Spirits

At Top Shelf Liquor, you will find the largest selection of spirits in town. We pride ourselves in providing our customers with a variety of the best Scotches, Bourbons, Premium Tequilas, and Liqueurs, as well as the largest Vodka selection in the area – both traditional and flavored. New flavors are always being added to our already vast selection.

We always take special order and requests, and can usually have your order in-store within 48 hours. And because of our consistently loyal customer base, distributors give us the first chance to carry their newly added products. Come in and see what’s new!

Top Shelf is fortunate to be one of Michigan’s exclusive stores to receive Pappy Van Winkle when it is released.

Also, because of our exclusive relationship with Buffalo Trace Distillery, we will be receiving limited quantities of Eagle Rare 17-Year Old Bourbon, George T. Stagg 138 Proof, and Stagg Jr. 132 Proof.

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Patron “Roca” Is Here – A True Top Shelf Tequila!

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Review from MarketWatch.com:

The back story: There are few tequilas more iconic than Patron, the super-premium brand that essentially redefined the spirit as worthy of something beyond a quick shot with salt and lime. But in the 25 years since Patron first came on the scene, tequila has turned upscale, with many high-end and celebrity-oriented brands entering the mix. Heck, George Clooney now has his own tequila.

Not that Patron is struggling: In fact, the brand’s traditional line has seen sales grow by 20% since 2008 to more than 2 million cases in 2013, according to the Beverage Information & Insights Group, a market researcher. But by Patron’s own admission, it wanted to be more relevant to contemporary sippers, those “who have asked for a more complex, agave-forward tequila,” says Patron marketing chief Lee Applbaum. (Agave, of course, is the plant that’s used to make tequila.)

Enter Roca Patron, a tequila that’s not intended to replace the flagship Patron line, which runs $45 to $55 a bottle, but instead is positioned as something of an artisan, higher-priced alternative. What makes it different? In a word, it’s all about the “roca” (Spanish for “rock”) – namely, the two-ton volcanic stone wheel, also known as a “tahona,” that’s used to crush the baked agave and squeeze out the juice that becomes the basis for tequila. Most modern-day tequila makers have long abandoned this old-fashioned process in favor of modern crushing methods. Indeed, to make the flagship Patron, modern methods are generally employed. But the idea with Roca was to honor tradition and get that purer agave flavor. It also helps, says Applbaum, that Roca is made by fermenting both juice and some of the agave fiber together; the fiber, which is later separated, adds a certain richness of flavor.

What we think about it: We’ve always had a soft spot for Patron — it’s the tequila that helped us understand the spirit’s potential oh so many years ago. The Roca line similarly impresses us. Yes, it is pricier than the flagship Patron, but it’s more elegant and more deft at doing what a tequila is designed to do — namely, deliver the full flavor of the agave. The Reposado, aged for five months in American bourbon barrels, is the star of the bunch, with notes both sweet and vegetal (Patron says you’ll get a hint of mushroom) and a seductively creamy mouth feel. But the Silver (unaged) and Anejo (aged for 14 months) don’t disappoint, either.

How to enjoy it: You didn’t think we were going to suggest going the shot-with-lime-and-salt route, did you? Seriously, this is serious tequila, which means it should be savored, not gulped. Enjoy the Roca line neat — no ice necessary. If you have to make a tequila-based cocktail, go ahead and make one. But we think that’s a role better fulfilled by Patron’s flagship line.

Charles Passy covers personal finance, consumer spending and all things food and drink for MarketWatch in New York. Follow him on Twitter @CharlesPassy.
(source: Marketwatch.com)

sinatra Jack Daniel’s Special “Sinatra Select” Limited Release

Bottled at 90 proof, and made with unique “Sinatra Barrels”, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select pays tribute to Jack’s biggest fan: Mr. Frank Sinatra. These Sinatra barrels have deep grooves on the inside of the staves — which exposes the whiskey to extra layers of oak. This imparts a rich amber color, bold character and a pleasant smokiness, followed by an incredibly smooth vanilla finish. Much like Frank himself, this whiskey is one of a kind.

Frank Sinatra loved Jack. That’s Jack, as in Daniel’s. The Tennessee Whiskey. It was on stage with him every night. And before long, a glass of Jack Daniel’s was as much a part of him as his tuxedo, his fedora and his golden voice. Frank loved Jack so much, he was even laid to rest with a bottle of it. So it seemed only fitting not just to pay tribute, but to share a drink, with the man who loved us as much as we love him.

