One of the things we’re most proud of at Bottles is our ever-growing selection of private single casks of bourbons, ryes and malts. Hand-selected by our team, they bear the Bottles stamp of approval for taste, quality and distinctiveness. They are truly one-of-a-kind, and are available only in limited quantities, and only to our loyal whiskey-loving community.
Herewith, our latest arrivals. Come check them out in store before they’re gone. If you’d like to sip before you shop, visit our sister bar The East End where they’ll be on the menu, while supplies last.
Barrel #7 OESV
Selected by Liam and Kayleigh in May of 2018
It’s always difficult to select a barrel from Four Roses, it’s like picking a favorite child. So this time we chose three! This, the first that we’re releasing in 2018, is the 7th that we’ve purchased from the distillery, It’s an OESV, meaning it has a high corn content (and lower rye content than other Four Roses recipes) and it utilizes their proprietary “Delicate Fruit” yeast strain. Oh, it’s also 10 years and 6 months old, which means it has a well-integrated toasty, oaky flavor that you can only get from barrels that have been carefully aged for a loooong time.
Toasty & tasty. We were drawn in by the aroma of baking cocoa and toast, but fell in love with the long, dry finish. There’s a little nuttiness in there, too.
This is a civilized bourbon for the connoisseur and novice alike. Wants nothing more than a bit of cool water to temper the heat.
Single Barrel Bourbon
selected by Liam, Eric & Dan in March of 2018
We’re always happy to bring in a barrel of Knob Creek. It’s guaranteed to be at least nine years old, it’s always 120 proof, and it’s always very well priced. It’s not easy to find bourbon this good, this old, anymore. But here you go. This particular bottle was filled in February 2008 (making it 10 years old!) on the 3rd tier of the 4th floor of warehouse “E”. This means it was right smack-dab in the middle, the sweet spot where bourbon doesn’t age too quickly and hot, or to slowly and cool.
Hot & uncompromising. We don’t know if you can handle this bourbon. It’s like getting socked in the mouth with a nerf ball steeped in bourbon, caramel, dried fruit & more bourbon.
Add a cube or a splash of water to get that classic Knob Creek flavor of fruity, oaky, bourbon. Also great for robust cocktails, like a Reanimator or Boulevardier.
Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye
Selected by Liam, Eric & Dan in March of 2018
Dan is our new spirits buyer, and one of his first duties was to help us select the first private barrel of Knob Creek Rye to come into Rhode Island. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. This is a relatively new program of Knob Creek, so the barrels aren’t quite as old as we get for bourbon, but rye’s brash flavor more than makes up for its youth. This barrel was filled in November 2011 and aged at the very tippity top of warehouse “Z”. That’s where things get the hottest, and traditionally where the whiskey evaporates and concentrates the quickest.
Spicy & warming. You’ll find in-your-face grainy rye flavor with a pleasant char and long, throat-warming finish.
Makes a killer Old Fashioned. Good job, Dan!
Created by Liam & Kayleigh in May of 2018
It’s here – the first Maker’s Mark Private Select in the State of Rhode Island! Maker’s private barrel process is an unusual one: we were given the chance to customize the barrel in which our bourbon would spend the final stage of the aging process by choosing from a menu of distinct oak staves, each with its own name, and each adding flavor and nuance to the finished product. After several hours of sampling different combinations, we went with a recipe that used the “Toasted French Spice” and the creamy “Seared French Cuvee,” with some “Toasted Oak” and a pinch of “Mocha” staves. The bourbon was put into our barrel, then allowed to mellow in a very cool warehouse. We’re thrilled with the final result: it’s dangerously drinkable for something that’s 112 proof.
We hand-signed every label, and may have left some secret messages on the back!
Unique & confectionary. There is, quite literally, no other Maker’s Mark like this in the world. Full of rich cocoa and mocha flavors, with a healthy dose of cinnamon and clove. Deceptively smooth and drinkable for such a high proof!
Weller Antique 107
Selected by Liam & Kayleigh in May 2018
This is incredibly rare. A hand-selected, six-and-a-half year old barrel of the coveted Weller, a wheated bourbon much in demand. This one is going fast, so in an effort to spread as much love as we can, we’re putting a cap on the number of bottles one can purchase. It’s great liquid at an amazing price. There’s nothing more to say. It’s Weller. Enjoy!
