Saint Lawrence Spirits Tasting

Vintage 20 welcomes Saint Lawrence Spirits on Friday 9/21 from 4pm-7pm for a FREE tasting event.

We LOVE New York

I am always excited to share when we’ve picked up a great new local product. You may not think of the Saint Lawrence River as super local, but it’s New York State, and Saint Lawrence Spirits uses all that New York and the Saint Lawrence River have to offer to create their stellar spirits!

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, about this distillery has local roots. They are the first and only distillery using purified water from the Saint Lawrence River. All of the corn, grain, and botanicals come from their own family-owned properties, or other nearby areas in upstate New York.

Come taste the difference at our FREE tasting event this Friday, September 21st from 4:00pm- 7:00pm. We’ll have:

Anchored American Gin

Captain’s Flask Bourbon Whiskey

Rye Knot Rye Whiskey

and Empire Cream— a Bourbon Cream made with their Ryesing Tide Whiskey and Upstate Cream Liqueur. I assure you, this is heaven in a bottle.

More About Saint Lawrence Spirits

From their website: “Saint Lawrence Spirits is a family owned and operated farm-based distillery. We are passionate about providing quality small batch craft spirits. Craft Spirits are distilled on-site, including Vodka, Gin, Moonshine & Absinthe, along with Whiskey and Bourbon currently aging in American Oak Barrels! We are the first distillery to used purified Saint Lawrence River Water to proof down all of our spirits, providing The Spirit Of The River In Every Bottle®. Spirit Tastings available in our seasonal tasting room or inside Saint Lawrence Spirits Château!”

Saint Lawrence Chateau
My. GOD.

Tasting Room. Chateau. Ahhhhh. It sounds and looks incredible. I strongly recommend visiting. But maybe don’t tell me about it if you do, because I have neither the time nor the money to go anywhere right now and it’ll just make me sad. 😉

Hope to see you Friday, though. Cheers, friends!

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin Tasting

Vintage 20 will host a Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin and Blu Giovello Moscato tasting on 8/24/18.

I used to think I hated Gin.

And maybe I did. Or even, maybe I do. What it boils down to, is that I don’t care for juniper. And in my opinion, many gins are just completely burdened with juniper. When I am trying to relax with a cocktail, I don’t need Mr. Clean walking up and punching me in the pie hole, okay? Okay.

So you can see why gin doesn’t often grace my list of favorites: Juniper is the definitive botanical present in gin, and it’s an OVERWHELMING flavor. Merry Christmas, mouth.

Over the past year or so, I’ve happily discovered a few gins that I *do* like. And, as it turns out, I REALLY like them. And they all have one thing in common: they’re light on the juniper.

This week’s selection for our weekly tasting event is probably my favorite gin EVER (I realize this could be taken with a grain of salt, since I think I enjoy three gins in total), and it’s made by Glendalough Distillery. Glendalough is located in County Wicklow, Ireland, and is known for their awesome craft Irish Whiskeys. You may have tasted some of them right here at Vintage 20.

So what makes Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin so special?

glendalough-botanicals-ginThe botanicals used to create Glendalough’s gin are foraged around the distillery. By a full-time forager. I repeat: there is a dude, employed by Glendalough Distillery, whose sole purpose for being there is to forage plants by hand, for gin making purposes. If there isn’t a History Channel show about this guy, there needs to be.

So not only is there a professional forager, carefully and sustainably collecting plants from around distillery grounds, like some sort of superior hipster-caveman, but the botanicals are going into the still within a few hours, and crafted into very small batches. It might leave some inconsistencies from batch to batch, but the result is unique, wild, natural, and delicious. And not at all like a Christmas wreath. I give it an A plus plus plus.

blu-giovello-moscatoTry it for Yourself!

We’ll have Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin available to try this Friday, 8/24/18 from 4PM- 7PM at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits. The tasting is FREE, of course. And for fun, we will also have customer favorite Blu Giovello Moscato open as well. We’ll be offering 10% off your purchase of Blu Giovello during our tasting event. Cheers!