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Review: Canadian Club Barley Batch Limited Edition Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 13, 2019

Barley Batch Highball

In the fall of 2018 Canadian Club released a special Limited Edition Whisky which celebrated Canadian Club’s 160th anniversary in the fall of 2018, the Canadian Club Barely Edition. Just as the name implies this is a whisky which relies heavily upon the influence of barley grain as the whisky is a blending of six-year-old barley malt whisky (produced in Calgary by Alberta Distillers) with Canadian Club’s flagship Canadian Club Whisky (produced in Windsor Ontario  at the Hiram Walker Distillery.

This Canadian Only release recently became available in my home Province of Alberta, and I manged to secure a bottle for tasting. I found it interesting that Canadian Club has chosen to bottle this expression at 42 % alcohol by volume rather than the traditional 40 % abv. which is more typical of the Canadian Club Family.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Canadian Club Barley Batch Limited Edition Whisky

“… The initial aroma is filled with herbal grass and menthol accented by butterscotch, almond and vanilla. I begin to notice scents of burlap and barley pushing their way through with some wood spices in the background. The herbal nature of the spirit is intriguing; this is quite a departure for the Canadian Club brand …”

Please enjoy my latest Canadian Whisky Review which concludes with a nice highball recipe for you to enjoy, the Barley Batch Highball.

Chimo!

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Review: Tanduay Superior Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 11, 2019

In 2013, Tanduay Holdings began its entry into North America by placing two new rums into the US market. At the time, Tanduay was one of the very largest Rum producers in the world. (The reason they were relatively unknown in North America is because their Asian rum is produced in the Philippines and was sold almost exclusively into Asia.) The launch featured their premium Silver, and Gold rums which I reviewed in 2013 and reassessed again earlier this year (here and here).

Tanduay Superior Rum is a more premium spirit which has been sold in my home Province of Alberta for some time now. It is produced from a blend of rums apparently aged for 12 years or more. According to the promotional materials I have been sent, the Superior Rum is meant to be meant enjoyed neat or over ice.

Here is a link to my recent re-evaluation of this premium spirit:

Review: Tanduay Superior Rum

” … The Tanduay Superior is a little dryer in the mouth than I was expecting with the light caramel sweetness I noticed on the nose taking a back seat to pungent oak spices and the lightly bitter flavours of toasted walnut and coconut. There is a gentle sweep of vanilla which runs through the rum as well …”

Please enjoy my re-evaluation of Tanduay Superior Rum. I have a ful schedule of reviews coming over the next few weeks as I catch up from my summer hiatus.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Last Straw Distillery DARKer Side

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 25, 2019

The Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production micro-distillery located at 40 Pippin Rd. in Vaughan, Ontario (a wee bit north of Toronto) just off Highway 400 and around the corner from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. According to Mike Hook, the team at Last Straw Distillery come to the craft of distilling from a variety of different backgrounds, and surprisingly none have had prior experience in the beverage or alcohol business. They are self-taught, and developed their recipes in house, through research, and trial and error, without the use of outside consultants.

Last Straw Distillery Darker Side is a traditional southern moonshine recipe, distilled from corn & sugar, which is aged for 4 months in a heavily charred cask. The spirit is bottled at 45.5 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review of this surprisingly good Moonshine Spirit:

Review: Last Straw Distillery DARKer Side

“… When I close my eyes and take a sniff of the breezes above the glass I am somewhat torn as to my first impression. Does this smell kind of like a bourbon? Or does it smell kind of like a rum? The truth is that is seems to be a little of both …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a few cocktail suggestions for your enjoyment, the Ontario Railcar, and DARKer Fashions.

Chimo!

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Review: Last Straw Blackstrap Rum (Double Barreled)  

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 20, 2019

The Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production micro-distillery located at 40 Pippin Rd. in Vaughan, Ontario (a wee bit north of Toronto) just off Highway 400 and around the corner from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. According to Mike Hook, the team at Last Straw Distillery come to the craft of distilling from a variety of different backgrounds, and surprisingly none have had prior experience in the beverage or alcohol business. They are self-taught, and developed their recipes in house, through research, and trial and error, without the use of outside consultants.

Last Straw Distillery Blackstrap Rums are some the few rums in the world actually made from blackstrap molasses rather than sweet molasses. One of the reasons there are so few is because blackstrap is much harder to work with than sweet molasses as the sugar content is lower, and the sugars are harder for the yeast to access. The tradeoff is that blackstrap molasses gives a richer, more robust flavour when it is distilled. It took the Distillery about 6 months (of experimentation) to discover a method to obtain reasonable yields out of blackstrap molasses without sacrificing flavour. The Double Barreled Blackstrap Rum is first aged in ex-bourbon barrels then finished in Last Straw’s own Darker Side barrels. The spirit is bottled at 45 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my complete review:

Review: Last Straw Blackstrap Rum (Double Barreled)  

“… The breezes above the glass are interesting. I notice firm impressions of molasses, licorice and treacle accented by fruity orange peel and banana. There is also a light funk reminiscent of Jamaican rum in the air with scents of menthol, baking spice (cinnamon, vanilla and cloves) and some wood spice presenting themselves …”

Please enjoy my review which includes two cocktail suggestions, the Zombie, and the Time Traveller.

Chimo!

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Review: Jawbox Single Estate Classic Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 14, 2019

Gin and Ginger

Jawbox Classic Dry Gin is a single estate spirit made in the heartland of the Ards Peninsula near Belfast Ireland. The folks who make the spirit grow and harvest their own grain on the 300 acre Echlinville Estate. They create their own alcohol and distill their dry gin three times on a in copper pot stills. They use eleven botanicals, Juniper, Coriander, Cassia Quills, Angelica Root, Black Mountain Heather, Lemon Peel, Cardamom, Licorice Root, Grains of Paradise, Orris Root and Cubebs, 3 of which are vapour infused rather than steeped.The spirit is apparently named in honour of one of Belfast’s most enduring legacies, the Belfast kitchen sink, a.k.a. the Jawbox.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Jawbox Single Estate Classic Dry Gin

“… The breezes above the glass bring firm indications of juniper accented by an earthy black licorice note and spicy notes of coriander and cardamom. My first impression is that the use of the word ‘classic’ in the name of the gin is justified …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with two cocktails, the Gin and Tonic #3 and the Jawbox swerve on Gin and Ginger-ale.

Chimo!

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