Archive for the ‘Liqueur’ Category
Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 20, 2017
My first review for Legendario Elixir de Cuba was published in 2009, However, as US restrictions of Cuban products appear to be easing I thought it would be timely to revisit the brand. The brand owner, Legendario Rum is headquartered in Spain, however the rum used within the Elixir de Cuba’s blend is apparently imported from Cuba. The brand, was founded in the city of Havana in 1946.
According to the research I conducted, Legendario Elixir de Cuba, is produced from a blend of 2 to 4 year-old Cuban Rums (source: Rum Distribution.com). The rums were aged in American oak barrels at temperatures which approached 47°C. After the rums were blended, extracts of macerated raisins, syrup, and demineralised water are added, and this blended mixture is rested (or married) in American oak barrels for several weeks (30 days) after which the final spirit is filtered through a traditional system of activated carbon filters and silica sand before bottling.
According to Phil Moncton of the GFH Group (the Ontario importer), Legendario Elixir De Cuba is now available in Ontario (via the GFH Group) through LCBO Private Order.
Here is a link to my newly written review for the Legendario Elixir de Cuba:
” … The aroma is rich and inviting with smells of oak infused rum and caramel, brandy and raisins, and some dark chocolate drifting in the breezes above the glass. It is almost as if we are encountering a sweet mixture of rum, cognac, and dark caramel …”
Please enjoy my review of this outstanding rum liqueur, Chimo!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 7, 2017
Radouga Distilleries is a small distillery which began operations in Blaine Lake Saskatchewan (near Saskatoon) on November 20th 2014. Recently I met one of their sales reps (D’arcy Nemanishin) at the November Edmonton Food and Wine Show. We chatted briefly and I sampled the distillery’s 7-time distilled Provincial Vodka (review to follow). After the show D’arcy arranged for me to receive a few samples of their line-up of Paul’s Pies Liqueurs (Paul Riben is the Owner/CEO of the distillery).
Paul Riben distills all of Radouga Distilleries products using grain that Paul grows himself. The operation is a true field to glass operation. I sampled (and my wife sampled) both the Apple and Blueberry Liqueurs over the holidays, and today I am sharing links to each review:
Here is the link to the Apple Pie Liqueur:
“… I made the mistake of giving the glass to my wife to sniff. She expressed her delight at the scent of ‘Apple Pie in a Glass’ and I was forced to pour myself another as she did not give hers back to me …”
and here I the link to the review for the Blueberry Pie Liqueur:
“… The immediate aroma from the glass of Paul’s Pie Blueberry Pie liqueur is perhaps more reminiscent of blueberry juice than blueberry pie (with perhaps a touch of wine/cider in the background). There is some sweetness arising from the glass which complements the blueberry …”
Stay tuned for more reviews of the spirits from Radouga Distilleries, specifically their Provincial Vodka and their Provincial Spiced Vodka, which will be published in the coming weeks.
Posted in Liqueur, Liqueur Review | Tagged: Apple Pie, Blueberry Pie, Liqueuer, Paul's Pies, Radouga Distilleries, Review | Comments Off on Review: Paul’s Pies Liqueurs
Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 5, 2017
Legend Distilling is a small craft distillery in the heart of B.C. Okanagan Wine Country. Owner’s Dawn and Doug Lennie moved to Naramata 11 years ago and witnessed the progression of the wine business happening all around them. They were already running their own businesses, but had a dream of working together to build a new company they could share. Whiskey was always been a passion of Doug’s and he had also been watching what was going on with craft distilling in the US. Both Dawn and he decided that spirits would be a great business to bring to the community as a compliment to all the great wines available around them. For Dawn and Doug, offering something new in the area was key. This included their unique location along the Naramata Bench, as other distilleries were being located in more industrial areas.
The orange liqueur produced by Legend Distilling arrives with a bit of a twist in its flavour profile. As well as being orange flavoured the spirit also carries the flavour of the locally foraged wild Sumac berries.
Here is a link to my review of this outstanding Orange Liqueur:
“… While the orange/tangerine quality is firm and appealing, there is also a lightly bitter/acidic undercurrent which balances the sweetness beautifully allowing me to sip the liqueur without ice to great enjoyment. There is also a light earthy quality reminiscent of angelica root which seems to elevate the spirit …”
I hope you enjoy the review, tomorrow I will return to my 2017 Rum Howler Awards.
Posted in Liqueur, Orange Liqueur | Tagged: Liqueur, Manitou, Orange, Review, Sumac | Comments Off on Review: Manituo Orange and Sumac Liqueur
Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 3, 2017
This year I plan to sprinkle a few liqueur reviews in between my Rum Howler Award postings, and I will start with a new Orange Liqueur my wife bought for me this past Christmas. I had asked her to pick up a bottle of Bols Triple Sec which is one of my favoured Orange Curacao mixers, but instead she brought home Cheshire Triple Sec. As I was expecting Bols, I decided to do a little comparing between the two when I wrote the review.
