Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon Whiskey

Hello Single Malters, Today I am reviewing Jim Beam Devil's cut bourbon whiskey. In today's blog I will share the following info- 
  • My research on the history behind this whiskey
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • SJ's Pro tip
Jim Beam is no new name to any whiskey lover which is world famous for its line of whiskies. It has been around for over 200 years way back in the late 1700's. It apparently has a rich history passed along family generations and distilling one of the best bourbon's in the world. 
Jim Beam Devi's cut was released in 2011- a slightly sinister bourbon made from the liquid that becomes trapped within the wood of the barrel during ageing. The way they do that is by filling those barrels with water and rolling them, the trapped whiskey gets out that way. It is the opposite of the term Angel's share where whiskey is evaporated and taken by the angels. 

Vital Stats- Jim Beam Devil's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 
Price- $33.67 for 750ml bottle( $1.39 for 50ml pictured sampler)
Age- 6 years
ABV-  45%
Country of Origin- USA
Distillery- James B.Beam Distilling company, Clermont, Frankfort, Kentucky
Awards Won- 2012 , Gold- San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark Amber

Aroma- Oak wood deep aroma, vanilla, citrus, dark chocolate
Flavor- Robust deep oak, vanilla, spices
Body- Full
Finish- Not lingering, not so smooth, warm spicy robust
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
It is a as unique as it's cool name, however doesn't cut out to be a pleasing top shelf sipping whiskey. Very cool marketing and concept though. 
Occasions- Whiskey flight
Cocktails- Old Fashioned( The robust oak and vanilla flavor would make a mean cocktail)
SJ's Pro Tip- Any bourbon lover would appreciate this diverse taste of Devil's cut

Loved tasting this cool Devil's cut whiskey. It sure is the devil's cut hidden deep inside that oak wood. Check it out for yourselves and find out, cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly. Not in the mood to read? Listen to my Single Malt Lives Podcast instead. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Wild Turkey 101

One World Many Malts & many bourbons!😃😃. The quest to find the best whisk(e)y continues with Wild Turkey 101. It is Top Shelf & I found another unicorn apart from Buffalo Trace Bourbon. By unicorn I mean lower price but exceptional quality that takes one by surprise. 
In today's blog I will be sharing the following information- 

  • My research on the history behind this whiskey
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • SJ's Pro tip
Wild Turkey distillery opened doors way back in 1869. It was in 1940, the distillery gets the name after distillery executives shares his bourbon with friends on a annual hunting trip apparently they got the wild turkey. 🦃🦃
Now about Wild Turkey 101.Reads the product label "For more than 60 years, legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russel has been crafting Wild Turkey 101 the right way. With a high rye content, this iconic bourbon is perfectly aged in American white oak barrels with the deepest char for more character. It is made using corn, rye & barley with higher content of rye. An interesting fact is they barrel the bourbon at lower proof so by the time it's finished ageing they can add less water than other whiskey makers before bottling. This results in retaining true, rich flavor and deep auburn color it acquires from the barrel. 
Now time to see if this turkey lives up to the expectation. Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats- Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon Whiskey 
Price-  $24.49 for 750ml ($13.99 for 375ml pictured half bottle)
Age- 6-8 years
ABV-  50.5%
Country of Origin- USA
Distillery-  Wild turkey Distilling co, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Awards Won- Highly decorated since 2010. Latest being 2016, Double Gold in San Francisco World Sprits Competion. 

Tasting info-

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark Golden 
Aroma- Caramel, Vanilla, honey just like its appearance, citrus, rye
Flavor- Oh my goodness! Wow! Sweet, smooth, lingering, chocolate, caramel, honey, oak, rye, spices, cinnamon, cloves. Wow! again 
Body- Full 
Finish- Exceptionally smooth, spicy, warm, long & lingering
Occasions-  Outdoors parties, hiking bonfire or just casual drinking with friends 
Cocktails- The high ABV & amazing flavor would make a mean Old Fashioned
SJ's Pro tip- For those looking for an alternate to  Buffalo Trace, there is another unicorn in town called Wild Turkey 101. It is as good or even better & much more easier to find. 

Like always I enjoyed tasting this new drink and so can you. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy like a gentleman. 
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

AnCnoc Highland Single Malt

Happy New Year 2021! Single Malters, Today I am reviewing anCnoc 12 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. I had never heard of it before, so I made it a point to pick it up based on intuition. Was my intuition correct or did I waste $43 down the drain? You will find out at the end.  As a lifestyle habit, I like starting my year by reading a book that gives some food for thought throughout the year. Don' worry I will do my tasting review like always 😉.In today's blog I will share the following:

1. Book I am currently reading
2. My research & history behind this whisky
3. Vital Stats
4. SJ's Rating
5. Occasions best enjoyed & SJ's Pro tip.

Let me start with the book I am reading- The Myth of Capitalism and death of competition by Johnathan Tepper & Denise Hearn. It is a thought provoking read on big corporations controlling most of all consumer essentials like retail, airline, banking, healthcare. Authors also promise a  a resolution to this problem at the end of the book( I haven't reached that part 😃). 

