My buddy Sku put together a list of terms that we often see on Whiskey bottles or hear when we are taking to one and other with some really thought out definitions and guidance. Go Check It Out- Whats In A Label- Undefined Whiskey Terms
I think it is very important that we understand what we are buying AND what we are drinking. Everyone reading a Whiskey Blog is obviously making an effort to learn more about the beverage- so we should be educated consumers
RATING: C: AVERAGE- Hey pal, thanks for buying my a glass of Whiskey- next time let me pick it out myself.
Overview: There is nothing wrong with Knob Creek. I prefer it to most of the the Whiskey that you can get at the bar. There is nothing overly special about this Rye Whiskey. It tastes fine, but for me- I want more than that in Whiskey, Rye or otherwise.
There is very little Rye taste in this and it taster “regular”. Not a bad drink, just not one that I would want to rush off and buy.
Nose: Very light. Some hints of floral and oak.
Palate: Moderate taste with little complexity. A touch of actual Rye taste.
Finish: Nothing all that special or lasting.
Age: N/A ABV: 50%
Type: American Subtype: Bourbon
Price Point: $38 (Dec 2013) Availability: Widely
TOTAL RATING- 96 PREMIUM this is a cigar that you want to own and own a lot of!
Overview- I discovered this little gem of a Cigar from a sampler pack that I purchased from Cigar’s International. I have liked every Drew Estate stick that I have ever smoked and after a little bit of research, this whole line of Naturals by Drew Estate really seemed like a bunch that I would like.
I was, of course, right! The whole line is a good one and you will be seeing many reviews, but the ENGLISH is by far and away my favorite one. It is smooth, sweet, leaves an amazing aroma. There are major hints of vanilla which I love.
I have always believed in the Rule of Thirds in Cigars where the money is in the middle of the stick, but with all honesty I say this Cigar started out STONG and finished just as good. It is a staple of my Humidor and will always be.
Brand: Natural by Drew Estate
Length: 52 (Toro)
Ring Gauge: 6.0
Cost: $8.00 (single stick) ($35/5 pack and $148/box)
Acquired From: Sampler Pack from Cigars International
RATING: A: SUPERB- Might not be perfect, but it is pretty damn close.
Overview: Friends, Countrymen, lend me your ears… Macallan 25 is simply a SUPERB Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.
I have had the opportunity to taste many Macallan Whiskies. I have not yet reviewed them, but after I tasted this- I absolutely had to skip any order and post about this. The Macallan 25 is simply amazing. It is a full bodied, well crafted, great tasting Whiskey.
It is pricey, I was fortunate enough to have a relative that purchased a bottle and I was able to have a glass. I am not going to get into the “is it worth the price” debate because spending $800 for a bottle of Whiskey is nothing to joke about.
I would drink this Whiskey over and over and over again.
Nose: Full of Sherry with notes of Oak and Cinnamon. The signature Macallan Chocolate and Dark Cherry end the nose on this.
Palate: I immediately taste to Oak and Cinnamon. The Chocolate notes come out after that. This is a very full, rich and bold.
Finish: There is a very solid and smooth Oak finish with maybe a little bit of fruit and spice to end the journey. This Whiskey lasts, and lasts.
Age: 25 Years ABV: 46%
Type: Scotch Whiskey Subtype: Single Malt (Speyside)
Price Point: Around $800 (January 2014) Availability: Specialty Stores or Special Ordered
CigarFest 2014 presented by Cigars International tickets went on sale today at 2pm and by 2:02pm they were sold out and a waiting list had started! Can you believe that?? 6,000 tickets sold out in less than 120 seconds!!
There is so much to do, I am planning , my CigarFest trip as I write. There is an event with Drew Estate Cigars at the CI Hamburg Super Store and also a Perdomo Cigars event at the CI Bethlehem Super Store. with their Cigar makers. What an opportunity to meet and talk with the people that make the things we enjoy the most?
Let us not forget the actual CigarFest itself! Everyone that goes gets:
- CIGARfest 2014 Humidor packed with 30 premium cigars
- 50+ additional cigars during event
- Collectible CIGARfest ashtray & duffel bag
- Liquor & micro-brew samples
- A down-home BBQ
- Live music
- Raffles & prizes
- Access to epic events
I decided to go Big for my first time and got the CigarNUT ticket which lets me in the door at 10:30 (4 hours before the regular ticket, breakfast, and secret giveaways). I also will be donning the Official Shirt and BallCap which gets you:
- 14 additional premium cigars featuring brands from Drew Estate, Joya de Nicaragua, and Alec Bradley (Shirt)
- 10 additional premium cigars featuring brands from Rocky Patel and Oliva Cigar Family (Hat)
- Calcutta Metal Works Cigar Scissors (Shirt)
- Black-Ops Travel Humidor (Shirt)
- Xikar Torch Lighter (Shirt)
- Colibri Butane (Shirt)
This will be my first time attending this event, and I am doing it up right. I am very much looking forward to meeting folks from around the Country, smoking cigars for near 8 hours, and taking all the cigars and swag home that I can! Hope to see you there!
RATING: B: REALLY GOOD- a really good glass/bottle of Whiskey.
