Friday, May 17, 2019

Grangestone 12 Single Malt Whisky

One World Many Malts..This is how I feel when I am amidst a sea of bottles to choose from. My mission is to unravel one bottle at a time. As you all know I like trying different Scotch whiskies and present the facts so everyone can benefit from it. Today I bring for you GrangeStone 12 , a name unfamiliar to me. I got to unravel this whisky and am proud to present my tasting notes for you.  One of the reasons I bought it is the price as well, it seemed like a good value for money hence  I picked this bad boy up. 
The highland region generally produces more full bodied whiskies with deeper notes of peat and smoke. The scotch spends twelve years in hand-prepared oak casks. A floral aroma in intertwined with hints of spice, fruit and oak. Delicate with subtle spice and oak notes enveloped by a mellow, vanilla sweetness. This was product story in the bottle, now its time to find out its real flavor. 

Vital Stats
Grangestone 12 year old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $28.99
Age- 12 years
Region- Highland
Awards Won- Gold Medal in International Wine & Spirits Competition

Tasting info-

Serving glass-Glencairn Glass
Serving Style- Neat(with few drops of water to open flavors)
Appearance-  Dark Amber

Aroma- Orange zest, peppermint, lemon, oak, peat
Flavor- Smokey flavor, peaty, sharp and sweet in the palette
Body- Medium bodied
Finish- Short finish. Does not linger in mouth for too long

SJ's Rating- Middle shelf 
This whisky did not satisfy my palette as it is not so flavorful. It does have a faint touch of peaty,smokey flavor for people who enjoy this profile. For me it is just an easy to drink whisky , not much complex flavors. I could use it for cocktails and as as summer drink in a highball glass with club soda and ice.

I am sure you all have different tastes. Let me know your opinion about this whisky or anything in general.
If partying is a must, designate a driver that you trust.

Friday, May 10, 2019

George Washington Distillery Tour - Mount Vernon

Today I am excited to present my second distillery visit-George Washington's Distillery. It is a part of a larger tour of Mount Vernon which is George Washington's house. Not the fanciest of distilleries but worth it to experience the man's legacy and to learn how whisky was made in the old days. A proud heritage stands with it of being the first distillery in the United States, the largest at its time. It was established in 1797 and produces a limited 700 gallons a year.
There are no whisky tastings available so am not able to review their products. However you can   buy a bottle available exclusively at the Distillery and Mount Vernon gift shop only. I will definitely do a review in my upcoming blogs whenever I get a chance. 
The following are their offerings which ranges from $98 to $225(Ouch..yep it is pricey). 
-Rye whisky
-Straight rye 
-Apple Brandy 
-Peach Brandy  
Without further ado I will get right to it. Enjoy! 

Tour info-
Distillery- George Washington Distillery 
Ticket price-  $18(Included with Mount Vernon entrance fee)
Location- Mount Vernon, Virginia
Getting there- 16 miles south of Washington DC. About 30 minutes drive. Check their website for details.( A shuttle runs every half an hour from the visitor's center to the Distillery )

Time to start the tour..Yay

Entrance to the distillery

The tour starts here

Different products on display and purchase at the gift shop

Whiskies with price range  

Gift ideas for whisky lovers..

This is the beautiful Gristmill ( where corn is grinned down for making whisky)

Our very entertaining and informative guide Cori explaining us the nitty gritties

The muscle that grids it together ..water generated

Grinding in action. The waterwheel behind it powers the operation

Fine powdered corn fresh out of the mill

Heading towards the distillery itself

Yep this is how old the distillery is ..1797 πŸ˜ƒ

Inside the distillery with vintage barrels and accessories needed to distill whisky

Not quite sure but I believe this is where they bathe the grinned corn before distilling 

The ingredients malted barley,yeast and of course corn

The good stuff is pouring down this pipe into the barrel and ready for maturation

Rye whisky sits comfortably in its barrel 

 Happy and satisfied me(right).Thanks Cori for the awesome tour

As you guys can see I thoroughly enjoyed the awesome tour and feel lucky to experience such a historic site. I highly encourage anyone visiting Mount Vernon to take a tour of the distillery as well because you are already there so why not? Lol..

Have you been to this or any historic distillery? Share your experience in the comments below.
Cheers and Enjoy Responsibly. 
"Drive Hammered, get Slammered"

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Glenlivet Founders Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Fellow Single Malters..hope you are getting ready to start your weekend. Today I present The Glenlivet Founders Reserve whisky for my review. Glenlivet is one my favorite whisky and I have tried its 12, 15 year old and First fill versions. Founder's Reserve is a skillful collection of casks that enhances the signature fruity flavor of Glenlivet. The whisky is matured in traditional oak casks and also with first fill casks which gives a hint of creamy sweetness. 
I have added a new term in my tasting info which is "body". It is a little complicated to learn but once you get a hang of it you will get better with experience. "Body" in tasting terms means how the whisky feels in your mouth. Generally it would be light,medium or full bodied. It is like the texture of the liquid. A good full bodied whisky will burst in your mouth with flavors and also will be very aromatic. 

