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Yesterday, I learned that I was to receive a few new samples from Mosaiq (the brand owners of Lemon Hart Rum). These samples will represent new extensions of the Lemon Hart line-up. Many of you know that Lemon Hart has introduced a spice...
Yesterday, I learned that I was to receive a few new samples from Mosaiq (the brand owners of Lemon Hart Rum). These samples will represent new extensions of the Lemon Hart line-up. Many of you know that Lemon Hart has introduced a spiced rum, Lemon Hart Spiced, (one which I had a small role in helping to develop); however, I suspect that not many persons know of the new Lemon Hart Original One Hundred, British Proof Reserve which is soon to land in the North American travel (duty free) market. As a warm-up to my reviews of the new Lemon Hart Rums, I thought it would be a nice idea to republish my review for the iconic Lemon Hart 151, which I reviewed two years ago. I have not changed anything except to add a brief history of the brand at the beginning of the review. You may read the fully revised review by clicking on the following excerpt: Review: Lemon Hart Demerara 151 Rum “… The rum is bottled at 75.5 % alcohol by volume, and the evaporating alcohol gives everything a big push into the air causing this astringency. I can smell molasses and rummy burnt caramel which seems to come in waves at me. Dark dried fruits like prunes and raisins rise up as well in a bouquet that despite the astringency is very complex and enticing. Baking spices build quickly, and smells of rich brown sugars enter the fray as well as the sweet aroma of canned fruit (peaches and apricots) …” At the conclusion of the review are two nice recipes, the Guyana Zombie, (credit to Tiare’s great website, A Mountain Of Crushed Ice) and my recipe, Hart Breaker. Please enjoy the review! (Of course my reviews for the new Lemon Hart Spiced and Lemon Hart Original One Hundred, British Proof Reserve will be forthcoming in the next several weeks.) Tagged: Cocktails, Hart Breaker, Lemon Hart, Lemon hart 151, Mosaiq, Overproof Rum, Rum, Rum Review, Zombie
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Dave Russell is back with details about another endangered rum. See what he has to say about Rhum J.M ’94. ___________________________________________ Rhum J.M 1994 – at first glance, it might look like any other Rhum J.M, u...
Dave Russell is back with details about another endangered rum. See what he has to say about Rhum J.M ’94. ___________________________________________ Rhum J.M 1994 – at first glance, it might look like any other Rhum J.M, until you notice the traditional label is made of embossed leather! That extra level of adornment is about as boastful as J.M gets. And believe you me, this rhum vieux agricole offers plenty to boast about. Rare as a French hen’s teeth, J.M 1994 is everything you love about AOC Martinique agricoles, and nothing less. J.M’s 1994 pushes superlatives – delicately aromatic and sublimely flavorful – a rhum that asks no favors and makes no excuses. Rhum J.M 1994 shows a beautiful shade of amber with orange highlights. Aromas are proud but delicate, floral, subtle and intoxicating; with some earthy sugarcane, sweet anise, fresh dried tobacco and young leather, charcoal-smoky with sweet notes of caramel, mildly spicy, with hints of tropical fruit. Tasting reveals flavors that adding physical dimension to the aromas. For many newcomers to rum, agricoles are an acquired taste, but J.M’s 1994 vintage is so refined it may force a recalibration of your palate. Alas, most of us won’t get the opportunity to do so. With US allocation numbering in the tens of bottles, only the lucky few will ever taste Rhum J.M’s exquisite 1994 vintage. Under those circumstances, price isn’t the concern, acquisition becomes the goal. $230. _______________________________________________________ To read more of Dave’s work check out The Rum Gallery. The post Endangered Rums: ’94 JM appeared first on Rum Connection.
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It’s Dramming Time! Well done. You’ve done it. You have successfully survived that terrible, great summer to emerge on the other side into the more customary wind and rain (speaking if you are in the UK of course). Well, I am...
