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reviewed Big Black Dick Rum. October 05, 2010
BIg Black Dick Rum
  According to the Big Black Dick Rum website,  Big Black Dick is believed to have been born  of ‘Royal’ African parentage.  You can pretty much guess at the story, Hometown …
reviewed El Dorado Single Barrel Demerara ICBU.... October 05, 2010
El Dorado Single Barrel Demerara ICBU Rum
The Uitvlught Sugar Factory was founded in the 18th century on the west bank of the Demerara River.  El Dorado Rums, (produced by Demerara Distillers Ltd in Guyana), have introduced a Single Barrel …
reviewed The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky. October 05, 2010
The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky has a history in Scotland reaching back in time to 1896 when Wine Merchants, Matthew Gloag and Son, first blended their Grouse Whisky. Over the next nine years, …
reviewed Agavero Tequila Licqueur. August 21, 2010
Agavero Tequila Licqueur
Agavero is a blend of 100% blue agave Tequila (Reposado and Anejo) and the essence of the Damiana flower.  This is not a true Tequila spirit but rather a Tequila based liqueur. Lazaro Gallardo, the …
reviewed Empire London Dry Gin. August 21, 2010
Empire London Dry Gin
Highwood Distillers is a Canadian distiller situated in the town of Highwood, Alberta, which lies just about 40 minutes due south of Calgary, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.  Recently, I …
reviewed Koloa Gold Hawaiian Rum. August 21, 2010
Koloa Gold Hawaiian Rum
     Nestled on the Island of Kaua`i, the Kōloa Rum Company is making history. It started nine years ago when the company was first incorporated. A seven-year struggle through red …
reviewed Metro Mexico. June 18, 2010
Metro Mexico
I like to experiment with the Cosmopolitan.  There is something about cranberry and lime juice which works really well for my palate.   My handy dandy cocktail book, 1001 Cocktails: 1001 …
Wiser's 18 Years Old Limited Release Canadian Whisky
I am going to admit right up front that this whisky has, for the last fifteen years or so, been one of my very favourites.  This stretches well back in time before I was even considering a hobby …
reviewed Brugal Ron Anejo. June 18, 2010
Brugal Ron Anejo
“I am sipping a little Brugal Ron Anejo closing my eyes and letting my imagination build a place where the rum takes me….  Its late afternoon, and I have I found myself at a road side …
reviewed Downslope Double Diamond Whisky. June 18, 2010
Downslope Double Diamond Whisky
DownSlope Distilling is the creation of three enterprising individuals, Mitch Abate, Matt Causey and Andy Causey. They began their experimentation and  passion for alcoholic spirits as home …
reviewed Ron Bermudez Anniversario Rum. June 18, 2010
Ron Bermudez Anniversario Rum
This is the third review I am publishing with respect to the rums of Ron Bermudez . I previously reviewed the Ron Anejo Bermudez 5 Anos and the Bermudez 1852 Ron Anejo 10 Anos Don Armando based upon …
Corby Royal Reserve Canadian Rye Whisky
   Henry Corby began his  involvement in the distilling industry in approximately 1841, buying and selling grain at a grist-mill on the banks of the Moira River.  By 1859, his  …
reviewed Havana Club 7 Year Old Cuban Rum. May 28, 2010
Havana Club 7 Year Old Cuban Rum
Havana Club 7 Year Old Cuban Rum In most of the world,  Havana Club rum  is associated with the brand owned by Pernod Ricard who is currently embroiled in a battle with Bacardi over whom owns …
Wiser's Special Blend Canadian Whisky
I noticed a change on the new bottles of Wiser’s Special Blend about two years ago.  The older bottles proudly proclaimed, ‘Wiser’s Special Blend Canadian Rye Whisky‘, whereas  …
reviewed Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection. May 20, 2010
Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection
Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection 1703 is the year that the Mount Gay Rum was first produced on the Isle of Barbados, making Mount Gay Rum one of the oldest, if not the oldest brand of rum in the world.   …
reviewed McClelland Lowland Scotch Whisky. May 20, 2010
McClelland Lowland Scotch Whisky
I have come to my final review of the series of McClelland’s Single Malt Whiskies.  McClelland’s Lowland Single Malt whisky is the least typical of the four main expressions of this brand. In …
reviewed Bacardi 8 Yr Old Rum. May 20, 2010
Bacardi 8 Yr Old Rum
For my introduction to this review I thought I would write a short history of the Bacardi Company.  I did a little research and realized very quickly that a “short’ introduction was impossible.  …
reviewed PaQui Silvera Tequila. May 20, 2010
PaQui Silvera Tequila
Tequila Review: PaQuí Tequila (Silvera) According to the information sent to me,  PaQuí is handcrafted in small batches in the town of Tequila, Mexico, where the master distiller uses …
Over the next several months, I plan to complete a review series of  Wiser’s Canadian Whiskies    I will start with a relatively new member to the Wiser’s portfolio, the …
reviewed Hispanioal Mamajuana. May 15, 2010
Hispanioal Mamajuana
Review: Hispaniola Mamajuana (Herbal Rum Liqueur)    Hispaniola Mamajuana is a liqueur based upon a herb infused rum and wine drink called mamajuana which is indigenous to the Isle of Hispaniola …
reviewed Ron Bermudez Ron Anejo 1852. May 15, 2010
Ron Bermudez Ron Anejo 1852
