Old Scout Smooth Ambler

Smooth AmblerSmooth Ambler Spirits won two awards at Whiskey Magazine's 2016 World Whiskies Awards in New York held earlier this year. Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon received a Gold Medal for the category, and Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon was awarded "Best Single Barrel Bourbon in the World" by an international panel of judges comprised of leading journalists, whiskey enthusiasts, and world renowned retailers and bartenders. Our team at Michael's Wine Cellar reports that they love the Smooth Ambler because is one of our featured Bourbons which is truly created "grain to glass." Stop in the store to pick-up a bottle, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. One of the fine merchant-bottled spirits Smooth Ambler has brought to market in unique and authentic ways, Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon celebrates the West Virginia distillery's efforts to provide spirits, hailing from their home state, that are worthy of being symbols of high quality all over the world. Truly hand selected, blended in small batches, never chill-filtered, and bottled at a healthy drinking proof of 99 (or higher for the barrel proof Single Barrel) the spirits Smooth Ambler curates are designed to provide maximum drinkability, utmost nuance, and refreshing transparency in labeling; acknowledging the skill and talent of their origin-distillery while reflecting Smooth Ambler's approach to market. Spirits from Smooth Ambler are available in 33 markets throughout the United States, as well as 8 markets overseas, including Japan, the United Kingdom, and France. About Smooth Ambler Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits set out to produce fine artisan spirits by combining patient Appalachian know-how with the finest of American ingredients. Located in the rural Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, Smooth Ambler produces world-class spirits with state-of-the-art distillery equipment in conjunction with the natural resources of the region; high-valley mountain air, crisp, clean water, ideal temperature variations, and friendly folks. Complementing their exceptional line of WV-made Appalachian Spirits is that of their Artisan Merchant Bottled products. From time to time in their travels they come across great spirits – not of their making, but of their liking – that might not otherwise be brought to market. In homage to the centuries-old Scotch & Irish practice of independent bottling, Smooth Ambler takes these exceptional products under their care and once in West Virginia, they are further cultivated and then bottled faithfully and honestly. The finest in Appalachian Whiskey & Spirits, Smooth Ambler is "The Spirit of WV"!
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Rhetoric 22 Year Bourbon

Featured-Items-Rhetoric-June2016We're pleased to announce another opportunity to buy a limited release Whiskey from the Store! Bourbon “Rhetoric”, Orphan Barrel, 22 Year, 750ml $129.95
Ten steps ahead in a dance of discourse, Rhetoric candy-coats and compels with equal amounts of art. Proper, eloquent, and poetic, this Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey speaks a language to which you could listen for hours. Each sip starts with a smoky, leathery nose that translates into vanilla oak, toasted rye, and dried fruits, and concludes with a long, full finish of cherry blossom and bitter chocolate. An ever-changing specimen, Rhetoric is an experiment in how barrel maturation imparts a lasting impression year after year. Each new year results in an older and wiser limited release from remaining maturing stock. A conversation piece if there ever was one.
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1/12 Whiskey Tasting

Jan2016-WhiskeyTastingEach month, Michael's Wine Cellar hosts a casual "Whiskey Club Tasting" offering spirit aficionados and novices alike the opportunity to taste a themed line-up of brown spirits - from Scotch, Bourbon to Rye. We'll be starting off the 2016 calendar with a Whiskey Club Tasting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 in the Store. This month's featured spirits will include: Builleit Bourbon Knob Creek Bourbon Whistle Pig Rye Wild Turkey 101 Rye Admission is $10/person. Click here to pre-register online, or simply join us this Tuesday evening!
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Whiskey Obsession Festival

WhiskeyObsessionFestivalIt's hard to believe, but our friend Turner C. Moore is already working on the final touches for this year's Whiskey Obsession Festival! Please join us for the 4th Annual Whiskey Obsession Spirits Festival! March 31 & April 1, 2016 Whiskey Obsession is one of the largest whisk(e)y shows in Florida, celebrating fine single malt, blended Scotch and American whiskies, Bourbon and rye, as well as whiskies from Ireland, Australia, France, England, and around the world. The elegant grand tasting event allows guests to sample over 200 premium spirits and interact with distillers, international brand ambassadors, importers, and industry professionals. Gourmet appetizers and a lavish buffet complement the selections. Click here for details about festival events and tickets.
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Bottled in Bond 1897

