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Bitter(s) Review: Fee Brother’s Mint Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 19, 2019

Fees Brothers has been a family business since 1864, and is currently now owned and operated by the fourth generation of the family to do so, Ellen and Joe Fee. The company currently produces about 100 different products including an impressive line-up of Cocktail Bitters.

I wasn’t really sure how to use the Mint Bitters so I checked the Fee Brothers website and learned:

Fee Brothers Mint Bitters may be used as the principal or subordinate flavor in a wide variety of foods and drinks.

As you can see, the website doesn’t really give a person much of an idea of how to to best use the Mint Bitters. This meant I had to experiment, and you can read the results of my efforts by clicking the following link:

Bitter(s) Review: Fee Brother’s Mint Bitters

“… The taste is akin to the flavour of a sharp peppermint candy although not quite as sweet. The peppermint flavour is intense, dry and perhaps just a touch spicy. The colour is a bright iridescent green …”

Please enjoy the review, and if anybody has a cocktail suggestion that actually works, please forward it on, I was stymied.



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May Cocktail: ‘Tail from the Death Star

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 17, 2019

The Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production micro-distillery located at 40 Pippin Rd. in Vaughan, Ontario (a wee bit north of Toronto) just off Highway 400 and around the corner from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. A couple of months ago I was sent two of their most recent bottlings, an almost whisky – Last Straw Darker Side and their new Double Barreled Blackstrap Rum.

Reviews are coming soon, but I though I would peak your interest in my new Dark Side themed cocktail, the ‘Tail from the Death Star, just in time for the Victoria Day Long Weekend.

‘Tail from the Death Star.

1 1/2 oz Last Straw Darker Side Spirit
3/4 oz Last Straw Double Barrelled Blackstrap Rum
1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Bols Triple Sec
Orange Peel Coil

Add the Five Ingredients into a Cocktail Shaker with ice
Shake until well chilled
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a coil of Orange peel


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Review: Appleton White Jamaican Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 16, 2019

The Appleton Estate is located in Nassau Valley in St. Elizabeth which is part of Jamaica’s Cockpit Country. The Cockpit Country is a karst formation which was formed over millions of years. Karst is a generic name given to limestone that has been eroded by the chemical action of rain. There are three cockpit karst formations in the world: Montenegro (formerly Yugoslavia), China and Jamaica.

Poljes are valleys formed within a cockpit karst and the Nassau Valley is a polje. Poljes are formed in formations where a river floods, recedes and then forms a flat valley after millions of years. The soil in the poljes is very fertile and rich in nutrients because of the sediments left behind after the river had receded. The Appleton Estate is the only sugar estate in the world that is located within such a fertile cockpit karst formation. All of the rum produced by Appleton Estate is made from sugar cane grown within the Nassau Valley, and thus Appleton Estate Rum is an expression of this unique terroir.

Here is a link to my full review for Appleton White Jamaican Rum:

Review: Appleton White Jamaican Rum

“… The initial nose is quite nice with light citrus zest and orange peel combining with background impressions of mushy banana. There is also a bit of Jamaican funk in the breezes carrying a mild but firm impression of Jamaican pot distilled character into the air with herbal undertones and a hint of mustiness …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my cocktail suggestion, The Secretary General.


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Review: Cascade Blonde American Whiskey

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 14, 2019

Recently, I was sent a few samples of Diageo’s new ‘Blonde’ Whiskey which is currently being sold in Texas and Michigan. The Whiskey, Cascade Blonde American Whiskey, is produced in Tennessee at Diageo’s Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. (formerly the George Dickel Distillery). The spirit takes its name from it light colour which is a result of a double chill filtering process the whiskey undergoes prior to being brought down to bottling proof (40 % alcohol by volume) with Tennessee limestone filtered water.

This whiskey is made from a high-corn mash bill (corn usually provides a smoother lighter whiskey than barley or rye), and my take on the spirit is that Diageo is aiming for a mild whisky suitable for cocktails and sipping over ice.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Cascade Blonde American Whiskey 

“… Drifting into the breezes is a light indication of sandalwood and fine oak spice, and straw. Vanilla, almond and butterscotch are present as well as a light indication of corn and a light winding grass-like scent. A touch of sour fruit and very light baking spice (ginger and cinnamon) rounds out the aroma …”

Please njoy my review which includes a few cocktails for your enjoyment.


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Mother’s Day Cocktail: Savoir Faire

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 12, 2019

Here is a wonderful treat for you to share with your Mom this Mother’s Day. This complex, yet elegant cocktail is meant to represent that special combination of love, guidance, strength and courage which our Moms continue to unselfishly share with us.

If you are wondering about the name, Savoir Faire. It is a French phrase which means being adaptable and adroit, basically knowing what to do in any situation. Surely that describes your Mom as well as mine.

Savoir Faire

1 oz Gautier VSOP Fine Cognac
1/2 oz St-Rémy XO Authentic French Brandy
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Lime Juice
3/8 oz Sugar Syrup
dash Angostura Bitters
Twist of Orange Peel

Add the first seven ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a Twist of Orange Peel

Please Enjoy Responsibly!


“There’s a reason some people think they can achieve anything. They listened to their mother.” (Anon)


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