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SelvaRey Chocolate Rum

SelvaRey Chocolate Rum is produced by SelvaRey – a U.S.-based, celebrity-owned rum brand that partners with distillers in Panama. With the help of master rum distiller “Don Pancho” Francisco Fernandez, SelvaRey releases single estate rums that aim to elevate the perception of rum in the U.S. market. Each of SelvaRey’s rums are produced from start to finish at the same distillery. The brand goes so far as to brag about the labor conditions of the sugarcane harvesters, who work 4-hour shifts to avoid the midday heat, receive clean water and food, and get paid at least minimum wage for their efforts. The pesticide-free sugarcane is then […]

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Bothan Sherry Expression Scotch Whisky

I’ve been using this blog as a good excuse to gain experience in spirits I’d previously missed, like bourbon and rye whiskey, for the past few years. But, I think I want to put more effort this year into learning more about the different regions of Scotch whisky, since I had mostly just tried Highland and Islay. It’s also tax season here in the US, so I was looking to find something a bit more affordable. So, luckily, the vibrant orange label of Bothan Sherry Expression Scotch Whisky caught my eye, and it happened to fit most of my criteria. Bothan Sherry Expression is a lowland single malt whiskey that is aged in both ex-bourbon and […]

Bottle of Goldschläger Cinnamon Schnapps sitting on a wooden table


Goldschläger is a unique Cinnamon Schnapps first created in Switzerland. Currently, the brand is owned by Sazerac, and production takes place in Italy. The name of the product was inspired by the profession of “gold beating”. Goldschlägers or “gold beaters” would create sheets of gold leaf by hammering the gold into a thin layer. To go with this theme, each bottle of Goldschläger contains small flecks of real gold, which are in fact edible. BOTTLE SPECS ❖ ABV: 43.5% ❖ Distillery: Undisclosed (Italy) ❖ Aging: N/A ❖ Price Point: low price TASTING NOTES Palate: ❖ Cinnamon MY TASTING NOTES The nose notes of this cinnamon schnapps were very […]

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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

After enjoying the original Woodford Reserve Bourbon last year, I was looking forward to tasting more of their products. And since I’d previously been recommended Woodford Reserve Double Oaked from a few different people, I made it a priority to try it as soon as possible. Double Oaked refers to another added step in the aging process. After the Woodford Reserve bourbon is fully matured in new charred oak barrels, the spirit is moved to another oak barrel to continue aging. This second barrel is deeply toasted before being lightly charred and added extra flavor. BOTTLE SPECS ❖ Spirit: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ❖ Distillery: […]

Bottle of Cane Island Jamaica Rum sitting on a wooden table, in front of a mixed white and wooden background

Cane Island Jamaica Rum

Cane Island Jamaica Rum is produced by Cane Island Rum – a rum brand owned by the Amsterdam-based company Infinity Spirits. As a brand, Cane Island produces a variety of different rum blends, each of which focuses on a specific country or estate of origin. This particular bottle of Jamaica Rum is one of their “single island” blends, meaning that it includes rums from a few different estates located on the island of Jamaica. The rums in the blend are produced from molasses, and are primarily pot still. They are aged for a range of 3-5 years in American white oak bourbon barrels – with the exception of one unaged, high-ester rum. The […]