“BEST BARS IN SF RIGHT NOW” – THRILLIST
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It’s a S.F. oddity that rooftop bar-lounges are as few and far between as a ripping-hot summer’s day. (Better yet, one that’s weather-friendly and surrounded by endless views.) So when elevator doors open 120 feet above Market Street, you’ve entered the rooftop bar and lounge San Francisco has been waiting for. Here, the energetic chic of a European terrace meets the laid-back vibes of “California cool.” Now serving an all-day menu from Executive Chef Jason Fox with new daytime cocktails created by partners, BVHospitality (Bon Vivants, Trick Dog) featuring the vibrant flavors, original combinations, and unique bitters and syrups for which the duo is known.
Please note that for all reservations of 3 guests or more, a minimum food & beverage spend of $65 per person is required. There is no minimum spend for Hotel Guests required.
Mon – Thu: 5pm-11pm
Valet parking is available
$8 per each 20 minutes + tax
AFTERNOON SPRITZ 19
Lillet Blanc or Martini & Rossi Fiero, Sparkling Wine.
CAT IN THE HAT 17
Tokaji, Rich Demerara, Lime. Served Up.
PROPER CUP 20
Pimm’s, Gin, Strawberry, Mint, Ginger, Cucumber, Lemon, Lime, Seltzer, Absinthe. Served Long.
KISSIN’ IN THE CALIFORNIA SUN 19
Absolut, Orgeat, Créme de Pêche, Cranberry, Lime. Served on Crushed Ice. Contains Nuts.
MR. MISTOFFELEES 20
Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky, Martini Ambrato, Chartreuse Verte, Dubonnet. Served Up.
THE LOVECATS 20
Casa del Sol Blanco Tequila, Mezcal Union, Averna, Strawberry, Lemon, Cinnamon. Served over ice.
BIG CAT 20
Santa Teresa 1796 Rum, Passion Fruit, Vanilla, Velvet Falernum, Lime, Mint. Server over ice.
SALEM SABERHAGEN 20
Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin, Orange Muscat, Pineapple, Honey, Lime. Served Up.
MISTER BIGGLESWORTH 19
George Dickel Bourbon, El Silencio Mezcal, Apple Molé, Angostura and Orange Bitters. Served on a Big Cube.
FIFI THE FLEA 20
Tequila Ocho Plata, Ancho Reyes, Ancho Verde, Grapefruit, Honey, Vanilla, Lime. Served over Crushed Ice.
MR. JINKS 20
Mezcal Union, Lillet Rose, Clement Creole Shrub, Guava, Lime, Scrappy Hellfire Bitters. Served Up.
ON THE MOON 20
Grey Goose Vodka or Bombay Sapphire East Gin, Lillet Blanc, Dry Vermouth, California Aqua Vitae, Bay Laurel Brine. Served with a Pickle.
QUEEN’S PARK SLUSHEE 20
Bacardi Superior Rum, Mint, Lime Bitters
Michters Bourbon, Cointreau, Aperol, Chai Spices.
ROOM EIGHT 15
Ghia Aperitif, Cold Brew Coffee, Fever Tree Grapefruit Tonic.
UNSINKABLE SAM 15
Lyre’s Dark Cane Spirit, Lime, Mint, Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Sparkling Reisling.
WINE BY THE GLASS
ADAMI “GARBÉL” PROSECCO DOC TREVISO BRUT NV, Veneto, Italy 16 / 80
VEUVE CLIQUOT “YELLOW LABEL” BRUT NV, Reims, France 30 / 150
ANGELS & COWBOYS BRUT ROSÉ NV, Russian River Valley, California 15 / 75
REEVE PRISM RIESLING 2021, Mendocino County, California 18 / 72
MAITRE DE CHAI ‘KIERKEGAARD’ CHENIN BLANC 2021, Clarksburg, California, 22 / 86
L’OBJET SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019, Dry Creek Valley, California 16 / 64
PRIVATE PROPERTY CHARDONNAY 2018, Central Coast, California 15 / 60
SCRIBE UNA LOU ROSÉ 2021, Sonoma, California 17 / 68
ANGELS & COWBOYS GRENACHE ROSÉ 2018, Sonoma County, California 15 / 60
MAISON L’ENVOYE GAMAY NOIR 2018, Beaujolais, France 18 / 72
FOLK MACHINE PINOT NOIR 2019, Central Coast, California 17 / 68
LAS JARAS SWEET BERRY WINE 2019, Mendocino County, California 17 / 68
ANGELS AND COWBOYS PROPRIETARY RED 2016, Sonoma County, California 16 / 64
ULTRAVIOLET CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018, Napa Valley, California 24 / 96
COLOME AUTENTICO MALBEC 2018, Calchaqui, Salta, Argentina 17 / 68
L’OBJET CUVÉE 2018, Dry Creek Valley, California 20 / 80
ARMAND DE BRIGNAC “ACE OF SPADES” BRUT NV, Champagne, France 675
BILLECART SALMON BRUT RÉSERVE NV, Champagne, France 140
DOM PÉRIGNON BRUT 2010, Reims, France 400
KRUG GRAND CUVÉE NV, Reims, France 580
PERRIER JOUET GRAND BRUT NV, Epernay, France 180
PERRIER JOUET BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT NV, Epernay, France 280
VEUVE CLICQUOT “LA GRANDE DAME” BRUT 2008, Reims, France 375
