Refined Vices

Ron Los Valientes

VALIENTES

Ron Los Valientes is a fantastic rum range from Mexico. Click to read reviews of the 10YO, 15YO and 20YO rums.

Maui Rum

M♦A♦U♦I

From the second largest Hawaiian island, Maui, comes rum handcrafted by Braddah Kimo at Haleakala Distillers. Click to read reviews of the Platinum, Gold, Dark and the Reserve Gold rums.

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Whiskey Reviews

Drinks by the Dram

Drinks by the Dram

Ever faced a problem when you couldn't decide between two or more whiskies to buy and when the only thing stopping you from buying both is the price?

I bet it happens to you all the time, unless of course you're some kind of wealthy person, in which case you can stop reading this review now. Go ahead and sip your expensive spirits in your mahogany floored library full of leather bound first editions and a magnificent fireplace glowing in the background.

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Whiskey Review: Woodford Reserve Personal Selection (Kentucky)

Woodford Reserve Personal Selection

In the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, above a large limestone aquifer lays a set of stone buildings over 100 years old.

The first section of the oldest building was built in 1838 and is in fact the Woodford Reserve Distillery where the Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon Whiskey is produced.

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Whisky Review: Bruichladdich The Sixteen Bourbon Cask Aged Single Malt (Scotland)

Bruichladdich The Sixteen

Two weeks ago I received an e-mail from Mark Reynier about the new whisky release from Bruichladdich and quite recently I received a sample of the new whisky, which I am reviewing today.

Bruichladdich 16 Year Old Bourbon Cask matured Single Malt is distilled and aged by Bruichladdich, a privately owned Islay based distillery by the shore of Loch Indaal, which was built in 1881 by Barnett Harvey, using funds received from his nephew, William Harvey IV.

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Green Label (Scotland)

Johnnie Walker Green Label

“We are determined to make our whisky, so far as quality is concerned, of such a standard that nothing in the market shall come before it.”

Alexander Walker

Johnnie Walker is one of the most recognized and most widely distributed Scotch whisky brands in the world. Originally sold by John Walker in 1820 at his grocery store under the name Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky, it was not until his death in 1857 when his son Alexander Walker and grandson Alexander Walker II made the brand popular.

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Whiskey Review: Jameson 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey (Ireland)

Jameson 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey

Jameson Irish Whiskey was originally distilled at the Bow Street distillery, which is now a visitor’s centre, in Dublin but in 1975 the 195 year old tradition came to an end and the production was moved to the New Midleton distillery in County Cork.
 
The New Midleton distillery was built by the Irish Distillers Group right next to the Old Midleton distillery which these days serve as a museum. The New Midleton Distillery produces whiskey for four different brands; Paddy, Powers Gold Label, Midleton and Jameson.

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Whiskey Review: Jameson Irish Whiskey Spectacular Double Bill (Ireland)

Jameson Irish Whiskey

The review of Jameson Irish Whiskey this week is a special one because instead of one review you will get to read two reviews written by me and our guest writer Esteban Fontsworth.

On top of that at the end of my review I’ve written a short comparison between oxidised Jameson and fresh Jameson. Some of you may wonder what it means for a spirit to be oxidised but read on and all shall be revealed.

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Whiskey Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel 1996 (Kentucky)

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1996

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1996 is bright brown with core highlights that are nearly red in this refined decanter. The cork is protected by a black rubber seal that goes all the way down to the end of the bottles bubbled neck.

Markings on the front label clearly indicate the whiskey was put in oak in 1996 as do the handwritten notes, which add a touch of individuality, on the back label.

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