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Shefford Manor, Canadian Rye, 40%

Shefford Manor was a popular drinking den during the prohibition era – at least according to the story on the label of this Canadian Rye.

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Shefford story c/othewhiskeynut

Very pale in colour – even for  ‘Aged 3 Years’.

The aroma was quite dry. Not a lot going on. A bit spirity & young.

Entertaining on the palate though.

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Pleasant rye. c/othewhiskeynut

Candyfloss sweet. A lush mouthwatering spice crept in leaving a prickly finish.

There was a smoothness to the rye. A depth not expected on such a young offering.

A pleasant enough sipper.

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Asda, Fine Dark Navy Rum, 37.5%, Caribbean

Virtually every UK supermarket has their own brand range of spirits.

Commonly referred to as ‘bottom shelf’  – I’d uncovered a few delightful diamonds in this category & I’m always happy to hunt for more.

Returning from a short trip to Donegal the Asda in Strabane beckoned me.

Their own brand whisky had sold out – is that a sign of quality? – so I pivoted to rum.

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Asda Rum c/othewhiskeynut

‘Superior Quality Blend, Fine Dark Navy Rum, Sourced From The Caribbean’ is the full title, came in a plastic bottle.

Is this a thing now & would it put you off?

At less than £6 for a half bottle – it didn’t deter me.

Could Asda deliver the goods?

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Caribbean rum packed in France c/othewhiskeynut

Sadly not!

Possessing that burnt rubber aroma – previously encountered before – didn’t win me over.

The palate was a little better. Soft, smooth, good mouthfeel & a slight prickly spice on the finish – but that heavy treacly note persisted.

If it floats your boat – fine – but it just sank mine.

Not my cup of tea!

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TinCup American Whiskey, 42%

The most Northern point on the Island of Ireland is in what is often known as The South.

To access the political North from here you travel South.

TinCup American Whiskey proudly displays it’s Colorado heritage on the attractively embossed bottle – as well as the marketing story.

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TinCup story. c/othewhiskeynut

The bulk of the whiskey is actually distilled in Indiana – blended & cut with some Colorado single malt & ‘Pure Rocky Mountain Water’.

So now that’s all clear – what was I doing in The North?

Simple really.

The North – being a different jurisdiction – stocks a more comprehensive & varied array of spirits than The South. Always keen to pick up something new & interesting I called in on an Asda supermarket on my travels & bagged this American Whiskey.

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I like it! c/othewhiskeynut

The design is cool – the marketing is slick – it’s reasonably priced – it made my basket.

A rich golden brown hue with that classic candyfloss bourbon sweetness tempered by a sawdusty dry rye aroma greeted me.

The palate was relatively mellow – yet gradually opened up with smooth vanilla & gently growing peppery spices building to a gorgeously drying finish leaving a tingling prickliness dancing away.

I found the overall presentation of this whiskey extremely endearing & enticing.

The whiskey itself suitably matched the marketing.

A lovely combination of rugged rye & smooth bourbon – stories of the past & visions for the future.

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Jess Graber c/othewhiskeynut

I look forward to further exploring developments from Jess Graber, Colorado Whiskey & Proximo Spirits..

Happy Independence Day!

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JG Kinsey, Dry White Rum, 37.5%, Caribbean .

After enjoying the delights of JG Kinsey Whisky – I pleasingly noticed the addition of a rum to the JG Kinsey range of spirits in my local Dunnes Stores.

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JG Kinsey Rum c/othewhiskeynut

Offered in an attractive metallic blue – the whisky comes in green –  ‘Product Of The Caribbean’ is all you’ll get as to the source of this spirit.

Clear colourless rum with good viscous legs.

A rather soft aroma with subtle hints of sweet fruity funk peeking through.

The palate is very smooth with a silky mouth coating feel. That fruity funk opens up a little developing a light peppery spice to provide the finishing flourish.

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Caribbean Rum c/othewhiskeynut

Very easy drinking quietly exhibiting the attractive attributes I enjoy in a white rum.

