Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Aha Yeto Reposado Artesanal Tequila

Hello Single Malters, I am back with the Aha yeto Tequila series with it's artesanal Reposado. Not too long ago, I had reviewed Aha Yeto Artesanal Blanco Tequila & Aha Yeto Artesanal Anejo Tequila. Today's tequila has been sponsored by the very lovely people at Old Town Tequila. They are a superstore of Tequila and Mezcal. I would love to review Mezcal in my coming days. Looking forward to a long lasting partnership with Old Town Tequila in the days to come. 
Aha Yeto Reposado is made with 100% Agave and is aged under a year. It is made from estate grown , mature agave plants by highly experienced distillers to capture the highest quality alcohol to bring the agave's characters. With so much skill and love into making this golden liquid , it is meant for sipping straight. Only then can you appreciate the unique flavor this authentic tequila has to offer.
Compared to similar competing tequila like Patron, I find this much more flavorful and very unique. 

Vital Stats
Aha Yeto Reposado Tequila 
Price- $47.99 for 750ml( Mine was sponsored by Old Town Tequila)
ABV- 40%
Age-Under one year
Country of origin- Mexico
Distillery- Distileria Rancho El Cabrito
Awards won-2010, Spain Awarded Highest grade (94 points) , imported alcoholic beverage

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn whisky glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Faint golden yellow
Aroma- Agave slightly aged in barrel. Nice aroma almost like an anejo. Wiff of Fresh lemon and citrus
Flavor- Exactly like expected. Very subtle on the palette, spices, clove, cinnamon, peppermint
Body- Medium
Finish- Subtle on the mouth, light and smooth. Lingers a short time.

SJ's rating- Middle Shelf 
Very pleasant tequila to sip. Middle shelf because it would not do justice to Anejo which is better apparently as it is aged more. Aha Yeto Reposado has it's own character. It is a light sipping tequila good for summer.
Enjoy responsibly. In mood to listen and not read? Check out my SingleMaltLives Podcast for more whisky reviews.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Dewars White Label

Today I am reviewing Dewar's White Label-True Scotch.The product story in the bottle reads "A scotch of unusual subtlety and refinement. Up to 40 of the finest malt and grain whiskies are blended together in perfect harmony, to create this time honored blend". Dewar's was established in 1846, talk about being around for a while :-)
Now the fun part..enjoy my tasting notes and find out if Dewar's White Label lives up to it's legacy.

Vital Stats-
Dewars While Label Blended Scotch 
Price- $18.99 for 750ml ($2.29 for 50ml sampler bottle)
Age- N/A
ABV- 40%
Country/Region- Scotland
Manufacturer- Bacardi
Awards won- Gold,Blended standard 2018 The Scotch Whisky Masters

Tasting info-
Serving glass-  Glencairn Whisky Glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Light Golden
Aroma- Lemon, citrus, honey, pepper spices , fruity aroma
Flavor- Bursting with subtle spices, oak. Taste of clove and cinnamon
Body- Medium
Finish- Lingers in mouth for a while. Quite smooth and enjoyable

SJ's Rating- Middle shelf
Highly enjoyable and smooth like a well rounded whisky. It is a little light on the palette which is why it is in my middle shelf. It is a good value for money and a crowdpleaser. Also good for mixing. Compared to similar blended whiskies like Johnnie Walker Red I enjoyed it more as it is more refined flavor. It is almost like a single malt I loved the flavor. 

In the mood to listen whisky reviews and not read? check out my SingleMaltLives Podcast

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Patron XO Cafe coffee liqueur

Today I am reviewing Patron XO Cafe Coffee Liquor.It has a natural coffee essence so is more like coffee flavored tequila than a liqueur. Patron silver and anejo are very popular but I had never tried their coffee liqueur so decided to give it a shot. Patron was established in 1989, not the oldest of distilleries around but it sure has made it's presence as a good tequila brand all over the world.  Now let's get to the tasting info to reveal how it's sweet tasting liquor has to offer. 

