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Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:13 pm

I'm a huge bourbon fan. (Mind you, I'm a total lightweight.)

The best I ever had is this brand called "Blanton's." It's made in Kentucky or something. $50/bottle. Each bottle is hand-numbered and dated.

It tastes like honey-coated lightning.

What do you like?
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:39 pm

You must have seen the thread on Scotch. A good single malt is my favorite, although I don't typically drink very much of it. I usually order a glass or two at dinner of Oban or Macallan as old as I can afford.

What I do drink on a more frequent basis is vodka. Usually Smirnoff in a vodka martini. But, I always have the Mrs. bring me back a bottle or two of Beluga when she goes to Russia. Best vodka I've ever had. She did bring back a bottle of Matryoshkina one time that I thought tasted like aftershave. Nice looking bottle, horrible tasting vodka.

Other than that the occasional Captain Morgans in a rum and coke or Cabo Wabo tequila.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:23 pm

It is very hard and very expensive to get boutique American bourbons in most of Europe. Jack Daniels is widely available and more lately Jim Beam is showing up on offer. There are some expensive hotel bars and the like which have a complete and respectable menu, but $50 a bottle is more like the starting price for the cheapest of it. So we are mostly deprived!

I find Makers Mark to be very smooth and mixable; and not vomit-producing if taken over ice. Also WL Weller Reserve (or Special Reserve or something) is a nice way to lubricate the holidays when pleasant family time turns into a bad talk show where years-old family resentments and new accusations bubble up.

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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:52 pm

Quoting Pu (Reply 2):
It is very hard and very expensive to get boutique American bourbons in most of Europe. Jack Daniels is widely available and more lately Jim Beam is showing up on offer. There are some expensive hotel bars and the like which have a complete and respectable menu, but $50 a bottle is more like the starting price for the cheapest of it. So we are mostly deprived!

I find Makers Mark to be very smooth and mixable; and not vomit-producing if taken over ice. Also WL Weller Reserve (or Special Reserve or something) is a nice way to lubricate the holidays when pleasant family time turns into a bad talk show where years-old family resentments and new accusations bubble up.

I prefer Gentleman Jack and Jack Daniels Single Barrel over the flagship Old No. 7. Now if I'm having a mixed drink, the standard Old No. 7 works well (This year Jack and Ginger replaced Gin & Tonic as my go-to sipping drink when traveling and sitting in a casino.). Makers Mark is a nice one as well, and Makers Mark 46 is an excellent spirit from their portfolio as well. I really do need to start delving more into the bourbons since they are the spiritual cousin to Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey and can be just as complex flavor-wise as those types of spirits.
 
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:34 pm

I like scotch, but over the past five years bourbon has become my favorite by far. A good friend is a huge bourbon aficionado and for his bachelor party we did a "Guys' Trip" to Kentucky, and toured the Heaven Hill Distillery (Evan Williams/Elijah Craig) in Bardstown along with the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto.

If you have the opportunity, I HIGHLY recommend taking a trip to Bardstown to check it out! We stayed at the Old Talbott's Tavern/B&B in Bardstown (it's haunted!) and went through the ENTIRE bourbon list in one night.

Since that trip, my favorite bourbons are Basil Hayden's and Pappy Van Winkle's 15 Year Family Reserve. If I can't find either, in a pinch I'll go with Woodford or 1792.

If I'm in the mood for a Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack is my preference.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:44 pm

Bourbon's and Scotch for me.

If I mix, then it usually is Jack Daniels Old No. 7, however as a stand alone drink, I am yet to choose my favourite. I try to vary as much as possible, and hopefully one day, I'll find my Scotch/Bourbon of choice!

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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:10 am

Nice to see a lot of bourbon fans.

I am partial to Maker's Mark and Woodford, but lately, I've been drinking Knob Creek (get your mind out of the gutters, you freaks) almost exclusively. Nice and smooth to start with, but it finishes off like real bourbon should; like a punch in the face.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:41 am

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 1):
You must have seen the thread on Scotch.

Yes, but I figured this was OT enough to merit its own thread.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:47 am

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
The best I ever had is this brand called "Blanton's." It's made in Kentucky or something.

Doesn't it have to be made in Kentucky in order to be properly called bourbon?

I think if it comes from outside of Kentucky it has to be called "sour mash."
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:03 am

Quoting Airstud (Reply 8):
Doesn't it have to be made in Kentucky in order to be properly called bourbon?

Technically, yes. Bourbon is the national spirit of the United States, and the method and nature of production required to be called "Bourbon" is actually codified under U.S. law.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:30 am

I'll have a gin and tonic please with ice and a slice.  

I don't actually like gin but it's the only spirit I can take, apart from cognac.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:28 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 9):
Technically, yes. Bourbon is the national spirit of the United States, and the method and nature of production required to be called "Bourbon" is actually codified under U.S. law.

