, but opens the bourbon up a little. Although sweet and pretty, this barrel has a certain amount of elegance to it to help make it a delicious treat.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

2014 Bunnahabhain Staoisha Heavily Peated 4 Year Old "Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection" Dechar/Rechar Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 10-11-2019
Young, lusty and full of zest. Although it is young it is a treat to drink now. The nose is full of smoke with vanilla and floral aromas. In the mouth it is round and lively with smoke, juicy malt influences and subtle savory notes. It is very complex and there is a lot going on in this single malt. With water the floral aromas are a little more expressive but there is still plenty of smoke. In the mouth the smoke and savory flavors are a little softer and more subtle.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Old Potrero "K&L Exclusive Barrel #12" 63.33% Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 10-09-2019
Both of the single barrel offerings that are now in stock are unique and very good. Tasting them side by side shows why the single barrel bottlings are so interesting. Barrel #12 is elegant and a little lighter in body than Barrel #13. Subtle spice and savory notes are present, wrapped up together with a pleasant sweetness. A splash of water gives it a creamy mouthfeel. Barrel #12 can be enjoyed with or without the addition of water.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Old Potrero "K&L Exclusive Barrel #13" 63.21% Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 10-09-2019
It is very nice to be able to taste individual and unique single barrels of Old Potrero. Of the two offerings that are now in stock, they are both different from each other and very good. The Barrel #13 is concentrated and rich; just layered with flavors and complexity. With a splash of water a hint of spice comes through. I think that one could drink this with or without water, depending on what tastes one is looking for.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

2016 Hirsch Zöbing Riesling Kamptal
Review Date: 10-08-2019
A beautiful, expressive and delicious dry Riesling that outperforms its price. In the nose there are subtle floral notes. In the mouth this wine is focused and full of energy, with nice, balanced fruit and a clean and crisp finish. There are also some mineral notes to complete the package.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
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2018 Wittmann "Estate" Riesling trocken (dry) Rheinhessen
Review Date: 10-04-2019
This dry riesling is delicate and energetic. The aromatics are beautiful and inviting with a light floral note. In the mouth is is light, pure and very complex. It is a wine that one can drink alone for with light foods.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Can Mayol Loxarel "999" Brut Nature Rosat Classic Penedes
Review Date: 09-30-2019
This is an absolutely delicious sparkling wine. The nose has bright berry aromas and in the mouth it is juicy and round. It is a dry sparkler that is pure and clean and very easy to drink. There is a quality wine here for a very reasonable price.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2017 João Cabral Almeida "Camaleão" Minho Alvarinho
Review Date: 09-30-2019
This wine was one of the stars for me at a recent staff tasting and showed well when it was on the stage with other first class wines. It has a lot to offer with its beautiful aromatics, and lean and crisp body. It is alvarinho at its best. This wine is complex with a wonderful integration of fruit, mineral notes and a pleasant crisp finish.

Mulholland American Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 09-20-2019
This very likable whiskey is soft and easy with a pleasant richness that is juicy and balanced and not to heavy. The entry is sweet and round with a nice mouth feel. There is a nice sweet finish. Great alone or on the rocks, it will make wonderful cocktails.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2018 Cave de Tavel "Cuvée Royale" Tavel Rose
Review Date: 09-18-2019
This is one of my favorite rosé offerings of this season. It has a deep pink color that is typical from Tavel. Full bodied and juicy, it is packed full of red berry flavors. The Cuvée Royale is also a dry wine and will go well alone, or with many foods like fish, chicken, and salads.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Guido Rivella "Fausoni" Barbaresco
Review Date: 09-17-2019
This is from one of my favorite producers who is working with the nebbiolo grape. He seems to bring out the best that this grape and region have to offer. It is classic with inviting and expressive aromas that lead to a full bodied wine.It is complex with fruit, earth, acid and tannins all coming together to make a delicious wine. It is on the young side but will open up with a few hours of decanting. This will go well with hearty foods.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
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Mulholland Vodka (750ml)
Review Date: 09-15-2019
This is a bright and easy Vodka. It is made with corn and is slightly sweeter than most vodka. This makes it perfect for cocktails. I think that a vodka and soda with a wedge of citrus would be a very refreshing cocktail with Mulholland Vodka.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2017 Ermacora Pinot Bianco Colli Orientali del Friuli
Review Date: 09-09-2019
This Pinot Bianco tasted really good in a recent staff tasting and it out performs its price. It is pure and clean with a wonderful creamy mid palate. It is complex and balanced with a crisp finish that makes one want to reach for another glass. The Ermacora Pinot Bianco is good alone but will go well with fish, fowl or vegetarian dishes.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2017 Einaudi Nebbiolo Langhe
Review Date: 09-09-2019
This is a Nebbiolo that one can drink now. It has a nice nose of red fruits and floral notes. It looks like it will be a light wine but is more on the full bodied side. In the mouth there are red fruits that are balanced out with a hint of earth and a wonderful crisp finish. This will go well with meats and other hearty foods. I tasted it out of the bottle just as it was opened and it was really good. However, I think that it will tasted even better if it has been decanted for a while.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Einaudi Dogliani (Dolcetto)
Review Date: 09-09-2019
This is a wonderful ready to drink red. It is medium bodied with bright juicy fruit that has a delicious mineral undertone. It finishes clean and crisp like a classic wine from this region should. I could drink this alone, but it will be best with food like meats or pizza.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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Michel Couvreur "Peaty Overaged" K&L Exclusive Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 09-09-2019
This Michel Couvreur Malt Whiskey is a perfect marriage of smoke and sherry aged spirit. It is balanced and not heavy, with the sherry aging adding a kiss of influence but not dominating the spirit,creating a well integrated whole. There are a nice amount of smoke aromas with subtle sweet undertones. On top of this it is complex and will surprise and delight.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2007 Foursquare Rum Distillery 12 Year Old "Ex-Bourbon Cask" Exceptional Cask Selection Mark VI Single Blended Barbados Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 08-30-2019
This is from one of my favorite rum distilleries, and the 2007 is an excellent example of what Foursquare is capable of. The nose is expressive, with caramel and subtle floral notes. In the mouth, there is a great entry, with rich and complex flavors, and a mouth-coating texture. This is an excellent rum with no water, but with one or two drops of water it opens up and becomes softer and a little more subtle.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