Vital Stats-
Patron XO Cafe Coffee Liqueur
Price- $19.49 for 750ml bottle ( Pictured $1.59 for 50ml sampler bottle)
Age- Not applicable
ABV- 35%
Country/Region- Mexico
Manufacturer- The Patron Spirits company
Awards Won- Gold,Flavored Tequila-2019. The Tequila and Mezcal Masters

Tasting info-
Serving glass-  Glencairn whisky glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Pitch Dark
Aroma- Pleasant coffee aroma with a whiff of flavor added like vanilla
Flavor- Coffee with alcohol, very smooth like desert. Dark chocolate notes. Also tastes somewhat like  ice-cream coffee
Body- Medium bodied
Finish- Strong lingering sweetness

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf  
I don't like sweet alcohol too much. I will have it occasionally as a nice after dinner desert but can't do it as a regular drink. However it is quite smooth and enjoyable.

Some Sweet humor 😄😄

Bad Excuse
Harry was sick and tired of being constantly badgered by his wife Barbara for spending so much time at the bar. Hoping it would help matters, Harry invited Barbara along with him. "So what would you like?" harry cordially asked, as she took her seat next to him. "Oh I don't know" Barbara replied, "I guess I'll take the same thing as you." "OK" said Harry to the bartender, "We'll take two Johnny Walker's on the rocks!" Barbara barely took a sip of the drink before she started gagging "Oh my gosh! Get me a cup of water! This stuff is horrible! How do you drink this garbage?" "See?" said Harry "and you think I come here just to have a good time?!"

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

I have wanted to try Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey for a while and finally I got a change to review it today. Before diving into the tasting I like to understand a bit of history of what I am about to drink. Tullamore Dew is the world's second largest Irish Whiskey brand after Jameson. It is tripple distilled and a blend of three types of Irish whiskey- grain, malt & pot still. This is the base version of its wide range of product line which I will review in my upcoming blogs. 

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
Price- $23.99 for 750ml , $1.99 for 50ml sampler bottle(pictured)
Age- No Age statement
ABV- 40%
Country/Region- Tullamore, Ireland
Distillery- Tullamore Distillery which is part of William Grant & Sons
Awards Won- None I could find but personally I would give it a gold medal

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Light golden
Aroma- Pleasant whiff of citrus, hits of lemon zest, chocolate. Fresh smell of mixed spices
Flavor- Fruity, creamy vanilla flavor, very smooth, light on pallette hints of raspberry and dark chocolate
Body- Medium bodied
Finish- Very smooth. Lingers in mouth for a while.

SJ's Rating-  Top Shelf 
I like this whiskey as it a welcome change from the more popular Jameson. In fact I liked Tullamore Dew better because it has a fresh clean taste. It is a balanced Irish whiskey good for all occasions.

I hope you enjoyed this review as much as I enjoyed writing it. Cheers 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly.
Leaving you with some Irish humor; here it goes
An Irishman was struggling to find a parking space.
"Lord", he prayed. "I can't stand this. If you open a space up for me, I swear I will give up the Guinness and go to mass everyday"
Suddenly, the clouds part and the sun shines on an empty parking spot. Without hesitation, the Irishman says: "Never mind, I found one!"

Friday, September 13, 2019

Cerveza Pacifico Clara review & Mazatlan,Mexico visit

Hello Single Malters, today I am reviewing Cerveza Pacifico Clara, it is a lesser known Mexican beer. Got a chance to taste this beer during my trip to Mazaltan,Mexico. As you can see I clearly killed two stones with one by sneaking in a review while enjoying the beach. You know I care about us :-)
Let's get to my tasting notes and also sharing the pictures of my trip. Enjoy! 

