Cubanarama Radio discusses Whiskey Goldmine in depth with CEO & Publisher Matt Goldstein. We discuss the origins of the website, tasting wines, whiskeys, the American craft beer movement and more. We also discuss how to find the best wines and whiskeys for a lesser price. Check it out! Cubanarama radio with Marta and Matt Goldstein.
Aged in 6 Different Types of Cask, Inspired by the History of Scotland & Dalmore
By Matt Godstein
Dalmore released the 1263 King Alexander III single malt in order to commemorate the Mackenzie Clan ancestor’s heroic act in saving King Alexander in 1263. Legend has it that a wild deer stag was coming straight at King Alexander, and an ancestor of the Mackenzie clan took down the wild deer with one shot of an arrow. The King granted the shooter the right to wear the stags head in his coat of arms with the motto, “Help the King.” The head of the stag has been the insignia of the Mackenzie clan and Dalmore single malt scotch ever since. The 12 points of the antler signify royalty.
The Dalmore 1263 is aged in 6 types of cask, French wine barriques, Madeira drums, sherry butts from Jerez, Sicilian Marsala barrels, port pipes from the Douro and white oak bourbon barrels from Kentucky. Out of the bottle the scent is peat, smoke, wood and oak. The flavor is sweet with notes of honey, nectar, and very light peat. The Dalmore 1263 is exceptionally smooth with a longing warmth. The oak and wood is the major statement in this single malt. With a thick mouth feel and thick aftertaste the Dalmore 1263 is a complex single malt with an excellent overall flavor and finish. The Dalmore 1263 King Alexander III is an extraordinary single malt. The wood finish is plainly exceptional.
How Whiskey Effects Us Every Day in Everything we Do: Part 1
By Matt Goldstein
After the Revolutionary war, America had a $75 million debt and U.S. treasurer Alexander Hamilton pressured President Washington to push the Whiskey Act through congress resulting in the first federal tax. After the first tax collectors used violence to collect their fees, an uprising erupted called the Whiskey Rebellion. Washington suited up, gathered an army bigger than the Continental Army that defeated the British, and squashed the Whiskey Rebellion. This was the only time in history that a sitting U.S. President led troops into battle.
George Washington, President, General, Businessman and Whiskey Distiller
The Whiskey Rebellion gave President George Washington a grand business idea. Whiskey Distilling! If people were so enraged to start a war over whiskey, it must be profitable right? After his presidency, Washington went onto operate one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the country. George Washington’s distillery was one of the first and most successful liquors businesses in the country and the also one of the most profitable plantations in the country.
Whiskey shipping was also the main revenue for the early railroad system.
Whiskey, Modern Science, Chemistry and the End of the Dark Ages
That’s right, whiskey making sparked modern chemistry, modern science and ended the Dark Ages. During the Dark Ages, Islamic Arabic scientists perfected distillation through the scientific method, and created whiskey. Whiskey making in the Islamic Arabic areas expanded to Europe and exploded. This whiskey distillation explosion advanced modern science and modern chemistry in Europe and ended the Dark Ages.
Whiskey Proof Terminology
The term proof was invented when English sailors would test how good the whiskey was by burning it over gun powder. If the flames went crazy then it was proven that the whiskey was good. If the flames fizzled out without much flash, then there was no proof of a good whiskey bottle.
English Monks and the Invention of Scotch whisky
When the Catholic Church refused to grant Henry the 8th a divorce from Catherin of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn, the alcoholic Henry the 8th ended all ties with the church and exiled many monks and priests. These exiled Catholic Monks moved onto Scotland and began distilling whiskey for drinking. The monks then began to distill whiskey over a peat fire, thus inventing scotch.
The English Whiskey Tax and the Invention of Roads
A Whiskey tax by the English sparked a violent uprising in Scotland. Sound familiar? Of course, England then invaded Scotland. Because the land of Scotland was so difficult to navigate and move their army, the English began building roads to maneuver the troops. These roads were so successful that they spread to America and built the first road system in the United States. This style of road making then expanded throughout the world.
How Whiskey gave us Fossil Fuels, Industrial Empires and Saved the Whales
In the 1800’s, whales were being decimated for their blubber oil, which was an early source for fuel, heat and light for lamps. The largest mammal on earth was facing extinction as the demand for blubber oil grew and grew.
Around this time, salt mine owner Samuel Kier was getting extremely annoyed that this oily type substance kept leaking into his salt mine and ruining the salt. It was costing Kier and many salt mines a lot of money. One day, Kier took the curious oil, which was actually crude oil, and put it in his whiskey distillery. When the oil was distilled, it became petroleum, our first fossil fuel. The birth of oil distillation created industrial empires and gave birth to the modern mechanical age.