Foursquare Rum Distillery 14 Year Old "Empery" Exceptional Cask Selection Mark IX Single Blended Barbados Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 08-30-2019
This a real deep and complex rum. The nose has an interesting forest floor aroma, with some nice sweet notes. In the mouth it is round and rich, with a rustic mineral sub-theme. It is concentrated, with dried fruit, caramel, and a touch of funk flavors. I preferred this rum with a touch of water.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 08-26-2019
This is a gin for people who are looking for a gin with botanical notes. The nose has nice lively juniper aromas. In the mouth I got botanical and savory flavors with a touch of spice. This gin will make a great gin and tonic.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-25-2019
This is a medium bodied bourbon with a wonderful sweet nose with caramel notes. In the mouth there are caramel and honey flavors with a pleasing dry finish. I though that it was very good with and without the addition of water. It will be great alone or in cocktails.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-25-2019
This is a very easy to drink rye. It is soft and smooth with a hint of spice. The thing that comes through are the sweet notes that help wrap the whole package together. This will be wonderful to drink alone and will go great in cocktails.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2016 Haut-Vigneau, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-19-2019
Haut Vigneau has year after year produced delicious and exceptional wines. The 2016 is no exception. It has some nice dark fruit that is complex and balanced out with nice structure . It is inviting and ready to drink now and will go well with hearty foods.

2016 Senejac, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 08-19-2019
2016 is a very drinkable and wonderful vintage. The Senejac 2016 show cases this vintage by being a complete and balanced wine. It is wonderful to drink and has nice fruit, a hint of earth and good structure.

2017 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde
Review Date: 08-19-2019
This is a lot of wine for the money. It is bright and fresh with energy and focus. There are some nice dried citrus and savory notes, with a clean crisp finish that makes one want to reach for another glass.It is low in alcohol (11.5 ABV) and very easy to drink . Great alone, it will go well with light foods.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart
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NETA Bicuishe Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 08-18-2019
This is very interesting and delicious. The nose in absolutely fantastic with a touch of smoke and bright floral and tropical fruit notes. The bouquet is layered and is very inviting. In the mouth the floral and fruit theme continues. By fruit, I mean, bright fruit flavors but not fruity or sweet. There are also savory notes, helping make this a very complex spirit. There is long finish.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

2017 Abbazia di Novacella Schiava Alto Adige
Review Date: 08-11-2019
This wine is absolutely delicious. It is light to medium bodied with a beautiful bouquet. In the mouth it is dry, balanced and energetic , with red fruit flavors and a hint of pepper. This Schiava will go best with food . Pair it with pork, fowl or pasta.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

The 86 Co. Cabeza Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 07-29-2019
For me this is a classic Blanco. The nose has citrus notes and is expressive and inviting. In the mouth it is soft and easy, almost fruity, with citrus flavors dominating and nice subtle spice undertones. It will drink well alone and will go great in cocktails.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

The 86 Co. Cana Brava 3 Year Old Panama White Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 07-27-2019
This is a rum for cocktails . It is clean and on the light side and will blend well with mixers.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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The 86 Co. Ford's Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 07-27-2019
This is a classic and easy to enjoy gin. The nose has nice juniper and citrus aromas. In the mouth this gin is soft and focused with subtle citrus notes. This will be a great gin for cocktails and is soft enough for a martini.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Rezpiral Tepeztate "Series 4 - K&L Exclusive" (Berta Vasquez) San Baltazar Chichicapam Uncertified Oaxacan Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 07-26-2019
This is a lovely and delicious Mezcal. It is also interesting and complex. The nose has wonderful smoke notes with savory and citrus undertones. In the mouth it is full bodied and round, with the smoke ,savory and citrus flavors making this a complex and inviting Mezcal. Every Mezcal that I have tasted from Rezpiral has been a very high quality product.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

