Monday, December 5, 2022

Sauza Conmemorativo Anejo Tequila


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Does not cut out to be on the top spot. Though enjoyable, it is more like a reposado than an anejo. The color, aroma and flavor would be better with more maturation in the barrels. 
Occasion- None
SJ's Pro tip- It is a budget anejo tequila
Alternates- Aha Yeto Anejo
Food Pairing- Chipotle chicken burrito bowl
Cocktail- Margarita of course 

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)

Conmemorativo means in  honor of. This tequila is made in honor of the founding of destiliria la preserverancia 1873 as per the bottle. 
The product label says "Sauza Conmemorativo Anejo is 100% agave tequila that's both versatile and mixable. It's wood notes creates a complex drinking experience attained only through its aging process in medium toasted American Oak casks"

Vital Stats- Sauza Conmemorativo Anejo Tequila
Price-  $14.99 for 750ml(Was on discount)
Age- NAS
ABV- 40%
Region/Country- Mexico
Distillery- Destiliria la preserverancia, Jalisco, Mexico
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Tumbler
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Very light golden, almost pale
Aroma- Vanilla, citrus, light spices
Flavor- Fruity, oak
Body- Medium
Finish- Smooth, warm, slightly lingering

I enjoyed sampling this tequila and hope you will too!. Cheers !! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, November 21, 2022

Kirkland Signature Citrus Hop IPA

 

The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)
Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Though fairly enjoyable, it's too weak to be called an IPA and the head of this beer does not hold strong. For 24 bottes at $21 can't complain much lol. 
Occasion- Dinner
SJ's Pro tip- If you don't like light beer it is not for you
Alternates- Twisted X,TX Austin lager has much more flavor 
Food Pairing- Bratwurst & noodles



The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)

This beer is a private label of Costco under the brand Kirkland Signature. It sells a lot of great quality products under this name.  Hopfen and Malz Brewing Company makes these beer for Costco. There is really not much information about this brewery apart from the product packaging. Just like anything in a wholesale price, this beer is good but not the best for beer lovers. It is just a generic beer and a budget price so does the job. 

Vital Stats- Kirkland Signature Citrus Hop IPA from Costco
Price- $21 for 20 pack(12oz each)
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 4.9%
Company/Brand- Costco Wholesale
Region/Country- California, USA
Brewery- Hopfen und Malz Brewing Company, San Jose, California
Awards won- None

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Tall beer glass
Serving style- Chilled
Appearance- Light golden
Aroma- Citrus, some hops, very fruity aroma
Flavor- Citrus, some faint hops, fruits
Body- Light
Finish- Short, non-lingering

Enjoyed drinking and reviewing. Hope this helps to make a choice in your next beer. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, November 14, 2022

Glenfarclas 10


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)
Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Did not make it on the top spot because it does not have the long smooth finish and also the flavor does not pack a punch. It is an easy-to-drink everyday scotch. 
Occasion- Friends get together
SJ's Pro tip- It is a budget-friendly scotch
Alternates- Glenfarclas 12 , similar price higher ABV 
Food Pairing- Pork nachos, spicy grilled duck




The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
I have already covered Glenfarclas Distillery in my previous blog. 
The product description in it's website states "100% Olorosso Sherry Cask maturation. 
Gloriously smooth yet with the depth and finish you would normally expect of a much older dram". 
I disagree on the part where it says smooth and good finish. This is where it lags behind to be on the top spot. 

