Dr. McGillicuddy’s Apple Whiskey

I am a huge whiskey fan. It’s what I usually choose to drink if I am just relaxing and want something to sip on. When I saw a bottle of this apple whiskey, I couldn’t help myself. I knew I had to try it. For around $20 a bottle and an urge for something sweet, this was a good bottle to choose.

Lets startapple whiskey with the smell. There are few artificial smells I like better than green apple. I don’t eat candy anymore, but the smell brought some nostalgic memories of my childhood and those caramel apple suckers.

It tasted surprisingly smooth for something that smelled so sweet. While it had some candied tones to it, it wasn’t overbearingly sugary. Again, green apple was the main focus. It finished quickly with a little cinnamon on the tail end. Beyond that, there wasn’t a lot of depth to this whiskey.

If you are looking for a straight forward whiskey with some candy apple tones, this is the bottle you want to buy. It was great for the price and goes well with many mixers or just straight in a lowball glass with a little ice. While a little too sugary for my tastes, it sated my want for something sweet and was a good introduction to other, more complicated drinks. 5/10.


Alibrianza Colle al Vento ‘Pacato’ Primitivo di Manduria

I was drawn to the bottle of ‘Pacato’ because of its sleek design and agreeable price. A $12 to $15 bottle of wine is acceptable even if it turns out being something I don’t necessarily enjoy. Not the case for this particular wine though. For the asking price, this was a bargain from the first glass.

When I pacatoopened the bottle, it smelled surprisingly fresh. Like a cherry or pear fresh from the tree. The first sip was pleasant. I got a good bit of dark cherries right away followed by some cocoa or dark chocolate. It was a little dry but not overly so and finished quickly with a bit of oak, leaving me ready for another sip. As expected, its legs fell immediately after swirling my glass.

After my first glass, I began to notice the tannins stuck around for a little longer than I would like, leaving me wanting something to cleanse my palate. Without any red meat or bread/crackers readily available, I opted for some mild cheddar cheese and it did the trick.

Palate cleanser at hand, I very much enjoyed the second glass. Half way through I noticed a slight change as the wine began to warm to room temperature. While still a little tannic, the latter half of each drink was a little velvety and ended with a little more oomph. A very muddled fruit taste lingered for several seconds before dissipating. Muddled may sound like a bad word. However, in this case it worked in the wine’s favor.

This bottle of ‘Pacato’ was an excellent wine for the price. I don’t see myself buying it again soon, but I will eventually. With a good flavor profile and a good balance between tannins and a swift finish, Pacato is worth trying at least once. I give it 6.5/10.

Chateau Les Tuileries Bordeaux

When opening  the bottle of Chateau Les Tuileries, I was not sure what to expect. Wines in the $12 price range can be hit or miss.

The firstchat les tuileries_1 thing I noticed was that it had legs to stretch. It was a solid three seconds before it came back to rest when I swirled my glass. The aroma was pleasing. Not sugary but still sweet like you would expect from a white wine you could drink on its own. The taste was light and smooth with nothing full about it; which was surprising with how long it took the legs to fall. It went down soft and finished with a hint of citrus or maybe apple. It was kind of hard to tell because of just how light it was.

After my first glass, I was left wanting more of the Bordeaux and more out of the Bordeaux. I decided to chill the bottle for my second glass and just like the first, it was simple and smooth. I sat for several minutes drinking and trying to come up with the right word for what I was tasting. Somewhere between watery and refreshing.

The Chateau Les Tuileries Bordeaux is a good wine. I could drink it while sitting around the house reading or with a pork roast that came out of the slow cooker. While refreshing and smooth, it has few notes and little to offer in way of flavor. It has earned a place in my collection but not something I will default to. A solid 6/10.