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Friday, November 21, 2014

SIA Blended Scotch Whisky

Those who know me well know I really love smoky peaty scotch. Scotch from Islay is my favorite. Problem is, there’s a large market out there that’s scared of scotch because they think all scotch is smoky, peaty, heavy, and let’s be honest, a lot of people don’t like the taste of alcohol. It’s considered “the burn” or “liquid heat” going down. It takes a while for someone’s palate to be able to appreciate the tastes of some of the stronger spirits. So when a scotch enthusiast named Carin Luna-Ostaseski decided to bring another scotch into the market, she decided to make something that can bridge that gap. Make a scotch that is “approachable, refined and refreshingly modern.” She funded her idea through Kickstarter and after blind tastings of hundreds of different single malts and lots of research in distillery methods, she has created SIA. Winner of the Double Gold at SFWSC, 2014, this is a scotch that current scotch drinkers would enjoy yet approachable enough for the scotch newbie.

Carin was gracious enough to send me a sample and I informed her I would be happy to try it but know since this is my hobby, I give my honest opinion of anything I try, good or bad. So what do I think of SIA after trying it? I tried it neat and then with a branch (splash of water to open it up) so I could fully evaluate the spirit on its own. I find it to be a very approachable scotch, especially with the sweeter notes I could detect near the finish. I like my peaty, smoky scotches the most but SIA was a lovely sipper that really brought the best out of each region. It has just enough “Islay” in there to showcase the flavors I, and other serious scotch drinkers, like to taste while balanced with the smoother, more approachable flavors of the Highlands and Speyside.

The color is of golden honey, the nose is citrus and spice and the taste is extremely smooth with vanilla, a hint of smoke and finishes lightly sweet giving hints of crème brûlée, hazelnut and toffee.

In summary, SIA is a fantastic scotch that you should definitely try if you’ve been turned off by scotch in the past or if you love scotch and would like to find a nice relaxing sipper. If you're trying to find where you can purchase a bottle, check out this page on where you can purchase in stores or have shipped from online.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Episode 070 - Templeton Rye

Hello cocktail fans! Yes, it's only been a week since my last episode but I had to get this out there as quickly as possible as this is one of my most anticipated episodes and I'm so proud to have it recorded and completed for your enjoyment. Many of you know I love a good Sazerac and to make a good Sazerac, you need a good rye whiskey. Templeton Rye is hands down my absolute favorite brand of rye whiskey so when I had the opportunity to interview Keith Kerkhoff over the phone about this wonderful spirit, I jumped at the opportunity. This episode is the result of that interview.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did recording it. You should have it shortly in iTunes or in your RSS Feed app soon OR you can click on the title of this blog post to start streaming it now from your computer.

If you haven't tried Templeton Rye yet, please do! Every whiskey drinker I've ever turned on to this spirit has fallen in love with it. It's incredibly smooth for a whiskey made with OVER 90% rye.

Don't forget to go check out their website at TEMPLETON RYE and get find even more incredible information on the history of this spirit. While there, sign up for the Bootlegger's Society.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Episode 069 - Beer Part 3 of 3

Here it is! This is the final installment of the BEER series. On this episode we finish up the beer styles. Not much to say other than that. Give it a listen and I hope you enjoy all the information on each beer style. Now go out and try some of the examples I've given in the episode and see what beer style is your favorite. There's definitely something for everyone.

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Until next time, cocktail enthusiasts. Cheers!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Episode 068 - Beer Part 2 of 3

I am back again with Part 2 of 3 all about beer. On this episode we delve into some beer terms and also start with beer styles. Coming soon will be Part 3 where we finish off with the beer styles. Hope you enjoy this episode and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to list them here or email me at behindthebarshow@gmail.com and I'll respond on the next episode. Be sure to give me a name and also what City, State or Country you're from so I can be sure to say hello.

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Cheers everyone! Be on the lookout for Part 3 coming soon...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Episode 067 - Beer Part 1 of 3

As promised, I didn't take long in getting to my next episode. As a nod towards my new job at World of Beer in Lake Mary, FL, I am doing the next three episodes on beer. Part one goes into the history of beer and talks a bit about the ingredients. The next two episodes will go into great details on a BUNCH of different beer styles. You can find every episode still available on iTunes under Podcast or you can feel free to look at all of my posts here on my website using the "Episodes" label if you want to manually select an episode and stream over your web browser. Just click on the title of this post to access the streaming version of this episode.

Tim (Mr. Martini)