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Posts Tagged ‘Review’

Review: The Irishman Founder’s Reserve

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 6, 2019

Bernard and Rosemary Walsh began producing their own independent Irish Whiskey brands in 2007 with the introduction of The Irishman 70 (aka The Irishman Original Clan in the USA) and The Irishman – Single Malt. In 2009 they expanded the portfolio with the introduction Writers Tears, a boutique brand which was created to bring additional nuance to the Irish Whiskey category. Although these brands are distilled and aged by a third-party distillery, Bernard and Rosemary recently opened the Walsh Whiskey Distillery and began to produce their own new-make spirit in 2016. (See note below for an important change with respect to the Walsh Whiskey Distillery and the Writer’s Tears and The Irishman brands.)

The subject of this review is Walsh Whiskey’s flagship brand The Irishman Founder’s Reserve. This is a direct descendant of The Irishman 70, made to the same recipe of 70 % Single Malt Irish Whiskey and 30 % Single Pot Still Whiskey (with no column distilled whiskey in the blend at all).

Here is the link to my full Review:

Review: The Irishman Founder’s Reserve

“… The immediate nose brings a nice combination of fine oak and grain spices forward with hints of ginger and orange peel in the breezes. This is quickly followed by nutty barley grain with aromas of hazelnut, almond, burlap and leather. A light sweep of vanilla with hints of baking spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) works its way into the air above the glass as do light impression of poplar and willow …”

I hope you enjoy the review, please stay tuned as next week I will take a look at the Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

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Editor’s Note:

WALSH WHISKEY & ILLVA SARONNO AGREE TO DEMERGE JOINT-VENTURE

The Directors of Walsh Whiskey Distillery have decided to split the business by separating out the existing drinks brands business, built on the Writers’ Tears and The Irishman premium and super-premium Irish whiskeys, from the distillery business at Royal Oak, in Ireland’s County Carlow, effective January 25, 2019:

Current sales, marketing and distilling objectives are being fully met, however the Irish and Italian Directors differ on how to develop the combined business into the future. 

This change will result in the Irish directors taking full control of the existing drinks brands business built on the Writers’ Tears and The Irishman brands that are among the most popular premium and super-premium Irish whiskeys in the world being sold in 50 countries worldwide. Consumers of Writers’ Tears and The Irishman portfolio of brands are assured of their uninterrupted availability. This business will continue to trade under the name Walsh Whiskey.

Illva Saronno will take full ownership of the distillery, which is renamed “Royal Oak Distillery”. Illva’s objective is to further enhance Royal Oak as a centre of excellence in Irish whiskey making by continuously improving its technology and processes, producing all three styles, Malt, Pot and Grain under one roof, enhancing the visitor experience and achieving recognition as one of the best quality Irish whiskey producers in the market.

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Review: Rum Nation Reunion 7 Year Old Cask Strength Rhum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 30, 2019

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 Reunion 7 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (2018 release).

The 7 Year Old Cask Strength  Rum was distilled at the Savannah Distillery which is located on Réunion Island, which is a French department in the Indian Ocean.  The spirit was bottled at 60.5 % 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 latest review:

Review: Rum Nation Reunion 7 Year Old Cask Strength Rhum

“… Pot still funk with orange peel, anise and peppery allspice. The sweetness has built up and this sweetness and the herbal menthol provide a measure of balance for the obvious cask strength heat. …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a my cocktail suggestion, a Rum Old Fashioned with Smoked Cinnamon Bitters.

Chimo!

 

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Bitter(s) Review: Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 25, 2019

Over the course of this year I plan to review 25 different brands of bitters and these reviews will be compiled on my Cocktail Bitters Review page found here. This page displays most of the brands I will review with links to each review. (Of course the links for a particular review will not open until that review is published.)

I will of course expand this list as I receive more brands to review. My policy for receiving samples of Bitters will be much the same as it is for spirits, albeit I will be able to accept much smaller sample sizes than 200 ml. A 50 ml sample bottle is more than ample.

I am going to kick off a this series of Bitters Reviews with Angostura Aromatic Bitters.

Angostura’s Aromatic Bitters were first produced in 1824, in the town of Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela) by Dr. Johann Siegert who created his bitters as a medicinal treatment to alleviate digestive and stomach ailments. In the 1870’s the brand was moved to Trinidad, where Johann Siegert’s son Don Carlos established the aromatic bitters as a complementary ingredient for both cocktails and food.

Here is my link to my first Bitter(s) Review, I hope you enjoy it:

Review: Angostura Aromatic Bitters

“… If you put a drop of Angostura Aromatic Bitters on your tongue instead of in your cocktail you will find that they have a very complex bold and yes, quite bitter, flavour. You can taste cloves and hints of cinnamon, bits of cocoa and what I can only describe as tree bark (kinda like cedar) …”

Enjoy the review and the cocktail suggestion included.

Chimo!

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Review: Bulldog London Dry gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 23, 2019

The Bulldog Gin Brand was created in the USA by Anshuman Vohra in 2007. It was introduced in Europe in 2007 and is now owned by Campari Group and distributed in 55 countries worldwide.

This is a London Dry Gin produced from neutral grain alcohol which at 96 % alcohol by volume is infused with the natural flavours and aromas of 12 different botanicals inside a copper pot still. The botanicals used are lemon, almond, lavender, coriander, Angelica, white poppy, oris, dragon eye, lotus leaves, cassia, licorice,  and of course juniper.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Bulldog Gin

“… When I take a sniff, I notice light zesty citrus aromas which are melded fairly well with a light juniper. A touch of earthiness is present with the licorice and the angelica making an appearance, but not disrupting the balance. A spiciness of coriander comes though a little later, with the other botanicals making wispy indistinct impressions …”

Please enjoy the review as well as the cocktail suggestion which accompanies my thoughts.

Chimo!

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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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