(source: Jack Daniel’s Distillery)

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stagg_bourbonVery Rare Stagg Jr. Bourbon is In!

George T. Stagg bourbon is a revelation. Never has a spirit delivered such fireworks on the palate.

Unapologetically strong (at 143 proof), George T. Stagg is the kind of whiskey you sit with and chew on for a long time.

The biggest problem with George T. Stagg isn’t its monster proof, it’s that it has become nearly impossible to find. We were surprised when we heard that Buffalo Trace, the makers of George T. Stagg, were extending the George T. Stagg line with Stagg Jr., a younger barrel proof version of the notoriously strong whiskey. George T. Stagg is traditionally released as a 17 year old whiskey, while Stagg Jr. comes in at eight to nine years, literally half the age of George T. Stagg.

Artisan Liquors – Popular New Product at Top Shelf

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At Top Shelf, we’re very pleased – and proud – to be the only store in our area to carry these Artisan Liquors. They are Small Batch, Craft Liquors, especially tasty and some, very hard to find. We invite you to come in and browse our exclusive selection. They have already become so popular that we’ve had to order more to keep up with demand! We are adding new varieties every week – come in and check them out!

 

grass_widowHow about an Artisan Liquor made right here in Detroit’s Corktown?

The Two James have released Grass Widow, a Special Edition Straight Bourbon Whiskey throwback to celebrate the end of Prohibition.

From Two James: Grass Widow Bourbon is a high rye bourbon uniquely finished in Madeira casks. This bourbon possesses intriguing levels of spice and complexity. Before the Volstead Act reared its ugly head, Detroit was a hotbed of premium whiskey manufacturing. Two James Spirits honors the glory of Detroit’s craft whiskey roots with the resurrection of the Grass Widow name.

Eagle Rare

Eagle Rare 10 Year-Old

Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years, each barrel is discriminately selected. The rareness of this great breed of bourbon is evident in its complex aroma, as well as the smooth and lingering taste. Each bottle of Eagle Rare offers consistent flavors, but with a seemingly individual personality from each unique barrel. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.Tasting Notes
Nose: Complex aromas of toffee, hints of orange peel, herbs, honey, leather and oak
Taste: Bold, dry, oaky flavors with notes of candied almonds and very rich cocoa
Finish: Dry and lingering“Easily one of the most tactile yet assertive and
expressive bourbons I’ve tasted in the last two years;
fasten your seatbelts.”
-Paul Pacult, The Spirit Journal(source: http://www.eaglerare.com/)

Papa's Pilar RumPapa’s Pilar Rum – The Favorite of Ernest Hemmingway

The Artisan-Crafted Spirit that reflects Rum’s gutsy roots.

Rum was once a noble spirit. It was served aboard warships, rationed to visionary explorers, and used to sustain the Founding Fathers as they plotted revolution. Rum was consumed by men who understood that you only get one shot at life. Standing still, they’d say, was a waste of valuable time.

Ernest Hemingway was this type of man – an adventurer who lived life to the fullest. He indulged us with glimpses of a vibrant life by stitching together distant cultures, passions, and people using the power of the written word.

Inspired by his appetite for adventure, we’ve proudly
created a super-premium rum: Papa’s Pilar.

It is a spirit born of multiple rums hand-selected from the Caribbean, Central America and Florida. The rums are then brought to the U.S.A. and married together in our unique Solera aging and blending process.

Papa’s Pilar represents the original spirit of rum.

(source: ernesthemingwaycollection.com)

jd_no1Jack Daniels Master Distiller Series Limited Edition #1

This first in a series of seven, honors the original distiller, Jack Daniels himself. Pick up a bottle of this classic today!

Press Release from BEVNET.com: LYNCHBURG, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Jack Daniel Distillery announced today that its limited, one-of-a-kind Master Distiller #1 bottle honoring the company’s founder will be available nationwide this fall at retail locations across the United States.

Previously available at only duty-free shops and in Tennessee, the 86-proof, 750ml bottles are currently hitting shelves around the country.

The Master Distiller #1 package – in tribute to the distillery’s founder and first distiller, Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel” – is the first in a new limited edition series that will recognize the seven men who have served in the position since the distillery began making whiskey nearly 150 years ago.

The collection comes in a gift box bearing the likeness of the master distiller being honored, and each bottle will be sequentially numbered on the back label with the chronological ranking of the designated individual being recognized prominently on the front label. In addition, each package will include a QR Code where consumers can download a video tribute for each distiller.

