Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Agavales Gold Tequila Premium


One World Many Malts! Agaves Gold Tequila Premium is MIDDLE Shelf. Actions speak louder than words! :-). In this blog, I will let the liquid gold do the talking. Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats
Price- $15.99 for 750ml(Pictured is free 50ml sampler :-))
Age- NAS
ABV- 40%
Country/Region- Mexico
Distillery/Company-Mexcor International
Awards won- None

Tasting info
Serving glass- Glencairn Glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Very light pale yellow


Aroma- Faint agave, vanilla, oak
Flavor- Pleasantly spicy, oak, cinnamon, agave
Body-Medium
Finish-Bitter, spicy, warm, and lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
Just right for the price. 
Occasions- Casual drinking with friends
Cocktail-Margarita
SJ's Pro tip- A decent budget tequila for parties

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Real Ale Brewing-Devil's Backbone


Real Ale Devil's backbone is on my TOP Shelf. In today's blog, I intend to cover the following
-Brief history behind this beer/brewery
-My tasting notes
-SJ's Rating & Review
-SJ's Pro tip

From its website -Started in 1996 Real Ale brewing grew from a small family operation making beer in the basement of an antique store to a brewery of 55 plus people making craft beer of the highest quality in the state. I stand by their quality and the taste is amazing. 
Now about Devil's Backbone, it is named after a winding stretch of Hill Country highway, Devil's Backbone is a Belgian-style tripel. Though it is light in color, it has a robust ABV which is only possible because of the traditional Belgian technique which adds strength without increasing heaviness. That is where the magic is :-)
Enough talk, now it is time for SJ's tasting, Enjoy!

Vital Stats- Devi's Backbone Belgian style Tripel
Price- $8.49 for 12 pack(12oz bottles)
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 8.10%
Region- TX,USA
Brewery- Real Ale Brewing, Blanco, Texas
Beer style- Belgian
Awards won- None

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Tall beer glass
Serving style- Chilled
Appearance- Pale Golden


Aroma- Hops, orange, creamy nuts, chocolate
Flavor- Orange, chocolate, hops
Body- Full
Finish- Bittersweet, smooth & long
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
A very enjoyable glass of beer hits the spot in aroma, flavor, and finish. 
Occasions best enjoyed- Outdoors on a hot day
SJ's Pro tip- Great for whisky lovers since it has a higher ABV of 8.1%

I enjoyed drinking this cold one and sharing my findings. Cheers! Enjoy responsibly. 
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Select Club Pecan Praline Canadian Whisky


Select Club Pecan Praline Canadian Whisky- Bottom Shelf. In today's blog, I intend to cover the following.
-Brief history behind this whisky
-Tasting notes
-SJ's Pro tip

The product label says that it is made in Canada, apart from that there is no distillery information. This itself shows the lack of quality! 
Now it is time to do the world-famous SJ's tasting :-). Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats-
Price- $23.99 for 750ml ($1.29 for pictured 50ml sampler)
Age- NAS
ABV- 35%
Region- Canada
Distillery- No information 
Awards won- None

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Medium amber


Aroma- Vanilla, some fruity notes, not much of pecan. Has this medicinal smell
Flavor- Pecan is omnipresent, too sweet, medicinal syrupy 
Body- Medium
Finish- Non-existent, watery, short
SJ's Rating- Bottom Shelf
Way too sweet has no finish, worst Candian Whisky I have ever had! It is like a slushy with some alcohol in it. Terrible!
SJ's Pro tip- I would skip this altogether and not even use it in mixing drinks as it would ruin it.

This whisky changed the good perception I had about Canadian whisky. I would go for Crown Royal in a heartbeat and recommend you too. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Altos Reposado Tequila


Altos Reposado Tequila is on my Middle Shelf. It is a general-purpose cheap tequila and can be sipped neat or mixed in drinks. In today's blog, I intend to cover the following-

-Brief history behind this tequila
-My tasting notes
-SJ's Rating & review
-SJ's Pro tip
-Occasions best suited 

Altos Tequila does not have any history like a highly authentic artisanal tequila. It is mass-produced by the Pernod Ricard company. The creators are two former bartenders according to its website. They seem to follow high-quality standards in crafting their tequila with high-quality agave. Also, it is cooked in a brick oven and Tanoa stone is used to shred the agave. It gets double distilled in small-batch copper stills and finally ages 6-8 months in former whiskey barrels. 
Now speaking of Altos Reposado expression. According to the website, it is made of 100% Blue Agave grown in Mexico in the lands of Los Altos, Jalisco. Seems like an interesting tasting session :-). 
Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats- Altos Reposado Tequila 
Price- $12.99 for 375ml bottle 
Age- 6 to 8 months
ABV- 40%
Region/country-Mexico
Produced/Bottled-Pernod Ricard, Mexico
Awards won- 2016 Gold, The Tequila Masters The Spirits Business

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Light golden


Aroma- Blue agave, spearmint, lemon
Flavor- Wow quite a mouthful, spearmint, lemon, a hint of oak
Body- Medium
Finish- Spicy, long warm slightly lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
It is a general-purpose cheap tequila and can be sipped neat or mixed in drinks.
Occasions- Bbq, casual day parties
SJ's Pro tip- Good for mixing in drinks

I am pleased to have tasted this liquid gold from Mexico and share my findings. I am 100% sure you will find it useful. Enjoy! Drink Responsibly, Cheers!
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Glendronach 12 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Glendronach 12 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is on my TOP Shelf. Exceptionally smooth & delicious! In today's blog, I intend to cover the following

-Brief history behind this whisky/distillery
-My tasting notes
-SJ's Rating & review
-Occasions
-SJ's Pro tip

Reads the product packaging "Deep in the east Highland Hills the Glendronach Distillery has been quietly perfecting sherry wood maturation since 1826". The founder was James Allardice & this legendary distillery has been in operation for over 200 years. Quite a history and craftsmanship. Glendronach means "Valley of brambles" in Scots Gaelic. 