I'm sure you know, we take our whiskey seriously here. I think someone up thread mentioned Makers Mark, I do like that as well. Back when I was running logging crews after college I used to sell oak logs to stave mills. Some mills would export to Australia for wine, others would sell to Tennessee distillers. Not a low end wood product.

I won't put this on my "favorite spirits" list but it wasn't uncommon for some of my crews to sell me moonshine for $5 a mason jar. It wasn't bad if you cut up some peaches in the jar and let it set for a while.

Not sure I could tell the difference between whiskey made in a french oak barrel or a US barrel but I can with wine.

Quoting Babybus (Reply 10):
I don't actually like gin but it's the only spirit I can take, apart from cognac.

You Brits (or the East India Company) invented the gin and tonic because tonic water contains quinine, which was used to prevent malaria. I never could stand gin..or tonic water but the history behind the drink is interesting. My mom's favorite drink though.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:19 pm

I'm a lightweight in terms of variety when it comes to drinking, but I find myself settling on good scotch and vodka. I keep a bottle of Smirnoff in the freezer (usually drink that straight or with a bit of lemon juice in it) and a bottle of Chivas in the cabinet (over ice). I like Crown Dark with coke, but don't have any Crown at the moment. Coconut rum is good too, mixed. My wife settles pretty much on the same, except for the fact that she loves Jagermeister, and usually drinks it straight. I keep telling her it's the German in her that makes her do that.
 
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:02 pm

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 9):

Technically, yes. Bourbon is the national spirit of the United States, and the method and nature of production required to be called "Bourbon" is actually codified under U.S. law.

Not unusual. Other countries also have laws that protect the name of certain products. For example, IIRC, only sparkling white wine made in Champagne, France can be called "Champagne." Everything else is "sparkling white." The same is true of wine varietals, such as Bordeaux (France), Rioja (Spain), and even port wine.

So it is neither surprising nor unusual that US law treats bourbon in a similar manner.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:28 pm

Tennessee Whiskey for me. Jack Daniels Single Barrel on the rocks. Will do Gentleman Jack if a bar or restaurant does not have the Single Barrel.
 
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:21 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 3):
This year Jack and Ginger replaced Gin & Tonic as my go-to sipping drink when traveling and sitting in a casino.

Same here, I usually would order a gin and tonic when I'm out but I've switched to Jack Daniels this past year, usually with a lemon slice. I haven't tried their single barrel or Gentleman Jack yet though.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:00 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 11):

Not sure I could tell the difference between whiskey made in a french oak barrel or a US barrel but I can with wine.

I would venture to guess that if you put the same spirit in a French oak barrel and a US oak barrel and let them age the same amount of time, there would be a slight color variance due to the tannins in the oak.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 11):

I won't put this on my "favorite spirits" list but it wasn't uncommon for some of my crews to sell me moonshine for $5 a mason jar. It wasn't bad if you cut up some peaches in the jar and let it set for a while.

My job has me up in the North Georgia mountains and I have accounts in some areas that are (in)famous for moonshiners (Some of the early stars of NASCAR were moonshiners out of North Georgia.) and I'm sure if I asked the right folks, I could easily acquire some (Not that I'm looking for any.). Back when I was in Boy Scouts, two of the places we used to go camping at had old stills that had been destroyed years earlier.
 
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:08 pm

Mostly gin and tonic for me, the brand of gin usually depending on my mood. Beefeater if I'm in a good mood. If you catch me using Tanqueray I'm probably grumpy.

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Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:40 pm

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 17):
Mostly gin and tonic for me, the brand of gin usually depending on my mood. Beefeater if I'm in a good mood. If you catch me using Tanqueray I'm probably grumpy.

I tend to drink New Amsterdam when it comes to gin, but my favorite is Distillery No. 209, which is not a cheap one (For less than the price of a 750mL bottle of No. 209, you can buy the 1.75L bottle of Tanqueray, which gives you an idea of the price.). I'd like to try Anchor's Junipero Gin, but I don't think they distribute it here.
 
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:49 pm

I've become a vodka drinker, 42 Below in mixed drinks and chilled Russian Standard straight.
 
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:05 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 16):
I'm sure if I asked the right folks, I could easily acquire some (Not that I'm looking for any.).

I was never a fan of the stuff myself, but I couldn't turn it down as a piece of Americana.

Quoting srbmod (Reply 16):
I would venture to guess that if you put the same spirit in a French oak barrel and a US oak barrel and let them age the same amount of time, there would be a slight color variance due to the tannins in the oak.

Good point, likely you could.

