Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey

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For me, Tennessee whiskey looks like bourbon’s wild neighbour. Its smell and taste differs from bourbon whiskey so much, its character’s so robust.

I think the point is the Lincoln County Process according to which the whiskey is filtered through a huge layer of sugar maple charcoal. Definitely that makes a difference in the Jack Daniel’s aroma.

One day I got a chance to taste interesting Jack Daniel’s product – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey. That’s nice idea: every barrel brings whiskey with unique flavor. So you can’t say that you tasted  Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel because you tasted whiskey just from one barrel.

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Bruichladdich Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 yo

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Bruichladdich Distillery is the one of three «B» (Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain) Islay distilliries which produce lightly peated whisky. That’s why whiskies from these distilliries are often regarded as «not typical Islay single malt whisky».

By the way, Bruichladdich  is very old distillery, on of the oldest  at Islay. For a long period of time it has its  owners keeping changed each other so quickly and constantly that no one of them could set things going.. Invergordon Distillers и JBB / Whyte & Mackay , last two ex-owners were at the helm sequentially from  1968. They‘ve managed to stabilize situation.

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Auchentoshan Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Auchentoshan Classic Single Malt Whisky is another attempt to release a single malt whisky for beginners at a reasonable price. Such whiskies are very attractive because of their extremely low prices but some doubts about their quality are present though.

I had have the experience testing similar Bowmore Distillery product, and the result of that test encourages me to taste another young single malt scotch.

Auchentoshan Classic is produced at Auchentoshan Distillery, one of only three distilleries located in the Lowland region.

It’s known that Lowland whiskies are smooth and delicate. Auchentoshan Distillery traditionally uses triple distillation and unpeated malt so accordingly press release spirits produced there have especially mild flavour.

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Belgian beer round-up #1

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Almost ten years are gone since I’ve fell in love with liquors.

To be honest, nor whisky nor cognac or other noble spirits were the reason for my love. It was beer that caught me and turned me to alcohol enthusiast.

Yes, it wasn’t just cheap lager but German weizenbier (wheat beer) and  rauchbier (smoked beer), Czech velvet beer and other unusual things. And the most interesting beer for me were Belgian ales.

This is short Belgian beer round-up, just three kinds among others I sipped recently: two ales and one kriek.

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Old Virginia Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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For a long time I was going to tell about a couple of premium bourbons I love very much. But it turned out otherwise, and now I write about one little known bourbon which is always within easy reach of my hand. It’s called Old Virginia Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and I’m used to choosing it when I make cocktails with bourbon.

I can’t find enough information concerning this whiskey. It’s known that Old Virginia brand is owned by French company Le Martiniquaise which also owns several little known whisky, vodka and gin brands. It seems like these ones as well as Old Virginia Bourbon are distributed mainly in France.

In Russia these brands are available through French retailer Auchan. And Auchan hypermarket was the place where I’ve bought a bottle of Old Virginia Kentucky Straight Bourbon aged for six years.

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Bowmore Legend Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Bowmore Distillery is one of few distilleries located at the isle of Islay, a region famous for heavy peated and smoky whiskies produced there.

Internet sources tell that Bowmore whiskies aren’t heaviest ones but well-balanced in taste and aroma. Peat is definitely there but smokiness is less featured.

I’m interesting in Islay whiskies very much, so one day I was very happy to buy a bottle of Bowmore Legend Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It was very cheap, and at first I was concerned about its quality. But all my fears gone when I opened the bottle and smelt aroma.

Bowmore Legend is defined as NAS (No Age Stated) but some sources insist that it’s aged for eight years.

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Appleton Estate V/X Jamaican Rum

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Here in Russia where winter lasts from November to April at the best, words “Jamaican rum” usually mean sunny weather, sea breeze and siesta with decent ice-cold drink. And what do we think about when speaking about Jamaican rum? My very first thoughts are always about Appleton rums.

I’m not mad about rum. That’s not the spirit I prefer to use in my favourite drinks. But one day I saw a bottle of Appleton Estate V/X standing on the shelf in supermarket, and something drove me to buy it immediately. I think it was my hate towards cold weather because this winter was abnormally cold.

Sources in the Internet said that Appleton Estate V/X is the blend of fifteen rum aged between five and ten years. All spirits are distilled in copper still pots. Rums are aged in Jack Daniel’s Tennesee whisky casks made of American oak and then charred. After blending rums are marriaged in casks for months before bottling.

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