Monday, May 23, 2022

Sapporo Premium Beer



The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel.
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf (Of the refrigerator πŸ˜€)
High-quality Japanese lager, tasty and highly satisfying, I Loved the crisp, clean flavor. 
Occasion- Dinner with friends
SJ's Pro tip- It is a perfect companion for any meal
Alternates- Pilsner Urquell has a similar crisp, clean taste
Food Pairing- Sushi


The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
Sapporo needs no introduction, it is one of the best-selling Japanese beer on the market. Not much information online about the brewery itself. The website states that the Sapporo beers in the US are brewed in US, Canada & Vietnam. 
Sapporo Premium is the original larger among its other expressions. If you enjoy a clean, crisp beer look no further. 

Vital stats- Sapporo Premium Beer
Price- $20 for 600ml bottle(20.3oz)
Age- N/A
ABV- 4.9%
Country/Region- Japan
Brewery/Company- Sapporo Breweries Ltd
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Tall beer glass
Serving style- Chilled of course πŸ˜€
Appearance- Bright golden(Like the sun)
Aroma- Fruits, wheat
Flavor- Fruits, wheat, hops
Body- Medium
Finish- Crisp, clean, short linger

I highly enjoyed this lager from halfway across the world. Cheers! 🍺🍺🍺🍺Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, May 16, 2022

Jinro Soju Strawberry Korean Spirit

 


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

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

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Smooth, sweet & delicious just perfect with a hearty meal.  Light & refreshing, I enjoyed it! 
Though it is a balanced neutral spirit, and not too sweet, it is not for my palette. I will have it once in a while with dinner.

Occasion- Dinner with friends
SJ's Pro tip- Great as a summer drink.
Alternates- Sake goes well with food as well. 
Food Pairing- Korean bbq(pork belly, spicy chicken, shrimp,squid)


Feel- Light & smooth πŸ˜‡

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)

This is the first time I had Jinro Soju(spirits distilled from grain,13-24%ABV). There is not a whole lot about the distillery and how it's made. The company website states "Since it's launch in 1924, jinro soju has consistently held its position as the number one soju brand in Korea while revolutionizing Korea's drinking culture". 
It claims to be the world's best-selling spirit brand for 20 years, I did not know that! Ingredients that go in are selected grains and spring water. 
Jinro strawberry soju is a neutral spirit(colorless) made with natural and artificial flavors. Apparently, it uses strawberry in this expression. 

Vital stats- Jinro Soju Strawberry, Korean Spirit
Price- $15 for 375ml bottle
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 13%
Country/Region- South Korea
Distillery- Hitejinro Co Ltd
Awards won- Various awards in International Spirits competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Shot glass
Serving style- Ice cold, neat
Appearance- Clear neutral color
Aroma- Rice, strawberry, chocolate
Flavor- Sweet but not overpoweringly sweet
Body- Medium
Finish- Smooth, short clean. No lingering

Loved trying this new spirit diversifying my portfolio :-) Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, May 9, 2022

Hibiki Harmony Suntory 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 
Balanced, smooth, excellent Japanese craftsmanship. Just what I expected from it. 
Occasion- Cinco De Mayo celebration with friends
SJ's Pro tip- Enjoy this harmony of flavors slowly, at first sip you might not get the full potential of it. 
Alternates- Nikka Miyagiko 
Cocktail- N/A
Food Pairing- Juicy Pork Burrito

Feel- Silky smooth :-)

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
Hibiki is a part of Suntory Distillery. The blend comes from two of its distilleries, Hakushu Distillery & Yamazaki Distillery. 
Reads the product label " Kanzen or complete, Hibiki Whisky is a harmonious blend of innumerous malt and grain whiskies which are meticulously blended to create a full orchestra of flavors and aroma". And what flavor & aroma it is. You will have to try it yourself to savor this orchestra :-)

Vital stats- Hibiki Harmony Suntory Japanese Whisky
Price- $69.99(Changes by state)
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 43%
Region- Japan
Distillery- Sourced from Yamazaki & Hakushu Distillery
Awards won- None found, I give it my gold medal :-)

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- On the rocks
Appearance- Medium gold
Aroma- Fruity, floral, vanilla, honey
Flavor- Harmony of sweet, fruity, light chocolate
Body- Medium
Finish- Smooth, long & lingering 

I thoroughly enjoyed this whisky with my friends and had a blast celebrating Cinco De Mayo!. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. Reach out to me if you would like any suggestions on drinks for your upcoming occasion. 
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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Pairing food with drinks

Hello single malters, today I am not reviewing any liquor. Instead, sharing my picture gallery of food that I enjoyed with my drinks. Whisky & food pairing is a very complex subject on its own and I continue to find out what food best compliments a particular liquor. 

