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Posts Tagged ‘Review’

Christmas Cocktail Bazaar: Holiday Bliss

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 12, 2018

I am nearing the end of my Cocktail Bazaar which was inspired by Smirnoff Vodka as their US media team was kind enough to send me a plethora of recipes and samples to taste and experiment with. From those samples and recipes, I chose those which suited my skills as a home bartender to share with you, and I created a few of my own as well. My hope is that the recipes I have shared can be duplicated not only by professional bartenders, but also by my readers at home.

The holiday recipe I am sharing today features Smirnoff Peppermint Twist which was described to me as a deliciously cool flavoured vodka which features the taste of sweet candied peppermint. Peppermint Twist can apparently be served as a chilled shot or mixed into holiday-themed cocktails. I was sent quite a few recipes for Peppermint Twist and one of those which caught my eye was an indulgence called Holiday Bliss.

What I like about this serving is that it is not only relatively easy to create with the simple ingredients I have at home, it also features Don Julio Anejo Tequila as a complimentary ingredient. I have come to really enjoy tequila, and finding a new recipe to enjoy with the agave spirit was a delight.

Here is the recipe sent to me by the cocktail gurus at Smirnoff. It’s meant to be a holiday cocktail, but you can be forgiven if you want to indulge year round!

Holiday Bliss

1 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
1/2 oz. Don Julio Añejo Tequila
3 oz.  Chocolate Milk
Ice
Grated Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Add the first three ingredients into a Metal Shaker with Ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a rocks glass and top with grated nutmeg cinnamon

Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Don Julio is a 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco. The company was established by Don Julio González, who apparently began to examine the prospect of making his own Tequila in 1942. Don Julio Añejo is produced in small batches, aged in American white-oak barrels for eighteen months.

Here is a link to my previous review:

Review: Don Julio Anejo Tequila

“… The agave flavour is mellow accented by mild touches of white pepper, and the sweetness of a light caramel. I taste a very mild oak presence and an underlying honey-like sweetness which is very appealing …”

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Smirnoff Peppermint Twist is a limited seasonal offering from Smirnoff Co. bottled at 30% alcohol by volume. It features a ‘scratch and sniff’ bottle allowing you to enjoy the seasonal scent of peppermint and candy cane before you even open the bottle. You may read my full review of this flavoured vodka here:

Review: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist

” … The peppermint flavoured vodka is perhaps a touch on the sweet side, then again it is the flavours of peppermint and candy cane which are featured and the spirit would not be a true holiday spirit if it did not accurately reflect this sweetness …”

I hope you enjoy the review, Chimo!

 

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Review: Forty Creek Unity

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 23, 2018

Forty Creek Whisky has an annual tradition of producing a special limited release whisky which is built upon the foundation of the company’s flagship whisky, Forty Creek Barrel Select. These annual special releases each seek to bring new character to the Forty Creek family. This year, the distillery had a contest of sorts where five fans of Forty Creek Whisky representing different areas of Canada were asked to help create the 2018 Forty Creek Special Release. Because the group could not agree on which of the three special blends was the best, a fourth blend was created by Mr. Ashburn which ultimately became the chosen favourite of the entire group.

The special blend was called, “Unity“. One of the features of this Unity blend special is that it includes a subset of 4-year-old Forty Creek whiskies within its construct. These young whiskies were blended together and then aged for a further time using high mocha wood staves added to the barrels. Completing the blend is a 10-year-old corn whisky as well as a small amount of 15-year-old Portuguese-style Starboard wine aged in used Forty Creek barrels.

Here is a link to my full review for the 2018 Limited Edition Release, Forty Creek Unity.

Review: Forty Creek Unity 

“… The whisky brings firm indications of oak and vanilla which are melded into a menagerie both rye and baking spices (cloves and cinnamon), hints of almond, and light indications of dark fruit and red licorice.  I really like how the scents and smells seem to act in harmony without any wayward notes clashing with the unity of the overall aroma …”

Please enjoy my review and my serving suggestion, the Old Fashioned Cocktail with Chocolate Bitters.

Chimo!

