Has it been a week already? You know what they say, “time flies when you’re drinking tons of booze.” Actually I don’t think anyone says that, but who are you to disagree? Anyways, this week we’re taking a look a three truly unique brands starting with RÖKK Vodka and Greenore Irish Whiskey, and then we wrap things up with Sotol Hacienda De Chihuahua Plata – Silver. Let’s do this!
Imported from Sweden and named after the famous Swedish Rök Runestone, Rökk Vodka is the brand-new (and ONLY) nordic freeze-filtered vodka.” And if that’s not enough to get your attention, i’m sure this will… Rökk has just announced a partnership with none-other than The Lonely Island. You may know them better as the ridiculously funny dudes from SNL that brought you such Digital Shorts as – “I’m On A Boat“, “Jizz In My Pants”, and “I Just Had Sex“. That’s right they’re on the freakin’ payroll and making commercials for the vodka brand!
Check out Lonely Island’s Rökk Commercial at the bottom of this review.
Getting back to the nuts-and-bolds for a second… What exactly is “freeze-filtration?” Well, after distillation, Rökk vodka is taken below sub-zero temperatures and then filtered through frozen charcoal to remove impurities that can’t be removed using traditional filtration processes. Freeze filtration actually raises the PH levels, reducing acidity, to produce an unmistakable smoothness.
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Taste: B+ (Very Good)
Mix-ability: B+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: B- (Good)
Price: $14.99 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give RÖKK Vodka a B+ (recommended). Loved it! Smooth, nice for mixing, and best yet – it’s really affordable. Do yourself a favor and try it and soon!
Mix it up with – “The RÖKKtini”
Ingredients: 1.25oz RÖKK Vodka, 0.25oz vermouth, lemon twist.
Directions: Add RÖKK and vermouth over ice in a shaker. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
The Lonely Island’s RÖKK commercial
Made from 93% corn and 7% malted barley, Greenore Irish Whiskey is one of the few true single grain whiskeys you can find anywhere in the in the world. Greenore is produced in a column still at Cooley Distillery – Ireland’s only independent Irish whiskey distillery. After the whiskey is produced it is then matured for 8 long years in bourbon barrels to give it a smooth distinctive flavor.
Awarded “World’s Best Single Grain” in 2010 at the World Whiskey Awards (“WWA”) and the coveted Gold Medal for “Best in Class” at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (“IWSC”) in 2010 as well. We had a good feeling about Greenore before we even popped the cork top on this 8 year old stand-out.
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Age: 8 years
Flavors: Grain, caramel, barley, and oak.
Taste: A (Excellent)
Mix-ability: B (Good)
Buzz Factor: B (Good)
Price: $49.99 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Greenore Irish Whiskey an A- (highly recommended). A delicious detour from more common Irish whiskeys. Keep in mind Greenore was not designed specifically for mixing. We highly recommend it!
Mix it up with – “The Irish Car Bomb”
Ingredients: 3/4 pint Guinness, 1/2 shot Irish cream liqueur, 1/2 shot Irish whiskey.
Directions: Pour the Irish cream liqueur into a shot glass, pour the Irish whiskey on top, pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug 3/4 of the way full and let settle, and then drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug!
It’s NOT Tequila, it’s SOTOL! What’s the difference you ask? Well, Sotol is made of 100% dasylirion wild agave and Sotol Hacienda de Chihuahua Plate Silver claims to be purest version of this exquisite spirit
The Sotol process starts in the Mexican region of Chihuahua, where wild agave mature for 15 years before they are harvested by natural selection. The agave is steam cooked for 72 hours in a clay oven, and then fermented with champagne yeast. From there it is aged in new French white oak barrels before being bottled in a handmade bottle.
Proof: 76 (38% ABV)
Age: 15 years (this is the age of the wild agave)
Taste: B (Good)
Mix-ability: B+ (Good)
Buzz Factor: C (Average)
Price: $41.00 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Sotol Hacienda De Chihuahua Plata a B (recommended). Beautiful packaging and hand crafted bottle. It’s surprisingly smooth and flavorful! Remember it’s not Tequila it’s Sotol.
Mix it up with – “Electric Margarita Sotol”
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Sotol Hacienda De Chihuahua Plata Silver, 1/2 ozBlue Curacao liqueur, 1/2 oz lime juice.
Directions: Moisten the rim of cocktail glass with a lime wedge, and dip in salt. Combine tequila, blue curacao, and rose’s lime juice in a shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well, and strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge, and serve.
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