Friday, July 26, 2019

Utah High West Distillery visit & American Prairie Bourbon review

    There are hardly any other things in my life that I rejoice more than creating great memories. And memories I did create plenty during my trip to Salt Lake City, Utah by meeting up with close school friends.  We visited High West Distillery, hiked Mount Jordan and partied late night among other things. I will be doing part-2 of Utah visit because one blog does not serve justice to this awesome trip. For today's blog I am reviewing High West American Prairie Bourbon and Distillery visit. 
Enjoy that tasting notes that I savored with my buddies and some beautiful pictures of my Utah visit. 

Vital Stats
High West American Prairie Bourbon

Price- $20 for 750ml bottle
Age- A blend of straight bourbon whiskies aged from 2 to 13 years
ABV- 46%(Whoaa..that is strong!)
Distillery- High West Distillery, Park City, Utah
Awards won-  Silver Medal, Whiskies of the world 2015

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Crystal whisky glass

Serving style- On the rocks
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Pleasant spicewood, clove with vanilla and caramel
Flavor- Robust well balanced taste of spices,honey and tangerine
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Long, honeyed flavor lingers in mouth for a while

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
This is top shelf material and my tasting buddies agreed. The complexity of the flavors, the smooth flowing and full bodied golden liquid produced by High West Distillery is worth a shot for all bourbon lovers. Highly recommended.

Tour begins..Picturesque landscape on the way to Park City from Salt Lake city

We are almost there !

SJ starting the tour with buddies Mikki(center) and Sway in beautiful Park City

In front of the Distillery entrance

Getting right down to business. Cheers to years of friendship

And savoring delicious food along the way

Cocktails with High West Bourbon. Yum

 Lia and Abby happy to pose for my blog (Very friendly hostess and servers)

Sampling the water of gods continues 

Checking out the distillery at our own pace

Fine decor in the restaurant bar area

Feeling a little tipsy :-)

The bar area 

Look what I found ..two big barrels of High West Whisky

210 Heritage award goes to - High west Distillery

Barrels of whisky outside the distillery

A very memorable and awesome Utah visit. Stay tuned for part 2 of this visit in my next blog.
Until then Adios, drink responsibly. Cheers πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Herradura Anejo Tequila and San Antonio visit

I recently took a family trip to San Antonio,TX and what better opportunity to eat Mexican food and sample some good tequila. This is my third visit there and it gets better every time, the riverwalk boat ride, the weather... food and drinks and its historical sites are worth a visit anytime. I am reviewing Herradura Anejo Tequila for today's review. Anejo's are meant to be sipped and not mixing in margarita for which cheaper silver and reposado tequila's are commonly used. 
Herradura Anejo tequila are aged for 25 months in American White Oak Barrels. It is produced by Casa Herradura who introduced Anjeo to the world in 1962. They are the pioneers in blending modern and traditional techniques crafting this precious golden liquor. 
Enjoy the pictures of San Antonio and my tasting notes.

Vital Stats-
Herradura Anejo Tequila

Price- $44.99 for 750ml bottle($10 per glass)
Age- 25 months
Type- 100% blue agave
Country/Region- Mexico
Awards won- Master Super Premium Anejo 2018- The Tequila & Mezcal Masters

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Shot glass
Serving style- Neat with lemon wedge
Appearance- Rich golden
Aroma- American white oak aroma from barrel, agave and vanilla
Flavor- Similar to the aroma with hints of caramel and chocolate
Body- Medium bodied
Finish- Long and smooth and gentle fruity finish. Lingers in mouth for a while.

SJ's rating- Top Shelf 
Premium,affordable and highly enjoyable sipping tequila. SJ's tip- enjoy it neat so you can taste the delicious flavor.

Created some good memories at The Original Mexican Restaurant, Riverwalk, San Antonio

Delicious 1800 Rita

Yummy Mexican food

Enjoyed a slice of history at the Alamo

Entrance to the Alamo

One of the original Cannon from the Battle of Alamo back in 1836. Wow!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Wolfhound Irish Whisky

Reads the product story in the bottle "The gentle giant of Irish whiskies Wolfhound is smooth and rich with hues of deep golden amber, crafted from fine Irish Malt & Grain by the master distiller of Wolfhound Irish Whisky". It is now time to reveal how true this story is πŸ˜‰with my tasting notes. Enjoy!As to all things in life everyone has their own taste, give it a shot and find out how refined your taste buds are. 

Vital Stats
Wolfhound Irish Whisky

Price- $15.99 for 750ml ($1.99 for 50ml sampler bottle)
Age- Not applicable
ABV- 40%
Country/Region- Ireland
Awards won- Silver Medal, 2012 San Francisco Spirits Competition(SJ doubts how it got this title)

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance-  Deep golden amber
Aroma- Light floral wiff with lemongrass and fruits
Flavor- The smell confirms aroma. Very light and grainy,no complex notes
Body-  Light bodied
Finish- Very short,non existent finish.No lingering mouthfeel, not smooth.

SJ's Rating- Bottom Shelf
This whisky is not for connoisseurs as it is not enjoyable to sip neat . Alternative purposes it can be used for cocktails, on the rocks or with club soda. Also good for large parties as it is value for money or in happy hour.
Everyone's taste is different , don't take my word for it and try it yourself. 

                             Well said Mr.Sinatra....Cheers! to good humor 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Cheers, Salud, Saluti !! Happy 4th of July

Cheers, Salud,Sante, Kanpai,Saluti,Gangei..whatever you call it, wherever you are in this world.. it means the same thing...celebration, Beginning of good times with friends and family and creating memories. It is also a basic drinking etiquette acknowledging the special occasion and the person giving company.
Here are various happy moments I had with family, friends, co-workers.Enjoy,Have a great 4th of July weekend and don't forget to "Cheers" with your loved onesπŸ˜ƒ

Cheers- rooting for favorite soccer team

Fun watching the game

Cheers with Family-Sydney

Happy times with co-workers

Margarita times with friends

Cocktails with co-workers

Some more good times

Cheers again

Catching up with old friends

Keeping warm with moonshine cocktail :-)

Margarita time again

Cheers with family/friends

Drunk humor..because there will always be drunk jokes why not enjoy it πŸ˜ƒ

A drunken man staggers into a Catholic Church and sits down in a confession box and says nothing. 
The bewildered priest coughs to attract his attention, but still the man says nothing.
The priest then knocks on the walls three times in a final attempt to get the man to speak. 
Finally, the drunk replies : "No use knocking mate, there is no paper in this one either,"

Now on a serious note, Enjoy the golden liquid responsibly. Cheers πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ
"Don't drink and drive, and you will stay alive"