The birth of crude oil in commercial use eradicated the demand for whale blubber oil and whale hunting was reduced to a minimum. The levels of whale hunting have since been relatively sustainable for our largest and very treasured mammal. Of course, the discovery of oil lead to many deadly wars, global warming and might actually run out because of our insatiable appetites for Cadillac’s and SUVs, but hey, we can always use whiskey to drink our problems away.
Part 2 Coming Soon: Whiskey and America, The Model T, Ethanol, the Space Age, and the First Man on the Moon…
Winner of Five Double Gold Medals: The Best Bourbon Buy on the Market
By Matt Goldstein
The only bourbon ever to win five double gold medals, Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon is Distilled by Buffalo Trace and owned by parent company Sazerac. For under $25.00, the Eagle Rare 10 Year might be the best buy on the bourbon market. Pound for pound and dollar for dollar, this is possibly our favorite bourbon. Aged for 10 years in charred oak barrels, bottled at 90 proof, the Eagle Rare is exceptionally smooth and perfectly sweet. With all straight bourbons, the Eagle Rare is made by the sour mash method in which some liquid from the previous batch is used to distill the new batch.
The Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review, Taste and Flavor
The Eagle Rare scent is sweet and tangy with notes of corn. Right off the bat at the first taste, it’s excellent bourbon. The flavor has solid sweet notes, strong corn, with hints of honey, oak and grain. Very smooth, slightly dry with a rich, complex and robust mouth feel and finish, the Eagle Rare out performs almost any bourbon. There’s a reason that this bourbon won so many gold medals. We’d prefer a little more bite in a bourbon but the flavor and complexity make up for it tenfold.
Makers Mark 46 is made with fully matured Maker’s Mark Bourbon which is extracted from the barrel. The barrel is then affixed with 10 seared wooden staves inside the barrel. Searing the wooded staves caramelizes the sugars in the inside the wood. The fully matured Maker’s Mark is then put back in the barrel and aged for a few more months. There is no exact time when the Maker’s Mark 46 is removed from the barrel; the master distillers taste the bourbon and then decide whether it’s time.
Maker’s Mark 46 Review, Taste and Flavor:
When we first tasted the Maker’s Mark 46 it tasted almost the same as Maker’s Mark. We honestly didn’t know much of a difference. The scent is strong and dry. The flavor has a long warmth with notes of corn and oak. Maker’s Mark 46 bourebon is a strong and robust. The good oak finish begins to grow on you, especially the dry bitter aftertaste. This is a solid bourbon that’s not too sweet like other bourbons out there, which sometimes let the corn make the statement and not the whiskey. The Maker’s Mark 46 is all whiskey. It’s a bit above average and not too complex. The 46 seems almost exactly like the original Maker’s Mark. It’s solid, but probably not worth the extra $15.
Lagavulin: Maybe the Best Single Malt from the Islay Region
By Matt Goldstein
Dating back as early as 1742, Lagavulin is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Made on the south coast of Islay region, Lagavulin is considered a “classic malt.” Often called “the aristocrat” of the Islay, the 16 year is critically acclaimed, and rightfully so. According to whiskey.com, Lagavulin uses local barley, and is exposed about twenty times as much peat smoke compared to a typical Speyside scotch. Fermentation of the barley is a slow process, too. Between 55 and 75 hours are taken for the full peat-rich flavor of the locally-malted barley to come through. Lagavulin has the slowest distillation process of any Islay malt.
The Lagavulin Single Malt Review: Flavor and Taste
The Lagavulin 16 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey from the Islay region has the scent of a light to medium peat. The flavor is dry, sweet and complex. The taste of peat is very well balanced and perhaps the best character of the single malt. The peat is medium and not overbearing, seemingly a perfect poise. Smooth, robust and full bodied, the Lagavulin has a sweet citrusy finish. We love this scotch!
Dalmore 15: One of Best Single Malt Scotches from the Highland Region
By Matt Golstein
With their signature flat top wash stills, cold water jacket spirit stills and bespoke oak cask maturation, Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky stakes its claim as one of the best of the Highland region. Dalmore 15 years aged is matured in bespoke Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso sherry casks from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Located on the northern shores of the Firth of Cromarty in the Highlands, the distillery is sited near Loch Morie and the coast of the Black Isle. According to Dalmore, being elevated at sea level is critically important to the maturation of their scotch. Many single malts gain much of their character from a salty ocean water air.
