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Review: Writer’s Tears Cask Strength

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 13, 2019

Recently (February 7, 2019), the LCBO Whisky Shop launched a 7 brand Walsh Whiskey feature which included the 2018 bottling of Writer’s Tears Cask Strength (Irish Whisky).

The 2018 vintage is the 8th annual release of Writers’ Tears Cask Strength from Walsh Whiskey. It is a vatting of aged Single Pot Still and Single Malt Whiskey, triple distilled, aged in Bourbon barrels, non-chill filtered and bottled at 53% alcohol by volume.

According to Bernard Walsh:

“This whiskey displays a complex nose of toasted cereal, almond oils, creamy chocolate and sweet floral notes. On the palate it reveals wild honey, summer fruits, fresh ginger, all underpinned by a spicy single pot still base. It has a delicate, warmth and lingering finish. I hope the lucky few who acquire this year’s release enjoy every moment.”

The 2018 release is limited to just 5,175 individually numbered bottles each signed by Walsh Whiskey Founder and Chief Executive – Bernard Walsh. The super-premium whiskey is for sale across selected markets worldwide (including of course at the LCBO in Ontario).

Here is a link to my final review in my Walsh Whiskey review series:

Review: Writer’s Tears Cask Strength (Irish Whiskey)

“… Interestingly enough, I have felt no desire to add ice or water to the whiskey. The balance of heat and flavour has seemed to be just about perfect, and I do not want to do anything to upset what is seemingly an almost perfect whiskey …”

Please enjoy my review of this wonderful new Irish Whiskey!

Chimo!

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Review: Writer’s Tears Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish (Irish Whisky) 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 6, 2019

Recently (February 7, 2019), the LCBO Whisky Shop launched a 7 brand Walsh Whiskey feature which included the 2018 bottling of Writer’s Tears Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish (Irish Whisky).

According to the information sent to me Writer’s Tears Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish is a unique blend of Single Malt and Single Pot Still Whiskey. It is distilled 3 times and aged in American Oak bourbon casks. After this first maturation the whiskey is then finished for nine addition months Cognac Casks from the family cooperage of Allary. These casks have been seasoned for up to 15 years with Deau XO from the Legaret family.

Here is a link to my latest Irish Whiskey Review:

Review: Writer’s Tears Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish (Irish Whisky)

“… Oak and toffee scents deepen with obvious scents of fresh grain and malted barley. The fruity notes have intensified as well representing green grapes, pears and canned apricot. There are hints of cherry and underlying smells of cedar and poplar …”

Please enjoy my review of this wonderful new Irish Whiskey!

Chimo!

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Bitter(s) Review: Old Forester Smoked Cinnamon Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 4, 2019

Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the longest continuously produced Bourbon in the retail market today having begun production in 1870. Additionally it was the first bourbon sold exclusively in sealed bottles. As well as making whiskey, Old Forester produces a line-up of what they call ‘cocktail provisions’ which includes a two syrups, a tincture and three brands of Cocktail Bitters.

Their Smoked Cinnamon Bitters were apparently inspired by Old Forester Master Taster, Jackie Zykan’s paternal matriarchs. As related on the company website,

My grandmother’s den always had a faint smell of sooty, wood burning fireplace. She used to make “whiskey cookies” every Christmas (which were just baking spice packed fruit cake cookies she added a generous helping of whiskey to), which as a child made you feel like you were getting away with something by being allowed to have one.

According to the ingredients list on the bottle, the bitters contain Old Forester Bourbon, Black Tea Cherries, Cedar Smoked Cinnamon, Wild Cherry Bark, Gentian Root and Clove.

Here is a link to my latest Bitter(s) Review:

Bitter(s) Review: Angostura Aromatic Bitters

” … When I put a couple drops on my tongue it was easy to taste the smoky cinnamon flavour which was accented by clove, There was quite a bitter backbone to the flavour which I suspect was a combination of the gentian root and the wild cherry bark as this bitterness carries a similar flavour to wood tannin …”

Please enjoy my review which includes three cocktail suggestions.

Chimo!

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Review: Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 27, 2019

On February 7, 2019 the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) launched 7 Walsh Whiskey brands in LCBO Whisky Shop. I was sent a media kit from Woodman Wines & Spirits who represent Walsh Whiskey interests in Ontario. This kit contained 6 of the Walsh Whiskey Brands for me to taste, and I have decided to publish a timely series of reviews introducing several of Walsh Whiskey Spirits during the LCBO launch and running through to St. Patrick’s Day.

Bernard and Rosemary Walsh began producing their own independent Irish Whiskey brands in 2007 with the introduction of The Irishman 70 (aka The Irishman Original Clan in the USA) and The Irishman – Single Malt. In 2009 they expanded the portfolio with the introduction Writers Tears, a boutique brand which was created to bring additional nuance to the Irish Whiskey Category.

The subject of this review, Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whisky, is a triple-distilled single malt spirit matured in Spanish butts which were previously seasoned with Olorosso sherry. The Sherry butts impart both flavour and a coppery orange hue which has given rise to the name of the Whiskey, ‘Red Head’.

Here is a link to my revised review:

Review: Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey

“… The Olorosso influence brings flavours of raisins and other dried fruit (peaches and dates). The oak influence is full of fine heated wood spices, ginger and orange peel. The different components work together bringing a yummy heated menagerie of whiskey flavour across the palate …”

Please enjoy the review series and do try my suggested serving, An Old Fashioned Redhead.

Chimo!

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Bitter(s) Review: Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 25, 2019

Nicholas Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz come from a hospitality background. Prior to forming Bittercube they bartended and managed at the Town Talk Diner (Nicholas) in Minneapolis and The Violet Hour (Ira) in Chicago. Nicholas and Ira began producing Bittercube Bitters in 2009. Their company (based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) started by making one gallon batches with real botanicals. Although the batch size is now 210 gallons the handmade process has stayed largely the same as they source botanicals as close to origin as possible to create densely flavored bitters. Bittercube Bitters became available commercially in July, 2010. Today the bitters are found in nearly 30 states and abroad in Canada, Italy and Australia.

According to the company website the Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters are:

Woodsy and aromatic, these rustic bitters have a pleasant aroma of cocoa and bitter almonds, with flavors of vanilla, fennel and star anise.

Here is a link to my full review and cocktail suggestions:

Review: Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

“… When I put a few drops on my tongue to test the flavour for myself, I did indeed find the bitters ‘woodsy’ with a firm impression of woody tannins and tree bark. Bitter vanilla (taste some real vanilla extract and you will know the flavour) and bitter cocoa could both be tasted as was a light licorice like flavour (fennel) …”

Please enjoy my review and the serving suggestions which follow.

Chimo!

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