Tag Archives: Nick Cave

Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey, 40%

Every now and then a TV show comes along which just seems to capture the imagination.

Peaky Blinder on BBC 2 has certainly done that.

With a growing fanbase worldwide and racking up big viewing figures, the show is now available on Netflix.

There’s a strong Irish link in the story line, Irish actors pepper the cast and a lot of the ‘behind the scenes’ crew are Irish too.

So it’s entirely fitting an enterprising company would release a trio of spirits – gin, rum and whiskey – on the back of the show – and that the whiskey in question is Irish Whiskey.

I couldn’t wait to get hold of a bottle!

IMG_0308 email
Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey c/othewhiskeynut

Now there has been some controversy over the term ‘Product Of The British Isles’ printed on the label – which incidentally is common to both the gin & rum too.

As a geographical term – technically it’s correct. Ireland is part of the British Isles. But the term has geo-political implications which you can read about here from Wikipedia.

Such disputes would not have deterred gang leader Tommy Shelby from plying his trade – and nor will it stop my pastime of drinking whiskey.

So? Is it any good?

Well. To start off with. It looks like some of the aforementioned Mr Shelby’s victims have been allowed to bleed all over the mixing barrel. The colour is a deep ruby red which even allowing for ‘Aged In Sherry Casks’ seems a bit dark. Much like a lot of the excellent music featured in the show.

The nose follows on in this theme with rich sweet & dark notes with a bit of depth. I’m suspecting Oloroso or PX casks were used to get the very inviting aromas here,

The taste is – well – WOW!

I wasn’t expecting this from a reasonably priced blend,

Now it does start off rather softly – just like Mr Shelby sweet talking to you. The gentle sweetness & warmth guiles you in.

Then POW!

A gorgeous hit of rich, dry prickliness envelopes the mouth with soft spice & tangy fruits.

Tommy-Shelby-blood
Don’t mess with the Peaky Blinders c/otheinternet

Like a blow from Tommy – you are left reeling from the experience as the dry sensation slowly fades.

This is very nice.

So who is behind the blend?

IMG_0310 email
Sadler’s c/othewhiskeynut

Sadler’s are a brewery based in the West Midlands of the UK. They obtained the whiskey from Halewood International who are a marketing & distribution company with worldwide reach based in Liverpool. Halewood previously released The Pogues Irish Whiskey – to much acclaim – which was produced for them by West Cork Distillers in Skibbereen.

Draw your own conclusions.

I’ve drawn mine.

From the Peaky Blinders gang – this is a belter of a blend!

Sláinte.

Good Logo

Update August 2019!

Peaky Blinders Irish Whiskey label now states ‘Product Of Ireland’.

 

 

Peaky Blinder Ireland
Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey – Product Of Ireland c/othewhiskyexchange    

AND a Peaky Blinders Bar has opened in Monaghan!

Press the link here.

Music & Whiskey to see out 2016.

Music is the backing track to my life story.

I associate certain songs with different periods in my life and hearing them again can often bring back memories.

Some of those musicians I enjoyed providing that backing track have sadly passed away in 2016 and are recorded below.

Some of the whiskey I enjoyed raising a toast to them is above.

1 David Bowie.  Track; Boys Keep Swinging

2 Prince Buster.  Track; One Step Beyond

3 Paul Kantner & Signe Toly Anderson,  Jefferson Airplane.  Track; White Rabbit

4 Pete Burns, Dead Or Alive.  Track; That’s The Way I Like It

5 Phife Dawg, A Tribe Called Quest.  Track; Can I Kick It?

6 Greg Lake, King Crimson. Track; 21st Century Schizoid Man

7 Bernie Worrell, Funkadelic.  Track; One Nation Under A Groove

8 Rick Parfitt, Status Quo.  Track; Caroline

9 Prince.  Track; Party Like It’s 1999

10 George Michael. Track; Young Guns

Who will you be raising a toast to?

Just remember when it comes to music – Death Is Not The End.

Although it shortly will be for 2016.

Sláinte

Good Logo

 

 

The Aussie Whisky Scene – Curious brands for the local market!

One of the joys about travelling to a different country (Australia in this example) is not just tasting the award winning single malts that are produced there – of which there are plenty – but also sampling some of the everyday blends, brands and bourbons not normally found in my home market of Ireland.

