Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
A big thank you to everyone at Tequila Spirits for giving me an early opportunity to try their new El Consuelo Blanco TequilaEl Consuelo Blanco Tequila. I should mention up front that the bottle packaging looks great and it really highlights the blanco tequila. I especially liked the wooden head on the cork stopper. It made me feel right out of the gate that we’re enjoying something special. (see photo below).
For anyone unfamiliar, this Tequila is produced in the village of Atotonilco el Alto, and it is “made the way Tequila is meant to be made…” and by that I mean without any chemicals or additives. Yes El Consuelo Blanco Tequila uses USDA certified blue weber agaves from the Jalisco region of Mexico….and according to Tequila Spirits the plants are “harvested with a combination of red volcanic earth, caring hands and authentic methods and traditions.”
El Consuelo Blanco Tequila uses proprietary yeast blends and the process is completed using a family-owner distillery and exclusive bottling process. If you’re getting the idea that El Consuelo Blanco Tequila is different than your average Tequila, you’d be right….and in case you’re wondering, El Consuelo Blanco Tequila is also kosher, gluten free and “produced with social consciousness to support the Mexican farmers and communities in which they live.”
As always we decided to taste El Consuelo Blanco Tequila straight up first. We think this really brings out the best in spirits and there’s never any doubt about some other ingredient affecting the taste.
El Consuelo Blanco Tequila has some pleasant herbal and slightly floral aromas, and for my uneducated nose, I also though I detected fresh apple. I found fresh fruit flavors, some subtle herbal flavors and we agreed that we both found a really nice light cucumber flavor in the Tequila. The finish is sweet and smooth with a slightly boozy ending (this is good).
With the summer heat kicking into a new gear, we couldn’t resist making a classic Tequila cocktail with El Consuelo Blanco Tequila. I opted for a fresh Watermelon Margarita (watermelon, kosher salt, lime juice…) and of course El Consuelo Blanco Tequila . To say it tasted great would be an understatement. I think the El Consuelo Blanco Tequila played nicely with the fresh fruit and it was nicely punctuated by the kosher salt. We’d both recommend this one if you’re looking for a unique and new Margarita to try.
El Consuelo Tequila is available in the un-aged Blanco we sampled as well as a Reposado (aged for 6 months) and Anejo (aged for 12-months)….both aged in Cognac barrels. I should also mention that the team behind El Consuelo Tequila is also working on an organic Rum, Vodka and Gin as well.
El Consuelo Blanco Tequila is 80 proof and available in 750ml bottles from El Consuelo Blanco Tequila’s website so be sure to check it out for yourself.
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Monday, July 18, 2016
DUBLIN, July 18, 2016 The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey has welcomed the unanimous decision of the Federal Court of Australia that will enable the independent global Irish whiskey brand to enter the Australian market. The victory marks the decision by five Australian Federal Court Judges to find in favour of an appeal by the Wild Geese Irish Whiskey concerning the non-use of trade marks by Wild Turkey. The appeal relates to the last attempt by Pernod Ricard, then owners of Wild Turkey, to prevent the Wild Geese Irish Whiskey from market entry into the Irish Whiskey Category. Overall this activity comprised several geographies and over 50 actions over 14 years, following the refusal by The Wild Geese to comply with Pernod Ricard's demands that it be granted the right of veto where The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey could be sold in competition with Jameson
DUBLIN, July 18, 2016 The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey has welcomed the unanimous decision of the Federal Court of Australia that will enable the independent global Irish whiskey brand to enter the Australian market. The victory marks the decision by five Australian Federal Court Judges to find in favour of an appeal by the Wild Geese Irish Whiskey concerning the non-use of trade marks by Wild Turkey.
The appeal relates to the last attempt by Pernod Ricard, then owners of Wild Turkey, to prevent the Wild Geese Irish Whiskey from market entry into the Irish Whiskey Category. Overall this activity comprised several geographies and over 50 actions over 14 years, following the refusal by The Wild Geese to comply with Pernod Ricard's demands that it be granted the right of veto where The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey could be sold in competition with Jameson
Wild Geese Irish Soldiers & Heroes Irish Whiskey - Single Malt
This particular action, initiated by Pernod Ricard in 2002 and then taken up by Campari when Wild Turkey was sold, sought to secure the 'Wild Geese' trademark in Australia and thus prevent the Wild Geese Irish Whiskey from trading in an important Irish Whiskey market.
In an attempt to limit the reach of The Wild Geese Irilsh Whiskey, Wild Turkey took assignment of the 'Wild Geese' trademark from Wild Geese Wines in Australia in 2007. This latest action has subsequently found that while the 'Wild Geese' trademark had been used by Wild Turkey between 2007 and 2010 it was done so incorrectly.
Such was the strength of the appeal that the five presiding judges unanimously found for The Wild Geese and awarded indemnity costs.
Commenting on the decision, Ándre Levy Co-Founder and Chairman, The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey stated: "This is an important day for us and the Irish Whiskey industry as a whole. The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey has been involved in a 14 year legal battle with Pernod Ricard involving over 50 separate actions around the world, all of which we have successfully defended. This includes theUSA where The Wild Geese is sold as The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes.
