NEW PRODUCT IN STOCK AT SOUTH JEFFERSON – Laphraoig 15 Year – 200 Year Anniversary Edition


Laphroaig 15 year old was first created 30 years ago. Barrels were individually selected for their particularly mellow rounded flavour, then batch bottled at the higher export strength of 43% ABV. The resulting flavour soon became a firm favourite winning many awards. Its highlight was being chosen for the famous ‘Erskine Charity Bottling’ in 2000 when 270 bottles were drawn from a single 15 year old cask signed by HRH The Prince of Wales for this charity of which he is a patron.

The 200th Anniversary edition has been created in exactly the same way as the original. We very much hope it will be a delight both to those who have enjoyed it in the past and for many of you for whom it will be the first opportunity.


COLOUR: Sparkling gold

NOSE: Initial scents of grapefruit and fresh mint. A touch of water releases salted caramel, with signature Islay peat smoke underlying sweet orchard fruit aromas.

BODY: Multifaceted.

TASTE: Pink peppercorns, light peat smoke with a soft dryness, before a finish of tobacco and faint sea salt.

FINISH: Mellow with a smoky aftertaste



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Here it is people, the mother of all the classy & sophisticated cocktails – The Classic Manhattan. Deliciously and meticulously created with whiskey, bitters, sweet vermouth and that beautiful cherry garnish….the creation of this gem stems back to the late 1800′s and there are SEVERAL references as to who started it, when, where and with what ingredients.

A popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was allegedly invented by one Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome a.k.a Lady Randolph Churchill a.k.a Winston’s mum in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden.

The success of the banquet made the drink fashionable, later prompting several people to request the drink by referring to the name of the club where it originated—”the Manhattan cocktail”. Fancy-schmancy huh? Unfortunately, this rendition of the birth of the Manhattan may be a little hard to confirm, since Lady Randolph was supposedly in France at the time and UBER PREGGO so this story is likely a fiction. Bummer.

Now you know when the birth of drinks are involved, there has to be at least one bartender who has to take a claim — so there are prior references to various similar cocktail recipes called “Manhattan” and served in the Manhattan area. By one account it was invented in the 1860s by a bartender named Black at a bar on Broadway near Houston Street. Get it Bartender Black.

Another early record of the cocktail can be found in William Schmidt’s “The Flowing Bowl”, published in 1891. In it, he details a drink containing 2 dashes of gum (gomme syrup), 2 dashes of bitters, 1 dash of absinthe, 2/3 portion of whiskey and 1/3 portion of vermouth. Complicated.

The same cocktail appears listed as a “Tennessee Cocktail” in Shake ‘em Up! by V. Elliott and P. Strong, copyright 1930 (p. 39): “Two parts of whiskey, one part of Italian Vermouth and a dash of bitters poured over ice and stirred vigorously.” (This one sounds more like it…)

So who dun it? Don’t know, but we do know this drink has been around for centuries, and it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon.


Classic” Manhattan Recipe

2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 fluid ounce sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 low-ball glass filled with ice cubes
1 maraschino cherry

Combine whiskey, vermouth, and bitters in a cocktail mixing class. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled low-ball cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

You can’t go wrong with ANYTHING that comes with cherry on top.

Also, this cocktail comes in several variations so pick your poison!

  • A “Dry” Manhattan -  made with dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth and served with a twist.
  • A “Perfect” Manhattan is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.
  • A “Brandy” Manhattan is made with Brandy instead of whiskey.
  • Metropolitan which is similar to the brandy Manhattan, but with a 3-to-1 ratio of brandy to vermouth.
  • A “Cuban” Manhattan which is a Perfect Manhattan with dark rum as its principal ingredient.
  • A “Tijuana” Manhattan is made with an Anejo Tequila.
  • A Rob Roy - made with Scotch whisky.

Thank you to Wikipedia  & for all of today’s TBT fun facts & recipes!

NEW PRODUCT ALERT: Jefferson’s The Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail


The new Esquire & Jefferson’s Manhattan: Barrel Finished Cocktail was conceptualized in 2013 by Esquire‘s Editor-in-Chief David Granger and Jefferson’s Bourbon founder Trey Zoeller, in an effort to provide bourbon enthusiasts with a barrel-finished bottled cocktail that enhances the experience of enjoying a classic.

The finished product is comprised of six-year-old bourbon – 125 proof cut down to 82.3 – both sweet and dry vermouth, and barrel-aged, spiced cherry bitters. Enjoy it as you would any Manhattan: on the rocks or stirred and strained over ice.

It’s Here — E-40′s Sluricane Hurricane

Sluricane“Hurricane, but you can call me Sluricane…” You know that’s the first thing you thought of when you read this blog title! Well, you’ve thought right, cause that’s where the idea of this rum and juice flavored ready to drink pre-mixed deliciousness was inspired from. Earl Stevens a.k.a E-40 a.k.a  40 Wata  a.k.a. Earl Poppin’ His Collar, well y’all get it…is a platinum selling recording artist veteran and actor from Cali who decided to focus on some of the other pleasures in life besides some of the best rap we’ve heard…booze.

Hurricane Sluricane has a fruity and exotic taste of rum and natural flavors that will enlighten your day. Best served chilled. 18% Alcohol by volume. The label is cool too…so E-40 you fancy huh? Love it!

Not newbie to the liquor industry, he launched his Earl Stevens wine collection in 2013 with refreshing flavors like Mangoscoto and Function Red Blend.