I believe that would be the Desert Queen Reserve
. When it first arrived, I did some Google searching but couldn't find a review anywhere from a reliable source. Considering the price and the look of the bottle, I passed on it. I'd be interested to know if anyone here dared to try it.[/quote]
"Desert Queen Reserve"! I too came across this brand when I was looking for another offering from the same company that made this. I was researching "Amber's Salsa Fenni" which is a regional drink from a state in India called Goa.
Unlike the rest of India, Goa was a Portuguese colony and I read somewhere that the cashew fruit was brought to Goa from Brazil by the Portuguese. I have never heard of an alcoholic drink from Brazil made from the cashew fruit but did see cashew fruit juice (tetra pack) from Brazil in a local Portuguese grocery store in Mississauga last year. Feni is distilled from the fermented juice of the cashew fruit (top pulpy portion of the cashew nuts that you snack on) - something like a pear with a nut attached to the bottom instead of inside the fruit. Google it if interested! I'm mentioning this as no one in my office had a clue about where the cashew nut came from or what the fruit looked like. Not stating this to ridicule anyone - I had no idea "beaver" meant something other than the "beaver" before I moved here 12+ yrs ago! LOL!! Back to feni - it's an acquired taste - same as Tequila I guess ... gave 200cl samples to a couple of my white friends (you can have it neat or with 7up/Sprite/coke) ... they said it wasn't bad!! I'm guessing they won't be picking up a bottle anytime soon! The feni from this company was excellent and I picked up 4 more bottles as they don't show up at the LCBO often (2nd time I've seen it in the last 12+ years). I only wish the presentation was better - labels peeling off and screw cap is not nearly tight enough. etc. Looks like a bottle you picked up from your neighborhood "bottle your own wine store"! Have to drink these fast as alcohol might all evaporate!
Back to the whisky ... I had never heard of Amrut Distilleries until about a year ago - but there were lots of amazing reviews online and so far I've tried 3 of their expressions and really loved them (currently enjoying FUSION). For this Desert Queen whisky I too could not find any information on the web ... and with shitty LCBO pricing I'd rather pick up Teachers or Famous Grouse instead! (this should sell for around $10-15 max)
On another note, wanted to try something other than scotch for a change and picked up Rittenhouse 100prrof Rye, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace recently. Haven't tried the Buffalo Trace yet ... but finished the Rittenhouse and Wild Turkey and would pick up Rittenhouse Rye again (except want to pick up the Ardmore soon!) Rittenhouse was $34 here - $20 south of the border ... it's and amazing whisky for the price.
ok, it's 12:38 in the morning ... too much whisky (Bowmore Tempest, man this is good BUT hot - requires some water to tame it a bit) ... I would suggest - skip the Desert Queen unless you see it marked down 50%!