Barrell Bourbon "K&L Exclusive" 14 Year Old Cask Strength Single Barrel #E522 Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-26-2019
This a big and full bodied whiskey. The nose is expressive with subtle vanilla undertones. In the mouth it is lusty and plush, concentrated and complex. The hints of vanilla continue to be present. With a touch of water it becomes softer and slightly more subtle. There is a long finish.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart

2016 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses Rouge
Review Date: 07-22-2019
This an elegant and classic red Burgundy. It has nice red fruit flavors that are balanced and structured. It is a delicious and complex wine that is a pleasure to drink. Jacques Bavard has proven to be an accomplished and excellent wine maker and any wine with his name on it is sure to be of high quality.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2007 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 07-22-2019
This is a classic Bordeaux that it ready to drink now. It is focused with all of flavors and structure coming together to produce an elegant wine. I think that Haut Bailly is a great and first class Chateaux,and at this price, this is a very good value.

2016 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 07-18-2019
Every wine that I have tasted from Jacques Bavard has been excellent. His 2016 Bourgogne Blanc is a wonderful Chardonnay. It s a focused wine with both structure and energy. One will want to reach for a second glass. It is a medium bodied wine with a core of creamy flavors and a nice crisp finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Fort Lignac, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 07-13-2019
This delicious wine was one of the hits for me at a recent staff tasting. It is a classic Medoc with dark fruit flavors and a touch of earth, that is all held together with a balanced tannic and acidic structure. Simply put, it tastes like a good Bourdeaux should and will go well with hearty foods. Decanting this wine will help open it up.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2018 Château de Montfaucon Lirac Rosé
Review Date: 07-08-2019
One of my favorite roses tasted at a recent staff tasting.Chateau De Montfaucon has a history of producing excellent red and white wines that are delicious and well worth the price. This is the first rose that we have seen and it is wonderful. It has a deep pink color and is juicy and round. It is dry but has nice fruit flavors, producing a great rose.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 07-06-2019
This wine has a lot to offer. It has nice red fruit flavors that are enhanced with earthy undertones. It is dry and has structure to age. If you want to drink it now , decant or let it have some air and it will be a wonderful drinking experience for a wonderful price.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Bardstown Bourbon Company - Collaboration Series Phifer Pavitt Reserve Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 07-01-2019
This bourbon is finished in used California Cabernet barrels which add a beautiful dark color. The nose is interesting and pretty. In the mouth it is full bodied and has a wonderful creamy mouth feel. It is layered and complex and will make a wonderful special occasion whiskey.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

Cotswolds Dry Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 07-01-2019
This is a wonderful tradition gin. It has everything that a gin needs to be tasty and enjoyable. It has an elegant and integrated nose with juniper aromas with a hint of spice. In the mouth it is soft and round . This will be great to drink alone and will go well in cocktails.At a recent staff tasting it was very popular with the staff.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2007 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-01-2019
This is a wine for people who want a mature traditional Bordeaux . It has nice fruit but also wonderful earthy tones and nice acidity to tie it all together. It is medium bodied and will go well with hearty foods.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2007 Don Q "Limited Edition" Single Barrel Rum 750ml
Review Date: 06-30-2019
This is an easy to drink rum. It is very soft and pretty. The Don Q is on the light side with a delicate sweetness that is balanced and subtle. There is a nice elegant finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Bardstown Bourbon Company - Fusion Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 06-29-2019
This is a delicious bourbon. The nose is sweet and light with a hint of vanilla. It is soft and easy to drink with layers of flavors. One of the most interesting and fun things about this whiskey is that on the side of the bottle is a list of the different whiskeys used to make this bourbon. Both purchased and Bardstown Distilleries own whiskeys are blended together and listed along with the mash bill . A great effort both in taste and in providing information about the product.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Clan Denny Craigellachie 10 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 06-24-2019
This is delicious and at 46% abv it is easy to drink. The nose is sweet and subtle and the mouth is soft , fruity and malty.There is a hint of spice and a long finish. It is also a great value. There are no smoke aromas or flavors.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Basil Hayden's 10 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 06-17-2019
Bourbon comes in many different styles from rich and heavy to more light and delicate styles. This Basil 10 is a classy example of the light and delicate style .The nose is pretty with a subtle aromas. In the mouth it is juicy and elegant, light and balanced with a subtle vanilla finish. This is a first class bourbon that should please any whiskey drinker.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

Clan Denny Fettercairn 10 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 06-17-2019
This is a great price for a wonderful and delicious single malt. The nose is sweet , subtle and inviting. In the mouth it is complex with creamy and fruity notes. I did not pick up any smoke aromas or flavors. It is so easy to drink and will be great alone or on the rocks.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

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