Have No Reservations About Weaving An Irish Jig [DRINKS OF THE WEEK]

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The weekend is upon us! It’s time to let loose and unwind, and what better way to do that than with COED’s “Drinks of the Week?’ This week we’re checking out two brands from Ireland and one from Canada, including Bushmills Irish Honey, Boru Vodka, and Crown Royal Reserve. Here at COED “Drinks of the Week” is more than just a product showcase, we actually test, taste, mix and review each brand one-by-one in a painstaking process some parents would consider binge drinking. We rather prefer the word “science!” Make sure to read up on our latest reviews and drink recipes below… cheers!

Bushmills Irish Honey

Produced and aged in Ireland’s oldest working distillery, Bushmills Irish Honey is triple-distilled with the finest malted Irish barley, pure Irish water and a touch of honey! First released in March of 2012, Bushmills isn’t the first (or the last) brand to produce this unique blend of honey and whisky. We’ve already seen it from companies like Jack Daniels and Wild Turkey in the past, but the question still remains…. did Bushmills pull it off? Is this concoction more than just a genius marketing ploy, or will it become a long standing staple of the Bushmills family? Earlier this week we found out!

Proof: 70 (35% ABV)
Age: Blended
Flavors: Honey, vanilla, and citrus
TasteB+ (Very Good)
Mix-abilityB+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: B (Good)
Price$24.99 USD (750 ml)

Overall: We give Bushmills Irish Honey a B+ (Highly Recommended). It’s sweet, but not too sweet. In fact, the honey flavor is somewhat subtle. Fans of original Bushmills blends will likely be impressed with this newest addition to the family. It’s more whisky than honey, and in our opinion is best served on the rocks, though we did find that it can be mixed successfully. Check out the recipe below to see the proof…

MIX IT UP WITH“Irish Jig”

Ingredients:  1.5 oz Bushmills Irish Honey Whisky, 2 oz lemonade, 2 oz tea, Splash of Sprite or 7-UP, Lemon slice.

Directions:  In a mixing glass filled with ice, add Bushmills Irish Honey, tea, and lemonade. Roll contents but do not shake. Pour into a highball glass. Add splash of Sprite. Garnish with lemon and lime slice.

Crown Royal Reserve

Produced with more than 50 blended and individually aged whiskys that were hand selected by Master Whisky Blender, Andrew MacKay, Crown Royal Reserve is top shelf quality whisky that is actually aged in French Cognac barrels to produce it unique flavor profile.

Accolades: Recently named Canadian Whiskey of the year for 2012 by the Whisky Bible.

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Age: Blended
Flavors: Caramel, cinnamon, rye
TasteA- (Excellent)
Mix-abilityB+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: A- (Excellent)
Price$40.00 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give Crown Royal Reserve an A- (Highly Recommended). This whiskey is dangerously smooth, and like it’s siblings (crown and crown royal black) it remains deliciously versatile for mixing, enjoying neat, or on the rocks! The next time you’re in the mood for whisky we suggest you consider Crown Royal Reserve, and if you’re looking to drink in style you can even customize the bags they come in! Dad, I hope your not reading this, because I just found your present, which isn’t a tie… and it reads “happy fathers day, now make me a drink!”

MIX IT UP WITH: “No Reservations”

Ingredients: 3 oz. Crown Royal Reserve, 3 large ice cubes.

Directions: Pour the Crown Royal Reserve over ice into a low-ball glass. Sip, and enjoy!

Boru Vodka

Inspired by Brian Boru, the visionary king responsible for driving foreign invaders from Ireland’s shores, Boru Vodka is handcrafted in small batches in the most westerly distillery in all of Europe. It’s first distilled 5 times using crystal pure Irish spring water and the best grain available. It’s then carefully filtered through 10 feet of Atlantic Irish Oak charcoal for unsurpassed purity. Only then is it deemed to have reached the level of quality to be bottled and shipped to the pubic.

This past week thanks to the good people over at Boru Vodka and Castle Brands we were able to give this truly unique vodka a whirl ourselves! The results… well, lets take a look.

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Age: Unaged
Flavors: Neutral
TasteB (Good)
Mix-abilityB+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)
Price: $13.99 USD (750ml)

Overall: We give Boru Vodka a B+ (Highly Recommended). This vodka delivers a clean taste which isn’t totally free of the traditional “bite” associated with most vodkas, but still manages to come off quite smooth. In our opinion Boru is best served mixed with plenty of ice. Vodka fans, the next time you’re in the liquor store and have that burning question running through your mind “what the hell should I get?” take a chance on Boru, we think you’ll like it. Besides at just over $13 a bottle the price it right!

MIX IT UP WITH: “Dream Weaver”

Ingredients: 2 oz Boru Vodka, 2.5 oz cranberry juice, 2.5 oz orange juice, 1.5 oz soda water.

Directions: Place ice cubes into the glass. Shake vodka, orange juice and cranberry juice in a shaker. Pour into glass. Top off with soda water. Garnish with cherry and pineapple slice.

Next week: Malibu RedSt. Claire Vodka | Captain Morgan Black

Josh is COED Magazine’s resident testing and review specialist, with a keen eye for all things tech, booze, and sports related. When he’s not contributing for COED his latest work can be found over at BeSportier.com. To have your products tested, reviewed, and featured on COED shoot Josh a quick Email. You can also follow Josh on Twitter – @JoshHerder

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