I haven't ever blogged about liquor stores, but clearly I'm going to have to start. I had been looking for a place in NYC where I could find Balcones Brimstone and Corsair Triple Smoke. After reading an awesome article about NYC liquor stores on The Whisky Woman blog I couldn't resist a trip down to Le Du's Wines at 600 Washington St. in NYC (a couple of blocks up from Houston just east of the Hudson river). I had an unexpected treat when I saw the exquisite jewel-like wall of spirits. Jewel-like a couple of senses: the wall is actually gleaming and beautiful and awesomely lit so the hooch look like cut gemstones; and also the selection is exquisite. The selection isn't big, but it's obvious that someone who really thinks about spirits is carefully selecting every item; cherry picking only the most interesting and the best at each price point to shine in the limited space.
The part about price point is important to me - there are inexpensive selections - just the best bang for the buck at those price points (e.g. Rittenhouse Rye 100, plus the rare 25 year old expression; Old Forrester Birthday, and Weller Antique). There is a clear focus on small craft distilleries. Rare and hard to find mid-priced American spirit selections include Tuthill Farms, King's County, Smooth Ambler, High West, Balcones, Corsair, Wasmund's, Willets, Breckenridge and Whistlepig. There's an excellent focused collection of Scotch too - with best bang at each price point. This includes some Classic Malts selections but also distilleries like Bruichladdich, and plenty of selections from private labels such as Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail (careful selections here), and Compass Box blends too. At the high end there are rare single single cask offerings from unusual and rare distilleries such as Ben Nevis and Port Ellen. The signature of a clear aesthetic is plainly visible. Wild Turkey 101 didn't rate a spot on the wall, but the Wild Turkey "Tradition" Master Distiller 14 year old tribute expression did. This isn't a conventional liquor store.
|JT Robertson w/Brimstone & Triple Smoke|
If you are in the Village and want to score some top notch and hard to find hooch I'd heartily recommend a look at the informed selections on the spirit wall at Le Du's.