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.
Four Roses Private Barrel Selection OESK
In June of 2017, Angela Dicenzo, General Manager, Kim Lawson, owner, Chris Rausch, Beer Manager and Dylan Edwards, Kim’s son, headed down to Kentucky to pick out a Four Roses Private Select Barrel. We were presented with 7 barrels. Connie Brieger, our Maryland representative and Mandy Vance, Private Barrel Selection Manager assisted us through the process.
Four Roses is unlike any other Bourbon. Perhaps it’s because only Four Roses handcrafts 10 distinct and extraordinary Bourbon recipes. It was difficult but we actually narrowed down to two barrels. We have just received on August 22, 2017 the first of the two. It is an OESK mashbill aged 9 years 9 months at 106.2 proof. This mashbill is a rare combination.
K – Slight Spice
Tasting Notes: The nose is of sweet candy and cardamom spice which imparts hints of lemon, mint and smoke. We tasted citrus notes, caramel with bright notes of orange, vanilla with a hint of spice. It is soft, smooth and mellow. The spice lingers on the finish. It is very easy drinking.
$74.99/750ml Arrived 7/2017
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.
We toured through the distillery and the most 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.
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