Always trying to stay in good spirits :) I’m searching for the ideal bottles of each spirit for my home bar. This is my opinion on what’s available in Ontario.
The Sexton Single Malt
Single Malt — IrelandTastedSpicy heather, raw oak and beautiful sherried dark fruit sweetness. At similar quality and at half the price of Tryconnell’s Sherry Cask Finish it’s a good sherried option. $50 in Ontario.50.0 CAD per Bottle
Peated Single Malt — Island, ScotlandTastedFairly smooth with heather honey, sweet stone fruit, and a light soft plume of peat smoke. A little ethanol bite but decent for the price. $84 in Ontario.84.0 CAD per Bottle
Jura 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedHoney and mild to moderate sherried fruit sweetness enveloped in a puff of peat smoke. Finishes fast. Decent flavour but a bit simple, just a hint astringent. $75 in Ontario.75.0 CAD per Bottle
The Botanist Gin
Modern Gin — Islay, ScotlandTastedMostly lemon with gentle juniper, light floral softness and the slightest oily background. It’s well made but I was expecting more. The citrus dominates the profile and leaves it kind of plain tasting. $50 In Ontario.50.0 CAD per Bottle
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSweet caramelized/toasted oak, corn, gentle floral rye spice. It’s the perfect middle ground between the simple velvety standard Four Roses and the complex Single Barrel. For the $7 price difference I’d take Single Barrel any day. In comparison (and in general) this comes across as just a bit thin. $48 in Ontario.48.0 CAD per Bottle
Tyrconnell 15 Year Madeira Cask Finish
Single Malt — IrelandTastedRich raw oak, heather spice and a background of semi-dry dessert wine. $125 in Ontario.125.0 CAD per Bottle
Glen Garioch 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedHeather spice, oak, honey and gentle dark sherried fruit. Decent but too much heather for me. Not available in Ontario.
Aged Rum — PanamaTastedDark and funky. Bittersweet dark chocolate, molasses, toasted oak, caramel, vanilla and baking spices. Slightly dry. Like a step up from Havana Club 7 Year. Not available in Ontario.
Herradura Ultra Añejo Tequila
Tequila Añejo — MexicoTastedDefinitely the best Cristalino I’ve had so far (I do love Herradura). Unlike Don Julio’s Clara this actually feels substantial. Not as bright and fruity as the Reposado. Just as sweet but not as syrupy as the Anejo. It follows Herradura’s fruity profile but it’s got a smoky depth to it. Like the rest of Herradura’s expressions it’ll come off a little astringent sometimes depending on your palate. Unfortunately not available in Ontario.
Dulce Vida Blanco 100 Proof Tequila
Tequila Blanco — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoTastedPerfectly sweet vegetal agave with a rich mouthfeel and gentle mouth warming heat from the ABV. Not a ton of character but well rounded for a blanco. Not available in Ontario.Taco Farm