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The Ileach Cask Strength + Lordly Whisky from Whiskey Vault

I really only clicked on this link to find out how to pronounce  “Ileach” and then found out what I want to get my father for father day. Lordly Whiskey. The guys over at whiskey vault had a viewer send in a bottle of Lordly Whiskey, and the bottle is just awesome!

The head is a pretty solid metal the guys describe it as “if you put it in a sock, you could probably kills a small elephant”. That is most likely a hyperbole but it gives you a little bit of an idea on how heavy it is. This whisky is a blend between Scottish and French whiskey. But it looks like I am going to definitely try and get my hands on this for my dad for fathers day. I guess I should probably be more worried about what I should get my mom for Mothers day huh.


P.S. I did find out how to pronounce Ileach!

Hennessy V.S. Low-End of Hennessy But How does It Taste?

It’s no secret that Hennessy, a 250+ year cognac house with rich history, is known for its ultra high end, high price point cognacs that sometimes WOW and other times are okay. But at the low end point, (Around $30 USD) the Hennessy V.S. is often underlooked and in my opinion, underrated.

Is it going to give you the rich, deep notes that you’d often find in a $150-$200 bottle? Maybe not. Is it going to be perfectly fine for a low key night on the patio while enjoying a cigar? ABSOLUTELY.

The cognac is a blend of approximately 40 different barrels, each of which has been aged for up to 8 years in French oak casks and is bottled at a standard 40% ABV (80 proof).

My favorite thing to do with the Hennessy V.S., though, is to mix it to make a Classic Sidecar.


2019 Hennessy XO Commercial by Ridley Scott

Hennessy is no stranger to world class marketing and their latest XO commercial is another prime example of what a seemingly unlimited advertising budget can buy. Directed by Ridley Scott (whose massive filmography includes movies such as “Gladiator”, “Thelma & Louise”, “The Martian” amongst many many others),  the 4+ minute long commercial, “Seven Worlds” takes you on a journey of multiple intergalactic tundras, each showcasing the various tasting notes from the Hennessy XO. It’s a visually stunning display that makes me want to pour a glass of XO as I type. I’m sure it’s 5pm somewhere.