Saturday Tasting – Vapor Distillery & French Origin Wines

This Saturday, September 2, Wyatt’s is offering a free tastings of Vapor Distillery and French Origin wines.

Vapor Distillery, formerly Roundhouse Spirits became the first Legal Distillery in Boulder County, Colorado in 2007. Their Master Distiller, Ted Palmer has 20 years of experience, knowledge, and skill creating new and innovative Handcrafted Spirits. A plethora of awards and thousands of happy customers later, we’re lucky enough to profile some of their best products in our tasting this week. This Saturday, we will be sampling the following selections:

Pumpkin King Cordial Liqueur:

This handcrafted seasonal liqueur is made by blending roasted organic Baby Bear Pie pumpkins from local Munson Farms with fresh ground cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, and Vapor’s renowned Western style RHok Gin. It’s a prized limited release that tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass. 30 ABV.

Arrosta Coffee Liqueur:

Coffee beans from local grinder The Unseen Bean are hand-ground with exotic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, and then slowly cold-brewed to extract the smooth intense coffee flavor and natural sweetness, while leaving out the bitterness that heat brewing can impart. The delicious cold-brewed coffee in every small batch of our Handcrafted Arrosta Coffee Liqueur is so naturally sweet that we only need to add a touch of Pure Cane Sugar. As a result our svelte Coffee Liqueur has just half the calories of most other coffee liqueurs, a more robust natural coffee flavor, and the perfect hint of Madagascar Vanilla sweetness. 30% ABV.

Pruf Vodka: Renowned for their Rhok and Ginski Barrel Aged gins, Vapor 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. 40% ABV.

Rhok Gin:

The flagship offering of Boulder’s best distillery, Rhok is an incredibly balanced, New Western style gin that is easy on the juniper and blended with eleven organic botanicals from around the globe. Small batch distilled in a Spanish copper pot still, Rhok is a winner of seven national and international gold level awards.

Ginsky:

Vapor makes this unique barrel-rested version of Rhok known as Ginskey that is aged for a minimum of two years in new charred American oak casks to give it the smoky warmth and barrel spice flavors associated with whiskey. 47% ABV.

We will be tasting the following treasures for our wine lovers. They all come from France, or in the case of the Malbec, from grapes originating in France:

Chateau Du Gazin Canon Fronsac: This Bordeaux’s vineyard has an average vine age of over 40 years, naturally producing lower yields of more concentrated fruit. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec. The predominance of Merlot is traditional in the area, and lends the wine more softness and generosity on the palate. This wine has rich, dark berry fruit, overlaid by spicy mocha and oak notes. The house style is powerful, but elegant, with refined tannins. Ready to drink upon release, the wine may also be cellared for 3-5 years, to allow the tannins time to soften further and for complex bottle aromas to develop.

Chateau de Callac Graves White Bordeaux: This very balanced white Bordeaux welcomes you with and elegant green gold color and a depth of aromas of white flowers and lemon, leading into essences of citrus and vanilla with a tart acidity. Try it with your favorite cheeses, seafood, or grilled chicken.

Ziegler Pinot Gris: This Alsace white is medium-bodied with a rich, somewhat floral bouquet. Slightly spicier than other pinot gris, and a welcome addition to any collection.

Silvertop Oak Cask Malbec: Silvertop Malbec has bright aromas of black fruits, spices and herbs. It is full-bodied with rich fruit flavors of blackberries, blueberries, wild plums, and hints of mocha on its long finish. Enjoy this award-winning Mendoza region wine with grilled meats, BBQ, pasta, grilled vegetables, or pizza.

Tasting hours for this free event on Saturday, September 2, 2017, will be from noon-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.

3 Great Colorado vodkas for summer

This broiling July heat is not very cooperative for summer stout and whiskey drinking.

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 some to try when you’re mixing for fun this month:

Pruf

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.

Vanjak

Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, Vanjak uses fresh spring water from Eldorado Canyon in Boulder, and a silver filtration system to create a remarkably smooth, clean vodka with no additives and a satisfying a rounded mouth feel. It is a refreshing relative newcomer to the local spirit scene.

These, and other vodkas from the Centennial state, can be found at Wyatt’s Wet Goods, where selection and customer service reign.

5 local gins to toast International Gin and Tonic Day

It seems like the simplest of cocktails, but it is one that always rates highest on bartenders’ most respected drink lists. It has been the choice of kings and queens, and you too may revel in its simple effervescent majesty this weekend.

International Gin and Tonic Day is Saturday, April 9, 2016.

To celebrate, break out of the ordinary and try some of the finest artisan gins our state has to offer. You can find these Colorado craft gins at liquor stores with large local spirit sections.

Spirit Hound Gin

The casual little mountain town of Lyons is home to this growing distillery. Freshly picked juniper berries from the banks of the St. Vrain River mingle with essences of anise, clove, cinnamon, and cardamom to flavor this fresh, clean spirit.

Spring 44 Mountain Gin

This Loveland distiller is renowned for their vodkas, including a honey version, but also bottles three varieties of gin. The Mountain Gin is their tribute to the Rocky Mountain region. A harmonious blend of juniper, coriander, orris root, orange peel, kaffir lime leaf, and Spring 44’s own artesian mineral spring make this a delightful nip with a gentle kiss of smooth basil and peppermint in its finish.

Leopold Brothers Navy Strength Gin

I have never had a disappointing bottle of any of the Denver-based Leopold Brothers’ products. The Navy Strength Gin not only bucks up the alcohol proof to 100, but doubles all the botanicals as well for twice the flavor. An exceptional gin to sturdy any cocktail that is warming but not overwhelming.

Vapor Rhok Gin

The flagship offering of Boulder’s best distillery, Rhok is an incredibly balanced, New Western style gin that is easy on the juniper and blended with eleven organic botanicals from around the globe. Small batch distilled in a Spanish copper pot still, Rhok is a winner of seven national and international gold level awards.

Earning honorable mention for their innovation, Vapor also makes a unique barrel-rested version of Rhok known as Ginskey that is aged for a minimum of two years in new charred American oak casks to give it the smoky warmth and barrel spice flavors associated with whiskey.

Anvil Ironface Gin

Voted Colorado Gin Distillery of the Year at the 2015 New York International Spirits Competition, Anvil Distillery of Longmont is quickly earning a big reputation. They use their white corn-based vodka as the base for their gin, gathering the flavors from nine different organic botanicals in a mix inspired by a traditional colonial recipe which complements the sweetness of the white corn with touches of licorice and citrus.

All of these noteworthy Colorado distilleries would be great places to tour this Saturday. If you can’t swing a visit, be sure to treat yourself to a bottle and raise a glass to International Gin and Tonic Day 2016.