Friday, July 25, 2014

Clément Select Barrel


So I have been chomping at the bit to tell all of you about this new offering from Rhum Clément:

Clément Select Barrel. I got to taste this a few months ago and wanted to make sure it was available before a posted my feelings about it.
Clément is an AOC, Rhum Agricole which can only be distilled from select, fresh sugar cane juice that has been naturally fermented before being expertly distilled and matured. Clément Select Barrel is aged in oak barrels that selected for their natural sweetness and intense aromatic properties for at least three years under the scrutiny of the cellar master at Habitation Clément. They aren't really clear on what kind of oak is used, but a solid guess would refill French oak. Whatever barrel is used, what is achieved is excellent. It is a completely accessible, well aged Rhum Agricole with impeccable balance.

Tasting Notes:On the nose, sugar cane, toasted nuts, fruit, wood, caramel, mulling spice 
and vanilla.

The flavors are a graceful iteration of the aromas in a rich, deep, layered demonstration that is simultaneously easy and completely full of flavor.

The finish is very dry with the spices and oak gorgeously leading the parade slowly fading to a lip smacking reminder of the vanilla.

This Rhum is wonderful and priced so fairly that it is perfect for every use. Definitely sip this neat, but do not fear putting it on ice and please, please do make yourself a cocktail with this!

They have listed a few here on their website, but feel free to be adventurous!

Oh yeah, I stole the picture from the website!



Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's #NationalTequilaDay & #ThirstyThursday

So what do you do?
Seriously?

I have started the day with tasting.
It has not worked out well.

I am hoping some of the favorites will save the "day".

ArteNOM 1580 . . . .saved me!
ArteNOM 1146 was AMAZING . . . !
But oh my? What? SEXY!
ArteNOM 1414 - CANNOT SAY! must read and it fails : ) to awesome

Purasange . . .SO GLORIOUS! So I am sticking you with a link to all of my references on this, but besides that- THIS IS AMAZING TEQUILA! I don't get to be that bold usually, but it is #NationalTequilaDay !

from now on, what I am going to drink all day on #NationalTequilaDay is Cimarron because it is easy, soft, clean, well-made and AMAZING!


But, tonight, if I am lucky, Fuenteseca!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Whiskey Wednesday: Cyrus Noble & Water

I was checking my Twitter yesterday the Cyrus Noble Twitter posted this: "I'd say something simple, classic and perfect sounds great right now... How about with water on the rocks. " and that has been lingering with me. I love "simple & classic"! I love Whiskey and water! It just falls into one of those "why mention it" categories, but the minimalistic beauty is undeniable and it is warm where I am; very warm. Easy delicious and refreshing sounds great to me right now. The recipe:

Cyrus Noble & Water

2 1/2 - 3 oz Cyrus Noble Bourbon
3 oz Water



Fill 8 oz glass with ice (*or see ideas below), pour in Cyrus Noble Bourbon and top will cool, clean water.

So some fun, easy adaptations:
1] Use frozen fruit instead of ice. (I used frozen Mango chunks...)
2] Use iced tea, iced herbal tea, sparkling water or whatever you fancy.
---When I add things with different flavor I change the name. as in: Cyrus Noble & Water made with iced tea would be: Cyrus Noble & Tea...

Have fun and stay cool!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

La Chona - Tequila Tuesday!


I am going to share a drink created by m
y good friend Joseph Valdovinos (of Playground) that I found on the ArteNOM facebook page that features Tequila ArteNOM Seleccion 1580 (click the link to see my write-up) and Calisaya liquor (click the link to see the quick write up I did). 

So Joe wanted to do a take on a Champs Elysee cocktail swapping the Brandy for Tequila and Chartreuse for Calisaya--NAILED IT! This drink is fantastic. I had already used Calisaya and ArteNOM 1414 in a cocktail (called the Selection-click it if you want), so I knew they would be a great team, but this drink is so much more fresh and vibrant.
To add a even more fun to the drink Joe named it after a song that is seriously playful, about a girl who is the life of the party--just like this drink... so here is:


La Chona.

1 1/2oz. ArteNOM 1580
1/2oz. Calisaya liqueur
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon juice
1/2oz. Simple syrup
3 dashes house Bitters (or 1 dash angostura bitters)

Check out Joe at
 Playground . . .
Check out the video for La Chona the song:
http://youtu.be/tnnhE7bIzXM

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