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Your Super Bowl Sunday Good Food Game Plan

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Whether you’re a die-hard fan or only in it for the seven layer dip and the commercials, Super Bowl 50 is here! Even if your team didn’t make it to Levi’s Stadium, we’ve got everything you need to take your game day festivities to the next level.

It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without chips, dips, and pork rinds.  Visit our online Super Bowl aisle via Instacart to stock up on all the snacks, sides, and celebratory beverages you need, delivered to your door within an hour.

Go all the way with sweet treats from Bi-Rite Creamery, like our new Sour Cream Lemon Pie with Graham Crust, or fan favorites like Chocolate Pot de Creme and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Crust.

The weather is going to be beautiful for Super Bowl weekend!  If you’re firing up the grill for game day, grab some House-Made Bratwursts ($10.99/lb), BN Ranch New York Strip Steaks($19.99/lb starting 2/5, down from $24.99/lb), Mary’s Chicken Wings ($3.99/lb), Niman Ranch St. Louis Ribs ($6.99/lb), or Five Dot Ranch Ground Beef ($8.99/lb).

It’s time to go big or go home, because your favorite Bi-Rite Market sandwiches are available by the foot for Super Bowl weekend!

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To place your order before Saturday, February 6, please call the Deli at either Market (415-551-7900 for Divisadero, 415-241-9760 for 18th Street). Visit the Markets this weekend to pick up everything you need to score big with your guests.

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Cheese Experience

Looking for a spin on the game day classics? There’s still time to have Bi-Rite Catering do the heavy lifting for you!  Our newest West Coast Craft: Beer & Cheese Tasting showcases some of California’s finest artisan cheeses paired with unique craft beverages from the West Coast and beyond. Included in the package are 12 Ball jar tasting glasses and a charcuterie platter to round out the experience, as well as tasting and pairing notes for each guest. Super Bowl order deadline is Friday, February 5 at 3pm.


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From Kishus to Cocktails

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The California Citrus Experience is in full swing at the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses!  The beginning of February is when the California citrus season hits its peak, with so many diverse varieties and flavors.  Whether you want a piece of citrus to quickly peel and eat, or a variety to make your Grandma’s favorite citrus marmalade recipe, we have you covered.

Throughout California there are many different micro-climates that have the advantage in growing specific types of citrus. In the mountains of Ojai, just southeast of Santa Barbara, there’s a collective of farmers that grow some of the sweetest fruit you can find in the state.  Jim at Churchill Orchards is the master of growing Kishu and Pixie Tangerines.  The Pixie harvest doesn’t start until the end of February, but the bite-sized Kishu Tangerines are perfect right now. The Kishu is a seedless, easy-peeling, about 2 inches in diameter, and kids love them!

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Rio Red Grapefruit

Growing up back East, my main experience with grapefruits was cutting a Rio Star Grapefruit in half, sprinkling sugar on it to cut the tart flavor, and eating it with a spoon.  The grapefruit situation in California now is at a whole other level.  Grapefruits are historically known as a high-acid fruit, and most of the time the acid dominates the sweet flavor. We currently have three to five different grapefruit varieties in the Produce Department, and they all have their own unique flavor profile.  The Melogold Grapefruit from Deer Creek Heights Ranch in Porterville is a cross between Siamese Sweet Pomelo and a Duncan White Grapefruit. They have the sweet juicy Pomelo flavor and very few seeds.  The Cocktail Grapefruit from Cunningham Organic Farm in Fallbrook is very special because of the “acidless” flavor — it’s the best for juicing and making cocktails.

The California Citrus Experience at Bi-Rite wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t offer our guest some creative cocktail recipes to try out all this amazing fruit.  Josh Harris of The Bon Vivants was kind enough to create a few recipes that highlight not only citrus but some of our artisan liquors.  The Spicy Paloma is the perfect cocktail to showcase these unique grapefruit varieties.