These actions sought to limit the market access of the Wild Geese Irish Whiskey and other smaller independent brands of which we are a representative. Despite the supposed renaissance of Irish Whiskey, the reality is that the industry is still dominated by large organisations such as Pernod Ricard1.
We continue to fight for our right to contribute to the Irish Whiskey Category which we have been a part of since 1999. Therefore, to ensure our continued growth and success, we have been forced to buy Irish whiskey at a premium from third parties who have been able to access whiskey that we are unable to purchase directly from large producers.
Big company tactics are designed to remove competition. We epitomise the spirit of The Wild Geese; it's not just an abstract - something that big company may wish to reflect upon."
Friday, July 15, 2016
At JustMalt we get to taste a lot of spirits and unique cocktails, and I’m always amazed at the creativity, thought and craftsmanship that go into their creation….bu just when we though we’d seen it all, along comes Toast Vodka With Coconut Water.
Created in Miami, FL by Dieuveny “DJ” Louis, Toast Vodka With Coconut Water attempts to focus on the craftsmanship of the distilling and the unique and carefully selected ingredients. After a four year process DJ focused in on a corn-based recipe that is distilled 6-times before being blended with unsweetened coconut water. Toast is non-GMO and gluten free and if you’re thinking this is simply “flavored” vodka, you’re thinking wrong. The coconut water is unsweetened and natural so it retains all the benefits of coconut waterm while enhancing the flavor of the vodka.
We should first mention how great the packaging looks. Toast Vodka With Coconut Water comes in a slender white bottle with simple black text. Of course each bottle of Toast Vodka With Coconut Water comes with an actual toast on the nect and cap (see photo at right).
Because Toast Vodka With Coconut Water was designed to taste on it’s own, we decided to chill the bottle and try it out. The coconut water was very subtle, perhaps more so because of the cold temperature, but it was still present, especially in the early flavors. I really liked the flavor contributed by the coconut water and while I’m no vodka expert, I really thought the mouthfeel and flavors of the vodka felt and tasted better that others I’ve tried. We also allowed one sample or Toast Vodka to come up to room temperature, and the coconut flavors were even more prominent and pleasant. This really is a good sipping and really unique vodka.
We felt obligated to try Toast Vodka With Coconut Water in a cocktail, and while it was still very good, we felt the flavors and character of Toast Vodka With Coconut Water are so good that it stands better straight up and slightly chilled. Use your other vodka for cocktails and save Toast Vodka With Coconut Water to sip and savor.
Toast Vodka was named the official vodka of The America’s Cup so it will be served at all Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in 2016 as well as the America’s Cup events in Bermuda in May & June of 2017. For more details or to purchase Toast Vodka you can check out there website.
I love sampling new Whiskey……so if you’ve never heard of Manhattan Moonshine, stay tuned…and if you’ve never tasted Manhattan Moonshine you’ll soon want to.
Manhattan Moonshine is a “Super-premium Prohibition-style Northern Moonshine” and if that’s not interesting enough, Manhattan Moonshine has been created to be the world’s “first luxury Un-Aged Whiskey.” So if you’re thinking the same thing I was when I read “moonshine",” you’re in for a really pleasant surprise.
Right from the start, the art-deco style label and bottle harken back to the days of prohibition and really add to the experience of the prohibition era. The bottle is beautiful….and don’t let the color fool you. Because it is not barrel-aged, Manhattan Moonshine pours clear and elegant.
This Prohibition-style Whiskey uses four noble grains from New York state in a recipe created by Will Kehler & Ian Smiley (author of Making Pure Corn Whiskey: A Professional Guide For Amateur And Micro Distillers) so the style is a perfect fit. Add in a unique yeast and over a year spent developing the grain bill and you literally have the recipe for Whiskey success. Unlike other Moonshines on the market, Manhattan Moonshine does NOT use corn. Instead they use Oats & Rye and a production method specifically developed to get consistent flavors from the grains. You can find more details on the process here, but now I’m anxious to sample Manhattan Moonshine.
We always make it a practice to sample our spirits straight up first and then in a cocktail. Manhattan Moonshine is flavorful and complex with lots of subtle earthy aromas that again belie the color. If you’re expecting harsh, you will NOT find it. Manhattan Moonshine does have the heat of 47.5% alcohol, but there is an underlying sweetness that I really liked. Manhattan Moonshine is very complex and and very drinkable even straight up.
From there we decided to make the signature Manhattan Moonshine Bix Bismark Cocktail. We had Aperol on hand so this cocktail was just calling out to us. The balance of Manhattan Moonshine, cranberry and lime really worked nicely together and this is a cocktail I’m sure we’ll revisit.
If that’s not enough, Manhattan Moonshine has a page of signature cocktails for you to try, and I’m sure we’ll do the same. Thank you to everyone at Manhattan Moonshine for the opportunity to try this Prohibition-style Whiskey. You can purchase Manhattan Moonshine here and find more info here.