Compass Box Great King “Marrying Cask”
Selected by Liam in May of 2018
This is very exciting for us whisk(e)y geeks at Bottles. Compass Box is one of our absolute favorite producers. Great King Street Artist’s Blend is their entry-level whisky, made up of a specific blend of whiskies and “marrying casks.” What you have here, though, is a limited release of a single “marrying cask.” We purchased the entirety of one French Oak cask, the one that adds ALL of the rich baking spice flavors and creamy texture to the final blended product.
This single cask is rich, bold, and full of comforting baking spice flavors. 100% Highland Scottish Single Malt matured for 2 years in a custom French Oak cask. It’s single malt on steroids.
This is the perfect dram for a cold winter’s evening (or day). Grab one for the Scotch lover in your life, grab two for you!
For more coverage of our Private Barrel Program, be sure to check out last year’s additions.
For pricing and availability on all of our selections, visit us in store or speak to one of our team members by calling (401) 372-2030.
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To say our team is obsessed with picking out the perfect wine to take home to our family and friends on Thanksgiving Day is an understatement. The options are almost too plentiful to manage, and the pressure to find the bottle that’ll please opinionated Aunt Olivia and finicky Uncle Phil is on. Months are spent on this quest. Months. But we’re happy to do it – it’s wine after all! Here’s what our epic obsession has led to this Thanksgiving of 2018. We think you’ll find something that’ll make you, too, the hero of the table.
(And if you’re looking for a wider selection, visit us in store and look for the sign of the turkey: these small orange “turkey tags” are a sign of a perfect Thanksgiving wine!)
Hillinger “Secco” Sparkling Rosé
A stunning wine that gives so many reasons to be excited! For over 7 years, Austrian producer Hillinger has supported breast cancer research by donating €10,000 annually via their sales of this pink ribbon “Secco” wine. So not only is the wine totally delicious and the pairing for the hors d’oeuvres you’ll serve while the turkey is resting, it’s a reminder to be thankful for the strides made in breast cancer research. Did we mention that it’s also organic?! $19.99
Tire Bouchon d’Ourea
This vineyard, situated around the well-regarded Gigondas in France’s Rhone Valley, produces a killer red blend that punches well above its price. It’s all ripe plums and blackberries accented with black peppercorns and dried herbs. It’ll rock with all those delicious sweet potato sides – and the life-affirming joy that is stuffing. $13.99
St. Cosme “Les Deux Albions”
This white is from an estate that was founded in 1570! Situated in the Southern Rhone of France, St. Cosme always scores high with Wine Spectator, which means it’ll impress the wine connoisseurs at your table (plus it’s biodynamic and vegan!). Its blend of Viognier, Picpoul, and Marsanne tastes like apricots and wildflowers with a super refreshing salinity that can compensate for under-seasoned food (just in case Aunt Liz forgets to add the salt to the mashed potatoes. Again). $19.99 (Regularly $24.99)
This is the no-brainer, oaky, crowd-pleasing California Chardonnay. A classic dry palate with flavors of ripe apples, bosc pear, and crème brulée. Perfect with those supermarket rotisserie chicken dinners on a cold night or a big Thanksgiving feast! Your relatives who love those iconic “oak-bombs” will thank you for bringing this one. $14.99
Somebody pass the cranberry sauce … or this wine! This deeply-hued rosé made from the Zweigelt grape is punchy with flavors of red cherries and crunchy, tart cranberries. Simply put, this wine steals the show when paired with turkey. You may not even realize the turkey is dry because this rosé is super juicy! $17.99
Raisins Gaulois Gamay
Here’s a well-crafted, fun alternative to the standard Beaujolais Nouveau that gets released every year. This Gamay, made in the Loire Valley in France, is fruity and very approachable with a smoooooth finish. Enjoy it with the big meal, or the next day with the beloved Thanksgiving sandwich. $17.99
Maison Albert Pinot Noir
A Pinot Noir is always a go-to for Thanksgiving dinner, especially when it is organic! This affordable French Pinot Noir is easy-drinking and light with flavors of tart cherries and cranberries. The vineyards on which its grapes were grown are right in the Languedoc-Roussillon, near the Mediterranean Sea. I can’t wait to have this with green bean casserole and mushroom dishes! $13.99
Anselmi Ca’Stele Pinot Grigio
