Stranahan’s Barrel Club Cask Strength Exclusive Colorado Whiskey now available at Wyatt’s!

A growing trend in the whiskey industry involves barrel select programs which offer retailers an opportunity to directly purchase bourbon with individualized flavor profiles for their customers. Usually only a handful of special, one-of-a-kind whiskey barrels are available or offered for purchase.

Drinking clubs, bottle hunters, bars, restaurants, and retailers line up to get in on the action, and competition for certain brands can be stiff.

Stranahan’s, the premier name in Colorado whiskey, just released their small batch exclusive for the holiday season. This limited edition, cask strength single malt is full of all the traditional flavors that one typically expects from Stranahan’s, but is “bumped up to eleven” to keep you warm this season with an elevated proof of 111.4.

Stranahan’s small batch American single malt has aromas that include cereal, almond paste, sweet smoke, a touch of banana, and fresh cut wood. The taste is very unique with notes of vanilla, coffee, cedar, fig and cinnamon delivered in one of the creamiest, most satisfying mouthfeels of any whiskey around.

As we enter the winter whiskey collecting season, the massive popularity of private barrel club programs means that bottles won’t last long. Get it while you can—it’s an ideal holiday gift for any whiskey lover or out of state visitor.

Locally, you can find get this exclusive at larger, superiorly stocked liquor stores, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods in Longmont, that cater to the discriminating whiskey drinker, as well as those just beginning their fine malt journey.

Wyatt’s Wet Goods rolls out its private barrel selection whiskey exclusives

A growing trend in the whiskey industry involves barrel select programs which offer retailers an opportunity to directly purchase bourbon with individualized flavor profiles for their customers. Usually only a handful of special, one-of-a-kind whiskey barrels are available or offered for purchase.

Drinking clubs, bottle hunters, bars, restaurants, and retailers line up to get in on the action, and competition for certain brands can be stiff. 

This year, Wyatt’s has three distinct, handpicked barrels of whiskey they had exclusively bottled for their customers:

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

This small batch American single malt has aromas that include cereal, almond paste, sweet smoke, a touch of banana and fresh cut wood. The taste is very unique with notes of vanilla, coffee, cedar, fig and cinnamon delivered in one of the creamiest, most satisfying mouthfeels of any whiskey around. After bottling, Wyatt’s barrel was donated to local favorite Wibby Brewing for a future barrel-aged brewing project.

Maker’s Mark Private Select Bourbon

Wyatt’s owner chose the exclusive oak stave influences on this cask strength beauty. The custom recipe includes wood influences from baked American oak and seared French Cuvee staves with a touch of toasted French spice.

Four Roses Single Barrel

Due to the massive popularity of their private barrel program, there aren’t many bottles left from this strong, flavorful original, but Wyatt’s is in the process of securing a new barrel choice soon. Get it while you can—it’s an ideal holiday gift for any bourbon lover.

You can find get these exclusives at Wyatt’s as we enter the winter whiskey collecting season. This large, family-owned liquor store caters to the discriminating whiskey drinker, as well as those just beginning their fine malt journey.

 

Arta Extra Añejo Tequila lands in Longmont this weekend

Arta Extra Añejo Tequila, a five-year aged craft tequila from Colorado-owned Arta lands at Wyatt’s Wet Goods this weekend.

One of the most uniquely produced tequilas in recent years, Arta’s Extra Añejo is triple-barreled, aging for three years in American white oak, before being split between French cognac and Spanish sherry casks for another two years. All parts are eventually remarried, evolving the ideal of traditional tequila aging to a new artistic level.

“This process creates a complexity and a bounty of aromas that simply defies convention,” said Tony Mayer, owner of Arta TequilaArta Extra Anejo1

Unlike several tequila companies, Arta only uses only agave they grow on a single family estate to ensure it is of the highest quality and pesticide free. Practicing land preservation farming methods and hand-harvested by eleventh generation jimadors, Arta’s agave is slow baked to maximize a high sugar content. After crushing the agave four times to remove the juices, their third generation master distiller uses a proprietary yeast from fruit extracts (unlike bread yeast used in some other tequilas) and water from their private aquifer to craft Arta tequila’s unique flavor.

The Extra Añejo carries aromatic notes of toasted seeds, roasted cocoa, coffee, and almonds, its flavors of wild acorns, intense vanilla, and oak developing into jasmine and abundant cinnamon. It has a long finish which pairs well with decadent chocolate desserts or a quality cigar.

Arta Tequila was purchased in 2011 by Mayer to honor his father’s legacy. The company is Colorado-­owned, but all products are handcrafted in the birthplace of tequila itself, Arenal, Mexico, mere minutes away from the town of Tequila in the Jalisco region.

Arta Extra Añejo won a silver medal in tasting and a bronze medal in packaging at the prestigious 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Arta’s limited edition Extra Añejo is being delivered by helicopter to Wyatt’s this Saturday, July 2, at approximately 12:30 pm. Come out and see the landing in the nearby parking lot, then stay for Wyatt’s Arta Tequila tasting from 1-3:45 pm.

Arta Helicopter

**Update**

At approximately 1 pm, following the helicopter delivery, Wyatt’s will hold a drawing in the store for a free helicopter ride, courtesy of Arta Tequila.

Winner must be of legal drinking age and present in the store at the time of the drawing. Responsibility and details for the helicopter ride prize are to be worked out between Arta and the winning party.

Just what is ginger beer?

We’ve all had ginger ale, ginger beer’s more sedate cousin, which is often used as a light mixer or to combat tummy troubles.

Ginger ale is basically a non-alcoholic, sweetened, ginger-flavored soft drink.

Ginger beer is stronger tasting and spicier than ginger ale, but generally slightly less carbonated. It is much more refreshingly ginger-forward.

Ginger beer originated in Victorian era Yorkshire, England, in the mid-1700’s. It began as a fermented alcoholic beverage made from sugar, ginger, water, and a starter culture known as the ginger beer plant. It was originally a fermented product, resulting in the “beer” moniker.

Ginger ale was purported to be later invented in 1851 Ireland, but modern ginger ale came about many years later in 1907, when John McLaughlin, a Canadian pharmacist, invented what would eventually become Canada Dry.

Ginger beer is the celebrated integral ingredient in cocktails like the Dark ‘n’ Stormy and the increasingly popular Moscow Mule.

According to drinking legend, back in the 1950’s, when products were first starting to ship out of Russia, one of the first products for import to the West was vodka. Unfortunately, this was before anyone really knew what it was or James Bond was extolling its virtues on the silver screen.

One day the weary Smirnoff account rep paid a call on the owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant in Los Angeles. As he was lamenting to the owner about not being able to sell vodka, the restaurateur complained about not being able to sell his proprietary ginger beer. The bartender came over and told them about how his girlfriend bought a warehouse closeout on copper mugs and he had no idea how she would unload them.

Soon the Moscow Mule was born, and marketing, and mixology, history were made.

You can try some of the higher quality brands of ginger beer like Fever Tree, Q’s, or Cock ‘n’ Bull at suppliers like Wyatt’s, which offers you both choice and selection for all your mixology needs.

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