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Review: Angels Envy

Review: Angels Envy

DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the distiller. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.

Color: Copper

Nose: Sweet Corn, Vanilla, Port, Maple, Black Pepper, Citrus, Black Cherry, molasses, and oak

Taste: Sweet Corn, Caramel, Vanilla, Port, Black Pepper, Citrus, Black Cherry, and oak

 Finish: Long, sweet, and smooth

Score: 
Rick: 9. 5/10.0
Sam: 9. 5/10.0
Overall: 9. 5/10.0

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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in Bourbon, Reviews, whiskey

 

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Review: W.L. Weller 12 year old

Review: W.L. Weller 12 year old

DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was purchased by me. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.

Color: Copper

Nose: Sweet vanilla, pepper, citrus, fruit, and oak

Taste: OAK!

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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in Bourbon, Reviews, Uncategorized, whiskey

 

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Review: Ardbeg 10 Year Old

Review: Ardbeg 10 Year Old

DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was purchased by me. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.

Color: White Wine

Nose: Sweet peat, charcoal, pepper, citrus, sea air, fruit, and sweet vanilla

Taste: Peat, Sweet fruits, black pepper, vanilla, citrus, brine, slightly medicinal

Finish: Long smooth, smokey, peaty, sweet finish

Score:
Rick: 9.5/10.0
Sam: 9.5/10.0
Overall: 9.5/10.0

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There are those that say that Scotch whisky is an acquired taste. To this I say BULLSHIT! Well, only partly. Peat is the only part of Scotch that was an acquired taste for me. You see the first time I ever picked up Scotch, I was in love. It was Cutty Sark, and at the time I thought it was the best thing ever. Being young though, I started drinking Jack Daniels, or Jim Beam because they were cheaper and more readily available.

Then I was turned on to Chivas Regal by my father-in-law and I remembered again how much I liked Scotch. It wasn’t until I really got into Scotch that I realized the diversity of it. I had always stuck to the Speysides, or blends without even knowing I was doing it. You all may remember that I went to the Whiskey Extravaganza down in Dallas last May. While there I was introduced to all of the whisky regions. I loved them all…but one. Islay! I felt as if I’d taken a drink of a fireplace that had been soaked in iodine. I hated it.

As a blogger I get samples from all over the place and since the Extravaganza I’ve had a few peated sample com across the table. Each time I’d look at them in horror and have to talk myself into it. I should mention that while I hated peat, Rick loved it and would be excited each time we received a peated whiskey to sample. After a while though I realized that I was starting to develop a taste for them.

Then, on New Year’s Eve I decided to take the plunge. When Rick arrived he and I went to the local liquor store to purchase a bottle. Knowing me, he started looking at the tamer stuff while I was looking for Lagavulin, Ardbeg, or Laphroaig. In that order. I finally found the Ardbeg at the second store, I debated continuing my search but figured rightly that it would be fruitless in my small town. We took it home and cracked it open.

I’ll start this by saying that I am a convert, I loved the Ardbeg. I may never go back to un-peated whisky again. The Ardbeg is phenomenal. From the nose to the finish. I admit when I first poured this I was really put off by the color. It was so light that if I had poured it into a wineglass it could have been mistaken for white wine.

The color is completely forgotten though as you inhale the sweet peat, pepper, fruit and vanilla. It was surprising to find that while I could definitely smell the peat, it did not overpower the more delicate floral notes.

The first sip is sublime. It starts off slow and sweet and ramps up into the peat. The pepper and brininess come through as well, with just a touch of iodine. It finishes long and smooth and seems to burn up from the stomach, instead of on the way down. Not indeigestion, but just the warmth from the alcohol.

 

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Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Ardbeg, Peat, Scotch

 

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REVIEW: WHEAT STATE DISTILLING AGE YOUR OWN BOURBON KIT – Part 1

REVIEW: WHEAT STATE DISTILLING AGE YOUR OWN BOURBON KIT – Part 1

THIS IS FUN!