Bottled in the UK by R Carmichael & Sons – a subsidiary of the giant InterBev group – years of blending experience shine through in this simply stated yet well delivered rum.

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Jiangxiaboi S100 Chinese Baijiu, 40%

Whiskey has always been a journey of exploration for me. An exploration of tastes, styles & presentations.

Irish Whiskey travels all over the world. Some of the spirits produced in those countries consequently finds it’s way back to Ireland – like this baijiu.

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Chinese Baijiu c/othewhiskeynut

Which I choose to explore.

Baijiu is mainly a sorghum based distillate produced in China. It has a long history – possibly longer than whiskey – and is as diverse too.

For a more detailed account I’d recommend the ScienceDirect.com article by clicking on the highlighted link.

This S100 bottle is a popular seller in China – & happens to be found in Dublin via Asia Market.

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Outer packaging c/othewhiskeynut

The bottle itself is very catchy – unlike anything I’ve encountered in the whiskey world. A cutesy childlike image probably doesn’t sit well with age appropriate rules – but may have assisted sales in China.

The liquid is clear & colourless – much like our indigenous poitín.

The nose isn’t too dissimilar either – but more of a sweet & sour thing going on.

Sweet from the sorghum I presume & sour as in a new make kind of way.

The palate is light & refreshing. A wonderful mouth coating effect gave way to a depth of wholesome flavours that pulled me in.

A soft prickly pepper spice added appeal.

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Back label info c/othewhiskeynut

Yes – I’m left wanting more!

Welcome to baijiu!

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A Pair of Liverpool’s, 12 Year Old, Single Malt Whisky, 46%, 16 Year Old, Single Cask Rum, 43%

There is a Gin Distillery in Liverpool – but as far as I know no whisky or rum is made there.

This pair of plainly – yet strikingly bold – labelled bottles would therefore be sourced spirits for the Liverpool brand who are in turn part of Halewood International.

The simple design appealed to me – along with the high age statements – so a couple of miniatures were ordered – via Just Miniatures.

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12yo Single Malt c/othewhiskeynut

Liverpool Whisky, 12 Year Old, Small Batch, Single Malt, 46%

The whisky is light brown in colour with viscous legs.

A honeyed nose redolent of sweet summer fruits greeted me.

Soft, easy & inviting.

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Back label c/othewhiskeynut

Quite a spirity little number – but possessing a decent depth of flavour & a lovely prickly spice on the finish.

A very nice single malt indeed.

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16yo rum c/othewhiskeynut

Liverpool Rum, 16 Year Old, Small Batch, Single Cask, 43%

A deep golden brown – also with viscous legs.

Sweet caramelly nose with a hint of funk peeking through.

The palate was gentle & smooth. Layers of dark demerara coated the mouth before a growing oaky woodiness added drying tannic spice on the finish.

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Back rum c/othewhiskeynut

These are both fine spirits.

You may not know who or where they were distilled – but they are certainly enjoyable to encounter!

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A pair of Liverpools c/othewhiskeynut

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Ron Baraguá,Oak Aged Dark Rum, 37.5%

Well this is unusual!

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That’s new! c/othewhiskeynut

A tamper proof cap on an Irish released rum.  Not encountered that before.

But then this is a Dominican Republic Rum, bottled in Spain by Teichenné & purchased at my local Lidl.

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Back label info c/othewhiskeynut

Having said that – it wasn’t around for long.  I’ve not seen it gracing the shelves since.

A soft caramelly nose.

Mild & easy on the palate.

Vanilla & caramels develop – along with a touch of dry tannic woodiness.

There’s an attractive prickly spice on the long finish which adds to the character of this very easy going rum.

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Oak Aged = Anejo c/othewhiskeynut

Another bargain basement beauty!

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Old Hopking, Premium White Rum, 37.5%

After having a run of underrated bargain basement beauties with Lidl’s Liberté Rum & Dunnes’ JG Kinsey Whisky – I suppose a disappointment was inevitable.

