Recently, we here at BWG have inadvertently relegated our Ardbeg consumption to their special annual releases (you can read all our Ardbeg reviews here) and seem to have overlooked some of their more regularly available stuff. That has been a mistake… Ardbeg Uigeadail’s nose is like an enchanted forest of flavors. It starts off with a beautifully complex blend of earth, oak, moss, wild blackberries and raspberries and Ardbeg’s typical, ever present, but not overpowering peat smoke. The palate is a fresh, hand-picked bouquet strewn over smoked wood chips. A few drops of water open up the fruity and floral notes, while adding a creamy texture to this smokey mountain of flavors. The finish is smooth and warm with some sharp cracked peppercorn and fading peat smoke. Uigeadail is beautifully complex and balanced. For BWG it’s by far Ardbeg’s best regular offering. Available in store and online at Gates Circle Liquor for $106. Rating: 94/100.
Springbank Distillery is the oldest family owned and operated distillery in Scotland. Founded in 1828, this Campbeltown whisky company is now in the hands of its founder’s great great great grand son. Springbank carries out the full production process of its single malt whisky on site. 100% of the floor malting, maturation and bottling is done all by hand at the distillery.
BWG has sampled several Springbank single malts and we’ve found them all to be exceptional. Their flavors have a unique style that blends various regional single malt flavor profiles together. They hover somewhere between sweet, floral and smokey. You can read our full review of Springbank 14 year old cask strength here.If one finds his, or herself in front of a bottle of Springbank, a consequent purchase is most certainly endorsed by BWG, cheers!
The Balvenie is a Speyside distillery that creates a wide range of single malt whiskies. They span from a baseline 12 year old, to a high-end 50 year old mammoth of a whisky. The Balvenie has the ability to please both the whisky newbie, as well as the whisky vet. Their output is consistent in both availability and quality, and thusly can tend to be overlooked save for their special releases. When asked what a good entry level single malt looks like, BWG will often point someone towards The Balvenie DoubleWood. This affordable scotch has very pleasant, very discernible notes of oak and vanilla. It’s not overly complex, but does a good job of introducing a novice to the world of single malt scotch.One of our favorite summertime single malts continues to be The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 – A wonderfully affordable single malt with a excellent balance of bright vanilla-rum flavors. Next time your scouring the shelves looking for a single malt to settle on, BWG recommends trying any one of the whiskies in The Balvenie’s range – cheers!
To read our official review of The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14, click here.
To read our review of The Balvenie Single Cask 15, click here.
Several products from The Balvenie are available locally at Gates Circle Liquor.
BWG’s lifestyle and fashion brother-blog Buffalo Dandy recently featured the resurgence of the “retro beer can” by companies like Miller and more pointedly, the classically designed can of Narragansett Lager – read all about that here.
Now, as Buffalo Dandy pointed out, BWG does not exactly share his affinity for Miller Lite, even if it is housed in a sweet looking retro can. However, there are several locally distributed craft beers available in excellently designed cans that we’d love to “crush like Quint.”
In honor of the ever fleeting season of summer and one of our favorite films of all time, Jaws. BWG and Buffalo Dandy will randomly be posting pics and videos on our social media outlets of reenactments of the famous scene in Jaws where Robert Shaw (Quint) chugs a can of Narragansett Lager, then crushes it while staring Richard Dreyfuss dead in the eyes. Join BWG and Buffalo Dandy by doing the same with the hashtag #CrushItLikeQuint – or email us your pics and videos for a re-post. (email@example.com – firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cheers to summer and cheers to crushing cans, just like Quint…
Jack’s Abby Brewing is a family-owned brewery in Framingham, MA. It was founded by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler who’s mission was to add their own take on traditional German style brewing to the booming American craft beer scene. Jack’s Abby was founded in 2011 and their specialty lagers have been high on many “best of” lists ever since. BWG came across Jack’s Abby Mass Rising Double India Pale Lager at a local craft beer bar and it was absolutely delicious. Naturally, the next beer purchase consisted of a few bottles of Mass Rising for a proper tasting and review. It pours a hazy, straw yellow with a dense, stark white head. There’s a depth of citrusy hops on the nose, lemon and orange zest and a honeyed malty sweetness. There’s a ton of flavor in this 8% beer for such a light and crisp palate feel. The hop and malt flavors are consistent from nose to finish, there’s not too much, or not too little of one flavor. The finish is clean, bright and perfectly dry. We did notice however, as with most hop forward beers, the fresher, the better. It seemed to be most vibrant on tap – a bottle date-stamped: 5/29/14 was just a notch underneath, and lastly, a bottle date-stamped: 2/28/14 was definitely lagging behind the others. In any case, Mass Rising Double IPL was a great, well balanced brew with flavors perfect for the 4th of July and weekend summer parties. We’ll most certainly be sipping it between hotdogs and fireworks, cheers! Locally available at Village Beer Merchant for $13 per 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles. Rating 94/100.
BWG is extremely excited to announce that Buffalo Distilling Company has launched the first bourbon ever made in Buffalo NY and it’s now available for retail purchase.BWG stopped by BDC this past weekend to meet the guys behind Buffalo’s newest distillery and of course, to drink their bourbon. We arrived to BDC’s modest digs while they were in the process of labeling and packaging their whiskey bottles for their export into local stores. Right now, BDC is located east of the city in Alden NY, but plans are in the works for them to move into The Larkin District downtown by early next year.
They use a 250 gallon single pot still and double distill their bourbon from their original recipe. For aging, they are using smaller, 10 and 15 gallon charred white oak barrels. The first batch has been aged for 3.5 months, has a mash bill of 70% corn, 15% rye and 15% malted barley and clocks in at 40% abv.
BDC bottles their spirits under the title One Foot Cock. The first batch of their One Foot Cock Bourbon Whiskey is initially very bright and grainy – representative of its short time aging. This whiskey is definitely young and raw… but in a good way. The nose has some floral honeysuckle notes, with a very pleasant and distinct corn-on-the-cob type sweetness. The palate continues with these flavors adding some light oak. It finishes nice, long and warm. There is nothing offensive about this bourbon – it’s absolutely drinkable from nose to finish. We cannot wait to continually try One Foot Cock Bourbon batches as BDC grows and adjusts their process, as well as they are able to let the spirit age for longer and longer periods of time.In the meantime, One Foot Cock Bourbon Whiskey Batch #1 is an excellent starting point as the first ever Buffalo made bourbon whiskey.
Locally available at Gates Circle Liquors for $50. Rating 86/100.
Buffalo Whiskey Guild’s lifestyle and fashion brother-blog, Buffalo Dandy now has custom caps available so you can look cool while enjoying your whiskey…
Originally posted on Buffalo Dandy:
I am very happy to announce that the Official Buffalo Dandy Cap is available for purchase! Made of 100% cotton, the unstructured, adjustable navy cap features the BD logo on the front, with BuffaloDandy.com on rear. Proudly made in Buffalo, NY, they are available in a very limited supply so head over to the Buffalo Dandy Online Store and pick up yours today!