Catalog Update for the weeks of 8/15 and 8/22

PLCB spirits catalog changes for the weeks of August 15th and August 22nd:

New in-store and online products:
  • Absolut Orient Apple 750 ML (#003966, Regular, $19.99)
  • Art In the Age Rhuby 750 ML (#004166, Regular, $32.99)
  • Bacardi Arctic Grape 750 ML (#003747, Regular, $16.99)
  • Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum 750 ML (#003749, Regular, $14.99)
  • Buchannans Scotch 750 ML (#003861, Regular, $29.99)
  • Buffalo Trace Wheat Mash White Dog 375ML (#030425, Online, $15.99)
  • Bulleit Rye Bourbon 750 ML (#003864, Regular, $25.99)
  • Chieftan's Mortlach 15 Year Old Sherry Cask 1995 750ML (#030792, Online, $87.99)
  • Collingwood Canadian Whiskey 750 ML (#003760, Regular, $25.99)
  • Coole Swan Irish Cream 750 ML (#003947, Regular, $27.99)
  • Courvoisier Rose 750 ML (#003906, Regular, $25.99)
  • Crown Royal Black 1.75 L (#003881, Regular, $59.99)
  • Cruzan Strawberry 750 ML (#003907, Regular, $12.99)
  • El Dorado Golden Rum Cream 750 ML (#003960, Regular, $18.99)
  • Eristoff Vodka 750 ML (#003164, Regular, $11.99)
  • Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon Lmtd Edition 2011 750ML (#030830, Online, $79.99)
  • Hpnotiq Harmonie 750 ML (#003904, Regular, $21.99)
  • Jim Beam Devils Cut 750 ML (#003908, Regular, $24.99)
  • Kru 82 Vodka 750 ML (#004149, Regular, $17.99)
  • L Chaim Koser Vodka 750 ML (#003946, Regular, $24.99)
  • Laphroaig Triplewood Scotch Islay 750ML (#030874, Online, $59.99)
  • OR G Liqueur 750 ML (#003962, Regular, $24.99)
  • Pearl Vodka 750 ML (#003917, Regular, $11.99)
  • Platte Valley Corn Whiskey 750 ML (#003942, Regular, $24.99)
  • Rokk Vodka 750 ML (#003901, Regular, $14.99)
  • Seagram's 7 Cherry 750 ML (#003902, Regular, $16.99)
  • Springbank Single Malt 10 Year Old Scotch 750ML (#010927, Online, $60.99)
  • Three Olives Cake Flavored Vodka 750 ML (#003746, Regular, $17.99)
  • Varnelli Amaro Sibilla Marche Italy 750ML (#030815, Online, $54.99)
  • Varnelli Caffe Moka Marche Italy 750ML (#030807, Online, $44.99)
  • Voli Lyte Vodka 750 ML (#003965, Regular, $21.99)
  • Weller Reserve Bourbon 750 ML (#003985, Regular, $19.99)
  • Wild Shot Silver Mezcal 750 ML (#003987, Regular, $39.99)
Bulleit Rye is in! Woohoo! This is a 95% rye from LDI that's been aged between four and seven years, and undoubtedly the best rye to ever come out of LDI. It's a bit more reserved than other ryes on the market--definitely less spicy--but no less enjoyable to drink. This is, perhaps, what (ri)1 should have been, both in character and price.

We have a several bourbons in as well. Once again we have a Weller wheated bourbon on the shelves--this one is the 90-proof version, though the 107-proof version is available online, as well as the white dog it was made from.

The annual Four Roses Limited Edition is online. If you haven't read about it yet, the 2011 L.E. is the first time they've released a whiskey made only with their "OBSQ" yeast. It has a huge flavor, dominated by dessert spices and oak.

Jim Beam Devil's Cut made it into the regular selection, of course, which is interesting mainly for the way it is produced--Beam uses a "proprietary process" to extract more whiskey from the casks it's aged in, giving the bourbon, well, more wood character.

Rounding out the list of new American whiskeys is Platte Valley Corn Whiskey. Don't expect much from the juice itself (it comes from McCormick) but the packaging is entertaining: it comes in a ceramic crock, the kind cartoon moonshiners carry in the hand opposite their muzzle-loading musket. Let's be honest...this is a step up from the recently-delisted Georgia Moon, right?