Vital Stats-Glenfarclas 10 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price-$39.99
Age- 10 years
ABV- 40%
Region/Country- Highland
Distillery- Glenfarclas Distillery,Speyside,Scotland
Awards won- None found 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Toffee, spices, sherry
Flavor- Spices, sweetness, some hint of smoke, citrus
Body- Medium
Finish- Warm, slightly lingering. Not the smoothest

Had a great time enjoying this expression of Glenfarclas with friends. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, November 7, 2022

Kavalan Sherry Oak Taiwanese Whisky

 


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)
Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
Just as expected from a sherry cask. Flavorful, smooth, and sherried. I recommend it to everyone if you can find it lol.
Occasion- Casual get-together over lunch with friends 
SJ's Pro tip- Great for sipping
Alternates- Glendronach 12
Food Pairing- Spicy tacos
Feel- Amazed

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)

I have already covered Kavalan in my previous blog. 
Link-Kavalan

This particular expression Kavalan Sherry Oak is quite exclusive. The product label states "Matured in hand-selected top quality Spanish oloroso sherry casks. Dried fruits and raisins are the main characteristics of this unique Taiwanese whisky" 
Pretty much the only thing left to do is drink it! 🀣 Enjoy my tasting notes. 

Vital Stats- Kavalan Sherry Oak Taiwanese Whisky
Price- $129.99 for 750ml
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 46%
Region/Country- Taiwan
Distillery- King Car Kavalan Distillery, Yilan, Taiwan
Awards won- Numerous awards for its other expressions but not this one

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- On the rocks
Appearance- Dark Mahogany
Aroma- Sherry, dark chocolate, fruits, spices, vanilla, oak
Flavor- Toffee, sherry, fruits, spices
Body- Full
Finish- Elegantly long, warm and smooth

I thoroughly enjoyed this with friends and they loved it too. Hope you find one and enjoy it soon.
Cheers! πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, October 31, 2022

Aberlour 12

 


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
 It is well-rounded and very smooth to drink. I like it because it has an amazing sherry flavor and is so smooth. It is a little overpriced though. 
Occasion- Rainy day momo party
SJ's Pro tip- Do a whisky flight with Aberlour 12, Balvenie 12 and Glendronach 12
Alternates- Balvenie 12
Cocktails- N/A
Food Pairing- Chicken/Pork Momo


Feel- Delighed 😊

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
The product label reads "Aberlour whisky was born in the speyside village of Aberlour, made with local spring water from the Ben Rinnes and barley. Now locally sourced from the fields near our distillery"

Aberlour 12 is matured in two different casks, American oak and Spanish sherry. Their rich flavors impart the whisky over time. After twelve years of maturation in different casks, the magic of blending the whiskies is done by the master blender. This time the tasting notes are so accurate in the bottle, I honored it and pasted it in my tasting notes. The only thing left is to enjoy! Cheers! 

Vital Stats- Aberlour 12 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $57.99 for 750ml
Age- 12 years
ABV- 40%
Region- Speyside 
Distillery- Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour,Speyside, Scotland
Awards won- None found in its website 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat

Tasting notes from product packaging
Appearance- Golden amber
Aroma- Soft and rounded with red apples
Flavor- Sherried, with chocolate, toffee, cinnamon, and ginger
Body- Medium
Finish- Lingering sweet and war with a little spice

I had an amazing time enjoying this with friends. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, October 24, 2022

Winter drinks

Hello Single Malters, Today I am recommending some drinks that are great for Winter. The weather and season have a lot to do with my drink choices. Below are my recommendations-

Cocktails
Hot toddy- This classic drink heats the body and gives nourishment along with making you a little tipsy. 
Check out my previous post Making hot toddy for enjoying one at home. 




Irish coffee- For coffee lovers like me, it is perfect for sipping while keeping warm & energized at the same time. I will be making Irish coffee soon and posting it on my blog. 

If you are not in the mood to make a cocktail, then here are some that you can enjoy with much less effort!

Single Malts
Benriach Peated Cask Strength
Strong and smokey, just what you need for a hazy winter night. 


Ardbeg 5
Another great smokey scotch to enjoy neat or on the rocks during winter. 


Whisky/Bourbon

WhistlePig 10
Sipping by the fireside on a cold snowy night watching a Western movie would be an occasion to enjoy this bad boy. 

Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof 
Is the winter cold challenging you? How about 65.85% ABV whisky that will take you for a ride. Enjoy this if you want a strong one. Pleasurable either on the rocks or neat. 


All right single malt lovers, it's time to stop reading and start enjoying a winter drink. If this helps in choosing the right drink for winter shoot a comment below. If you don't like my recommendations, leave a comment as well, I would like to listen and improve if necessary. Cheers πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ. Enjoy Responsibly!
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Monday, October 17, 2022

Benriach 12 The smoky twelve



The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
It is the best smoky whisky I have ever had. The reason is the smokiness in the whisky does not overpower the sweet flavor and is very balanced and smooth. 
Occasion- Dashain celebration with family
SJ's Pro tip- If you prefer heavy smokey then look for other smokier whiskies
Alternates- Oban 14 (Similar price and taste profile)
Cocktails- N/A
Food Pairing- Goat bbq(The smokey whisky went perfectly well with smoked goat)


Feel- Delighted🀣

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
The product label reads "Three-cask maturation in bourbon, sherry, and Marsala for creamy smoothness layered with ripened fruit, aromatic smokey sweetness, and warming oak spice."
From the master blender, Racial Barrie "Longer maturation brings more aromatic layers to our distinctive smokey style "
I have already covered Benriach distillery in my previous blog.

Vital Stats- Benriach 12 The smoky twelve  Speyside Single Malt Scotch
Price- $60.99
Age- 12 years
ABV- 46%
Region- Speyside
Distillery- The Benriach Distillery, Morayshire, Scotland
Awards won- 2021 Double gold medal San Fransico World Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- First neat then on the rocks
Appearance- Beautiful dark copper
Aroma- Sherry, oak, fruits, spices, and of course smokey peat
Flavor- Fruits, vanilla, smoked oak, dark chocolate
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Smooth, long warm, and velvety

Absolutely loved sampling this one and presenting it to you. Cheers! πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒEnjoy Responsibly.
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Monday, October 10, 2022

High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey


 

The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
Spicy, aromatic hits the mark to be on my top spot. 
Occasion- Casual drinking
SJ's Pro tip- Try other expressions of High West as a flight
Alternates- Jack Daniel's Rye Whisky Single Barrel(Similar ABV and flavor)
Cocktails- Rye Old Fashioned, Sazerac
Food Pairing- N/A
Feel(After Drinking)- DelightedπŸ˜„

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)

I have covered High West Distillery in my previous blogs
Links-

Reads the product story for High West Rendezvous "Rendezvous is a flagship whiskey, It is named for the annual gathering of mountain traders in Utah's Cache Valley in the early 1800s, 'Rendezvous' was the first whiskey ever produced by High West Distillery. This purposeful blend of aged column-and pot-still whiskeys brings a high rye mash bill and is never chill-filtered. It has a unique botanical and spice character with notes of dried cherries, cinnamon, spiced caramels, toasted walnuts, and ginger on the finish"
It could not be a more perfect product description. Single Malt Lives attests to every word of it! Now it is time to shut up and drink! 😁. Enjoy my tasting notes. 

Vital Stats- High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey
Price- $79.99 for 750ml
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 46%
Region- Utah,USA
Distillery- High West Distillery, Park City, Utah
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- On the rocks
Appearance- Dark copper
Aroma- Rye, botanicals, spices, honey
Flavor- Spicy, rye, lemon
Body- Full
Finish- Spicy, warm, long, and lingering

I enjoyed this expression of High west and recommend all single malt lovers to try it. Cheers!πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ Enjoy responsibly. "If not sober, take an uber". 
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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Dashain Festival Whiskies


Hello Single Malters, This week is Hindu's biggest festival, I wish everyone Happy Dashain! This festival is all about getting blessings from elders, eating goat meat, playing cards, and drinking liquor. In today's post, I am sharing my whisky recommendations to celebrate Dashain. 

