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. Also proud winner      Gold 2020, London Spirits Competition

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.