Monday, March 24, 2014

Mezcal Monday: Mezcal Don Amado

I have been so excited to see these new Mezcal Don Amado labels and try the new bottling ABV / proof on each one. Here is a before and after picture of the Plata next to the Rustico: Very sexy . . right?

The new ABV / Proof will be:
Rustico- 47% ABV~94 Proof
Reposado 45% ABV~90 Proof
Añejo 43.5% ABV~87 Proof

The ABV (Alcohol by volume) is adjusted purified spring water (instead of using the deadly heads or disgusting tails from the distillate--which is how some people adjust to their standardized ABV.).

The beautiful new Mezcal Don Amado labels were designed by Dave Stolte, the awesome and wonderful author of Home Bar Basics.

Here is a picture of all three of them together:

These should be hitting the market in a couple months. I will write them up as soon as I see them.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tequila Tuesday: NOM 1146 Tequileña, S.A. de C.V. - La Tequileña

This Tequila Tuesday is post 3 (of 3) about my trip to Jalisco, with some pictures. The third distillery is NOM 1146 Tequileña, S.A. de C.V. - La Tequileña. I wrote up the ArteNOM tequila here, Purasangre Reposado here, Lapis Platinum here & Añejo here and Fuenteseca Tequila here so if you want a tasting note refresher info just click. Here are some pictures.

Sorry they are not organized this thing is a pain to organize pictures..

This magnificent distillery makes a few outstanding brand.. ArteNOM, Purasangre, Lapis, Fuenteseca, Don Fulano, Cimarron, T1 and more...


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Mezcal Monday: I'm not Patrick

Well it is Mezcal Monday and St Patrick's day, so I thought I should make a green drink. I am using Mina Real Silver and the drink is called "I'm not Patrick" for fun. Here is the recipe:

I'm not Patrick

2 Oz Mina Real Silver
3/4 Oz Fresh Lime juice
2 bar spoons granulated sugar
6 Mint leaves

4 Slices Cucumber-skin on

Put mint, cucumber, lime juice and sugar into a mixing glass and muddle until it is a green paste. Add the 
Mina Real, stir together. add ice cubes and shake vigorously. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with more mint an a cucumber

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Connemara Cask Strength

The Connemara Cask Strength arrogates the heart and soul of peated Irish Single Malt with astonishing polish. Nosing exposes peat smoke, cedar, fennel, dried flowers, light anise, and pipe tobacco. The mouth feel is full and rich, leading off on a huge burst of peat smoke and quickly evolving with soft oak, orange zest, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramelized honey, cedar, cocoa, dried fruits and a hint of basil. The finish is pleasantly oily with salt, peat and soft fruits lingering and clinging. This is complex, unique, superior whiskey. Enjoy it neat or with a splash of water whenever you find a chance to sit back and contemplate all this whiskey offers (revelations in each taste and an after taste that dawdles endlessly).

I have reviewed other Irish Whiskey here . . ..

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tullamore Dew 10 Year Irish Whiskey

I don't know about the pricing of this... Where i found it, it was more expensive than the 12 year old??? But, that doesn't have anything to do with the whiskey so..: This is an easy drinker...triple distilled then aged in Spanish and American Oak. It is also a great chance to add a limited offering (only 900 cases!) to your collection. The nose leads with stewed citrus (whole lemon and orange zest) with a definite malty undertone and hints of spice. The palate reveals vibrant baking spices with minor sweetness holding malted grains in a dry mouth feel displaying clean toasty wood and roasted almonds. The medium body carries over some of the spice into the finish-gently restating the malt and the wood tones in a smooth, incremental fade. Saporous neat, gracious with ice and wonderful in an Irish themed cocktail.

You want more Irish Whiskey, well then it is here . . ..