BILLECART SALMON BRUT ROSÉ NV, Epernay, France 180
RUINART ROSÉ NV, Reims, France 300
VEUVE CLICQUOT ROSÉ NV, Reims, France 150
VEUVE CLICQUOT “LA GRANDE DAME” ROSÉ BRUT 2008, Reims, France 525
CHAMPAGNE — OTHER FORMATS
BILLECART SALMON BRUT RESERVE NV, Champagne, France, half bottle 80
BILLECART SALMON BRUT RESERVE NV, Champagne, France, magnum 345
CHAMPAGNE COLLET BRUT NV, Champagne, France, magnum 175
ARMAND DE BRIGNAC “ACE OF SPADES” BRUT NV, Champagne, France, double magnum 6900
DOMAINE DAULNY SANCERRE 2019, Loire Valley, France 92
PRIVATE PROPERTY CHARDONNAY 2017, Santa Lucia, California 88
LIOCO LA MARISMA CHARDONNAY 2018, Santa Cruz, California 128
HOUSE OF BROWN CHARDONNAY 2020, Napa Valley, California 80
ANGELS & COWBOYS GRENACHE ROSÉ 2018, Sonoma County, California 60
“M” DE MINUTY ROSE 2020, Côtes de Provence, France 64
RYME CELLARS AGLIANICO ROSÉ “HERINGER VINEYARD” 2018, Clarksburg, California 70
AZUR ROSÉ 2018, Napa Valley, California 68
LITTLE BOAT PINOT NOIR 2017, Russian River Valley, California 92
LIOCO LAGUNA PINOT NOIR 2019, Sonoma Coast, California 98
FLOWERS PINOT NOIR 2019, Sonoma, California 120
PATZ & HALL PINOT NOIR 2017, Sonoma Coast, California 120
CHALK HILL RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2016, Sonoma, California 140
BELLE GLOS “DAIRYMAN” PINOT NOIR 2020, Russian River Valley, California 150
HANZELL PINOT NOIR 2016, Sonoma Valley, California 200
COLUME AUTÉNTICO MALBEC 2018, Calchaqui, Salta, Argentina 68
DELAS DOMAINE DE TOURETTES SYRAH 2012, Hermitage, France 200
LA RIOJA ALTA “BARQUITO” TEMPRANILLO 2011, Rioja, Spain 140
MAURITSON ZINFANDEL 2017, Dry Creek Valley, California 82
L’OBJET CUVÉE 2018, Dry Creek Valley, California 80
QUINTESSA 2018, Rutherford, California 460
JOSEPH PHELPS “INSIGNIA” 2018, Napa Valley, California 610
OPUS ONE 2018, Oakville, California 620
GROTH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017, Oakville, California 170
STAG’S LEAP “ARTEMIS” CABNERNET SAUVIGNON 2019, Napa Valley, California 180
CHIMNEY ROCK CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018, Stag’s Leap District, California 230
CORISON CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018, St. Helena, California 245
FORT POINT ITALIAN STYLE PILSNER SFIZIO San Francisco 9
SUDWERK BAVARIAN HEFEWEIZEN Davis 9
ALLAGASH WHITE (16 OZ) Maine 10
STIEGL GRAPEFRUIT RADLER (16 OZ) Austria 10
FACTION PALE ALE (16 OZ) Alameda 10
BELCHING BEAVER PEANUT BUTTER MILK STOUT San Diego 9
ALMANAC LOVE HAZY IPA (16 OZ) Alameda 10
FORT POINT WESTFALIA RED ALE San Francisco 9
ABSOLUT Sweden 17
ABSOLUT ELYX Sweden 18
BELUGA NOBLE GOLD Russia 37
BELVEDERE Poland 18
GREY GOOSE France 18
GREY GOOSE DUCASSE France 28
GREY GOOSE VX France 24
KETEL ONE Netherlands 17
REYKA Iceland 17
ST. GEORGE ALL PURPOSE California 17
TITOS HANDMADE Texas 17
AMASS GIN California 18
ANCHOR OLD TOM California 17
AUTOMATIC NO. 5 California 17
BEEFEATER England 17
BENHAM’S California 17
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE EAST England 18
BOTANIST ISLAY DRY Scotland 18
EMPRESS Canada 17
FEW “STANDARD ISSUE” Illinois 17
HENDRICK’S Scotland 17
HENDRICK’S ORBIUM Scotland 18
MONKEY 47 Germany 31
OXLEY England 18
PLYMOUTH England 17
SIPSMITH LONDON DRY England 19
ST GEORGE BOTANIVAR California 18
ST GEORGE TERROIR California 18
ST GEORGE DRY RYE California 18
TANQUERAY/NO. 10 England 17 / 19
APPLETON SIGNATURE Jamaica 17
AVUA PRATA CACHAÇA Brazil 17
BACARDI 8 Puerto Rico 20
BANKS 5 Caribbean 17
CLEMENT VSOP RHUM Martinique 23
DIPLOMATICO EXCLUSIVA Venezuela 19
DON Q GRAN ANEJO Puerto Rico 19
DON Q ANEJO Puerto Rico 21
GOSLINGS BLACK SEAL Bermuda 17
KASAMA Philippines 17
MOUNT GAY BLACK BARREL Barbados 17
RHUM J.M. GOLD Martinique 17
RON ZACAPA 23 Guatemala 17
SANTA TERESA Venezuela 18
SAILOR JERRY SPICED U.S. Virgin Islands 17
SMITH & CROSS Jamaica 17
ALTOS PLATA / REPOSADO Jalisco 17 / 19
ASTRAL BLANCO Jalisco 17
AVION BLANCO / REPOSADO / AÑEJO Jalisco 17/19/21
CASA DEL SOL BLANCO / REPOSADO / AÑEJO / ANGEL’S RESERVE Jalisco 21/24/31/60
CASA DRAGONES BLANCO Jalisco 37
CASADORES BLANCO / REPOSADO Jalisco 17 / 19
CASAMIGOS BLANCO / REPOSADO / AÑEJO Jalisco 19/23/27
CLASE AZUL REPOSADO / AÑEJO Jalisco 48 / 97
DON JULIO BLANCO / REPOSADO / AÑEJO Jalisco 17/22/24
