This Week’s Picks – July 13

This week’s staff picks include wine, beer and a scotch. For wine we are featuring Flipflop wines, for beer we are featuring Lagunitas India Pale Ale and for scotch there is Islay Mist Scotch Whisky.

Lagunitas India Pale Ale

The Lagunitas India Pale ale is an from Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma California. This India Pale Ale is a well-rounded, IPA. Produced from Caramel Malt barley it creates a richness that mellows out the twang of the hops. It has a nice golden yellow color. The aroma is floral and enticing created by the citrus hops. On the palate it has subtle notes of grapefruit, orange, apricot and other citrus notes creating a slightly bitter finish. The caramel and bread character of the pale malt create a good balance for the hops. This a great drinking experience. Perfect for the summer and great at parties or at get togethers.

beerFlipflop Wine (cans)

AS one Flipflop vitner put it “We like to make seriously good wines, but not take ourselves too seriously in the process…” This describes Flipflop wines quite well, they are good and fun. Flipflop wines now comes in not just bottles but also 8.4 oz cans.  These wines are produced in Livermore California. They come in 4 varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Fizzy Sangria and Fizzy Crisp White. The Chardonnay is medium-bodied,with a taste of pineapple, soft vanilla and a long lingering finish. The Pinot Grigio is light-bodied and refreshing with a taste of tropical citrus, ripe pear and a zesty, clean finish. The Fizzy Sangria is a deliciously sweet blend of notes of orange, lemon, lime and ripe fruit. The Fizzy Crisp White is filled with juicy tropical and citrus fruit flavors and floral Muscat aromas. These wines are great for parties and hanging out the beach. No glasses required. Just open the tab and enjoy.

20150714_155801Islay Mist 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Islay Mist is a fantastic scotch whiskey from Scotland. Produced on Islay one of Scotland’s southern islands and most trusted whiskey producing locations, this is a true scotch whiskey. On the nose it has subtle and a seductive mixture of peat and seaweed. It is thinned out by the mellow grain and backed by a salty background and compelling sweet malt. On the palate the peat is prominent but checked by a nice fusion of salt, sweet malt and oak. The finish has the soft peats cling to the roof of the mouth as toffee and coffee create a bitter-sweet finish. Overall a fantastic scotch whiskey. You get the flavors and intensity of an Islay whisky, but with the drinkability of a blended whisky. A great scotch for anyone wanting to ease themselves into Islay whiskies.

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