Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BARRELL Bourbon Batch 005

This is another winner from the fine folks at BARRELL. I, so far have ha a chance to try 4 different batches and everyone has been a shining star of fantastic whiskey.
I stole this picture from them!

The company was founded by Joe Beatrice and his and their commitment to unique offerings from diverse sources whose principle commonality is incredible quality. They tell their story pretty well on the website . As a matter of fact. the website is a great tool to check out reviews (and even post your own) &details on every offering that they have released and how /v where to find them: Check it out here: https://www.barrellbourbon.com/

Basics on this bourbon:
~ from Tennessee {gee, I wonder who made this? ;) }
~ 124.7 proof {pow}
~ 8 years / 3 months old {new, charred, white oak -of course}
~ 70% corn, 26% rye & 4% malted barley

Doggone this is big, tasty bourbon! Nice chewy spices, intricate and balanced. The only time the higher proof shows force is when you dive deep, too quick into the aromas--so don't do that!

As usual, I went through a couple rounds of tastings, making notes before I put together my complete tasting notes.

Pears and figs dusted with fresh fennel roasted in cast iron over an oak fire misted with rain water.

Stone fruit stewed with oily nuts and baking spice and then bruleed.

Palate: The higher proof pushes these huge, sumptuous flavors across the palate with a vigor that is furtive and almost sensual.

Finish: Lingers, warm and spiced with supple demonstrations of the flavors and aromas that persist with elegance and boldness.

A wonderful bourbon with vibrant, full, flavors that is a "one-of-a-kind" and comes in at a nice price point. Looking for a treat? I say go for it!

Here a the link to their site and a fantastic review by my good friend Warren Bobrow . . .

Here is the blog I wrote about BARRELL Whiskey 001: http://adrinkwithforrest.blogspot.com/2015/03/barrell-whiskey-batch-001.html

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tanqueray Bloomsbury

I'll be honest with you, I am a huge fan of gin and all the wonderful ones that are introduced are always fun to try. The company that I hate to admit that always knocks it out of the park is Tanquerey. Anyone who reads this rambling blog knows I usually try to focus on people who don't get enough love, but doggone it Tanqueray has done it again. This Bloomsbury is delicious. All of their limited editions have been fantastic and Bloomsbury follows suit. What can I say that hasn't already been said about it--nothing. Try it if you get a chance, Tanqueray Bloomsbury makes a stunning Martini and if you happen to be the stock up and hoard type, you might want to grab a couple.

Here are some links to others commentary on it:
My buddy Matt wrote about it here (click on the awesome quote): "My first reaction when hearing about “Bloomsbury” was wondering if it was a mashup of Bloom County and Doonesbury. Opus the Penguin and Uncle Duke crafting a gin? Yes! Yes!"


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fuenteseca Tequila in Fortune Magazine . . .

So, I was cruising around on facebook and I saw a post on the Fuenteseca page about them being mentioned in Fortune Magazine
I had written about Fuenteseca Tequila when the first releases came out, here . . .  and I haven't had a chance to try the 21 year so I was excited to read about it.
Tracking down the article was difficult (it's not online yet), but I found it. Not a lot of info so I went hunting elsewhere and here are some things I found:

Very detailed info on each expression at the Haas Brothers website.

And speaking of EACH EXPRESSION check out this restaurant El Camino in Delray Florida!
That is awesome! You can try all of them, in one flight, for $200. Each one with a detailed write-up. I wish I was near Delray Florida!

I found a couple other articles, one here at Drink Me . . ., another at The Robb report written by my friend Nicolas Palazzi good reading for sure.

Check out Fuenteseca Tequila on facebook... or on Twitter.

Want to check out the other"Tequila Tuesday's". .click here!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Miami Rum Renaissance 2015!

It is only a couple of weeks away, but you can still make it!
Every year I go and it is always one of the highlights of my year.

There is a competition going right now and everyone wins, but you could win big! It is called "Name That Rum". Basically, there are pictures of 3 Rum Label and you guess the brand names, check it out here:
Play "Name That Rum" right now.

Oh the discount tickets are filling in fast at the host hotel and Friday is the last day (if they don't run out first), so go here "to get your Discounted Hotel Rooms for Miami Rum Festival".

I know I gush every year about how great this event is, but this year I am just going to post some links and let you see for yourself.

Here is a cool video by the legendary Jochen Hirschfeld:
Want to see how much fun?
Quite a lot here also . .
There are going to be so many new rums from all over:
This year Rum Fest is happening in conjunction with Miami Cocktail Week!
Too many photos, too many stories, you'll have just come on by!

I hope I see you there!