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Not all citrus is for eating out of hand.  Some varieties need a preparation before consumption.  There are two varieties that are really hard to find and are the most versatile in the kitchen. The Seville Orange is sour, tart, and full of seeds but it’s very juicy, and it offers fragrant essential oils, and is perfect for marmalade.  The Bergamot Oranges are most commonly known for its skin’s essential oil, used in Earl Grey tea (and Bi-Rite Creamery’s Earl Grey Ice Cream!) It’s a combination of sour orange and lemon, and both characteristics come through in the appearance and flavor.  Here’s another wonderful cocktail recipe that highlights both of these sour oranges! We are loving the California Citrus Experience at the Bi-Rite Family of Business, and we hope you are too!

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Amazing Braising Meats

BraisingHopefully, many of you were able to take advantage of our great lamb shank sale over the last couple of weeks.  So now that you’ve dusted off the dutch oven, found a home on the counter for your crock pot, and honed your mirepoix game why not keep the braises rolling.  El Nino is doing his best to keep us indoors, so make the most of it by keeping the kitchen cozy and the belly full.  Over the next two weeks check out our butcher case for some terrific braising options like:

  • Beef Short Ribs
  • Pork Shanks
  • Ox Tails
  • Duck legs
  • Pork Belly
  • Lamb Shanks
  • Pasture-raised, heritage chickens

In a day and age where many grocery stores’ butcher departments consist of an unmanned refrigerator full of pre-wrapped meats, we are excited to have a counter hosted by a skilled butcher, who can cut to order, provide recommendations, and is also quite knowledgeable about the meats and cuts they are selling.  Our butchers are here to provide you with the services of a trained meat cutter. Our knowledgeable butchers can set you up with everything you need to get your braise going, and while you’re at it, go for the full monty and grab a box of Baia Pasta and a bottle of  Cab Franc to pair it with! The same way you have someone that cuts your hair, your favorite bartender, and your tailor, we want to be your butcher.

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Celebrate SF Beer Week with our Exclusive Ricanelas Ale!

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SF Beer Week is coming to Bi-Rite!
Visit the Markets from January 22 through January 31 to discover our favorite local breweries like Fort Point Beer Company and Calicraft Brewing Co., save $2 on each day’s featured beers, and celebrate the debut of our exclusive Ricanela’s Cream Ale brewed by Woods Beer Co.

BeerWeek2016_V4_Web CanOur friends (and 18th street neighbors!) from Woods Beer Co. are brewing a special, Bi-Rite exclusive ale based on Bi-Rite Creamery’s perennial favorite Ricanelas (cinnamon-infused ice cream with chopped Snickerdoodles), premiering at both Markets on Saturday, January 30.  Brewed with caramelized sugar, cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla, the Ricanelas Cream Ale will be canned in 32-ounce crowlers (can growlers) in limited quantity.  Be sure to stop by the Divisadero Market on Saturday, January 30 from 2-4pm for a taste!

Each day of Beer Week, from Saturday, January 23 to Sunday, January 31, Bi-Rite Divisadero will be hosting a different local brewery for an in-store tasting. We will also be offering $2 off ALL beer titles brewed by the day’s featured brewery! This sale includes offerings at both markets.

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Make Franc Your Friend!

franc_FRANCCabernet Franc is an underdog variety, always in the shadow of its more popular relative, Cabernet Sauvignon.   We can understand though, with its green herbaceous notes and austere fruit, Cabernet Franc can be a challenging to like; but we have a soft spot for the underdogs and more interesting varietals (this is one of our favorites!).

Cab Franc can make truly phenomenal wines when given the chance. It is an incredibly versatile food wine, able to pair deftly with nearly everything from goat cheeses to braised meats. Now that our El Niño winter has officially arrived, make friends with Franc over a dinner of Braised Lamb Shank Ragu with Baia Pasta (read on for our recipe).  From the Loire Valley to the West Coast, we’re featuring producers who are making some of the best examples of this variety – we’re looking forward to introducing you to our friend Franc.