It’s Dramming Time! Well done. You’ve done it. You have successfully survived that terrible, great summer to emerge on the other side into the more customary wind and rain (speaking if you are in the UK of course). Well, I am here to tell you that it isn’t all bad. We here at TWL have been cooking up a few things for you to look forward to this autumn, including a handful of exciting new bottlings, our Blind Islay Fury series and more festivals than you can shake a stick at! Plus the usual news and quiz… NEW BOTTLINGS As you know, we don’t often delve into the dark arts of bottling whiskies ourselves, but occasionally we are offered things to good to be true that we think you need to taste! So we therefore submit for your pleasure the following little beauties. As always we have bottled these all in the 20cl format, although a couple of them are also available in 70cl this time round! THE BOMB Blended Malt Whisky First up we have a very new and exciting pair, inspired by a certain US TV series. Both are technically blended malts but the majority of the liquid is actually the product of one distillery – one that you would rarely see in an independent bottling and goes by the uber-glamorous title of Westport in its ‘tea spooned’ format. Regardless this stuff is incredible, matured for 15 years in traditional ex-Bourbon casks but then finished for a matter of weeks in tiny 50 litre Octaves that previously contained Pedro Ximinez or Oloroso sherries. The result is big, rich and spicy whiskies, with the Oloroso (47.4%) being more mocha/chocolatey and the PX (45.4%) being more sweet, fruity and juicy. The 20cl PX is just £21.99 inc. UK delivery and the Oloroso is £22.99, whilst the 70cl versions are just £60.99 and £61.99 respectively. The Legendary Salty Sea-Dog BATCH 2 After the sell-out success of the first litter, how could we deny you some more? This single malt version is feisty, unruly with utterly no respect for discipline or its elders. if you like your Islay malts vigorous, salty and with plenty of youthful peaty notes then this is the one for you! The Salty Sea-Dog is just £20.99 for a 20cl bottle including UK delivery. FESTIVALS! Our final three festivals of what has been a humungous year are coming up fast! If you haven’t already got your tickets for Manchester and York you’d better be quick as these are just about full up. For Aberdeen folk we have our usual juicy early bird offer of 2 tickets for £40 on for a limited period. Just click on the relevant banner above to be taken to the booking pages. Yes its that time of year again when we roll out Islay’s newest and/or finest in the blind tasting series that everyone loves! Come and test your palate to the max among similarly minded whisky-nuts as we taste six whiskies from Scotland’s (mainly) peaty whisky isle! The dates: LONDON  Tuesday 29th October, The Red Lion, SW1 LONDON  Wednesday 30th October, The Red Lion, SW1 BRIGHTON Thursday 31st October, The Hilton Metropole SHEFFIELD Tuesday 12th November, The Blake Hotel LEEDS Wednesday 13th November, The Cross Keys YORK Friday 15th November, The Brigantes NEWCASTLE Friday 22nd November, Blackfriars MANCHESTER Saturday 23rd November, The Britons Protection These dates are now available to book online at only £20 per person – simply click on the relevant date/venue combination. NEWS A round-up of the latest industry news… 2nd October 2013 – The Spirits Business FIRST EVER BRITISH BLENDED WHISKY RELEASED 30th September 2013 – The Spirits Business DISTILLER PLANNED FOR HISTORIC BIRTHPLACE OF SCOTCH 27th September 2013 – The Spirits Business REDBREAST 21 YEAR OLD IRISH DISTILLERS’ POT STILL FAMILY 26th September 2013 – The Drinks Business GLENFIDDICH LAUNCHES FIRST NO-AGE STATEMENT COLLECTION 25th September 2013 – Off Licence News KILCHOMAN RELEASES 2007 VINTAGE 24th September 2013 – The Spirits
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New City of Waterloo Museum exhibit features Seagram’s V.O. (Waterloo, Ont. – Oct. 7, 2013) The City of Waterloo Museum’s latest exhibit, Initial success: 100 years of V.O. Whisky, showcases the product’s 100-year-old history. What:  Ini...