Cheshire Triple Sec is an American spirit produced in Minnesota apparently for the Prestige Wine Group. I could find very little information regarding the spirit. What I do know I gleaned from the back label of the bottle. According to the ingredients list the orange liqueur is produced from alcohol, water, sugar and flavour. it is bottled at 15 % alcohol by volume, and is part of the Preferred Selection at the Western Canadian Liquor Depot chain of stores.
Here is my link to the full review:
“… in the interest of a good review I decided to make two Margarita cocktails side by side. One with Cheshire Triple Sec, and one with the last of my Bols Triple Sec. I used a clean Blanco Tequila which I quite like called Avion, and fresh lime juice for both cocktails. Avion is a really good tequila for clean Margaritas and it was no surprise to me that both cocktails tasted good. However there was a decided difference between the two …”
I hope you enjoy the comparative review, tomorrow I will return to my 2017 Rum Howler Awards.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 4, 2016
Eau Claire Distillery opened as Alberta’s first craft distillery in the summer of 2014. The facility is located 35 minutes southwest of downtown Calgary in the picturesque Hamlet of Turner Valley. The name ‘Eau Claire’ has historical significance in Alberta, meaning ‘clear water’, and is representative of the clear water from the nearby Rocky Mountains that is used as the water source of the distillery.
The folks at Eau Claire pride themselves in sourcing locally farmed ingredients, including grains and potatoes from neighbouring farms. Each ingredient is secured from suppliers who are known and respected in Alberta’s agriculture profession. Eau Claire’s Gin Rummy is an Albertan take on a classic drink which mixes the satisfying taste of both gin and rum, with winter spices added for a unique taste sensation. The spirit is hand crafted, barrel finished, and made only by Eau Claire.
Here is a link to my review of this unique spirit:
“… The gin influence within the spirit seems to bring forward an impression of dark licorice which is almost Sambuca-like in its intensity. There are wisps of piny juniper and hints of both cardamom and coriander spice (and perhaps ginger) as well. Underlying these gin-like impressions is a lovely rum-like sweetness of butterscotch and caramel. There is also perhaps some wood spices mixed in with hints of clove and cinnamon rounding out the aroma. …”
Please enjoy my review, Chimo!
Posted in Liqueur, Liqueur Review, Uncategorized | Tagged: Eau Claire Distillery, Flavoured Spirit, Gin, Gin Reiview, Review, Rum | Comments Off on Review: Eau Claire Gin Rummy
Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 9, 2015
Sortilège is a Canadian Whisky based liqueur produced by Mondia Alliance Wine and Spirits in Montreal, Canada. It is produced by combining real Canadian Maple Syrup with Canadian Whisky. Mondia has taken this one step further with their new liqueur, Sortilège Caramel which is described as a Caramel liqueur with Canadian Maple Whisky. In other words a product produced by combining a caramel liqueur with their own Sortilège Maple Whisky. This new liqueur is bottled at 23 % alcohol by volume.
Here is a link to my latest review:
” … The initial scents from the glass are very much like butterscotch candies, although if we wait a little while a few wood spices and whisky-like scents also present themselves. The whisky-like scents appeal to me, although I wonder to myself if the whisky will have enough punch against the building butterscotch sweetness …”
Posted in Liqueur, Liqueur Review, Whisky Liqueur | Tagged: Caramel, Liqueur, Maple Liqueur, Mondia Alliance, Review, Sortilège, Whisky Liqueur | Comments Off on Review: Sortilège Caramel
Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 20, 2015
The resurgence of interest in Canadian Whisky continues unabated as it seems that every time I venture into a local liquor store I see new brands that I have never tried before. One of these new brands, Legacy Small Batch caught my eye and I decided to request a bottle for review. The new brand is owned by Sazerac, and to produce this new Canadian spirit they import mature whisky from Canada and bottle it at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.
There is not much information about this particular whisky on the Sazerac website except for a statement that, Master Blender Drew Mayville (Buffalo Trace), oversees the distillation of this particular whisky. Unfortunately I find this claim hard to reconcile based upon his own statements in a 2013 interview in The Spirits Business (see interview here) regarding the anonymity of Canadian Whisky distillers and his happiness at being a blender and not a distiller. (Note that Canadian Whisky by law must be at least 3 years old and therefore would have been distilled prior to those statements.) Perhaps the marketing people at Sazerac meant that Drew Mayville oversees the blending of the Legacy Small Batch, which of course would be right up his alley.
Here is a link to my full Review:
“… I taste a very nice melding of rye-like spices with butterscotch toffee. There is a corn-like smoothness which permeates the whisky along with just enough peppery heat to pucker and dry the palate making it receptive to the next sip. There are also light bits of cinnamon, some gentle vanillans, and a touch of milk chocolate in the flavour profile and all of these flavours seem to be pulling in the same pleasant direction …”
Please enjoy my review which includes a nice recipe I created called the Canadian Caribou.
Posted in Canadian Whisky, Whisky Liqueur, Whisky Review | Tagged: Canadian Whisky, Legacy Small BatchSazerac, Review, Whisky | Comments Off on Review: Legacy Small Batch Canadian Whisky
Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 11, 2015
Highwood Distillers is a Canadian spirits manufacturer in the town of High River, Alberta, which is situated 40 minutes south of Calgary, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. When I visited their facilities a few years ago I could not help but notice how they make their spirits one batch at a time in a friendly, family style atmosphere. I was impressed and I have been a fan of Highwood ever since.