I have to admit that Nepali food is the best with any drinks. The spicy food makes drinking highly enjoyable. Turning back to my blog, I enjoyed momos with my drinks the most. 

When tasting single malts- No food pairing is needed because single malt is a taste in itself and food will interfere with the real flavor and also the aroma. Hence, I eat first then drink. 

As a rule of thumb pair food with the flavor of the whisky for example if you taste vanilla in your whisky pair it with vanilla ice cream. 

Enjoy my Delicious food gallery!

Nepali food

                                                        Sausage & spicy potatoes on a stick
Chicken momo with Yuengling beer

Sausage & Spicy potatoes on a stick 
Pork Choila

Bhatmas sadheko, aachar

Mutton sukuti
Duck fry Nepali style

C Momo

Other food

Pork ribs with umami fries

Chicken & Rice

Chicken bbq

Homemade chicken sandwich

Milestone soup with cornish hen

I am sure your mouth is watering by now :-) Reach out to me for any recommendations on drinks for your upcoming occasion. 
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Enjoy some delicious food with your drinks, Cheers! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Basil Hayden's Bourbon 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
This is top of the line, amazingly smooth just as expected.
Occasion- Casual
SJ's Pro tip-  Enjoy it neat or on the rocks, both tasted fantastic
Alternates- Buffalo Trace
Cocktail- Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Feel- spicy 🌢

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
Nothing much on the website written about the distillery. 
Product story says it all "When Basil Hayden, Sr. began distilling his smooth Bourbon here in 1786, Kentucky was but four years old and George Washington was President. Today we make Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey using the same skill and care that made it a favorite among America's frontier settlers". 

Vital Stats- Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Price- $33.99 for 750ml($17.99 for pictured 375ml) 
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 40%
Region- Kentucky, USA
Distillery- Kentucky Springs Distilling Co, Clermont, Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
Awards won- 2020, Double Gold San Fransisco World Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Spices, orange, pepper
Flavor- Spicy, fruity, creamy
Body- Full
Finish- Warm, lingering, smooth 

Need to find the right bottle for your loved one? Reach out to me via my blog if you want recommendations to make them feel special. 
Cheers! πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒEnjoy Responsibly. 
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Glenlivet 12 Illicit Still


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

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

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Nothing stands apart,  had better expectations but fails to meet it. I found the regular "legal" Glenlivet 12 much smoother than this :-) 
Occasion-  Movie night, watched "Exodus", Paul Neuman's 1960s movie 
SJ's Pro tip- Add a couple of ice cubes to cut the high ABV
Alternates- Cutty Sark Prohibition edition 
Feel- Not impressed 😐

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
Glenlivet 12 Illicit still is non-chill filtered with a robust ABV. The product label says it all "Before George Smith licensed his distillery in 1824, the Glenlivet valley was full of Illicit whisky trade. This limited edition is inspired by our father's original and illegally distilled, Glenlivet whiskey". Apparently, the recipe used during that time was not as smooth as the original one. 

Vital Stats- The Glenlivet 12 Illicit Still 
Price- $63.99
Age- 12 years
ABV- 48%
Region- Speyside
Distillery- The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire, Scotland
Awards won- None found, illicit still gets no reward πŸ‘Ž

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whiskey Glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Marmalade, oak, vanilla
Flavor- Robust oak, some fruitiness
Body- Medium 
Finish- Warm, not-so-long finish. 

If you would like any drink recommendations for your upcoming occasion, reach out to me via my portal. 
Cheers! πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ. Enjoy Responsibly!
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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Seagram's 7 American Blended Whiskey

 

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

SJ's Rating- Bottom Shelf
Can't expect much from a $12 whiskey. I always try to prove myself wrong. But this time I was right, just a cheap whisky that can be used for cocktails.
Occasion- When binge-watching "Better Call Saul" on Netflix
SJ's Pro tip- If you are stuck with one then simply add some club soda to make it drinkable. 
Alternates- Jameson(cheap yet highly enjoyable)
Cocktails- Highball
Feel- Horrible, not impressed πŸ˜’

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
A simple search shows that Seagram is owned by Diageo. No more information about the distillery. Apparently, it is a blended whiskey so they source and blend it from other distilleries. 

Seagram's 7 blended whiskey is 75% grain spirit. I personally do not like grain spirits and prefer barley which is why my go-to is single malts. 

Vital Stats- Seagram's 7 American Blended Whiskey
Price- $12.99 for 750ml($1.29 for pictured sampler)
Age- NAS
ABV- 40%    
Region- USA
Distillery- 7 Crown Distilling Co, New York, NY
Awards won- None, I give it the worst American blended whiskey

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark
Aroma- Light oak, nothing stands out
Flavor- Like tasteless water, some chocolate sweetness 
Body- Light
Finish- Short, non-lingering. 

Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ
For drink recommendations on any of your upcoming event, reach me out via my blog. 
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