Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

"Ignite the nite" reads the product label of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. This is bottom shelf as it can get & yet one of the top selling brands and is omnipresent in bars & clubs everywhere. It is clearly targeted to young party goers and with so much sugar there will be no shortage of energy throughout the night. Let me be very clear I do not encourage binge drinking & strictly follow & expect adults to enjoy responsibly.
Having said that let me get to some history of this brand followed by my tasting. It is a mixture of Canadian whisky, cinnamon flavors and produced by Sazerac Company. It is not whisky actually just a flavored one because whisky should be bottled at 40%, Fireball is only 33% ABV. Believed to have been originated in Canada by a bartender who was trying to warm up the night. Apparently, booze was not enough so this mystery bartender added sugar & cinnamon creating this recipe. Lets get the party started! Enjoy my tasting notes. 
Vital Stats
Price- $12.99
Age- N/A
ABV- 33%
Country of Origin- Canada
Bottled by- Sazerac Company, Frankfort,KY
Awards won-2010, Bronze Medal, Los Angles International Wine & Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass
                                            
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Bright Amber
Aroma- Overwhelmingly cinnamon, cloves & dry spices
Flavor- Exactly like aroma, cinnamon , sweet. Some bite of pepper just like liquid cinnamon candy
Body- Medium
Finish- Sweet,short, non-lingering
SJ's Rating- Bottom Shelf
This is something that I would not drink to enjoy. It is too sweet for my taste. Nothing else except for the overwhelming cinnamon sugary sweetness. Surprisingly it would be great to heat up your body in colder weather like Canada where it originates from. Makes sense.
Occasions- For party goers as a shot, but don't drink too much
Cocktails- None, have it neat or with club soda
SJ's Pro tip- Have it as a desert or digestive after a meal
Food Pairings- Marshmallows, meatballs

I enjoyed tasting this red hot cinnamon liquid and it is like liquid candy. Let me know your views. 
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Glen Fohdry 12 Single Malt Scotch


Glen Fohdry Speyside Single Malt Whisky is for today's review. This brand is completely new to me & I intend to uncover the story behind it & also the tasting notes in today's post. 
Selected this one because it has a higher ABV of 47.1% & is Non-Chill filtered. After reviewing close to hundred whiskies, I have developed a liking for higher ABV's because of the flavor. Let's see if this meets my expectation. 
Reads the product story "The Glen Fohdry Single Malt Whisky has been distilled and matured in the renowned Speyside Whisky region of Scotland in traditional American Oak casks and has laid undistributed for a minimum of 12 years prior to bottling." It is a brand owned by a larger company called  Quality Spirits International that manages private label business for the group. I think this is a private label of Total Wine. 

Vital Stats- Glen Fohdry Aiteal on Oir Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $39.99
Age- 12 years
ABV- 47.1%
Region- Speyside 
Distillery- The Glen Fohdry Malt Company, Bellshill,Scotland
Awards won-  Double Gold,2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition 

Tasting info-
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Bright Gold

Aroma- Spices, cinnamon, fruits, pears, apple, vanilla. Oak & dark chocolate.
Flavor- Sweet, creamy butternut, vanilla, oak,green apple, caramel
Body- Medium bodied
Finish- Short, sweet,slightly lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Disappointed because I expected it to be a little strong and flavorful as it is 47% ABV & non chill filtered. It did not meet my expectations & failed to impress my palette.  
Occasions Best enjoyed- Casual Drinking
Cocktails- None.Enjoy neat, rocks or with club soda
Food Pairing- Protein rich chicken dumpling soup

SJ's Pro Tip- For similar price range I would gladly buy Glenfiddich 12 instead of this.

