Tasting Notes – Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey -12 Year Special Reserve


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So, I wanted to round out my Irish Whiskey collection since it’s rather small.  I want it hit on some of the top-rated Irish whiskies. I don’t have any Tullamore Dew, so it was on my list of Irish Whiskeys to check out. I picked up this Special Reserve bottle since it was on-sale.


Nose– Not much in the smell. Some slight hints of lemon and peppermint?

Taste – Smooth as water at first with slight hints of butterscotch; but the finish comes on strong and fast.

Finish –  An overwhelming peppery taste right on the sides and center of my tongue. Tried taking smaller and faster sips. Peppery taste in the back of my throat and tongue and the taste evaporates quickly.

I’m unimpressed. This isn’t a sipping whiskey at all. I was expecting more based on it being triple distilled, its age statement, and the “special reserve” part.


Tasting Notes – Glenlivet French Oak Reserve 15 Year Old


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I love Glenlivet. It’s so smooth and rich at the same time. I go back and forth between Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, and MacCallan as my favorite single malt. So when I saw that Glenlivet French Oak Reserve 15 Year Old was on sale at my local liquor store, I snapped it up. Let see if it lives up to my expectations.


Nose – Woody, oaky.

Taste –  At first watery, but then quickly Oaky, lemony, a slight hint of bitter wood polish taste.

Finish – An oaky aftertaste lingers on the on the front and sides of my tongue. Doesn’t reach the back of the tongue.

I guess I need to realize I’m not much for the woodsy, peaty, smoky scotches. I like plain Glenlivet better than this.

If someone was in the mood for an oaky scotch though, this would be a fine one.


Vodka Showdown – Prairie Organic vs Titos vs Grey Goose


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So, I have a good handle on my favorite whiskies and a good handle on my gin preferences. But not much on an idea on what vodka I’d enjoy. So I thought I’d pit some of the most well regarded vodkas against each other in a taste test. Prairie Organic, Tito’s and Grey Goose. I couldn’t find any Stoli Gold label.

Vodka, being Vodka, I’m anticipating being the hardest to distinguish. But I’ll try. I’m not going to drink Vodka straight up, I’m going to compare Vodka tonics.


Prairie Organic

Nose – Almost, gin-like. Slightly citrusy and sweet. This vodka ended up having the most prominent nose.

Taste – Crisp and clear. Almost all tonic.  No burn.

Finish – A little bit of alcohol taste lingers on the center of the tongue but goes away saucily.


Tito’s Handmade

Nose – Almost nothing. A hint of wood.

Taste – Almost like water.

Finish – A slight gin taste in the back of the tongue and throat.


Grey Goose

Nose – Nothing, I smell nothing.

Taste – I don’t know how to say this, clear and light?

Finish – Slight warming on the back of the tongue.

Ok, this may have been a waste. These are all good vodkas in my opinion. If I was going to make a vodka martini a cranberry and vodka all would be fine choices.

I’m not going to drink it straight, but if was going to drink something dominated by vodka – like a tonic, I would go for the Tito’s since it has a little more flavor. And it has little more bite in the aftertaste.  But if I  wanted to make a smooth vodka martini I would go for the Grey Goose first and the Prairie Organic second. Unless, I wanted more of gin taste, than I would use the Prairie Organic. But then why wouldn’t I just use gin? I guess, tonight I’m going to finish the Prairie Organic vodka tonic. I’d still prefer Gin and Tonics.

All fine choices for any drink really. But to recap Vodka Martini – Grey Goose; Vodka Tonics Prairie Organic; and other mixed drinks – Tito’s Handmade.


Gillette Fusion ProShield thoughts


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So, this isn’t going to be a review of the Fusion ProShield. This is more of some general impressions.

So, I had to purchase a ProShield and try it because it is the new Gillette Fusion. I understand how a lot of people say how the Fusion line is a bunch of overpriced BS, but it does really help me. I have a very tough beard and sensitive skin. I know I could go strictly double-edge shaving, but I’m still not great at detailing with a DE blade. Also, I don’t want to shave for a half hour EVERY night.

