Apologies HBR readers for the lack of Weekly Wine, I was rather ill, and neglected to get my compatriot to get scores from the weekly tasting. (I’ll be sure to keep a backlog of personal wines for a rainy day from now on.) Anyway that aside let’s move onto the complete opposite of wine, with some tequila. Yes continuing on with some lighter less recognized spirits we move onto Agavales Tequila
603 Brewery Winni Ale Amber Ale: 3.5 - As far as Amber Ales go I was not a huge fan of this, categorically it wasn’t bad, nor was it something where it was just distinctive, it just felt so underwhelming. Amber ale’s are usually the bread and butter of brewing companies where it’s often very high-middle of the road, and they go out from there.
Google Shop Average: 603 Brewery Winni Ale Amber Ale $9
Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout: 5.5 - I admit I was rather excited by this due to Shipyard’s record of flavored beers (Pumpkinhead comes to mind); however the taste here is sadly just not enough mint. You get those chocolate flavors, and the stout is still there, and then like a whisper the mint is at the end, and it’s just a bit too weak.
Google Shop Average: Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout $9
Alright well since we here at HBR have skimped a bit too much on Tequila‘s and White Rums, be prepared for the following weeks where it will be a lot of that. Unless of course we decide to have a gathering in which case it could be anything. (read Scotch)
O’Hara’s commonly has a spirit or beer as a sidebar to their normal wine tastings. This week they had some Four Roses (which we don’t have the review since we tend to take a bit more time to appreciate a spirit that a public tasting can’t provide.) They did however have something else which we feel we can talk about.
Plum Island Belgian White: 5.5
Another unfiltered Belgian White beer made with Coriander and Orange Peel. This is something that has become commonplace for most beer companies to do and is about the fifth new one I have tried. Though it may be boring, it doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Sold in cans which makes it one of the best beers I had ever had from a can. Fairly average but good.
Google Shop Average: Plum Island Belgian White $10 (12oz Can 6-Pack)
Alright well time to start going through our backlog of scotches (I’ll try to pepper them in among the other spirits). This scotch has a special place in my heart though. I was recently at the crux of a project release, and my nerves were understandably frayed. Even though my hand was shaking just to get the scotch in the glass, the warmth of the highlands saved me from getting too stressed.
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