BaudryChinonBaudry Chinon “Les Granges” Loire, France 2014 | $19.99
Bernard Baudry is one of the superstars in Chinon. He is blessed with having varied soil types in his vineyards, and showcases them through different cuvees. He has a light touch with Cab Franc so the terroir really shines in his wines. Les Granges is Baudry’s first release and most youthful wine, that is meant to drink young. It is supple and fruity with smoky cherry fruit. It is the perfect wine for simple food and cheeses.

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Catherine and Pierre Breton are passionate about biodynamics and organic viticulture. They work with several sites and makes different cuvees from them. Their wines are made with such great integrity but also have wonderful charm and generosity.  The Nuits d’Ivresse, “Drunken Nights,” is the name of a special cuvee of selected old vines in Bourgueil. It’s an homage to natural wine pioneer Jules Chauvet, and does not see a drop of sulfur throughout its lifetime. We also have a limited amount of Breton Bourgeuil  “Les Perrieres” 2003 ($79.99). This is the Breton’s greatest red, from one of the most prized hillside parcels in Bourgeuil. It’s also special treat to have a 12-year-old bottling that is drinking beautifully right now.

Lang&ReedLang & Reed Cabernet Franc North Coast, CA 2013 | $24.99
Lang & Reed was started by Tracey and John Skupny in 1996 to focus solely on Cabernet Franc in Napa Valley, a rarity to this day. They were inspired from their trip to notable wine regions in France: Loire and Bordeaux. They seek to produce similar wines here in California and have found much success. This Cab Franc is a bold “true-to-varietal” expression from California. It has aromas of raspberry and cherry with highlights of herb and wet stone. Really mouthwatering, this is best served with family and friends.

AirGuitarBow & Arrow “Air Guitar” Cab Franc Willamette, Oregon 2014 | $24.99
Bow & Arrow wines was started by winemaker Scott Frank and his wife, Dana Frank. Both are obsessed with the Loire Valley, and seek to make wines inspired by the Loire but made in Portland. The Air Guitar proves that Oregon is not just Pinot country: this is a blend of Cab Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from two very cool vineyards. Fresh red and black fruits and a dash of herbal charm, this is great with roast chicken.


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The California Citrus Experience at Bi-Rite

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Taste our wall of citrus!

Due to the shorter days and the colder weather, many local and California crops slow down for the winter. One crop thrives in cold weather and is farmed throughout our beautiful state — citrus! Citrus is one of California’s most bountiful crops, and the fruit is shipped all over the world.  At the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses we love to celebrate what’s in season, and for the next couple of months we will focus a lot of our attention on all varieties of citrus.  When folks come into the Produce Department, the Markets, or the Creamery we want them to experience all the different uses, flavors, textures, and juices that are produced by the 30 to 40 varieties of citrus that will hit our shelves from January to April.  Join us to explore winter in California as it should be – with the California Citrus Experience.

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Cara Cara Orange

The California citrus season usually kicks off at Bi-Rite in November with the easy-peeling, seedless  Satsuma Mandarin that offers a very refreshing balance of sweet and tart.  Satsumas are one of the only mandarin varieties that flourish in Northern California.  The local Satsuma season usually goes through mid-January, but this year the cold rain damaged the fruit and ended the season early.  We’ll still have Satsumas from southern growing areas this month!  Satsumas are the first tangerine varietal of the season and we usually see two or three new varieties each month of the new year.

The season of the Navel Orange — one of the most popular varieties of citrus — begins in Southern California in December, but these early oranges don’t have the perfect balance of sweet and tart that will come with the Navels in January. By early February we are blessed with the textbook tree-ripe Navels harvested at Full Belly Farm in Yolo County. They are great to eat out of hand, by the segment, added to a salad, or simply juiced. The Cara Cara Orange is also known as the Pink Navel — they usually show up at the Markets around the same time.  If grown correctly, this can be one of the sweetest oranges of the season and is not very acidic.  The fruit has nice floral qualities and is ideal for cocktails and zesting.  Cara Caras are one of our most popular oranges of the season at the Markets!

