Delord 25 year Old Bas Armagnac in Fairview Heights for $69.99

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Delord 25 year Old Bas Armagnac 750ml
96-100 points Wine Enthusiast

The nose is biscuity, caramel-like, cream Sherry-like with a touch of cheese-like rancio. The palate entry tastes like bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa butter, chocolate-covered raisins and dark honey; the midpalate is fruity and less bittersweet than the entry, making for a succulent aftertaste. A genuine classic.

This is beautiful, soft and elegant brandy that shows brooding notes of cocoa, roasted nuts and baking spices. The dried fruit really comes through on the mid-palate and the finish is a burst of cinnamon with a silky smooth exit. To get a 25 year Armagnac for this price is already a great deal, but to have it taste this good is practically criminal. Made by the Delord family who have been making this spirit since the late 1800s.

Dancing Pines Bourbon in Fairview Heights for only $54.99

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Founder Kristian McNay reports that he and his wife founded their operation because they “had had too much reality and needed a little more humor and serenity.”They have a focus on local ingredients that are “all natural” and lend themselves to small-batch production. The name comes from a moment in the midst of a snowstorm where the couple began dancing to pass the time, which later became a song they made to commemorate the event, and finally the name of their distillery.

Dancing Pines bourbon is made from a grain bill of corn (greater than 50% corn qualifies it as a “bourbon”), rye, and malted barley. We presume that with the absence of wheat, this will have a sweet and spicy characteristic. It is aged in American white oak–there is no age statement but the label acknowledges that it is aged for less than 4 years. We guess that this will create a lighter-styled whiskey.

4 Hands Contact High

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Style: Wheat Ale
St. Louis, Missouri USA
Serve in Shaker, Weizen

Contact High is a hoppy wheat ale we dry hopped with blood orange zest. Contact high pours a bright orange hue with a big citrus aroma. A very refreshing beer!! Think of a beermosa with only beer!

Abyss Absinthe Superior at the Fairview Heights location for $61.99

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ABYSS, the Authentic Superior Absinthe, carefully hand-crafted in the purest tradition of its original region, Franche-Comte, is designed after an authentificated recipe elaborated in 1811, and transmitted since then from generation to generation.

A fine selection of natural herbs is used to produce ABYSS including wormwood, roman wormwood, anise, fennel, gentian, mugwort, hyssop, star anise, peppermint and coriander among others.

Tasting notes
Very light but intense golden color.
Complex and herbaceous to the nose with hints of caramel and mint offering vanilla flavors. Peppery spices dominance. Very powerful to the palate. Rich notes of Wormwood offering bitterness to a long and elegant finish.

Enjoy cold as a shot drink, or add water, or mix it as a cocktail

Absinthe Apocalypse

1 oz of Abyss Absinthe
1/2 oz of tomato juice
2 oz of lemon juice
1 pinch of salt
Shake all ingredients (including salt) with ice. Pour in a martini or Collins glass.

Abyss Dark Be

1/3 oz of Abyss absinthe
1 oz of Chambord liqueur
2 oz of Blueberry juice

Shake ingredients with ice. Pour in a cocktail glass and garnish with blue or raspberries.

Flaming Abyss passion

1 oz of Abyss
1 oz of passion fruit syrup
1 oz of apple juice

In a shaker with ice, mix passion fruit syrup with apple juice. Pour in a martini glass. Float Abyss absinthe on top and flame it. Use a straw.

New Beers in Manchester

Stift Engelszell Trappistenbier-Brauerei Engelhartszell an der Donau, Austria Beer style: Abt/Quadrupel

Stift Engelszell Trappistenbier-Brauerei
Engelhartszell an der Donau, Austria
Beer style: Abt/Quadrupel
Ratebeer 95

Stift Engelszell, the World’s Eighth Trappist Brewery hits the self Today.

Style: Belgian Strong Ale Mechelen, Belgium Serve in Trappist glass, Tulip, Tumbler Ratebeer 96

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium
Serve in Trappist glass, Tulip, Tumbler
Ratebeer 96

Gouden Carolus Easter Ale is brewed once a year to commemorate Easter. It is a golden ale that is rich, full bodied and full of flavor and life. This ale was brewed and intended to drink with Easter dinner. This special brew may be laid down, it will increase in complexity and balance as years pass. Gouden Carolus Easter Ale is the most limited production brew from the Het Anker brewery. Only 2000 cases are brewed each year.

Beer Closeout Deals!!!

It may be spring but it still feels like winter with snow coating the sidewalks and frost hanging in the air. Before you put away your quilts and comforters get down to Randall’s JEFFERSON and enjoy CLOSEOUT PRICES on the last vestiges of WINTER SEASONAL BEERS.

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Affligem Noel $6.49 / btl
Bad Elf $3.89 / btl
Goose Island Christmas $7.49 / 6pk
Goose Island Mild Winter $5.99 / 6pk
Gouden Carolous Noel $2.99 / btl
Great Divide Fresh Hop $5.59 / btl
Lump of Coal Holiday Stout $4.29 / btl
Ommegang Adoration $11.29 / btl
Rogue Mogul Madness $5.39 / btl
Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve $4.99 / btl
Sam Smith’s Winter Warmer $3.49 / btl
Shock Top End of the World $9.99 / 12pk
Shock Top Pumpkin $4.99 / 6pk, $9.99 / 12pk
Southern Tier Harvest $6.99 / 6pk
Southern Tier Old Man Winter $6.99 / 6pk

Nikka Taketsuru Japanese Whisky in Fairview Heights for $65.99

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The 12 year old variant of Nikka’s incredible range of blended malts, named after the company’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru. Very good indeed.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Floral and balanced, with notes of plum jam, cut herbs, rhubarb pie, vanilla ice cream and cold coffee.

Palate: Sweet and oily, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, buttery toffee, almond, salty butter, custard.

Finish: Good length, creamy, notes of digestive biscuit and rhubarb crumble.

Zafra 21 year old rum in Fairview Heights for $47.49

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Deep brown rum distilled from fermented molasses. Aged at least 21 years in used American bourbon barrels.

Taking it’s name from the word for ‘harvest,’ in Panama is the work of Pancho Fernandez who has been distilling and blending rum most of his life.

The aroma is rich with dark fruit and devoid of the light alcohols aged far less than this blend of rums aged at least 21 years in used American bourbon whiskey barrels. The body is smooth, slightly viscous and leads to a slightly dry smoky tobacco and charred oak finish.

Bud Light Strawberrita

Earlier this year, Anheuser-Busch launched Bud Light Lime-A-Rita. The brewery blended Bud Light Lime and margarita mix together for beer/cocktail crossover, with a kick. Lime-A-Ritas are typically 8% ABV. Rita was an instant success. AB has had trouble keeping the shelves stocked with the product.

On the heels of Lime-A-Rita’s success, AB aims to release a variant – Straw-Ber-Rita. The beer based margarita is now introduced with strawberry flavoring. Mike Sundet, VP at Bud Light had this to say of the original product launch:  “This is our take on the traditional margarita.  Beer drinkers were already mixing Bud Light Lime into margaritas to create ‘beer ritas’; Lime-a-Rita just adds a new level of convenience by providing a beverage with the perfect balance of flavors.

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