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Posts Tagged ‘Review’

Review: Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 3, 2019

Clément Agricole Rhum has been produced on the Isle of Martinique since 1887. Although the agricole  Rhum is distilled at the Simon Distillery, the rhum is finished at Habitation Clément (built on the site of a former sugar refinery) which was purchased by Homére Clément in 1887.

Rhum Clément VSOP begins its maturation in the cellars of Habitation Clément in new French oak barrels. After a period of at least 1 year in these smaller french barrels, the rum is then transferred to larger re-charred Bourbon barrels for another 3 years. The final spirit is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume.

has been produced on the Isle of Martinique since 1887. Although the agricole  Rhum is distilled at the Simon Distillery, the rhum is finished at Habitation Clément (built on the site of a former sugar refinery) which was purchased by Homére Clément in 1887.

Rhum Clément VSOP begins its maturation in the cellars of Habitation Clément in new French oak barrels. After a period of at least 1 year in these smaller french barrels, the rum is then transferred to larger re-charred Bourbon barrels for another 3 years.

Here is a link to my latest Rhum Review:

Review: Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum

“… The breezes above the glass contain a combination of fine oak spice accented with woodier cedar notes. There is some butterscotch toffee, hints of maple, bits of dried raisins, and indications of both orange peel and orange marmalade in the breezes. Hints of cinnamon and ginger can be found as well as a light wisp of vanilla …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my suggested cocktail serving, Darling Clémentine.

Chimo!

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Review: Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 31, 2019

Dixon’s Distilled Spirits is located in Guelph Ontario. This small distillery produces two brands of Vodka (Silvercreek and Flaming Caesar), two styles of Wicked Gin (a Licorice Botanical Blend and a Citrus Botanical Blend), as well as a ready to drink mix called Gin Fusion.

According to Dixon’s website, Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka is:

Distilled from Canadian corn and hand-bottled with pride. Carbon filtered for a pure, smooth taste with delicate notes of citrus and pear and with a bready undertone. Perfect on its own, on the rocks or in a martini.

I spent a couple afternoons with Silver Creek Vodka and my resulting review can be found by clicking on the following link:

Review: Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka

“… When I brought the chilled glass to my nose, I found the aroma was clean with only very light scents of starch flour and grain spice. However, when I took a small sip I was taken aback by a light but firm metallic taste and an unfortunate vegetal quality. I could also taste a mild sweetness, some grainy spice and an impression of mojito mint …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with two cocktail suggestions, the Sliver Creek Gimlet, and the Sloe and Comfortable Silver Creek Screw.

Chimo!

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Review: Cockspur VSOR 12

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 29, 2019

Cockspur VSOR is the most premium rum brand produced by Cockspur. According to the company website:

We find it hard to do anything halfway. So when we make our Very Special Old Reserve blend, we really go all out. We wanted it to be rich, have a great body, a nice smell, an exceptional taste and leave a nice feeling in your mouth. It was not easy, but we managed to get it done. This well-aged, premium rum has it all – a beautiful mahogany colour, a lovely toffee, vanilla and oak aroma, a taste suggestive of bourbon and vanilla and a warm oak aftertaste. Yes, it is hard work and takes time… but it is worth it

The rum is produced from molasses and aged in American Oak at the Cockspur facilities in Barbados. According to information presented to me several years ago, both column still and pot still rums are used in the premium rum’s production.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Cockspur VSOR 12

“… The rum looks dark and rich with the enticing scents a of treacle, molasses, baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and cloves), and roasted walnuts. There are hints of bourbon and corn as well which are probably due to the American Oak aging barrels used to mature the rum …”

Please enjoy my review, and if you happen to have a bottle of the Cockspur VSOR, treat yourself to a Rum Old Fashioned as I did at the conclusion of my review.

Chimo!

 

 

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Review: Dixon’s Flaming Caesar Vodka

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 23, 2019

Flaming Casar Vodka

Dixon’s Distilled Spirits is located in Guelph Ontario. This small distillery produces two brands of Vodka (Silvercreek and Flaming Caesar), two styles of Wicked Gin (a Licorice Botanical Blend and a Citrus Botanical Blend), as well as a ready to drink mix called Gin Fusion.

According to Dixon’s website

We heard the call for a better Caesar, and we answered! Made with Silvercreek Vodka infused with handpicked ingredients, it’s packed with flavour and heat. Just mix with your favourite brand of clam and tomato cocktail for a perfect Caesar.

Dixon’s Silver Creek Vodka is spiced with garlic, horseradish, dill, celery seed, scotch bonnets and red chili peppers. It is filtered clear and bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Dixon’s Flaming Casar Vodka

“… When I took my first taste, it was with a friend of mine who is particularly keen on Caesar Cocktails. We were both quite exited as the Flaming Caesar Spirit, (although not flaming) seemed to hold great promise. We both loved the pungent earthiness of the spice blend in particular the balance between the horseradish, the garlic and the chili pepper …”

I hope you enjoy my review!

Chimo!

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Review: Bacardi Gold Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 21, 2019

In 1862, Facundo Bacardi and his brother José bought the Santiago de Cuba Distillery and began to distill what would become the most popular commercial rum in the world. Using a method of charcoal filtering, and oak barrel aging  along with a still of copper and cast iron, Facundo Bacardi created a smoother more refined version of the locally made rum. His smoother version of the spirit became local favourite, and over time, an international sensation. Of course, Bacardi Rum is not made in Cuba anymore, the Ron Bacardi Company left Cuba in the wake of Fidel Castro’s plans to nationalize all private property and privately held bank accounts on the Island. The Bacardi family moved important trademarks out of Cuba, and using a Bacardi owned plant built in Puerto Rico, were able to continue to build their company. Bacardi is now the largest family owned spirits company in the world.

The Bacardi Gold Rum is  produced using column still distillation and oak barrel aging (for one to two years). The final rum is further ‘shaped’ by filtering the aged rum through a secret blend of charcoal. This charcoal filtration will help to blunt some of the harsh flavour characteristics of a young rum.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Bacardi Gold Rum

“… Leading out is a soft butterscotch flavour melded with banana and orange peel with a smattering of oak, cardamom and ginger spices following. Almond and vanilla ride along with hints of brown sugar spice and cinnamon …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my cocktail suggestion, the Dog Star Daiquiri.

Chimo!

 

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