About a year and half ago, I reviewed a bottle of Los 2 Compadres Single Cask Sour Mash whiskey. Just recently, our now former neighbors reached out to me. It seems the folks at the distillery really appreciated the review and they wanted me to try out a bottle of their new and improved product. To be clear, I received this bottle for free but I am not receiving any other compensation for writing this review. If I was, I’m sure the distillery owners would be a little annoyed since I’ve been sitting on this bottle for well more than a month.
The bottle that I received, as shown in the picture above, is labeled Dorwart Mexican Whiskey Special Reserve Single Cask. It is 45% alcohol by volume and seems to have been aged longer than the previous product that I reviewed. My understanding from my former neighbor is that this bottle is a special release and represents some of the best product produced by the distillery to date. More information about the distillery can be found on their new web page.
I was very happy today when my new bottle of St. George Spirits Dry Rye Reposado Gin arrived on my doorstep. Aging gin has become trendy in the last year or so among many microdistilleries and this aged version of St. George’s Dry Rye gin, which is much like a genever, is one of the latest to be released. This seemed like a fun occasion to write another blog entry, for the first time in awhile, and to break out some of the other aged gins from my collection.
Here’s what I tried out:
- The aforementioned St. George Dry Rye Reposado Gin (49.5 abv)
- Rusty Blade Gin (K&L exclusive batch KL1112, 62% abv)
- Peterman Platinum Graanjenever Special Reserve (40% abv)
- Ransom Old Tom Gin (44% abv)
Our neighbors here in San Diego are working on a bed & breakfast in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, where they live near the Destileria Los 2 Compadres. After they learned of my interest in whiskey (and spirits in general), they went out of their way to pick up a bottle of the destileria’s whiskey. They brought it back for me, and in exchange they asked me to write a review of the product.
Before I write anything more, I should start with a disclaimer that, while I have tried a lot of whiskeys and have a decent library to compare against, I don’t have any experience reviewing whiskeys or giving tasting notes. So, please take all of this with a huge grain of salt.