Don’t lay down the Laws, pick it up!

Laws Whiskey House is one of Colorado’s premier distilleries. Located in Denver, they specialize in making full-flavored craft whiskies and experimenting with different types of local grains.

One should try Laws at every opportunity, especially these offerings:

Four Grain Straight Bourbon

Using painstaking care and top-notch ingredients, Laws strives to capture the character and quality of its grains in each sip. Enjoy the harmony of their flagship whiskey and the vanilla and caramel notes from their newly charred American white oak barrels that create a classic bourbon with Colorado character. Bottled at 95 proof.

Farmers Select Four Grain Straight Bourbon

This single barrel bottling of their classic Four Grain Straight Bourbon is crafted grain to bottle using ingredients hand-picked by the Colorado farmers that grow their grains. This whiskey celebrates their care and hard work. Aged at least 2 years in new American white oak. Bottled at 95 proof.

Four Grain Straight Bourbon BOTTLED IN BOND

Bottling in Bond requires that this limited release be a product of a single season, using the grain of a single season, made by one distiller at a single distillery, and aged at least 4 years in a federal government-bonded warehouse. The whiskey is then cut and bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV). These rules are significantly more stringent than the U.S. standards for “Straight Whiskey.”

Secale Straight Rye Whiskey

Secale Rye is made with 100% Colorado grains (95% rye and 5% barley). At 100 proof, this true Colorado rye packs a punch with rich flavors and a layered complexity that refines its characteristic regional terroir.

Locally, you pick up your Laws at larger, superiorly stocked liquor stores, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods, that cater to the discriminating whiskey drinker, as well as those just beginning their fine malt journey.

Join us Saturday, June 15th for our Father’s Day Weekend tasting of Laws Whiskey. All tasting items will be on sale!

Longtucky Spirits will raise yours

Longtucky Spirits is a popular craft distillery in Longmont, Colorado, featuring local ingredients, owner built equipment, and a festive cocktail lounge. Having just celebrated their first anniversary, Longtucky has already amassed this impressive list of bottlings:

Longtucky Silver

Using the locally historical ingredient of sugar beets, Longtucky Silver is a Colorado-style rum made with 75% Colorado sugar beet sugar and 25% Florida organic molasses. They use a sour mash process, recycling some of each batch into the next one in order to create its depth of flavors. Its aroma carries a welcome sweetness with notes of tropical fruit. There are elements of dark bread and molasses, but its structure is clean with light, with earthy spices and a gently finish of toasted coconut.

Shine

Corn for this unaged Western style whiskey is grown at nearby Schlagel Farm and the barley is malted at Root Shoot Malting in Loveland. This clear “white dog” makes an excellent entry level whiskey and is excellent for cocktailing.

Fire

Unlike some brands that rely on artificial flavoring or contain glycol, this variant of their Shine corn whiskey is a party favorite finished with real cinnamon and ginger for an authentic, true taste.

Longtucky Gin

This Alpine dry style gin is distilled with locally sourced juniper, spruce tip, sage, coriander, and lavender for a uniquely Colorado botanical profile. It will really open up your next martini or tonic.

Lusca Spiced Rum

Like Silver, Lusca is made with local grains and snowmelt from Longs Peak, infused with black cardamom, vanilla, orange, mace, allspice and clove. Lusca makes a hearty addition to any warm rum recipe or tiki punch.

For a fun session, check out their tasting room, the Longtucky Lounge, at 350 Terry Street, #120, just east of Main Street.

Visit the Longtucky booth this weekend at the Boulder County Craft Distillers Festival, sponsored by Wyatt’s Wet Goods. After sampling their wares at the festival, you can pick up a bottle or two at Wyatt’s, which always delivers superior local selection and outstanding customer service.

Don’t miss out on our “Colorado Spirits Sale”, August 2-8, to promote this weekend’s Boulder Craft Distillers Festival.

Monkey 47 is the top banana of gins

The legend of Monkey 47 Gin goes back to World War II.

Wing Commander Montgomery Collins of the Royal Air Force arrived in divided Berlin after the end of the war, and was deeply affected by the massive destruction of the German capital.  He dedicated himself to the reconstruction of Germany, becoming especially devoted to the rebuilding of the Berlin Zoo, through which he came to sponsor an egret monkey by the name of Max.

In 1951, Collins left the Royal Air Force in 1951, and settled in the northern part of the Black Forest. He opened a country guesthouse, which he named The Wild Monkey in honor of his pal Max.

Years later, during a renovation at the inn, workers discovered a heavy old wooden box containing a dusty bottle and a letter. The bottle was hand decorated with a sketch of a monkey and the words “Max the Monkey–Schwarzwald Dry Gin.” The forgotten letter contained a detailed description of the plant ingredients in Montgomery’s recipe, from which Monkey 47 gin is reproduced.

Monkey 47 is seasoned with 47 handpicked botanicals, with about a third coming from the Black Forest region. They are prepared in extremely soft spring water from a local source, producing an unrivaled complexity and quality. The use of cranberries, long a Black Forest staple, adds a distinct fruity note to the floral and extreme mix of flavors.

It is also bottled at 47% ABV. 

This innovative gin is indeed complex, but balanced and engaging. There are so many touches of fruit and herbs and spice that part of the fun of this gin is the challenge of studying it and working your way through the various elements that reveal themselves on your palate as it unfurls into its woody, dry finish.

Renowned critic Robert Parker called it the “the greatest gin I have ever tasted.” Its complexity and balance make it amazing martini gin. Uncorking the bottle is like opening the door to a drinking adventure.

Monkey 47 can be pricey, but it is worth the treat. You can find it, as well as other spirits and mixers of distinction, at Wyatt’s Wet Goods.

Breckenridge releases special small batch Port Cask Finish Whiskey

Breckenridge Distilling’s Port Cask Finish Whiskey is a five year old bourbon that was moved to tawny port barrels, each ranging up to twenty years old. Breckenridge allowed the bourbon to undergo a secondary maturation in the port cask for between 4-6 months.

This particular small batch, specialty craft bourbon starts with a very high rye content, providing a bold, spicy note. By inducing the second maturation in the port cask, that tangy rye flavor is softened and some vinous, dark fruit notes develop in place of its bite, providing a much smoother, mellower finish.

Breckenridge Port Cask Finish is best served straight or with one very large ice cube. It would be ideal for cellaring until the holidays when out of state company may come to visit.

Because of the additional flavoring barrels and the extended aging time necessary to meld flavors, the Port Cask Finish bourbon was a very limited prototype production for Breckenridge. Consumer response and expansion will have a hand in similar future experimentation for this popular Colorado distiller.

Due to its limited production, Breckenridge Port Cask Finish Whiskey can be tough to find. Wyatt’s Wet Goods is one of the few liquor retailers in Boulder County to offer this unique run.

Breckenridge Port Cask Finish