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Review: Plantation Isle of Fiji Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 26, 2022

Cognac Ferrand has long had a special relationship with a variety of rum producers throughout the world. This relationship is based upon the rum producer’s need for quality oak casks to age their rum. Based upon this relationship, Cognac Ferrand is able to acquire certain old and unique batches of rum from various sources, which they bring back to France and finish in their own warehouses and of course in their own Cognac Casks. These special rums form the heart of the Plantation Rum line-up.

Plantation Isle of Fiji Rum was of course sourced from the Isle of Fiji. It was produced using traditional local methods and local sugar cane. This rum was first aged for two years in the tropical climate (within used bourbon barrels) and then transported to France to be matured for at least one more year in French Oak casks. The spirit was bottled at 40% alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review of Plantation Isle of Fiji Rum:

Review: Plantation Isle of Fiji Rum

“… The rum begins with a nice butterscotch, vanilla and oak flavour which which is accented by fruity impressions of pineapple, green grape and zesty orange citrus peel. There is a bit of a spicy bite which is tempered by a light butterscotch sweetness as well as a mild impression of menthol. Hints of cinnamon, some scattered cloves, and a touch of musty tobacco rounds out the flavour profile …”

Please enjoy my latest review!

Chimo!

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Review: Last Mountain Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 18, 2022

Last Mountain Single Cask Single Malt Whisky is produced in small batches at the Last Mountain Distillery in Lumsden Saskatchewan. I have been following the progress of this distillery since it first came to my attention when they opened their doors as Saskatchewan’s first micro-distillery in August of 2010. Back then, the Last Mountain Distillery was run by its two principals, Colin and Meredith Schmidt, the husband wife team who co-founded the operation. They began by selling vodka and whisky, and I was fortunate enough to be able to taste and review some of their earliest offerings.

Since then the operation has grown by leaps and bounds, and when I checked the distillery’s website I found they now boast 14 full time employees (17 if you count the shop dog, Chloe, and the two Schmidt children, Griffen and Ryker.) The Distillery also boasts a full range of Vodka, Gin, Whisky and Rum as well as an assortment of what they call their unique creations.

Below is the link to the review for the distillery’s new Single Cask Single Malt Whisky, made from 100% Saskatchewan Barley.

Review: Last Mountain Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

“… Vanilla/butterscotch and almond melded nicely into fine oak spice. Hints of leather and milk chocolate appear as does a light fruity quality which reminds me of orange peel and apricot brandy. There is some development in the glass as I let the whisky breathe, the oak spices become more prominent and begin to throw out impressions of cinnamon …”

Please enjoy my latest whisky review.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Offrian Rum (Aged 12 Years)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 10, 2022

Offrian Rum is a Panamanian Rum produced at the Las Cabras Distillery (formerly the abandoned San Carlos Distillery). This distillery uses a rebuilt copper column still which was manufactured in Cincinnati and dated to 1922.

The 12 Year rum was aged in white oak casks and bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Offrian Rum (Aged 12 Years)

“… Butterscotch and vanilla lead out with a dusting of oak spices following. This actually smells like the butterscotch candies I used to enjoy when I was a youngster. There is a light indication of orange peel and hints of cinnamon as well as almond. As the glass breathes I sense a light buildup of fine oak spice, as well as more sweetness in the air …”

Please enjoy my review.

Chimo!

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Review: Roca Patrón Anejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 8, 2022

Roca Patrón Tequila is a pure 100% Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The agave is 6 to 7 years old when harvested, and the heart of the plant or the piña is all that is used. After harvest the piñas are chopped in half by hand and slowly steamed in masonry brick ovens for about 79 hours to soften them. The softened piñas are then shredded and placed into a traditional stone pit, where they are crushed by a large 2 ton stone milling wheel called a Tahona.

Roca Patrón Anejo Tequila is distilled twice in copper pot stills , and then aged for about 14 months in used American oak bourbon barrels. The lightly aged spirit is bottled at 44 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review which completes my analysis of the Roca Patron line-up:

Review: Roca Patrón Anejo Tequila

“… Fruity, punky, aggressive agave with a light sweetness combines with vanilla and more oak than I would have thought for a spirit rested for only 14 months. The agave sort of hangs in the air giving us notes of banana, grilled plantain, and baked squash. There is also a larger amount of black and white pepper apparent than I found in the blanco and reposado versions of the Roca Patron …”

Please enjoy the review and for you enjoyment I have included the links to my previous reviews of the Roca Patron Blanco and Reposado Tequilas below.

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Review: Laird of Fintry Single Malt (Okanagan Spirits)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 5, 2022

Laird of Fintry Single Malt is produced in small batches at the Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery. This whisky came to my attention when I was acting as a juror for the 2022 Canadian Whisky Awards. I ear marked my blind sample (No. 28 by the way) as one which stood out in its grouping and after the judging was complete and the whiskies were unblinded, I decided I should take the remainder of my sample and write up more detailed tasting notes. I was not surprised that Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery was named 2022 Canadian Whisky Awards Craft Distillery of the Year based on the strength of this and the other whiskies in their growing portfolio.

Laird of Fintry Single Malt  is a bit of a unicorn. The spirit is available only once per year via a lottery drawing at the Distillery. It is produced using 100% B.C. malted barley and aged in both French and American Oak casks.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Laird of Fintry Single Malt (Okanagan Spirits)

“… Heather, meadow grass and flowers, willow with a light sweetness riding the wind currents.  Mint, hints of vanilla and almond. The scents and smells are pleasant and engaging with a lightly herbal character accented by floral impressions. I like the nose which demonstrates nuance and finesse …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, the Laird of the Fintry Cocktail.

Chimo!

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