Tuesday, February 23, 2021

WhistlePig 10 year Rye Whiskey


Today, I am reviewing WhistlePig 10 Rye Whiskey & intend to cover the following-
- Brief history behind this whiskey
- Tasting notes
- SJ's rating
- SJ's pro tip

This is a rye whisky of Canada which is bottled in WhistlePig Farm in Vermount,USA. Seems quite confusing doesn't it? Well it is. Let me present some facts that will help in understanding where this is sourced from and how it is matured.  
WhistlePig started in 2007. With the help of late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, they discovered and purchased huge quantity of 10 year old blending whiskey in Canada. This, I believe is the secret sauce of this whisky. Rye whisky from Canada. What makes Canadian rye so special? Rye is the most winter hardy crop tolerating temperatures as low as -30 degrees C. No wonder Canada uses rye for their whiskey since it is so cold out there. WhistlePig 10 is aged in new virgin American Oak from the blended rye whiskey brought from Canada. 

Vital Stats-WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 
Price- $72.99 for 750ml bottle($8.49 for pictured 50 ml sampler)
Age- 10 years 
ABV-  50%
Country of Origin- Canada
Company/Distillery- WhistlePig Farm, Go America Go Beverages, Shoreham,VT
Awards won- 2017, Best in Show Whiskey- San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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


Aroma- Robust, tangerine, vanilla, rye, wheat, spices & oak
Flavor- Spicy, amazing sharp rye flavor, perfectly finished in oak barrels
Body- Full
Finish- Long lingering spicy finish, not the smoothest though. It has a bite from the rye.
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
Top shelf rye whisky. It is smooth, packs a flavorful punch, high ABV, great aroma and body. Whatever they have done from sourcing the rye whisky in Canada to aging is top quality. Love it. 
Occasions- Sipping by fireside on a cold snowy night watching a spaghetti western- The Hallelujah Trail.
SJ's Pro tip- Try Glenlivet Nadurra Olorosso Cask Finish for similar price range but flavorful whisky

Unique and amazing rye whisky, that I really had fun drinking and reviewing. Give it a try! Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, February 15, 2021

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Islay Single Malt


Today, I am reviewing Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Ardbeg- A monster of a dram. I intend to cover the following- 
-Brief history behind this whisky
-Tasting notes
- SJ's Rating 
- SJ's Pro tip

Ardbeg distillery was founded in 1815 and has come a long way and made a name for itself as an intensely smokey whisky. It has got it's ups and downs and calls itself "The greatest distillery in the world". I can see why and the peaty flavor it imparts is something out of this world. 
Just like the name suggests, it really is a monster of a dram. It is matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks. 

Vital Stats- Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $39.99 for 750ml bottle 
Age- 5 years (at least)
ABV- 47.4%
Country of Origin- Scotland
Region- Islay
Distillery- Ardbeg Distillery
Awards won- Numerous awards for best smokey whisky(too many to list here) 

Tasting info-
Serving Glass- The Glencairn whisky glass
Serving Style- Neat & on the rocks
Appearance- Medium Gold


Aroma- Smokey, peat, spices, cinnamon
Flavor- Intense peaty, smokey, ultimate peaty flavor, robust non-chill filtration gives earthy feel
Body- Full
Finish- Long, bitter sweet peaty aftertaste
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
Another example that the age statement is not necessary a factor when it comes to flavor. It's got the ultimate robust peaty flavor that I have started to like. Smooth & long lingering finish. What else would you need on a cold winter night. 
Occasions- Savor it watching a spagetti western movie by the fireside :-)
Cocktails- None
SJ's Pro tip- Give it as a gift to smokey whisky lovers. 

I absolutely enjoyed drinking and reviewing this whisky. Give it a shot and find out. Cheers!🥃🥃 Enjoy responsibly! 
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Rebecca Creek 306 Fine Texas Whiskey



Hello Single Malters, today I am reviewing Rebecca Creek 306 whiskey made in San Anotnio, TX.  In today's blog I intend to share the following information- 
-Some history behind this whiskey
- Tasting notes
- SJ's Rating
- SJ's Pro tip

The Rebecca Creek Distillery was founded in 2009. The founder is Steve Ison whose vision and passion for high quality spirits led to building the distillery using a blend of old and new technology to produce fine spirits. It's product line includes whiskey and vodka. 
The name comes from the Rebecca Creek river that is next to the distillery( like any distillery in the world, one of the most crucial ingredients is water which needs to be sourced as near as possible to the distillery) & 306 is the farm road that is runs in front of it. Quite a literal name based on where it is located!