“Throughout the history of Jack Daniel’s there have only been seven master distillers,” said Phil Epps, Group Brand Director for Jack Daniel’s. “They have all been dedicated to the craft of good whiskey making and following Mr. Jack’s guiding words of ‘every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.’ We can’t think of a better way to honor them than with this collectible expression of the brand that not only contains great Tennessee whiskey, but the stories behind the men who’ve made Jack Daniel’s what it is today.”

Pisco Portón

pisco_portonPisco Portón is a grape based ultra-premium white spirit that is versatile in cocktails and offers complexity with a delicate finish when savored on its own.

Portón is a grape based ultra-premium white spirit that is distilled to 86 proof and handcrafted to ensure a smooth and complex flavor.

Pisco Portón has been distilled the same way, and in the same hacienda in Peru since 1684.

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

ole_smokyFor sippin’ and for mixin’ – check out our varieties, and take home a jar of quality, flavorful moonshine.

Buffalo Trace Premium Bourbon

buffalo_traceBuffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled at the most award-winning distillery in the world. Made from the finest corn, rye and barley malt, this whiskey ages in new oak barrels for years in century old warehouses until the peak of maturity. The taste is rich and complex, with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit. The smooth finish lingers on the palate. This will never change.

(source: Buffalo Trace Distillery)

 

jagermeister_spiceJagermeister Spice

A delightful blend of cinnamon and vanilla spices married with the legendary ingredients found in the original secret Jagermeister recipe.

This is a limited seasonal release. Pick up a bottle today for a warming Winter sipper!

winter_jackJack Daniels Winter Jack

-Nice Winter-Warmer!

Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack is a seasonal blend of apple cider liqueur, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and holiday spices. It is based on an original family recipe from Jack’s home in Lynchburg, Tennessee. When it’s cold outside and snow is falling, our heartwarming Tennessee Cider should be enjoyed with friends and family.
Winter Jack is best served warm. Once heated, it has an inviting aroma of warm apple cider, orange peel, cinnamon, clove and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. The taste is reminiscent of apple pie complemented with Tennessee Whiskey and seasonal spices, with a finish of toasted oak and vanilla.

(source: Jack Daniel’s Distillery)

 

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Absolute Lowest Liquor Prices

All of our 750ml and larger bottles of liquor are State Minimum Price. That means that you can’t buy it cheaper anywhere else – So why go anywhere else?

We still have a limited selection of Gift Sets available. Gift sets are a great idea to bring to your friends and/or family event! (Superbowl anyone?)

Keep us in mind for your next get-together: parties, weddings, and family gatherings. It would be our pleasure to cater the liquor for your next special occasion.

Single Malt Scotch and Blended Scotch Whiskys

You will enjoy our complete selection of Single Malt Scotch families: Glenlivet, McAllan, Glenfiddich, Highland Park, Glenmorangie, Balvenie, Alberlour, Glenlivet, Glengoyne, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Caol Ila, Old Pulteney, Tomintoul, Scapa, Talisker, and more…

Our New Arrival: Glenfiddich Single Malt 18 Year

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Flavors of OAK, BAKED APPLE, CINNAMON

Fine Spanish Oloroso wood and American oak mature this rich, intriguingly fruity and robust oak expression.
Every one of our batches is individually numbered. Each has extraordinary consistency and character, from an intense marrying period. And a warming, distinguished finish.

(source: Glenfiddich Distillery)

 

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jwplatinumWe also feature a complete selection of the best “Blended” Scotch Whiskys and Whisky Families: Jonnie Walker, Dewar’s, J&B, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Ballantine’s Chivas Regal and more…

Featured New Arrival: JOHNNIE WALKER PLATINUM LABEL

Like the rare metal after which it is named, Johnnie Walker® Platinum Label® is rich and refined, a contemporary and complex blend of single malt and grain whiskies matured for a minimum of 18 years.

Drawn from a limited number of casks, carefully chosen and retained throughout their maturation because of their exceptional character, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is
a skillful blend of style and substance artfully crafted by Master Blender Jim Beveridge.
FLAVOR PROFILE

Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is a complex, luxurious blend harboring deep layers of flavor that perfectly balance the diverse character of the distilleries from which it came and the wood in which it has rested.

(source: Johnnie Walker)

A Sampling of our Premium Tequilas

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The Area’s Widest Selection of Traditional and Flavored Vodkas

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Choose From Our Excellent Selection of Premium and Hard-to-Find Bourbons

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