The Dalmore 15 Flavor & Review
With a light scent of smoke and peat, and a sweet fruity aroma, there are also scents of nectar, honey, grain and malt. With a rich oak and charcoal, the full flavored Dalmore 15 year single malt is sweet, and very smooth with subtle warmth. The Dalmore 15 is gentle with a perfectly light touch of peat smoke. With flavors of oak, honey, fruit, pineapple, pear, citrus and maple, this complex single malt has an excellent finish and aftertaste with phenomenal character. The only problem with Dalmore 15 is that one is not enough! The Dalmore 15 is not only one of the best single malts from the Highlands; Dalmore 15 is one of the best single malts in all of Scotland. This whisky is a lock for our top 10 single malts in the world. We highly recommend the Dalmore 15 years aged single Highland malt scotch whiskey.
Booker’s: The First and Only Bourbon Bottled Straight from the Barrel, Uncut and Unfiltered
By Matt Goldstein
Aged between six to eight years in oak barrels, Booker’s uncut straight from the barrel bourbon is part of the critically acclaimed small batch collection by Jim Beam which features Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s, Baker’s and Booker’s. Created by Booker Noe in 1992, Booker’s bourbon was so well received that Booker decided to make it available for everyone, all year round. Bottled at its natural proof between 121 and 127, the sediment at the bottom of the glass is a testament to this unfiltered magnum opus of whiskey. Not knowing what the sediment was, I actually got a free glass in a downtown Philadelphia restaurant when I sent the Booker’s back because there was “crap in my glass.” While drinking my second glass of whiskey, again the sediment appeared a few minutes later. I decided to live with it, and review the whiskey. It wasn’t until doing the research shortly before writing this article that I realized Booker’s is uncut and un filtered.
Booker’s: Review, Taste and Flavor
Booker’s small batch bourbon is strong with a thin bourbon flavor and thin mouth feel at first. Slightly sweet with a subtle bourbon scent, Booker’s is dry and complex. Although rich, dry is the main flavor and character in this whiskey. Having a great bite, with notes of oak and vanilla, the flavors open up with a splash or two of water. This is a classic bourbon whiskey and perfect for the bourbon sipping connoisseur. For the beginner, put this bourbon on ice or you might get bit!
An All Malt Scotch Whisky from the Island of Islay with 14 Gold Medals
By Matt Goldstein
Laphroaig, pronounced “La-froyg”, is a Gaelic word meaning “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay.” The three main ingredients for Laproaig are barley, water and yeast. For the Laphroaig 10 year, the malted barley is dried over a peat fire. Laphroaig only uses peat found on the island of Islay. The Laphroaig 10 year has a strong smoky scent with a malt nose and the color is a full gold. The flavor is very smoky, almost mesquite with a complex finish and long aftertaste. The 10 year is a sweet and subtle full bodied peat monster! This is an excellent and classic 10 year single malt. The best way to taste Laphroaig: Take it neat or with a splash of soft water. Roll it around on your tongue. Release the pungent, earthy aroma of the blue peat smoke, the sweet nuttiness of the barley and the delicate, heathery perfume of Islay’s streams.
Awards and Medals for the Laphroaig 10 Year Single Malt
2010 International Wine & Spirit Competition – Silver Medal
2010 SF World Spirits Competition – Double Gold medal
2009 SF World Spirits Competition – Gold medal
2008 IWSC – Silver Medal and ‘Best in Class’
2008 SF World Spirits Competition – Gold medal
2007 International Wine and spirits Competition – Gold (Best in Class)
2007 ISC (International Spirits Challenge) – Gold medal
2007 International Review of Spirits (BTI) – Silver medal
2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – Gold medal
2006 International Wine and spirits Competition, Gold, Best in Class
2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – Double-Gold award
2005 Malt Maniacs Awards – Silver Medal “A peat monster that takes no prisoners”
2005 IWSC – Silver Medal and ‘Best in Class’
2004 International Spirits Challenge – Silver Medal
2003 International Spirits Challenge – Silver Medal
2003 International Spirits Challenge- Gold Medal
2001 International Spirits Challenge – Gold Medal
2000 International Spirits Challenge – Gold Medal
2000 International Wine & Spirit Competition – Gold Medal
1999 International Wine & Spirit Competition – Gold Medal
1998 International Wine & Spirit Competition – Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky under 12 Years Old
1998 International Wine & Spirit Competition – Gold Medal
Don Draper and Canadian Club Whiskey Blended Whiskey
On the AMC hit TV series Mad Men, advertising exec Don Draper cannot get enough Canadian Club Whiskey, sometimes even casually pouring a glass at 9 am in his office. Although you might not work at Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Price and you might not be allowed to drink whiskey at the office, you can still enjoy a few Mad Men era Don Draper style cocktails. Check it out…
Old Fashioned Cocktail
1½ parts Canadian Club 10 Year Reserve
1/2 part sweet Vermouth
Dash Angostura bitters
Mix sugar, water and bitters in a rocks glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange slice. Muddle ingredients (using a muddler or the back end of a spoon). Add Canadian Club 10 Year Reserve and Vermouth. Fill with ice cubes and stir.