Vital Stats-
Price- $23.99 for 750ml($1.99 for 50ml pictured sampler) 
Age- NAS(No Age Statement) 
ABV- 40%
Country of Origin-  San, Antonio, TX, USA
Distillery- Rebecca Creek Distillery
Awards Won- 2012 Gold Medal, SIP International Spirits Competition among others

Tasting info-
Serving Glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass
Serving Style- Neat
Appearance- Medium Pale


Aroma- Typical oak, honey, vanilla, spices
Flavor- Quite a mouthful, oak, marmalade, cinnamon, lingering effect, spices
Body- Medium
Finish- Bitter, not smooth, very short lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Just a regular whiskey nothing that stand out except for slight bitter aftertaste. 
Occasions- Casual
Cocktails- None recommended
SJ's Pro tip- Great addition in whiskey collection 

I enjoyed reviewing this whisky, not much as tasting it but still the process of revealing is highly satisfying. Have a shot yourself and find out. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly! 
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Spey River Speyside Sherry Cask Finish


Today I am reviewing Spey River Sherry Cask Finish. I intend to provide the following information. 

- History behind this single malt
- Tasting notes
- Food Pairings
-SJ's Rating
-SJ's Pro tip

It's website states "Spey River is a collection of the finest single malt scotch whiskies from the renowned Speyside region of Scotland known for its combination of refined flavor , aroma and excellence. 
Spey River Sherry Cask finish is first matured in American white oak casks with secondary finishing in used sherry casks.

Vital Stats- Spey River Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sherry Cask Finish
Price- $31.57 for 750ml ($1.99 for 50ml pictured sampler)
Age-  NAS
ABV- 40%
Country of Origin- Scotland
Region- Speyside
Company- The Spey River Company, Bellshill, Scotland
Awards won- 2017 Silver, International Wine & Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Glass 
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Medium Gold


Aroma- Light whiff of floral goodness, definitely some sherry. Hint of vanilla, honey, spices, caramel, light chocolate. 
Flavor- Slight hint of sherry but not robust, slightly sweet , fruity with spices
Body- Medium
Finish- Neither smooth nor lingering, short finish
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
It is just as expected of a cheap single malt with no distillery name. Everyday budget whisky. 
Occasions- Casual drinking, whisky flight with other finishes like Spey River Rum cask
Food Pairing- Pork Choila



SJ's Pro tip- For those who want single malt but are on a tight budget, this is perfect for you. The oak and sherry taste and aroma is very weak. 

It was a pleasure tasting this whisky & presenting the findings. Hope this is helpful to all my readers. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly 🥃🥃
I have in my previous blogs already reviewed Spey River Bourbon Cask Finish, feel free to take a look if you would like. 
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Taylor Marsala wine


Hello single malters, today I am diving into the world of wine and reviewing Taylor Marsala -a dessert wine. In today's post I intend to share the following- 

- The history behind this wine(at least attempt to find info)
- Tasting notes
- SJ's Rating
- Food Pairing
- SJ's pro tip

When I type Taylor Marsala in the search engine, there is not much information about the company, no legit site or anything. All I can find is the product story in the bottle which reads "A creamy, medium sweet marsala with raisin-like flavoring. Delicious for sipping or a gourmet touch in recipes". This is what I find amazing about this wine
- Perfect for cooking( I made chicken marsala and it was delicious)
- Great for enjoying by itself
- High ABV of 18% gives satisfaction and keep you slightly buzzed
- Cognac flavored makes it little stronger and tastier than other wines

Now for the real fun stuff, my tasting notes! Enjoy

Vital Stats-Taylor Marsala wine
Price- $5.29 for 750ml bottle 
Vintage- N/A
Age- N/A
ABV- 18%
Region- New York, USA
Producer- The Taylor wine company, Canadaigua,N.Y.
Awards won- None found 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Tall wine glass


Serving style- Room temperature 
Appearance- Dark like cognac
Aroma- Alcohol wiff unlike other softer wines, rum, sherry, cognac
Flavor- Pleasantly sweet, raisins, hint of port &sherry
Body- Full
Finish- Short, non-lingering
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
It is a boozy, sweet dessert wine but not that smooth hence in my middle shelf. It is a great all occasion wine particularly for cooking. 

