Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Bell's Blended Scotch

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Hi everyone, I had an amazing memorial day with friends, great BBQ and of course drinks. Today, I am reviewing Bell's Blended Scotch and sharing some "memorial" pictures of that day. Enjoy. 
Turns out Bell's is the best selling whisky in UK. Established in 1851 originally produced by Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd is now owned by Diagio. SJ seeks to find out if this UK's best seller is worth drinking or not. Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats
Bell's Blended Scotch- Original
Price- $20.99 for 750ml 
Age- No age statement
ABV- 40%
Country of Origin- Scotland
Manufacturer- Diageo
Awards Won- 2017 Silver, Deluxe Blend International Wine & Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky Glass

Serving style-
Appearance- Dark Amber
Aroma- Fruits, oak & smokey aroma
Flavor- Sweet, slight smokeyness, grain, fruits
Body-Medium
Finish- Medium, lingers for just a short time
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
For a mass produced Scotch, this is not bad at all. Definitely not comparable to a single malt whisky but it holds its place as a decent blended Scotch for it's price. 
Occasions best enjoyed- Casual outdoor settings
Cocktails- None, sip it neat or on the rocks
Food pairings- Pork Ribs, Chicken gizzards



SJ's Pro tip- Great party favorite for the price

Overall, it was an amazing weekend and a decent drink to go with it. Bell's Scotch was highly enjoyable, try it out for yourself to find out. Cheers ! Enjoy Responsibly & stay safe. 
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Menage a Trois Red Wine



Hello everybody, today I am reviewing Menage a Trois California Red Wine. My journey to uncover different wines is going in full swing. In my last wine tasting,I realized that I like the flavor of  cabernet souvignon and today I will share what I learned about this California Red wine. 
Menage a Trois is brand of Trinhero Family Estates which is family owned and operated since 1948. Wow..that is quite a legacy. It has 50 plus spirits brand and presence in 50 countries. Enough of the history..let SJs tasting reveal how this mass produced wine does. Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats-
Menage a Trois California Red Wine
Price- $7.97
Vintage-2017
ABV- 13.5%
Region- California
Producer-Trinchero Family Estates
Awards Won- 2014 Ultimate Wine Challenge

Tasting info- 
Serving glass- Stemmed wine glass
Serving style- Chilled
Appearance- Dark Red

Aroma- Red grapes, jasmine
Flavor- Robust,grapes, strawberry, berry
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Medium, non-lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
It is an enjoyable, neutral red wine. It has a bold and luscious taste which is great with food and complements well if paired well. 
Occasions- Any, dinner time

SJ's Pro Rating(Food Pairing)- Pair with red meat, I enjoyed it with goat curry

Normally I drink after eating but wine is an exception and I enjoyed my dinner thoroughly with this wine. Hope you enjoyed the review. Try it out for yourself and enjoy. Cheers! 
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Bacardi Gold Rum

Hello everyone,Today I am reviewing Bacardi Gold rum which I found is such a fun brand. Especially their signature cocktails like Cuba Libre & Cuatro Highball are so simple and look delicious. I will definitely make these and post in my upcoming blogs. For today I am sipping it neat to enjoy the true flavor, unmixed.
According to it's website,the rum is distilled from fermented molasses & filtered through charcoal. Then it is aged in toasted Oak barrels for between 1 and 2 years. The secret behind the mellow flavor is the magic of charcoals which is a blend known only to them. Well, let me find out if this story is true or not..hahah.. Enjoy my tasting notes.
Vital Stats
Bacardi Gold Rum
Price-$12.99 for 750ml bottle
Age- 1 to 2 years
ABV- 40%
Country of Origin- Puerto Rico
Bottled by- Bacardi Bottling Corporation, JacksonFille,FL
Awards won- 2018, Gold World Rum Awards

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

Aroma- Light floral notes, cinnamon,vanilla, oak,citrus
Flavor- Sweet & light, floral, oak notes from barrel
Body- Medium
Finish-  Smooth ,slightly lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
It is a decent rum for the price. I enjoyed it thoroughly & is a neutral rum suitable for almost any occasion
Occasions best enjoyed- All occasions
Cocktails- Mohito, Rum & coke
SJ's pro tip- Use this gold rum instead of white rum for your cocktails. It gives a robust flavor.

I enjoyed tasting this rum, try it out as well to find out. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Spey River Bourbon Cask Finish Single Malt


Today I am reviewing Spey River Bourbon Cask Finish. The product label reads "It has been matured in traditional american white oak casks until it has achieved the perfect balance of flavors. Only then,the whisky is transferred into the first fill American bourbon Casks to allow the secondary maturation which adds to the complex character & refined depth of flavor". 
Cool product story, let SJ revel the what it really tastes like :-). Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats- Spey River
Price- $29.99 for 750ml($1.99 for 50ml sampler bottle)
Age- N/A
ABV- 40%
Region- Speyside 
Company- The Spey River Company, Bellshill,Scotland
Awards Won-  None

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

Aroma- Fruity, citrus, pepper. Nothing special in aroma
Flavor- Faint taste of oak, some pepper
Body- Medium
Finish- Short, non-lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
The flavor is not too bad, I actually enjoyed it. The bourbon cask finish gives it a touch of complexity & sweetness. 