We're thrilled to announce another new arrival at Michael's wine and spirits shop in Sarasota! “Bottled in Bond 1897” Old Forester Bourbon $56.95 (Only four bottles available.) Here's the insider update from InsiderLouisville.com: To be labeled Bottled in Bond, the bourbon must have been the product of one distillation season, one distiller, and from one distillery. Legally, it must have been aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years and bottled at full 100 proof. This bourbon will be called Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond. The name comes from the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. The bourbon was created by mirroring production techniques of the 1897 time period. Old Forester was the founding brand of Brown-Foreman in 1870, created by George Garvin Brown.
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Rhetoric Arrives!

RhetoricBourbonHot off the delivery truck! We're thrilled to announce a new arrival of this special limited production Bourbon. Michael's Wine Cellar has just received six bottles of Bourbon "Rhetoric", Orphan Barrel, 21 Year, 750ml. This special find is priced aggressively at $119.95 per bottle, and yes, only six bottles are available. These won't last long! Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old Bourbon Comes To Retail By Nino Marchetti, The Whiskey Wash Diageo’s Orphan Barrel project, love it or hate it, has stirred up quite the discussion since it debuted last year around strong consumer desires focused on anything whiskey with an older age statement. While some of the bottlings are one-off releases others, such as Rhetoric, aim to be more once a year shots into retail markets. Last year we saw Rhetoric as a 20 year old bourbon, and though there’s no official word from Diageo yet, I’ve noticed a whole bunch of 21 year old has started trickling over the last few weeks into liquor stores. The Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old, with an average retail price of $129 as of this post, looks as if it will be the second of six planned under this particular name from what I can tell over at its website (the oldest listed there is a 25 year old scheduled for a 2019 release). What Diageo is doing here with Rhetoric by staggering its stock over the years is, according to them, "an experiment in how barrel maturation imparts a lasting impression year after year. Each new year results in an older and wiser limited release from remaining maturing stock." Click here to read the full article on The Whiskey Wash.
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Special Whiskies Available

We are pleased to offer these special products as standout spirits - "the best!?" which received rave reviews during the 2015 Whiskey Obsession Festival. Contact the Michael's Wine Cellar team via phone 941-955-CORK (2675) or stop in the retail store, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., to pick-up select products or place a special order for your favorite whiskey(s). Angel's Envy Bourbon Brenne French Single Malt Compass Box Lost Blend Jack Daniel's Rested Rye Michter's Straight Rye Reservoir Wheat Tullabardine 500 Sherry WhistlePig 10 Year Rye Angels-Envy-BourbonCompassBoxWhiskeyLostBlend JackDaniels-Rested_RyeReservoir-wheat-200 Whistlepig10yearMichters-Straight-Ryetullibardine-500 BrenneFrenchSingleMaltWhiskey
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"The Best" Whiskies

The results are in! Turner C. Moore will return to guest host one of our monthly Whiskey Club Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar. The creator and producer of the Whiskey Obsession Festival will be showcasing select whiskies which received the "best" reviews during the 3rd annual festival held just a few weeks ago on property at the Michael's On East Ballroom and Wine Cellar.Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 to taste the “Best of” the 2015 Whiskey Obsession Festival! Angel's Envy Bourbon Brenne French Single Malt Compass Box Lost Blend Jack Daniel's Rested Rye Michter's Straight Rye Reservoir Wheat Tullabardine 500 Sherry WhistlePig 10 Year Rye 
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Whiskey Festival Schedule

Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors will travel to Sarasota, Florida for the Third Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival to serve over 200 whiskies from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Japan, Canada, and the United States, including many small craft distillers.  We are pleased to host "Whiskey Obsession" - one of the largest whisk(e)y festivals in the Southeast on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, 2015, on property at Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota.  Schedule of Events: Thursday March 26, 2015   The Sensory World of Wine and Whisk(e)y 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with Kim Lahiri Aroma Nosing Academy, Inverness, Scotland Cost $15 per person The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Cost $45 per person Join eight master distillers and professional brand ambassadors: Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Wes Henderson, Angel’s Envy Master Ambassador Josh Hatton, Co-Founder of the Jewish Whisky Company Gary Keimach, SVP with Gordon & MacPhail Randy Adams, Macallan Ambassador Rachel Ewing, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Ambassador Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky Friday, March 27, 2015: The Whiskey Obsession Grand Tasting 6:30 VIP Admission 7:30 General Admission 8:00 pm Masterclass Session I Class 1: Jack Daniel’s Academy with Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller, Class 2: Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador. Class 3: Double Wood Maturation with Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky. 9:15 pm Masterclass Session II Class 4: Wine & Whiskey Nosing with Kim Lahiri, Aroma Academy, Scotland. Class 5: Angel’s Envy with Wes Henderson, Master Ambassador Class 6: Cigar & Whisky Pairing with Glenfiddich Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph and C&C Dram Club Cigars Founder Joe Chiusano. 10:30 pm Last Pour 10:45 pm After-Party at Made Restaurant   Three ticket levels are available, VIP at $195; General Admission at $95; and Companion at $45.   Click here for full details and tickets to this popular festival: Whiskey Obsession Festival.
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Whiskey Club Tastings

WhiskeyGlassesMichael’s Wine Cellar is pleased to offer Whiskey Club tastings in the Store at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Admission is $10 per person. Mark you calendar and check back soon for specific details about the spirits scheduled to be served at these special events! Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Tuesday, June 9, 2015 All members of the public are invited to attend these popular "Whiskey Club" tastings. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made in advance of each event online through www.michaelswinecellar.com. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event. Special Note: Whiskey lovers are also encouraged to attend the Whiskey Obsession Festival. Click here for details about the 3rd Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival set for March 26 and 27, 2015.  
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Specialty Scotch & Whiskey

In addition to 1,000 international wines from all major wine regions around the globe and craft beers, Michael's Wine Cellar features a wide selections of specialty spirits. Here's just a handful of our current offerings of special allocations! (We are proud to be the exclusive retailer in Sarasota for select products.) RhetoricOrphanBarrel BourbonOrphan Barrel "Rhetoric" 20 Year Bourbon $94.95 An ever-changing specimen, Rhetoric is an experiment in how barrel maturation imparts a lasting impression year after year. Each new year results in an older and wiser limited release from remaining maturing stock. A conversation piece if there ever was one. Orphan Barrel "Barterhouse" 20 Year Bourbon $89.95 wenty years in American Oak will make your average spirit a bit mellow. Take all the fight out. Well this here is no ordinary spirit, and twenty years is long enough to pick up a trick or two. For one barrel in particular, it was long enough to develop the gift of a silver tongue. The old rickhouse hands had it written off as a rumor. A character so smooth, it could clean out the card sharps and take the shirt off a travelling salesman's back. CompassBoxLostBlendCompass Box "The Lost Blend" Blended Malt Whiskey $99.95 An elegantly complex union of two fruity Highland single malts and a peaty Islay single malt. An ethereal fruit and herbal character and a sweetness on the palate is buttressed by an underlying smokiness. Click here for more about the story of this blended malt whiskey. Johnnie Walker Platinum Label Liter, $149.95 A contemporary and subtly smoky blend that embodies the characteristic full flavors of JOHNNIE WALKER® Blended Scotch Whiskies and reflects a strong sweet and elegant Speyside style. It has a rich, dark and intense flavor that rewards those who take the time to savor it. Glenmorangie "Companta" Limited Edition $106.95 Inspired by Dr Bill's travels across France's greatest vineyards and the friends made along the way, Glenmorangie Companta (Scots Gaelic for 'friendship') is a refined balance between bold spice and rich, smooth sweetness; the result of a careful assemblage of spirit extra matured in Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart and those of a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. Visit our retail store in Midtown Sarasota to pickup one of these special bottles, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Or, simply invite our knowledgeable team to help you select a special bottle for you - or those on your gift list this holiday season. Availability is limited.
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October Bourbon Tasting