Moro Blood Oranges

Moro Blood Oranges

As we head into the New Year one of the most beautiful pieces of citrus hits the scene.  Moro Blood Oranges, known for their dark red and purple flesh, might be one of the most versatile pieces of fruit in the kitchen.  Not only do do these oranges produce that amazing dark red juice, but when segmented and added to any dish they will make it pop with flavor and color.  The Moro Blood Oranges are usually around into March.

Earl Grey Ice Cream

Earl Grey Ice Cream

The California Citrus Experience at Bi-Rite is just getting going and if fresh-cut citrus is not for you, the Produce Department is teaming up with Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop to use citrus in so many tasty treats this season.  Keep an eye out for the debut of our newest ice cream flavor in January, Tangerine Dream — Bi-Rite’s classic Vanilla Ice Cream with a Tangerine Swirl. Plus, we’re bringing back a couple of our guests’ favorites — Earl Grey Ice Cream (containing the oils of the Bergamot Orange) and Meyer Lemon with Gingersnaps Ice Cream.

We’re citrus-crazy in the bakeshop, creating a bunch of goodies like the Cream Cheese Lemon Cookie with Citrus Glaze, Lemon-filled Yellow Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream & Candied Citrus, Orange Olive Oil Cake, and our Sour Cream Lemon Pie with Graham Crust.  Have a taste of your favorite citrus variety and stop by the Bi-Rite Family of Bussinesses to try something new!


Bubbles & Bites to Ring in Your New Year!

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New Year’s Eve conjures images of Champagne corks popping and bubbly flowing, as party goers sing “Auld Lang Syne” while the clock strikes midnight to ring new hope for all. While we advocate drinking Champagnes throughout the year (not just for celebratory purposes), we understand that New Year’s Eve is Champagne’s time to shine as the center of attention at many parties. Here are three Champagnes that are perfect to toast with and even better with food, especially caviar and beautiful cheeses. Visit our online Market for your one-stop-New-Year’s-shop delivered to you within one hour.  Or, visit our either Market on New Year’s Eve to pick up your Champagnes and a complete spread of assorted oysters, caviar, and chef-cooked New Year’s nibbles.

VeuveFourny1Veuve Fourny Champagne Vertus Brut “Grand Cuvee” 1er Cru n/v | $44.99
Located in the prestigious Côte des Blancs, in the premier cru village of Vertus, brothers Charles-Henry and Emmanuel Fourny craft beautiful Champagne from mostly Chardonnay grapes. This Grand Cuvee is a classic Côte des Blancs style, with a fine bead, rich, deep aromatics, and a complex minerality. It’s fantastic with cheeses like Brillant Savarin and Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam.

LassalleJ. Lassalle Champagne Brut Reserve “Cachet d’Or” 1er Cru | $39.99
The Bi-Rite workhorse Champagne from Kermit Lynch, the women of J. Lassalle (Olga and Chantal) simply make crowd-pleasing Champagne for everyone.  Crisp and bright with notes of pears, anise, and ginger this will complement any hors d’oeuvre thrown its way. It’s really good with La Quercia Speck Americano or Essex Street Comte Cheese.

HenriotHenriot Champagne Brut Souverain n/v | $49.99
Founded in 1808, Henriot is one of the last independent and family-owned houses in Champagne. For seven generations, the family has selected only the best vineyards for their cuvees. The Brut Souverain is soft with notes of yeasts, baked bread, with aromas of brioche and fresh apples.  Serve this with the Laura Chenel’s Chevre Black Truffle Goat Cheese.


Cheers and Happy New Year!

 


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There’s Still Time: Christmas Pre-Order Deadline is 4pm Dec. 23!

