Curry Hill’s Most Obnoxious NYC Liquor Store… 111 Lexington Avenue

These photos pretty much say it all… CYPB $900… M20 $4k… OWA $150… ETL $200… Stagg Jr $150… Pappy 23 $5k… but… low and behold, the new Little Book is only $110… but THH is $630….

Located at 111 Lexington in New York City, Wine & Liquors is just one of the most obnoxious liquor stores I’ve been to in a while and the staff are equally obnoxious.

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Canadian Club 40yr Review

Beautiful presentation with the box and bottle and nice rope neck.  Thick glass.  Classy and looks great on the shelf.

Pale color whiskey, with strong maple syrup and vanilla nose with Necco wafers and a touch of toffee on the back.

Good mouthfeel given the proof, initially very smooth but the baking spices build up enjoyably throughout the sip with a medium mouthfeel.

It’s not great, but it’s very good.  The JP Wiser’s 35yr release is significantly better.  However, for a 40yr whiskey, it holds its own and it very enjoyable.  90/100

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I love Parker’s Heritage Collection. I don’t like this release though…

Parker’s Heritage Collection 12th Edition Barrel Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Orange Curacao Barrels.  55% alcohol, 110 proof.

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I love Parker’s Heritage Collection… I love that part of it goes to charity, and I love how it’s always different each year.  Last year’s 11yr single barrel was one of my favorite of the year.  The 24yr was another favorite of mine. I wasn’t a fan of the 8yr malt, but I’m not really a malt guy.  I was looking forward to this one as well.

The bottle always looks great, and the copper color is so inviting.

When I first opened the bottle I got smacked in the face with Orange Curacao… that was the only note.  I had to wait a while for it to drift off, but it never really did.  In the background I got notes of licorice, peach pie, and other deeper flavors of orange: candied orange peel, baked orange peel, dried orange peel… you get the idea.

The mouthfeel is initially decent with oils and tannins adding complexity, but the orange flavor takes over and although the finish is decently long, it is mildly bitter and orangey.

This is not my favorite and I don’t think I will be buying any more bottles for the bunker on this one.  I did wait a while to write this review hoping that the Bourbon would evolve after exposure to air, but after a week or two it hasn’t… in fact I think it got worse.  It’s possible that after a few months it will, and if it does, I will write an update to this post.  Although this MSRPs for under $100, I paid $170 on secondary for it.  When it first came out people were asking $250 or more, seemed like $200 was the trade point for a while, and now it’s under $200 and heading lower.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes for $125 by Thanksgiving.  If you really like orange flavor, maybe try 4 parts ECBP and 1 part Orange Curacao… I may try that later tonight…  78/100

PS… I recommend buying a sample before opening your bottle if you have the opportunity… check out bottle-spot.com to see if anyone is listing them.

Bourbon and Charity… special thanks to New York Shaving Company!

The Bourbon Community has always been really great about giving back.  We recently had our third annual Bourbon at the Barbershop special charity event that we hosted at The New York Shaving Company.  We raised over 3k for local children’s charities and everyone had a great time.  Take a look at the photos below, but let’s just say that everyone felt they got their money’s worth.  We had 80% of the BTAC collection, Al Young, Willett Family Estate, a couple great Barrell Bourbon releases, Garrison Bros. Cowboy, Lot 40 Cask Strength, Wiser’s 35yr, EHT Four Grain, Kentucky Owl Rye, Appleton’s Rum 25yr Joy, Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition, Elliot’s Select, JPS 25yr and more!  It was the best heel party I’d ever been to!  Thanks again to New York Shaving Company for being an amazing partner!

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Elijah Craig 18 Barrel 4339 Review

EC18 Single Barrel #4339 bottled 2/4/17 review… this is one of the best values out there in Bourbon world, but how did this single barrel stack up?

Mushroom, forest floor, hints of butterscotch, and a medicinal undertone on the nose, following up with cedar woodiness.

Good mouthfeel, but not amazing due to chill filtering, however the taste builds up nicely with toffee in the background and overwhelming umami sensory experience.

It’s not the best EC18 I’ve had, but it’s solid and hard to beat for a 18yr Bourbon.  92/100

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Beware of BTAC Sellers on Craigslist!! #BourbonFraud

I work in New York City and occasionally will look for Bourbon on the secondary market in the area so no shipping is needed.  I’ve built a decent network of people that drink, collect and trade; they share the passion and I trust them.  I saw an ad on Craigslist for some very old bottles of George T Stagg.  I haven’t seen these Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bottles pop up on the secondary for a while, I don’t have them and I wanted them.  I was hesitant, but really interested, so I emailed the person for additional photos.  This is what the person sent:

It bothered me that there were a lot of empties in the background.  Was this person refilling them?  Was he just a collector of empty bottles they drank?  I don’t know… I actually keep all my BTAC empties too, and I have a shelf I call my graveyard that all the epic bottles I have drank over the year stay.  I decided to give this person the benefit of the doubt and just ask them why there were so many empties around and if he could send me photos of the laser code.

The person, who claimed to be an avid drinker of BTAC and Handy send me a photo of the UPC symbol on the back, saying that was the only code they knew of.  They also claimed to make lamps out of the empty bottles.  The lamp thing I can see, but I don’t know anyone who has a huge collector of BTAC that doesn’t know about the laser codes–that’s pretty much common knowledge for everyone who trades them.  This was a huge red flag to me that required further inquiry.

I told the person that I was still interested in purchasing the bottles, but expressed my concern about them given all the empties in the background, referencing that there have been known to have fakes/refills going around.  If he was a legit seller he would have come back to me and understood my concern, and willing to talk to me, provided references, etc.  Instead he went on an expletive rant, accused me of being a personal ad craigslist troll, and then deleted the ad.  I guess he was upset that I caught him in a fraud.

The moral of the story is that if you think something smells fishy, ask a few questions and most likely if it is a fraud, it will unravel.  Or if you are smarter than me, just stay away to begin with and only trade/sell with trusted/verified people on better websites like bottle-spot.com.  Is there a small chance that this person wasn’t selling fake bottles?  Yes… but then he’s just a mean person with very bad manners that isn’t worth dealing with anyway.

42nd Street Obnoxious Liquor Store….

42nd and 10th Avenue in New York City… Treehaus Wine and Liquor Store

The pictures just tell it all… it is so obnoxious…

Weller Antique (non store pick) $99.99… Weller 12 $299.99… Yellowstone $249.99… Michter’s 10yr Rye $399.99.. it just gets worse…