One of our newest favorite values! This family-owned winery makes an exceptional dry wine that will impress all your finicky Pinot Grigio-loving guests who won’t drink anything else! The crisp and light texture of this wine is a match for salads, but also your delicious, herby stuffing doused in homemade gravy. $9.99
What really stands out to me about this French Malbec is how smooth it is. This is a special wine to us here at Bottles and has always been a foolproof classic! Lush, dark fruits will warm your soul as the cold weather kicks in. This wine is so versatile and can be enjoyed with any part of a meal, but especially with pigs in a blanket and mini quiche to start the feast! $13.99
Villa Giada “Tre Ponti” Nebbiolo
Villa Giada is a favorite winery of ours, so we decided to feature our absolute favorite wine from them for Thanksgiving! Organic and from a family-owned vineyard (maybe you remember meeting the winemaker Andrea at our store this past summer), this is an awesome, classic Nebbiolo from Piedmont. Small production, exclusively at Bottles, and super delicious! Have this with Grandma’s meat-filled (gizzard) stuffing…or anything else on the table, because sometimes that dish is a little scary. $19.99
Couly-Dutheil Chinon Rosé
As if the bottle isn’t gorgeous enough, this rosé is also delicious. Made from Cabernet Franc grapes grown in Chinon, it has subtle herbaceous notes of rosemary and parsley with juicy raspberries in the forefront. This is such a treat to enjoy with a big feast and all the fixings! Spoil your friends and loved ones with this special bottle.
prices subject to change
They say it’s America’s best-selling unoaked Oregon Chardonnay, and with this flavor, we buy it. It’s full of citrus, honeysuckle and melon flavors, with a rich, ripe and round texture that’s balanced with a crisp freshness. It’s incredibly food-friendly, too. $13.99 compare to $16.99
Oh heavens, where to start. Luscious honeysuckle, lime, elderflower and floral aromas lead to mouth-watering honey, limoncello and pear flavors, all richly textured and ready for pretty much whatever food you want to throw at it – we especially like it with spicy dishes. See the bee on that beautiful bottle? That means that a portion from the sale of each bottle will go to support bee health research. $13.99 compare to $16.99
Crisp. Juicy. Lip-smacking. Smile inducing. Think ripe strawberries, watermelon, and raspberry mixed with herbal aromas. We’re stocking up on this one for Thanksgiving dinner. $13.99 compare to $16.99.
2015 Pinot Noir
What a vintage – it’s widely considered one of Oregon’s best ever. Dark fruit aromas abound out of the glass, leading to red and blue fruit flavors, all balanced with dusty tannins, a juicy acidity and a mineral finish. $17.99 compare to $21.99
2016 Bubbles (Rosé)
A blend of Pinot Noir with a touch of Chardonnay. This lovely sparkler has juicy ripe fruit aromas that lead to raspberry, watermelon and white flower flavors all softened with a hint of creaminess. $13.99 compare to $16.99
2017 Pinot Gris
Mouthwateringly amazing, with peach, apricot, pineapple and lychee aromas meeting citrus flavors, crisp acidity and soft tannins. One of the most versatile food wines in our shop for sure. $13.99 compare to $16.99
Cheers & Enjoy!
Published in September 2018, prices subject to change
The beers brewed by Collective Arts Brewing were first made available to us here in Rhode Island late last year and I have been head over heels for them since.
The mission of the grassroots brewery, located in Ontario, Canada, is to fuse the creativity of craft beer making with the talents of emerging artists and musicians. Bringing their beer to our store was a no-brainer: you know how important supporting local artists is to us!
Every label and can features a limited-edition work of art, and the suds inside are something of a work of art, as well. My personal favorite of the moment is their Lunch Money Blond Ale. It’s a no-frills, easy drinking ale that goes with nearly everything.
If you’re on the more adventurous side, you have to try Liquid Art Fest. This is a passionfruit, mango, and vanilla sugar ‘milkshake’ IPA. You absolutely must pour this into a glass, it pours out like freshly-squeezed OJ!
Below are the brews that we’re featuring in our beer section. We’ll be cracking open several of them during an in-store event on Friday, August 31st, 2018 from 4-7pm. Please come by and let me know what you think!
Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blond Ale
Like the citrus flavors that come from IPAs but not so into the bite from the hops? This lemon-y citrus blond ale is for you. Low ABV, pilsner malt and seasonal citrus zest.