Christmas is only three days away but there is still time to order everything you need for the perfect holiday dinner!  Pre-Order your Prime Rib, complete Dinner Kits, all of your savory sides, Bi-Rite Creamery desserts, and more for pick-up.  Just visit our online Holiday Market on Instacart.

Pre-Order deadline is Wednesday, December 23, at 4pm!
Both Markets will be open on Christmas Eve, December 24, from 9am to 5pm; the Creamery will be open from 11am to 5pm.  All businesses will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25. Happy Holidays!

A7oRWNa-WG8ySjqC-4hGwPYuxjCmu_52psFbYbRZbjoThe perfect showpiece for your holiday table, Five Dot Ranch’s Beef Prime Rib is beautifully-marbled, tender, and juicy.  Visit our recipes page for tips and tricks on preparing and carving your Prime Rib, and be sure to pick up some House-Made Truffle Butter and House-Made Glace de Viande for an indulgent serving sauce that will wow your guests.

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Our complete dinner kits, like the Prime Rib Decadence Dinner Kit, are the convenient way to show your guests you care, with chef-cooked, savory sides and appetizers, a beautiful centerpiece, and of course, delicious Bi-Rite Creamery dessert.

 Easy Steps for Holiday Pre-Orders
  • All orders from Bi-Rite’s Instacart Holiday Market are for in-store pick-up only, at either Bi-Rite Market location. (If ordering from outside San Francisco, please use Bi-Rite’s 94110 zip code to create an account.)
  • Need help? No problem! A Bi-Rite Holiday Hotline is available at(415) 241-9760; select option 3 for Holiday menu-planning and ordering assistance. Menus can also be ordered in person with Bi-Rite Market staff at either market location, or by phone.

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bR6XKx0jznzaG5W8iG-3wAPn3oPNWWwT7E3jBg63Zn8From 9am to 5pm on Thursday, December 24, our florists at both 18th Street and Divisadero Markets will be creating beautiful custom arrangements for your holiday decor needs.  We will also be featuring wonderful dried holiday centerpieces from Lupe’s Farm, as well as pre-made centerpieces and mixed bouquets.


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Delicious Chicories — Bittersweet Perfection

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It was the ancient Greek poet Sappho who first coined the term bittersweet. Sappho’s original word glukupikron is actually the inverse of bittersweet, but in the middle of winter, when Fifth Crow Farm’s baby head lettuces are replaced by radicchio and escarole, bitter is definitely what comes to mind. Thankfully the varieties of chicory we’re bringing into the Bi-Rite produce department this month hold sweetness and bitterness in perfect balance.

Taking chicories out of the box and putting them on display is one of the greatest pleasures of this time of year. Lusia Radicchio, with its shades of dusky lavender to pale green speckled with burgundy; Treviso Radicchio, so dark it can be almost black with elegant, skeletal lines of pure white extending thin arms up the long leaves from the base; Puntarelle like prehistoric creatures, with nobs and bumps poking out from the light colored center between thin leaves. We found an Escarole from Martin’s Farm this week that was the size of a small goose.  They also sent us a Pan di Zucchero that was over a foot long!

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Escarole

Over the last few years the number of farmers growing chicories has increased from only a few to over a dozen. Because chicories are best in the cold, wet months, almost all of the chicories we bring in will be grown locally and sourced directly from the farmer. The aforementioned Martin’s Farm in Salinas is our very own gallery of variation even among one kind of plant. It’s not uncommon to find a tiny finger of dark purple Treviso in a box with a foot long one with red leaves. County Line in Petaluma grows gorgeous Lusia Radicchio. In Sonoma, Oak Hill Farm is growing beautiful round frisée that fade from their dark outer leaves to almost yellow centers.