I did pick up a bottle of Bak's Polish Vodka with Zubrowka or "Bison Grass" the other day. Even if you're not a big vodka drinker it's some of the smoothest tasting vodka I've ever had. They put a strand of grass in the bottle and it gets a smooth spicy flavor. Like nothing I've ever tried. Highly recommended.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:18 am

I get drukn verry fast so I tend to avoid alcoholic beverages. Although I like Cabarnet Sauvignon, I don't feel well after 3-4 glasses of wine.

So the only spirit I like is the Martini Bianco. It doesn't give me that burning feeling in the mouth.


A question to you here... is there a gin, whiskey or something like that which also has about 15 to 30% of alcohol? I'd like to try it.   
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:49 am

Quoting srbmod (Reply 3):
(This year Jack and Ginger replaced Gin & Tonic as my go-to sipping drink when traveling and sitting in a casino.).

Over Christmas I discovered Johnny Walker Black Label with Vernor's Ginger Ale. The combination tastes nothing like either ingredient and it's NOM-ALICIOUS!!! You also can't taste the booze and it will get you very hammered very quickly (no prizes for guessing how I learned that).
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:18 am

I like a single malt but only at the end of an evening. It's not my "party drink". I tend towards Laphroaig or Maccallan 18 yrs

Otherwise it's Vodka, Lime, Soda, preferably Grey Goose
 
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:15 am

I tend to go through spurts.. For a period of time I'll vodka.. For a period, I will drink Bourbon.. Here lately, Brandy has been my new best friend.

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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:07 am

Quoting kiwiinoz (Reply 23):
Otherwise it's Vodka, Lime, Soda, preferably Grey Goose

I absolutely love this. I'm not a huge vodka drinker but when I do it's always with soda and lime...usually Grey Goose or Belvedere. I've also been known to use Smirnoff Lime, but only if I'm feeling frugal.

My typical bar drink is rum & coke. I'm partial to Bacardi Silver but most other rums will do. I can only think of a couple occasions where I've had a rum I didn't enjoy.

When I'm out of the country I almost always fall back to Canadian Club (usually paired with ginger). Oddly enough I never drink the stuff when I'm actually home in Canada  

My most recent revelation is Hornitos tequila. I'm not a huge tequila drinker for reasons that I tend not to remember the next morning, but this Hornitos stuff is something else! The best way I could describe it is that it's a "dessert tequila". It's very sweet and not as harsh as your typical Sauza or Patron.
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Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:50 am

Bacardi Rum with Mexican Coca Cola
A good dry Pinot or Cabernet Sauvignon

That's it. I hardly drink anymore though.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:41 pm

I love some single-malt Scotches, but can't even smell bourbon without feeling ill. (Yes, I know that's weird, but I can't help it...)

Most of the mixed drinks I like are vodka based. (Black Russian ... yum!) I like the potato vodkas such as Chopin. Strangely enough, there's a potato vodka distiller very close to me, in Shaler township, who makes a very nice if somewhat pricey vodka.

I'll go through occasional tequila phases; Hornitos is indeed very nice, as as Herradura.

I never got the hang of gin, and rum has pretty much the same effect on me as bourbon unless it's in plenty of eggnog.

My first try at brandy was as a teenager with my dad. He had received a bottle of some fancy-arse VSOP brandy as a gift, and for whatever reason decided to share a glass with me when he opened it. I remember thinking "this is hideous but maybe it's just that I'm inexperienced", until I saw the look on my dad's face. We burst out laughing and he poured it down the drain. Awful, awful stuff. I've had a few drinkable brandies since, but I usually stick to Drambuie or Cointreau if I want an after-dinner digestif.

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 21):
A question to you here... is there a gin, whiskey or something like that which also has about 15 to 30% of alcohol? I'd like to try it.

Hmm, I can't offhand think of anything. Spirits bottled at that level are usually flavored sweet liqueurs -- many are very nice (I used to enjoy the Marie Brizard Apry, but it's too hard to get here in PA). As far as I know, most if not all spirits are distilled at much higher than 30% alcohol and then diluted, either with water to get a typical 40% spirit, or with fruits and such to get the lower proof cordials.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:44 pm

Bourbons:
Maker's Mark, Basil Haydens, Knob Creek, and recently found: Buffalo Trace

Tequilas:
Patron Anejo, Sauza Anejo, Cabo Wabo Silver

If I'm drinking vodka, either mixed or straight, it's always Ketel One.

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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:28 am

Quoting type-rated (Reply 26):
Bacardi Rum with Mexican Coca Cola

Rum and Coke has never made any sense to me. Maybe it's because I think rum is gross, but why ruin a perfectly good Coke that way?
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:54 am

Jack Daniels has to be my choice as a No'1. Occasionally i'll have Teachers. Anything like Vodka i cannot stand,
 
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Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:58 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 29):
Quoting type-rated (Reply 26):
Bacardi Rum with Mexican Coca Cola

Rum and Coke has never made any sense to me.