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


The Irishman Single Malt Irish Whiskey was conceived and blended by Bernard Walsh. A single malt a triple distilled single malt that is distilled and aged for at least 10 years in both bourbon casks and Oloroso Sherry casks—which are then specially selected by Bernard Walsh, blended and bottled in a limited small batch of 1000 cases. The aromas show honey, straw, cake, white flowers, cream, vanilla, caramel, treacle and grains stewed with persimmon, plum, quince and creamy citrus. The flavors follow in a superbly refreshing, tasty and delectable mouth-feel that build to include cocoa, coconut oil, taffy and nuts. The finish lingers to demonstrate toffee, toasted nuts, fruit, caramel and spice in a sumptuous, oily fade. This is balanced, excellent whiskey that is a joy to drink neat, with clean water or even with an ice cube . . . but definitely with time to enjoy..

You want more Irish Whiskey, well then it is here . . ..


Bushmill's has been making whiskey for over 400 years so it must be doing something right and this is –by far—the best selling product in their portfolio. This excellent 'everyday' whiskey is a blend of triple distilled single malt (that is at least 10 years old) and Irish grain whiskey (that is least 5 years old) that has been aged in bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry casks before being blended into this thoroughly drinkable whiskey. The nose shows fresh-cut apple skin, seeds and meat. It is inviting whiskey rich with spicy oak notes, full malt, clover honey and vanilla. The flavors lead with honey, vanilla, beer, hard candy and evolve up to a sapid burst of toasted oak. The finish is tart, flavorful and warming; it lingers long enough to invite you to enjoy another taste. This is good whiskey, try it neat but it is perfect on ice or in a cocktail.

You want more Irish Whiskey, well then it is here . . ..

Jameson 12 Year Old

Triple distilled grain (corn) and Pure Pot Still spirit (a mix of Malted and Un-Malted Barley) is aged in Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks for 12 years then carefully blended to become this exceptional offering from Jameson--Special Reserve. The nose shows the sherry right out of the gate--clean, nutty, honeyed, leathery raisins--followed by crisp grains and bold-rich Pure Pot Still. The flavors begin there then fill out to include greengage plums, apricots, filberts and subtle warming spice. The finish is long and complex with assertive sherry tones that build into white pepper with cocoa, dryish oak and toasty vanilla. This is a full bodied, oily example of great Irish Whiskey. Enjoy this neat, or 'Irish style' with 1 ice cube.

Here are some more Irish Whiskey reviews. . .

Monday, March 10, 2014

Greenore 15 Year irish Single Grain Whiskey

A new limited edition (just 5000 bottles worldwide) 15 year old single grain whiskey from Cooley distillery. Greenore has an unparalleled elegance and a crisp clarity from the focus on one grain. The aromas lead gently with quince and lemon zest, caramel corn alongside of toffee, vanilla, honey and oak. To taste, the smooth honey flavor starts with almonds and juicy grain that evolve to include soft spice, vanilla and clean caramel. As the finish approaches, the honey flavor dawdles and warms to show some delicate spices that- in turn- lead to a delectable dry evanescence. Enjoy this lovely whiskey neat or with a touch of ice-- the less you add to it, the more you get from it.

What, you want more Irish Whiskey, well then check here . . ..

Clontarf Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Clontarf is a Single Malt, distilled three times at the Cooley distillery, to become a crisp and clean whiskey that intrigues as well as pleases. The nose is filled with scents of vanilla, caramel, cut wood and tall grass- awash in malt- stewed crab apples with a touch of sea air. . . very intricate. The medium body abounds with flavor from the start. Toffee, pancake grains, clean caramel, oily nut, and stewed rich fruits (persimmons, dried plum, raisin) merge, harmonize and display distinguished complexity that gives way to easy oak tones. The finish is light and fruity with malt tones, fresh cut hay, caramel and oak seasoning, lingering in a fade of toffee and spice. Excellent neat, or with ice.

What, you want more Irish Whiskey, well then check here . . ..

Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

Bushmills Black Bush is predominately single malt whiskey matured in Oloroso sherry casks and blended to perfection with just enough single grain whiskey to lighten and sweeten it. The aromas are soft sweet bread with nuts and a tart made with raisins, apples, honey with delicate spices and hints of vanilla. The light delicate palate is full with almond oil, apple, pear, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg, providing a warmth that is vibrant and freshening while also revealing minerals. These flavors linger, showing each sweet component against an herbaceous back note that resolves into a full, harmonious sapidity that is a pleasure to sip neat, or with a touch of water or an ice cube.

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Powers Irish Whiskey

Powers Gold Label is made with a high percentage of Irish pure pot still whiskey from the Midleton distillery (about 80%); Plentiful, multifaceted and full of flavor, it is also considered to be Ireland's favorite whiskey-- which is saying something! To smell Powers you find a few canned apricots or peaches in the back buried under large malty barley with lite caramel, followed by soft spices and a hint of dry pepper. Sharp flavors lead, fully seasoned with pure pot still spices, with some damp wood, and more black pepper. It seems light on the malted grains (from the nosing), and shows more of the un-malted grains. The finish is long, round, and sour with lingering warmth. Perfect on ice or a Cocktail:
This is a lovely drink, do try it.

mil maolaigh

Build in Old Fashion Glass:
3, or 4 tart berries muddled until crushed, add
2 Oz Powers Irish Whiskey
1/2 Oz Celtic Crossing
1/2 Oz Irish Mist
Splash of Soda
Ice to the top.

I have reviewed other Irish Whiskey here . . ..

Bushmills 1608

This is super hard to find now, but what the heck: 
Bushmills 1608, to lionize the 400th anniversary of being 'licensed to distill' by King James I, has released the fine, and eminently drinkable, 1608. This whiskey is a delight-- approachable, remarkably soft, yet still possessing depth and character. The ample nose is delicate, filled with sherry tones, crisped almond slivers drizzled with honey, fresh turned soil, sun dried raspberry, and currants with toasted grains in an old wood cookie jar. A luscious mouthful, starting soft, big, and juicy- toffee notes and neat grains with crisp fruit till the finish when it drys up to clean malted cereal.

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Tyrconnell 10 Year Madeira Finish

This Tyrconnell is a limited release, Irish Single Malt finished in Madeira . . . This wonderful whiskey emits fascinating aromas of gala Apple and halva with ginger. The full and immediate flavors are rich, vigorous and dry, ranging from stewed dried apricot, papaya, date, apple, berry and blood orange to candied ginger, dark chocolate, treacle, roasted almonds and hints of leather and flowers. The finish softly transitions from fruit to spice while showing a dark wood richness. This is exquisite whiskey- a treasure to be savored neat or with a drop of water and the time to enjoy it thoroughly. Tyrconnell has just released a total of three 'limited edition' wood finishes, and they are each completely fantastic-- do try them all.

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Jameson is the best selling Irish Whiskey in the world. There is a reason for that: Jameson is a force to be reckoned with and a delicious whiskey to enjoy. With origins that date back to 1780 and a Scottish immigrant in Ireland name John Jameson with a vision for whiskey. There is long, storied history and a following that has been growing exponentially for decades. To let the whiskey tell its side of the story: On the nose you find fruit cake packed with orange, raisins and apricot along side of sandalwood, linseed oil. soft leather—all very enticing. The palate is big, creamy, friendly, intense but never over bearing. The flavors are mouth-filling, with buttery hints of spice balanced inside of a lush opulence with barley malt and nutty sherry notes dancing to the end. This is genuinely arresting whiskey that is a charming pleasure to drink; try it neat, as a shot, on ice, in a cocktail or with a 'Pickle Back'.

