Tag Archives: ABV

Armagh Craft Cider, Dry, 4.5%

After tasting the Craft Cider Battered Haddock Fillets a few weeks ago – I thought a gargle of the cider wouldn’t go amiss.

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Armagh Craft Cider comes in Sweet, Medium & Dry versions – I choose Dry as it suits my palate best.

Fresh fruity apple nose.

Very easy in the mouth.

It’s on the finish the orchard notes come to the fore.

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A pleasing summer evening’s tipple.

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Dead Centre, Vivid Trinity, 9.5%

Imperial Stout Aged in ex-rum barrels.

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Rich, sweet dark molasses with a touch of coffee.

Slips down too easily for such a monster of a beer.

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Four months in rum barrels has added so much enjoyable flavour to the mix.

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Yet more delights from Dead Centre Brewing!

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Killarney 8 Year Old, Imperial Stout Barrel Aged Irish Whiskey, 46% & Killarney Whiskey Cask Aged Imperial Stout, 9.6%

In advance of their €24 million combined whiskey distillery & brewery coming on stream, Killarney Distilling Co have released this limited edition duo.

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Comprising of an 8 year old blended whiskey finished in their own Imperial Stout casks – as well as the Imperial Stout finished in whiskey casks – they make for an exclusive pairing.

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The 8yo wasn’t giving much away. Quite soft & shy on the nose.

More powerful on the palate. Subtle sweet grain mixed with wholesome malt augmented by the undertones of barrel finishing.

A rather lively & fresh finish rounded this agreeable blend off.

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The Imperial Stout had a richness & depth from the whiskey barrels – but I found the carbonation a tad too lively – which distracted my palate from the complexity within.

Leaving it to sit for a while brought out a creaminess – adding to the enjoyment.

A worthy pair to kick start the exciting journey Killarney Distilling Co are embarking on!

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Coop Smooth White Caribbean Rum, 37.5%

I do love trying out these entry level own brand offerings.

There’s no pretence, airs & graces or big price tag.

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Just plain & simple no nonsense spirit.

There’s a smidgen of information with this one.

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Blended in the Netherlands using Caribbean Rum & bottled in the UK for the Co-op.

A fairly soft & subtle nose with a faint kiss of funk.

Nice mouthfeel.

Growing heat on the finish with a soupçon of spice to keep it entertaining.

A pleasant easy drinker.

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Dimple Scotch Whisky, Blend, 70 Proof

On 1st January 1980 the UK adopted the European ABV system over the older Sikes method.

To convert proof to ABV multiply by 4 & divide by 7 – giving you 40%.

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This bottle of Dimple – courtesy John Haig & Co Ltd Distillers, Markinch – is therefore at least 41 years in the bottle.

Age hasn’t been kind.

It’s fusty, flat & a bit lifeless.

Enjoy your whisky freshly bottled – before the sparkle fades.

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Stokerij De Molenberg, 3rd Anniversary Edition 2016, Sola Jerez, 46%, Blend.

I don’t know why I left it so long to open this bottle.

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All the Belgian whiskies I’ve had the pleasure of encountering before were very enjoyable – and this one is no exception.

Elegantly presented in a striking box replete with information as to the make up of this blend – a uniquely attractive bottle sits inside.

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Regardless of packaging or cask details however – a tasting is what counts – 2016 Sola Jerez is a delight!

Rich sherry aromas rise from the glass on pouring.

The mouthfeel is warm, flavourful & engaging – with an appreciable bite on the finish which only adds to the appeal.

A complex interplay of the differing maturation casks used.

If only I could travel to Belgium to enjoy more of De Molenberg’s output!

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Dingle, Around The Clock, Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, 12%

What’s unusual about Around The Clock is that both the beer & the whiskey barrels it’s aged in are part of the same company – PorterHouse.

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Displaying a dark, heavy & rich treacly quality augmented by a sweetness from the Dingle Whiskey barrels – Around The Clock is a fine example of the barrel aged category.

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Luzhou Laojiau Six Years Ton Qu, Baijiu, 52%

Another immaculately presented bottle with a very distinctive design.

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Another strong tasting Baijiu from the Luzhou Laojiau company.

On a back to back with the clay pot Zisha Quo I couldn’t discern much of a taste difference.

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Maybe it’s just down to the fancy packaging?

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Dead Centre, Preciou2 Cargo, Sherry Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel, 9.2%

I never got hold of Preciou1 Cargo – but popping down to the Dead Centre Brewery to collect my tasty takeaway pizza – Preciou2 was on display.

So I bought it.

Combining 2 of my favourite styles of beer – barrel aged – sherry this time – and Belgian Tripel – the results were a delight.

Despite the 9.2% ABV this is seductively easy to drink.

Starting off with a beguiling lightness on the palate, heavier rich notes of maltiness & treacly undertones develop.

A touch of nuttiness on the finish only adds to the experience.

Preciou2 Cargo was brewed to celebrate Dead Centre’s 2nd Birthday.

With beer this good – let there be many more!

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