Thursday, September 28, 2023

Last alcohol reivew, quit drinking: BV Tapestry Reserve Red wine



Hi all, this is my last alcohol review: I have quit drinking.

The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
Smooth, delicious & worth the money. 
Occasion- Napa visit
SJ's Pro tip- A must try
Alternates- None, best I had
Food Pairing- Appetizers from 
Feel(After Drinking)- Satisfied

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
What is Tapestry? 
Term used in the world of wine to describe a blend or cuvee that is created by combining different grape varieties to create a harmonious and balanced wine. 
Is is also made with 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec & 1% Cabernet Franc. 

Vital stats- BV(Beaulieu Valley) Tapestry Reserve Red wine
Price- $85
Vintage- 2019
Age- 22 months ageing in French Oak(60% new barrels)
ABV- 14.7%
Region- Napa valley
Winery- Beaulieu Valley Vineyard, Rutherford, Napa valley
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- tall wine glass
Serving style- room temperature
Appearance- Dark red
Aroma- fresh grapes, chocolate, nuts
Flavor- Semi-sweet, chocolate, raisins
Body- full
Finish- Smooth, warm & lingering

I absolutely enjoyed reviewing this delicious wine. Hope you will give it a shot. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Friday, September 22, 2023

Hatozaki Japanese Whisky


 

The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
Excellent quality whisky, balanced & refreshing.
Occasion- Friends get together
SJ's Pro tip- Since it is light, it is good as a daytime drink
Alternates- Nikka single malt miyagikyo
Cocktail- Highball
Feel(After Drinking)- Light & refreshing

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
From the product label "The Hatozaki Lighthouse, the oldest stone lighthouse in Japan, has been a guide for sailors navigating the turbulent waters before the port of Akashi since 1620.it is a symbol of dependability, openness to the wider world, and trade which enables the exchange of goods and ideas. We chose this lighthouse, which stands so close to our distillery, as the perfect loan to represent our whisky "

Vital stats- Hatozski finest whisky
Price- $43.49 for 750ml
Age- NAS, up to 12 years
ABV- 40%
Region/Country- Japan
Distillery- Kaikyo Distillery, Akashi city, Japan
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Japanese whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Light golden
Aroma- Cereal, honey, citrus
Flavor- Balanced, slightly sweet, honey
Body- Medium
Finish- Warm, smooth, lingering

I absolutely enjoyed reviewing this delicious whisky. Hope you will give it a shot. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Sunday, September 17, 2023

Eight settlers Ragtown American Whiskey



 The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
Smooth, aromatic & delicious. Go for it if you want some change from regular scotch. 
Occasion- Tasting new whiskey
SJ's Pro tip- If you like rye whisky this is for you
Alternates- Eight settlers Devil's Gate 
Food Pairing- BBq salmon, corn & veggies


Feel(After Drinking)-

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
The product label says "Blended & handcrafted locally, Ragtown American Whiskey is a unique blend of two robust and smooth whiskies with a bold yet smooth aroma. The spicy flavor and distinct notes of spice and pepper are complimented with subtle sweetness"

Vital stats- Eight Settlers Ragton Amerian Whiskey
Price- $54.10 for 750ml
Age- 3 years
ABV- 45%
Region- Utah,USA
Distillery- 8 Settlers Distillery, Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Awards won- 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Peppermint, spicy
Flavor- Spicy, peppermint
Body- full
Finish- Spicy, smooth & lingering

I absolutely enjoyed reviewing this delicious whisky. Hope you will give it a shot. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Chivas Regal 13 Extra Travel Exclusive



 

The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Group Rating-  Middle Shelf(Group of 7)
It is smooth & enjoyable and a budget blended whisky. However, due to the sweet rum finish does not make it to the top spot. It is confusing whether it is whisky, rum, or a cocktail.I prefer the regular Chivas instead of the rum cask finish. 
Occasion- Group whisky tasting #4
SJ's Pro tip- A budget blended whisky
Alternates- Regular Chivas 12
Food Pairing- Nepali food



Feel(After Drinking)- Neutral

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
Yet another travel-exclusive whisky that I am proud to present. The product label says it all "Chivas Regal extra 13 years old takes the iconic Chivas house style to a new level, by finishing a portion of the blend in Rum casks to add an extra layer of sweet & luscious flavor"
Enough said, now it is time for the tasting notes!