I’ll start from the beginning, just in case you need to catch up. A couple weeks ago was my 36th birthday and my wife purchased an “Age Your Own Bourbon” kit from Wheat State Distilling. That introduction article is here.

The whole process has been a blast so far. First and Foremost make sure to put the spout in first! I didn’t make that mistake, but it does happen. After installing the spout it is time to prep the barrel for the whiskey. To do that we have to make it swell up by adding hot water to the barrel. I could have used tap water, but I was afraid of the chlorine in tap water affecting my barrel, so I chose to use distilled water heated to boiling in a stainless steel pan. The directions say it can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple days. It took me 3 days. It might have taken less time, but I made the mistake of putting the bung in which causes a vacuum effect and doesn’t allow the water to soak in. After I removed the bung and allowed natural seepage the barrel was ready pretty quickly. I chose to reheat the water daily, not sure if I needed to, but I did. After three days of soaking the wood was finally dry.

The second step is pretty easy, empty out the water then grab a funnel and pour the Bourbon in. Before we did that though we had to see what clear, undiluted Bourbon tastes like. Don’t do it! The nose is just like moonshine, alcohol and yeast. It’s hot, and it tastes kind of like moonshine. However, it is the best moonshine I have tried yet.

That was 1 week ago

We decided to test the barrel weekly, because we have been told that it is easy to overage the Bourbon. It is amazing what has happened in just a week. The bourbon is drinkable! It’s actually decent, not the best, but not the worst either. The flavor has changed so much from our first taste of the un-aged stuff it is wild. It is already a light straw color, and the nose has lost a lot of the yeasty smell from the first tasting. It’s lost the yeasty flavor as well and has taken on slight vanilla and oak notes. I’m really looking forward to trying it out again in a week.

I’ve been looking at getting larger 5.3 gallon barrels to start aging spirits longer. I’ve also been thinking about one of these for each of my boys on their 16th birthday to be poured on their 21st. I’ll keep you all informed as I go. Look for part 2 of this series in a few weeks.

Check these guys out for more information. I just found them and they have a lot of information. Oak Barrels LTD

I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.

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Until Next Time,

Slàinte Mhath!

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Age Your Own, Bourbon, Reviews

 

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Review: Westland Single Malt – A Triple Shot

Review: Westland Single Malt – A Triple Shot

DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the distiller. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.

Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “Single Malt”? Scotch right? When we think of Scotch we think of Scotland. Well, today’s triple shot review comes from the fine folks at Westland Distillery, in Seattle, Washington. I’ve had a bunch of American single malts from all over the country. Most, I wouldn’t give to even my buddy that would drink anything. The Pacific Northwest seems to have the corner on American single malt market. One of my favorites is from Oregon. On to the reviews, but first a quick excerpt from the Westland Distillery website, that says it better than I can.

“…For centuries, single malt whiskies have been considered solely the domain of Scotland. But a new category of single malt is taking root. One that offers us the chance to make a mark in the world of whiskey. It must be led by your own ideas, done on your own terms and realized through your own hard work. Here in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, we are graced with world-class natural ingredients. Those ingredients inspire us to pursue our own unique American-style single malt to rival the finest whiskies in the world. With each expression we work to create something that both honors the traditions of distilling that we admire and adds something worthwhile at the same time. Something new and distinctly American. The character of our malt provides a wealth of flavor profiles for our whiskies. Regardless of the individual expression, every whiskey at Westland Distillery is underscored by our house style – a sweetness and ease on the palate accompanied by a fruity and complex but ultimately grain-focused finish worthy of its place in this new world.”

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Posted by on October 23, 2015 in Reviews, whiskey

 

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Double Review: Detroit City Distillery

Double Review: Detroit City Distillery

DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the distiller. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.

