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Review: Bacardi Anejo Cuatro

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 5, 2021

It’s been five years since I published my review for Bacardi Anejo Rum, and I noticed the brand has had a facelift recently. It is now branded as Bacardi Anejo Cuatro, and it sports a spiffy new age statement, “Aged 4 Years” according to the new label. When I saw the changes in a local retail store I decided I should reach out for a new sample bottle so I could see if my thoughts on the brands had changes in the past 5 years.

Bacardi Anejo Cuatro Rum is produced using column still distillation and oak barrel aging. The rum carries a four year age statement, and it appears to have replaced the former Bacardi Anejo in the rum producer’s line-up. Apparently, the final rum is further ‘shaped’ by filtering the aged rum through a secret blend of charcoal. This charcoal filtration helps to blunt some of the harsh flavour characteristics of a young rum giving it a smoother taste profile and less astringency.

The final rum is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Bacardi Anejo Cuatro

“… The rum has a burnished copper colour in the glass with initial notes of fine oak spice, vanilla and butterscotch rising into the air. Orange peel follows with notes of baking spice (cinnamon and clove) as well. Although the rum has been filtered to remove some of its youthful astringency, there is nevertheless more than a few telltale notes of alcohol sharpness …”

Enjoy my review which includes two nice cocktail suggestions, the Spence Cocktail and The Railcar.

Chimo!

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Review: Macaloney’s Caledonian Oaken Poitin Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 3, 2021

For the past few weeks I have been reviewing the recent Canadian Whisky releases from the Macaloney Caledonian Distillery.  Today I am looking at Oaken Poitin which is a Irish inspired triple distilled spirit matured in select STR (shave-toast-rechar) Portuguese red wine barriques. According to the distillery this is the first triple-distilled pot still whisky spirit sold in Canada and one of the first outside of Ireland.

The Macaloney Caledonian Distillery began producing spirit which had reached the required maturity to be sold as Canadian Whisky in 2020. Their world-class distillery is built on a foundation of traditional Forsyth’s copper pot stills. Using Canadian barley, with island water the distillery produces a range of produces a small range of Island Whiskies.

Here is a link to my review of their Single Malt Whisky matured in red wine barriques:

Review: Macaloney’s Caledonian Oaken Poitin Whisky

“… The impressions formed on the nose translate very well to the palate in terms of taste descriptors with perhaps the grain spice dominating the oak to some extent. Leather, gooseberry, and hints of red wine add some dimension and this is joined by mild impressions of vanilla and butterscotch …”

Please enjoy my review which continues a series of reviews of the new whiskies from the Macaloney Caledonian Distillery.

Chimo!

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Review: Wheatley Vodka

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 1, 2021

Wheatley Vodka is produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, America’s oldest continually-operated distillery.  Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley is responsible for the brand which is distilled in small-batches using a one of a kind micro-still.  This is a wheat based vodka which is distilled a total of 10 times before being triple filtered and then bottled at 41 % alcohol by volume.

This is meant to be a craft spirit suitable to drink on its own or to mix in your favourite vodka cocktails.

When tasting Wheatley Vodka for the first time the spirit was chilled such that I would be tasting the spirit in roughly the same manner as my friends and I would normally enjoy the spirit. I sipped the spirit, downed a shot, tried a few food parings and then made a cocktail.

Then I repeated the entire sequence once again (on a separate day) This time with the vodka served at room temperature.

Here is a link to my full review and commentary:

Review: Wheatley Vodka

“… Despite the spiciness I did not notice any undo effects of alcohol astringency. The spirit seems relatively clean, albeit somewhat spicy. My first cautious sip brought a taste of lemon zest forward, with bits of heated grain spice and hints banana and wheat porridge …”

Please enjoy the review and my suggested serving, Maggie Mae. (I was chilling to the music of Rod Stewart while sipping the cocktail.)

Chimo!

 

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Canadian Club 43 Year Old is Named Canada’s 2021 Best Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 27, 2021

The news was released this past Thursday, Canadian Club 43 Year Old (The Speakeasy) was named the Best Canadian Whisky of 2021 by nine independent whisky experts at the eleventh annual Canadian Whisky Awards. The majestic spirit was also named Canada’s Connoisseur Whisky of the Year.

