3 Thirst quenching Colorado vodkas for summer

This July heat isn’t very cooperative for summer stout and whiskey drinking.

With the oppressive temperatures, thoughts turn to boat drinks and more fruit-filled fare for refreshing drinking. Vodka is a natural for providing a lighter bodied cocktail base, and Colorado has no shortage of quality products.

Here are three to try for mixing fun this month:

Boulder Vodka

Renowned for their Rhok and Ginski Barrel Aged gins, Vapor Distillery of Boulder makes this impressively clean, soft, super-smooth vodka. It bears a subtle sweetness that makes it perfect for sipping over ice or mixing into your favorite cocktail. They begin with pure Colorado Rocky Mountain water from the Arapaho Glacier and use only the highest purity alcohol distilled from corn to produce this pure, clean vodka. It also was awarded the Gold at the 2015 Denver International Spirits Competition.

Breckenridge

This award-winning vodka is clean and brilliantly clear with notes of lemon cream and fragrant meadow flowers. It has a light body with a soft, warm texture and a balanced mellow finish with just a hint of sweetness. The minerality of the local Breckenridge water lends just the right mouth feel. Perfect for shots or a well-chilled vodka martini.

Spirit Hound

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just north of Longmont in Lyons, Spirit Hound makes all their offerings with local Colorado ingredients. They deliver a remarkably smooth, clean vodka with no additives and a satisfying, rounded mouthfeel.

These, and other vodkas from the Centennial state, can be found at select larger, family-owned liquor stores like Wyatt’s. Check out our “Clear Spirits Sale”, July 11-17.

Saturday Tasting – Laws Whiskey House

Join us this Father’s Day Saturday, June 15, for a very special free tasting featuring Laws Whiskey House, one of Colorado’s premier distilleries.

This Saturday, we will be tasting the following whiskey selections: 

A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon: This wonderful Colorado whiskey has a floral nose of loam and honeycrisp apple. Distilled twice, with a mash bill of 60% corn, 20% wheat, 10% rye, and 10% malted barley, it was aged for three years in new American white oak barrels to bring out tastes of black tea, pear, and leather with a clean, bittersweet finish and a final ABV of 47.5%.

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. 47.5% ABV.

Armagnac Cask Finished Four Grain Straight Bourbon: This Special Finish Series is produced using the classic Four Grain Straight bourbon matured for a final period in ex-Armagnac French Oak barrels.  47.5% ABV.

Secale Straight Rye Whiskey: Secale Rye is made with 100% Colorado grains (95% rye and 5% barley). Sweet grass with mint, honey, and brine are on the nose, with cooling notes of mint and fennel on the palate, with sea salt, orange tea, and brown sugar. It finishes with a rich and buttery mouthfeel accompanied by tobacco notes. 50% ABV.

Tasting hours for Saturday, June 15th event will be from noon to 4:45 pm., at Wyatt’s Outlaw Saloon, in the back of the store.

All of this week’s featured items will be on sale!

As always, all participants must present valid I.D.

UPDATE:

To make the Winers happy, we are now including the following wines for sampling during the Father’s Day Tasting: Le Bec Fin Vin Rosé, Harvest Moon Sangiovese, L’Objet Sauv Blanc & Butter Chardonnay. Get Sunday One Day prices one day early on these wines during the tasting.

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!

Saturday Tasting – Longtucky Spirits

This Saturday, December 8, Wyatt’s is offering a sampling from Longtucky Spirits .

Longtucky Spirits is a popular craft distillery in Longmont, Colorado, featuring local ingredients, owner built equipment, and a festive cocktail lounge. 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.

You’ll get your legal choice of four in Wyatt’s free Saturday tasting, from noon-4:45 p.m., at the Outlaw Bar in the back of the store

All tasting items are on sale all day long. As always, participants must show proper I.D.