Lunch Money Blond Ale
As I stated above, this is my go-to easy ale. Just a well-crafted beer that is super crisp and balanced
Prophets & Nomads Gose
An unfiltered wheat beer with coriander and Himalayan salt. Dry, spicy and tart. Great acid!
Ransack the Universe IPA
Galaxy hops from Australia meet Mosaic hops from Washington and marry beautifully in this better-than-awesome IPA. Crisp, slightly bitter and dangerously drinkable.
Liquid Art Fest
I know, I know. This one takes a bit of a leap in price from the ones I’ve mentioned thus far (see below), but does it make you want it more knowing that when this comes off the truck I have to hide it from coworkers who want to keep it all to themselves? This stuff is nuts. A pure creamy, tropical fruit sensation in a glass. And as I said earlier, you MUST pour it out to really appreciate the wonder of it!
all prices subject to change
Last week we got a little depressed talking about how the Labor Day countdown is on, how the pumpkin flavored beers are about to hit our shelves, and about the holiday planning we (and all retailers) are doing right now. Talk about a downer. But when looked at another way – meaning through the lens of the actual dates of the equinox – there’s reason to rejoice: There are seven Saturdays remaining in summer. Seven! Though this does include the first day of autumn, Saturday, September 22, the equinox doesn’t officially occur until 9:54 that night – which means there’s plenty of time during the early evening to enjoy a bottle or two.
Consider doing like us, and celebrate the enduring summer by opening a different bottle of rosé each week. Though we do drink the pink year-round, the enormous variety of well-crafted bottles made available to us this year means we can continue to enjoy the style without rosé fatigue.
Herewith, our picks for these remaining 7 summer Saturdays.
Mittelbach Zweigelt Rosé, Kremstal, Austria
One of Melissa’s faves from her trip to Austria earlier this year, the medium-bodied Mittelbach is juicy and dry at the same time, with lovely strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors. It’s a BBQ’s BFF. $17.99
Villa des Anges Cinsault Rosé, France
Oh-so light and delicate this rosé is, with faint aromas of apple, pear and melon, a soft citrusy acidity and a touch of orange peel on the finish. What a delight. $13.99
Domaines Les Rocailles Gamay Rosé, Vin de Savoie, France
Aromas of white peach and green apples open up this lovely, fragrant French rosé. It’s delicate but its persistent minerality means it would be great with oysters or a simple summer salad. $19.99
Arrumaco Garnacha Rosé, Spain
A big, gulpable rosé with juicy, silky raspberry and plum flavors filling the glass. Pairs gorgeously with spicy Spanish food or a Flintstonian-sized grilled ribeye with all the fixins. $10.99
Bodegas Latue Rosé of Tempranillo, Spain
A bright, refreshing, no-make-that thirst-quenching apricot-melon-papaya fruit salad. And it’s certified organic, biodynamic and vegan! $12.99
Zeni Bardolino Chiaretto Rosé, Italy
Floral, ethereal and as elegant as the sophisticated set that summers along the shore of Italy’s Lake Garda, where this wine was made. $13.99
Hillinger Sparkling Secco Rosé of Pinot Noir, Burgenland, Austria (NOT PICTURED)
This is another of the gems Melissa found when she visited Austria. It’s lightly bubbled, bone dry, loaded with beautiful strawberry fruit flavor, and finishes with a crisp acidity. $19.99
Prices subject to change
It’s official. Now that we’re in the thick of the summer of 2018 we can indeed call it: The beverage of the season is, drum roll please, the canned cocktail. This ready-to-drink format has taken not just our store, but the whole country by storm. Seems gazillions of you have taken a shine to these little aluminum canisters and the well-made, thoughtful, delicious drinks inside of them. And you’re taking them to your porches, your decks, stoops, parks, beaches and boats in record numbers.
Producers of many leading brands have rushed their versions of canned cocktails to market, which has unfortunately resulted in a glut of questionable offerings that deliver less quality and more hangover. Our team has tasted so many of them this season that they’ve lost track. But what we haven’t lost track of is our drive to separate the bad from the good, to find the tastiest, well-crafted, most fun versions of this super popular format for you.
Here are 11 we’ve added to our shelves and coolers over the past month that we just love. Most are new, others are so good we’re calling them the classics already.