My recommendations

Blended Scotch

1. Black Label Double black
For smokey whisky lovers, it is the perfect peg neat or on the rocks. 



2. Chivas Regal 
The classic ever popular whisky, especially loved in South Asian countries is perfect to drink and serve to a large party without breaking the bank. 


Single Malt Scotch

3. Macallan 12
If you are looking for a slightly smoother sipping whisky look no further!



4. Glenfiddich 12
Best value for money single malt whisky


Enjoy Responsibly! Cheers
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Monday, September 26, 2022

Jura 12 year old

 


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Middle shelf 
It is an ok drink, did not meet my expectation to be on the top spot. A decent, easy-to-drink whisky. 
Occasion- Saturday night movie
SJ's Pro tip- Try other expressions of Jura
Alternates- Jura Turas Mara
Cocktails- N/A
Food Pairing- Chinese food. Crisp, spicy food went well with the neutral taste of this whisky


Feel(After Drinking)- Content 😎


The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)

About the distillery, from the website "Our distillery was established in 1810 and reborn in 1963 to bring back life to the island and the community.Today, almost every family on the island has a member who works in the distillery, with our distillery, or in whisky-related tourism".  
Jura distillery does have a robust history and it's commitment to the island and its economy is duly noted!
About Jura 12. It is matured in Ameican white oak ex-bourbon barrels for 12 years and finished in Oloroso Sherry cask from Jerez Spain. More about Oloroso in Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso cask
It is some hint of sherry in it but does not really come out that well. 

Vital stats- Jura 12 years old Single Malt Scotch 
Price- $41.49
Age- 12 years
ABV- 40%
Region- Island of Jura
Distillery- The Isle of Jura Distillery, Scotland
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- On the rocks
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Smokey, fruity, sherry
Flavor- Chocolate, hint of sherry,fruits, spicy
Body- Medium
Finish- Not long, warm non lingering

Though middle shelf, I still enjoyed sampling this whisky. Give it a shot and let me know. 
Cheers! πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Bandipur Blended Malt -Whisky from Nepal

 

The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
I was not impressed by the taste, does not meet the expectation. 
Occasion- Dinner at a friend's place
SJ's Pro tip-  Packaging is excellent and amazing as a gift item.
Alternates- Himalayan Tiger from Nepal is much flavorful
Cocktails- N/A
Food pairing- Nepali food
Feel(After Drinking)- Not satisfied


The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)

This is my third post related with liquor from Nepal. I have previously posted Khukuri rum & Old Durbar. Bandipur Blended Malt- There is almost no information available on the internet about the distillery. In my analysis, it is like a private label scotch. Whisky is imported in barrels from Scotland but filled in bottles with a label on it, in this case Bandipur. 
Reads the product story "Nepal's first 100% pure blended malt whisky. Made exclusively in small batches in collaboration with Macduff International ". Not clear what it is blended with? The website is not accessible so not much information there. The taste will feel familiar because it is Scotch but just labeled differently!
Too much analysis, now its time to taste it. Enjoy my tasting notes! 

Vital Stats- Bandipur Blended malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $44.86 for 750ml(Price in Nepal)
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 42.8%
Region- Nepal
Distillery- Avanish Distillery in collaboration with Macduff International 
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Medium gold
Aroma- Light fruits, oak. Very subtle aroma
Flavor- Fruits, oak, sweet
Body- Medium
Finish- Short, non-lingering


I enjoyed sampling this bad boy from Nepal. Not the best but definitely one to add to the whisky cabinet. Hope, this one finds your way even though not an easy catch. Cheers πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, September 12, 2022

Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey

 


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
A great twist on the regular Jameson. Has an amazing taste especially good if you like bourbon since it is matured in American ex-bourbon barrels. 
Occasion- Friday with friends
SJ's Pro tip- Refreshing change from regular scotch
Alternates- Jameson Caskmates, just as refreshing with a hint of beer
Cocktails- Old Fashioned
Food Pairing- Boiled fish & rice
Feel(After Drinking)- Delighted πŸ˜‡