DON JULIO 70 Jalisco 29
DON JULIO 1942 Jalisco 49
FORTALEZA BLANCO / REPOSADO / AÑEJO Jalisco 17/22/30
IXA REPOSADO Mexico 17
PATRON SILVER / REPOSADO / AÑEJO Jalisco 18/19/31
PATRON GRAN PLATINUM Jalisco 50
TEQUILA OCHO PLATA / REPOSADO/ AÑEJO Jalisco 17/19/25
TAPATIO AÑEJO Jalisco 20
AMARAS CUPREATA Guerrero 17
AMARAS ESPADIN Guerrero 28
CASAMIGOS JOVEN Oaxaca 19
CLASE AZUL MEZCAL Jalisco 90
DEL MAGUEY VIDA Oaxaca 18
DEL MAGUEY CHICHICAPA Oaxaca 28
DEL MAGUEY SAN LUIS DEL RIO Oaxaca 29
DEL MAGUEY PECHUGA Oaxaca 63
DOS HOMBRES MEZCAL Oaxaca 25
MADRE MEZCAL Oaxaca 18
MEZCAL UNION Oaxaca 18
NUESTRA SOLEDAD Oaxaca 18
RANCHO TEPUA BACANORA Sonora 19
VAGO ELOTE Oaxaca 20
YOLA MEZCAL Oaxaca 21
ANGELS ENVY Louisville 19
BAKER’S Clermont 20
BOOKER’S Clermont 23
BASIL HAYDENS Kentucky 18
BUFFALO TRACE Frankfort 18
ELIJAH CRAIG 18 Bardstown 39
FOUR ROSES SINGLE BARREL Lawrenceburg 18
FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH Lawrenceburg 18
KNOB CREEK Clermont 17
LARCENY Bardstown 17
MAKERS MARK Loretto 17
MICHTER’S Louisville 17
MICHTER’S 10 Louisville 27
RABBIT HOLE CAVEHILL Louisville 23
JEFFERSON’S RESERVE Louisville 20
OLD FORESTER 100 Shively 17
RUSSELL’S RESERVE 10 Lawrenceburg 17
WOODFORD RESERVE Versailles 18
WIDOW JANE 10 Brooklyn, New York 27
BLACKENED Vermont 17
JACK DANIELS Tennessee 17
JACK DANIELS SINGLE BARREL Tennessee 21
HIGH WEST BOURYE Utah 28
HIGH WEST CAMPFIRE Utah 22
MICHTER’S Kentucky 18
OLD POTRERO 18TH CENTURY SPIRIT California 39
SMOOTH AMBLER OLD SCOUT West Virginia 17
ST. GEORGE BREAKING & ENTERING Kentucky 17
WESTWARD Oregon 29
ANGELS ENVY RYE Louisville 27
FEW Illinois 25
JACK DANIEL’S Tennessee 17
MICHTER’S Kentucky 17
OLD POTERO California 39
PIKESVILLE MARYLAND STYLE Kentucky 17
RITTENHOUSE Pennsylvania 17
RUSSELL’S RESERVE 6 Kentucky 17
WILD TURKEY 101 Kentucky 18
WHISTLEPIG 10 Vermont 27
WHISTLEPIG 12 “OLD WORLD CASK” Vermont 45
ABERFELDY 12 Highlands 21
ABERLOUR A’BUNADH “CASK PROOF” Speyside 33
ARDBEG 10 Islay 23
BALVENIE 12 Speyside 30
BALVENIE 14 “CARIBBEAN CASK” Speyside 30
BALVENIE 17 “DOUBLEWOOD” Speyside 43
BOWMORE DARKEST 15 Islay 25
BRUICHLADDICH “LADDIE” Islay 21
CHIVAS REGAL 12 Blend 19
DEWARS 12 Blend 19
GLENFIDDICH 12 Speyside 19
GLENFIDDICH 14 “BOURBON CASK” Speyside 23
GLENFIDDICH 18 Speyside 39
GLENGOYNE 10 Highlands 20
GLENLIVET 12 Speyside 18
GLENLIVET 18 Speyside 43
GLENLIVET NADURRA “PEATED CASK” Speyside 31
GLENROTHES ‘SHERRY CASK’ Speyside 19
GLENMORANGIE 10 / 18 Highlands 19 / 37
GLENMORANGIE QUINTA RUBON Highlands 27
HIGHLAND PARK 12 “VIKING HONOR” Orkney 20
JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK / BLUE Kilmarnock 22 / 76
LAPHROAIG 10 Islay 23
LONGROW PEATED Campbeltown 20
LONGROW PEATED 18 Campbeltown 47
KILKERRAN 12 Campbeltown 23
MACALLAN 12 / 18 Highlands 23 / 67
MONKEY SHOULDER Blend 17
SPRINGBANK 10 / 18 Campbeltown 25 / 56
TALISKER 10 Skye 27
HIBIKI HARMONY Japan 25
JAMESON BLACK BARREL Ireland 18
KAIYO MIZUNARA Japan 22
KAIYO CASK STRENGTH Japan 29
KIKORI Japan 22
LOT 40 RYE Canada 17
NIKKA “COFFEY GRAIN” Japan 25
RED BREAST “LUSTAU EDITION” Ireland 17
SUNTORY TOKI Japan 21
TEELING “SMALL BATCH” Ireland 17
TEELING “SINGLE MALT” Ireland 20
TULLAMORE DEW / CIDER CASK Ireland 17 / 18
YAMAZAKI 12 Japan 36
BRANDY, COGNAC, ARMAGNAC
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS SACRED BOND California 17
CLEAR CREEK APPLE Oregon 17
D’USSE COGNAC VSOP Cognac 27
HENNESSY VS / VSOP PRIVILEGE Cognac 24 / 28
JANNEAU VSOP Cognac 23
LHERAUD 10 Cognac 40
MARTELL XO Cognac 58
PARK XO Cognac 40
PIERRE FERRAND AMBRE Cognac 18
POMME D’EVE Calvados 33
REMY MARTIN VSOP / 1738 Cognac 28 / 30
ST. GEORGE PEAR Brandy 17
BARSOL PRIMERO QUEBRANTA PISCO Peru 17
PISCO PORTON MOSTO VERDE Peru 20
AMARO BRAULIO Italy 16
ANCHO REYES Mexico 16
ANCHO REYES VERDE Mexico 16
APEROL Italy 16
AVERNA Italy 16
BENEDICTINE France 16
CAMPARI Italy 16
CHARTREUSE GREEN / YELLOW France 18 / 18
CYNAR Italy 16
DRAMBUIE Scotland 16
FERNET BRANCA Italy 16
GRAND CLASSICO Italy 16
GRAND MARNIER France 17
LILLET BLANC / ROSE France 16 / 16
AMARO MONTENEGRO Italy 16
AMARO NONINO Italy 16
LUXARDO MARASCHINO Italy 16
1990, HENRY MCKENNA
SOUR MASH STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY 750ML, 40%ABV, 80PF
Heaven Hill Distillers Inc.
Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, KY
A bourbon brand with an interesting history. Henry McKenna was distilled by Seagram’s for most of the 20th century at the Henry McKenna distillery in Fairfield, Kentucky, which they acquired from the family in 1941.
Seagram’s closed the Fairfield distillery in 1976, and in an unusual deal, sold the domestic rights to the brand to Heaven Hill a few years later. Seagram’s retained ownership of the export version however, producing it at their Four Roses distillery until their eventual dissolution in the early 2000s.
This is a 1990 bottling of the domestic product, distilled at the old Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown prior to it burning down in 1996. This was exported at a later date to the Japanese market. These bottlings are known for being unexpectedly well executed for what was marketed as an inexpensive batch product at the time. The lower proof bundles the flavors and lessens the complexity while showcasing the spirit
for what it is meant to be: enjoyed regularly.
color Warm, rich amber, golden honey.
nose Strong spiced rye, pure oak, scant char, well balanced.
palate Strong caramel, boisterous and robust hickory,
the nose pales in comparison to the quality felt on the palate.
finish Follows up on the caramel, rye spice, and hickory wood. Aggressive finish, char is enjoyable and mild.
ounce cost $20
1991 OLD TAYLOR 6-YEAR
KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY 750ML, 40%ABV, 80PF
The Old Taylor Distillery/National Distillers Frankfort, KY/Clermont, KY
Old Taylor Bourbon was named in honor of Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., who was born in Columbus, Kentucky, in 1832. Taylor was a grand nephew of
U.S. President Zachary Taylor. Like various other figures in the Kentucky whiskey industry, Taylor is often referred to in public relations materials as a “Colonel”, since he held the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel. The honorary title resembles that of the military rank but is not actually associated with military service and has primarily been used for public relations purposes (e.g., by “Colonel” Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken). Taylor started and owned seven different distilleries throughout his career, the most successful being the O.F.C. and Carlisle distilleries, the forerunners of today’s Buffalo Trace Distillery.
In the late 1940s, Old Taylor bourbon was promoted with the slogan, “Sign of a good host”.
Old Taylor Distillery remained in local control after Taylor died in 1922 until National Distillers (ND) acquired the operation in 1935. ND, formed out of
a merger in 1934, operated Old Taylor until it was purchased by Jim Beam
in 1987. This bottling, distilled in 1985, would have been one of the last of those National Distillers runs to be released by the company—notated by the “86259” in the barcode on the back label. These are highly sought after and are known for being of some of the highest quality whiskeys in the market at the time.
nose Cinnamon, rye, vanilla custard, raspberry candy, tangerines, jasmine, denim.
palate Cherry, scant bitterness, slightly sweet, rich vanilla, cayenne pepper, tart berry, tart citrus.
finish Simple,mediumlength,sweet,floralpeppery. ouncecost $160
1960S I.W. HARPER ‘GOLD MEDAL’ KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY 750ML, 43%ABV, 86PF
I.W. Harper Distilling Company (currently owned by Diageo) Louisville, Kentucky
The I.W. Harper brand has been around since the late 1800s and was created by Mr. Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, a German immigrant who came to the USA
in 1867 with $4 in his pocket. After working for a liquor wholesaler, Loeb, Bloom, & Co., and saving up enough money, Isaac brought his brother Bernard to the United States. The Bernheim brothers opened their own liquor operation in 1872 and in the early 1890s the bought a distillery in Louisville, renamed it the Bernheim Distillery, and went to work until their warehouse burned down in 1896. 100 years later, in 1996, the distillery known as the Old Bernheim distillery (Heaven Hill) would burn down after it’s warehouse also caught fire. The Bernheims sold their distillery to the now defunct, but once large, drinks brand Schenley in 1937. Schenley was acquired by an Israeli businessman in 1968 who then sold the company to Guinness in 1987, who is owned by Diageo, which is where the I.W. Harper brand lives today.
Always focusing on quality in the days when bad bourbon was widespread, this 1960s bottling was labeled ‘Gold Medal’ referencing a gold medal at the World’s Fair in New Orleans in 1885.
Color Bright amber, soft hues of straw and gold. Nose Light and fresh, vanilla, split oak, caramel corn.
Palate Sweet and rich, floral, vanilla caramel, orange blossom honey, very mild tannins and pleasant depth.
