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Month: April 2015

Teeling Whiskey Company

Teeling Whiskey Company hails from Dublin, the hub of Irish whiskey production.  Here the Teeling Whiskey tradition began in 1782 with Walter Teeling and once again in Dublin, this once prosperous distillery has become relevant again. And right where it started in Dublin back in 1782.

Brothers Jack and Stephen Teeling are carrying on the family craft with their new distillery.  Teeling Whiskey is confident they will bring Irish whiskey in Dublin back to its celebrated roots.

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Teeling’s exceptional small batch blend contains a high malt ratio and is finished in rum casks for added spice.  The rum cask finish creates an amazing aroma and a delicious rum finish.  The small batch blend has been non-chilled filtered at a noticeably high 46% ABV.  This is a unique and special addition to small batch Irish whiskeys.

The aroma is fruity and reminiscent of oranges, apple pie, and spice.  This spicy aroma follows into the palate and includes notes of toffee and cinnamon.  The finish was smooth and the rum cask finish becomes apparent here.  This Irish whiskey is complex.  Teeling definitely has a winner with this one.

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This whiskey is best enjoyed on its own but really develops after a few drops of water have been added.  An Irish whiskey that is beautifully smooth and full bodied, Teeling has a special whiskey with this small batch.

teelingwhiskey.com

BB Score:

five-stars

 

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Zubrowka is an herb-flavored vodka that is distilled from rye and interestingly tastes great with apple juice, as it is traditionally had.  The name comes from the Polish word for the bison that enjoy grazing the Bialowieza Forest.  This fusion creates a uniquely sweet flavor that is unlike any other vodka.

There is some controversy over the FDA prohibition of the coumarin contained in this vodka (product of the bison grass).  Zubrowka contains trace amounts of this mildly toxic compound and was banned at one time here in the US.  Zuborwka has reintroduced it’s vodka in the US with a reformulated version, and I’m glad they did.

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This aromatic and sweet vodka is definitely smooth and exceptional.  It’s really hard to nail down the unique flavor of this vodka.  It contains notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and almond.  These flavors work so well with apple juice or cider, and maybe even mixed with more booze, like a hard cider.  This creates a drink that is reminiscent of apple pie.

Here is a great recipe for enjoying Zubrowka.

ZU & Cider

2 parts ZU

4 parts hard cider

Mixed in a tall glass with ice and garnished with apple slices

zuvodka.com

BB Score:

45

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