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Hand Selected in 2008 | Scotch Whisky

Bunnahabhain Scotch Whisky

This month’s featured product was hand selected by Vinocopia’s own Scotch luminary: Marion Dauner. Marion is a member of the most exclusive and respected Scotch society in the world, the Keepers of the Quaich. Founded by the major Scotch distilleries, one receives the honor of membership into the Keepers of the Quaich by showing the deepest, most passionate level of commitment to the Scotch Industry. Marion is one of only a handful of Americans to receive this honor.

This year, Marion poured her expertise into a barrel of Scotch, Bunnahabhain 12 year to be precise. The love Marion has for this particular barrel of Bunnahabhain becomes clear after a few short moments of speaking with her. Helped by at-the-time Bunnahabhain Master Distiller Ian McMillan, Marion handpicked this single barrel of scotch -barreled in 2008- for its complex flavor profile and low smoke qualities.

Bunnahabhain is unique among Islay (pronounced eye-luh) whiskies in that the flavor profile is quite mellow. Islay whiskies are most commonly associated with heavy smoke flavors due to the concentration of peat found in the water at the south end of the island. Bunnahabhain resides on the northern end and offers both peated and unpeated varieties of Scotch. Marion’s special selection is of the unpeated variety, lending to complex flavors of berry and nuttiness. Marion’s Bunnahabhain 2008 12 year Single Barrel is a terrific iteration of northern Islay Scotch.

Bunnahabhain Scotch Whisky
Whisky on Log with Tree in Background
Bunnahabhain Hand Selected Scotch

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Cantilever Distillery & Chankaska Creek

Cantilever Distillery follows in the footsteps of the forefathers of the spirits movement of modern day America. Named for the bridge that helped smugglers keep the greater Midwest out of the tight grip of sobriety during the Prohibition era, Cantilever delivers on its promise of full bodied spirits. Cantilever Bourbon is distilled with a slightly higher than average wheat content, allowing for a sweet and smooth mouth feel and a rich and well spiced finish that does the Northwoods proud.

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Cantilever Bourbon on a Barrel

Cantilever distillery was built on the original location of a popular border guide: Woody’s Fairly Reliable Guide Service. In honor of their roots, Cantilever produces a line of spirits meant for those who wish to live in the spirit of the true north. Woody’s American-Canadian blended Rye, aptly blended for the man who built his empire on the border of two great nations, is perfect to brace yourself against the chilling winds of Northern Minnesota. Woody’s Gin and Vodka were expertly crafted to help ease you into that long weekend you’ve been drooling over Monday to Friday. Between the artful design of Cantilever and the consistently tasty Woody’s, Cantilever distillery has the perfect spirit for everyone who wants to get a feel for what living in the North is truly all about.

Cantilever Hotel & Distillery Located in Ranier, MN
Cantilever Juniperus Gin | A North Shore Favorite
Cantilever Bourbon | Excellent Smoothness

Chankaska Creek is about more than just wine. While they have been awarded for their wines countless times, Chankaska strives to give you a complete experience. The founders of Chankaska Creek, so named for the creek that runs through the vineyard just outside of Kasota, Minnesota, traveled all across the world for ideas on how to get their winery just right. Now producing over twenty unique and delicious wines, Chankaska Creek also has a budding distillery, helping it stand alone as the only winery in Minnesota to produce both award winning wine and spirits. Not only are the products of Chankaska award winning, the Winery itself is one of the most popular event destinations in the Midwest. The ranch, sprawling over twenty-five stunning acres, is home to a number of venues where you can congregate with friends and family to enjoy the view and the spoils of years of dedication to crafting only the finest of wines and spirits.

Chankaska Wine & Spirit Products

Bottle of Dingle Irish Gin near bridge near bridge and stream
Dingle Gin | Irish Gin

Irish shore on Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Ireland | Landscape

Dingle Distillery

The founders of Dingle Distillery, County Kerry, Ireland, have always chased perfection. Originally a craft beer creation, Dingle saw the Irish whiskey landscape and decided they could do better. Shortly after growing their small brewery into one of the first and finest artisanal distilleries in all of Ireland, Dingle Distiller’s tried their hand at gin.

What followed took the world by surprise. The award winning gin-namely the 2019 World Gin Award for World’s Best Gin-is the product of technique and loyalty. Technique driven in its macerated botanicals and distilling process, Dingle Original Gin is the work of those who truly respect the spirit. Loyal in its pursuit to honor its County Kerry roots, botanicals such as rowan berries and bog myrtle give Dingle Gin its distinct flavor profile. A London-Dry gin in name only, Dingle Gin is so unique it should be first tasted neat or on the rocks to be truly appreciated. While the founders of Dingle may keep pushing for perfection in whiskey, vodka, and beer, Dingle Gin may be their crowning glory. Click to Visit their Website

Dingle Irish Gin in Fresh Irish Stream
Dingle Gin | In Irish Stream

Dancing Dragonfly Wines

Dancing Dragonfly Winery is the product of dreamers. Born of a vision from Owner and Founder Bill Bluhm, who witnessed the magic of a dance of Dragonflies and knew it was his destiny to create a space for people to come together over a glass of good wine. Located in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, these Wines reflect the upper Midwest in production and pleasantness.

Founder Bill Bluhm and his wife Christine are constantly searching for new, fun ways to incorporate their adventurous spirit in their wines. Named for modern and classical dance routines alike, the wines take on a playful quality much like their namesakes. Dancing Dragonfly has a wine for every occasion: the sweet then dry Polka, the balanced yet subdued Tap Dance, the bold, oak-barrel aged Cancan; Dancing Dragonfly wines are varied in flavor and unified in quality. Click to Visit their Website