Saturday, June 2, 2018

Skotlander Rum V 2,200 SØMIL

It has been a struggle to save this much, to share again.
The background is a sweater my mom made for me.
As promised in this post, here is a review of Skotlander Rum V 2,200 SØMIL.
First things first, I did not know that SØMIL was a Nautical mile, I learned that from the Fat Rum Pirate (check out his review on this rum.)
Here are some details: Skotlander Handcrafted Rum V 2,200 SØMIL begins as fermented Sugar Cane Molasses; after ferment, it is distilled in Copper Pot Stills. The distillate is moved into four ex-Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks and placed on a Schooner called Mira and sails around aging at sea for 2,200 SØMIL, which, I understand, takes about 20 months. Important to mention, there are 0 additives, it is not chill filtered, and there is no added color in this rum.
O.K., now onto the tasting.
The aromas begin with so much cinnamon with back-notes of other baking spices like ginger while toasted filbert, brown bread with molasses, deep caramel, and desiccated apples
build a sumptuous support structure.
The mouth-feel comes in supple and creamy then resolves to crisp fresh spices. The flavors show plum, apricot, and baked apples, but the star is the multifarious complexities of the spices; it is so beautiful.
The Finish lingers with a sapid sweetness and the spices that keep you smacking your lips and invites you to drink more.

I have met Anders and the team, on several occasions, they are the kindest, most wonderful, cheerful people you ever get the opportunity to meet.
But this rum, this rum is magnificent. It is difficult to convey how impressive the level of innovation, attention-to-detail, quality and sheer beauty of this expression is inspiring. Sure, it was a happy accident. Yes, they needed more space to age rum and thought. "Why not age on a boat?","They used to ship rum all around on boats.","Let's see how it tastes!"; I say they have a winner!
I feel so lucky that I got this bottle; it is super limited, and it's not available in the US, so I have shared it as much as I could. If you see it anywhere make sure you try some and tell me what you think.
Skotlander Rum will be at The Rum Renaissance June 9 & 10, check them out. Also, I can't make it again this year so go drink all the rum for me.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Levon Le Magnifique V.S.O.P.

Levon Le Magnifique, as I said, is an interesting story.

Rather than repeat all of that stuff, here are some key points:
Levon Le Magnifique is a 'Fine Champagne' Cognac. So at least 50% of the eau de vie in the blend is Grande Champagne, with the rest being made up of Petit Champagne.
The minimum age for a V.S.O.P. is 4 years, but we know that there is Eau de vie in this blend that is much older.

As you can tell from the picture I stole from the website, this V.S.O.P. just won Double Gold at SanFrancisco World Spirits Comp. While I don't know about that, this cognac is definitely fantastic.

I was with a friend when I received this bottle and, well, we opened it to try it. Both of us were floored at how delicious this V.S.O.P was, especially at $45-$55 price range.

The first aromas are supple, ripe fruits, vanilla, caramel, flowers, spices, leather and cut wood. Immediately approachable, friendly and enticing. 
After a sip and in for the second sniff, the scents conveyed a depth that showed a range inviting complex spices, sumptuous tree fruits, and lovely blossoms in a wonderful balance.
The flavors carry these aromas like flags in a parade in a rich mouthfeel that highlights the big fruits and sprinkles spiced pastry nuances throughout to maintain the intriguing balance.
The finish is layered, lingering, complex, with an aftertaste that begs to try it all over again.
This is excellent cognac, a lovely V.S.O.P. that Levon Le Magnifique should be very proud of. I highly recommend trying this at your earliest opportunity.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Levon Le Magnifique, X.O. Cognac
This is an interesting story. Levon Le Magnifique was inspired by Armenian viticulture. Armenia has an incredibly rich history in wines and also in eau de vie. As a tribute, to highlight this history this small-batch cognac, Levon Le Magnifique, is named after one of Armenia's greatest figures, King Levon I, who was also known as Levon the Magnificent.

