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Review: Lamb’s Spiced Rum 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 22, 2022

This year I have been going through the Lamb’s Rum line-up from Corby. This brand traces its history all the way back to 1849 when Alfred Lamb opened his wine and spirits business in London, and it is one of the most popular brands of rum in Canada.

The Lamb’s brand was licensed for North American production to Corby Distillers in 1952 and since that time Lamb’s rum has been part of the Corby portfolio of spirit brands. (Halewood Artisanal Spirits hold the license to bottle the brand in Europe, Africa and Asia.)

In Canada, the main portfolio of Lamb’s Rums includes, Lamb’s Classic White Rum, Lamb’s Spiced Rum, Lamb’s Palm Breeze, and Lamb’s Navy Rum (which is sold both at 80 proof as well as an overproof 151).

Here is a link to my full review for Lambs Spiced Rum  sold at 40 % alcohol by volume:

Review: Lamb’s Spiced Rum 

“… When sipped, Lamb’s Spiced rum carries flavours profile of vanilla and caramel within the construct of a young amber rum. I say young, because even with the added vanilla and sweetness we notice a light alcohol astringency in the delivery. There is a touch of grassiness, hints of orange peel, and a mild indication of baking spice (cinnamon and ginger) as well …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my cocktail suggestion, the Flying Machine.

Chimo!

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Review: 1800 Reserva Anejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 20, 2022

The 1800 Tequila brand is owned by the Beckmann Family, who also own the Jose Cuervo brand. And indeed, according to the NOM identifier upon the bottle (Nom 1122 CRT) the brand is produced at the same facility, the Casa Cuervo, S.A. de C.V. (established in 1758) which is located in the central lowland tequila region of Jalisco Mexico.

According to the company website 1800 Anejo Tequila is:

Using 100% Weber blue agave, picked at their peak — anywhere from 8-12 years old — Añejo is aged in French Oak barrels for a minimum of 14 months. Its finish is described as spicy and well rounded with flavors of toasted oak, vanilla and butterscotch. This deep, luxurious tequila is ideal for sipping.

The name, 1800. is apparently an homage to the year that premium Tequila (tequila aged in oak) was first produced at Casa Cuervo.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: 1800 Reserva Anejo Tequila

“… Fine oak spices combine with butterscotch and earthy agave fruit which reminds me of baked squash, grilled pineapple and over-ripe banana. There is also obvious notes of vanilla and some almond. As I gave the glass time to breathe some peppery notes began to break free from the fruity agave as well as hints of baking spices (cinnamon and ginger) as well as hints of allspice. herbal tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate …”

Please enjoy the review which completes my series of reviews for the 1800 Tequila Family.

Chimo!

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If you are interested in my reviews for the 1800 Blanco and Reposado you can find them here:

 

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Review: Ron Zacapa Endicion Negra

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 15, 2022

Ron Zacapa rums are made from sugar cane harvested in southern Guatemala, which is pressed into virgin sugar cane honey. The fermentation process (which takes approximately 5 days) uses a yeast strain (saccharomyces cerevisae) isolated from pineapples to transform sugars within the cane honey into alcohol. After fermentation, the fermented ‘wine’ is distilled in a single continuous column. (A distillation by-product called vinasse which contains the fermented must, yeast and other non-fermentable products which are rich in sugars and minerals is recycled and used to nourish and irrigate the Guatemalan sugar cane fields.)

Zacapa rums are matured using a complicated process they call ‘Sistema Solero’. The subject of my review, Ron Zacapa Edición Negra, is produced from rums which range in age from 6 years to 24 years, and is inspired by the natural elements of Guatemala including the dark fire of its volcanoes. Edición Negra is aged in select barrels which include double charred American oak casks.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Ron Zacapa Endicion Negra

“… The nose is rich and inviting featuring mildly sweet vanilla and caramel steeped in oak spice. Notes of raisins, prunes, dates and figs add to the richness. The oak spice evolves into luscious baking spices which include cinnamon, clove and allspice which grow in intensity as I allow the glass to breathe …”

Please enjoy my review of this outstanding new rum from Ron Zacapa.

Chimo!

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Review: Cabo Wabo Anejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 13, 2022

Cabo Wabo Tequila was created in 1996 by Rock & Roll legend, Sammy Hagar and named after the nightclub he owned in Cabo San Lucas. In 2007, Gruppo Campari purchased 80 % of the brand from the musician, and then purchased the remaining 20 % in 2011. Campari has also purchased the distilly, Destiladora San Nicolas S.A DE C.V.  which produces both Caba Wabo and the Espolon Tequila brand for Gruppa Campari as well.

Cabo Wabo Anejo is produced from agave harvested at at least 8 years old. This agave is cooked in brick ovens, the juice extracted via metal shredder and roller mill, then fermented and finally double distilled. The tequila distillate is then aged for at least 12 months in what appears to b a combination of different aging barrels.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Cabo Wabo Anejo Tequila

“… Initial notes of soft agave Fruit, butterscotch and spicy pepper. Vanilla and fine oak spice follow with hints of both almond and nutmeg. Some bright citrus burst through followed by more peppery spice. Light notes of chocolate and scattered tea leaves round out the nose …”

Please enjoy my review of Cabo Wabo Anejo, and if you are interested I have also provided links to my reviews of the rest of the Cabo Wabo line-up below.

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Review: Shelter Point Single Cask Rye Whisky (Cask No. 6)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 10, 2022

The Shelter Point Farm and Distillery was established in 2011. It is located on 380 acres in Oyster River, BC, about halfway up the eastern side of Vancouver Island. The farm and distillery contains 2 kilometers of oceanfront, a natural mosaic of streams, a salmon-bearing river, wetlands, forests and fields which are all shared with native wildlife. This land has been farmed for generations and remains one of the last seaside farms on the Island.

Shelter Point Single Cask Rye is a Distillery Exclusive available at the distillery as well as online as new casks are bottled. The whisky is made from 100% rye grain and bottled with its natural colour (non-chill filtering) at cask strength (usually between 58 % and 60 % alcohol by volume).

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Shelter Point Single Cask Rye Whisky (Cask No. 6)

“… Big beautiful oak notes complimented by vanilla and butterscotch. There is a robust grain and rye combination followed by graham wafers, hints of maple and almond extract. The oak and rye notes just keep growing reminding me of a waving grain fields set beside an expanse of forest …”

Please enjoy my review!

Chimo!

 

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