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Redbreast 12 Year Old Pure Pot Still

Redbreast is a truly wonderful example of uniquely Irish Whiskey. 'Pure Pot Still' is a method that is utilized only in Ireland; what it is, is Malted Barley blended with un-malted Barley to achieve the mash (the grain base for fermentation). The flavors of 'Pure Pot Still' are more vegetal and herbaceous than 'Single Malt' (100% Malted Barely) because of the un-converted starches in the un-malted Barley.
Redbreast is a perfectly articulated demonstration of this style of Whiskey.
The nose has huge baking spices, brown bread, caramel and soft tree fruit. Some of the flavors that come through are pancake grain, maple, leather, vanilla, butterscotch and dried fruit. The finish just lasts for what seems like a glorious forever showing anise and fudges to fade into soft fruit and call you for another sip.

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Michael Collins Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Named after Michael John ("Mick") Collins, an Irish revolutionary leader [ among many other things including: Director of Intelligence for the IRA, he was Chairman of both the Provisional Government and Commander-in-chief of the National Army, while serving as President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.] Who was shot and killed during the Irish Civil War; Michael Collins was and is a hero on many levels to the people of Ireland. Michael Collins Single Malt Whiskey, like its namesake, is different compared to its peers: it is double distilled (most Irish is triple) in pot stills from 100% malted barley (most Irish Whiskeys are blends), some of which is dried over peat fires (MOST Irish Whiskeys are COMPLETELY Un-Peated). This is a very different Irish Whiskey. At first sniff you are greeted with aromas of dark chocolate, fresh cut lumber- sandalwood, and hibiscus. To taste, it is intricate in maltiness - light, even, and fresh- very friendly. The finish is where it shines: hints of chocolate re-emerge and a light smokiness with clean malt flavors that linger showing light spiciness and oak notes that gracefully fade.

I have reviewed other Irish Whiskey here . . ..

Tyrconnell 10 Year Port Wood Finish

This glorious example of Irish Single Malt is finished in a Port cask after being double distilled and aged for 10 years in American Oak. Tyrconnell Port finish leads with aromas of wild strawberry, currants, tea, elegant tropical fruit and herbs. It is incredibly opulent with exultant malt tones and limpid oak spice to create an irresistible call to relish. Replete and contiguous flavors are copious, seductive and elaborate, beginning with supple ripe fruit ( apricot, Black Currant, straw dried sultanas, mango, fig and strawberry ), moving to candied ginger, baking chocolate, dry-roasted nut, delicate spice and malty malt. The finish lightly modulates through each of the manifold nuances patiently, with finesse and grace leaving only a saporous invocation for another taste. This whiskey is recherché- each sip is a new bliss. Savor this neat or with water and plenty of time to enjoy all of its glory.

I reviewed other terrific Irish Whiskey here . . ..

Bushmills 21 Year Single Malt

This is an excellent example of finespun, well crafted Irish Single Male. This delicious whiskey began as 100% malted Barley, it is fermented into a low-wine and then distilled 3 times before beginning an elaborate aging process. First it is aged separately in bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks for at least 19 Years; then these well heeled spirits are married together into a Madeira cask to 'finish' the spirit for an additional 2 years. The resulting whiskey provide a lifted, fruit perfume filled nose, soft and pulpy, apricot yogurt, toffee, chocolate and berries with oats, sugar and cream. Palate starts sweet and juicy, some nuttiness, treacle, cocoa, toffee again and subtle grains. The flavor begin with apricot and end up with redcurrant or cherry with all of this articulated marzipan, nuts and brittle in the middle. It maintains a precarious, and glorious balance to finishes with a very light smokiness and mixed oak tones mingled with fruit.

Also I have reviewed other Irish Whiskey here . . ..

