Scotch, Sailor Jerry & Great Wine!


My quest to becoming a Sommelier is bringing a wide range of interesting drink choices to my lips.   I’m sure the title of this week’s wine blog raised a few eyebrows. This past Sunday I studied Scotch, Rum, Tequila and Saki!  Plus, this past week I have had the opportunity to try a few fantastic wines.  So let’s take a look!


I’m not much of a hard liquor drinker… I drink water, coffee and wine.  Not always in that order.  So this was a new experience for me, and not an unpleasant one.  Of all the hard liquors I had to taste this past Sunday, Scotch was one of my favorites.  We had to drink it straight, and then with 25% clean water added.  I liked Scotch with a little water added, I think it bought the flavors of the Scotch to the forefront.  Did you know Whiskey contains an ‘e’, unless it is Scotch Whisky, and then there is no ‘e’.  Irish Whiskey and others use the ‘e’.  The reasons why continue to be debated.


Of the 5 I tried, this was one of my favorites.  A nice golden color, oak aromas with smoky flavors.  The 12 years of aging really adds to the smoothness, and like I said, I really liked it with a tiny bit of water added. I know some Scotch drinkers are rolling their eyes right now.


I have to say one of the more flavorful rums I have ever tried was called Sailor Jerry’s, and in a blind taste test it was the favorite of many of us in the room.  Gorgeous vanilla flavors with hints of warm smoky dried fruit.  I’m confident when the words Sailor Jerry’s showed up in the title, a lot of people were thinking to themselves “Who is Sailor Jerry?”

But now it’s time to tell you about a couple of new wines I tried this week, because as I have said, I won’t be giving up wine any time in the near future.


I hope you can see this picture OK.  It is one of the great wines I have tried this past week.  Amastuola Primitivo from Italy.  I loved this wine, not only because Primitivo is the Italian Zinfandel, but because it was smooth, tasty and priced under $20.  Gorgeous flavors of cranberries and red licorice with notes of smoke and spice.  Easy to drink and super food friendly and perfectly priced.  What’s not to love.

Dada 3

You’ve heard me talk about Dada 2 in the past.  Well, recently our NSLC have bought in Dada 1 and Dada 3 in a beautiful gift basket, and I just had to have one.  At $41.99 for all 3 bottles, this is a beauty of a gift.    Dada 2 has  been available here for a while and is a Merlot with some Syrah and Cabernet Franc added in  Rich, juicy mocha flavours  Dada 1 is a blend of Malbec and Bonarda and it too is rich with lots of mocha and vanilla on the palate. Dada 3 also is the spicy sister  Shiraz, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.   Full bodied, rich and a great price at $14.99.

That’s it for this week

Till next week Cheers




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