Our round-up for this week consists of some really fantastic spirits. In the brown spirits category we have Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky and Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey, and in the vodka category we have HOPHEAD Vodka. Pick up one or all of these spirits and don’t be shy about letting us know what you think. Cheers!
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Bully Boy Distillers American Straight Whiskey- Very strong alcoholic aroma. Notes of honey, maple syrup and apricot are present on the nose. Slightly acidic with a pleasant smokiness, this has a lot of body to it, and a sweetness on the finish that is very unexpected. A bit of nuttiness mixed with stone fruit. Light and citrusy, but with a hint of caramelization as well. A smooth finish that thankfully lingers in the mouth for a few minutes. I would enjoy this neat, perhaps with a twist of orange.
HOPHEAD Vodka- Wow! The name of this vodka is no joke; the hops are very present on the nose. Very malty and yeasty, it also has distinct lighter notes—grass and straw with some lemon citrus as well. Creamy and hoppy in the mouth, very reminiscent of a light beer. This vodka is smooth and complex without the residual burn that most vodkas deliver. There’s a hint of smokiness as well, which is surprising but not unwelcome. The freshness is fantastic, and the creamy, malty finish is enough without being too much. I can imagine drinking this as simply as possible: neat, with an ice cube or with just a drop or two of lemon juice.