Overview: Johnnie Walker- Green Label is a horse of a different color in the Walker and Son Collection. Johnnie Walker is well known for their blended scotch of colored label. Green Label is their only Malted Scotch Whiskey taking different single malts (just over 15) from 4 different distilleries- Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore, and Caol Ila representing the 4 corners of Scotland.
This stuff is good friends! I got a bottle as a gift from my brother-in-law early in my Whiskey Journey and was super surprised at how much I enjoyed it. There are many nay-sayers, but I don’t buy into it. The taste is good, the flavor is good, there is nothing else that I have tasted like it.
Like Johnnie Walker Gold, our Friend JWGreen has been discontinued for sale in the United States. It will still be available in many of the Asian Markets where it sells better. As of the Summer 2013 there are a few bottles left on shelves or higher end stores that have a larger selection.
I like this Whiskey, it is a good drink that puts a smile on my face. I went out and got an extra bottle to stash away because sooner or later Craigslist will be your only option to get this.
Nose: Orange, citrus,
Palate: Smokey, hints of vanilla
Finish: wood and smoke- very lasting
Age: 15 Years ABV: 43%
Type: Scotch Whiskey Subtype: Blended Malt
Price Point: $67 (Dec 2013) Availability: Discontinued- becoming hard to find
Overall Rating 90: EXCELLENT this is a cigar that you should smoke often
Rocky Patel did not come to making Cigars by any traditional standard. He was a lawyer for entertainment companies on the West Coast and was introduced to Cigars. One day some folks came to him about making his own and he jumped at the change- even when warned by close personal friends against it.
The Vintage Series is his Pride & Joy. The Vintage 1992 is a Cigar that is true medium cigar with a very nutty taste that hits you immediately and lingers for the whole smoke. There are small hints of Vanilla that are a very welcome accompaniment to the Nutty flavor. The taste is very full and the 10 year old Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper really pulls everything together! This is a very rich and satisfying Cigar that will last you upwards of 45 minutes made by a true Master Blender! Smoke it and Enjoy!
Model: Vintage 1992
Length: 6.1 Inches (Torpedo)
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Cost: Between $9.20 and $11.50
Acquired From: Davidus Cigars
Let’s all be honest with ourselves… If we have a Whiskey Collection we are sorta snobs. I went our for dinner and asked what Whiskey the bar had and a Glenfiddish 12 was the high end. I said to myself “12 Year Old Whiskey- what are we- Hobos????”
As Whiskey Concourses we are always happy to share the Macallan 18 or Johnnie Walker Blue Label with our friends that really appreciate Whiskey. BUT often times when you have lots of folks over those who don’t really care for Whiskey can drink a lesser aged bottle and be just fine.
So… I thought it would be neat to have a “House Whiskey”. I had a really hard time deciding between a Bourbon, Rye, or Scotch. SO I decided to have one of each. I got these decanters etched with a B, R, and S for the Whiskey. Eagle Rare 10 Bourbon, Knob Creek Rye Whiskey, and Glenmorangie The Original. I expect these will change as my taste changes and what is available. But, for now- they are there for anyone to pour out of and enjoy.
Happy Birthday to ME!!
As if pretty clear, I am a Ravens Fan. So I am sitting here watching teams that are NOT the Ravens play football and I find myself much more interested in Cigars & Whiskey than I do with the “games”
When I bought my house, I transformed the Garage into a Man Cave! I put what I thought was everything I could ever need in the place- a 46″ Flat Screen, Couch and Recliner, Pool Table- but something was missing. So I had these shelves built in to have a place to pour/mix drinks and display my “collection”
I love it, it works! I am curious what others do/have? At some point the goal will be to build in a bar- but for now, I love my corner bar area complete with a few dozen bottles and a Kegerator!
RATING: B-: GOOD- worth trying! Not going to find it on my shelf though.
Overview: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old is a classic. They have been making and selling while we have been drinking it for God only knows how long. It is a good glass of Whiskey. It is not the best you are every going to try (unless you never drink anything else), but it most definitely not going to be the worst (even if this is the only one you ever drink!). I know many, many folks that this is their standard go to Whiskey when they are out at a bar.
I would be happy to drink this when I go out and a place may not have more than a few options to pick from in the Whiskey category. I think it is a solid and reliable Scotch Whiskey but I would encourage you to spend a few extra dollars to have a better Whiskey in your own personal collection.
It is hard to argue with 2013 Gold Medal from the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and a 2012 Outstanding Silver Medal from the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) and that’s just the most recent awards this Whiskey has gotten.
Nose: Lots and Lots of Fruit. A hint a Pear, but lots and lots of fruit!
Palate: I find it has a big nutty taste right off the bat. Many disagree with me- but hey, this is my Blog. It has a little bit of sweet with a small hint of caramel also.
Finish: It is a very smooth finish that is not too complex, I don’t think the finish lasts overly long, but it does make you want another sip!
Bottler: OB (Gordon & MacPhail) ABV: 40%
Type: Scotch (Speyside) Subtype: Single Malt
Price Point: $45.00 (Dec 2013) Availability: Wide Availability
Age: 12 Years