Posted On: 02/01/2018
El Dorado Master Blenderís Special Edition Rum is one of our favorite spirits. The powerhouse limited release is a blend of three rums distilled from vintage stills. Aged 10 years, it jumps out of the glass with caramel, cotton candy, nut, baking spices, brown butter, toffee, coffee and light tobacco. It has a long finish of rich butter, light clove, allspice and cinnamon most impressive when served neat. With only 5,000 bottles available worldwide, get it while you can. $72. Intoxicology, 4321 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.858.8664, intoxicologystl.com - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planterís House
A to Z Wineworks Bubbles comes in a beautiful clear glass bottle with a white painted label and crown cork (classic beer bottle cap). Beyond fun packaging, the rich pink, 90-percent pinot noir, 10-percent Chardonnay Valentineís Day sipper is delightful Ė dry with great berry aromas, mellow texture and bubbles that jump around in the mouth. I love being surprised by a bottle of wine, and this one slapped me in the taste buds. $15. The Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.6282, winemerchantltd.com - Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunnís
February means chocolate, and chocolate means beer. Pair this yearís box with a bottle of Crooked Stave Mama Bearís Sour Cherry Pie. This barrel-aged dark sour beer offers aromatics of funk, leather, spice and sour fruit that balance harmoniously with tasting notes of wood, earth, roasted grain and vibrant tart cherry. Effervescence and tannins pull the beer together to go perfectly with chocolate. $27. Lukas Liquor Superstore, 15678 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636.227.4543, lukasliquorstl.com - Katie Herrera, Co-founder of Femme Ferment and manager at The Side Project Cellar
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