Smoking Loon

Smoking Loon

The Original Old Vine California Zinfandel

It's got a great unique flavor. A nice oaky touch with enough dark fruit to balance — a month ago

Smoking Gun

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Really smooth, blooms in your mouth. Had with duck confit rolls, shrimp tempura, fish tacos and swordfish. Went well with everything. Fonished with banana chocolate bread pudding. Mmmm good! — a month ago

Janet Rassweiler
with Janet

Benromach

Peat Smoke Single Malt Scotch

I don't particularly care for peated whisky, but this bottle was nothing short of brilliant. The finesse was absolutely mind-boggling - not something I had expected out of a dram made with high levels of peat smoke, at 67 ppm.

Again, I'm not very good with whiskies and it's not often I write notes on it, but this just demanded the attention. Perhaps the best peated whisky I've had.

Tasted neat. Very elegant smoke, if that even makes sense. Neither harsh, nor overpowering. There's a citrusy, spice box, and sea-spray element to the nose too. Palate feels quite rich, kinda like smoking a cigar and eating creme caramel with candied pineapples. The finish is smooth, long, spicy, and smoky. With ice/water, I got more of the oak, but the more delicate citrusy elements started appearing on the palate. The smoke also feels more savoury than cigar-like, kinda like that smokiness in smoked foods. A real joy to sip on.

NB: Distilled 2006, bottled 2016. Another user's tasting note sums this up very well - strong peat, light scotch 🤣
— a month ago

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David Shaw

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Nice to see you stretching yourself Aaron. Thanks for sharing even if you weren’t certain you trusted your experience base. It made for a really involving review.
Aaron Tan

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@David Shaw Thanks, David. Appreciate the comment.

Smoking Mountain

Reserva Coquimbo Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Minerals. Granite. Citrus. All the ingredients needed for a light evening in the lair. Now to find the missiles. — 4 days ago

Smoking Loon

The Original Syrah 2016

Good stuff. Spicy finish. — 2 months ago

Château Montaiguillon

Montagne-St. Émilion Merlot Blend 2015

I drank it with some red meat, the flavours where awesome, really! Was full bodied but not the drying kind. Had a nice smoking taste, not too present. Would totally drink it again with some other red meat of bœuf bourguignon — a month ago

Smoking Loon

The Original California Chardonnay 2017

Very enjoyable Chardonnay — 2 months ago

Smoking Loon

Red Loon California Red Blend

Pretty good. Definitely tastes like a blend. Love the Merlot of the same brand. — a month ago

Domaine du Bel Air

Jour de Soif Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2017

Someone said natural. Think this is organic farming but I don’t think this is natural wine. Pierre Gauthier, almost 40 acres of Clay/Limestone Tufa in Benais outside of Bourgeuil. Probably just over $25-$30retail, $45-$60 on a wine list. Smoking good. The composite rating here is insanely low for the QPR. Everyone should be drinking these wines. This is a great wine in the grand scheme of things, it’s all about perspective. Entry level wine, the Jour de Soif has no oak, bright fruit, amazing green edge. There is a wet tobacco thing. Classic wine! Love it. — 10 days ago

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Viader

Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 2012

More awesome wines at Jerry’s. This Viader is smoking good. Cab Franc provides great structure and the Cab Sauv is very approachable for a young wine. — a month ago

Jerry Sax
with Jerry
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