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We have been very busy at Spirits Review till now- and we will continue to be busy but we finally decided to publish an update.
We have just finished updating our links section ( http://www.spiritsreview.com/links.htm ) for the months of July, August, September and October.
We have also added a number of reviews, ( 53 total ) including but not limited to; white whiskey reviews, gin reviews, mixers, garnishes, vodka reviews, flavored vodka reviews, tequila reviews, rum reviews, bitters reviews, and cognac reviews, and been on a few trips (details and annotations of 100’s of photos to follow) .
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A couple of quick suggestions for good spirits for Fathers Day.
If he likes tequilaespecially for margaritas,palms and such I highly recommend Avion Blanco a fairly new tequila on the market so he probably doesn’t have a bottle yet. Another great one is Siembra Azul but it is proving to be much harder to find these days .
For Pisco hands down I recommend Macchu Pisco an all natural, organic and more importantly ( to me ) a lovely tasting pisco (yes, they do exist)
For rum I would say the Diplomatico Reserva or Zafra among others such as the Ron Cartavio series.
For bourbons try anything from Buffalo Trace , but the Elmer T.Lee is a standout for the value among their portfolio. There are of course a number of new white dog whiskeys that are quite good also, and you can’t go wrong getting him a bottle of rye either. And don’t forget the craft distillery varieties ou there too- Finger Lakes Distilling makes some great bourbons and ryes if you can find them.
As to gins- Aviation is a great one, along with Ransoms Old Tom and Citadelle Gin – especially the Reserve.
In cognac we recommend Louis Royer ( a very nice if very overlooked brand – especially their single growth bottlings) , Pierre Ferrand – all very nice and outstanding for the money, and Delamain as our favorite picks.
As a side note we are now using Bagcheck to write up lists of our favorite things (by category)and will be using it to do lists of spirits among many other things.
A further point I would like to make that as a professional rum judge I have tasted hundreds of rums and that when my scores are analyzed against almost any other judge they are quite consistent in terms of how I score a particular rum in each category. So I don’t see anything wrong with my perceptions. Also because of this knowledge and experience I like to write and review about rums I enjoy – not about the myriad brands of cheap crap out there. I don’t think it is ethical to solicit a sample from someone who I know before hand that I will mercilessly trash because their product is deserving nor can I afford to spend lots of money buying those brands so that I can pour a glass, review and trash them then pour it down the sink. I just don’t have that kind of money – because I don’t take money from brands for reviews. Not to mention I really dislike drinking cheap crap and try to focus on the positive. That’s why the scores of the rums I review tend to be high-not because I am “pandering” for free product. I shudder every time the Fed Ex truck comes to the neighborhood- I have no interest in just accumulating bottles of spirits-hell if I tried drinking all the samples I get I would have died of liver failure years ago-it’s just not a factor.
The same very much applies to ALL the spirits I review for all the same reasons – Hell I would go broke and die before I got through even 1/2 the vodka catagory never mind all the other catagories. If I had the money to buy more bad products believe me my website would have a large number of reviews that could be used as a thesaurus of loathing, disdain, and general negative adjectives and terminology. I would equal H.L. Mencken in invective commentary. I just don’t have the money, time or will to tackle that – I prefer to highlight the rum and other spirits that I prefer and recommend for their quality and value – I don’t pander for booze nor do I ask for a sample of something in bad faith. Again if I know something to be bad before hand I will not add insult to injury asking for someone to ship me something at their cost so I can use it to write a scathing review. I think that is unethical and miserable way to behave therefore, I don’t do it. On the other hand if someone does send me a bottle of something I am not familiar with – the gloves are certainly off – it stands strictly on it’s merits good or bad – that’s just the way it should be and I stand by my decisions and opinions.
Just read you opinions of me.
First, Obviously you didn’t read the Bacardi reviews before writing about me that would have showed I don’t hesitate to trash bad spirits of any kind. Or maybe you did and you are taking Bacardi’s money and decided to trash me because I disliked their rum so much – something you completely forgot to mention in your statistical review of me. Interesting in both the fact you did not use these and the timing.
If you had you would have ruined the little graph you were using to try to slander me. Reality tends to interfere with such things. Also the timing after I trashed a series of rums by Bacardi and BEFORE you wrote this up makes me wonder about motives and pandering.
You also did not address the fact I , unlike a number of others use a value vs cost scale where spirits can certainly lose points for cost versus value for the money. While s good number of expensive products may be good, they may not fare well at all on a value scale – which is just or more valuable as the quality overall score of a product..
The fact that you did not even ask me anything and just wrote a highly skewed piece of bile using convenient to you facts and ignoring others says to me you just want to elevate yourself by trashing other people.