Category Archives for What Im Drinking

Wood’s Navy Rum Tasting Night

Wood’s Navy Rum Tasting Event

I have not really been a rum drinker, I have only ever had white rum in Mojitos (which do taste amazing! :)) I am usually not very good with spirits like rum, brandy and whisky but I was invited to a Rum tasting event hosted by Wood’s and was really keen to try some rum and cocktails.

The event was held in The Rum House in Nottingham, which I think was the perfect place! I had not been there before, it’s a really good bar with a great decor and atmosphere. The Woods Rum Tasting night was hosted by Stephen a brand ambassador for Wood’s, he did a really great job.

We started the evening next door by having a double Gin and Tonic, which in hindsight may not have been the best move when doing a tasting 🙂


There was a total of 6 of us at the tasting, which I liked as think it helped make it a little more relaxed as I am not the most confident in groups. We started off by Stephen making us a cocktail with Woods Rum and apple, which I actually think was my favourite.

Wood's Navy Rum Apple Cocktail - This has to be one of my favourite Rum cocktails, very fresh tasting! - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

Stephen told us of the history of Rum and and advised us of the 3 places it had got its name from. To me I’d agree with those that believe it comes from the Latin word for sugar, Saccharum. He then went into detail about Rum and the navy, which was very interesting as I had never really considered the history of many drinks. Navy Rum began in 1655 and interestingly the crew on all the ships were given a daily allowance of 1 pint of rum per day, I could only imagine what that was like! I know i’m not very productive if I have had a few drinks and a pint of rum…I think i’d be lining the floor with my face 🙂

Admiral Edward Vernon watered the Rum down and added lime to help reduce the amount of Rum his crew would drink, making them more effective at their job. This drink soon became known as Grog, which was named after the Admirals jacket. Interestingly his crew became the healthiest, thanks to all the additional vitamins from the limes that his crew were drinking no doubt 🙂

Stephen also told us an interesting story about Naval Rum and Lord Nelson. There is a well known term of “Nelson’s Blood”, the story says that when he died his body was preserved in Rum and the crew had drilled a hole in the cask and drank the rum. Although many historians believe that this is not true and that the cask didn’t contain Rum but Brandy and the phrase comes from people toasting Nelson…which to me also makes more sense and would be slightly disturbing if it was the other!!

Wood's Navy Rum Neat - Nice Dark Rum!

We were then told about the history of Wood’s Rum, which has been around since 1887 and is currently the only rum that is still distilled in a wooden distil. It was really interesting hearing about the brand and you could tell that Stephen really had a passion and an interest in Wood’s Rum.
The bottle has actually recently changed as well as the name as it is currently known as Wood’s 100. It was changed due to the misunderstanding as to the proof of the rum in the bottle. I personally think the change is for the better, the older bottle reminds me more of a vodka bottles whereas the newer one looks more like what I’d think a navy rum bottle would look like (if that makes sense).

Interestingly we were talking about popularity phases of types of drinks and that back in the 90’s Vodka was popular with different flavours and now Gin is currently very popular with new flavours and types coming out often. Stephen did say that he could really see Rum going through one of these phases and i’d have to agree, there are so many different types and think it’s something to keep an eye on.

Wood’s Navy Rum Tasting Time!!

Now was the time to get into the tasting of Wood’s Rum, as I had not had rum in the past I was looking forward to finding out what it tastes like(on its own!). We had a little of the rum put into a glass and we all gave it a smell and discussed what aromas we could get, this was after it burned my nose a little 🙂

It actually smelt very nice with hints of caramel and spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. It is obviously all down to personal taste and people will naturally smell different things. Now was the time for the taste and I have to say like whisky and brandy it really gave my throat a hit but it was actually very tasty.

We put a little water into it and gave it another taste, this time I found it much easier to drink as the Rum had been watered down a little. To me it tasted really nice and I think had a real oaky taste, which is probably due to the wooden distil. Stephen made us our second Rum cocktail which was also very nice, it included honey and ginger beer. This cocktail went down very well and I could drink it again and again.

Wood’s Navy Rum Cocktail #2

Greenheart Grog – Wood’s Navy Rum Cocktail
Author: Martyn
Prep time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • 50ml Wood’s Navy Rum
  • 20ml Ruby Grapefruit Juice
  • 20ml Lime Juice
  • 20ml Honey
  • Ginger Beer
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except the Ginger Beer into a blender
  2. Add ice into the blender and give it a good blend
  3. Pour into a glass and top this with Ginger Beer
  4. Add a mint leaf to garnish

Our third cocktail involved us being able to go around the bar and actually make it ourselves, thanks alot to the Rum House for allowing us to do just that. It was a great experience, I had done it before but always find it good fun. We went around in two groups of 3 and made an interesting cocktail with Baileys, vanilla, Woods Rum and a raw egg….I know what you are thinking….a raw egg?!?!

Wood’s Navy Rum Cocktail #3

Black Strap Flip – Wood’s Navy Rum Cocktail
Author: Martyn
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 35ml Wood’s Navy Rum
  • 35ml Sweet Sherry (Pedro Ximenez or a Moscatel)
  • 15ml Baileys
  • 10ml Vanilla infused Demerara syrup
  • Whole Egg
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients into a mixing tin
  2. Dry shake, which is done without adding any ice
  3. Open the mixer and fill with ice and continue to shake
  4. Double strain with a Hawthorne cocktail straining and small tea strainer into a glass
  5. Garnish with a little cinnamon

It actually tasted very nice and I thought it tasted just like a melted chocolate bar! We had a little competition to win a free bottle of Wood’s Rum, I didn’t win unfortunately but was more than happy with the way my cocktail looked 🙂

The tasting had ended and Rach and I had to leave to get ready for work the next day, it was a very enjoyable night. It has opened my eyes to Rum and will certainly be looking at getting myself a bottle of Wood’s Navy Rum and trying a few cocktails.

