It’s Friday! Ya’ll know what that means… It’s time for our weekly installment of drinks of the week. Where we take a look at three new, exciting, and down-right awesome brands of liquor. We taste them, we test them, and finally we review them. All for you, our loyal readers. This week is no different as we check out Canadian Club Sherry Cask, Grey Goose Vodka, and Basil Hayden’s Bourbon. What are you waiting for? Check out our full reviews and amazing mixed drink recipes below!
Since becoming famous in the days of prohibition, Canadian Club has come a long ways! Especially when you consider that Al Capone was their biggest client at one point while he was illegally bootlegging their finest blends from Windsor through Detroit, Michigan. Now CC has come out with something truly unique. A double matured blended whisky produced in small quantities, they’ve simply named it Canadian Club Sherry Cask and it is first aged in once-used American white oak bourbon barrels, then double matured in sherry casks imported from Jerez, Spain.
Thanks to our good friends over at the CC distillery we’ve been given the honor of testing one of their finest whiskys on the market and here’s our honest assessment…
Proof: 82.6 (41.3% ABV)
Age: Minimum of 8 years
Flavors: Caramel, oak, ginger, sherry, and peppery spices.
Taste: B+ (Very Good)
Mix-ability: B+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)
Price: $25.99 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Canadian Club Sherry Cask a B+ (Highly Recommended). Recommended for lovers of whisky, though you don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy this delightful play on Canadian Whisky. CC’s sherry cask is like and experience you’ve probably never had the privilege of before. If you have a passion for whiskys, we strongly suggest you find a why to get your hands on a bottle asap. Your taste buds will thank you.
MIX IT UP WITH: “Washington Apple”
Ingredients: 1 oz Canadian Club Sherry Cask Whisky, 1 oz sour apple schnapps, 1 oz cranberry juice, apple slice for garnish
Directions: Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or shot glass. Garnish neat version with an apple slice.
Touted a “the worlds best tasting vodka”, Grey Goose Vodka is produced using a five-step distillation process in the Cognac region of France, where its fresh ingredients of winter wheat and limestone filtered spring water originates from.
Grey Goose was created back in 1997 by Sidney Frank. Since then the company has gone on to become one of the biggest success stories in all of the spirits industry! In fact Sidney sold the Grey Goose brand in 2004 for $2.2 billion in the largest single-brand sale in history.
Accolades: Grey Goose has earned many awards over the years, but the most impressive is the Platinum Medal in the World Spirits Championship and being named “the world’s best tasting vodka” by the Beverage Testing Institute.
Proof: 94 (47% ABV)
Taste: A- (Excellent)
Mix-ability: A (Awesome)
Buzz Factor: B (Good)
Price: $30.00 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Grey Goose Vodka an A- (Highly Recommended). It’s truly premium! This vodka will not let you down. It’s smoother than most and mixes extremely well. Do yourself a favor if you already haven’t, order some Goose at the bar, buy it at the liquor store, or steal if from your roommate. Whatever you gotta do, try it! We think you’ll absolutely love its crisp, refined taste.
MIX IT UP WITH: “Cape Fizz”
Ingredients: 1.5 parts Grey Goose Vodka, 2 parts club soda, 2 parts cranberry juice, 1/2 part simple syrup, 1/4 part lime juice, lime slice for garnish
Directions: Add all ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir gently and garnish with a lime.
Dating back all the way to 1796 (when George Washington was president) Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, was of course created by Mr. Basil Hayden himself. He used a traditional corn base, but mixed in small grains in his mash to capture the spicy flavor of rye. More than 200 years later, we can still taste the ages old recipe ourselves.
After hearing a little about Basil Hayden and his famous bourbon, we just knew we had to give this stuff the proper COED taste testing. We broke out the snifters, we tried it with water, on the rocks, and even mixed (bourbon snobs cringe at the thought). In the end, we came to one final conclusion… Here it is!
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Age: 8 years
Flavors: Spicy, peppery, honey, light-bodied, gentle bite.
Taste: B+ (Very Good)
Mix-ability: A- (Excellent)
Buzz Factor: A (Awesome)
Price: $30.00 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Basil Hayden’s an A- (Highly Recommended). Typically most Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys we’ve encountered have been off the charts in the proof category, Basil Hayden’s is a refreshing break from this tradition. At 80 proof this bourbon whiskey is smooth enough to drink straight or on the rocks. When mixed properly it fairly tasty as well. Next time you’re in the liquor store, look to the top shelf. That’s where you’ll find Basil Hayden’s 200-year-old recipe. Give it a whirl, we think you’ll like what you taste!
MIX IT UP WITH – “Basil Punch”
Ingredients: 1/4 oz Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, 3/4 oz Brandy, 3/4 oz Benedictine, Juice of 1/2 Orange, Juice of 1/2 Lemon, Club Soda.
Directions: Shake with ice and pour into collins glass nearly filled with shaved ice. Then fill with club soda and stir gently. Decorate with orange and lemon slices and serve with a straw.