Finish Lean, crisp and fresh, slight spice. Ouncecost $100
1979 I.W. HARPER ‘BOTTLED-IN-BOND’
750ML, 50% ABV, 100PF
DISTILLED IN SPRING, 1974 / BOTTLED IN FALL, 1979
I.W. Harper Distilling Company (currently owned by Diageo) Louisville, Kentucky
Bottled in bond is a label for an American-made distilled beverage that has been aged and bottled according to a set of legal regulations contained in
the United States government’s Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits,
as originally laid out in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. As a reaction to widespread adulteration in American whiskey, the act made the federal government the guarantor of a spirit’s authenticity, gave producers a tax incentive for participating, and helped ensure proper accounting and the eventual collection of the tax that was due. Although the regulations apply to all spirits, most bonded spirits are whiskeys in practice.
To be labeled as bottled-in-bond or bonded, the liquor must be the product of one distillation season (January–June or July–December) by one distiller at one distillery. It must have been aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision for at least four years and bottled at 100 (U.S.) proof (50% alcohol by volume). The bottled product’s label must identify the distillery where it was distilled and, if different, where it was bottled. Only spirits produced in the United States may be designated as bonded.
Some consumers consider the term to be an endorsement of quality, while many producers consider it archaic and do not use it. However, because bottled-in-bond whiskey must be the product of one distillation season, one distillery, and one distiller – whereas ordinary straight whiskey may be a product of the mingling of straight whiskeys (of the same grain type) with differing ages and producers within a single state – it may be regarded as a better indication of the distiller’s skill, making it similar in concept to a single malt whisky, small batch whiskey, or single barrel whiskey.
This 1979 bottling was distilled in the Spring of 1974. The 1970s BIBs were an outlier of the already waning whiskey market at the time as consumers were looking towards clear spirits and liqueurs. It is widely assumed that many of these were used as incentives by wholesalers to peddle other brands. In today’s market, the higher proof bottled-in-bond bourbons are some of the most coveted by collectors and consumers alike.
Color Maple and amber, thin-syrupy legs.
Nose ‘Wheater’ nose, fruits, chocolate, pronounced heat.
Palate Orchard fruits, background of milk chocolate and strawberry, medium- body, hot and bold.
Finish Scant dryness, abbreviated heat and prolonged fruit, ‘candy dust’. Ouncecost $150
VINTAGE RYE WISKEY
1978, OLD OVERHOLT STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY 1 QUART 43%ABV, 86PF
National Distillers Cincinnati, Ohio
Old Overholt, said to be America’s oldest continually maintained brand
of whiskey, was founded in West Overton, Pennsylvania in 1810. Henry Oberholzer (Anglicized to “Overholt”), a German Mennonite farmer,
moved to West Overton, Pennsylvania, on the banks of Jacobs Creek in Western Pennsylvania in 1800. His family came from the area of Germany which specialized in distilling “korn”, or rye whiskey, and Henry took up
the tradition. In 1810, Henry’s son Abraham Overholt (1784–1870) took
over management of the distillery and made it into a business. By the 1820s, the distillery was putting out 12 to 15 gallons of rye whiskey per day. Abraham grew the company rapidly; by 1843, Baltimore newspapers were advertising Overholt’s “Old Rye”; at that time, only the very few top distilleries were advertised by name. By 1859, Overholt incorporated his business as
“A. Overholt & Co.” He operated out of a new distillery building that was six stories high, 100 feet long, and which could produce 860 gallons per day.
The company eventually became part of National Distillers, which had facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio and Frankfort, Kentucky, and also produced Old Crow, Old Grandad and Old Taylor. In 1987, National Distillers Group sold the spirits business to the Fortune Brands holding company,
which became Beam Inc.
This 1978 bottling is a lower proof than what is widely available today: Old Overholt Bottled-In-Bond.
color Clean and golden, pale straw and amber.
nose Graham cracker, caramel, vanilla, citrus.
palate Low viscosity, leather, cinnamon, orange peel. finish Short and sparse, expressive for a lower proof spirit. ounce cost $75
1974 Rittenhouse ‘Five Years Old’
Straight Rye Whiskey, Italian Export
75cl, 43% ABV, 86pf
Continental Distilling Corporation
Continental Distilling Co. was a subsidiary of Publicker Industries, Inc. Publicker Industries began with Mr. Harry Publicker, who started off steaming old whiskey barrels and extracting from them the gallon or two of whiskey that had soaked into the charred wood. This he sold, and when the government tried to prosecute him for not paying the revenue tax on the whiskey, he became highly indignant. In 1912 he built and operated a distillery at the corner of Snyder Street and Swanson Avenue, and at the riverfront between Bigler Street and Packer Ave. After prohibition was repealed, it was only natural for them to apply that leverage of scale and their modern technologies to the production of potable spirits. In August of 1933 they spent what would be over $27 million dollars in today’s money to remodel their smaller distillery into what would become the Continental Distilling Corporation.
They introduced “Rittenhouse Square Rye” in 1934. It was named after Philadelphia’s famous Rittenhouse Square, which itself was named after David Rittenhouse, a renowned astronomer, inventor, and mathematician. The “Square” was dropped from the product’s name in 1948, and it’s remained known as Rittenhouse Rye ever since.
By the 1970s, whiskey had become less popular in America, as clear spirits—vodka in particular—grew in popularity. Bourbon sales were falling, and rye became nearly extinct. The few original rye makers that were still around in Pennsylvania (and elsewhere) struggled and began to close. Continental began to wane in the early 1980s. Heaven Hill Distillery swooped in and bought the rights to several rye brands, including Rittenhouse, as the original distilleries went out of business.