The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)

Reads product label " Double charring the wood fires up the barrels and gives them new life. Untold richness and complexity awaits in every drop of Jameson Black Barrel.It is perfect on its own or on the rocks but it's also commonly known as the best whiskey for an Old Fashioned".
I agree with most of the product story, I have not tried an Old Fashioned with an Irish whiskey though! The base ingredient for an old fashioned is bourbon.  The interesting thing is that the barrels used for aging this Irish whiskey is ex-bourbon barrels which makes sense. 
I will try an old-fashioned with this Jameson and will post in my future blogs! For now enjoy my tasting notes! 

Vital stats- Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
Price-  $34.99 for 750ml
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 40%
Region- Ireland
Distillery- Jameson Distillery Midleton, Midleton, Cork,Ireland
Awards won- Best Irish Whiskey 2021, International Spirits Competition 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky tumbler
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Rich dark amber
Aroma- Toast, Vanilla, fruits, chocolate, spice
Flavor- Spicy, fruity, chocolate, vanilla, toasted wood
Body- Full
Finish- Warm, spicy, medium linger

Single Malters you must give this one a shot and break from your regular scotch routine! 
Cheers!πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ Enjoy responsibly!
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Monday, September 5, 2022

Lagavulin 16

 

The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
Great! just as expected for a 16-year-old smokey single malt. Loved the richness and layers of flavor it imparted. The interesting thing about it is that even though it has a peaty flavor, the other flavors shine through and are not overpowered by smokiness. It is very balanced. 
Occasion- Friend's housewarming party
SJ's Pro tip- Goes well with food
Alternates- Benriach 12
Cocktails- N/A
Food pairing- Nepali food
Feel(After drinking)- Satisfied

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)

The website of Lagavulin claims "Lagavulin is said to be one of the oldest distilleries on Islay and is world-renowned for its smoky, peaty whiskies". 
Reads the product label "Revered by connoisseurs and experts, Lagavulin is known as the king of Islay. It is an essential scotch whisky that any connoisseur or enthusiast must have in their collection; one of the world's favorite Malt Whiskies. Aged in oak casks for at least 16 years, this much sought-after Single Malt has the massive peat-smoke flavor that's typical of southern Islay while also offering richness and a dryness that turns into a truly interesting dram."
As a connoisseur and expert myself I attest to every word in this product story. 

Enough said, time to devour this delicious pour, enjoy my tasting notes. 

Vital stats- Lagavulin 16 Single Malt Scotch 
Price- $103.99 for 750ml
Age- 16 years
ABV- 43%
Region- Islay
Distillery- Lagavulin Distillery, Islay, Scotland
Awards won- Best single malt scotch 13-17 yrs, 2014, International Whisky Competition 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Party plastic tumbler
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Peat, dark chocolate, fruits
Flavor- Smokey, hints of dark chocolate & fruits
Body- Full
Finish- Warm, spicy long, and lingering

I really enjoyed drinking this and hope you will too. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, August 29, 2022

Christian Brothers VS Brandy

 




The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
Quite enjoyable for the price. Since I drink scotch there is not much of a finish though. 
Occasion- Casual, movie night
SJ's Pro tip- Great for Sangria & as an after dinner drink
Alternates- E & J Brandy X.O. Similar price & taste profile
Cocktails- Sangria
Food pairing- Pasta, grilled chicken
Feel(After tasting)- Elevated 

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)

The Christian Brothers was founded in 1882 and has earned a reputation of one of the most popular brandy in America. 
Reads the product label "The Christian Brothers is made from the finest grape varietals and incorporates the same time-honored copper pot still production perfected over 75 years ago. The process is similar to that of fine Cognacs that create a rich flavor and full body, enhanced by slow ageing in hand-selected bourbon barrels for at least two years. During ageing the Oak Barrels imbue the brandy with layers of well balanced fruit flavors and a warm lingering finish. Finally the brandy is carefully blended to create a soft subtle texture ". 
I do not agree that is has layers of fruits or the lingering finish. Enough said! Time to drink it and know for sure πŸ˜†. Enjoy my tasting notes. 

