Enjoying Scotch Whisky and a few other things


March 2011

With Rocky Patel back in NY last year at the Great Smoke Out

With Rocky Patel back in NY last year at the Great Smoke Out

The long wait is over. Time to enjoy the world’s greatest Whisky! @UniversalWhisky

The long wait is over. Time to enjoy the world’s greatest Whisky! @UniversalWhisky

Cigar Interview With Rocky Patel (by

Cigar Interview With Rocky Patel (by smokinghotcigarchick


Happy St. Paddy’s laddies! Remember some Irish whiskey wit yor Guinness today!

Happy St. Paddy’s laddies! Remember some Irish whiskey wit yor Guinness today!

Scotch: Sipping the water of life –

Link: Scotch: Sipping the water of life –

Irish cream, what to do with it!

The last word on Irish drinks for St. Pat’s day! I have tried Baileys Irish cream before and find it more of a novelty or dessert drink honestly. I did try it as the original recipe said and did enjoy it though. I guess the original recipe calls for just adding an ounce of cream with a half ounce of Irish whiskey, add ice (in a shaker) and shake. Then enjoy. I did! I also tried the St. Brendans also which I found very nice with Bushmills Black Bush.

If you check my twitter feed you will see a link to a Canadian news source (@globeandmail) that has some other recipes for Irish cream drinks.

Cheers y’all!

And have a happy and safe Saint Patrick’s day to all!

And don’t drink and drive!!!!!!!!

Redbreast Irish Whiskey 12yr. St. Pat’s Day review

So laddies, (insert Irish accent), I have procured a bottle of Redbreast “pot stilled” Irish Whiskey that lied state in (I assume) two different barrels over in Ireland for some twelve years. (Drop Irish accent, unless you are in fact, Irish)

This whiskey hit my radar after being touted as an award winner for a couple of years now on both sides of the pond evidently. It is the most expensive Irish Whiskey I have purchased at $50. ABC of Virginia does offer three more Irish Whiskey’s that are more expensive, two special editions which are Jameson 18yr. and Bushmills 1608 Anniversary edition. The other is a Midleton rare which rings in at $150. I would love to review them but will wait for another time (maybe when they are on sale?).

Anyhow! After watching’s review I was hesitant on if it would live up to its hype….. I’ve got to say, reallllly like this one! Now, in short, I like it because it reminds me of Scotch actually. This is very much a mature, masculine Irish whiskey that isn’t going to just settle for being added to a menu. This laddie wants some respect!

The nosing of this bottle was telling, very complex flavors coming out like a nice bourbon somewhat, spice, honey, vanilla, almonds?, and oak. With some water added the spice fell asleep though.

The taste, WOW, she’s got a bite alright, watch out for this one! Oak, spice, honey, reminded me of bourbon, a veritable punch in the tongue it was, and I like that! If this is 100% triple distilled I have to find out what makes this one have a twice distilled attitude. After adding water, things got much quieter and melons jumped out of the glass. Yes, I’m not kidding, melons! And slight spice. So for a mature palate I’d say skip the water and enjoy. Otherwise, use water or break yourself in on some regular Jameson first.

I can’t wait to have this with a nice juicy steak! This will defintely cut right into the fat. I think I will pick our a nice dark maduro too, maybe a Paul Garmirian, or I have a very nice Rocky Patel Anniversary edition given to me by the Rocky Patel in New York City.

So yes, the scotch life seal of goodness is on this review. Enjoy.

Very nice and succint reviews found on many whiskeys like Kilbeggan (an Irish whiskey)

Very nice and succint reviews found on many whiskeys like Kilbeggan (an Irish whiskey) via @whiskywardrobe

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

As promised, here is another quick review of an Irish Whiskey that I hope you may encounter as opposed to food colored beer. I looked for something in the “cheap” range today at the ABC store for Irish Whiskey, what I found was this rather gentlemanly looking bottle proudly displaying KILBEGGAN for around $17 for the 750ml bottle. As an aside, its nice to see a region of whiskeys that are not as expensive as your good Scotch products. I’m sure the Irish would like the higher prices though….. Anyhow I wasn’t expecting an experience. It is a blend and the baseline product for Kilbeggan. That being said, I found this to be a very drinkable whiskey and could see this as an everyday whiskey. It doesn’t really overpower or wow you but certainly does not disappoint. Of the Irish whiskeys that I have purchased I would feel free to incorporate this one into meals and recipes also. Its slightly sweet also so with desserts like creme brûlée or other cream based desserts would go well. This would make an excellent digestive.

As far as the nose: Nothing overpowering. I was thinking fruits, maybe a hint of vanilla. After adding water more fruit forward but again, nothing to get wrapped up about.

The palate: The first sip came and went, politely. I enjoyed the finish though, not overpowering but a nice solid or rounded feel. I’d love to have with some creamy seafood dishes. After adding water a bit spicy and a slight oak taste came in. I would actually prefer this whiskey without water. I would also, in a wine sense, equate this to drinking a very well rounded red. Especially the finish.

As for color, light gold or amber coloring.

Again, this is another fine product from Ireland and one that is reasonably priced. If you wanted to stock a bar and needed an all purpose Irish whiskey or wanted a good cooking whiskey I’d be confident in purchasing this product.

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