Writers’ Tears is a unique style of whiskey embedded in Irish History, at a time when Irish Whiskey was distilled in copper pots, two styles flourished : Malt and Pot Still, distilled from 100% barley. The Irishman is the Walsh family’s original whiskey and represents the rebirth of the traditional family owned provincial whiskey distilling that thrived during the last golden age of Irish Whiskey at the end of the 1800’s.
Again, another direction when it comes to spirits, making a curve to rum. Four special rums send to join an on-line tasting with a couple of others. I was looking forward to this tasting, but unfortunately, I had the date all wrong, so I tried the rum a couple of days later by myself. Rum from the Foursquare Distillery tucked away in the southern countryside of Barbados
Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience and the rum is really stunning, just like the labels on the big bottles.
Monday, October 12. A large group of enthusiasts were looking forward to this rum tasting, held online for a long time. Wrapped in a fabulous black box, 4 samples of rum were waiting to be opened, Mount Gay Black Barrel, Mount Gay XO, 1703 Master Select 2016, and a preview of the 2017 release of the 1703 Master Select.
When looking at the line-up, no wonder we all looked forward to this evening.
This range had been named after a good looking man Bill McCoy. He was a legendary Prohibition-era smuggler. Bill McCoy used to build yachts at the start of the 20th Century. He was very good at it, but the economy took a bad turn and he had to diversify.
He didn’t really agree with prohibition and in January of 1920, he started rumrunning. He must have been very good at that too, as soon he became public enemy number 1. And he never even broke the law, as he anchored his boat in international waters!
Rum, another adventure, a new challenge. Curious as I am, I looked up the meaning of the name La Hechicera. This is Spanish for ‘enchantress’ and pronounced as ‘etch-ee-seh-rah’. Try that a few times before and after a couple of glasses filled with rum when the magic kicks in.
Using the solera method of ageing in American white oak barrels, La Hechicera is a wonderful blend of mature rums between 12 and 21 years.
This captures the character, exuberance and diversity of Columbia.
Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars are back for the sixth year running with an award-winning range to ensure every drinks enthusiast can count down to Christmas in the company of their favourite spirit.
For 2017, classic favourites including Whisky, Gin and Rum are joined by exciting new additions, including a Calendar packed with whiskies from renowned independent bottler Douglas Laing, and another filled to the brim with incredible gins from the world’s best distillers, bottled by That Boutique-y Gin Company.
Mount Gay Rum is the oldest brand in the world. This brand dates from the year 1703 and is produced by Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. in Barbados. This brand is characterized by its own unique character and is sold in 110 countries.
You can imagine I was excited about this range, that I was going to drink.
This online twittertasting was another discovery than any other. The discovery of Cachaça. Cachaça is an unique organic Brazilian product. Yaguara Ouro Cachaça is a product of 5 generations of family passion and dedication. A family brand, good for 120 years in the making. This is the first time they are introducing an aged cachaça to EU.
But what is the definition of Cachaça? We received a pocketbook / journal where the following was described;
‘The typical and unique designation for the sugarcane liquour produced in Brazil, with an alcohol content of 38-48 volume percent, at twenty degrees Celcius, obtained by the distillation of the fermented juice of the sugarcane’
Rum is like you all know a liquor and is generally known as the oldest distillate in the world. Older than whisky.
Gosling’s Rum, something completely different than I ever known before. Gosling’s name stands for generations of common and complex dark rums.
Drinks by the Dram unveil the 2015 Whisky Advent Calendar as part of a range of 14 unique spirit-filled calendars.
Drinks by the Dram’s range of spirit-filled Advent calendar returns for a fourth year. Old favourites like Whisky, Gin and Rum are joined by new additions including Tequila, Absinthe and Vodka.