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Posts Tagged ‘Review’

Review: Chairman’s Reserve Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 12, 2021

St. Lucia Distillers is a joint venture of the last two remaining rum distillers on the Island. Their flagship rum Chairman’s Reserve was first blended in 1999 with the process overseen by then Chairman Laurie Barnard. The rum is created from a blend of molasses based, aged cane spirit produced on both Coffey and Copper Pot Stills which were matured in  American Oak. After marrying the different rums together they were re-barrelled for final finishing. The average age of the rums within the blend is said to be five years old.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Chairman’s Reserve Rum

“… a light herbal grassy note which runs through the breezes and is typical of rums which have some pot still distillate within their make up. Over top of this herbal note are classic notes of fine oak spice, butterscotch and molasses, vanilla and almond. The oak note seems almost leathery. Orange peel spices the air combined with softer notes of banana as well as tropical fruit welling up ….”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, the Swift Turtle.

Chimo!

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Review: Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Malt

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 8, 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.

Johnnie Walker Green Label was apparently discontinued for several years from about 2012 to 2016; however, the brand was quietly reintroduced in 2017. Based upon my recent recognition that both Johnny Walker Red and Johnny Walker Black seem to have undergone changes in their blending regimes it is likely that when Johnny Walker Green was reintroduced that changes may have occurred with this expression as well. Whereas the brand was previously promoted as containing specific Malt whiskies as part of its construct, the Johnny Walker website is now non committal regarding any specific malt whisky within its blend.

The Green Label is what is termed, a blended malt whisky, and as such it is produced without any grain whisky. Rather it is produced as a mixture of Single Malts from various whisky producing regions of Scotland, specifically Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Island malts. As well, all of the malt whiskies used within its construct have been aged for a minimum of 15 years in both European and American Oak casks.

Here is a link to my latest review:

Review: Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Malt

“… Sandalwood and fine wood spice, vanilla, orange zest and fruity citrus, leathery barley, fresh cut hay, heather and tobacco as well as a light somewhat smoky peat underneath. There are also some notes of banana and banana peel, some baking spices (ginger, cinnamon and allspice) and bits of almond …”

Please enjoy my review!

Chimo!

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Review: Ron Inmortal Colombian Rum (Aged 12 Years)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 5, 2021

In the historic port of Barranquilla (Colombia), situated between the Magdalena River and the Caribbean Sea, three generations of the Riascos Family have been producing rums at Casa Santana for over two decades. They source sugar cane spirit from various producers in the Caribbean to produce rum for a variety of independent rum companies.

Ron Inmortal is produced at Casa Santana for Yotomo Imports a Texas based spirits company. According to the marketing presentation for the Inmortal Rum the spirit is targeted towards the growing North American Market for Premium rum. The rum is distilled from sugar cane molasses, aged  for 12 years in American Oak barrels, and bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Ron Inmortal Colombian Rum (Aged 12 Years)

“… Toffee and oak meld with vanilla and baking spices (cinnamon, allspice and clove). There is a indication of orange peel in the breezes which seems to be moving towards marmalade as it joins with the vanilla and the caramel toffee. There are also nice hints of bitterness with treacle and dark chocolate notes evolving …”

Please enjoy the review of this tasty Colombian Rum.

Chimo!

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Review: Taynton Bay Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 3, 2021

It was about a year ago that I received a bottle of Taynton Bay Gin to review, and I will admit that I have been somewhat remiss in my obligation to sit down and write my review. Unfortunately just as I was to open the bottle, North America began feel the effects of the Covid 19 virus. My own sports memorabilia retail store was shut down for two months, and as I had developed a mild but stubborn cold, I spent over a month in isolation in March and April.

After that things were a bit of a scramble for me, with my mind preoccupied with keeping my business running, and allowing my hobby which is reviewing spirits on my website to suffer. It was not until December, that I really was back on track and my backlog of spirits to write about had become huge.

Fortunately, I have began to catch up, and I have finally got to that bottle of Taynton Bay Gin.

Taynton Bay Spirits are located in Invermere British Columbia making their spirits from wheat which is grown only 10km from their distillery. Their website advertises that they use only real ingredients in the production of these spirits with no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners. 

Here is a link to my full review and cocktail suggestion:

Review: Taynton Bay Gin  

“… The juniper is soft and muted and it takes a little while for the impact of the piny aroma to become apparent. It is the same for the lemon citrus and coriander which begin to penetrate the breezes only after the glass has had an opportunity to breathe for a few minutes …”

Please enjoy the review:

Chimo!

 

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Review: Macaloney Caledonian Invermallie (Ex- Bourbon Cask)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 1, 2021

The Caledonian Distillery has been on my radar for a while now. I first heard of it when founder Graeme Macaloney invited me to an information seminar and whisky tasting several years ago. At that time the distillery was just in the planning stages and Graeme was touring the country raising money to build his distillery.

In the fall of 2016, word reached me that the Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery had began to produce and age new make spirit and moved forward to 2020, the Macaloney Caledonian Distillery (there appears to have been a name change) began producing spirit which had reached the required maturity to be sold as Canadian Whisky.

Their recent Invermallie releases may be regarded as the distillery’s connoisseurs/collector’s edition expressions. Apparently the name is a nod to the flowing river Mallie. Like the changing river, this is an ever-changing series of classic single malt expressions based on unique one-off single casks, or other special selections.

This Invermallie Ex- Bourbon Cask release was selected from a single ‘first-use’ Bourbon cask. According to the distillery, this is the cleanest expression of the Macaloney Caledonian house style. This is because the previously contained Bourbon in the aging barrel has only a minor influence which allows the American white oak combining with the distillate to shine. Although the release appears to have already sold out, it nevertheless gives us a glimpse into the house style of the Macaloney Caledaonian Distillery.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Macaloney Caledonian Invermallie (Ex- Bourbon Cask)

“… The first sip brings a nice mixture of oak spice, butterscotch, vanilla and almond forward which gives me a positive impression of toffee and marzipan. The second sip brings herbal grassy flavours, gooseberries, orange peel and a touch of honey to the combination. Impressions of canned apricots, hints of raisins, and a touch of leathery barley add to the depth of the whisky …”

Please enjoy my review of this new addition to the Canadian Whisky Family.

Chimo!

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