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I got a new job offer (Yay me!) so I did what I did when I lost my last job, as a sort of symmetric homage:  I bought some new whiskey!

I’m currently enjoying some Tullamore Dew Caribbean Cask Finish.  There’s a warm sort of briney flavor, not unlike an island or highland Scotch, that’s also present in the more traditional rums of the Caribbean.  This, of course, dances tantalizingly around the biscuity, butter cookie flavor of the Irish whiskey (that Tullamore is).

The mouthfeel is quite unique…In the world of hot peppers, some fill your mouth with warmth, and others sting specific spots in your mouth.  This whiskey is like that second kid of pepper, where the flavor lingers on one spot of your tongue.

On the end, there’s a familiar floral note that fades back into that butter cookie flavor.  It’s kinda cool seeing the flavors meld together, especially in such a cool combination (rum finish on an Irish whiskey?  That’s cool!).

Johnny Walker White Review

Posted: 2019-04-30 in Uncategorized
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Another Whisky review!  Per the label, Johnny Walker’s White Walker is a blend of two different Scotches, and is designed to be served ice cold…It’s got the ol’ Coors Light thing where you pop it into the freezer and a hidden message shows up and lets you know it’s cold enough.  They say it’s to give you, the drinker, a more unique experience as the whisky warms up.  You don’t need a special blend of whisk(e)y to do that, but whatevs.

I didn’t have a proper Glencairn-style glass, just a cordial glass that looked like a tiny 2oz red wine glass, but it’s not that big of a deal.  I tend to prefer my whiskies out of a little more open of a glass.

Taking a gentle little whiff of the whisky, I was met with a heavy, dank sweetness…almost like hay or grass.  Not freshly mown, but just the sweetish, chlorophyll smell of a lot of vegetation in one area.  I took a sip and got a lot of spice.  The first little bit was a lingering tannic or leather sensation, something like you’d find in a burly red wine.  The spice and leather danced around each other, until I swallowed my sip.  Then, the spice hung around and left me with a sort of crispy bite…just a little bit somethin’ somethin’ around the edges.

I can’t quite shake my own preconceived notions:  When I just turned 21, the microbrew scene was really taking off, and it was popular to cram as much hops into any given beer as possible.  As such, I was drawn to these incredibly strong, hoppy flavors.  As I got a little older, that mentality stuck with me as I got into Scotch and wine.  The first Scotch I ever bought was a little pack of Glenfiddich samplers, and I grew to love the hearty pinots and meritage wines.  I never learned to love more subtle types of Scotch, so unfortunately, I can’t actually appreciate JW’s White Walker.  The same applies to Monkey Shoulder, for instance.  They’re both very good whisky, but they don’t punch you right in the face with extreme flavors (which is what I expect of my whisk(e)y).  What I’m trying to get around to is that I enjoyed drinking it, but I have not equipped myself to properly appreciate it.

It’s most definitely a solid whisky, and I’m most definitely going to drink it again.  It’s a little more than Monkey Shoulder, as far as presence and flavor, but it’s also a few bucks more expensive.  If you’re a Game Of Thrones nut and want to buy this as a collectible, go for it!  If you’re a whiskey aficionado, it’s certainly a few bucks more ($40 locally) than comparably flavored whisky, and it may not be worth it for you, unless you’re buying it for collectible value…but that’s not for me to judge.  That’s for you to decide.

Crown Royal Bourbon Mash

Posted: 2019-02-12 in Uncategorized
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I’m going to try a new thing here:  Reviewing and tracking different whiskies and cocktails on this site, as I don’t really have a good place to do so on my phone.  Sure, I can write everything down with pencil and paper, but that would mean that I’d have to carry a pen and paper with me all the time.  I’ve already got the collective experience of humanity in my pocket (via my smartphone), so keeping the WordPress app on my phone isn’t encumbering me any more than normal (phone, wallet, keys…pack light).  I’ll keep these puppies tagged as Whiskey or something.

Recently, I picked up a bottle of Crown Royal’s Bourbon Mash whisky.  Being that Bourbon (per US and international law) is at least 51% corn in the mashbill, aged to at least 2 years in a new, charred, white-oak barrel, and made in the United States, anything made in Canada cannot be called “bourbon,” which has led to some legal issues on Crown’s part (per the Austin Whiskey Vault on Youtube).  Typically, Canadian whiskies are blends.  One unique thing that Canada does with blending is to portion out percentages of liquid when blending bottles.  An American bourbon may have 75% corn, 15% rye, and 10% wheat on the mashbill, meaning that the types of grains used are portioned out 75/15/10 by grain.  As I understand the Canadian blending, they’ll make 100 gallons of pure corn whiskey, 100 gallons of pure rye whiskey, and 100 gallons of pure rye whiskey, then take percentages of the volume of liquid…so, 75 gallons of that corn whiskey, 15 gallons of rye, and 10 gallons of wheat into a new 100-gallon vat, then it’ll get bottled and put on the shelves of your local Kwik-E-Mart.  But, going back to that bourbon designation, there are apparently a few legal ramifications for this whiskey that might see it taken off the market within a year.  If you buy it, and if you like it, you may wanna pick up a few extra bottles.  And, at $20 a fifth, it’s not gonna break the bank (for reference, Jim Beam is about $22 local to me, and Jack Daniels is about $25).

This pertains to my review because CR’s Bourbon Mash Whisky is not a bourbon, nor is it actually indicated as to how it’s blended.  But, it is a blend.  Austin Whiskey Vault described it as “budget bourbon,” but I think a more apt description would be “Bourbon Lite.”  In true Crown fashion, it’s super clean and super smooth; almost unremarkable.  But, while normal Crown tastes like a leather belt, the Bourbon Mash actually does taste like a bourbon.

Whiskey Vault describes the nose as heavy in black licorice.  My wife compared it to the flavor of bubblegum.  I thought of circus peanuts, or the overarching scent of the candy-and-comic-book store that my Dad used to take us to.  Later on, I began smelling something like a pack of Twizzlers.  Neither my wife or I ever got the heavy black licorice scent that Whiskey Vault mentioned.  I got a tiny, tiny whiff of black licorice if I began smelling the glass, then moved it straight downward from my nose while still inhaling.

Then, the flavor.  It has all the right flavors for a bourbon; the caramel/vanilla of the barrel, the sweetness of the corn, the spice of the booze.  I got a little of that candy on the front end, to the point where it almost reminded me of Hochstadter’s Slow And Low.  But, it was a very clean taste, and nothing really lingered on my palate.  I mentioned above that it was almost unremarkable.  I don’t want to disparage this whiskey, or put down the hard work and pride that the Crown Royal employees have put into this, but I found that I just couldn’t get as into it as I wanted to.  It’s good, and I’m definitely excited to go down this rabbit hole of Canadian whisky, but I want to play around with this and see if I can make it more.  I’ve got a few cocktail recipes I’m excited to try with this whiskey and see if it’ll amplify itself.