Author SJ happily reading & enjoying a cup of coffee( Simple pleasures of life 😎 ) 

Now back to business, ancNoc is distilled by Knockdhu Distillery. (Yes I am hearing these names for the first time as well). It was established in 1894 so it carries a legacy of over 125 Named after the nearby Black Hill, known as Khockdhu in Gaelic which is an alluring backdrop of the distillery. 
Very interestingly though, their single malt is not named after the distillery.It is  proudly named after the anCoc, which provides the source of the pure crystal spring water that is an essential element of anCnoc Single Malt Whisky. anCnoc 12 got me by surprise in a good way just like the new year brings joy in people's lives. What can I say, smooth yet not overly complex, it has its twists and turns in flavor and something for the likes of everyone. I would say it is a very versatile & friendly drink. 

Now the moment you all have been waiting for very tasty tasting notes! Enjoy. 

Vital Stats- anCnoc 12 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 
Price- $43.99 for 750ml
Age- 12 years
ABV- 43%
Country of Origin- Scotland
Region- Highland
Distillery- Knockdhu Distillery company, Aberdeenshire
Awards won- 2015 Gold, Outstanding International Wine & Spirits Competition among host of others

Tasting info-     
Serving glass- Glencairn whisky glass  
Serving style- Neat
Appearance-  Light Amber with yellowish hue

Aroma- Gentle whiff of honey, lemon. Hint of vanilla, oak, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Flavor- Wow, gets right to the palette. Light yet complex  flavor of fruits, spices. Warm & spicy
Body- Full 
Finish-  Smooth, warm, long & lingering
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
Surprisingly light yet challenging in flavor & high in character. Long nice warm finish with an explosion of flavor in the mouth. This unknown whisky stands tall in my top shelf. The aroma is somewhat lacking though but still top quality single malt for sipping. 
Occasions- Connoisseur tasting & casual drinking with friends & families
SJ's Pro tip- Amazing whisky with high ABV of 43% compared to similar whiskies like Glenfiddich 12. 

I enjoyed every drop of this drink saying goodbye to 2020 & welcoming 2021. Wishing everyone of my readers a prosperous year..Cheers! 🥃🥃 & Enjoy it like a gentleman.(resposonbibly )
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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Paul John Brilliance- Indian Single Malt Whisky

Today I am reviewing a very unique whisky- Paul John Brilliance Single Malt from India. I call it unique because it is the first time I am trying an Indian Single Malt. In today's blog I will share the following information-
  • My research on the history behind this whisky
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • Food Pairing
  • Occasions best enjoyed & SJ's pro tip
Reads the product story " The brilliance of Goa is captured at its best to delight your senses. It is a non-chill filtered, non-peated Indian Single Malt". They use six row barley which is sourced from across the vast lands of Rajesthan & Haryana to the foothills of the Himalayas. With the higher husk content the barley produces an oilier wash which results them bottling the spirit with  at least 46% ABV. Add to that a robust and rich source of Goa water, it is a match made in heaven. 

Vital Stats-  Paul John Brilliance Indian Single Malt Whisky
Price- $43.99 for 750ml
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 46%
Country of Origin- Goa, India
Distillery- John distilleries, Goa, India
Awards won- 2016 Silver, The World Whisky Masters

Tasting info- 
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance-  Rich Amber 

Aroma- Very nice glenfiddich profile aroma, fruity ,vanilla, oak, spices, chocolate
Flavor- Fruit, citrus, vanilla, honey, Not too matured as it is a NAS
Body- Full 
Finish- Smooth, slightly lingering, spicy 
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
Very high quality Indian Single Malt but does not make it in my top shelf because of it's finish. However, it is a highly enjoyable whisky
Occasions- Casual, whisky flights
Cocktail- None, Enjoy neat 
SJ's Pro tip- Leave it in the glass for a few minutes and add few drops of filtered water for the flavors to really open up

I enjoyed sampling this unique single malt from India and so  will you. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly! 
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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Jagermeister herbal liqueur

Imagine drinking the most healthiest juice(alcohol infused 🙂 ) with the best quality of herbs & fruits extract. You are sipping this in an aromatic garden! This is how it felt like when drinking Jagermeister. It is a very popular herbal spirit that is known for it's medicinal properties as much as the famous Jagerbomb drink. 
In today's blog I will share the following information about this very special drink-
  • My research on the history behind this herbal spirit
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • Cocktails
  • Occasions best enjoyed & SJ's pro tip
The product story goes "Nature made it, we put it in a bottle. The highest quality herbs, blossoms, roots & fruits around the globe are crafted into 4 distinct macerates(soften by soaking) then combined in modern day alchemy into our herbal spirit. The full ingredient list is a closely guarded secret, but raise a glass to your lips and you will taste all 4 corners of the world". 
With this statement, the analogy is that they must have sourced their ingredients from all over the world. This is the beauty of drinking it and imagining what could have gone in it. Overall it is an amazing drink for good health. Now it is time to find out ! Enjoy my tasting notes 😊. I call it the most fun part. 