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Connemara 12

Connemara is a totally unusual Irish Whiskey. Where most Irish is un-peated, triple distilled blends-- Connemara is fully peated, double distilled, Single Malt Whiskey. Leave it to those innovative Irish Pioneers at the Cooley Distillery (Malt Advocates Distillery of the Year!) they are always up to something crazy and it is always delicious! When nosed the whiskey shows smoke, cider, flowers, light anise tones, and sweet pipe tobacco. The mouth-feel is full and rich with soft oak (warmed honey, cedar and vanilla), fruit leather and just the slightest hint of basil. The finish is very pleasant with mists of salt, peat and cherries that lingers and is complex. This, like all of the Cooley Whiskeys, is an amazing whiskey-- especially for the peat lover in the house.

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John L. Sullivan-- Irish Whiskey

Here we a brand new Whiskey named after John L Sullivan who is recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing and the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing a title he held from Feb 7, 1881 through 1892. To get to the Whiskey, the scents are tart and fresh with corn scents some honey and citrus zest. The flavors are bold and vibrant revealing sapid spices at play with citrus and malt subtleties. The mouth-feel is oily and lingers with tenacious gusto. The finish is long and shows a generous restatement of the flavors. Like it's name sake, this whiskey packs a punch and it comes out a winner over and over again. Try this one on ice, in a high-ball or a tasty adult beverage.

I hate to cave into packaging but this a really cool bottle and the whiskey is nice too.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


Kilbeggan is a blended Irish Whiskey that is exceptionally tasty, and usually quite a bang for the buck (-$20!). It is delectably suave, and delightfully inviting whiskey. This is what most people think of when they think of Irish Whiskey: Light body, with some spiciness, some sweetness, and a clean finish. If we search a bit from the nose, we find traces of sweet malt, just hinting at sherry, covering fresh grains. Delving past the scents to taste, we find that the tempting aromas have evolved into teeming malt, flexing itself briskly (with glory) all over the palate, gaining in sweetness as it progresses. The finish drys up with lite oak vanilla creaminess, that
seems to invite us to have another. Quite nice.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Paddy's Irish Whiskey

Another new Irish Whiskey?? Well no, this one has been around a while (although unavailable in the US for around a decade). The good news-- it is here now. The bad news-- it is only here for a couple months.

Originally known as Cork Distillery Company Old Irish Whiskey, Paddy was first produced in 1789 (name changed to Paddy in 1912). In 1881 the company hired a young local named Paddy Flaherty as a salesman. If you crossed paths with him, he made sure you tried some of his whiskey. Soon every customer was calling and requesting "Paddy Flaherty's whiskey". This went on until 1912 when the distillery officially renamed it. This whiskey had been away from the US for a long time, and we are glad to have it back. Aromas of soft vanilla caramel with hints of light grains and persimmon resolve on the palate entry that is smooth, brisk and clean-- this whiskey is delicate finesse. The finish is smooth, crisp and short with a tiny touch of spice at the end. Try this any way you can think of—it will work.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Kilbeggan 15 Year Old

To continue on our treatments of Irish Whiskey i happily present: Kilbeggan 15
A tremendous 15 year-old, small batch, limited edition whiskey bottled to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Kilbeggan distillery. To make it even more special, a lovely decanter holds the gift of this gorgeous whiskey. The nose is creamy like an apple custard with wonderful spices backing it up and lucullan honey sweetness lifting it out of the glass. The flavors range from sweet stewed fruits and vanilla tones that flatter the rich malt nuances to vivid mineral and spice that bring vibrant warmth. On the finish, hints of toffee and treacle emerge amidst the lingering toasty oak ribaldry-- this is an excellent whiskey that is a joy to drink neat, or even with a little ice.

I also reviewed  more wonderful Irish Whiskey here . . ..


This Irish Single Malt is friendly and courteous. On first sniff there is easy oranges, and casual inviting oak tones. The flavors unfolding on the palate are neat, and clear; they hint at tasty honeyed soft fruit-- pears, peaches, golden apples -- in their essence, without cloying sweetness. Then The Tyrconnell finishes with more elegant oak twisted up with the malt to make a lingering finale with a creamy vanilla popping in to show off. The bottle say it perfectly: "Fresh malty bouquet, smooth sweet taste, delicate dry finish".