I picked up a bottle of Courvoisier Rose as soon as it hit stores, for tasting purposes only, of course. It's a "fun, stylish beverage," according to the sales literature, made by mixing cognac and red wine to produce something similar to Pineau des Charentes. Serve it chilled and it's okay, but for the exact same price you could pick up a real Pineau des Charentes which you'll find much more enjoyable.

One of my favorite cream liqueurs (don't laugh) was pulled into the regular selection. El Dorado Rum Cream is one of only two rum creams out there, to my knowledge, and undoubtedly the superior of the two. It's essentially a tropical version of Bailey's with lots of rich caramel and sugarcane notes. If you know somebody who likes cream liqueurs (or if you do yourself, I won't tell), buy them a bottle of this and they'll love you forever. While you're at it, pick up a bottle of Coole Swan Irish Cream as well. It's a lighter Irish cream, but I think a bit more complex than the standard fare.

A couple of Varnelli products arrived online. These have taken their sweet time getting into the US (we expected them to be available more than a year ago) but the craft community is rediscovering their enthusiasm for them. All of their amari are worth checking out, although which ones you prefer depend on your taste. Their Caffè Moka liqueur is delicious, and easily one of the best coffee liqueurs out there. It might even be worth the steep $45 price tag.

Art in the Age released Rhuby, their third liqueur after Root and Snap, which this time is flavored with rhubarb. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds promising.

Products back in stock online:
  • Talisker 10 Year Single Malt Scotch 750ML (#009547, Online, $49.99)

Delisted SLO products:
  • 4 Orange Premium Vodka 750 ML (#500475, SLO, $25.99)
  • Absolut Vodka Orient Applie 1 L (#514167, SLO, $24.39)
  • Absolut Vodka Special Edition La Green Way Project 750 ML (#514714, SLO, $24.49)
  • Boomsma Jonge Young Genever Gin 750 ML (#506027, SLO, $27.79)
  • Boru Irish Vodka 750 ML (#055897, SLO, $9.99)
  • George Dickel 8 750 ML (#064246, SLO, $11.99)
  • Jacquins Vodka Whipped 1 L (#512956, SLO, $12.99)
  • Los Generales Gold Tequila 1 L (#514335, SLO, $10.89)
  • Los Generales Reserva Anejo Tequila 750 ML (#514237, SLO, $30.49)
  • Los Generales Reserva Blanco Tequila 750 ML (#514235, SLO, $25.09)
  • Los Generales Reserva Extra Anejo Tequila 750 ML (#514238, SLO, $33.19)
  • Los Generales Reserva Reposado Tequila 750 ML (#514236, SLO, $27.79)
  • Los Generales Silver Tequila 1 L (#514334, SLO, $10.89)
  • Molly's Irish Cream Liqueur 50 ML (#513268, SLO, $1.89)
  • Molly's Irish Cream Liqueur 750 ML (#513053, SLO, $12.39)
  • Molly's Irish Cream Liqueur 1 L (#513266, SLO, $15.79)
  • Molly's Irish Cream Liqueur 1.75 L (#513267, SLO, $24.49)
  • Mount Gay Sugar Cane Rum 750 ML (#071196, SLO, $20.79)
  • Pride and Clarke Amaretto Liqueur 1 L (#513283, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Anisette 1 L (#513284, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Banana Liqueur 1 L (#513286, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Blue Curacao Liqueur 1 L (#513289, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Brandy 1 L (#513265, SLO, $11.79)
  • Pride and Clarke Butterscotch Liqueur 1 L (#513285, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Coffee Liqueur 1 L (#513294, SLO, $7.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Creme de Cacao 1 L (#513295, SLO, $7.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Creme de Menthe Green Liqueur 1 L (#513287, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Dark Rum 1 L (#513262, SLO, $9.39)
  • Pride and Clarke London Dry Gin 1 L (#513261, SLO, $8.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Melon Liqueur 1 L (#513288, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Peach Schnapps 1 L (#513290, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Peppermint Schnapps Liqueur 1 L (#513291, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Scotch Whisky 1 L (#513264, SLO, $14.89)
  • Pride and Clarke Sour Apple Liqueur 1 L (#514336, SLO, $6.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Triple Sec 1 L (#513293, SLO, $5.99)
  • Pride and Clarke Vodka 1 L (#513296, SLO, $7.99)
  • Pride and Clarke White Rum 1 L (#513263, SLO, $9.39)
  • Schoenauer Apfel Apple Schnapps 1 L (#510982, SLO, $22.99)

