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Review: Levenswater Spring 34 Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 3, 2022

Levenswater Gin is produced in Ontario Canada by Niagara Falls Craft Distillery. It is part of a family of spirits which includes Levenswater Spring 34 Gin, Levenswater Harvest Gin as well as the Levenswater Barrel Aged 34 Gin. These spirits are produced from a base distilled from potatoes with botanicals which have been selected to represent the seasonality of the spirit, fall botanicals selected for the Harvest Gin and spring botanicals selected for the Spring 34 Gin.  The barrel Aged Gin is apparently a version of the Spring 34 Gin which has been aged in oak for 3 months.

This is the review for Levenswater Spring 34 Gin which has been infused with the flavours from with 34 botanicals. The actual botanical recipe for the gin has not to my knowledge been revealed, but they were apparently inspired by the aromas and spices one encounters in Toronto’s nearby Kensington Market. According to the producer’s website information, we can expect this gin to be uniquely Canadian with spring-like flavours and aromas of lavender, coriander, chamomile and rosemary.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Levenswater Spring 34 Gin

“… Mild lavender and other floras (chamomile perhaps) combined with spicy coriander and ginger. Juniper, mild licorice-like anise and an earthiness akin to angelica root becoming more focused as I let the glass breathe. Other botanical impressions are hard to ferret out. I might even make the suggestion that things are a little muddled with too many competing components …”

Please enjoy my review!

Chimo!

 

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Review: Lamb’s Navy Rum  (80 Proof) 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 20, 2022

This review concludes my journey through the Lamb’s family of rums which I embarked on earlier this year.

In Canada, Lamb’s is one of the most popular rum brands. This brand traces its history all the way back to 1849 when Alfred Lamb opened his wine and spirits business in London. His original Navy Rum is reported to have been a blend of 18 separate rums from various parts of the Caribbean. Alfred Lamb’s method of aging his rum in cellars under the Thames River is said to be one of the secrets behind the unexpectedly smooth taste and popularity of his rum.

The Lamb’s brand was licensed for North American production to Corby Distillers in 1952 and since that time Lamb’s rum has been part of the Corby portfolio of spirit brands. (Halewood Artisanal Spirits hold the license to bottle the brand in Europe, Africa and Asia.)

In North America, the main portfolio of Lamb’s Rums includes, Lamb’s Classic White Rum, Lamb’s Spiced Rum, Lamb’s Palm Breeze, and Lamb’s Navy Rum (which is sold both at 80 proof as well as an overproof 151).

Here is a link to my review for Lambs Navy Rum (80 Proof):

Review: Lamb’s Navy Rum (80 Proof)

“… The first sip brings firm impressions of sweet molasses and caramel with ribbons of licorice and tobacco running right through. I also taste impressions of vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar. My feeling is that the rum is a fairly standard dark rum which relies on added caramel and/or molasses to achieve the desired colour and flavour profile …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my suggested serving, Dark Rum and Cola.

Chimo!

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Review: Lamb’s Palm Breeze

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 6, 2022

Today I am continuing my trip through one of Canada’s most popular rum brands, Lamb’s. This rum traces its history all the way back to 1849 when Alfred Lamb opened his wine and spirits business in London.

The Lamb’s brand was licensed for North American production to Corby Distillers in 1952 and since that time Lamb’s rum has been part of the Corby portfolio of spirit brands. (Halewood Artisanal Spirits hold the license to bottle the brand in Europe, Africa and Asia.)

In North America, the main portfolio of Lamb’s Rums includes, Lamb’s Classic White Rum, Lamb’s Spiced Rum, Lamb’s Palm Breeze, and Lamb’s Navy Rum (which is sold both at 80 proof as well as an overproof 151).

Here is the link for the review to Lambs Palm Breeze sold at 40 % alcohol by volume:

Review: Lamb’s Palm Breeze

“… Butterscotch, almond, sandalwood and spice. It is the sandalwood and spice (rather than the butterscotch) which grows in the breezes as I let the glass breathe. I soon notice traces of white pepper and cinnamon as well as building citrus zest and banana peel …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, the Spence Cocktail.

Chimo!

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Review: Lamb’s Spiced Rum 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 22, 2022

This year I have been going through the Lamb’s Rum line-up from Corby. This brand traces its history all the way back to 1849 when Alfred Lamb opened his wine and spirits business in London, and it is one of the most popular brands of rum in Canada.

The Lamb’s brand was licensed for North American production to Corby Distillers in 1952 and since that time Lamb’s rum has been part of the Corby portfolio of spirit brands. (Halewood Artisanal Spirits hold the license to bottle the brand in Europe, Africa and Asia.)

In Canada, the main portfolio of Lamb’s Rums includes, Lamb’s Classic White Rum, Lamb’s Spiced Rum, Lamb’s Palm Breeze, and Lamb’s Navy Rum (which is sold both at 80 proof as well as an overproof 151).

Here is a link to my full review for Lambs Spiced Rum  sold at 40 % alcohol by volume:

Review: Lamb’s Spiced Rum 

“… When sipped, Lamb’s Spiced rum carries flavours profile of vanilla and caramel within the construct of a young amber rum. I say young, because even with the added vanilla and sweetness we notice a light alcohol astringency in the delivery. There is a touch of grassiness, hints of orange peel, and a mild indication of baking spice (cinnamon and ginger) as well …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my cocktail suggestion, the Flying Machine.

Chimo!

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Review: 1800 Reserva Anejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 20, 2022

The 1800 Tequila brand is owned by the Beckmann Family, who also own the Jose Cuervo brand. And indeed, according to the NOM identifier upon the bottle (Nom 1122 CRT) the brand is produced at the same facility, the Casa Cuervo, S.A. de C.V. (established in 1758) which is located in the central lowland tequila region of Jalisco Mexico.

According to the company website 1800 Anejo Tequila is:

Using 100% Weber blue agave, picked at their peak — anywhere from 8-12 years old — Añejo is aged in French Oak barrels for a minimum of 14 months. Its finish is described as spicy and well rounded with flavors of toasted oak, vanilla and butterscotch. This deep, luxurious tequila is ideal for sipping.

The name, 1800. is apparently an homage to the year that premium Tequila (tequila aged in oak) was first produced at Casa Cuervo.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: 1800 Reserva Anejo Tequila

“… Fine oak spices combine with butterscotch and earthy agave fruit which reminds me of baked squash, grilled pineapple and over-ripe banana. There is also obvious notes of vanilla and some almond. As I gave the glass time to breathe some peppery notes began to break free from the fruity agave as well as hints of baking spices (cinnamon and ginger) as well as hints of allspice. herbal tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate …”

Please enjoy the review which completes my series of reviews for the 1800 Tequila Family.

Chimo!

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If you are interested in my reviews for the 1800 Blanco and Reposado you can find them here:

 

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