The name was not random, by encouraging extensive exchanges between Armenia and the powerful leaders of Europe, King Levon, for a time, bridged the gap between East and West.

Why not celebrate diplomacy with Cognac?

Levon Le Magnifique is a 'Fine Champagne' Cognac. That means at least 50% of the eau de vie in the blend is Grande Champagne, with the rest being made up of Petit Champagne.
The minimum age for an X.O. is 10 years (as of last month official deadline), but we know there are over 100 Eau de vies in this blend and the age range can be from 10 to infinity.

Upon opening, pear drops and raspberry hard candy pop as soon as you pull the cork. Speaking of "pop's", pop rocks. Wow.
The first nosing is tightly figured spices up against these fruit candies, with flowers, hints of polished leather and cut wood.
*To be honest, I was a bit overwhelmed by these scents. I spent a long  *time sniffing and examining. The aromas evolved and changed  *completely over a long period. This is why I cannot stress giving any  *true tasting experience time (and preferably multiple times).
After a LONG TIME, the scents opened up to baked pears dusted with cinnamon & allspice, a variety of berries, varnish, some vanilla, and peaches stewed in honey, with a myriad of complex spices and flowers.
The flavors do a similar dance, but more subtle. The fruit candy is throughout, but the nuanced complexity of the aromas playfully appear throughout the tasting experience with the floral characteristics showing gracefully.
The finish is sweet, brisk and clean, with an aftertaste the smacks of the hard candies for a bit.
Overall this is a fun and playful XO with a depth that doesn't disappoint, especially if you are a fan of fruitier cognacs.
Normally, I don't speak of packaging, but this is definitely classy higher end presentation, certainly no fun to pour, but nice to show-off. For this bottle shape, pour sideways, I like to hold from the bottom. It is heavy, and this gives me better balance. And for the win, Label up!

The V.S.O.P. is coming up and oh my goodness!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

I am so excited! Skotlander Rum V (2,200 nautical miles)

Anyone who has been reading this blog for any amount of time knows I don't post press releases. There are a bunch of cool sites that do that or rework the press release into an article. Both are great, but I saw this press release and got so excited. I made some inquiry and I believe there are bottles on the way! This rum is so exciting to me, they make delicious, authentic rum, in a place no one would suspect. And they do it VERY well! For now, I am just going to share the press release, but when I get a bottle I will write a review. This is SUPER limited, you may want to just buy one before you see my review, but I will be as quick as I can; to start you off, there is a link to a review at the bottom.
I am giddy thinking about tasting this rum.

Press release from Skotlander Rum, Denmark:
Danish brand to launch rum matured at sea
Is aging at sea just a marketing stunt or does it really affect the taste? Danish rum producer Skotlander Rum put the myth to the test.
- Actually, we didn't have room for any more barrels in our warehouse, so we had to find alternatives for maturing the rum. The schooner Mira, built in 1889, gave us the opportunity to test the old forgotten tradition,
 says Anders Skotlander, owner of Skotlander Rum.

2,200 nautical miles
The Schooner Mira sailed 2,200 nautical miles with the rum in four old barrels installed in the stem. For two years the rum has been exposed to the Nordic climate with cold winters and warmer summers with a temperature curve from 5 - 30 degrees C.

- The temperatures and the continual movements of the barrels provided by the stormy weathers in the cold North have actually affected the result. Compared to barrels aged on the ground we find that this rum has more softness and yet a distinct character. As a small rum producer in a tiny country this is the kind of rum that help us stand out from the crowd, Anders Skotlander says.

Only 950 bottles
Since this started as an actual experiment and the room on the schooner is very limited, there will only be 950 bottles. The 2,200 nautical miles rum has just been released for sale at 47 % vol. As the only blogger outside Denmark the British The Fat Rum Pirate tasted the rum and gave this review:

- It’s great to see rum producers out there willing to try different things and come up with different ideas to produce their rums. This is a really great rum, Wes Burgin from The Fat Rum Pirate says. 


Please find photos attached here.  
If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.