Product Reviews

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Johnnie Walker Blue LabelThis is one of those spirits that either gets rave reviews or boo's and hisses. Some people think that the price point of Blue Label is a rip off, while others see that it represents something more than… [Continue]

Gin and Tonic

Gin and TonicGin is not a spirit that I've worked with a lot. Sure, I've had a gin martini and a number of gin slings and fizzes, but when I looked at my spirit inventory I only have one bottle of gin!*  And I call my self a "mixologist", well… [Continue]

Patron Anejo Tequila

patron tequilaTequila is a schizophrenic spirit. On one hand, it is some people's worst nightmare, on the other hand it can be regarded as a super premium spirit to be savored and enjoyed like the finest of scotches. Patron 100% agave tequila falls into the later category. This tequila… [Continue]

Wiser’s Deluxe Whisky

Wiser's is the fifth most popular whisky brand in Canada. Wiser Deluxe is also available in most US states and select market around the world. It was originally distilled in 1857 by J.P. Wiser and is aged for 10 years in oak barrels. It is a traditional Canadian blend. It is also the fastest growing Canadian whisky brand, and that has a lot to do with its bolder than normal flavour. For the… [Continue]

Johnnie Walker Swing

Johnnie Walker SwingThe house of Johnnie Walker has been a mainstay in the scotch market for many years. For good or bad, they have created whisky branding that is easy for the average consumer to identify and define the quality of the spirit in the bottle. Obviously I'm talking about the Red,… [Continue]

Crown Royal

To start my Canadian whisky review I figure I should start with the royalty of Canadian whisky, Crown Royal, and one of the standards by which I'll judge other Canadian whiskies. Almost everyone who drinks whisky has heard, tasted or observed Crown Royal sitting on the back bar. Crown Royal was one of the first super premium spirits when it was created in 1939 for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth… [Continue]

Seagrams VO

Seagrams VOThe Seagram's brand has a long history in the whisky market. Seagram’s VO is a very common whisky in North America and many bartenders use it on their rails, since it is the whisky included in the "Diageo rail" (Captain Morgan white rum, Tanqueray gin, Smirnoff vodka). It seems every bar… [Continue]

Cherry Marnier

cherry marnierThis is another quality liqueur from the house of Grand Marnier. Instead of their flagship product made from the distilled essence of wild oranges and fine cognac, or the vanilla infused cognac called Navan, Cherry Marnier is made from cherries and quality eau-de-vie. This cherry… [Continue]

Rum and Coke Taste Test

Many people have an opinion on what makes the best rum and Coke. Some people swear by Bacardi white rum, others pick a true Cuban rum and even others want a well aged, vintage rum like Mount Gay Extra Old. But what do you do for the people that just ask… [Continue]

Tuaca Liqueur

Tuaca LiqueurWhat is Tuaca? The word on the street is that Tuaca is a super premium, brandy based, Italian liqueur. Now, anytime I hear or read the words “super premium” I become a bit skeptical. What is super premium anyway? Premium should be… [Continue]

Alberta Premium Rye Whisky

Alberta Premium Canadian whisky is an enigma. It’s an affordable, run of the mill, 5 year old whisky made from 100% rye grain. But it is also highly regarded and even considered to be the best Canadian whiskies, according to Jim Murray. What we do know is that Alberta Premium is a 100% rye whisky made in Canada that is readily available. Alberta Springs is another 100% rye that is aged for… [Continue]

Maker’s Mark Bourbon

Makers Mark BourbonOne of my favorite bourbons is Maker's… [Continue]

Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky

There are very few independent Canadian whisky distillers left, but Forty Creek is one of them, and a good one at that. The Forty Creek distillery is located between Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is operated by John Hall who has been a wine producer for over 20 years, and to scratch an itch, he began making whisky in the early 1990's. When he started to think… [Continue]

Don Eduardo Tequila

don eduardo tequilaSometimes described as "white lightning", tequila has developed a reputation of being a spirit that's harsh and unsophisticated. Maybe many years ago the production standards were not what they are today, or maybe the really… [Continue]

English Harbour Rum

On a sweltering day, what spirit is the spirit you enjoy most? If you said rum, then I like you already. If you said Tequila, I still like you, but not as much. The Tiki crazed people know it, and I doubt there are any vodka bars in the Caribbean, so rum must be the spirit of summer. That is the perfect excuse to go and buy another bottle of rum. So after a little research I decided on English… [Continue]

Mount Gay Extra Old Rum

Mount Gay Extra Old RumHere is a rum that is a popular call brand at the bar. Mount Gay Extra Old is a premium rum from Barbados which is aged for 17 years in charred oak barrels. Like the label says, it is an extra old rum which gives it the character and smoothness many… [Continue]

Pusser’s Navy Rum

Pusser's Navy RumHere is a rum with a long history in the Commonwealth navies of the world. Only in the last few decades has Pusser's Navy Rum been available to us commoners, because it was exclusively made for the navy fleets of the world. After the British navy stopped issuing… [Continue]

Havana Club 7 Year Old Rum

Havana Club RumWhen you think Cuba, you either think Castro, cigars or rum. Well skip the first two and focus on the rum. Havana Club is the main rum producer on this tropical island and they have been producing great rum since the late 1800's. The most widely available aged rum… [Continue]

Navan Vanilla Cognac

navan cognacNavan is a new product from Grand Marnier that infuses fine cognac with pure vanilla and a touch of sweetness from added sugar. This product is 'designed' for the hip and trendy crowd that revels in expensive products. Aside from the 'reason' Navan… [Continue]

Reyka Vodka

Reyka VodkaWhen it comes to vodka I’m not a big fan, or should I say I’m not a blind follower of the vodka phenomenon. Vodka has its place and for some people an ice cold vodka martini, after a long day, is a pleasant way to reward oneself. I make a lot of vodka martini’s… [Continue]

Gibson’s Finest 12 Year Old Whisky

Gibson WhiskeyGibson's is the third most popular Canadian whisky in Canada. I holds 17% of the market and sells around 300,000 cases per year. Whenever you read the term "case" it means that 9 bottles of 750ml were sold. Just in case you didn't know. Outside of Canada you will be lucky to find Gibson's… [Continue]

Chocolate Martini

With "martini's" being all the rage these days, it's not hard to identify the trend setting cocktails. The Cosmopolitan was a big trend setter, but the Chocolate Martini is also a contender. The Cosmo, as it is now know, was a fairly inventive cocktail, combining principals of old, with modern tastes. With the classic Chocolate Martini (1 part Vodka & 1 part Creme de Cacao) there isn't… [Continue]

Mill Street Coffee Porter

mill street coffee porter.jpgI'm often torn between a crafty cocktail or a good cold beer. Both are great, and both have a time and place. If I'm hitting a bar, at the beach with friends, it's beer. If I'm going out for a fine dinner, it's usually a cocktail and wine. Manhattans,… [Continue]

Noilly Prat Original Vermouth

You know the world of the cocktail is changing when a vermouth company reformulates their product to the original recipe. This seems to be happening more frequently now that people have started to appreciate more complex flavours and less syrupy sweetness. Noilly Prat Original has just hit the airwaves in Ontario, with their rediscovered love for the past. Prior to this epiphany, Noilly Prat had… [Continue]

Corby’s Royal Reserve

Royal ReserveRoyal Reserve is the name of a whisky distilled by Corby’s, a major Canadian distiller that was bought by Hiram Walker a few years ago. With all the mergers going on in the spirit world, it’s hard to say who own’s Corby now. The one thing that Corby has done… [Continue]

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