Occasions- Dinner with Families & Friends & as a dessert wine
Food Pairing-  Marsala chicken(what else could it be? ) 


SJ's Pro tip-  Cognac lovers will like this flavor as it is fortified wine with high ABV of 18%

I enjoyed drinking this wine, enjoying with my food and sharing it here in my blog. Check it out for your self and find out. Cheers 🥃🥃🍷🍷. Enjoy Responsibly! 
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon Whiskey


Hello Single Malters, Today I am reviewing Jim Beam Devil's cut bourbon whiskey. In today's blog I will share the following info- 
  • My research on the history behind this whiskey
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • SJ's Pro tip
Jim Beam is no new name to any whiskey lover which is world famous for its line of whiskies. It has been around for over 200 years way back in the late 1700's. It apparently has a rich history passed along family generations and distilling one of the best bourbon's in the world. 
Jim Beam Devi's cut was released in 2011- a slightly sinister bourbon made from the liquid that becomes trapped within the wood of the barrel during ageing. The way they do that is by filling those barrels with water and rolling them, the trapped whiskey gets out that way. It is the opposite of the term Angel's share where whiskey is evaporated and taken by the angels. 

Vital Stats- Jim Beam Devil's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 
Price- $33.67 for 750ml bottle( $1.39 for 50ml pictured sampler)
Age- 6 years
ABV-  45%
Country of Origin- USA
Distillery- James B.Beam Distilling company, Clermont, Frankfort, Kentucky
Awards Won- 2012 , Gold- San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark Amber


Aroma- Oak wood deep aroma, vanilla, citrus, dark chocolate
Flavor- Robust deep oak, vanilla, spices
Body- Full
Finish- Not lingering, not so smooth, warm spicy robust
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
It is a as unique as it's cool name, however doesn't cut out to be a pleasing top shelf sipping whiskey. Very cool marketing and concept though. 
Occasions- Whiskey flight
Cocktails- Old Fashioned( The robust oak and vanilla flavor would make a mean cocktail)
SJ's Pro Tip- Any bourbon lover would appreciate this diverse taste of Devil's cut

Loved tasting this cool Devil's cut whiskey. It sure is the devil's cut hidden deep inside that oak wood. Check it out for yourselves and find out, cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy Responsibly. Not in the mood to read? Listen to my Single Malt Lives Podcast instead. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Wild Turkey 101


One World Many Malts & many bourbons!😃😃. The quest to find the best whisk(e)y continues with Wild Turkey 101. It is Top Shelf & I found another unicorn apart from Buffalo Trace Bourbon. By unicorn I mean lower price but exceptional quality that takes one by surprise. 
In today's blog I will be sharing the following information- 

  • My research on the history behind this whiskey
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • SJ's Pro tip
Wild Turkey distillery opened doors way back in 1869. It was in 1940, the distillery gets the name after distillery executives shares his bourbon with friends on a annual hunting trip apparently they got the wild turkey. 🦃🦃
Now about Wild Turkey 101.Reads the product label "For more than 60 years, legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russel has been crafting Wild Turkey 101 the right way. With a high rye content, this iconic bourbon is perfectly aged in American white oak barrels with the deepest char for more character. It is made using corn, rye & barley with higher content of rye. An interesting fact is they barrel the bourbon at lower proof so by the time it's finished ageing they can add less water than other whiskey makers before bottling. This results in retaining true, rich flavor and deep auburn color it acquires from the barrel. 
Now time to see if this turkey lives up to the expectation. Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats- Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon Whiskey 
Price-  $24.49 for 750ml ($13.99 for 375ml pictured half bottle)
Age- 6-8 years
ABV-  50.5%
Country of Origin- USA
Distillery-  Wild turkey Distilling co, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Awards Won- Highly decorated since 2010. Latest being 2016, Double Gold in San Francisco World Sprits Competion. 