I also review more wonderful Irish Whiskey here . . ..

Greenore 8

Since St Patric's day is coming up i thought it would be nice to show off some Irish Whiskey. So to start off a string of reviews here it is:Greenore Single Grain is yet another unparalleled product from Cooley Distillery (winners of Malt Advocate's Distillery of the Year). Distilled from maize/corn and aged in American oak, it is the ONLY Single Grain Whiskey available from Ireland. This month we are going to enjoy the 8 Year old. The aromas are nuanced—sumptuous—inviting--elegant: Soft vanilla, green apple, corn, white tea, lemon and toasty grains. These clean, fresh smells fall lightly onto your palate in a finespun, oily mouth-feel with flavors of vanilla, marchpane or crème caramel mingled with fruitier tones like an apple or lemon bouchee; preposterously enjoyable to drink. The finish lingers, showing finally some warm baking spices to clean up the palate and insist on another drink.

If you are looking for some more Irish write ups, they are here. . ..

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


The Irishman Original Clan Irish Whiskey was conceived and blended by Bernard Walsh. Bernard selects a single malt and Pure Pot Still (a mash bill of malted and unmalted barley) that were triple distilled and aged in Bourbon barrels. Then he blends 70% Single malt and 30% Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey to create this is a unique style of outstanding Irish Whiskey. The aromas are tantalizing, sweet and creamy showing pepper, vanilla, dried fruits, malt, honey, toasted nuts and spice. Following the aromas in a sweet, rich mouth feel that extremely well balanced and showing more fruit and elegantly integrated flavors. The finish lingers with on raisin, cereal, candied nuts, minerals and spice. This is a tasty whiskey that is a pleasing delight to imbibe; try it neat, with a splash of water, on ice or in a spirit focused cocktail.

I have reviewed other Irish Whiskey here . . ..

Tequila Tuesday: NOM 1414 Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V.

Reception @ 1414
This Tequila Tuesday is post 2 (of 3) about my trip to Jalisco, with some pictures trip. The second distillery is NOM 1414 Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V.. I wrote up the tequila here, so if you want a tasting note refresher info just click. Here are some pictures

Agave @ 1414
Agave @ 1414
Agave @ 1414  
Distillery puppies...

Hornos at 1414

Hornos @ 1414
  The agave is halved & quartered (cogollo-removed) agave steam-roasted without pressure in brick kiln ovens with 36hr roast that includes a 6hr pre-roast to melt-off bitters and 6hr cool-down.
It is fermented in stainless steel using an indigenous yeast strain that is taken from the agave field that has a presence of lime, orange & pomelo citrus pollens.
Shredder @ 1414
Fermenters @ 1414

It is double-distilled in copper-pot stills to approximately 56% ABV and the reduced with reverse-osmosis demineralized water . . .
Stills @ 1414

Stillroom from outside @ 1414
Stills @ 1414

Stills @ 1414

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Then it is aged for 4+ months in third-fill, American White Oak that was formally used for Bourbon Whiskey and finally it is bottled at 40% ABV.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Mezcal Monday: San Nicolás Cocktail

Well it is Mezcal Monday and this week the drink I made is with Mezcal Mina Real Reposado. The idea was to do a variation on a Chapala with mezcal. The lemon and the orange mix is a tad simple with tequila (very good summer drink), but using mezcal instead of tequila and walnut bitters instead of grenadine made this a deep and classy cocktail. Here is the recipe:

San Nicolás

2 Oz Mezcal Mina Real Reposado
1/2 Oz Lemon Juice
1/2 Oz Orange Juice
2-3 Dashes Fee Brother's Black Walnut Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Express the oils of an orange zest across the top.

Relax and enjoy San Nicolás is here...

The name is from a town in Oaxaca that has lemon, oranges and walnuts growing and mezcal... There is mezcal.

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