Recently I received a sample of their Centennial Canadian Rye Whisky (Dark Chocolate). The spirit represents a melding of their Centennial Rye Whisky with the a small dollop of Dark Chocolate flavour. The flavoured whisky is bottled at 35 % alcohol by volume.
Orange Chocolate Martini
Here is a link to my full review:
“… The Dark Chocolate Whisky has a pale mahogany colour which seems at odds with the rich dark chocolate scents which seem to ooze out of the rye and wood spices drifting in the breezes above the glass. The impact of the chocolate seems to be softened by an impression of fresh dairy cream within the make-up of its aroma …”
This spirit plays well with caramel, cola, coffee, and even (if you check out my recipe below) orange liqueurs. Those are some of my favourite flavours, so I think you can safely assume that my recommendation for the Centennial Dark Chocolate is quite enthusiastic.
Please enjoy my review which includes a nice dessert martini recipe which have I dubbed the Orange Chocolate Martini.
Posted in Canadian Whisky, Flavoured Whisky, Liqueur, Whisk(e)y, Whisk(e)y Review, Whisky Liqueur | Tagged: Canadian Whisky, Centennial Rye Whisky, Cocktail, Dark Chocolate, Flavoured Whisky, Highwood Distillers, Orange Chocolate Martini, Review | Comments Off on Review: Centennial Canadian Rye Whisky Dark Chocolate
Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 24, 2015
A few years ago J.P. Wiser’s introduced Wiser’s Spiced Whisky (Vanilla) to the Canadian market. My understanding is that this new spiced whisky brand was very successful, and as a result, the company decided to further develop their spiced whisky portfolio. Wiser’s Spiced Whisky (Vanilla) was re-branded (perhaps also re-developed) as J.P. Wiser’s Spiced Whisky No. 5 (Vanilla), and another flavoured/spiced whisky brand was introduced, J.P. Wiser’s Spiced Whisky No. 9 (Scorched Toffee).
I checked the Corby Brands website which has this to say about their new spiced whisky:
” The newest member to the J.P. Wiser’s family shares the unique sweet-soft whisky characteristic with an enhanced vanilla spice flavour. Perfect for mixing with cola or ginger ale!”
Spiced Northern Julep
Please enjoy my full review of J.P. Wiser’s Spiced Whisky No. 5 (Vanilla) which can be found by clicking on the following review excerpt:
“… The air above the glass is mildly sweet with firm butterscotch scents accompanied by vanilla, and gentle rye & wood spices. As was the case two years ago when I reviewed this whisky’s predecessor, the vanilla spiced whisky seems rather pleasant and laid …”
As you can see by the photograph to the right, my review includes a nice Julep recipe which works very well with the new J.P. Wiser’s Whisky. I call it, the Spiced Northern Julep.
Cheers Everyone, and let us hope that Spring is just around the corner!
Posted in Canadian Whisky, Flavoured Whisky, Liqueur, Liqueur Review, Spiced Whisky, Whisk(e)y, Whisk(e)y Review, Whisky Liqueur | Tagged: Canadian Whisky, Cocktails, J.P. Wiser's, No. 5, Spiced Northern Julep, Spiced Whisky, Vanilla, Whisky | 1 Comment »
Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 21, 2014
RumChata (Horchata Con Ron) is a new cream based liqueur created by Tom Maas (former marketing executive for Beam Distillers). Apparently about ten years or so ago, while Tom was still working for Beam, he was trying to help the company penetrate into the Latin American market looking for ways to make bourbon a more popular spirit. During this time, he was introduced to a non-alcoholic beverage called horchata which was popular in Central America. The beverage must have made an impression on him, because a few years later when he retired, Tom decided to create a his own alcoholic beverage based upon the creamy horchata he remembered (which was apparently made from coconut milk, crushed rice, nuts, cinnamon and other spices).
After some experimentation with a variety of ingredients and popular spirits, Tom created his own cinnamon forward recipe based upon Real Dairy Cream and Caribbean Rum.
This year at the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival, I ran into Lisa Cunningham who works for Glazer’s Of Canada Llc, the company responsible for bringing RumChata (Horchata Con Ron) into the Alberta market. I was offered a sample bottle of RumChata and asked to share my thoughts about this relatively new cream liqueur here on my website.
You may read my full review here (click on the link):
” … Maybe I am imagining the smell of steamed rice, but the scents of cinnamon, rum-like brown sugar, vanilla and dairy cream are all very apparent in the breezes above my glass. As I examine the glass further, I seem to also sense some mild indications of crushed almonds as well as perhaps a hint of chocolate in the air above my glass as well … “
Please enjoy my latest review, of a rum cream which seems ideal for the upcoming Christmas season!
Posted in Cream Liqueur, Liqueur, Liqueur Review | Tagged: Cream Liqueur, Liqueur, Review, Rum Cream, RumChata | Comments Off on Review: RumChata (Horchata Con Ron)