Vital Stats- Christian Brothers Brandy VS(Very Smooth)
Price- $8.99 for 750ml
Age- Minimum 2 years but has NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 40%
Region- Kentucky
Distillery- The Christian Brothers Vineyards, Bardstown, KY
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Fruits, somewhat medicinal smell
Flavor- Fruits, Sweet, syrupy, cinnamon, spices
Body- Medium 
Finish- Short, non-lingering

Had a great time sipping this brandy. Cheers! Enjoy Smartly. "Take an Uber if not sober"
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Monday, August 22, 2022

Canyonlands Confluence whiskey review & Moab Distillery/Brewery visit




The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Bottom Shelf 
It is a shame they call it single malt whisky because it isn't! Absolutely the worst most expensive whiskey I have ever had. Has no smell, feels like you are putting gasoline in your mouth. Threw it away after a couple of sips. 
Occasion- Moab brewery & Distillery visit 
SJ's Pro tip- Terrible, avoid this 
Alternates- Jack Daniels, cheaper price-wise yet more flavorful
Cocktails- Don't ruin a cocktail with this terrible liquor
Food Pairing- N/A
Feel(After tasting)-Disgusted πŸ˜‘

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)

Reads the product label "Our whiskey is made with pure Colorado plateau water and 100% barley, then aged in a variety of new and used charred American oak barrels for a two-year minimum. Like the confluence of the rivers, we straight blend our barrels to make a spirit that is bold and complex with notes of malt, warm caramel, and spice ". This product story is entirely rubbish, yes it might have come from colorado river but I doubt 100% barely tastes so bad! 

Vital stats- Canyonlands confluence Single Malt whiskey 
Price- $16 per shot (1oz)
Age- NAS
ABV- 45.5% ABV(91 proof)
Region- Moab,UT
Distillery- Moab distillery, Moab, UT
Awards won- I give it the worst local whiskey award 

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Shot glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Light golden
Aroma- Neutral, no aroma
Flavor- Burning, too strong, terrible taste
Body- Medium
Finish- A layer of petroleum-like liquid fills the mouth, with bad after taste

There are good whiskies and there is Canyonlands Confluence. πŸ˜€I am still happy to sample it and inform my readers to avoid it. It's a tough job but someone needs to do it πŸ˜‰. 
For better-tasting whiskies, check out my other top-shelf liquors in my blog. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, August 15, 2022

Oban 18

 


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
As expected, smooth & delicious.  Loved it! Some things are worth the money, Oban 18 is a fine example of that. 
Occasion- Special occasion Moab visit
SJ's Pro tip- Have it neat to get its in-depth flavor 
Alternates- Glenlivet Archive 
Cocktails- N/A
Food pairing- Chicken momo
Feel(After Tasting)- Delighted πŸ˜‡

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
I have already covered Oban 14 in my previous blog. Please refer to that for distillery info. 
Link- https://www.singlemaltlives.com/2019/03/oban-14-year-old.html
Reads the product label "An elegantly matured single malt that balances opulent fruit flavors with rich peat smoke and spicy wood, culminating in long, smooth finish." Nothing more to be said here πŸ˜†. Highly enjoyable single malt scotch. 