Tasting info-


Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark Golden 
Aroma- Caramel, Vanilla, honey just like its appearance, citrus, rye
Flavor- Oh my goodness! Wow! Sweet, smooth, lingering, chocolate, caramel, honey, oak, rye, spices, cinnamon, cloves. Wow! again 
Body- Full 
Finish- Exceptionally smooth, spicy, warm, long & lingering
Occasions-  Outdoors parties, hiking bonfire or just casual drinking with friends 
Cocktails- The high ABV & amazing flavor would make a mean Old Fashioned
SJ's Pro tip- For those looking for an alternate to  Buffalo Trace, there is another unicorn in town called Wild Turkey 101. It is as good or even better & much more easier to find. 

Like always I enjoyed tasting this new drink and so can you. Cheers! 🥃🥃. Enjoy like a gentleman. 
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

AnCnoc Highland Single Malt


Happy New Year 2021! Single Malters, Today I am reviewing anCnoc 12 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. I had never heard of it before, so I made it a point to pick it up based on intuition. Was my intuition correct or did I waste $43 down the drain? You will find out at the end.  As a lifestyle habit, I like starting my year by reading a book that gives some food for thought throughout the year. Don' worry I will do my tasting review like always 😉.In today's blog I will share the following:

1. Book I am currently reading
2. My research & history behind this whisky
3. Vital Stats
4. SJ's Rating
5. Occasions best enjoyed & SJ's Pro tip.

Let me start with the book I am reading- The Myth of Capitalism and death of competition by Johnathan Tepper & Denise Hearn. It is a thought provoking read on big corporations controlling most of all consumer essentials like retail, airline, banking, healthcare. Authors also promise a  a resolution to this problem at the end of the book( I haven't reached that part 😃). 


Author SJ happily reading & enjoying a cup of coffee( Simple pleasures of life 😎 ) 

Now back to business, ancNoc is distilled by Knockdhu Distillery. (Yes I am hearing these names for the first time as well). It was established in 1894 so it carries a legacy of over 125 years...wow. Named after the nearby Black Hill, known as Khockdhu in Gaelic which is an alluring backdrop of the distillery. 
Very interestingly though, their single malt is not named after the distillery.It is  proudly named after the anCoc, which provides the source of the pure crystal spring water that is an essential element of anCnoc Single Malt Whisky. anCnoc 12 got me by surprise in a good way just like the new year brings joy in people's lives. What can I say, smooth yet not overly complex, it has its twists and turns in flavor and something for the likes of everyone. I would say it is a very versatile & friendly drink. 

Now the moment you all have been waiting for ...my very tasty tasting notes! Enjoy. 

Vital Stats- anCnoc 12 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 
Price- $43.99 for 750ml
Age- 12 years
ABV- 43%
Country of Origin- Scotland
Region- Highland
Distillery- Knockdhu Distillery company, Aberdeenshire
Awards won- 2015 Gold, Outstanding International Wine & Spirits Competition among host of others

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


Aroma- Gentle whiff of honey, lemon. Hint of vanilla, oak, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Flavor- Wow, gets right to the palette. Light yet complex  flavor of fruits, spices. Warm & spicy
Body- Full 
Finish-  Smooth, warm, long & lingering
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
Surprisingly light yet challenging in flavor & high in character. Long nice warm finish with an explosion of flavor in the mouth. This unknown whisky stands tall in my top shelf. The aroma is somewhat lacking though but still top quality single malt for sipping. 
Occasions- Connoisseur tasting & casual drinking with friends & families
SJ's Pro tip- Amazing whisky with high ABV of 43% compared to similar whiskies like Glenfiddich 12. 

I enjoyed every drop of this drink saying goodbye to 2020 & welcoming 2021. Wishing everyone of my readers a prosperous year..Cheers! 🥃🥃 & Enjoy it like a gentleman.(resposonbibly )
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