Vital Stats
Glenlivet Founders Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $65 for 1.75ml(sale price)
Age- No age statement
ABV- 40%
Region- Speyside
Awards won- Gold, No age statement 2015(The Spirits Business)

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass

Serving style- On the rocks
Appearance- Pale gold
Aroma- Citrus, fruits, clean and fresh aroma
Flavor- Fruity, toffee, zesty orange, pear
Body- Very light bodied
Finish- Short aftertaste( No lingering in mouth at all )

SJ's Rating- Third Shelf
Disappointed with this expression of so called special reserve. There is nothing special about this one. I would choose the regular 12 year old Glenlivet over this every time. This could however be used as a mixer in whisky based cocktails or with lots of ice on a summer day maybe. I would skip this when drinking neat.
Any experience with this whisky? Let me know below in the comments.

As always, Enjoy responsibly. "If not sober, get Uber".  CheersπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Glenlivet 12 year old First Fill Exclusive Edition

Today I am reviewing The Glenlivet 12 year old First Fill which is an exclusive and rare edition. It is the very first time Glenlivet has released its "First Fill" in the U.S. so it is very special in that sense. The reason it is called First Fill is because it is matured exclusively in the First Fill American Oak Casks. This is what gives them this extra flavor and character.  For a normal 12 year old Glenlivet the old whisky barrels are used for maturation however with First Fill it is matured in brand new ones. 

Vital Stats
The Glenlivet 12 year old First Fill Single Malt Scotch Whisky(Exclusive Edition) 
Price- $49.99
Age- 12 year old
Category- Exclusive First Fill Edition
ABV-  43.2%
Region- Speyside
Awards won- None found 

Tasting info- 
Serving glass- Glencairn glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Golden amber

Aroma- Pleasant citrus aroma with vanilla,oak
Flavor- Smooth and silky flavor of oaks, creamy vanilla and marmalade
Finish- Very long and smooth. Taste of oak is lingering in the mouth for a long time.

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
This delicious pour of liquid simply delighted me beyond surprise.It is the best I had so far in the Glenlivet product line. The new oak barrel gives this whisky so much character. Very warm, flavorful and aromatic. This is absolutely a must have because the flavor is so much more complex than its regular 12 year old counterpart which is matured in old barrels.

What First Fill whisky have you tried? Share your experiences in the comments below. 
Always have a designated driver if you plan on drinking. As always Enjoy Responsibly. Cheer πŸ₯ƒ

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Grandpa's Grogg IPA

As you guys know I am not a big beer drinker but I do enjoy a nice cold one once in a while and drink it as a chaser with my whisky.This is my first beer review and what a fun way to kick start it. I had a beer sample provided by a colleague to get feedback on a home brew. Thank you Mark for this! Just promoting the good stuff appreciating the hard work that has gone into making it. Who knows this could be a global brand if it picks up to give it a shot. Also since summer is approaching it is quite enjoyable to have a cold one to quench our thirst.  Since this beer was tasted by some other friends I am including their comments as well. Interesting to see how everyone enjoyed it in their own way. Different words yet same enjoyable experience. Have fun reading their review as well. 

Vital Stats
Grandpa's Grogg IPA Home Brew 
Price- Free 16oz bottle provided for review, not available in stores yet
ABV- 6.5%
Type- IPA
Awards won- Everyone who sampled it gave it a gold medal :-)

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Beer glass
Serving style- Chilled (No other way to drink beer πŸ˜„)
Appearance- Beautiful amber
Aroma- Hoppy with hints of citrus
Flavor- Full of creamy goodness, bittersweet taste
Finish- Smooth long finish( As expected of a good IPA)

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf (In this case top rack of the refrigerator πŸ˜„)
I was absolutely taken by surprise as to how well made a home brew could be. Had it been sold in the stores I would have no clue. This beer is outstanding ; its beautiful color, pleasant smell and unique taste makes it a well rounded IPA. I enjoyed drinking this one as I like stronger beer's and IPA's are the perfect ones for my taste buds. This beer need to be out in the market as soon as possible for public consumption and I wish all the best to its makers. 