Vital Stats- Oban 18 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price- $156.99 for 750ml
Age- 18 years
ABV- 43%
Region- Highland
Distillery- Oban Distillery, Stafford Street, Oban, Scotland
Awards won- 2020 SIP Gold Medal and innovation star award winner among multiple others

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky Tumbler
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Beautiful dark amber
Aroma- Flowery, hits of smoke, spices, vanilla, dark chocolate
Flavor- Smokey, sweet, some spices like cinnamon, chocolate
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Smooth, long, lingering & warm

Single Malt Lovers you need to try this! πŸ˜ƒPeriod. Enjoy Responsibly. Cheers!πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ
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Monday, August 8, 2022

Jack Daniel's Rye Whiskey Single Barrel


 

The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
Amazing Rye whisky from Jack. I loved it, must be the most balanced rye whiskey I have ever had. The aroma and flavor are simply out of this world and it comes in attractive decanter-like packaging. 
Sampled with my friend Sway , he simply adored the bottle and was blown away by the amazing taste. 

Occasion- Dinner with friends 
SJ's Pro tip- 1. Add some club soda if you don't like higher ABV
                      2. It's attractive bottle makes a great gift
Alternates- Whistlepig Rye Whisky
Cocktails- Rye old fashioned
Food Pairing- Nepali food, Dal bhat Khashi ko masu, chicken sadeko


Feel(After Tasting)- EnlightenedπŸ˜‡

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
I have already covered Jack Daniels Distillery in my previous blog.
Link-https://www.singlemaltlives.com/2021/04/jack-daniels-single-barrel-barrel-proof.html
Reads the product label " This historic creation marries the smoothness of Jack Daniels with a unique 70% Rye grain bill. Complex flavors of ripe fruit mingle with light toasted oak notes to create a taste rich with spice and a pleasant lingering finish. Big, bold but does not overpower ". This is the best product story I have ever read because it is accurate and not just made up by an ad agency copywriter ! πŸ˜†

Vital Stats- Jack Daniel's Rye Whiskey Single Barrel 
Price- $43.99
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 47%
Region/Country- Tennessee,USA
Distillery- Jack Daniel's Distillery, Lynchburg, TN
Awards won- None found but I give it my personal gold medal πŸ˜†

Tasting info-
Serving glass- A whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark Amber
Aroma- Rye, spices, cinnamon
Flavor- Sweet/spicy, rye, honey, chocolate
Body- Full bodied
Finish- Smooth, warm & lingering

Good company, good whiskey, and great food. I had an amazing time with this Jack Daniels, give it a shot to find out what I am talking about πŸ˜‰. Cheers! πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ. Enjoy Responsibly. 
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Monday, August 1, 2022

Glenmorangie 14 Port Cask Finish


 The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel. 

SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf
I found it somewhat bitter-sweet and not as smooth so does not get the top spot. I have tried their 12-year-old expression but I liked 10 year old the most. The color, aroma of this whisky is simply out of this world though. 
Occasion- Dinner with friends
SJ's Pro tip- Add a few cubes of ice to mellow down the high ABV
Alternates- Glenmorengie 10 Lesser age statement, lesser price. On my Top Shelf 
Cocktails-N/A
Food Pairing- Pork burrito
Feel(After tasting)- Amazed ☺

The second segment(Technical details that are mostly available on a google search)
I have already covered Glenmorangie Distillery in my previous blogs. 
Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban(Quinta means wine estates, Ruban means Ruby) Go figure! πŸ˜‰ The whisky has spent 10 years maturing in American White Oak Casks before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas of Portugal.

Vital Stats-Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 14 Sherry Cask Finish
Price-$47.99
Age- 14 years
ABV- 46%
Region- Highland
Distillery- The Glenmorangie Distillery, Scotland
Awards won- NYISC 2020 Gold among others

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky Tumbler
Serving style- On the rocks
Appearance- Rich dark amber
Aroma- Grapes, spices, citrus, coffee,dark chocolate
Flavor- Grapes, coffee, cocoa, spices, bittersweet
Body-Medium
Finish- Not the smoothest, spicy,non-lingering, warm

I had an exciting time reviewing this whisky with my friend and hope you have a great time with it as well. Cheers! Enjoy Smartly πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ. 
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