New City of Waterloo Museum exhibit features Seagram’s V.O. (Waterloo, Ont. – Oct. 7, 2013) The City of Waterloo Museum’s latest exhibit, Initial success: 100 years of V.O. Whisky, showcases the product’s 100-year-old history. What:  Initial success: 100 years of V.O. Whisky     Where: City of Waterloo Museum, located at Conestoga Mall (near the food court) When: Oct. 2, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014  There is a mystery surrounding the origins and naming of Seagram’s V.O., one of the most well-known whiskies produced at the former Waterloo distillery. Family tradition states that “V.O.” stands for “Very Own,” as this was a whisky blend created for the nuptials of Joseph E. Seagram’s son Thomas to Dorothy Pearson in 1913. Others claim that the initials stand for “Very Old” in keeping with the distiller’s assertion that it was a blend of very old Canadian whiskies. Initial success: 100 Years of V.O. Whisky traces the product’s 100 year old history, with highlights into the life of Thomas and Dorothy, its production, packaging and marketing while trying to demystify the origins of the initials. Throughout the exhibition, the integral relationship of Seagram’s V.O. with Waterloo is highlighted. Of particular interest are photographs and artifacts from the production and bottling stages at the former Seagram Waterloo Distillery. No matter what the facts, this famous Canadian whisky is still “honoured the world over” as “only V.O. is V.O.” The City of Waterloo Museum is open Wednesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission for all. Information on this exhibit is available by visiting www.waterloo.ca/museum.
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Reader’s Challenge 2013 results
Reader’s Challenge 2013 results
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Glen Grant 1953 / Rare Vintage / Gordon & MacPhail A 1953 vintage from Glen Grant distillery, matured in first fill and refill sherry casks for over 50 years. Bottled in 2006 by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Rare Vintage series. £6...
Glen Grant 1953 / Rare Vintage / Gordon & MacPhail A 1953 vintage from Glen Grant distillery, matured in first fill and refill sherry casks for over 50 years. Bottled in 2006 by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Rare Vintage series. £665.00  (£554.17 ex vat) Click here to buy Glen Grant 1953 Rare Vintage
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UK vlogger Joe Ellis a.k.a Whisky Wednesday reviews Mackmyra Bruks Whisky. http://youtu.be/SzckPBgnHvg http://Facebook.com/whiskytube http://Twitter.com/whiskytube
UK vlogger Joe Ellis a.k.a Whisky Wednesday reviews Mackmyra Bruks Whisky. http://youtu.be/SzckPBgnHvg http://Facebook.com/whiskytube http://Twitter.com/whiskytube
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www.ralfy.com spends a short, but quality moment with Whisky Review 399 – Cooper’s tools
www.ralfy.com spends a short, but quality moment with Whisky Review 399 – Cooper’s tools
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There are two new GlenDronach releases for Germany. The first is a GlenDronach 2002 PX for The Whisky Fair and the other one a GlenDronach 1993 for The Whisky Agency. Cask number 4. I’ve tried cask #12 earlier, and I bought a bottle of c...
There are two new GlenDronach releases for Germany. The first is a GlenDronach 2002 PX for The Whisky Fair and the other one a GlenDronach 1993 for The Whisky Agency. Cask number 4. I’ve tried cask #12 earlier, and I bought a bottle of cask #3 which I thought was clearly better. All of these are oloroso butts. GlenDronach 20 yo 1993 (53,6%, OB for The Whisky Agency 2013, oloroso sherry butt #4, 664 btl.) Nose: a very elegant and aromatic nose with a rosebud / rosehip syrup / waxed oak combination that is truly fantastic. Incensed church and old leather. Some earthy / leafy notes in the background. Then some chocolate almonds and walnut cake. Just a little sticky caramel and meaty hints, but they come and go – easy to forgive. Mouth: sweet, with truckloads of figs, dates and sultanas. A slight gingery heat. Black cherries. Cinnamon. Slowly moving towards coffee beans and herbal notes. Cigar leaves. Drying out. Finish: very long, dry, with a nice bittersweet balance. Echoes of sweet Vermouth. A great middle-aged GlenDronach. Nice selection by TWA. In case you’ve missed cask #3 from the official single casks batch #8, check this out. Around € 150. Score: 91/100
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