Vital stats- Chivas Regal 13 Extra Travel Exclusive
Price- $55.50 for 750ml
Age- 13 years
ABV- 40%
Region/Country- Scotland
Distillery- Chivas Brothers
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn glass
Serving style- Neat then on the rocks
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Orange, rum, cinnamon
Flavor- Spicy, cinnamon, chocolate, rum
Body- Medium
Finish- Sweet, non lingering rum 

I absolutely enjoyed reviewing this delicious whisky. Hope you will give it a shot. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Kirkland Blended Scotch Whisky



The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Absolutely worth the price. Smooth, refreshing & tasty with high quality. 
Occasion- San Jose visit
SJ's Pro tip- Great as a go-to drink without breaking the bank
Alternates- There are none that come close to the price of this but  Monkey shoulder though pricier is a good alternate
Food Pairing- Thankali food



Feel(After Drinking)- Superb

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
The moment I had been waiting for, to try a Kirkland brand Scotch. The wait if over. Product story reads "A smooth and rich blend with notes of dried fruit, vanilla and cedar with a lightly peated finish"
I agree with the notes, now its time to try it.

Vital stats- Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whisky 
Price- $19.99 for 1.75ml
Age- 3 years
ABV- 40%
Region/Country- Scotland
Distillery/Company- Alexander Murray & Co, Aberdeen Scotland
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Medium gold
Aroma- Light peaty, spics, oak, spices, citrus
Flavor- Some peat smoke, oak, spices
Body- Medium
Finish- Smooth, medium linger

I absolutely enjoyed reviewing this delicious whisky. Hope you will give it a shot. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Friday, August 25, 2023

Highland Park Spirit of the Bear Travel Exclusive



The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Middle shelf
Occasion- Drink with father in law
SJ's Pro tip- I would pick something higher than 40% ABV
Alternates- Glenmorangie Elementa 14 Travel Exclusive for a similar price
Food Pairing- Pretty Bird spicy chicken sandwich
Feel(After Drinking)- Neutral😐

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
This is a travel-exclusive whisky, got it from Qatar Airport. The product label says "Resilient & self-sufficient, with a highly developed instinct for survival, the natural characteristics of the bear were much admired by our Viking ancestors. Spirit of the bear is inspired by the resilient nature and fierce independence of our Viking ancestors-characteristics that sit at the heart of our whisky-making today"

Enough of the product story, time for the tasting notes. 

Vital stats- Highland Park Spirit of the Bear Travel Exclusive
Price- $51.64 (QAR 188)for 1 liter bottle(Buy 1 , get 50% offer)
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 40%
Country/Region- Scotland
Distillery- Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall,Scotland
Awards won- Silver, International Spirits Challenge 2019

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Bright gold
Aroma- Light smokey, peat, spices
Flavor- Smokey, oak, orange peel, spices
Body- Medium 
Finish- Medium linger

I absolutely enjoyed reviewing this delicious whisky. Hope you will give it a shot. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Amico Amaro bitter liqueur by Revolution Spirits


 The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Bottom Shelf
I could not take more than one sip. 
Occasion- Tasting for podcast content
SJ's Pro tip- Avoid it
Alternates- None
Food Pairing- It ruins your appetite so N/A
Feel(After Drinking)- Terrible

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
Revolution spirits was established in 2013 according to its website. A fairy new player in the liqueur domain. They call themselves craft distillery and roll out Austin Reserve Gin, chocolate cafecito ,cafecito coffee liqueur & amico amaro. I already reviewed cafecito coffee liqueur which is also in bottom shelf. 

Vital stats- Amico Amaro bitter liqueur by Revolution Spirits
Price- Free sampler provided
Age-NAS
ABV- 25%
Region- Texas,USA
Distillery- Revolution Spirits, Austin,TX
Awards won- I give it the worst liqueur award

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark
Aroma- Burnt coffee
Flavor- Extremely bitter, sugary,terrible
Body- Medium
Finish- Bitter, sugary, non-lingering

I hope this will help you in making a sound choice. For more top shelf drinks check out my other reviews. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly. 
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