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Review: Appleton Estate 15 Year Old (Minimum Age) Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 16, 2018

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 as the underlying limestone was eroded by the chemical action of rain. Within a cockpit karst formation are valleys known as Poljes. They are formed where a river floods, then recedes and forms a flat valley over 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. In 1749, within the polje known as the Nassau Valley, the Appleton Estate Sugar Factory was founded. The Nassau Valley has a special mild micro-climate which is ideally suited to the growth of sugarcane. As well, a water source wells from the limestone formation and provides an exceptionally soft pure water which used for the production of Appleton Estate Rums.

Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Rum was recently introduced in Canada as a new Limited Edition Rum. This is a true 15 Year Old spirit as all of the rums within the blend (a mixture of column still and heavy pot still rums) have been aged a minimum of 15 Years before being bottled at 43 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my latest review:

Review: Appleton Estate 15 Year Old (Minimum Age) Rum

“… my nose is greeted by zesty oak spice, caramel toffee and light funky pot still aromas (camphor and resin, bits of menthol, and vague hints of tar). Baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg) rise into the breezes as well. Spicy orange peel and a light grassy quality also begin to wind into the air above the glass …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a my cocktail suggestion, the Rum Old Fashioned.

Chimo!

 

 

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Review: Crown Royal Blender’s Mash (aka Crown Royal Bourbon Mash)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 9, 2018

Crown Royal Canadian Whisky is currently produced in Gimli, Manitoba, at the Crown Royal Distillery. The distillery and the brand are owned by the spirits conglomerate, Diageo, and I think it is fair to say that Crown Royal is Diageo’s flagship Canadian Whisky brand.

Last year Crown Royal introduced what they call their Blenders’ Series, a new line of special whiskies that celebrate the art of blending. The series is a tribute to their iconic Crown Royal Deluxe Whisky, and each release in the Crown Royal Blenders’ Series will showcase a classic whisky style. Last March the first release in that collection was unveiled as Crown Royal Blender’s Mash. The use of the word ‘bourbon’ created controversy when the Canadian Whisky was released in the USA as this was considered by many to be a violation of the US labeling rules regarding what can and cannot be called a bourbon whisky. This means that the spirit was soon re-branded in the US market as Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash.

Here is a link to my latest review:

Review: Crown Royal Blender’s Mash (aka Crown Royal Bourbon Mash)

“… The aroma from the glass is very ‘bourbon-like’ with notes of fresh oak and cedar melded with corn and vanilla. Light notes of honeycomb and graham wafer can be found as well as some finer oak spices. Given some time in the glass some fruitiness develops with scents of green apple and under ripe pears, as well as bits of orange peel and almond …”

Please enjoy my review of this new Canadian Whisky, Chimo!

 

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Review: Rum Nation Jamaica 7 Year Old Pot Still Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 12, 2018

Rum Nation is an Italian company created by Fabio Rossi, who began his life in the spirits trade as a Oenologist (one who has studied wine-making). After his studies, Mr. Rossi left the wine business and started up a whisky company in Edinburgh (Wilson and Morgan) acting as an independent bottler of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. His interest turned to rum, and in 1999 Fabio Rossi founded Rum Nation. His company is headquartered in Italy; but Fabio purchases select rums from various distillers in the Caribbean and the Americas. As a result Rum Nation provides a rather unique assortment of limited edition bottlings. One such bottling is Rum Nation Jamaica 7 Year Old Pot Still Rum (2018 release).

The 7 Year Old Jamaican Pot Still Rum was distilled upon a traditional Jamaican Pot Still (at Worthy Park) and aged for 7 years in the tropics in used American Oak barrels. The spirit was bottled at 61.2 % alcohol by volume with no dilution from cask strength. No colouring has been added, and the rum has not been chill filtered.

Here is a link to my full review of this burly rum:

Review:  Rum Nation Jamaica 7 Year Old Pot Still Rum  

“… A firm brown sugar sweetness accompanies vanilla and baking spice (cinnamon. nutmeg and cloves), and I am reminded of the flavour of fresh cinnamon buns. Oak spice, menthol, peppermint, camphor and resin add complexity …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my recommended serving, the Pot Still Rum Old Fashioned.

Chimo!

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