I have been on this journey to find out the truth behind every bottle of liquor. Some bring joy, some do not.This one disappointed me, the quest continues..One World Many Malts! 
Enjoy responsibly! Let me know your experience if you have tried it. Cheers! 
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Ensign Red Fine Canadian Whisky


Hello Single Malters, today I am reviewing Ensign Red Fine Canadian Whisky. I will present some facts about this Canadian Whisky & the fun part- tasting notes. This whisky I believe is a store brand of Total Wine which is why there is not much information about it online. It is a rye whisky, which makes sense as rye is winter hardy crop grown in colder places. No wonder it is made in Canada.
Slow aged in Oak barrels claims the label in the bottle.I am highly skeptical about the authenticity of this whisky because there is not clear information on how long it is aged or who the master distiller is. In other words it does not have substance nor personality like a Crown Royal. Anyway this is where SJ comes in , to sample one bottle at a time. Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats- Ensign Red Fine Canadian Whisky
Price- $19.99 for 750ml ($0.99 for 50ml sampler bottle pictured)
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 40%
Region- Canada
Bottled by- K.D Distilling Co, Louisville,KY 
Awards won- Silver Medal, Tastings.com

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

Aroma- Very pleasant oak, fruity goodness, rye spices, peppermint
Flavor- Sweet, oak, fruity, hint of spices
Body- Light
Finish- Short, sweet & non-lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
It is an ok drinkable whisky, nothing special about it. I might enjoy it once in a while if there was no choice of anything else. 
Occasions Best Enjoyed- Casual
Cocktails- Enjoy it in many ways with a splash of coke,club soda or any other whisky based cocktail
SJ's Pro tip- Go for Crown Royal if you are looking for similar Canadian whisky but which is much more enjoyable and original. 

If you have tried this let me know your experience below. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly! 
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Cask Finish


Today I am reviewing The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Cask Finish.I did some research on what makes this whisky so amazing.Surprisingly it has no age statement but packed with vibrant flavor & mind blowing aroma.
Nadurra in Gaelic means natural. According to the product label,it is bottled & released in small batches with No-Chill Filtration & matured exclusively in First Fill Oloroso Sherry Oak Casks which comes from the Jerez Region of Spain. Not to mention it is bottled at Cask Strength.
Now let me break down all these fancy looking words. 
No Chill-Filtration is it has not undergone the Chill-Filtration process.
First Fill means the barrel has not been reused prior to bottling which retains more flavor than used casks. 
Cask Strength means it is bottled directly from the cask without adding water. 
Oloroso(meaning scented in Spanish) is a variety of fortified wine(sherry) made from while palomino grapes. All these attributes create a very special & magical golden liquid in this case the Nadurra.Ok now that the boring terminologies are out of the way let's get to the fun stuff now, Enjoy my tasting notes ! 
 
Vital Stats- The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Matured Single Malt Scotch 
Price- $76.99
Age-  NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 60.2%
Region- Speyside 
Distillery-The Glenlivet Distillery,Moray,Scotland 
Awards won- 2019 1st Place, Best Speyside Single Malt & 2nd place Best Cask Strength(over 57%)

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Bright Gold
Aroma- Sherry comes in very strong. It has pepper, spice, citrus, honey. Also, oaks with nutty dark chocolate.
Flavor- Similar to Glenlivet 12 First Fill with higher ABV. Sherry goodness bursting with flavor & overpowers the vanilla. Vibrant fruity, creamy with hints of dark chocolate.
Body- Full Bodied
Finish- Long,sweet & smooth followed by dry spicy finish
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
It is a work of art & I enjoyed it beyond all expectations. With it's high ABV of 60.2% and first fill casks, the flavor & aroma it imparts is beyond words. You have to try this one out is all I can say.
Occasions Best Enjoyed- Special occasions, mood for complex flavorful sipping whisky.
Cocktails- None, Enjoy it neat
Food Pairings- Lamb Kabobs. The robust ABV goes well with the texture of fatty goat meat. 


SJ's Pro Tip- Try it as a flight with other Glenlivet First Fill whiskies

Take a sip of this work of art & experience the magic yourself. Cheers! to responsible drinking. 
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Today I am reviewing a very classic bourbon- Maker's Mark. This(pictured above) is no ordinary Maker's Mark bottle, it is the one I dipped myself at the Maker's Mark Distillery back in Oct 2018.Maker's Mark is my go to bourbon just like Glenfiddich is for Single Malt. Enjoy my tasting notes and my love for this bourbon in this blog I have already reviewed Maker's 46 in my previous blogs & saved the good stuff for the last. Check out Maker's Mark Distillery Tour & Makers 46 Review .
Maker's Mark is a name that commands respect by all bourbon lovers. It has been churning out high quality golden pour since 1953. Having seen the their bourbon making process myself during my visit, I have a special bond with Maker's Mark as compared to other bourbons. 