Bermudez 1852 5 Anos de Anejamiento Photo Courtesy of Westway Earlier last week I received a welcome call from Westway L. LTD., who are the importers of the Bermudez rums in my home province of Alberta. …
Bruichladdich Black Art Scotch Whisky
Bruichladdich Black Art    1989 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (19 Years Old) Bruichladdich (Pronunciation = Brook Laddie) distillery was built in 1881 on Hebridean Isle, in what is now known as …
reviewed Ron Bermudez Don Armando Rum. May 15, 2010
This is the second review I am publishing with respect to the rums of Ron Bermudez . I previously reviewed the Ron Anejo Bermudez 5 Anos here on my blog based upon a sample bottle provided to my by Westway …
reviewed Wiser's De Luxe Canadian Whisky. May 15, 2010
Wiser's De Luxe Canadian Whisky
Wiser’s De Luxe Canadian Whisky I am continuing my journey through the Wiser’s family of Canadian whiskies. Previously I have reviewed, the Wiser’s Small Batch Canadian Whisky, and the …
reviewed Tangueray No. 10 Gin. April 17, 2010
Tangueray No. 10 Gin
Tangueray No. 10 (A gin review)    Oh my!  The RumHowler Blog has branched out again.  This is my first attempt at a gin review.   My plan is to review at least three …
reviewed Appleton Estate 21 Year old Rum. April 06, 2010
Appleton Estate 21 Year old Rum
This is the final review in my series of Appleton Estate Rum Reviews, which I began to publish about two months ago.  The impetus for the review series was an invite offered to me to attend a free …
reviewed Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon. April 05, 2010
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon
Last year I purchased a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel  Kentucky Bourbon, the 1998 vintage.  It sat on my shelf, waiting and  waiting to be opened.  I had only one bottle and …
reviewed Calico Jack Spiced Rum. March 18, 2010
Calico Jack Spiced Rum
John “Calico Jack’ Rackham was a pirate of the early eighteenth century who seems to have two primary claims to fame.  The first was that his design of the ship’s flag may actually …
reviewed McClellands Highland Single Malt. March 18, 2010
McClellands Highland Single Malt
   The McClelland’s whisky brand is comprised of four main expressions, each associated with a particular region, or maybe I should say style, of of Scottish whisky.  The Brand is …
reviewed Canadian Caribou Cocktail. March 16, 2010
Canadian Caribou Cocktail
The Canadian Caribou   an original cocktail By Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf) For this cocktail we need a Canadian Whisky with a strong Rye profile.  Here are several which work fine, Gibson’s …
reviewed El Dorado 5 Yr Cask Aged Rum. March 16, 2010
El Dorado 5 Yr Cask Aged Rum
Demerara County (in Guyana) is popular across the world for its rich, three hundred year history of rum production. Using a combination of old wooden stills in conjunction with modern stills and distilling …
reviewed Crown Royal Whisky. March 12, 2010
Crown Royal Whisky
Crown Royal Canadian Whisky  81/100   a review  by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)      Here is a mini review of Crown Royal Canadian Whisky.     …
reviewed Flor de Caña Rum Distillery. March 11, 2010
Flor de Caña Rum Distillery
Flor de Caña Rums are personal favourites of mine.  They are produced by Compañia Licorera de Nicaragua in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. They claim to own the world’s largest stock …
reviewed THE ACROBAT Cocktail. March 11, 2010
Here is the recipe/information for the Acrobat:      THE ACROBAT A bubbly cocktail in a Highball Glass Ingredients: 2 oz Whisky (I suggest Bourbon)   1 oz Cointreau   …
reviewed Just use less!. March 11, 2010
Just use less!
I am tired of hearing my buddy tell me how eco friendly he is. The new flatscreen that uses less electricity was a must even thought he rarely watches  television.  His other two televisions …
reviewed Havanna Club Barrel Proof Rum. March 10, 2010
Havanna Club Barrel Proof Rum
This Rum review is an authentic Cuban rum which, to be honest, blew me away by how good it is.  The Havanna Club Barrel Proof rum is a blend of select older rums which are refinished in young oak, …
reviewed Trouble in Pink. March 10, 2010
Trouble in Pink
On Valentines Day I thought I would create a really, really good cocktail for my wife which I called Trouble in Pink.       I kept things rather simple using white rum, triple …
reviewed Herencia de Plata Tequila Reposado. March 09, 2010
Herencia de Plata Tequila Reposado
It is time to tiptoe between the border of fantasy and reality again to provide another Tequila review.   The Tequila I am reviewing today is Herencia de Plata Tequila Reposado.   …
reviewed Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky. March 09, 2010
Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky
Gibson’s Finest Whiskies are some of the smoothest Canadian whiskies ever made.  This, of course, makes them some of the smoothest  in the world as Canada is renowned for its smooth whisky.  …
reviewed Ron Matusalem Platino Rum. March 09, 2010
Ron Matusalem Platino Rum
   The Ron Matusalem company has a fascinating history dating back to 1872, when the brand was established by Benjamin and Eduardo Camp and Evaristo Alvarez.  A marriage between the daughter …
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