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Old Hopking White Rum c/othewhiskeynut

Aldi’s Old Hopking White Rum is presented with a rather plain white label that gives little away.

‘Bottled In Germany’ it says. A common practice using ‘Imported Rum’ from undisclosed sources. Where the sugarcane or molasses came from is not stated – nor method of distillation. At this price point  – that information is a bonus.

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‘Perfect for mixing’ c/othewhiskeynut

So onto a taster.

Oh dear!

A perfumed floral aroma greeted me.

More reminiscent of my wife’s gin rather than a rum!

This followed through in the palate – which was smooth & mellow – with a mild heat to keep it real – but otherwise no defining character.

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‘Imported Rum’ c/othewhiskeynut

Old Hopking is a simple easy sipper – but I wasn’t expecting a rose garden in my rum!

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Blacks Golden Rum, 40%

Despite visiting the Sunny South of Ireland – I’ve yet to encounter the sugarcane plantations of Kinsale.

Blacks Brewery & Distillery – based in the town – imported the molasses to make their Golden Irish Rum.

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Ahoy mateys! c/othewhiskeynut

Presented in a distinctively shaped bottle – common across the Blacks Gin & Whiskey spirits range – with an elaborately designed label bearing both the Blacks Crow & a pirate ship – along with other steampunk style contraptions – the suitably golden liquid lured me in.

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Irish Rum c/othewhiskeynut

A heavy funk on the nose – Jamaican style – with a hint of ripe fruitiness on top.

Luscious on the palate – the fruitiness puts in more of an appearance.

A gorgeously growing softly tingling spiciness rounds up this delightful rum – as the gentle funk slowly fades away.

I can see why it achieved Gold at the recent World Rum Awards.

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Intricate design. c/othewhiskeynut

It’s beautifully balanced with a complexity of flavours resulting in a charismatic characterful spirit.

Rum ahoy!

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Patrón, Silver, Reposado & Anejo Tequila, 40%

Cinco De Mayo.

A holiday commemorating the Mexican Army victory over foreign intervention in 1862 – now morphed into a celebration of Mexican identity & culture – often of the alcoholic variety – tequila.

To mark the day I further explored this wonderfully pungent spirit by tasting Patrón’s 3 core releases.

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Los tres amigos c/othewhiskeynut

Silver, Reposado & Anejo.

All are presented in highly attractive & distinctively shaped bottles complete with oversized corks at 40% ABV using 100% blue agave.

Silver is the unaged variety.

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Silver, Blanco, Plata. Unaged. c/othewhiskeynut

It displays the pure clean taste of agave after it’s long growing period & subsequent distillation process to make Tequila.

A lovely pungenty earthy agave note of soft ripe fruits with thick legs and an oily consistency.

The palate was smooth & rich in flavour.

A light peppery spice enlivened the finish over a slowly fading earthiness & attractive heat.

Very enjoyable!

The Reposado is aged for 3 to 5 months in oak barrels – ex-bourbon barrels are commonly used!

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Reposado, Aged, 60 plus days. c/othewhiskeynut

A more pronounced nose with an added charred cask note.

The mouthfeel was softer – more mellowed agave with an easier overall appeal & gentler finish.

Anéjo is aged for more than 12 months in French Oak, Hungarian Casks & ex-bourbon barrels.

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Anejo, Extra Aged, 1 plus years. c/othewhiskeynut

Hints of vanilla, caramel & a soft smoke overlay the earthy agave.

Silky smooth on the palate – the flavours are more balanced & complex bouncing between the cask influence & pungent agave base.

A more relaxed experience.

All 3 were highly enjoyable easy sippers.

My order of preference would have to be Silver for the sheer exuberance & excitement of the agave.

Anéjo for the interaction of that earthy agave with cask aging notes more familiarly encountered in Whiskey.

And finally Reposado possibly slipped between 2 stools here but an engaging offering on it’s own merits.

I’d happily explore more tequila based on these experiences.

Salud!

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