Check Out our New Spirits Tasting StationIn our continuing effort to be a cutting edge retailer, Fishpaws has installed a spirit tasting station. You can now sample exciting premium spirit brands. We will offer serving sizes of ½ oz. or a full ounce. We feature selected brands every month.
Fishpaws Own Single Barrel Whiskies
What is a single barrel bourbon? When new whiskey goes into the barrel, it all starts life out pretty much equal. But once the barrel is tucked away in the rickhouse, it might age a little differently from the barrel three floors up or the one at the other end of the building. Where that barrel spends its aging years has a lot to do with the flavor characteristics of the whiskey as it matures inside. For a Single Barrel Bourbon, then, there is no "marrying. A Single Barrel Bourbon is a rare find, actually, because it - and it alone - contains all the qualities we seek in that particular product. It’s a one of a kind.
Makers Mark 46 Private Selection
Maker’s 46 began as fully matured Maker’s Mark aged in charred American oak barrels. The French oak staves were carefully inserted into the empty barrels to enhance the vanilla, spice and oak flavors. Finally the barrel was returned to the warehouse to age a bit longer and create the bigger, bolder more complex taste of Maker’s 46. Now you can experience the thrill of creating your own version of Maker’s Mark, with the Private Selection program.
Angela, Kim and Anthony Truzzulo, our Beam representative headed down to Maker’s Mark on March 23, 2107 to create our own Maker’s Mark 46 Private Selection. The process entailed starting with the Maker’s Mark Cask Strength and choosing 10 staves to create our own selection. We choose from 1001 possible combinations of five different wood staves. The staves choices were the following:
P2 – Baked American Pure 2
Cu – Seared French Cuvée
46 – Maker’s 46
Mo – Roasted French Mocha
Sp – Toasted French Spice
We started with Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon then tried 4 different stave combinations. Our final and favorite combination was 2 Baked American Pure 2, 4 Maker’s 46, 3 Roasted French Mocha and 1 Toasted French Spice. We were told that no one had chosen our combination so far, so it is truly a one of a kind.
Tasting notes: The nose is sweet and soft Meyer lemon flower scent, dried fruit, and cinnamon with vanilla accents. The bourbon stars off with bitter chocolate followed by stone fruit with waves of apricot with nutmeg throughout. The finish is of cinnamon, white pepper and extremely smooth. Bottled at 111.7 proof, our combination is a perfect winter warmer to enjoy by the fire.
Our Selection has aged in the barrel and arrived to us today, September 19, 2017. We are so excited to present it to you!
$79.99/750ml Arrived 9/2017
Fishpaws Woodford Reserve Double Oak Personal Selection
In June, 2017, the staff meet with the Master Taster and Brand Ambassador for Woodford Reserve, Elizabeth O’Neill to select from four single barrel selection offerings. She walked us through how to smell and taste and pick out the notes which were being displayed in the glass.
The bourbon we chose is bold but not uninviting. The nose is of leather, baking spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. There is a burnt caramel and black walnut aroma. The palate is of dark fruits such as raisins into a plum flavor. The flavor also exhibits rich dark chocolate notes. We also picked up that crème bruleed sugar and black walnut cake notes which were characteristics from the nose. The finish is nice and long with leathery notes into rich caramel, cedar wood into spearmint and cubeb pepper on the finish.
Arrived October, 2017 $64.99/750ml
Fishpaws Selection Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof
We traveled to Lynchburg, Tennessee to meet with Jeff Arnett, the Master Distiller to choose this product. Fishpaws is only the third store in Maryland to receive a barrel strength single barrel store selection. This is the first year for this product to be included in the store selection process. We feel honored to present this product to our customers.
About our selection, the nose is of sweet vanilla and baking spices with hints of maple syrup, green apple and apricot. The taste is creamy with orange, citrus fruit, baked apples and ginger notes. The finish is smooth and long.
Arrived May, 2018 $69.99/750ml
Sagamore Barrel Select Rye 95 Proof
We toured through the distillery and the mIt all starts with the barrels which have been selected only for the Barrel Select program. These barrels are stored at the Sagamore Farm and have aged for 5 years. Sagamore Spirit’s distillers will create a series of blends of high-rye and low-rye whiskeys. The high-rye is 95% rye and 5% barley malt and the low-rye is 53% rye, 30% corn and 18% barley malt. Fishpaws staff tasted through 4 different combinations. We chose the 60% high rise, 40% low rise. The whiskey is then proofed to 95 proof and bottle especially for Fishpaws Marketplace.
Our Barrel Select Whiskey has an aromatic note of baking spices notes of sweetness. The flavor profile is of dried fruit, citrus notes with a delicious brown sugar finish.
Nose: White Pepper, dried fruits such as orange and apricot and brown sugar.
Palate: Brown Sugar, Hazelnut, Cinnamon, Marzipan.
Finish: Nice smooth and lingering baking spices.ost notable element of our tour was the pride of the staff and the deep history of the distillery. The distillery is truly a family business with multiple generations all working to make this great whiskey.
Arrived October, 2018 $49.99/750ml
Four Roses OBSO Master Distiller Private Selection Single Barrel
Aged 9 years, 7 months
60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
This barrel was selected by Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller for Fishpaws Marketplace. An OBSO Mash bill is a rare mash bill especially for a single barrel.
Nose: Sweet juicy apple, burnt caramel with some floral rose notes.
Palate: Quite spicy. The palate is full of black pepper notes with lots of candied orange, dried peach, apricot, cherry, mint, allspice and finishes with black pepper notes. You get a spiciness like a cocktail bitter. It has a long lingering finish.
$79.99/bottle 1 per person
Arrived September, 2018
Four Roses OESQ Master Distiller Private Selection Single Barrel
Aged 9 years, 10 months
This barrel was selected by Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller for Fishpaws Marketplace. An OESQ Mash bill is a rare mash bill especially for a single barrel. Only 2 in the MD market. E Mashbill is 75% Corn, 20% Rye, 5 % malted Barley. The Q yeast strain imparts floral essence.
Color: Gold to amber
Nose: Cedar and pine notes with a citrus orange zest, Floral Honey & Camille Tea Notes
Palate: Very pronounce flavors of winter spice with a sweetness, notes of honey and crème Brule
$79.99/bottle 1 per person
Arrived November, 2018