Pasote Tequila is a new brand from Felipe Camarena. It comes from his distillery, El Pandillo, located in the Los Altos region of Jalisco. Anything that comes out of this cool distillery and made by Felipe (a mad-scientist master distiller!), is pretty much guaranteed to create some excitement. Pasote fulfills that promise. One of the innovative features that Felipe built into his distillery was the ability to capture rainwater, so it can be used for distillation. Pasote is made with 40% rainwater, and 60% spring water. Although agave—appropriately—tends to get a lot of the credit for the aromas and flavors... View Article
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For years we’ve known about the amazing bourbons produced by the famed Willet Family Distilleries, but try as we might, we could not get them in New Mexico. Eventually, our persistence paid off and we’re proud to say one of our best boutique distributors now has made Willet Family products available at Susan’s. The Willet flagship whiskey is Noah’s Mill Bourbon. Once you taste this truly delightful bourbon, you’ll wonder why you’ve ever had anything less. Be cautious, though, as it’s bottled at near-cask-strength of 114.3 proof. But add a splash of water—just as the Willet’s recommend—and you probably won’t... View Article
Like its brother, Old Bardstown is another more popularly priced fine bourbon from Willet Family. This bourbon has a sweet, herbal nose with hints of citrus. Herbaceous, sweet fruit, vanilla get a ride on a layer of oak and earthiness to bring the palate to life. This amazing bourbon is available at $62.99.
A bit more popularly priced member of the newly available Willet Family whiskeys, Jonny Drum has a nose of sour apple, vanilla, and oak. The palate is a snowball rolling over fruits, vanilla, and spices, mixing them all together into an amazingly well-balanced, yet complex whiskey. Susan’s has this new arrival priced at $62.99.
Rowan’s Creek Bourbon, another member of the famed Willet Family of whiskeys newly available in New Mexico, brings caramel and vanilla layered on herbal notes to your olfactory senses. The mouthfeel starts oily, but finishes dry, while treating your palate to sweet caramel and vanilla, dusted in floral notes … finishing with hints of oak and a lingering spiciness that tantalizes the mouth, encouraging another taste. This limited-availability whiskey is on our shelves for $80.99.
With the arrival in New Mexico of the famed Willet Family Distillery whiskeys, comes this very popular Pot Still Reserve with its vanilla-lemon cake nose and balanced caramel, vanilla spice taste, with even a hint of citrus. This exceptional whiskey was produced and bottled on the Willet Family property and it’s presented in a unique bottle whose shape represents the pot still in which the nectar was produced. Our everyday price for this scarce bourbon—when it’s available—is $83.99.
This interesting gin is produced using carefully selected mixed grain and two spirits distilled from varieties of Mediterranean maquis Juniper berries and tomatoes. Exceptionally pure natural spring water from the Dolomites is used to assure a softer experience. Old copper stills are used in both traditional and artisanal distillations of the spirit. This gin is quite smooth, yet presents with sharp juniper berry notes followed by the original botanical features of a ripe tomato that invigorates the palate with its fragrant, refreshing and citrusy notes. We have this amazing gin on the shelf at $44.99 .
Finished with a hint of Cognac, this special edition of renowned Grey Goose is best enjoyed on the rocks in a fine snifter glass to appreciate its rich character and complex nose, with hints of white fruit blossom, plum, apricot, light citrus and wild honey, followed by a long, lingering finish. On the shelf for a modest $68.99.
This unrivalled single malt matures for at least 18 years in the highest quality, handpicked oak casks, which creates a radiant golden color and seductive floral and oaky aroma. Deeply layered and complex, this rich and vibrant whisky delivers beautifully intricate flavors of malted caramel, vanilla, and raisins and lingers with a long, sweet, and pleasantly spicy finish. Jim Murray picked this amazing whisky as the 2017 Scotch Whisky of the Year, and we have a limited supply available for $127.99—about $5 per standard one-ounce pour for this truly amazing 18-year old Scotch!
Crafted from 100% American yellow corn, Western Son Vodka is column distilled 10x’s in small batches, resulting in an extremely well balanced and smooth vodka. Susan’s has this high-quality spirit available in multiple flavors beyond the unflavored Texas vodka. Each is available now for $17.99. The Blueberry vodka has a juicy, ripe blackberry and raspberry aroma with a sweet and fresh blueberry cobbler taste. Enjoy it by adding fresh lemonade or by adding club soda. Prickly Pear has a freshly-picked cactus fruit and melon scent with a long, refreshing semi-sweet yet tart finish, hinting of wild strawberry, kiwi and ripe... View Article
Tequila Fortaleza is made the way tequila was made 150 years ago. Their use of old-world machinery and processes creates a very unique tequila experience. It is made from sweet, mineral-rich 100% Blue Agave that’s at least eight years old and grown in Tequila Valley, Jalisco, Mexico. This agave is then slow cooked in an original stone oven for 36 hours. The cooked agave is then stone crushed using a two-ton volcanic stone called a tahona, pulled by an electric tractor that replaced the original mules. Although inefficient by modern standards, this traditional method is preferred by purists. Only a... View Article
Our newest gin arrival comes to us from the curious mind of P.J. Rigney. “Through the years, Rigney has taken many journeys from the familiar into terra incognita. In time, those travels brought him to the wild and unspoilt landscape of Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland. “It was here that his curious mind, filled with the great oriental traditions of distilling fruit, herbs and botanicals, got to work. He created the Shed Distillery, with its medieval copper pot stills, and began a quest to fuse the oriental botanicals with the local Irish ones.” The result of this passionate exploration is Gunpowder... View Article
A few years back, Edinburgh’s head distiller David Wilkinson came up with an experiment; to create a gin using botanicals only found on the eastern coast of Scotland. Teaming up with a local botanist and some graduate students, they hit the coastline and turned up such unique flora as scurvy grass, ground ivy, and bladderwrack seaweed. The end result is a delicate, floral, gin with beautiful citrus and pink peppercorn notes.
This wheated bourbon from the folks at Heaven Hill Distillery claims one of those semi-mythical origins that seem to abound in the whiskey world. A young John Fitzgerald, the treasury agent of famous distiller Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle’s, used his keys to pilfer select barrels from the storehouse. Thus, all Fitzgerald whiskey include a stylized key or lock on the label. Myth or not the whiskey itself is quite real and quite good, with soft oak tannins bolstering a palate of leather, pepper, and tobacco in this beautiful little pour.
Known for his extremely long-aged tequilas, Enrique Fonseca’s Fuenteseca Cosecha offers a twist on his usual style. 2013 vintage, single field harvested agave is distilled into easily the most elegant silver tequila we have ever had. The rich, creamy palate offers candied papaya, baking spice, and sweet citrus.