Green Flash Brewing Co. – Rayon Vert – Booze Reviews!!

Green Flash Brewing Co. of San Diego, California is probably best known for making one of the best India Pale Ale’s in North America, West Coast IPA. They also make a very impressive Double Stout but the subject of this Review is their Belgian style pale ale called Rayon Vert which is french for “green flash” (roughly). Rayon Vert is a beautiful copper color and builds a very nice foamy head when poured. It’s a cloudy beer with a strong brettannomyces flavor typical of Belgian beers. My fairly inexperienced palette is usually turned off by strong “Brett” type beers but there are a few that are so well balanced and refreshing that I’m starting to appreciate the subtleties of these complex brews. Rayon Vert is one of my favorites.

Rayon Vert is available at finer wine and beer retailers all over Greater Vancouver and where ever Beerthirst products are sold. Look for amazing beers like this on the menus of your favorite restaurants very soon and if you love craft beer let your favorite restaurants know that you want it on their menus!! Stay tuned for some new restaurant announcements in the near future, the craft beer revolution is coming Vancouver, are you ready?

Scott.

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The Singleton of Glendullan 12 year old Scotch Whisky – Booze Reviews

Ah Christmas, the only holiday that makes me almost consider shooting up a shopping mall with automatic weapons after trying to park for an hour and  ending up a mile away, in the rain. The only thing that keeps people from eating hot lead is my loving family and the hopes that one of them will wrap up a nice bottle of single malt scotch and put it under the tree for me. Maybe I should go to a therapist…

Anyways this year my wife’s sister drew my name in our secret Santa pool and one of the gifts she bought me was a bottle of The Singleton of Glendullan 12 year old single malt, shopping mall Santa will live to see another December. Produced in the Speyside region of Scotland, The Singleton is a classic Speyside sweet, malty whisky typical of the region. Easy to drink and unbelievably smooth, my first dram quickly turned into a half empty bottle. A sign of greatness? Not really but it is really very good. I’ve been totally into the peaty, smokey scotches lately so this was a welcomed change of pace.

The Singleton is matured in Bourbon and Sherry casks and would make an excellent first purchase for anyone who is getting into scotch or wants to give it a try. The price is also very approachable at only a few dollars more than the entry level “Glens”. You’ll also score some cool points for having something slightly less ordinary to offer you guests who have more refined tastes.

Go get some nice scotch!

Scott.

Booze Reviews! Cocktails in a can

It’s a good thing when 2 days after a conversation about whether cocktails in a can exist they show up on your kitchen counter. They may not be the exact kind I was looking for but Jack Daniels and cola along with Jack Daniels and lemonade are close enough to the rum and cola that I was searching for. Why haven’t these pre-made drinks in a can existed until now? I don’t know but I’m glad they’re here.

Jack Daniels, as I’m sure most of you know, is a Tennessee Whiskey which is a type of bourbon made in…wait for it…Tennessee!! The Jack Daniels brand is arguably the most well known type of Tennessee Whisky and is very popular among the mixed drink crowd. The canned version of the popular JD and cola tastes just like it would if you mixed it yourself and a can comes in at a healthy 6% abv. There are 2 minor issues I have with this beverage, the first being that it was a little flat. I’m not sure what would cause the lack of carbonation but it would do this drink wonders. The second issue is that back when I was a young lad, in my early 20’s, I got sloppy drunk on JD and cola at the now defunct Marble Arch Gentleman’s Club and ever since I’ve had a problem with JD in general. The fact that I enjoyed this drink means that my aversion is weakening or I’m getting old.

The JD and lemonade was flat as well but that’s ok because lemonade is supposed to be flat. Overall these canned drinks surprised me with their apparent quality and lack of the chemical taste that plagues coolers and “hard” lemonades. I could see this replacing beer in my cooler on hot days at the cabin or playing softball because it’s more refreshing and less filling.

Yay for Booze Reviews!!!

Scott.

Bowmore 12 year old Islay single malt Scotch whisky – Booze Reviews

My review of Molson M seems to be quite popular so I thought why not review more booze? I don’t think it’s a secret that here at WFLBC we like to drink (by we I mean I…) and I’m not your typical rum and coke drinker. Sure there are days when “what’s on special” can be heard coming out of my mouth but those days are few and far between. So without further adieu I give you the first official installment of WFLBC’s Booze Reviews.

Scotch is an acquired taste to say the least and Scotch from the island of Islay (pronounced “eye-la”) is not for the first time Scotch drinker. Bowmore Distillery is the oldest on the island and is named after its largest city. Bowmore has been in operation since 1779 and currently produces a core range of 5 whiskey’s varying in age up to 25 years old.  They also offer limited editions and a ridiculous 40 year old single malt.

My choice for this review is the 12 year old single malt, a typical age for fine Scotch whisky. The age represents the number of years the whisky ages in oak casks before being bottled. The nose is very heavy with peaty smoke notes typical of Bowmore. The smokiness is carried over into the mouth and is joined by chocolate, citrus and a subtle sweetness followed by a long finish that lingers longer than expected. It took me over a year to drink my first bottle of Bowmore because I found it too smoky having only tried Highland Scotch previously. My second bottle lasted 2 weeks, taste acquired.

I have a bottle of their 15 year old Sherry cask aged single malt just waiting for this one to be empty.

Cheers!!

Scott.