Monday, December 5, 2022

Sauza Conmemorativo Anejo Tequila


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

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

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Does not cut out to be on the top spot. Though enjoyable, it is more like a reposado than an anejo. The color, aroma and flavor would be better with more maturation in the barrels. 
Occasion- None
SJ's Pro tip- It is a budget anejo tequila
Alternates- Aha Yeto Anejo
Food Pairing- Chipotle chicken burrito bowl
Cocktail- Margarita of course 

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)

Conmemorativo means in  honor of. This tequila is made in honor of the founding of destiliria la preserverancia 1873 as per the bottle. 
The product label says "Sauza Conmemorativo Anejo is 100% agave tequila that's both versatile and mixable. It's wood notes creates a complex drinking experience attained only through its aging process in medium toasted American Oak casks"

Vital Stats- Sauza Conmemorativo Anejo Tequila
Price-  $14.99 for 750ml(Was on discount)
Age- NAS
ABV- 40%
Region/Country- Mexico
Distillery- Destiliria la preserverancia, Jalisco, Mexico
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Tumbler
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Very light golden, almost pale
Aroma- Vanilla, citrus, light spices
Flavor- Fruity, oak
Body- Medium
Finish- Smooth, warm, slightly lingering

I enjoyed sampling this tequila and hope you will too!. Cheers !! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, November 21, 2022

Kirkland Signature Citrus Hop IPA

 

The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)
Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Though fairly enjoyable, it's too weak to be called an IPA and the head of this beer does not hold strong. For 24 bottes at $21 can't complain much lol. 
Occasion- Dinner
SJ's Pro tip- If you don't like light beer it is not for you
Alternates- Twisted X,TX Austin lager has much more flavor 
Food Pairing- Bratwurst & noodles



The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)

This beer is a private label of Costco under the brand Kirkland Signature. It sells a lot of great quality products under this name.  Hopfen and Malz Brewing Company makes these beer for Costco. There is really not much information about this brewery apart from the product packaging. Just like anything in a wholesale price, this beer is good but not the best for beer lovers. It is just a generic beer and a budget price so does the job. 

Vital Stats- Kirkland Signature Citrus Hop IPA from Costco
Price- $21 for 20 pack(12oz each)
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 4.9%
Company/Brand- Costco Wholesale
Region/Country- California, USA
Brewery- Hopfen und Malz Brewing Company, San Jose, California
Awards won- None

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Tall beer glass
Serving style- Chilled
Appearance- Light golden
Aroma- Citrus, some hops, very fruity aroma
Flavor- Citrus, some faint hops, fruits
Body- Light
Finish- Short, non-lingering

Enjoyed drinking and reviewing. Hope this helps to make a choice in your next beer. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, November 14, 2022

Glenfarclas 10


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)
Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Did not make it on the top spot because it does not have the long smooth finish and also the flavor does not pack a punch. It is an easy-to-drink everyday scotch. 
Occasion- Friends get together
SJ's Pro tip- It is a budget-friendly scotch
Alternates- Glenfarclas 12 , similar price higher ABV 
Food Pairing- Pork nachos, spicy grilled duck




The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
I have already covered Glenfarclas Distillery in my previous blog. 
The product description in it's website states "100% Olorosso Sherry Cask maturation. 
Gloriously smooth yet with the depth and finish you would normally expect of a much older dram". 
I disagree on the part where it says smooth and good finish. This is where it lags behind to be on the top spot. 

Vital Stats-Glenfarclas 10 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price-$39.99
Age- 10 years
ABV- 40%
Region/Country- Highland
Distillery- Glenfarclas Distillery,Speyside,Scotland
Awards won- None found 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Toffee, spices, sherry
Flavor- Spices, sweetness, some hint of smoke, citrus
Body- Medium
Finish- Warm, slightly lingering. Not the smoothest

Had a great time enjoying this expression of Glenfarclas with friends. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, November 7, 2022

Kavalan Sherry Oak Taiwanese 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 
Just as expected from a sherry cask. Flavorful, smooth, and sherried. I recommend it to everyone if you can find it lol.
Occasion- Casual get-together over lunch with friends 
SJ's Pro tip- Great for sipping
Alternates- Glendronach 12
Food Pairing- Spicy tacos
Feel- Amazed

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)

I have already covered Kavalan in my previous blog. 
Link-Kavalan

This particular expression Kavalan Sherry Oak is quite exclusive. The product label states "Matured in hand-selected top quality Spanish oloroso sherry casks. Dried fruits and raisins are the main characteristics of this unique Taiwanese whisky" 
Pretty much the only thing left to do is drink it! 🤣 Enjoy my tasting notes. 