Heaven Hill introduced their version of Rittenhouse Rye in the 1990s. Although Heaven Hill is, of course, famous for being a bourbon maker, the company deserves a lot of credit for keeping rye whiskey alive in the US. Even when bourbon started to become a popular drinking choice once again, rye was slower to reemerge. For many years, Heaven Hill spent only a single day per year distilling rye whiskey—the rest of the year was devoted to bourbon. But they kept it alive, even if only once a year.
This 1974 Italian Export bottling was distilled in 1969. In earlier iterations, some export bottles still read as “Bottled-In-Bond” even though the contents were under 100 proof, as the Bottled In Bond laws did not translate overseas. Rye whiskey was incredibly rare in the 1960s and 70s, making this beautiful example of a classic American brand, incredibly unique.
color Mahogany and gold, incredibly clean and bright
nose Dried apricot, dried cherry, sweet pepper, toffee
palate Dark cacao, clean, rich, cinnamon, citrus, vanilla, nutmeg
finish Lingering maple, spice, white pepper, medium length
ounce cost $300
VINTAGE BLENDED SCOTCH WISKEY
1960, HAIG & HAIG PINCH
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKEY, 12 YEARS OLD 1 QUART, 43%ABV, 86PF
Haig & Haig (Now owned by Diageo) Markinch, Scotland
Kane McKenzie Haig founded a distillery in the early 1720s in Kennetpans near Stirling, which became Scotland’s largest distillery by 1733. It has been called the world’s first commercial distillery. Stein had taken over some land and distilling operations from a local monastery. (Stein’s distillery
is now in ruins, and fund-raising was attempted in early 2015 to try to preserve its remnants.)
Robert Haig was a distiller in the early 1600s and a member of the Scottish Clan Haig family. His great-grandson Kane McKenzie Haig, who lived in the Kennetpans area, married Margaret Stein of the Stein family in 1751 and founded the company known as John Haig & Co.
Haig was bottled in a distinctive three-sided bottle with dimpled sides, starting in the 1890s. The bottle was registered as a trademark in the US in 1958 by Julius Lunsford. It and the bottle design for Coca-Cola (which was also registered by Lunsford) were the first two bottle designs to appear in the Principal Register of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
This 1960s bottling was exported to the United States via the exclusive importer at the time, Renfield Importers of Union, New Jersey.
color Pale straw, excellent clarity.
nose Toffee and bananas up front, gentle ginger, nutmeg, nutty spice. palate Sweet and creamy, soft caramel, effervescent cinnamon. finish Complex and light, soft anise, touch of warmth.
ounce cost $35
VINTAGE JAPANESE WHISKEY
1980S SUNTORY RESERVE
JAPANESE BLENDED WHISKEY
750ml, 43.4%ABV, 86.8pf
Suntory Holdings Limited
Distillery Yamazaki, Kyoto, Japan
A slight notch down from Suntory Royal is Suntory Special Reserve, another blended whiskey. This one was born in 1969 to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary, being blended by second-generation company president Keizo Saji. The timing of the release is important. Nikka’s first Coffey Still went online at their Nishinomiya facility in 1963, enabling them to release the blended Hi Nikka in 1964. The second-generation Black Nikka was also released in 1965. Both were successful for Nikka, so Suntory needed to respond.
The late 60s and early 70s were pivotal for Japanese whisky for several other reasons too:
• The 1970 World’s Fair, the first ever held in Japan, was right in Suntory’s hometown of Osaka. The company needed a bottle that could appeal to international visitors.
• More foreign whiskies were reaching Japanese shores in the early 70s, meaning Suntory also had to compete with them in their home market.
• These years also saw the birth of distilleries that would help define Japanese whisky for the next several decades: Nikka’s Miyagikyo in 1969, Kirin/Seagram/Chivas Fuji Gotemba in 1972, SunGrain Chita in 1972, Suntory Hakushu in 1973.
Special Reserve helped the company shore up their reputation. Like Royal, its formula has evolved over the years, age statements have come and gone, and several limited editions have been produced. Secondary markets are loaded with such bottles, and compared to prices for other Japanese whiskies, they’re relatively affordable. These days, the company says the key malt of Suntory Special Reserve is Hakushu aged in white oak casks. There’s Yamazaki in there too, of course.
This early 1980s bottling of Suntory Reserve was released before “Special” was included in the labeling, which was somewhere in the mid-1990s.
color Thick and heavy gold, bright and colorful.
nose Prunes, apricot, more sherry than Royal, orange.
palate White pepper and orange, bitter chocolate, oak, sugary and balanced.
finish Medium-length, lasting dried fruits, scant oak bitterness.
ounce cost $130
VINTAGE IRISH WHISKEY
1960, OLD BUSHMILLS BLENDED IRISH WHISKEY 4/5QT, 40%ABV, 80PF
The Old Bushmills Distillery Co.
Bushmills, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Old Bushmills distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland,
is the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, with a grant to distill dating back to 1608. While the actual license stretches back more than four centuries, the actual distillery – and the company that bears
its name – was not founded until 1784. Then, in 1860, two Belfast spirit merchants bought the premises and began to distill in earnest and,
in 1890, the company-owned SS Bushmills carried the first bottles to the US. Eventually the company joined the Jameson, Powers and Cork Distillers in the Irish Distillers Group.
Throughout its history the company operated through various periods
of closure, while the modern distillery has been in continuous operations since it was rebuilt after a fire in 1885. In 2005, the distillery was purchased by Diageo for £200 million. It was subsequently announced, in 2014,
that Diageo traded the Bushmills brand with Tequila Cuervo La Rojeña, the parent company of Jose Cuervo, for a 50% stake in the Don Julio brand.