Here are other friend's experiences and pictures.
I would gladly purchase this if it was available in the store. The brewer has done an excellent job making it taste like a professionally done craft beer. I would love to see this out in the market for public consumption. I also like the name, it is quite unique and witty like the beer itself. I am highly impressed by the packaging as none of the flavor and carbonation had escaped the bottle.

The experience starts with an effervescent POP of the ceramic stopper so you know right from the beginning its going to be fresh. Immediately a pleasant citrus nose wafts up the bottle. At the pour a beautiful amber glow emerges that is consistent throughout. The head is respectable, medium thickness with staying power through the last sip. Upon tasting, the citrus theme energizes the palette and awakens the senses to orange, grapefruit, and possibly a light hint of berry. As expected of a quality IPA the finish is hoppy but not overbearingly bitter.

The recipe is a keeper. Nice fruity tones. And while strong, it wasn't overpowering in taste"
Have you tried any home brew or IPA's? Let me know in the comments. Have a awsome long weekend.
When you have a thirst, think safety first!
Cheers πŸ₯ƒ

Friday, April 12, 2019

Jura-Turas Mara Travel Exclusive Single Malt Scotch Whisky

I am so glad I picked this one at Qatar airport duty free as recommended by the salesperson. Today I am reviewing Jura Turas-Mara Travel Exclusive Single Malt Whisky. I was unaware of the term "Travel Exclusive" that means it is only available exclusively for travel customers in duty free shops at select airports. You won't find this in a local store. The fact that it is not so easy to get made it even more precious. I was skeptical at first since it has no age statement. However, I realized that it is the flavor of the whisky matching one's palette that is more important than just the higher age statement.

Vital Stats
Jura Turas-Mara Travel Exclusive Single Malt Scotch Whisky 
Price- QAR 273(Quatari Rial) US$73 for 1 liter bottle( Doha Airport Duty free)
Age- No age statement
Region- Isle of Jura
Awards Won- Silver, Scotch Single Malt-Island-2017( International Wine & Spirit Competition)

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairin Glass(Amazon)

Serving style- Neat (With two drops of water to open up flavors)
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Pleasant citrus, spices, hint of berry
Flavor- Sweet,spicy and smokey that complements the flavor and doesn't overpower it.The flavor confirms what the eyes see and the nose just smelled.
Finish- Exceptionally smooth and long finish( Flavor lingers in mouth forever)

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
I highly recommend grabbing this bottle when travelling. Jura hits the mark in all angles-beautiful appearance, powerful aroma, intensely rich flavor with long, smooth and slightly smoky finish. This is pure heaven and an exclusive find, a hidden gem. There are rare occasions when I go above and beyond complementing a whisky and this is one of them. It is because a fine Single Malt deserves overwhelming appreciation. 
This was my first travel exclusive whisky. Have you tried any? Let me know in the comments. 
Cheers! Enjoy responsibly.  Life is a gift, use Lyft!
If you are like me who enjoys reading the package as much as drinking the liquor in it, here are some pictures of the packaging with interesting product story πŸ˜ƒ

Friday, April 5, 2019

Johnnie Walker Platinum Label

Scotland-Rich and refined, a contemporary and complex blend of single malt and grain whiskies. The luxurious blend harbors deep layers of flavor that is perfectly balanced with diverse character. Enjoy neat or on the rocks for the ultimate experience. Intriguing product story written on the packaging of Johnnie Walker Platinum Label? In the Johnnie Walker extensive range of blends it sits between Johnnie Walker Gold and Johnnie Walker Blue. An impressive thing is it carries the 18 year old age statement.It is also being re-branded as Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old Whisky. 
Having tried the Blue label and not Gold Label it was an adventure for me to taste this one as I only had the higher end Blue Label to compare it with. My findings below :-)

Vital Stats
Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 
Price- $89 for 750ml
ABV- 40%
Age- 18 yrs
Type- Blended Scotch
Awards Won- Gold; Blended Super Premium-2015, The Scotch Whisky Masters(The Spirits Business)

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass

Serving style- On the rocks
Appearance- Rich honey amber
Aroma- I smelled vanilla and hints of almonds. Very light aroma
Flavor- Sweet cream, orange/citrus zest, slightly smoky
Finish- Smooth yet short finish(taste does not linger in mouth for long)

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
This is an interesting blend,smooth but not much flavor and light which is why it goes in my Middle shelf. The reason why it is not so strong is because its ABV is only 40%. I read that the older batches  of this Platinum range had ABV of 42% or higher. Overall it is an approachable and pleasing whisky for newcomers and probably for ladies as well since it is sweet and light in flavor. 

Everyone's taste bud is different. If you have tried it, write a comment below and let us know your experience with this blended whisky. 
Enjoy all and have a great weekend. Cheers πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