Vital Stats- Kavalan Sherry Oak Taiwanese Whisky
Price- $129.99 for 750ml
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 46%
Region/Country- Taiwan
Distillery- King Car Kavalan Distillery, Yilan, Taiwan
Awards won- Numerous awards for its other expressions but not this one

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- On the rocks
Appearance- Dark Mahogany
Aroma- Sherry, dark chocolate, fruits, spices, vanilla, oak
Flavor- Toffee, sherry, fruits, spices
Body- Full
Finish- Elegantly long, warm and smooth

I thoroughly enjoyed this with friends and they loved it too. Hope you find one and enjoy it soon.
Cheers! 🥃🥃🥃 Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, October 31, 2022

Aberlour 12

 


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
 It is well-rounded and very smooth to drink. I like it because it has an amazing sherry flavor and is so smooth. It is a little overpriced though. 
Occasion- Rainy day momo party
SJ's Pro tip- Do a whisky flight with Aberlour 12, Balvenie 12 and Glendronach 12
Alternates- Balvenie 12
Cocktails- N/A
Food Pairing- Chicken/Pork Momo


Feel- Delighed 😊

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
The product label reads "Aberlour whisky was born in the speyside village of Aberlour, made with local spring water from the Ben Rinnes and barley. Now locally sourced from the fields near our distillery"

Aberlour 12 is matured in two different casks, American oak and Spanish sherry. Their rich flavors impart the whisky over time. After twelve years of maturation in different casks, the magic of blending the whiskies is done by the master blender. This time the tasting notes are so accurate in the bottle, I honored it and pasted it in my tasting notes. The only thing left is to enjoy! Cheers! 

Vital Stats- Aberlour 12 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $57.99 for 750ml
Age- 12 years
ABV- 40%
Region- Speyside 
Distillery- Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour,Speyside, Scotland
Awards won- None found in its website 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat

Tasting notes from product packaging
Appearance- Golden amber
Aroma- Soft and rounded with red apples
Flavor- Sherried, with chocolate, toffee, cinnamon, and ginger
Body- Medium
Finish- Lingering sweet and war with a little spice

I had an amazing time enjoying this with friends. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, October 24, 2022

Winter drinks

Hello Single Malters, Today I am recommending some drinks that are great for Winter. The weather and season have a lot to do with my drink choices. Below are my recommendations-

Cocktails
Hot toddy- This classic drink heats the body and gives nourishment along with making you a little tipsy. 
Check out my previous post Making hot toddy for enjoying one at home. 




Irish coffee- For coffee lovers like me, it is perfect for sipping while keeping warm & energized at the same time. I will be making Irish coffee soon and posting it on my blog. 

If you are not in the mood to make a cocktail, then here are some that you can enjoy with much less effort!

Single Malts
Benriach Peated Cask Strength
Strong and smokey, just what you need for a hazy winter night. 


Ardbeg 5
Another great smokey scotch to enjoy neat or on the rocks during winter. 


Whisky/Bourbon

WhistlePig 10
Sipping by the fireside on a cold snowy night watching a Western movie would be an occasion to enjoy this bad boy. 

Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof 
Is the winter cold challenging you? How about 65.85% ABV whisky that will take you for a ride. Enjoy this if you want a strong one. Pleasurable either on the rocks or neat. 


All right single malt lovers, it's time to stop reading and start enjoying a winter drink. If this helps in choosing the right drink for winter shoot a comment below. If you don't like my recommendations, leave a comment as well, I would like to listen and improve if necessary. Cheers 🥃🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly!
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Monday, October 17, 2022

Benriach 12 The smoky twelve



The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
It is the best smoky whisky I have ever had. The reason is the smokiness in the whisky does not overpower the sweet flavor and is very balanced and smooth. 
Occasion- Dashain celebration with family
SJ's Pro tip- If you prefer heavy smokey then look for other smokier whiskies
Alternates- Oban 14 (Similar price and taste profile)
Cocktails- N/A
Food Pairing- Goat bbq(The smokey whisky went perfectly well with smoked goat)


Feel- Delighted🤣

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
The product label reads "Three-cask maturation in bourbon, sherry, and Marsala for creamy smoothness layered with ripened fruit, aromatic smokey sweetness, and warming oak spice."
From the master blender, Racial Barrie "Longer maturation brings more aromatic layers to our distinctive smokey style "
I have already covered Benriach distillery in my previous blog.

Vital Stats- Benriach 12 The smoky twelve  Speyside Single Malt Scotch
Price- $60.99
Age- 12 years
ABV- 46%
Region- Speyside
Distillery- The Benriach Distillery, Morayshire, Scotland
Awards won- 2021 Double gold medal San Fransico World Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- First neat then on the rocks
Appearance- Beautiful dark copper
Aroma- Sherry, oak, fruits, spices, and of course smokey peat
Flavor- Fruits, vanilla, smoked oak, dark chocolate
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Smooth, long warm, and velvety

Absolutely loved sampling this one and presenting it to you. Cheers! 🥃🥃🥃Enjoy Responsibly.
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