Vital Stats- 
Cerveza Pacifico Clara
Price-  MXN$ 200( For six pack of 355ml)
Age- Not Applicable
ABV- 4.5%
Beer Style- Pilsner
Awards won- None I could find

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Regular tall glass
Serving style- Chilled(Best and only way to drink beer 😃)
Appearance- Light & Pale

Aroma- Very faint whiff of lemon, crisp fresh aroma
Flavor- Crisp with hints of citrus and light pepper
Body- Medium bodied
Finish-  Clean, fresh.Does not linger in mouth.

SJ's Rating-  Middle Shelf 
Good for quenching thirst in a beach to cool off from the heat. Also good for chasers and an alternate to the more popular Corona beer. I however like corona better because it is stronger and better taste.

                                                             Mazatlan visit pictures 
Aerial view of Mazaltan shoreline..Hermoso lugar!

Stayed in beautiful Costa de Oro resort

Priceless view from balcony
Lunch at the resort's restaurant..guess what grilled fish :-)

After fueling my body it was time for some adrenaline rush with parasailing

Amazing experience 

Taking it easy at Gus Gus Restaurant

Gus Gus Shirmp so yummy had it twice

Their margarita on the rocks were fresh and tasty

Some nightlife at The Oyster Bar(It is where the locals hang out) 

Buenos Dias Mazaltan..

Mexican dish..Stuffed jalapeno very authentic

Getting some Banana Boat Action

Pretty sunset between the two islands

The author SJ(Right) and buddy B.A. had a blast can't wait to go back again. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Coronation Khukuri Rum from Nepal

Today I am excited to present "Coronation Khukuri Rum" which is a quality product from Nepal. This is one of the export quality alcohol that produdy represents Nepal. Right from the packaging which is shaped like a "Khukuri" knife used by Gurkha solders, this rum has its own legacy just like the iconic weapon it represents. A loved one from Nepal gifted me this bottle back in 2017 and I have been dying to open it since then. I am not sure about it's availability here in USA. I am sure you will find it if you take your time in google though 😄
It was an amazing experience sharing this legendary Rum from the Himalayas with friends Brian and Felipe who were previously unknown to this exotic golden liquid. It was a good cultural exchange as I proudly narrated the story behind this iconic drink.When we finally opened this bottle-A whole new world of flavor and culture opened up for us! Enjoy our combined tasting notes and have fun! 

Vital Stats
Coronation Khukuri Rum 

Price- NPR 1850($16.20)
ABV- 42.8%
Country- Nepal
Distillery- The Nepal Distilleries Pvt.Ltd
Awards won- Gold award winner 2002,Canada The international Rum Festival

Tasting info- 
Serving glass- Glencairn glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark Amber
Aroma- Cinnamon, mixed spicy aroma of clove pepper
Flavor- Tastes exactly like how it looks and smells. Spicy/sweet cinnamon, clove with hint of oak
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Smooth and balanced. Lingering taste and aroma.

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
Coronation Khukuri rum is very smooth for sipping and is a versatile drink. Versatile because it can be warming cocktail in winter which it is mostly famous for. It can also be used for summer cocktails. Overall it is highly recommended. After all it has the flavor to match the awesome packaging
Tasting panel notes 
Brian- "This is so unique, it tastes exactly how it smells, delicious and smooth"
Felipe- "Normally I do not drink rum neat but this one is an exception , very smooth and aromatic, love it"

That is all for today. Hope you guys enjoyed it. Cheers 🥃🥃🥃 and Enjoy Responsibly.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Hogs 3 Kentucy Straight Bourbon

Reads the product story in the bottle "This mature kentucky bourbon whisky has been aged for over 3 full years in newly crafted & charred American White Oak Barrels from which it takes its depth of colors & smooth dry taste".That explains the number three in it's name. Now it is time to see if it lives up to it's story. Moving on to the best part , my tasting notes :-). Enjoy.