This 1960s bottling was imported by the Jos Garneau Co., New York, which was at one point a division of the Brown-Forman corporation.
color Thin, pale hay, slight winter haze.
nose Light and fruity spice, vanilla, toasted oat, mild caramel, crème brulee. palate Warm and gentle mouthfeel, honeycomb, bubblegum, tart apple. finish Lean, crisp and fresh, slight spice.
ounce cost $65
1967 DUNPHY’S ‘7-YEAR OLD’ BLENDED IRISH WHISKEY 4/5QT, 43.4 %ABV, 86.8PF
Old Midleton Distillery, Midleton, County Cork, Ireland
Not much is known about the Dunphy’s brand other than its existence as an arm of the Midleton Distillery, producers of the world’s most popular Irish whiskey, Jameson. Dunphy’s was created for the American Market initially as
a bargain-priced product used for Irish Coffee and other drinks. The company then became very popular in its homeland and rivaled brands like Jameson, Powers, and Bushmills. Around the middle-1960s there was a new extension of the brand created, also strictly for export: Dunphy’s 7-Year. This only lasted for a short while as distribution in the United States fully ceased in the 1980s.
This 1967 bottling is an incredibly rare item and most likely one of the few that still exist. Dunphy’s can be found in Ireland to this day but is still difficult to locate.
color Bright amber, soft hues of straw and gold.
nose Creamy vanilla, chocolate cookies, clean and vegetal.
palate Rich and spicy, low viscosity.
finish Warm Christmas baking spice, balanced and efficient finish. ounce cost $140
1980S JOHN POWER & SON, ‘GOLD LABEL’ IRISH WHISKEY
750ML, 40%ABV, 80PF
Old Midleton Distillery, Midleton, County Cork, Ireland
In 1791 James Power, an innkeeper from Dublin, established a small distillery at his public house at 109 Thomas St., Dublin. The distillery, which had an output of about 6,000 gallons in its first year of operation, initially traded as James Power and Son, but by 1822 had become John Power & Son, and had moved to a new premises at John’s Lane, a side street off Thomas Street. At the time the distillery had three pot stills, though only one, a 500-gallon still is thought to have been in use.
In 1871, the distillery was expanded and rebuilt in the Victorian style, becoming one of the most impressive sights in Dublin. After expansion, output at the distillery rose to 700,000 gallons per annum, and by the 1880s, had reached about 900,000 gallons per annum, at which point the distillery covered over six acres of central Dublin, and had a staff of about 300 people.
During this period, when the Dublin whiskey distilleries were amongst the largest in the world, the family-run firms of John Powers, along with John Jameson, William Jameson, and George Roe, (collectively known as the “Big Four”) came to dominate the Irish distilling landscape, introducing several innovations. In 1886, John Power & Son began bottling their own whiskey, rather than following the practice customary at the time, of selling whiskey directly to merchants and bonders who would bottle it themselves. They were the first Dublin distillery to do so, and one of the first in the world. A gold label adorned each bottle, and it was from these that the whiskey got the name Powers Gold Label.
In 1966, with the Irish whiskey industry still struggling following Prohibition in the United States, the Anglo-Irish Trade War, and the rise of competition from Scotch whiskey, John Powers & Son joined forces with the only other remaining distillers in the Irish Republic, the Cork Distilleries Company, and their Dublin rivals John Jameson & Son, to form Irish Distillers. Soon after, in a bold move, Irish Distillers decided to close all their existing distilleries, and to consolidate production at a new purpose-built facility in Midleton (the New Midleton Distillery) alongside their existing Old Midleton Distillery. The new distillery opened in 1975, and a year later, production ceased at John’s Lane Distillery and began anew in Cork, with Powers Gold Label and many other Irish whiskeys reformulated from single pot still whiskeys to blends.
This 1980s bottling shows a distribution label of Dillon Wines & Spirits LTD of Belfast, making this a domestic Irish bottling that made its way to the US via transport, not export.
color Warm gold, clear and velvety.
nose Rich cinnamon, white pepper, honey, toasted oak, orange zest.
palate Brown sugar, slight nutmeg boldness, vanilla, dried oak, orchard fruits. finish Long, oily, spice fades into barley and toasted wood.
ounce cost $60
1950, PADDY, 10-YEAR OLD IRISH WHISKY
4/5QT, 43%ABV, 86PF
Irish Distillers (On behalf of Sazerac)
Old Midleton Distillery, Midleton, County Cork, Ireland
The Cork Distilleries Company was founded in 1867, and by 1868 had five distilleries under its control. In 1882 the company hired Paddy Flaherty as a salesman. He was so successful with his techniques (which included buying rounds of drinks for patrons) that when publicans ran low, they would write the distillery to reorder cases of “Paddy Flaherty’s whiskey”. In 1912, with his name becoming synonymous with the success of their spirit, the distillery officially renamed the whiskey in his honor: Paddy Irish Whiskey.
In the 1920s and 1930s in Ireland, whiskey was sold in casks from the distillery to wholesalers, who would then sell it to publicans. To prevent dilution in these casks by middlemen and fluctuations in quality, Paddy began to bottle their whiskey themselves, becoming one of the first to do so. Paddy was part of the sale to Pernod Ricard in 1988 and was ultimately purchased by the American company Sazerac in 2016.
This stunning 1950s bottling was produced when Paddy still had an age statement (10 years old) and before Irish Distillers began using an ‘e’ in ‘whiskey’ for the brand.
color Deep golden amber, rich hues of brown and bronze.
nose Oily, fresh floral notes, cereal grain, dried fruits.
palate Medium-bodied richness, slight butterscotch/vanilla, faint rosewater. finish Dry spice, black pepper, scant toasted oak, mild tannins.
ounce cost $70
2000, EMBARGO HAVANA CLUB AÑEJO RESERVA
700ML 40%ABV, 86PF
Corporación Cuba Ron Cardenas, Cuba
The Arechabala family founded a distillery in Cardenas, Cuba in 1878.
