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March 28, 2017

Teeling 24 Year Old Irish Whiskey

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:26 pm

teeling24_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Teeling Whiskey is an independent Irish whiskey company dedicated to bringing choice and breadth back to the Irish whiskey category through small batch releases of interesting and flavoursome bottlings. Newly established in Dublin’s New Market Square in 2015, it is the first new whiskey distillery to have opened in Dublin, once a world whiskey distilling capital, in over 125 years. The distillery was established by Jack and Stephen Teeling, whose father John Teeling had founded the Cooley Distillery in 1987. The Teeling family name however is embedded in Dublin distilling since 1782, when Walter Teeling set up a craft distillery.

We are thrilled to present a new bottling from Teeling’s Vintage Reserve Collection – the Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt. First distilled in 1991 and then matured in Bourbon casks followed by Sauterne wine casks produces a wholly unique taste experience, featuring great depth of fruit flavours that perfectly complement that hint of smoke derived from the inclusion of a small portion of Peated malt as part of the original ingredients used in production. This small batch bottling, limited to just 5,000 700ml bottles, were hand bottled in an unique decanter bottle and comes with their own certificate of authenticity. Recently awarded the title of World’s Best Irish Single Malt, this is a whiskey to be treasured and savoured slowly.

This is extremely limited, so act quickly to Experience the Spirit of Dublin:

1991 Teeling Single Malt Whiskey Vintage Reserve 24 Year Old (Ireland) – $499.99

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March 21, 2017

The Final Single-Blind Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:04 pm

final_blind_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

In this our final Single Blind FaceOff red wine event in the series, we are going to test your palates one last time in a tasting combining all three grapes previously showcased in this series: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, two of each plus a final double blind bottling (completely un-named on the menu) that hopefully you can identify from what you’ve learnt throughout this series – it is the Are You Well Red test.

A single-blind tasting is where you know the identity of all the wines in the tasting, but you don’t know which of these wines are in front of you – the point is to see if you can correctly guess which wine is in your glass. Blind tastings can be serious if you’re going to test for a Sommelier test, but here we’re very light-hearted and more fun focused rather than competitive.

At the end of the evening, we’ll vote for the ‘best of tasting’ to decide on the winner of our FaceOff. Test your blind wine tasting skills in this relaxed yet informative tasting. Only 30 spots available for this sit-down event.

More information about the wines we’ll be tasting, and to register for the event, click here….

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March 10, 2017

The Bitter Truth

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:37 pm

bitter_truths_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

A bitters is traditionally an alcoholic preparation flavored with botanicals such that the end result is characterized by a bitter, sour, or bittersweet flavor. Numerous longstanding brands of bitters were originally developed as patent medicines, but are now sold as digestifs and now as the finishing touches to a grand cocktail.

Some of the most popular bitters on the 1800s are still popular today, and were initially created with medicinal purposes in mind. Angostura bitters (now technically a supermarket product) are named after a Venezuelan town and were mixed together by as German physician to cure seasickness. Today’s nervous flyers occasionally find the same cocktails helpful to cure their anxieties, proving the adage of “a drink to calm one’s nerves” may occasionally have something to it after all. Due to the stronger, more intense flavour concentrations in addition to the high alcoholic proofs of most “original” bitters, many are used in small “dashes” or with droppers to flavour cocktails and thus are often called cocktail bitters.

In cocktails, bitters are best used for their ability to enhance a good mixed drink into a beautifully aromatic, balanced, and unforgettable one. One or two dashes of orange bitters, for instance, can blend seamlessly into a classically floral dry martini. With many varieties and hundreds of herbal, woody or floral ingredients, cocktail bitters can also provide a nearly unlimited number of flavouring possibilities above and beyond simple drink balancing to enhance the character of cocktails.

The Bitter Truth Bitters from Germany were specifically designed for recreating classic drinks made true to the original recipe or for experimentation with modern cocktail creations. Their bitters are all made in the traditional way using only the best quality natural ingredients. The Bitter Truth bitters have received multiple awards and will continue to innovate the bar world.

Here’s what we have from Bitter Truth at the moment (all in 200mL bottle format):

Bitter Truth Celery Bitters – $32.99
Bitter Truth Orange Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Creole Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters – $32.99

Do come in to deVine’s to check out our huge collection of bitters, including brands from Bittermens, Scrappy’s, Bittered Sling and Apothecary.

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March 6, 2017

Quinta do Portal Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:48 pm

at_portal_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

deVine welcomes Pedro Almeida Santos, Export Manager of Quinta do Portal for a special stand-up tasting and traversal of representative wines of this popular family-ran Douro producer on Thursday, April 6 @ 7pm – $35.

deVine has been a long time supporter of this winery (and they of us), who over the last decade has achieved deserved recognition for producing quality and varietally correct wines at an affordable price!

Vines have been grown in their harsh and beautiful land for hundreds of years although Portal has only been around since 1986. Before that, they were known as Quinta Casal de Celeiros. There’s some fascinating history as Celeiros was one of the very earliest Quintas to employ women to tread grapes in the lagares, it is also the only property in the entire Douro region that was not affected by Phylloxera in the turn of the century. Also, they sold off a lot of their grapes in the 1960-1980’s to Sandeman. There’s more stories to be had if you attend the tasting with Pedro.

We’ll be tasting through a vast range of Portal wines, both white and reds, and ending with one of the house’s great Vintage Ports. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Pictured – Annabelle and Dirk in the barrel room of Portal in the fall of 2015.

More information and to register for the tasting, click here….

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