Whisky of the Week

Meandering the world, one whisky at a time

Is Jack really a gentleman? Gentleman Jack

Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

We got this bottle of Gentleman Jack as a gift from someone about a year ago, and it is certainly time that I open and try it. I have tasted the Jack Daniel’s Old No 7 before and gave it a Very Good rating. Certainly not our favourite dram, but it will do in a pinch (perhaps a very tight pinch, but it will do). Will this premium version of Tennessee whiskey impress us more?

I wrote about the history of the Jack Daniel’s company in my Jack Daniels post.  Introduced during 1988 as an upscale offering to appeal to consumers who wanted to move to a more premium brand, Gentleman Jack is called a Rare Tennessee whiskey.  Gentleman Jack is twice filtered through sugar maple charcoal. First it is charcoal mellowed before going into the barrel. Then it is sugar maple charcoal mellowed again after reaching maturity, before being bottled.

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Whisky & Cheese for dessert + Giveaway

Whisky and Cheese for Dessert

You love cheese. You love whisky. You are getting a few like-minded friends over for dinner. Why not try a small whisky cheese pairing to end the meal! Whisky and Cheese for dessert!  It is a great way to end a meal. Especially in winter.  Whisky is a great accompaniment to food and pairs wonderfully with cheese. End your dinner party on something different. Be bold and experiment.

However, the choices are overwhelming. There are so many cheeses and whisky available. How do you put the right dessert pairing together? How you do pair perfectly on a budget?  How do you impress your friends with something special? Today, I will do an easy Step by Step guide on setting up a dessert whisky and cheese platter. With easy to find cheeses and a few versatile whiskies that will pair nicely with the cheese.

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Visit from a Scottish Cousin or 3

Scottish Cousin whisky

I am not impartial to some wine every now and again. Whisky is perfect, but a nice glass of wine, on a hot day, is wonderful. A while ago, on a Friday afternoon, John brought me a bottle of wine. It was in a plastic bottle. The snob in me was slightly horrified.  What was he thinking?

Not to be rude, I tried it. And oh my, what an amazing glass of wine it was. The bottle in question was the Tangle Tree Tropical Sauvignon Blanc. After that, I have tried all 5 wines in the range and love the Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon and the Moscato Rose the most.

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Best for 2015? Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

During November the annual Whisky Bible Ratings come out. For some, it is a much anticipated event. For others, not so much. Over the last couple of years, the top awards have been somewhat controversial and Jim Murray even depict himself a bit of a devil (playing a bit of Devil’s advocate) on the front page of the 2015 bible.

November 2015 was no different. The Whisky Bible crowned the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as the highest scoring whisky. An affordable whisky from Canada? Can it be possible? Not from Scotland? Some critics jumped up to complain. Bitterly in some instances. Supporters of the Crown Royal and Whisky Bible cheered. The Scottish whisky industry, barely showed a ripple.

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A bottle of Scrumptiousness! Glen Moray

Glen Moray whisky

Our bottle of Glen Moray was a gift from my brother-in-law. I have seen this distillery releases around, but have never tried it. After receiving it, we left it on the shelf. Until we needed a whisky for a cheese tasting and the Glen Moray popped up when I was doing research. We tried it with a creamy Lancashire cheese and loved not only the pairing, but also the whisky. The Glen Moray Distillery is a Speyside distillery situated on the banks of the River Lossie in Elgin. Glen Moray started life as West Brewery and converted into a distillery in 1897.

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