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Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey
Dufftown, Scotland
40% ABV

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I picked up this triple malt Scotch whiskey from Trader Joe’s. The company’s been around since 1887, and this spirit takes its name from a medical condition that men used to acquire from working the malt press. I imagine it wasn’t fun to deal with, but it is a fun name for a whiskey now!

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The color is dusky yellow with a rose-orange pit that gives it personality. It shows plenty of leg, which is probably why I find it drinkable with one cube—I’m not that hardcore of a whiskey drinker, y’all. There’s subdued alcohol heat in the nose with something fruity buried deeper and beckoning. Maybe it’s berry, but I’ll call it apricot with allspice and clove.

The alcohol’s a lot hotter going down, but not so much so that I find it unpleasant. The burn is laced with caramel and that apricot, and then the spices take over boldly and strongly, bringing some cayenne with them. Okay, not some, but a lot of cayenne. This is an apricot masquerading as a caramel apple masquerading as a Hot Tamale candy.

Pretty good whiskey for the price point. It cost around $23. Husband says, “It’s a little weird.” I say, “It’s a new Willy Wonka invention.”

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JC Van Staden La Tau Zinfandel 2013

JC Van Staden La Tau Zinfandel 2013
Lodi, CA

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Didn’t know a wine could have an identity crisis? This zin smells wild like a syrah with spice and a lot of bacon. But it tastes like a merlot, all sweet raspberry and gentle spice. Your friend who’s afraid of heavy reds will love it, so use it to pull a fast one on them.

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My 50/100 Quini Profile:

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FYI, this is a NakedWines.com bottle, from the All-American Highest-Rated Case. You can get it here. Or you can always make use of a $100 off first-time costumer voucher for NakedWines.com by clicking on this link instead.

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Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Corvina IGT 2011

Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Corvina IGT 2011
Veneto, Italy

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I won this wine as a prize at the Lunar New Year celebration I blogged about earlier this week. My expectations were high, being as the wine was selected by a sommelier, though it is still a wine you can find under $10. One of my dining companions was also a sommelier, and she advised me to let the wine air out for a few hours prior to drinking it. Well, call me impatient, but I’m using an aerator instead because…I’m impatient.

The nose smells strongly of strawberry with fruit leather grain. It tastes super smooth on first sip, prompting me to weep for how long it has been since I’ve had a wine this complex and balanced. Strawberry and raspberry fruit notes dominate with some cherimoya that blends everything nicely together. Light spice intermingles with the fruit: cinnamon and cardamom. Leather and cream are both present enough to provide depth but not distract from the primary fruits. Medium-bodied, with enough texture and tartness to keep it interesting throughout the glass.

Note to self: Go to more parties where you can win wine from sommeliers.

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