Whiskey Glass for Tasting ClubOn Tuesday, October 14, Michael's Wine Cellar hosts its next monthly Whiskey Club tasting. We will start promptly at 6:30 pm! October's event will feature Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit Rye, Bulleit 10 Year and "Rhetoric" 20 Year from the Diageo Orphan Barrel series (very limited bourbon!) Admission is $10 per person and reservations are strongly encouraged. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event. Click here to register now for the October 14th tasting in the Store.
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Featured Spirits

WhiskeyFestivalBallroom   Attendees of this week's Whiskey Obsession Festival will have an exclusive opportunity to taste more than 200 Scotch, Bourbon and Craft Whiskies. (Click here for festival details and tickets.) Although this list is subject to change, we look forward to offering the following spirits for sale through retail purchases the evening of the Grand Tasting, or through special orders: Ardbeg 10 Year Ardbeg Corryvreckan Ardbeg Uigeadail Bulleit Bourbon Bulleit Rye Bushmill's 10 Year Bushmill's 16 Year Bushmill's Black Bush Bushmill's Honey Bushmill's Original Crown Royal Black Crown Royal Maple Crown Royal XO George Dickel #12 George Dickel #8 George Dickel Rye Glenmorangie 10 Year Original Glenmorangie 18 Year Glenmorangie Companta Glenmorangie Lasanta Glenmorangie Nectar D' Or Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Glenmorangie Signet Johnnie Walker Black Johnnie Walker Double Black Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Johnnie Walker Platinum Lagavulin 16 Year Oban 14 Year Talikser Storm Talisker 10 Year Talisker Distiller's Edition Amrut Fusion Single Malt 46% Amrut Intermediate Sherry Single Malt 57.1% Amrut Peated Single Malt 46% Amrut Single Malt 46% English Whiskey Company Classic Single Malt 46% English Whiskey Company Peated Single Malt 46% Sullivans Cove Double Cask Single Malt 40% Sullivans Cove French Cask Single Malt 47.5% Angel's Envy Bourbon Angel's Envy Rye Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask Balvenie 15 Year Single Barrel Balvenie 17 Year Doublewood Balvenie 21 Year Portwood Benromach 10 Year Benromach Peat Smoke Brenne Single Estate, French Single Malt Compass Box Asyla Compass Box Great King Street Compass Box Hedonism Compass Box Oak Cross Compass Box Orangerie Compass Box Spice Tree Compass Box The Peat Monster G&M Caol Ila Cask Strength G&M Glen Grant 10 Year G&M Mortlach 15 Year G&M Scapa 10 Year Glenfiddich 12 Year Glenfiddich 15 Year Glenfiddich 18 Year Glenfiddich 21 Year Hudson Baby Bourbon Hudson Four Grain Hudson Manhattan Rye Hudson Single Malt Jack Daniel's Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Jack Daniel's Honey Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Michter's US*1  Single Barrel Straight Rye Michter's US*1  Sour Mash Michter's US*1  Unblended American Whiskey Michter's US*1 Small Batch Bourbon Monkey Shoulder Blended Single Malt Old Forester 86* Old Forester Signature Papas Pillar Rum Blond Papas Pillar Rum Dark Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt Tullamore Dew 12 Year Special Reserve Tullamore Dew Phoenix Woodford Reserve Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Benchmark Brown Sugar Bourbon Benchmark Peach Bourbon Berkshire Cask Finished Bourbon Whiskey Berkshire New England Corn Whiskey Bird Dog Blackberry Bird Dog Hot Cinnamon Bird Dog Maple Bird Dog Peach Firefly Moonshine Apple Pie Firefly Moonshine Carmel Firefly Moonshine White Lightning Firefly Moonsine Peach Four Roses Single Barrel Four Roses Small Batch Four Roses Yellow Label Glenfarclas 10 Year Glenfarclas 12 Year Glenfarclas 17 Year Glenfarclas 21 Year Glenfarclas 25 Year Highland Park 12 Year Highland Park 15 Year Highland Park 18 Year Highland Park 25 Year Irishman Irish Cream Irishman Irish Cream Coffee Irishman Original Clan Whiskey Irishman Single Malt Whiskey Junior Johnson Midnight Moon 100 Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Apple Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Blackberry Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Blueberry Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Cherry Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Cranberry Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Strawberry Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Macallan 15 Year Fine Oak Macallan 17 Year Fine Oak Macallan 18 Year Sherry Oak Macallan 21 Year Fine Oak Macallan 25 Year Palm Ridge Reserve St George Spirits Breaking and Entering Bourbon St George Spirits Single Malt St George Spirits Single Malt 30th Anniversary Tap 357 Tap Rye Port Templeton Rye Troy & Sons Blonde Troy & Sons Oak Cask Arran 10 Arran 14 Arran 16 Arran Amarone Cask Finish Arran Sauternes Cask Finish Arran Sherry Cask Finish High West American Prairie Reserve Bourbon High West Campfire High West Double Rye! High West Rendezvous Rye High West Son Of Bourye Isle of Skye 12 Isle of Skye 8 Kilchoman 100% Islay Kilchoman Loch Gorm Sherry Matured Kilchoman Machir Bay Reservoir Bourbon Reservoir Rye Reservoir Wheat Smokehead Smooth Ambler Old Scout Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 year Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye Smooth Ambler Stillhouse Barrel Aged Gin Smooth Ambler Yearling Wheated Bourbon Tamdhu 10 Auchentoshan 12 Year Basil Hayden Beam Signature Bernheim's Bookers Bowmore 12 Year Bowmore 15 Year Islay Darkest Elijah Craig 12 Year Evan Williams Single Barrell Glen Grant 10 Year Glen Grant 16 Year Glen Grant Major's Reserve Hakashu 12 Year Hankey Bannister Henry McKenna Hibiki 12 Year Jameson 12 Year Jameson Gold Reserve Jameson Middleton Barry Crockett Jefferson's Chef's Collaboration Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Jefferson's Small Batch Bourbon Jim Beam Black Knob Creek Rye Laphroaig 10 Makers 46 Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Pulteney 17 Year Old Pulteney 21 Rittenhouse Rye Russell's Reserve 10 Year Russell's Reserve 6 Year Speyburn 10 Year Speyburn Bradan Orach Wild Turkey 81 Wild Turkey American Honey Wild Turkey Forgiven Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Wild Turkey Rare Breed Wild Turkey Spiced Yamazaki 12 Year
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Whiskeys Announced for Festival