My musical interlude comes from a giant of Australian music – and in the context of a wedding – the response is  ….I do.

The wedding itself – our reason for travelling in the first place – took place in The Willows on St Kilda Rd. Arriving early to the venue for a pre-event drink we were politely refused entry and sent around the corner to a nearby cafe/bar. Unlike in Ireland where the wedding venue would gladly have you in before and after the event – in Australia the custom is to strictly adhere to the booked times. Que sera sera.

At the nearby Hunters Kitchen we were warmly greeted and soon furnished with a tasty snack of warm olives and bread together with a lovely wine for herself and a whisky for myself.

Now my default position would be to go for an Aussie whisky – but as there wasn’t any on offer – the next best thing I could see was a familiar brand but an expression I hadn’t come across before and isn’t generally available in Ireland.

Canadian Club 12yo
Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old c/othewhiskyexchange

I’d found the standard Canadian Club a tad sweet with a soft rye spice finish. I expected a bit more punch off the 12 year old but it didn’t seem to deliver. Smoother and more complex notwithstanding – the extra years didn’t provide a knockout dram.

Back at the wedding – a lovely union between a Tullamore lad and a Melbourne lassie – the drinks flowed, speeches were made and food & festivities abounded. Again the whisky menu was rather limited but I had to try a Cougar to celebrate the coming together of two wonderful people!

DSCF7670 email
Cougar 5 c/othewhiskeynut

A fairly standard bourbon experience was enjoyed – nothing out of the ordinary here – but on talking to a few of the other guests I did think this bourbon was very much a local brand.

My suspicions proved correct the next day when I called in at the local Liquorland store for a chat with the friendly and helpful staff. Just the same way as Lidl, Aldi, Tesco and others do here in Ireland – Coles, Woolworths and others do in Australia. They order up bourbon, gin, brandy or whisky and bottle it under there own brand names. I even found an article on it here

Curiously Cougar is bottled at 37% – which is allowed under Aussie rules. Jim Beam is also at 37% whilst Jack stays at 40% – so check the ABV of your favourite brand before you buy as it may not be the same strength as back home.

I came across a few other of these home brands on my travels.

Whilst doing the Great Ocean Road a few weeks later we stayed in the lovely town of Port Campbell and enjoyed a hearty and enjoyable meal in the local hotel of the same name.

DSCF8197 email
Port Campbell Hotel c/othewhiskeynut

A whisky accompanied the meal – and another ordered at the bar for good measure. It wasn’t too bad. Just a standard Scottish blend by the name of McAllister.  Inver House Distillers seem to be the origin of this Australian brand.

McAllister
McAllister Scotch in Australia c/odanmurphys

I did spot an Irish whiskey in this segment too by the name of Finnlaigh. There shouldn’t be any surprises in reading the back of the bottle that Cooley were responsible for the distilling!  John Teeling’s Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk may soon be the new source.  I didn’t get round to sampling this expression.

DSCF8613 email
Finnlaigh on a Woolworths shelf c/othewhiskeynut

Now I wouldn’t be expecting star quality out of these brands. Many of them are price sensitive. They can often be very good value however and some have gone on to be quite highly rated in competitions so I’m quite happy to give them a trial run when I can.

Even in our last few hours on Aussie soil I still managed to come across another. We stopped off at The Savoy Tavern for a farewell bite to eat before catching the SkyBus at Southern Cross Station.

A lack of an Aussie single malt had me searching for an alternative which I found in a Jim Beam Rye. Didn’t I mention I like a rye now and then?

jb rye
Jim Beam Rye c/odanmurphys

A sweet mellow initial taste morphs into a warm spicy finish. Nothing too complex here -especially as it’s only a 37% release –  but very enjoyable nonetheless. I’m looking forward to a potential release in Ireland!

Whilst enjoying or meal – I did notice a sales rep approach the bar to try and push some whisky brand. Curiosity got the better of me and I enquired after the rep had gone what the brand was.

‘Pure Scot’ came the reply, ‘a Scottish blend made at Bladnoch for an Aussie company’.

Pure Scot
Pure Scot c/odanmurphys

It got me thinking.

How long will it be before a sales rep comes into a bar in Ireland pushing a brand called ‘Pure Oz’ to ride the surf of the growth and quality of Australian whisky?

Judging on my experiences of tasting Aussie whisky – it may be sooner than you think.

Slainte

Good Logo