As a bit of a history refresher about this grand spirit, for each of the past three years Canadian Club has been releasing Canada’s oldest age stated Whisky. And each year that release has been getting one year older. It started in 2017 with the Canadian Club 40 Year Old .

Canadian Club 40 Year Old was produced from a selection of American Oak barrels which contained 100% corn whisky. The whisky was released in part to commemorate Canada’s 150 Anniversary, and was available with full distribution across Canada in the fall of 2017. In 2018 we learned that Canadian Club hadn’t emptied all of those 100 % Corn Whisky Barrels, those that hadn’t been used were now one year older. In the fall of 2018, Canadian Club released what they called Canadian Club Chronicles – 41 Year Old Whisky (The Water of Windsor), again using some of those same barrels; but this time adding a small amount of cognac, rye and sherry to the final blend. Then in 2019 the cycle was repeated as Canadian Club released Canadian Club Chronicles Issue 2 – 42 Year Old Whisky (The Dock Man). This time to offer some distinction in the blend, the whisky was blended with a 16 Year Old Rye Whisky, a 12 Year Old Pot Distilled Rye and a small amount of Brandy.

Which brings us to 2020 and the release of Canadian Club Chronicles Issue 3 – 43 Year Old Whisky (The Speakeasy) which has apparently been freshened with a dash of 11 Year Old Rye whisky. I recently tasted the new 43 Year Old and thought I would share my thoughts.

Here is a link to my full review which was published prior to the review announcement:

Review: Canadian Club Chronicles Issue 3

“… The nose grows and grows as you let the glass breathe becoming almost breathtaking as the richness unfolds. Rum-like scents of molasses, Cognac-like aromas of raisins and dry fruit, Bourbon-like notes of corn and honeycomb seem to be all combined together with sticky marmalade and yummy nougat thrown in for good measure. And yes, that dash of rye seems to be playing a roll brightening the breezes without taking the shine from the sumptuous aroma …”

Enjoy the review!

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About the Canadian Whisky Awards

The annual Canadian Whisky Awards, broadcast online in 2021, are normally held in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival. The awards recognize the very best Canadian whiskies, and are intended to encourage distillers to maintain the highest quality standards. To qualify, each whisky must be distilled and matured in Canada. 

An independent panel of whisky experts selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind. In keeping with current trends in whisky connoisseurship, the jury includes both women and men tasters, who have made significant contributions to understanding Canadian whisky.

Here is a link to the full awards listing:  Canadian Whisky Awards 2021

Chimo!

 

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Review: Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 22, 2021

Johnnie Walker is one of the most iconic whisky brands in the world. With its unique square bottle, and the labels tilted off-center, the company has created a strong brand image and its spirit is considered by many to be the quintessential Scottish whisky. When I reviewed the Gold Label in 2012, the Johnnie Walker website had this to say about their whisky:

GOLD LABEL RESERVE is blended from casks of Whiskies that have been specially selected from the Master Blender, Jim Beveridge’s Private Reserve.

It’s eight years later now, and Johnnie Walker has updated the website information which now reads as follows:

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is a Gold Medal award-winning blend created by Master Blender Jim Beveridge to celebrate nearly 200 years of the art of blending. Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is created using award-winning whiskies – including fruity Highland malts and lighter Speyside malts for sweetness and spice, combined with those from the Scottish islands for our signature smoky finish.

Apparently that ‘Private Reserve’ of Jim Beveridge has either been depleted, or it is now being used for other whiskies. The point is that is it obvious to me that if the description of how the whisky is produced has changed, then the taste profile and quality of the blend may have changed as well. It is probably a good time for a fresh review.

And here is a link to that fresh review:

Review: Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

“… Butterscotch, honey and wood spice, accents of canned fruit (peaches and apricots), vanilla, cooked apples, and hints of cinnamon. As the glass breathes we notice spicy tobacco and toffee and a welling up of wood spice, fresh grain and chaff, dry fruit (raisins and prunes) and some peat smoke …”

Please enjoy my review. I will continue to climb up the ladder of Johnnie Walker Whiskies with a review of the 18 Year Old which should be ready in a few weeks.

Chimo!

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