                                                                                                                                                             

20150809_001709Today’s review is a double. Just feels20150809_000515 like that kind of day! The two bottles are From Detroit City Distillery. They are the Bloodline Whiskey, and Two-Faced Bourbon. DCD was founded by a group of 8 friends from Bath, Michigan.It was opened in an old slaughterhouse and meat-packing facility in Detroit’s Eastern Market. I’ve only seen pictures, but the bar is a large mahogany 20-seat mirrored backed monstrosity built in the 30’s not long after Prohibition. It was disassembled from an another storefront on Broadway,and then reassembled in its’ new home. It wasn’t restored, but rather cleaned to preserve the patina, reminiscent of what some car collectors are doing now. Oh, and to top it all off, these guys started making their hooch at Michigan State University under the watchful eye of their professors. Go Spartans!

Let’s start with the bad news first. The Bloodline Whiskey smells great, but that’s the best I can say for it. We didn’t enjoy it at all. To much of a yeasty new make tone to be enjoyable. To be fair, I have only come across a small handful of “American” whiskies that I really enjoy, and unfortunately this isn’t one of them.

The Two-Faced Bourbon is so named because it is a blend of 49% 1-2 year old bourbon and 51% 5-6 year old bourbon. It’s a satisfactory bourbon. I think given a few more tweaks and some more time in the barrel these guys might have something quite good. As of right now, they have been open for just a little over a year, and it shows. I would love to let them get another year or two under their belt and try them again. For now though, at $55 a bottle, all I can is is, “I’ll Pass.” I appreciate the samples and wish you guys all the luck in the future!

I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.

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Until Next Time,

Slàinte Mhath!

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in Bourbon, Reviews, whiskey

 

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REVIEW: WHEAT STATE DISTILLING AGE YOUR OWN BOURBON KIT – iNTRO

REVIEW: WHEAT STATE DISTILLING AGE YOUR OWN BOURBON KIT – iNTRO

I have been forced (willingly) to take the next logical step in my whiskey education. My birthday is in a couple of days, and my wife being the woman she is, always tries to find that one special thing for me. She says that I am hard to shop for. Apparently, my “refined” tastes make it somewhat of a challenge. Well, I think she really took up the mantle this year. She has really outdone herself! Thank you so much my dear, it is perfect!

I know, I know, “Get to it already!”

This year she got me an age your own bourbon kit from Wheat State Distilling, right here in Kansas.In the picture below you can see that it comes with two 750ml bottles of really fresh (distilled 10-07-15) Bourbon, bottled at 125 proof. It also come with a 2 liter barrel, with bung cork and a small spout for tasting as it ages. Lastly, it comes with two tasting glasses. All of this is embossed with the “WSD” logo. The gentleman who sold it to her said that he can also have the barrel tops custom branded if you give them a week or two notice. I’m glad mine isn’t though, because depending on how this turns out I may try other distilleries too, and start a collection of mini-barrels from the distilleries that offer these. I just did a quick google search, and there are plenty! I can already see my wife reading this, and thinking “What I have I started?!?”

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I’ll be filling the barrel Saturday, right now I am prepping the barrel by filling it with hot distilled water to swell the barrel. I originally was going to use tap water, but though better of it, because I don’t want any chemical contaminants in the barrel. I want the spirits to shine through, not the chlorine and fluoride! The directions say to place the spout is first, which makes sense to me. Afterwards, fill it with hot water and allow it to swell until it stops leaking, which can take anything from one hour to a few days. So, after a little begging, because my birthday isn’t technically until Monday, I was able to talk my wife into letting me prep the barrel last night. I am contemplating using some of the distilled water that is in the barrel to top off the Bourbon, but haven’t decided yet. I like higher proof whiskey, and I don’t know if I want to mess with experimentation my first time.

The plan is to have a small tasting of the new make Bourbon, and then to fill the barrel and revisit it every 2 weeks. I figure doing it this way we’ll be able to get an idea of the aging process. I don’t have a set amount of time that I will age it, just until it’s good! I hope you will follow along on our journey!

I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.

Contact info can be found HERE and don’t forget to follow us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!

Until Next Time,

Slàinte Mhath!

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2015 in Age Your Own, Bourbon, Reviews, whiskey

 

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