You all know I’m always busy and this season is no exception. I’ve been up to my ears with several projects and always working on bringing you the best wines and spirits that I can find out there in the world. It’s always nice to return to this beautiful view from the back door of our store. So, pour yourself your favorite sip and read on. I’ve found so many wonderful things to share with you that I can’t possibly fit them all in one weekend. Also, some of it I can’t tell about yet or I’ll have so vanquish if I do. But we’re going to do a whole bunch of back to back tastings of wines and spirits on Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm. For those of you coming from a distant state or land, or even from the other side of CT, this should help make the trip “worthwhile” , yeah right, like you need an excuse to visit us to get a taste of our extensive, exclusive but not always expensive wines and spirits. So buckle up and come see us.
What’s on this weekend?
1 to 3 pm Holiday Wine Tasting with Jessica McClure from Winebow who is a WSET Level 3 Wines Specialist. Jessica has an exquisite palate and a head full of knowledge about wines and cocktails and other things, just too many to mention here. You should come meet her and find out.
3 to 5 pm Barrell Bourbon Tasting with Chris Riesbeck who can tell you a LOT about whiskey. I won’t steal his thunder so you’ll just have to come and find out. Also, the grey and gold label bottlings will be on SALE! Not fire dumpster sale prices but I think you’ll be pleased with what we’ve priced it at for you.
What to do for next weekend?
Nov 17th 4 to 6 pm More holiday wine tastings with Stephanie Smith. She’ll walk you through tasty wines will fit your mood and you will impress whoever is at your dinner table.
Nov 18th 1 pm to 3pm Ungrafted Selection’s Kimberly Kunzik will take your nose and palate on an incredible journey with spirts, vermouths and apertifs. Invites will go out next week, after a get a few zzzz.
Nov 18th 4 to 7 pm Exquisite Tasting event of additive-free Tequila and Mezcal. Details to follow. If you like agave-based spirits, DO NOT MISS this event. Invites will go out next week after a nice long bath.
What’s new with us for whiskey?
November 19th, 1 to 3 pm Kings Code Batch 1 Riona launch at Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn NY. Colin Spoelman and I will get to taste this first batch of Kings Code whiskey I’ve blended for the distillery. And ok, if you show up, we’ll let you have a dram too. There are only 48 bottles available for sale at this event. The entire batch was only 820 bottles. At Canterbury Liquors, we brought in 60 bottles and those are definitely more than half gone.
If you haven’t picked up a bottle of our Fireside Double Down Single barrel from Denver, Colorado, you can freeze your butt off this winter and I won’t be able to help you. This is a 6 yr old hazmat (over 140 PF) bourbon that was finished in a rye cask for over a year, mile high in the sky. If you’re a high rye bourbon drinker, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this bottling. If you’re a rye fan, your nose will betray you and make you think you’re sniffing rye but I am convinced you will not be disappointed and, devil forbid, you cannot say you don’t like bourbon anymore. If you’re a gin drinker, you’ll find some familiar notes to explore and enjoy. Despite the high proof, you’ll find that this whiskey gives you a nice Colorado Hug without assaulting your palate (after the first small sip). If you’re a bit of a whiskey snob and only drink malts, then just get yourself some Kings Code Riona.
What’s new for Whisky Mentors around the state?
Nov 17th 5:30 to 7:30 pm, I’m hosting a fundraiser for Playhouse on Park. You can get tickets here.
Dec 2 1 to 3 pm I’ll be whiskey talking (better than trash talking) at https://www.facebook.com/littledipperct. Check out the link for details that will get updated soon.
Well, that’s a wrap. Now I’m going to pour myself a dram and give my fingers a rest. Cheers and I hope to see you all several times before the end of the year.