Reactivated SLO products:
  • UV Vodka Cake Flavored 750 ML (#513910, SLO, $10.39)

New SLO products:
  • Cazadores Tequila Anejo 750 ML (#515173, SLO, $46.99)
  • Cruzan Number 9 Spiced Rum 50 ML (#515073, SLO, $1.79)
  • Cruzan Rum Orange 750 ML (#515289, SLO, $14.69)
  • DeKuyper Berry Fusion Pucker 1 L (#515290, SLO, $9.89)
  • Los Generales Gold Tequila 1 L (#515078, SLO, $10.89)
  • Los Generales Silver Tequila 1 L (#515079, SLO, $10.89)
  • Los Nahuales Anejo Tequila 750 ML (#515061, SLO, $104.99)
  • Luxardo Grappa Euganea 750 ML (#515252, SLO, $44.79)
  • Mauro Vergano Chinato Americano Non Vintage 500 ML (#515383, SLO, $50.89)
  • Mauro Vergano Moscato Chinato Luli Non Vintage 500 ML (#515384, SLO, $57.09)
  • Molly's Irish Cream 1.75 L (#515302, SLO, $24.49)
  • Pride and Clarke Vodka 1 L (#515080, SLO, $7.99)
  • Rum Bar Premium White Overproof Rum 1 L (#515081, SLO, $21.59)
  • St Germain Elderflower Liqueur 50 ML (#515104, SLO, $5.19)
  • Svedka Vodka Grape 1 L (#515216, SLO, $13.39)
  • Trimbach Frambois 750 ML (#515126, SLO, $28.89)
You ever wonder why there are all these 50ML bottles listed for SLO, and who buys them? They're for "salesman samples"--legally, producers and distributors are required to buy their own product samples from the state at a 25% mark-up over retail. Just another example of how our liquor laws perpetuate Pennsylvania's horrible reputation in the wine and spirits industry.

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Well, it's not Mellow Corn, but I think I'm going to have to go and start getting some of the McCormick Corn Whiskey. Since it's HH whiskey, it'll be tasty enough for sure! I didn't know they even still made the stuff. I'll probably also scoop up some devil's cut. Most people think the stuff is nasty, but I think it's because they're trying to pull flavors out of it that just aren't supposed to be there. It's a young bourbon with a strong tannin flavor. That's it. An easy sipper or good mixer. Nothing special. As a side note though, any idea if Mellow Corn will make it to PA at any point?

I've had it with this idiocy!

Is it Bulleit Rye, or Bulleit Rye Bourbon? Currently, the online catalog lists three products that might be (and probably are) the same thing, all listed as bourbons, depending on where you look: Bulleit Rye 90 proof, SLO $27.99; Bulleit Rye, Luxury $27.99; and Bulleit Rye Bourbon, Regular $25.99.

The online catalog is truly archaic. Bourbon is listed under three categories (straight, specialty, and bottled in bond) instead of one, with some brands holding places in two different categories. Bulleit is a good example...It is listed as both a "specialty" bourbon in some sizes and a "straight" bourbon in others.

There's also a 90 proof Bulleit rye available under the rye listings! I can get the regular Old Overholt at $19.99, or I can SLO a mysterious product labeled as Old Overholt at 40 proof (?!) for just a bit less.

Jack Daniel's is listed as both a "bourbon" and a "whiskey." Elijah Craig 18 is either a Bottled in Bond (100 proof) SLO at $62.99 or a straight, 90 proof bourbon in regular stock at $40.99.

Closeouts that have been sold out for a year are not removed from the list. I've watched other brands shift categories numerous times over the last couple of years. Why is it up to me, a discerning consumer, to monitor the PLCB's web site for consistency and accuracy?

Am I the only one who finds this disconcerting at the least, and embarrassing at best?

Joe Conti is doing such a wonderful job at the helm of this incredibly outdated cluster f*** that they should double that genius's salary!

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