Vital Stats
Hogs 3 Kentucy Straight Bourbon
Price- $19.88(For 750ml bottle)
ABV- 40%
Region- Kentucy, USA
Produced by- Quality Spirits International
Awards won- Silver 2015 &2016, Bronze 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving style- Neat
Serving Glass- Whisky Glass
Appearance- Pale Yellow

Aroma- Honey with hints of chocolate and clove.Also smelled cinnamon, orange zest, oak
Flavor- Toasted fruit with chocolate,orange and vanilla
Body- Medium bodied
Finish- Warm, pleasing and short lingering sweetness

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
For the price it is surprisingly flavorful. It is a little on the sweeter end just like any bourbon. It is an easy to drink whisky, would go well on the rocks as well. It does not really have a deep complex flavor like scotch of course. Also, because of it's price point it is ideal for large parties or using it in cocktails. I believe it would make a mean Old Fashioned or a Manhattan. Yum!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend. Cheers 🥃🥃🥃🥃 and Enjoy Responsibly.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Aha Yeto Blanco Artesanal Tequila

A few months back I had published a review on Aha Yeto Artesanal Anejo Tequila which I had enjoyed with friends. With the power of this digital footprint, I got in contact with the lovely people of Aha Yeto. They were kind enough to send me a few bottles of their tequila for my blog. I appreciate their kind gesture and am reviewing Aha Yeto Blanco Artesanal Tequila for today's review. Price point wise this is their lowest offering followed by Reposado and Anejo. 
In my last blog I had questions from readers asking what the difference was between "Aha Toro" and "Aha Yeto". So I reached out to them to clear the confusion once and for all.  According to Aha Yeto, there is no difference between "Aha Toro" and "Aha Yeto", it was an issue with brand registration. It is distilled at Destileria Rancho Cabrito. "Aha Toro" brand was found in found in 1998, "Aha Yeto" in 2002. A consistent brand image would further strengthen this brand, just like the outstanding tequila it produces for the world to enjoy. In the same price point and category,Aha Yeto Blaco easily outruns competition like Patron silver in terms of flavor and value for money. 

Vital Stats-
Aha Yeto Blanco Artesnal Tequila 
Price- $42.99 for 750ml bottle
ABV- 40%
Country/Region- Mexico
Distillery- Destileria Rancho El Cabrito
Awards won- 2010,Spain Awarded highest grade(94 points), imported alcoholic beverage category

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Clear, white, colorless
Aroma- Even being a blanco it has the aroma of an anejo, aged barrel, blue agave and oak wood
Flavor- Do not be fooled by it's color, very flavorful. Bursts in mouth like an anejo, spice, peppermint, like a mouth freshener, smooth ageing in barrel flavor
Body- Medium
Finish- Smooth, lingers in mouth for a bit but apparently not as smooth as an Anejo or Reposado

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
All of Aha Yeto's products are no less than middle shelf. It is an excellent tequila at every price point and sets the bar high for tequilas. Even when comparing it with the more popular Patron silver, it is way higher in quality, flavor and smoothness. I would not be able to sip a Patron sliver neat but Aha Yeto Blanco is surprisingly smooth even for its base product. I think the artesanal craft comes into play which gives it a unique flavor.
Look out for Aha Yeto Reposado review in my upcoming blogs.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A. De Fussigny Selection Cognac

Hello Single Malters, Today I am sampling and reviewing A De Fussigny Selection Cognac. I have a unique appreciation for the French on their expertise to extract golden liquid out of grapes. I do not like wine but am inclined to Cognac as it suits my palette. Made from white grapes Cognac is a blend of brandy from different regions in France. A Cognac must aged for at least 2 years in French oak. A De Fussigny Distillery was established in 1814 and is located in the banks of Charente River(which flows into The Atlantic ocean in the Bay of Biscay) Sounds exotic already!
I have just started to scratch the surface of Cognac which is as vast as the Scotch domain. More in depth research and tastings to follow in my upcoming blogs.Now let's get down to tasting the labors of the French and see if it lives up to their name :-)

Vital Stats-
A.De Fussigny Selection 
Price-$2.99 for 50 ml bottle($37.99 for 750ml bottle)
Age- 2 years
ABV- 40%
Country/Region- Cognac, France
Distillery- A De Fussigny
Awards won- None I could find online