Getting ready to dip my own bottle during Maker's Mark Distillery Tour 

Vital Stats- Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky 
Price- $21.49 for 750ml bottle(Pictured 375ml bottle for $14.49)
Age- About 6 years
ABV- 45%
Region- Kentucky,USA
Distillery- Makers Mark Distillery, Loretto,Kentucky
Awards Won- Gold,2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Soothing dark amber

Aroma- Amazing aromatics of vanilla,oak, citrus,dark chocolate,cinnamon, pepper & other spices
Flavor- Matches the aroma & appearance. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, fruits & spices
Body- Full bodied 
Finish- Smooth, very long & lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
It is one of my best bourbon whisky. Solid flavor, robust ABV of 45% & smooth finish. All the essential qualities for a well rounded bourbon. The reason it is in my Middle Shelf is I prefer Maker's 46 (Top shelf) as it  has more flavor & complexity. It would not be justice to Maker's 46 even though this regular Maker's Mark is a classic delicious bourbon. 
Occasions Best Enjoyed- A robust drink suitable for all occasions
Cocktails- Old Fashioned
SJ's Pro Tip- Try Maker's 46 for enhanced oak flavor

A quintessential classic bourbon, give it a shot if you have not. Cheers! to responsible Drinking. 
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Smokey Joe Blended Scotch

Anyone smell the smoke :-) ? Today I am reviewing Smokey Joe, blended malt scotch from the Islay region. When it comes to smokey whisky I cannot distinguish if it is single malt or blended because the peat flavor dominates the palette. Enjoy my tasting notes , it will be a smokey ride!
In the label it proudly boasts "Non Chill filtered, promisingly different, uncompromisingly peaty" which pretty much sums it. Oh wait , but what is this fancy word Non chill filtered? It simply means that the whisky has not under gone Chill filtration. The chill filtration consists of being cooled and passing through a filter in order to remove particles that would affect the cosmetic appearance of a whisky. This process is done for whiskies lower than 46% ABV.  More about Chill Filtration in my up coming blogs as I research & find out more. As for now enjoy this smokey one!
 
Vital Stats
Smokey Joe Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $36.99 for 750ml bottle ($3.99 for 50ml sampler)
Age- No age statement
ABV- 46%
Region- Islay
Bottler- The leading scotch whisky Co.Ltd,Scotland
Awards won- Gold Medal, San Francisco Spirits Competition

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

Aroma- Smokiness comes through right away,sea salt, hints of pine,earthy & grassy,some fruitiness.
Flavor- It is like any other smokey whisky,intense smokey flavor & heavily peated.Taste profile is similar to Benriach but with lower ABV. 
Body- Medium
Finish- Medium, lingering, does not stay too long 
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
It is a decent blended smokey whisky.Anyone who likes smokey whisky, this is for you.
Occasions best enjoyed- Casual setting with bbq
Food Pairings- Grilled chicken drumstick
SJ's Pro tip- Grilled food complements the smokiness of whiskey

I enjoyed this one, try it out & find if it suits your palette. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Colombo Marsala Dry wine


With a mission of uncovering one bottle at a time, Today I am reviewing Colombo Marsala Dry wine. It is fortified wine which means cognac has been added during the maturation. This makes it higher in ABV of 18% and I love it. Enjoy some background about this wine, tasting notes and food pairings in this blog. 
Reads the product label "Colombo Marsala is unique, versatile wine made only on the island of Sicily on the Italian Coast. For centuries, Marsala has been enjoyed as an aperitif before a meal or during desert. More recently top Chefs use Colombo Marsala for their finest recipes when absolutely top-quality ingredients are required". Well I am no top chef but I will test out if this statement is true or not by using it for cooking Marsala Chicken and of course reviewing the wine. Enjoy!