Vital Stats- Jagermeister herbal liqueur
Price- $30.07 for 750ml( $2.99 for 750ml for pictured sampler)
Age- Up to 1 year 
ABV- 35%
Country of Origin- Germany
Bottled by- Mast-Jagermeister SE, Wolfenbuttel
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass
Serving style- Neat 
Appearance- Dark 

Aroma- Very pleasant botanicals, herbs, juniper, berries, fruits so aromatic like stepping in garden, chocolate, raspberries
Flavor- Exactly like how it smells, full of herbs, cinnamon, cloves, juniper, berries
Body-  Full 
Finish- Spicy, warm, lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
It is top quality German crafted herbal liquor. Great as a digestif or for overall health but not meant for sipping like a single malt whisky.
Occasions best enjoyed- Casual, after dinner digestif
Cocktails- Jagerbomb(shot of Jag with energy drink)
SJ's Pro tip- Serve ice cold

This is a classic German beverage that has a huge following all over the world, I enjoyed reviewing. Enjoy one for yourself! Cheers to good health ! 🥃🥃

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Monopolowa 1782- Austrian Whisky

Hello Single Malters, reviewing Monopolowa 1782 whisky from Austria. Who knew Austria produced fine whisky and not just fine superstars like Arnold Schwarzenegger. In today's blog I will be sharing the following information-
  • My research on the history behind this whisky
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • Food Pairing
  • Occasions best enjoyed & SJ's pro tip
There is a long history behind this legendary whisky but is more known for its vodka. J.A. Baczewski companies enjoys centuries old world wide reputation for producing the highest quality alcoholic beverages. It roots tying back to the 17th century. Back then the company was supplying the entire Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy and all the corners of the Empire. I have to say however, there is not much information readily available on the internet wiki page about this. Now enough of the legacy, what we really care is if it is good or not. Enjoy my tasting notes!  

Vital Stats- Monopolowa Whisky 1782
Price- $23.97
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV-  43%
Country of Origin-  Vienna,Austria
Produced & bottled -  J.A.Baczewski
Awards won- Gold Medalled product of Austria

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Pale Gold
Aroma- Oak, pear, chocolate, honey. Similar to Buffalo trace bourbon(strange but true)

Flavor-  Sweet, Oak, honey ,caramel, lemon zest, dark chocolate, spices. 
Body- Full 
Finish- Long, smooth, warm, spicy, lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
Reason is because it quite does  not hit the mark in aroma & flavor compared to top shelf bourbon or scotch. It is an excellent quality whisky, amazing for the price
Occasions- Whisky flights, casual drinking
Food Pairing- Chicken sandwich & fries. The higher ABV of this whisky needed a hearty meal like this one.*

Cocktails- None, enjoy neat or with club soda
SJ's pro tip- Fantastic addition to any bourbon or scotch lover's collection. Extra bonus is I felt literally "NO HANGOVER" in the morning. 

I absolutely enjoyed reviewing this fairly new kind of whisky from Austria. Check it out for yourselves to find out. Cheers!🥃🥃🥃 Enjoy Responsibly. 
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* Food Pairing- By this I am only informing what I ate while sampling this. It is not necessary a recommendation but merely a suggestion that I enjoyed it with that food. Whisky & food pairing is a very complex subject on it's own and I continue to find out what food best compliments a particular liquor. 

This is what I follow in my tasting

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. 
Palate cleanse- After having dinner , I cleanse my palate with either black coffee or club soda like Top chico or canada dry. It gets my palate in neutral so that is can absorb the most flavor. I have written about this in my previous blog Palate clenser
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. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum

Today I am reviewing Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum. It goes in my Bottom Shelf & I will be sharing the following information in my blog. 
  • My research on the history behind this rum
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • Occasions best enjoyed & SJ's pro tip
Very interesting Rum. It is named after the fictional, sultry, seductive pirate-Blackheart. She was strong and independent, passionate & fun, fierce & loyal. Lets see if this character comes to life with the rum. Enjoy my tasting notes! 

Vital Stats- Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum 
Price- $12.29 for 750ml($99 cents for 50ml pictured sampler)
Age- NAS( No Age Statement)
ABV- 46.5%
Country of Origin- Puerto Rico
Bottled by- Blackheart Rum Company, Bardstown,KY
Awards won- Consumers Choice award 2019, SIP awards 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass
Serving style- Neat 
Appearance- Medium Amber 

Aroma- Floral, artificial coloring medicinal smell, some vanilla & spices 
Flavor- Very clinical, medicinal , sugary, overwhelming spices 
Body- Light 
Finish- Not smooth, watery , short & non-lingering
SJ's Rating- Bottom Shelf 
Occasions best enjoyed- Casual drinking
Cocktails- Rum & coke
SJ's Pro tip- Use this rum as a mixer
I would  steer clear of this flirty pirate no matter how templating it looks! Check it out for yourselves and find out. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly 🥃🥃🥃. Not in the mood to read?
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