Bacardi Oakheart Smooth Spiced Rum

21209So I’m continuing my quest to find a good rum to drink. After the RonDiaz review I chose a little more carefully this time. Even though this is even higher proofed than the RonDiaz, 70 proof (35% alcohol by volume), one of our former guests, Eric Thurow of Simply Eric Cocktails has suggested the Bacardi brand.

First smell had me questioning my choice. On one hand there was a nice subtle smell of spices, mainly cinnamon, mixed with caramel, on the other hand there was also a strong alcohol smell. Not like ethanol, more of the yes, you are drinking a potent drink. I should’ve expected that from higher proof brand.  But knowing how much the RonDiaz brand burned, I was frankly a bit scared.  But that apprehension went away with my very first sip.

There is definitely a burn and I’m a burn wimp. However, this wasn’t bad, the sharp edge of the burn goes away quickly and you are left more of a strong tingle. And the spices which at first seem subtle spread to enhance the flavor. Oakheart’s taste is very rich, caramel like but not very sweet, spiced with out being shocking, and a burn that enhances instead of overtaking.

I’m sure this would go well as a mixer but I could definitely see myself enjoying a nice glass of this just by itself, perhaps over ice.  This says a lot because I’m not a straight alcohol drinker, with the exception of maybe Buttershots liqueur. Now that I think about it, mixing that with the Bacardi Oakheart… I’ll have to get back to you on that.

Rating:

(A smooth burn with nice rich flavor)

Yukon Jack Jacapple

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Now this was a definite surprise. I enjoy Canadian Whiskey almost as much as real Whisky, but even so, this surpassed my expectations.

From the time you open the bottle, you get the full aroma of apples. Unlike the aroma from UV Apple (Fuji apples), this is more of a Granny Smith scent. Then you take the first sip. And along with the expected slight alcohol burn, you get a sweet, soft taste of Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, and then a fairly strong cinnamon taste in the finish.

If you go looking for this one, keep in mind that for some strange reason, your liquor store probably stocks it (IF they carry it at all) in the Liqueurs section instead of in the Whiskies section where it belongs.

When I first reviewed this on the show, I couldn’t quite place it, but I recognized that flavor from somewhere. Then after a few more sips (yes, it’s THAT good!) it hit me. I knew exactly where I had tasted this before (minus the alcohol, of course)…

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Seriously! It’s the EXACT SAME TASTE! It completely blew my little mind!

Sadly, aside from varying reviews, I can’t seem to find any official information online for the company that makes this delicious product. So all I can say is whoever you are, “Yukon Jack Trading Company,” you have my very heartfelt thanks for creating such a beautiful product.

Yes, this review is rather short. But honestly, there’s not much more to say. It’s one of the finest alcohols I’ve had the opportunity to try, and you should start looking for a store that carries it right now. And if your local liquor stores don’t carry it, MOVE!

Rating:

(Now I want an apple pie from McDonald’s.)

Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost

Everyone has heard (and probably repeated) the tired old joke about having a party with your three best friends: Jim, Jack, and Jose.

It’s very easy to slam and make jokes about a company when they’re big in their industry. And some people actually do so for a living. But I don’t do that. I’ve made a promise to all my Listeners (and Readers) to give a completely honest, unbiased opinion of each alcohol I review. That’s why this review pains me so much. Well, that, and the fact that Jacob’s Ghost is just absolutely terrible.

From the website for Jacob’s Ghost:

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Mighty strong words there, from a company with a very long lineage behind it (they started their distillery in 1795).

Jacobs_GhostBut what I don’t understand is why you would take a product that you’ve essentially been making for over two centuries, and ruin it by pumping it full of artificial sweeteners.

Seriously? Jim Beam makes a damn decent product. They’re well known world-wide. And then they come out with what they claim is the Founder of the Company’s Original Recipe, and it’s utter chemical-processed crap.

Either old Jacob was a time traveler, or this isn’t the original recipe.

Now I know you’re sitting there going “How do you know it’s got an artificial sweetener in it?” Well, it’s simple, really. Due to certain chemical sensitivities I have (I’m deathly allergic to certain preservatives used in foods and drinks), I can smell and taste artificial sweeteners almost instantly. And from the first whiff of Jacob’s Ghost, I detected an overpowering scent of mango, a scent I’ve encountered many times before, all linked to the artificial sweetener Aspartame.

Tasting the sample of Jacob’s Ghost, the first thing I got was a mouth full of syrup. And I’m not talking a good maple syrup here, I’m talking the cheap crap syrup that McDonald’s hands out with their hotcakes during breakfast. That was followed by the burn you normally associate with moonshine. Even after the burn dissipated, I still tasted that damned heavy aspartame, almost as if it had coated my tongue.

Jim Beam’s marketing department specifically wrote “Jacob’s Ghost is NOT moonshine or un-aged white dog…” Well, I’m sorry marketing guys, but that’s exactly what it tastes like. It’s like a bad batch of moonshine (distillation tailings, possibly?) that they’ve dumped a lot of artificial sweetener into so they can sell it to frat boys.

Rating:

(Honestly Jim, I expected better from an old friend.)

Suerte Tequila: Reposado

(This bottle was sent to me by the nice people at Suerte for review!)

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Let me state up front that I’m not a big fan of Tequila. It’s just not my alcohol of choice. Mainly, I think due to the oily texture. But, then again, that’s just me, and my opinion.

With that said, I was a bit surprised by this one. It has the oily texture, yes. That’s a given when you’re talking about alcohol made from 100% Agave (as all REAL tequilas are). But the flavor and aroma far outweigh the texture on this one, which was very pleasant.

If I were a big margarita drinker, This would definitely be my Tequila of choice.

RATING:

(Surprisingly fresh tasting, and not as oily as others!)

UV Chocolate Cake

UV_Chocolate_CakeAs I’ve mentioned several times on the show, I’m a BIG fan of UV Vodka. And I can say that with a perfectly clear conscience. No sponsorships, no deals behind closed doors. They DO send the occasional bottle for review (and those will ALWAYS be duly noted in my reviews), but the reason I’m such a big fan is they make a damn good product.

Case in point: UV Chocolate Cake. It pours a very dark brown color, and the smell of chocolate simply oozes out when you open the bottle.

When you taste it, it’s definitely not a “chemical” chocolate. And by my personal classifications, it’s not a “sharp” or “hard” chocolate. It’s a “warm” chocolate. Like a fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate.

I really dislike the term “mouth feel,” but this is only the second alcohol I’ve ever tried that I can honestly say has a distictive “mouth feel.” You can almost literally feel the crumbs of cake in your mouth, to the point that you almost want to chew before swallowing. I’ve checked the bottle thoroughly (actually, this is my second bottle of it. It’s THAT good!), and I haven’t seen a single crumb anywhere in it. Chalk it up to superior filtering, I suppose. Either that, or Willie Wonka finally left the candy factory and began making alcohol.

With the first sip there’s the tiniest bit of alcohol burn. But that very quickly fades away into a beautiful mouth (and nose) filling chocolate flavor.

Subsequent sips enhance that flavor immensely. So consider this a warning, go sparingly with this one if you’re drinking it straight, or you’ll end up finishing the bottle before you realize it.

This is a very nice improvement over their other Cake flavor (haven’t reviewed it on the show yet, but when I do you’ll understand what I mean), and it’s definitely something that would work well in a mixed drink as a substitute for a dark creme de cocoa.

Rating:

(Beautiful warm chocolate flavor and aroma!)