Later renamed José Arechabala S.A., the company created the Havana Club brand in 1934, and sold rum under that name in both Cuba and the United States. The company was nationalized without compensation by the Castro government in 1960. The Arechabala family allege it was taken from them at gunpoint. Subsequently, much of the Arechabala family was forced to leave Cuba for Spain and the United States, while other members of the family were imprisoned.
The Cuban government sold rum abroad under the Havana Club name beginning in 1972, focusing primarily on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The government focused on Havana Club because (unlike the Bacardi family) the Arechabala family had not established plants outside of Cuba and so could not produce a competing brand. The company
was considered a “national jewel” by the Cuban government, and in 1977 manufacturing was moved to a new plant in Santa Cruz del Norte.
Since 1994, Cuban production and non-US global marketing of Havana Club has continued under a joint partnership between Pernod Ricard
and Corporación Cuba Ron. In 1994, Bacardi began producing rum under the Havana Club name in Cataño, Puerto Rico using a recipe given to them by Arechabala family members. While originally sold in only a few US states (primarily Florida), production was expanded in 2006, and in 2012, after winning a critical court battle, Bacardi announced plans to sell the rum more broadly.
color Golden amber, almost oily viscosity.
nose Oak, tobacco, cinnamon, rich caramel.
palate Very similar to the nose, dialed back sweetness, warm spices. finish Peppery heat, mild smoke, rich and clean.
ounce cost $30
1960, TEQUILA SAUZA
100% AGAVE TEQUILA BLANCO 750ML, 40%ABV, 80PF
Distilleria Sauza Tequila, Jalisco, MX
Sauza takes its name from Don Cenobio Sauza, the tequila pioneer who founded the brand in 1873, on the same site of the present day Sauza distillery. He was the first distiller to label his agave spirit ‘tequila’ – after the town in which he lived and worked, and the first producer to export the newly-named category to the US. Don Cenobio is also credited with technical innovations such as heating stills using steam coils.
In a time when agave spirits were not widely appreciated worldwide, this 1960s bottling was imported to Italy by Sposetti, Genoa. Incredibly rare considering its condition, it was produced before ‘puro agave’ was what it is today.
color Especially clear, almost platinum.
nose Hints of pepper, slight aroma of vegetal sweetness.
palate Spice and pepper, mildly discernable agave notes, pleasant depth. finish Hot but brief.
ounce cost $45
1986 TEQUILA HERRADURA BLANCO NOM-1119
1L, 46%ABV, 92PF
Grupo Industrial Herradura & Brown-Forman Corporation Amatitán, Jalisco, Mexico
The first known owner of the tequila producing property was Feliciano Romo in the early 19th century. The official history of Herradura begin with Félix López, who began as the distillery administrator under then owners Josefa Salazar and her sons. In 1870, López took over the distillery and agave fields and registered it as a tequila producer under the name of Hacienda San José del Refugio.
Félix López married Carmen Rosales and they had two children, Aurelio
and María de Jesús. The couple modernized the production of tequila at the hacienda, building a facility that remained in use until 1963. López died in 1878 and Rosales took over the business along with her brother Ambrosio Rosales and his wife Elisa Gomez Cuervo. Later, the business was inherited by Aurelio López.
The name Herradura, which means horseshoe in Spanish, is a said to have come from the finding of a horseshoe on the hacienda property. In the 1920s the Cristero War broke out, with both Aurelio and his sister María de Jesus as sympathizers. At one point government troops surrounded the hacienda but the siblings were able to escape. However, Aurelio never returned to the hacienda again.
The hacienda passed into the hand of Aurelio’s cousin David Rosales, who kept the tequila 100% agave despite the trend towards blending to cut costs. María de Jesús was able to return to Herradura and distinguished herself with charitable works to the town of Amatitán, including the building of wells in an area with little water.
In the 1990s, there was conflict over sales of shares in the company by some members of the family as well as agave growing land. Part of the legal problems stemmed from the sale of shares to non-Mexican entities. In 2004, Herradura bought back foreign owned shares, making the company 100% Mexican owned again. At this time, the company controlled thirty percent of the Mexican tequila markets behind Jose Cuervo’s forty percent share.
However, in 2007 all assets of the company were sold for $USD 776 million to the US-based company Brown-Forman. That same year Herradura was named “best distillery of 2007” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
This 1986 bottling was produced at NOM-1119, still to this day one of the few plants that produces for one sole brand. Most tequila houses will produce distillate for multiple brands and companies.
color Crystal-clear, medium viscosity.
nose Clean agave, papaya, guava, pineapple, apricot, slight medicinal top note.
palate Round and sweet up front, typical highland ‘burn’, grassy, vegetal; white pepper, stone fruit on the back.
finish Medium and brisk, menthol, white pepper, tropical fruit. ounce cost $180
1990, WODKA GRASOVKA ‘BISON GRASS VODKA’ 500ML, 40%ABV, 80PF
Nisskosher Wytwórnia Wódek Gatunkowych Bielsko-Biala, Poland
This zubrowka vodka is flavored with Hierochloe Odorata grass, better known as ‘bison grass’ due to its growing in the Biełowieża Forest in Biełowieża National Park on the border between Poland and Belarus. This is an area where Europe’s last wild bison are known to graze. The original recipes originated from areas where the art of composing diverse liqueurs in homes of Polish noblemen was intertwined with the skills of Jewish distillers who immigrated to Poland from many parts of Europe.
This is a 1990 bottling of the UK export. Nisskosher no longer makes the product under the Grasovka label as it was discontinued in 2013.
color Clear, very faint green tinge.
nose Aromatic yet delicate, grassy with pear skin,
soapy shortbread, scant pistachio nuttiness.
palate Grassy and herbal, mild sweetness, light peppery bite, jasmine and peppermint tea.
finish Light white pepper spice. ounce cost $45
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