Sons of Liberty Loyal 9 Blueberry Lemonade
Yep, our pals from just down the road took their incredibly popular vodka lemonade and made it more New-England-Summer by adding blueberry to the mix. It’s a touch lower in alcohol than the straight lemonade version and we love love love its refreshing, winning style.
$11.99 / 4pk
$2.99 / single
Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails
Serious cocktail aficionados will find much to love in this line of premium bubbles made by the team behind the popular Seattle-based Scrappy’s Bitters. Each offering is made with real distilled spirits, pure cane syrup and natural flavors. They’re solid cocktails, and are as tasty as the day is long.
The original Bramble cocktail was created in London in the 1980s and is a mashup of dry London gin, tart citrus and juicy berries. This sparkling version pays tribute to the OG recipe and adds a touch of effervescence for a delightful tingle. It’s an incredibly balanced, dry, adult cocktail in a fun-sized format.
$15.99 / 4pk
$4.49 / single
The Daiquiri is arguably one of the most well-known cocktails in the world, and this canned sparkling version remains true to the original ingredients, with white rum, tart limes, sweet pure cane sugar, and the added twist of effervescence. It’s refreshing – and the only way it could possibly be easier to enjoy would be if we drank it for you. Which we’re happy to do.
$15.99 / 4pk
$4.49 / single
A mix the finest Mexican tequila with Half-Seas’ own all-natural, refreshing grapefruit soda, pure cane syrup, and zesty lime make this a not-to-be missed summer treat. Bring on a platter of fish tacos, please!
$15.99 / 4pk
$4.49 / single
Bravazzi Blood Orange Hard Italian Soda
Inspired by the iconic Italian fruit sodas, these hard versions are made with lots of amore and nothing artificial. They’re bright, fizzy and fruity thanks to real fruit juice and natural cane sugar. One sip and you’ll feel as if you’re on the Amalfi Coast!
$8.99 / 6pk
$2.25 / single
Joia Sparkling Greyhound
Come on, folks. There’s so much to love here. Premium vodka with all-natural grapefruit, chamomile and cardamom. This bubbly cocktail is low in sugar and calories if that sort of thing matters to you. If it doesn’t, drink it because it’s really, really, tasty.
$12.99 / 4pk
$3.99 / single
And for something a bit different – you can’t go wrong with the $2.99-a-pop Monaco cocktails given the pure amount of flavor punch packed into each can.
Monaco Mango Peach
This is a sweet and easy treat for a hot day. Freshly pressed mango juice flavor is blended with two shots of peach vodka. Nothing cerebral – and nothing wrong – with that!
$2.99 / single
Monaco Tequila Lime Crush
100% blue agave tequila and fresh lime flavors. Nothing more. Nothing less.
$2.99 / single
Monaco Citrus Rush
They say it’s like an adult energy drink. We say why not. It’s vodka infused with citrus & vanilla flavors for a sweet kick and a smooth finish.
$2.99 / single
Fishers Island Lemonade
So though it’s not technically new to our shelves (we’ve carried it for the past several seasons), this can deserves a spot on this list because it delivers, year after year, a super refreshing, slightly sweet, slightly tart bang for your buck. Is $5 a lot for one can? We don’t think so, when you consider each can contains the equivalent of two well-made cocktails. Enjoy with care: it’s scrumptious flavor packs a high-alcohol wallop.
$14.99 / 4pk
$4.99 / single
Ramona Ruby Grapefruit Spritz
This wine-based cocktail made its debut at Bottles last year, but we’re including it here because it’s terrific an a no-brainer for delicious summer fun. It’s an organic ruby red grapefruit wine spritzer that all the cool kids with great taste are drinking. It’s dry and balanced and refreshing – and look at that spectacular packaging!
$19.99 / 4pk
$5.49 / single
Cheers & enjoy!
prices subject to change
It’s an exciting time to be in the beverage industry, especially for our team of buyers who are very cognizant about the quality of what they consume, and the care with which it is crafted. More and more delicious and affordable offerings made using methods that are gentle to the earth – and our bodies – are available to us in Lil’ Rhody. So many in fact that we can’t just relegate them to one small area of the store anymore. That’s why you’ll find new symbols on all of our product tags storewide that communicate various characteristics about how each bottle was made. Here’s what to look for as you browse our shelves:
It’s our hope that the new symbols will lead you to new finds and will help you drink better. Cheers to that!