Old Pulteney Navigator Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

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The Navigator is an ageless special edition whisky that was was designed to celebrate Old Pulteney’s maritime heritage. The Navigator is made using ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks which are then selected by the master distiller.

On the nose: It opens up with a fresh aroma of crisp and succulent green apple. This is complemented by notes of vanilla and rich milk chocolate. In the very background there appears to be the faintest trace of citrus

On the palate: it feels fresh and vibrant because of the strong top notes of lemon zest and sugared orange ride. In the background are subtle hints of vanilla and warm honey.

It finishes quickly with a salty sea brine (in a good way) and more zesty citrus notes that helps to dry the mouth out it and keep you from being overwhelmed with the sweetness.

Overall it’s a solid Scotch and one that you should check out.

Retails for around $45 for 750ml
Review sample provided by representatives of Old Pulteney

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The original drink appears in Trader Vic’s Bartenders Guide from 1972 and is sometimes referred to as the Floridita Cocktail. The La Florida Cocktail is the creation of Constantine Ribailagualt and was one of the signature drinks of the La Florida bar in Havana, Cuba.

It’s name is strikingly similar to the Floridita Daiquiri but they are two different drinks. The daiquiri contains maraschino liqueur while the cocktail uses crème de cacao, sweet vermouth, and grenadine as the sweeteners. This particular version of the drink appears in the PDT cocktail book and is the creation of Jack McGarry.

La Florida Cocktail
2 oz Banks 5 Island Rum
.75 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Crème de Cacao (Marie Brizard)
.25 oz Sweet Vermouth (Cinzano)
1 barspoon Grenadine (Hibiscus Grenadine)
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy.
Notes:
The drink is well put together and despite the .5 oz of Crème de Cacao the chocolate flavor is still subtle and interwoven with the herbal qualities of the vermouth. The final flavor is not one you would except but its delicious and well worth exploring.

7 Daiquiri’s in 7 Days continues tomorrow with the: Royal Daiquiri

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