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Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 25, 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. The company has been operating since 1820, and has grown steadily to become one of the most important Scottish whisky brands in the world today.

According to my research, Johnnie Walker Black Label has undergone some changes since I published my last review in 2011. At that time it was advertised as containing up to 40 premium grain and malt whiskies. Today (December 2020) the Johnnie Walker Website has this to say about its iconic blend:

Johnnie Walker Black Label is a smooth and beautifully balanced whisky with a distinctive smoky flavour, expertly crafted using an unrivalled selection of Single Malts and Grains each aged for at least 12 years.

All of the whiskies in the Black Label blend are still aged at least 12 years, however references to the number of whiskies which are used to created the blend are no longer found. As well a more recent tasting of the blend seems to indicate to me that some of the richness and depth which I formerly associated with the blend has been lost. This means a fresh review is probably appropriate.

And here is a link to that review:

Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label

“… Fine oak spices combine with treacle and dry fruit, raisins and green apples with perhaps a hint of Turkish Delight. More dry fruit (raisins and dates), and hints of chocolate appear with a light herbal smoke and a touch of boggy peat. Oak builds as we let the glass sit with vanilla and baking spices gathering …”

Please enjoy this review which continues my walk through the Johnnie Walker ladder of whiskies.


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Review: Arehucas 12 Anos Anejo Reserva

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 22, 2021

Destilerías Arehucas traces its origin to August 9, 1884 when La Fábrica the San Pedro sugar factory officially opened in Arucas, on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria. Although the facility was a sugar factory, sugar cane distillates and rum was also produced. In 1965, La Fábrica changed its name to Destilerías Arehucas Distilleries. . Today the facility produces a full range of cane spirits including traditional white and amber rums, aged rums and flavoured Honey Rums.They also produce a selection of fruit liqueurs and Creme spirits.

One of the premium spirits produced at the facility is Arehucas Anejo 12 Anos. According to most retail websites which carry the spirit, the rum has been distilled in two columns from sugar cane juice and aged for 12 years in oak.

Here is a link to my Review:

Review: Arehucas 12 Anos Anejo Reserva

“… Oak spice and vanilla with lightly pungent baking spice (allspice, nutmeg and hints of cinnamon) and leather. Caramel and marzipan climb into the breezes and well as notes of banana and bits of bittersweet chocolate …”

Please enjoy my review.



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Review: Roca Patrón Silver Tequila 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 20, 2021

This year I am hoping to continue  update many of my tequila reviews, improving my suggested cocktails and where necessary editting my tasting notes and scores to be consistent with any changes which may have occurred that have affected the taste and quality of the agave spirit since my last review. I will also be adding new reviews to broaden the tequila category upon my website. Today I am looking at Roca Patrón Silver Tequila.

Patron currently sells three brands of tequila, their premium brand Patron , their artisanal brand, Roca Patron, and their luxury brand, Gran Patron. The company was created in 1989 when John Paul DeJoria, and Martin Crowley formed The Patrón Spirits Company with the stated singular goal of producing “the best tequila in the world.” 

Roca Patrón Tequila is a pure 100% Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.  The spirit is bottled at 45 % alcohol by volume, and is made completely from agave juice which has been extracted using a stone Tahona Wheel.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Roca Patrón Silver Tequila

“… The fruity agave is understated and has an herbal quality with hints of heather and mint riding at the edges of my perception. If I take my time with the glass I can sense a few light citrus notes (particularly lime zest) and the sense of mint seems to build up very gradually.  I am loving the subtle nuances I have found in the merry little breezes above the glass …”

Please enjoy my review, and my cocktail suggestions, the Rum Howler Margarita and Metro Mexico.



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Review: Compass Distillers 100% Nova Scotian Rye

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 18, 2021

Compass Distillers is located in Halifax Nova Scotia, where Graham, Josh, and David began their distilling journey with a belief that they could create world-class spirits locally. Their artisan Craft Spirits are not imported, they are not blended with generic ingredients, nor are they pumped out of a factory; rather, they are made from scratch, with locally sourced ingredients.

Compass Distillers 100% Nova Scotian Rye gives recognition to bountiful harvest of Nova Scotia’s grain. The spirit was produced from grain which was milled, mashed, fermented, and distilled in Halifax, and then was aged in new charred North American oak barrels for three years.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Compass Distillers 100% Nova Scotian Rye

“… Leathery grain and oak, burlap, butterscotch, vanilla and almond. Rye spice and fine oak spice with hints of ginger and cinnamon follow as do hints of milk chocolate …”

Please enjoy my review of this wonderful new Canadian Rye Whisky.



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Review: Romero Dark Sugarcane Spirit

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 15, 2021

The Romero Distillery produces a full line-up of rum and rum-like spirits, including an Amber, a Spiced and a Dark Rum, as well as a similar line of what they call Sugar Cane Spirit which I have learned is aged with what Romero Distilling calls an accelerated maturation process. The spirit cannot be called rum in Canada as it has not spent the minimum of one year in small oak as per Canadian law and thus cannot be called rum. (In the USA there is no such regulation concerning oak aging for rum and Romero’s Cane Spirits could properly be called rum south of our border.)

All the base ingredients and distillation processes are the same for Romero’s Cane Spirits as they are for their traditionally aged rums. This information was covered covered in some detail when I reviewed Romero’s traditional Dark Rum spirit (here).

This following link is to my full review for the Romero Dark Sugar Cane Spirit:

Review: Romero Dark Sugarcane Spirit 

“… Fine oak spice, vanilla and caramel accented by cinnamon and nutmeg. Hints of clove and cardamom with very light black pepper trailing. As with the Romero Dark Rum, I do not get a firm sense of sweetness from the molasses. It is apparent but laid back further than we would find in most traditional dark rums. Unlike the Dark Rum from Romero, I notice bits of fine wood spice in the breezes. Perhaps a reflection of the accelerated maturation process …”

Please enjoy my review of this surprising spirit which includes a cocktail suggestion, The Mountain Climber.


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