Whiskey Glasses It's hard to believe but the 2nd Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival is almost upon us! It's our pleasure to host this event organized by Turner C. Moore, and we are thrilled to offer a huge variety of spirits available for sale in conjunction with the festival. Festival organizers have just announced a sneak peek of the distillers for the March 27 and March 28 affairs: Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey Master Distiller (celebrating 60 years of distilling!) Al Young, Four Roses Ambassador David Blackmore, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Ambassador David Cuttino, Reservoir Master Distiller Jeffrey Karlovitch, Lost Distillery Company Founder Dick and Marti Waters, Palm Ridge Distillers Randy Adams, The Macallan Ambassador Trey Zoeller, Jefferson's Master Blender John Foster, Smooth Ambler Distiller James Wills, Kilchoman Ambassador Louisa Young, Isle of Arran Ambassador Raj Sabharwal, Amrut, Sullivan's Cove, and Stalk and Barrel Ambassador Troy Karnes, High West Distiller Gary Keimach, Benromach and Gordon & MacPhail Ambassador Lauren Shayne, Scotch Malt Whisky Society Ambassador Gabrielle Shayne, Scotch Malt Whisky Society Ambassador Lesley Taylor, Jameson Ambassador Click here for details and tickets to the 2014 Whiskey Obsession Festival.  
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239