Tasting info- 
Serving glass- Glencairn Glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Fresh wine smell , oak aroma from barrel, various white grapes , spices clove, pepper, breazy aroma of wine
Flavor- Well rounded ripe grapes, smooth cinnamon, clove spice
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Incredibly smooth and flavorful, feels like a nice mouth freshner. Flavor lingers in mouth for a while

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
A De Fussigny Selection Cognac hits the spot for me. It suits my palette as a whisky drinker. It is flavorful and highly enjoyable. It makes for a perfect after dinner drink as a digestive. It has such a mellow and light flavor that any beginner or ladies can enjoy it as an alternate to wine.

Drunk humor- Two finger joke
A Roman walks into a bar and holds up two fingers, "Sir can I have five beers please". 

Enjoy responsibly and Cheers. 🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃

Friday, August 9, 2019

Aberfeldy 12 Highland Scotch Whisky

Today I am reviewing an interesting whisky Aberfeldy 12 Highland Scotch. I say interesting because it's flavor profile is quite unique with a burning sensation. Upon some research I found that the distillery sources it's water from "The Pitilie Burn". It is said the water is pure and fresh and "The Burn" is known to contain deposits of alluvial gold. Wow I feel very rich drinking this lol. Owned by Bacardi it is mellwed for twelve years in Handmade Oak casks. 

Vital Stats
Aberfeldy 12 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price-$30.59 for 750 ml bottle
Age- 12 years
Region- Highland
Distillery- Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, Perth,Scotland
Awards won- Gold,Scotch Single Malt Highland-2019(International Wine & Spirits Competition)

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn glass
Serving style- Neat(with few drops of filtered water to open aroma)

Appearance- Light golden
Aroma- Smokey burnt aroma, citrus, hints of fruits, lemongrass, pepper
Flavor-  Strong burning sensation, smokey flavor, clove, pepper
Body- Medium bodied
Finish- There is a certain bitterness and burn, short aftertaste,not very smooth

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Aberfeldy 12 is an interesting whisky on the palette. It is a middle grade single malt scotch. If you like burnt, smokey flavor this whisky is for you. Good for casual drinking and not much complex flavors. Have it on the rocks to numb the burning sensation. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

High West Double Rye Bourbon review and Utah Mount Jordan hike

Like I promised last week, this is part 2 of my Utah visit. Today I will review High West Double Rye Bourbon which was part of the whisky flight in High West Distillery. Also, I am sharing some pictures of Mount Jordan hike in Utah and some other fun moments. Let me start with the beautiful Mount Jordan hike pictures and the whisky review at the end.

Hike starts here

                                  Trying my mountain climbing skills on a children's rock :-)

Yep horses are not allowed! for safety reasons
A good sized deer welcomed us early in the hike
The way to another trail. It has several ones depending on how long you want your hike to be

Scary suspension bride 

Some graffiti creative artists showing their talent underneath a bridge

Relaxing after the short hike 

 Feasted on the most delicious Chinese food at Sweet Ginger.

Enjoying the party afterwards with friends. 

Vital Stats-
High West Double Rye Bourbon
Price- $25.99 for 375ml bottle
Age- A blend of straight rye whiskies ranging from age 2 to 7 years
ABV- 46%(Whoaa..that's how I like it...strong)
Distillery- High West Distillery, Park City, Utah
Awards won- Gold Medal, International Review of Spirits

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky flight tasting glass

Serving style-  Neat
Appearance- Light golden
Aroma- Fresh herbs and spices. Pleasant botanical, cinnamon, clove, mint, spice wood
Flavor- Spicy, powerful flavor of rye and herbs
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Smooth medium finish

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
This whisky is excellent, it is just because I sampled it as part of a whisky flight it ranks lower than others. It is just my preference, if you like rye whisky it is a great selection. Also, I compared it to HW Grand Prairie bourbon and don't prefer Rye whisky that much. Highly recommended for any occasion. Enjoy it neat or on the rocks.