A favourite pastime of mine is having a peek at other folks drinks cabinets to see what’s lurking there.
My friends in Bournemouth pulled out Stroh 60.
Never having tried Austrian rum before – I gave it a go.
A rather strange reddish hue greeted me on pouring – along with that burnt rubber, dark molasses heavy treacle kind of nose.
Very sweet towards the finish – almost liqueur like – which just about hid the 60% strength alcoholic punch.
Indeed punch might be a more apt descriptor of this ravel novelty style drink.
There’s also an 80% version.
I happened to pick up a miniature when last in Scotland!
The reddish hue & burnt rubber were still there – but no amount of sweetener could calm the rather harsh & biting 80% kick coming through.
Until the finish that is – rather sweet & sticky.
If anything – the 60 version was more palatable.
Just wondering at which point a rum becomes a liqueur with Stroh?
All photos authors own.
A random bar in Bournemouth.
A random whisky which resonated.
My home town of Athlone has streets & areas named after participants of The Siege Of Athlone in 1691 where Williamite forces overcame the Jacobites defending the town.
So how did this affordable blend with a rich history taste?
An initial caramel nose develops into an engaging soft smokiness with hints of some depth.
A smooth palate of vanilla, caramel & richer butterscotch.
More of that faint smoke comes through on the finish with a warm hug which raised the bar of this blend enough for me to order another dram.
So who is behind this blend?
Apart from the back story, the bottle label doesn’t give much away – apart from an NN8 1LT postcode which happens to be the HQ for the Bookers Cash & Carry chain.
Wherever Bookers sourced The Jacobite from, it’s an easy accessible blend with an attractive finish – & a long reaching historical name – which connected with me on a number of levels.
Just the kind of whisky I enjoy encountering – randomly.
All photographs authors own.
The random bar was Drop The Anchor Tap House, Tuckton.