I would just like to thank Stephen for his great work on introducing me to Rum and educating me a lot more to the history of it and Wood’s rum. I would also like to thank Wood’s themselves for putting on the tasting evening and The Rum House for having such a perfect venue 🙂

Don’t forget to follow Wood’s Rum and The Rum House on the socials below!

Let me know if you try any Rum Cocktails!

Wood’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/woodsnavyrum
Wood’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoodsNavyRum/
The Rum House Twitter: https://twitter.com/rumhouseuk
The Rum House Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rumhousenottingham/

Continue reading

Les Grands Chemins Rose 2014 From Virgin Wines

Les Grands Chemins Rose 2014If you are looking for a nice fresh wine that is not too dry or sweet then I think Les Grands Chemins Rose 2014 From Virgin Wines would be ideal. This is a french wine that is 100% made with the Cinsault grape.

I purchased this wine as a part of a 12 bottle order with Virgin Wines, I selected it at random as I wanted to try a couple of rose wines and french wines as I am visiting France in 2016.

I personally found the wine to be exactly what I would expect from a Rose, it was smooth to drink and didn’t leave a horrible sharp taste. Les Grands Chemins Rose reminded me of summer.

Its a very fruity wine that was not to dry and fresh, making it a perfect wine for a summer BBQ or salad, nicely chilled.

It is one of those bottles of wines that you could drink bottle after bottle and continue enjoying it, unlike some that can get a bit boring after a while.

At only £8.99 per bottle, its a little steeper than some supermarket wines but I think its worth paying that little extra. If you get it as part of a deal it can work out less per bottle overall.

Key Information

  • Grape: Cinsault
  • Country: France
  • Colour: Rose
  • Ideal Time To Drink: Summer
  • ABV: 12%

If you are interested in Les Grands Chemins Rose 2014 From Virgin Wines you can find out more about it by clicking here

Continue reading

Majestic Wine Review

RATING: 4/5

WineGlassRatingWineGlassRatingWineGlassRating

MajesticWineI love trying new wines but at the same time I do have a budget on how much I want to spend per month on wine. I wanted to buy a case of wine at the start of the month to hopefully last me throughout the month.

At the start of September I decided to try and give Majestic Wine a go and made a purchase of 10 bottles. This is my review of Majestic Wine, how easily I found their website to navigate, their offers and their service.

How Did I Learn About Majestic Wine?


I have seen a couple of the Majestic Wine stores during my travels and always intended to go to one. Instead of going to a store as I always get confused seeing all the different bottles, I went online as thought it would be easier to browse the bottles.

What Did I think Of The Majestic Wine Website?

I personally found the website very easy to navigate, which makes it much easier buying wine. Majestic Wine do have pre-mixed cases and come in a wide range of variations from colour and grape variety.

If you don’t want to get one of their pre-mixed cases then you can make your own by mixing and matching. I did this as I wanted to go through the different wines to determine which ones I wanted.

Its possible to search through the different wines by colour, variety, and country. This is excellent as it allows you to find a specific type of wine you particularly like.

Once you select a wine you can see a decent amount of information on that particular wine, such as its origin, taste, dryness and finally reviews of what others thought about the wine.

What Kind Of Offers Do Majestic Wine Have?

MajesticWineScreenMajestic Wine have a number of regular offers, I personally like the mix and match as you can save anything from 15% to 33% when buying mix and match bottles. By doing this with all or a number of bottles you could potentially save a decent amount of money.

Once you place you first order you can also receive emails with additional offers, for example I received an offer of a free bottle on my next order.

 

What Was Majestic Wines Service Like?

The service was great, I received a phone call shortly after placing my order to confirm a suitable delivery date. I didn’t need to use them again, however I have read reviews of staff in store being friendly.

With my order I did also receive tasting notes on the bottles, which I think was an excellent touch.

Would I Order From Majestic Wine Again?

Yes I would certainly order from Majestic Wine again, I intend to post when I make orders and describe what bottles I have ordered etc. I hope this will help people find bottles of wine that they may also enjoy, these posts will be updated once I have drank the wine with my thoughts on them.

Click Here If you are interested in trying Majestic Wine

Continue reading

Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2014 Majestic Wines

Rating: WineGlassRatingWineGlassRatingWineGlassRating

Pasqua Pinot Grigio1I received the Pasqua Pinot Grigio as a part of a 10 bottle order from Majestic Wines, we both like Pinot Grigio so wanted to give this one a try.

I tend to prefer wines that are not to dry and even though this one is a very dry wine, it was a nice fresh wine and tasted very nice.


What Does The Label Say?

The label does describe it as a pleasant and fruity wine, with pear, apricot and floral hints. Fresh and well balanced in the mouth.

This wine is 12% Volume

How Much Is It

The price is reasonable at £7.99 when we ordered, although there was an offer when you mix and match 2 bottles you save an additional 25%. This bottle therefore worked out at £5.99, which in my eyes is a good deal.

What Does It Go With?

According to Majestic Wines it goes well with seafood, the starter I had it with was a cauliflower soup and must say I felt it suited very well with that.

I had a glass of Pasqua Pinot Grigio before our starter and was very refreshing so could be drank on its own.

If you like a fresh, fruity and citrusy wine then this is perfect for you and at the price I would fully recommend it.

Click here to learn more about Pasqua Pinot Grigio from Majestic Wines

Pasqua Pinot Grigio2 Pasqua Pinot Grigio3

Continue reading