Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Bounty Hunter Staff Tastes Through the Fall 2015 Catalog - Part 2

In Part Two of our Fall Preview, we’ll introduce you to some of the spirits that raised us from the dead this week and will be sure to rattle your bones when they’re shipped straight to you later this Fall. 
A few years ago when we seized the opportunity to add world-class spirits to the Bounty Hunter lineup, this room full of full-fledged wine geeks couldn’t contain our excitement. As wine country insiders, we’re well aware that it takes a whole lot of whiskey (and bourbon, and vodka, and rum, and…) to make world-class wine. Another season brings us the opportunity to introduce you to some great new distillations, while reuniting you with some old favorites.
Buy American, Drink Bourbon Gift 3-pack ($174.99, page 18)
(Old Forester Straight Kentucky Bourbon, Bounty Hunter Selection, Eagle Rare 10yr Bounty Hunter Selection, and Russell’s 10yr Reserve Bounty Hunter Selection)
Because: America. All three of these Bounty Hunter Selections were absolutely killer, and for an average price of $58, superb values. Because our stocks are dwindling, these are available only in this custom gift pack. Feel free to gift it to yourself, you patriot.
Blade & Bow 22yr Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($249.99, page 21) 
While the phenomenon surrounding a certain cult 23 year old bourbon is understandable, the pricing has skyrocketed to over $2,000 per bottle (if you can find it). This exceptional Kentucky bourbon from Blade & Bow was made in the same Stitzel-Weller distillery frequented by everyone’s favorite Grand-Pappy and is nearly as old. Coconutty, spicy, ethereal and creamy, with that gorgeous rancio note only two decades in the barrel can bring. This is absolutely stunning bourbon. When you taste it, you’ll understand why we limited folks to one bottle, and you’ll thank us for saving you $2k.
Germain-Robin “Old Havana” Bounty Hunter Single Barrel Selection Brandy ($121.45, page 22)
The name is misleading, as this is an American answer to Cognac, not to Cuban rum. Sauntering, complex, spice-cakey, serenely beautiful brandy.
El Dorado 21yr Rum, Guyana ($99.99, page 23)
Incredibly concentrated, intense rum. How many other spirits that are clearly some of the best in the world in their category – and this old – are obtainable for just one Benjamin?
Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacão, Switzerland ($37.99, page 23)
Do you remember the sensation of putting headphones on for the first time when you were a kid? Hearing music in the center of your head, instead of from speakers across the room? This is like that, but with chocolate, and this time it is happening inside your face. Imagine layers of powdered cocoa dusting a savory, but not-too-sweet core, and you’ll begin to hear the melody for yourself.
Fuenteseca 7yr “Extra Añejo” Tequila, Jalisco ($184.99, page 24)
Añejos aged this long are exceedingly rare, but tasting this made us wonder why more producers don’t do it. If you like great single malt scotch, treat yourself to a bottle of this one.
Dillon’s “Dry Gin 7” Ontario, Canada ($39.99, page 25)
Such a delicate, pillowy gin, with incredible, gentle complexity. Quite simply one of the best gins we’ve ever tasted. Distilled from rye, of all things.

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