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Chiogga, Lusia, & Treviso Radicchio

Chicories express a whole range of flavor between sweet and bitter. Generally, the paler the leaves, the sweeter the chicory. This holds true for chicory such as Puntarelle that has both dark and light parts. The tender, blanched heart is sweetest, perfectly complimented by gently bitter green leaf tips. The play between bitterness and sweetness is part of the glory of these greens. The properties of different chicories can be pitted against one another to bring a dish into balance. Using escarole and the sweet Puntarelle hearts tame Chioggia. You can cut Treviso leaves into long, thin strips and use it almost like you might use coarsely ground black pepper. Roasting or braising is another beautiful way to prepare radicchio. Char adds depth of flavor and texture. Single chicories can also be used in multiple ways. I like braising or adding the dark outer leaves of escarole to stew and eating the blanched center leaves raw.

It is an honor to be able to bring such a winter abundance of greens from local farms to Bi-Rite guests. You may see a few varieties of chicory at the market through March, but the peak of the season is now. Every produce clerk will have their own way of savoring this bittersweet ingredient— make sure you chat with any of our helpful staff when you come in. We love introducing our guests to new and exciting food!


4 Boozy Gifts to Show You Care

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It’s the holidays, and on top of everything else, we stress about finding just the right gifts. Of course you want to give your loved ones something you know they’re really going to use. Holidays aren’t just about ornaments, or the ornamental. That’s when you get someone a bottle of booze, and not just any bottle of any tipple – one that will surprise and delight. Our staff selected the following unique beverages to gift, and if it’s special to us, it will be special for your loved ones. 

This is the 41st annual Christmas Ale bottling from San Francisco’s oldest brewery, Anchor Brewing Co. It’s only sold from early November to mid-January, and the recipe is unique every year, as is the tree on the label. The tree for the 2015 bottling is the Deodar Cedar, better known as the California Christmas Tree. This ale is meant to age, so the good folks at Anchor also bottled this beer in a 1.5L-sized bottle. While it’s tasty now, I’ve tasted through several older vintages of this beer and it just gets more complex the older its get. A great gift for your beer-geek friends.

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The Guibert family of Mas de Daumas Gassac has stood at the forefront of the quality revolution in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Once known only for its bulk wine production, this region now is now a hotspot for young producers, all of whom have Aimé Guibert to thank for their inspiration. Guibert championed biodynamic farming and started planting the appropriate varietals with respect to the region’s terroir, enabling the best possible expression for each grape. Now under the supervision of Aimé’s eldest son, Samuel, the winery Mas de Daumas Gassac continues to make world class wines from the Languedoc. Made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, this classic red from the famed Mas de Daumas Gassac shows what exquisite farming and amazing terroir can contribute to producing world class wine.  With aromas of herbs and blackberry along with a rich, supple texture, it’s no surprise critics refer to this wine as the “Lafite of the Languedoc”.
L0051Occidental Road Gravenstein Apple Brandy | $49.99
Proprietor Ann Hatch asked St. George Spirits in Alameda to produce this stunning apple brandy made from her Gravenstein apples in Sonoma. Gravenstein apples are a local heirloom variety that was planted in Sonoma in the early 1800s. It’s now being threatened, as more orchards are being ripped up in favor of more profitable wine vineyards. Aged for 5 years in barrels, this brandy has notes of baked apples, caramel, and vanilla spices. This is a wonderful gift for any Calvados fan, plus you will be drinking to save our local Gravenstein apples from disappearing!

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Signatory Vintage Imperial Scotch 1995 | $74.99
This special Scotch bottling is from the Imperial Distillery, located in Carron, Speyside. There have only ever been two official bottlings of Imperial, a 15-year-old from Allied and this 18-year-old bottling from Signatory. Unfortunately, the distillery was demolished in 2013, so this will be the only time we can taste this rare Scotch from a historic distillery. Exclusive to Bi-Rite, this rare Scotch has notes of fruit and licorice with hints of ginger, biscuits, and orange zest. A treat for any Scotch lover, and a stunner of a whiskey that will end any holiday meal in style!  Extremely limited!
Visit our Markets to shop these gifts and more!  Or, order from our online Holiday Market for in-store pick-up.