Vital Stats
Colombo Marsala Fine Dry Wine
Price- $8.99
Vintage- N/A
Age- Aged for over 2 years(minimum 1 year by law) in Slavonian Oak Barrels
ABV- 18%
Region- Marsala,Sicily, Italy
Producer- Bagio Curatolo Arini
Awards won- None

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Wine glass
Serving style- Chilled
Appearance- Dark Red

Aroma- Grapes,sherry
Flavor- Semi sweet, oak, sherry,chocolate,grapes
Body- Medium
Finish- Short,Non-Lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Very versatile wine for cooking & enjoying by itself. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Higher ABV as well which is what I like. It lacks the tannin, leathery mouthfeel so not in my top shelf.
Occasions- Dinner with family & friends

SJ's pro tip(Food Paring)- Use it to cook Marsala Chicken & enjoy alongside.

I simply enjoyed cooking with this wine and pairing it with my food. Try it out and feel the magic. 
Cheers! Enjoy responsibly. 
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila

"Recipient of more Gold Medal Awards than any other tequila" states the product label. Today I am reviewing  Jose Cuervo Especial Gold. It  is a golden style joven(young) tequila which is a blend of reposado (aged) & younger tequilas. Their website suggests mixing this tequila with margarita but I believe such a flavorful tequila should be sipped and not mixed. You can use other blanco(unaged) tequilas like Patron silver for that.
Upon some research I found that La Rojena that produces Jose Cuervo is the oldest distillery in South America. Wow! quite the golden liquid with a legacy.

Vital Stats
Jose Cuervo Espeical Gold Tequila
Price- $14.99 for 750ml bottle(Pictured -$1.49 for 50ml sampler bottle)
Age- 1 to 2 months
ABV- 40%
Region- Jalisco,Mexico
Distillery- La Rojena Distillery
Awards won- Gold, World Tequila Awards 2015

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass

Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Pale Golden
Aroma- Pleasing aroma of blue agave, lemon grass, citrus, honey, vanilla,oak
Flavor-Sweet blue agave, vanilla, oak, orange, cherries
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Long & smooth. Flavor lingers & flirts in palette forever

SJ's rating- Top Shelf
It is a hidden gem, very smooth sipping tequila. I enjoyed it and loved every drop. I am surprised how well crafted this 100% blue agave tequila is. Highly recommended.
Occasions of use- Sipping, connoseur tasting
Cocktails- None, sip it neat , maybe as a shot as well
SJ's Pro tip- If you are looking for a sipping tequila on a budget, this fits the bill perfectly. 

I enjoyed it thoroughly & know for sure you will as well. Check it out for yourself and find out. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Handley & Sons Gin

Today I am reviewing Hadley & Sons Gin.TerrePURE spirits, the company that produces this gin, also produces Winchester whiskey. This is worth researching so SJ put on his researcher hat.  
Terrentia Corporation is the company that owns TerrePURE spirits. I was fascinated to find that they produce different spirits under their brand and gin is one of them. They are revolutionary in spirits making and use TerrePURE process to mature whisky in  days not years using ultrasonic technology. Now I do not want this blog to turn into a science class :-). In short, they mature whisky using ultrasonic technology which makes it quicker and more smoother is what they claim. It is up to SJ to reveal the truth lol. Can technology actually change this ancient whisky making process into a better whisky tasting experience? I will find out. Enjoy my tasting notes.

Vital Stats
Hadley & Sons Gin
Price- $11.99 for 750ml($1.99 for 50ml sampler bottle)
Age- N/A
ABV- 46%
Product of- USA
Distillery- TerrePURE Spirits, North Charleston,SC
Awards won- 2016 Bronze, San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass

Serving style-
Appearance- Colorless(white)
Aroma- Light breezy aroma of juniper, flora,citrus & grassy
Flavor- Light sweetness from Juniper , hint of citrus,lemon grass,floral & tangerine 
Body- Medium
Finish- Short,Non lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Not the best gin apparently. However a decent one for the price.
Occasions- Day parties, casual drinking
Cocktails- Gin & Tonic
SJ's Pro tip- For those trying to cut calories, skip the sugary tonic & go neat. Try other gins like Bombay Sapphire Vapor infused and observe what your palette likes.

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- Neat
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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