Occasions Best Enjoyed- Casual drinking, value for money 
Cocktails- None, have neat or on the rocks
SJ's Pro Tip- Very neutral whiskey so beginners can try it. 

I enjoyed it very well. Check it our for yourself to find out. Cheers & Enjoy Responsibly!
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Making Mohito at home


Hey guys, Staying at home doesn't have to feel like being stuck. Today I am making Mohito & sharing the recipe with you. It is a fun activity to do and also is a cool drink for summer. As always I did a slight modification to the actual recipe, I call it SJ's twist-Swapped gold rum instead of white rum. Also used honey as I could not find simple syrup. Follow along and you will have a rewarding fresh drink by the end of this. Enjoy!

The ingredients 

Topo chico club soda, lemon, Bacardi Gold Rum,Honey & peppermint leaves

Follow these steps to make Mohito

Step 1 Take 12 spearmint leaves, juice of half a lime in a highball glass


Step 2 Add 2 tablespoons of honey

Step 3 Muddle gently for ten seconds, bruise leaves gently


Step 4 Fill glass with crushed ice

Step 5 Add 1.5oz of Bacardi Gold Rum

Step 6 Add 7 oz of club soda

Step 7 Give a good stir to mix all ingredients

Step 8 Garnish with lime wheel & small mint wig. Enjoy!


It was so much fun making it, I loved each moment of it -sourcing ingredients, preparing & enjoying. My wife loved it as well & there is demand for more πŸ˜„. With Dallas weather heading towards the 90s I will be enjoying plenty more of these. 
A special thanks to my friend Felipe who generously provided the mint leaves. 
Try it at home, Cheers ! & Enjoy Responsibly.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Shieldaig Islay Finest Old

Fellow Single Malters, my quest to unravel single malt whisky one bottle at a time continues.Today I am reviewing Shieldaig Finest Old. It comes from Islay-one of the smallest whisky regions in Scotland. Upon some research I found out that the same bottle comes from Speyside region as well. This is quite fishy & there seems to be no information about the distillery. Moral of the story "If you are skeptical don't buy".Reads the product label "The loch of herring, The fishermen, traders and travelers who have inhibited Shieldaig, the loch of herring over the centuries have rightly considered themselves lucky in life. A taste of this good fortune can still be enjoyed today with every measure of Shieldaig fine scotch whisky".  SJ seeks to find the truth. πŸ˜ƒ . Enjoy my tasting  notes

Vital Stats-
Price- $18.99
Age- Not aged
ABV- 40%
Region-Islay
Company- William Maxwell & Co Ltd
Awards Won- None, I can see why

Tasting info-
Serving glassGlencairn Whisky Glass
Serving style- Neat

Appearance- Light Amber
Aroma- Nice whiff of vanilla, citrus,pear, fruity notes
Flavor- Very light & fruity, pepper, vanilla,light oak. Similar to Glenlivet Founders Reserve Profile
Body- Light
Finish- Very light,watery,non lingering
SJ's Rating- Bottom
I did not have much expectations from $18 scotch. It is very light bodied & the finish is non-existent. You can use it for parties as it is value for money & not for sipping.
Occasions Best Enjoyed- Summer time
Cocktails- Highball , lots of ice
SJ's Pro tip-  Highland Queen Majesty Sherry Cask is an alternate to Shieldaig. Same price but much better flavor.

No need to thank me for saving your buck πŸ˜‰ Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

99 Brand Whiskey


Hello Singe Malters.Today I am reviewing 99 Brand Whiskey. It is unheard of and is as cheezy as it sounds. Appropriately named because it is 99 proof or 49.5% ABV(Alcohol By Volume). Let me uncover the tasting notes of this unknown brand. Enjoy!
Vital Stats
99 Brand Whiskey
Price- $0.99 cents for 50ml sampler bottle
Age- N/A
ABV- 49.5%
Region- USA
Produced by- Polynesian Products Co, Louisville,KY
Awards Won- It gets my Worst tasting Whisky Award

Tasting info-
Serving style- Neat, On the rocks
I simply could not drink it neat so added a few cubes of ice. Even that didnt work! Lol

Serving glass- Whisky glass for on the rocks, Glencairn glass for neat
Appearance- Pale
Aroma- Grassy,raw grain , pungent
Flavor-  Sweet syrupy taste with a burning sensation, highly unpleasant
Body- Medium
Finish- Short, non existent, not smooth at all

SJ's Rating- Bottom Shelf
This is not a palatable whiskey for 99.99% of the population. Tt is a blended grain sugary syrup with high ABV. I had to throw away after a couple of sips.
Occasions best suited- None
Cocktails- N/A
SJ's Pro tip- Evan Williams Bottled in bond is a better alternate lower priced bourbon

Now you know 99 Brand is something that you "DO NOT BUY". Hope this helps and enjoyed my review. Enjoy responsibly &CheersπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ
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