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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.



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Review: Barcelo Imperial Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 22, 2022

Ron Barceló was founded in 1930 under the name Barceló & Co in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The rum brand quickly grew in popularity growing into one of the largest in the Dominican, and the brand is now exported world-wide to over 25 countries.

According to the company’s website Barcelo Imperial Rum is a blend of Barcelo’s finest Dominican rums which have been aged for up to ten years in ex-Bourbon oak casks. Although the spirit has no age statement, we can assume that the Imperial spirit will have an average age somewhat less than those ten years mentioned on the website.

I reviewed the Barcelo Imperial over twelve years ago. However, based upon improvements noted I when I revisited and reviewed Barcelo Anejo, it is apparent to me that a re-visitation of the Barcelo Imperial is warranted.

Here is a link to that full review:

Review: Barcelo Imperial Rum

“… Rich toffee and dark brown sugar accent fine oak spices and hints of sap. Vanilla and baking spice appear as does a mild scent of fresh copper pennies. Notes of almond have have appeared and they have began to meld with the toffee and vanilla giving me a real sense of marzipan …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with a nice cocktail suggestion, an Aztec Rum Old Fashioned.



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Review: Topshelf Vodka

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 20, 2021

Top Shelf Distillers are located in Perth, a town in Eastern Ontario, located on the Tay River, about 80 kilometres southwest of Ottawa. At one time Perth was home to four distilleries, the two most famous, McLaren and Spalding & Stewart, were located in limestone buildings alongside the Tay River catering to the tastes of the early Scottish settlement by producing malt whisky similar to the Scottish style of the day.

Prohibition (the Ontario Temperance Act of 1916) is largely blamed for the demise of the distilling industry in Perth, but now, about one hundred years later, Top Shelf Distillers have began to once again bottle spirits in Perth. Vodka and Gin are their core brands, making up most of the distilleries total volume with their primary market being Ontario, although they have also began to sell their spirits in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. In addition to Gin and Vodka, the distillery produces a number of different Moonshine brands and they have just began to bottle and sell their Perth Whisky.

Top Shelf Vodka is distilled from locally-sourced corn and bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Topshelf Vodka

“… When severd chilled, Top Shelf Vodka was slightly thickened and displayed light aromas of grain spice with hints of lemon citrus. The first sip was clean, lightly sweet with the light grain spices which were apparent on the nose freshening the palate …”

Please enjoy this review which includes my serving suggestion, the Vodka Daiquiri.



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St. Paddy’s Cucumber-lime Spritzer

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 17, 2020

Today is the day of St. Patrick, and in many places throughout the world, this is a day to revel in the Irish heritage which we either share by birth, or (on St. Patrick’s Day at least) we share by spirit. We wear green; we attend parades; and some of us even drink green beer in what has become more of a secular holiday which celebrates Irish culture, than a religious holiday which celebrates the Patron Saint after which the day was first named.

And celebrating Irish culture is not a bad thing; it was after all the Irish who first distilled “uisce beatha“, which translates into English as “the water of life“. I could go into a long and detailed etymology,  but suffice it to say that “uisce beatha” is probably very close to the original form of the word which would later become “whiskey”.

Of course whiskey and beer are not necessarily the only libations one can savour on the Day of St. Pat’s, any well made serving enjoyed in moderation and in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day will do.

So, in the spirit of St. Paddy’s, I thought I would share a recipe given to me by the folks at Smirnoff who also sent me a bottle of their new Smirnoff Cucumber-Lime Zero Sugar Infusions several months ago.

Let me introduce the St. Paddy’s Cucumber Lime Spritzer:

St. Paddy’s Cucumber-lime Spritzer

2 oz. Smirnoff Cucumber-Lime Zero Sugar Infusions
1 oz. Cucumber Puree
1 oz. Brewed Green Tea
1 oz. Bottled Sparkling Water
1 Lime Wheel
1 Cucumber Wheel

In a mixing glass combine the Smirnoff Cucumber-Lime Zero Sugar Infusion with the other ingredients
Add ice to an empty serving glass
Pour the mixed ingredients into the serving glass over ice
Garnish with fresh lime and cucumber

Please Enjoy Responsibly!




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Review: J.P. Wiser’s Mark Messier Alumni Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 26, 2019

Today I am continuing my series of reviews for the 2018 and 2019 J.P. Wiser’s NHLAA  Whiskies. A couple years ago J.P. Wiser’s and the NHL Alumni Association (NHLAA) got together to bring whisky fans something uniquely Canadian. One time edition Canadian whiskies which are each blended with the aim of containing characteristic links to specific NHLAA members for whom the blend is named.

This is the review for the J. P. Wiser’s Mark Messier Alumni Whisky. According to the press information sent to me:

Arguably one of the game’s best captains, Mark led his teams with a combination of skill and strength. This bold & tenacious 3-grain whisky is skillfully blended to deliver on Messier’s strength at 47% ABV. Aged 11 years in Speyside Malt barrels, this whisky celebrates #11’s impact on the game.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: J.P. Wiser’s Mark Messier Alumni Whisky

“… As I let the glass breathe, I notice that a lovely smell of baking spices and cinnamon buns have unraveled themselves from the oak toffee. Their is also a luscious fruitiness with smells of apricot jam and marmalade making my mouth water slightly. The melded scent of oak and toffee continues to grow as does a firm impression of marzipan …”

Please enjoy the review and stay tuned for the upcoming review of the final whisky in the review series, the Dave Keon  Alumni Whisky.


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