About Glendronach 12 Original. It is matured in fine Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucia in Spain and is Non-Chill Filtered. Both these casks are ex-wine casks so the whisky imparts flavors from them, that is where the magic is. 
Now enough of talk, time for my sampling :-). Enjoy my tasting notes! 

Vital stats- Glendronach 12 Original Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $62.99 for 750ml
Age- 12 years 
ABV- 43%
Region- Highland
Distillery- The Glendronach Distillery, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Awards won- 2021 Gold, International Wine & Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn
Serving style-  Neat
Appearance- Dark amber


Aroma- Sherry, vanilla, whiff citrus, dark chocolate
Flavor- Sherry, notes of citrus, honey, chocolate, vanilla.A hint of spices like cinnamon & cloves
Body- Full
Finish- Robust, smooth, long lingering & spicy
SJ's Rating- TOP Shelf
It hits all the parameters to hit the top spot. The smell is amazing, the appearance is beautiful the flavor is out of this world. Absolutely enjoyed it!
Occasions- For celebrating any special occasion since it is slightly expensive
SJ's Pro tip- Great as a gift for any Scotch lover

This whisky was a joy to find and savor, I absolutely loved gathering information and sharing it with the world. Do give it a shot yourself. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly!
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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky


Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition is on my TOP Shelf. Initially had a very bad impression of cutty sark as watered-down cheap alcohol but my impression has changed since I tasted this expression. In today's blog I intend to cover the following; 

-Brief history behind this whisky/distillery
-My tasting notes
-SJ's pro tip
-Occasions to drink 

This whisky is as mysterious as the pitch dark bottle it comes in. It came into existence in 1923 according to package labeling. Its famous name comes from the clipper ship design which was one of the fastest ships in its day.  
Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition according to the product story has been crafted as a salute to the notorious Captain William S.McCoy, who smuggled Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky into America during the Prohibition era of the 1920s. His impeccable reputation for only dealing in the finest, genuine & unadulterated liquor gave rise to Cutty Sark being "The Real McCoy"
It is time for the real test of McCoy! Enjoy my tasting notes :-)

Vital Stats- Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whiskey
Price- $29.99
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 50%
Region/Country- Scotland
Manufacturer/Distillery- La Martiniquaise
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn 
Serving Style- Neat
Appearance- Medium gold


Aroma- Well rounded, vanilla, citrus all the good stuff
Flavor- Robust, packs a punch, sweetness from vanilla, oak 
Body- Medium to full-bodied
Finish- Medium spicy linger, warm. Not the smoothest or longest. 
SJ's Rating- TOP Shelf
This is top-shelf stuff because it's pretty good for the price, high ABV with raw charm to it. 
Occasions- Casual
SJ's Pro tip- Great for a gift because of its attractive packaging

I really enjoyed this rustic, notorious-looking whiskey and hope the information above will help decide whether to buy it or not. As always, Enjoy it Responsibly! Cheers! 
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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey


Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey is on my MIDDLE Shelf. A decent Irish whiskey for the price but lacks the body and finish to be on the top spot. In today's blog, I intend to cover the following-

-Brief history behind this whiskey/distillery
-Tasting notes
-SJ's Rating & review
-SJ's pro tip

The website states "Here at Teeling whiskey, we are renowned for our vision in doing things differently with deep roots in distilling pedigree dating back to 1782, have shaped the Irish whiskey landscape through generations ". The Teeling whiskey distillery is the first new distillery in Dublin for over 125 years. 
Now about Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey. Reads the product label "Hand selected casks of malt and grain whiskey are initially fully aged in ex-bourbon barrels, then married together in Central American Rum Casks for 12 months for a unique, dried fruit profile. 
Enough of the story, now it is time for the fun stuff :-). Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats- Teeling Whiskey Small Batch Irish Whiskey
Price- $38.99 for 750ml(50ml free sampler pictured)
Age- 6 months in Rum Casks
ABV- 46.5%
Country/Region- Ireland
Distillery- Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Dublin, Ireland
Awards won- Double Gold, San Fransico Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- The Glencairn whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Light to medium amber


Aroma- Vanilla, rum sweetness, cinnamon, spices
Flavor- Sweet with fruitiness, a hint of cinnamon, spices. Quite pleasant for high ABV nonchill filtered.
Body- Medium 
Finish- Medium, bitter spicy finish
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
Because the finish is almost nonexistent, very short so doesn't hit the top spot for me. However, a decent non-chill filtered Irish Whiskey for the price. 
Occasions- Casual
Food Pairing- Goat meat(High ABV blended well with the fatty meat )
SJ's Pro tip- I would prefer Jameson or Tullamore Dew over this

I really enjoyed reviewing and presenting the facts and hope this will make it easier to decide whether to buy it for your next occasion or not. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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