When I first saw the “shield” aspect of the new Fusion I thought “It looks like it will be gentler, but also might not reduce growth as well.”

In short, I was right. The ProShield is gentler than the normal Fusion ProGlide. And it does not reduce growth as much. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to stick with the Shield or not. My neck does feel better, I’m getting a little less aftershave irritation each day. Which is adding up to a lot actually. But my shaves are never as close as they used to be either.

I’m going to finish the initial four blades, and then I’ll have to make a decision.

Health Issues

So, I recently discovered that I have Acid Reflux disease. So I’m supposed to avoid a number of food and beverages, and some of main beverages to avoid are coffee and alcohol.

But I’m not giving up on them completely. I’m cutting my coffee intake in half. Alcohol isn’t as bad, drinking citrus or soft drinks actually affects me much more. So now I’m drinking more alcohol at restaurants.

Hopefully this won’t affect my whiskey coverage or enjoyment. Unfortunatley, I need to find a replacement to my Clever Coffee Dripper before I can test out some more coffees.


So, I’ve been posting nearly every week for almost a year and half now. I’m running out of things to talk about it. So rather than struggle to come up with a new topic each week, I’m going to take the summer off. I need a little break to recharge and discover more watches, whiskies, coffee and shaving products (and maybe more topics!).

See you in the fall!

Redbreast 12 Year – Tasting Notes


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So, I think I’m falling for the advertising here, but I really want to try Redbreast after hearing so much about it. I wasn’t able to get a Cask Strength, so I went with the normal 12-year-old.

Redbreast 12 Year Old

Nose – Allergies are plaguing me right now. Very faint. Hints of lemon and freshly cut grass?

Taste– Rich, buttery, caramely. At first very smooth.

Finish – Very quickly after the initial notes a strong peppery finish overtakes them. After a chaser and a second sip, the pepper fades and the burn slows. But then the finish comes back almost as strong as I finish the dram. At least the finish pleasantly warms the sides and back of my tongue. But not the middle curiously.

I’m a little disappointed to be honest with you. This is pretty hyped in the whiskey world. Though admittedly, I this isn’t the Cask Strength version.

The first taste is so amazing, but the finish just comes on much too fast. And the finish almost doesn’t match the nose and the taste.

Should I mix it? Drink it on the rocks? It seems like that would ruin the taste. Maybe, next time I’ll put a drop of water in the whiskey.

Grocery Store American Coffee Showdown – Starbucks vs Peets vs 8 O’Clock vs Dunkin Donuts


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Now, that I have my Clever Coffee setup and  the process down, I thought I’d definitely figure out my favorite American  grocery store coffee. So I bought a bag of Starbucks, Peets, 8 O’clock, and Dunkin Donuts. I tried to make it as close as possible by getting either Regular/House Blend or French Roast for each. The results were surprising.

From worst to first –

Dunkin Donuts

I really enjoy Dunkin Donuts coffee from their donut shops. I think it’s a little underrateed. So I was suprised that this came out as just bitter tasting.

8 O’Clock coffee

This is cheap so I wasn’t expecting much. Better than Folgers and not as bitter as the Dunkin Donuts. A little bit more actual flavor.


I was expecting Starbucks to win. Definitely extracted a lot more flavor than the Dunkin or the 8 O’clock, but some bitterness remained.

Peet’s Coffee

The clear winner. Extracted slightly more flavor than the Starbucks. And it was so smooth, none of the bitter taste.

The Clever Coffee Dripper



So, I got a Clever Coffee dripper as a Chrismas present recently. And it really does live up to the hype. It extracts more of the coffee flavor than a drip machine. You can taste the difference between different coffee beans.


I would recommend following the included instructions. When I first got it, I was trying to follow various coffee blogs “best methods”. They didn’t work and some of them made a mess. The actual instructions are perfectly fine.