Add a lime to it to make it a Cuba Libre - trust me, you'll feel differently about our good friend Ron Bacardi and his pal Coke with that simple addition.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:43 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 31):
Add a lime to it to make it a Cuba Libre

This conflicts with the instructions I have received, which state that I am to put the lime in the coconut.
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Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:55 am

Despite my Scots heritage, I'm a rum drinker as a rule. Used to drink Bacardi gold or Mogans Spiced. Discovered on my first visit to the Philippines with the misses, the delights of the local brand Tanduay Rhum...it is fabulous!
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:36 pm

Although I dislike bomb-proof spirits (the toughest I'm willing to drink is a 15% Martini, as mentioned above), I like to share "Swedish Coffee":

http://www.derflix.de/index.php?preselect=728

The captions read, roughly translated:

"Yesterday I learnt what Swedish Coffee is."

"One puts a crown [Swedish currency coin] into in a cup and pours coffee on it until it can't be seen anymore."

"Then you add vodka until you can see the crown again."

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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:12 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you like?

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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:59 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 19):
Russian Standard

      Definitely my favorite wodka!
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Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:47 pm

Quoting Pu (Reply 2):
It is very hard and very expensive to get boutique American bourbons in most of Europe. Jack Daniels is widely available

Except Jack ain't bourbon.  
Anyways...
when it comes to standard spirits then I prefer to drink Jim Beam. If going for something more upmarket then Makers Mark is a pretty decent drop.
I find vodka to be pretty handy although I stay away from cheap vodka and don't like Smirnoff either. Standard vodka for me would be Absolut, with more upmarket ones being 42 Below, Belvedere or Grey Goose.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:53 pm

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 17):
Mostly gin and tonic for me, the brand of gin usually depending on my mood. Beefeater if I'm in a good mood. If you catch me using Tanqueray I'm probably grumpy.

I almost exclusively drink Gordon's. Plus, ya know, its cheap as hell so it's good on the drinking budget

I've tried a lot of them, and find Bombay to be my next favorite. Don't really care for Beefeater much (can't really pinpoint why...)

Tried Tanqueray Rangpur the other day out at a bar...thought it was too easy to drink the G&T. Good stuff, nonetheless
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:39 pm

Ahhhhh, my favourites have to be the aged Cuban sugar Rums. Truly a fine nectar to sit and sip.

My two current favourites are

20 Años Ron Santiago de Cuba, Extra Añejo
Havana Club, San Cristóbal de la Habana, Ron Añejo Solera
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:10 pm

Gin by a mile. All great cocktails begin with it IMO.

Vodka is OK if it's not Smirnoff or Grey Goose or the like. Hangar One does a great vodka flavored with Viognier, but it's probably hard to come by outside the SF Bay Area.
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Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:52 pm

Irish Whiskey is my current favorite. Redbreast for prime occasions, Jameson for the occasional snort.

Of all the genres, whisky/whiskey is my favorite. As below, vodka is retired from my rotation. I've tried rums and tequilas, and both don't agree with me too well. I've tried gin, but just haven't acquired the taste for it. I'm ok with a snort or two of whiskey.

I'm the one who started the scotch thread, and am going to be trying more scotches as the occasion arises.

Quoting MrChips (Reply 6):
I am partial to Maker's Mark and Woodford, but lately, I've been drinking Knob Creek (get your mind out of the gutters, you freaks) almost exclusively. Nice and smooth to start with, but it finishes off like real bourbon should; like a punch in the face.

Matches my experience 100%. Personally I don't like getting punched in the face, so there's a bottle of Maker's Mark in my cabinet that gets an occasional tasting when I'm in the mood for it, and Knob Creek maybe gets a tasting when I'm travelling and that's what the bar has on the top shelf.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 11):
I won't put this on my "favorite spirits" list but it wasn't uncommon for some of my crews to sell me moonshine for $5 a mason jar. It wasn't bad if you cut up some peaches in the jar and let it set for a while.

I've been watching the Discovery Channel "Moonshiners" series and it's sparked a small interest in me to try some. One guy on the show has "gone legal" meaning he makes corn mash whiskey but obeys the regs and pays his taxes. I've seen that type of product at the NH state liquor store here, but haven't given it a try yet. I know it's not the same as the "real thing", but it might be worth a taste. Has anyone tried this kind of product?

Quoting kiwiinoz (Reply 23):
Otherwise it's Vodka, Lime, Soda, preferably Grey Goose

Also agree 100% with Grey Goose. I once had a vodka tasting party (oh boy!) and the big hits were Grey Goose and Belvedere (which also were the two most expensive choices!). The biggest disappointments (relative to their cost and their reputation) were Absolut and Stoli. Skye and Ketel One were good but a notch below the two front runners. However these days I've banished vodka from my house due to the ill effects I get when I drink it.

So for me, it's the occasional snort of whiskey.

Also the doctor has told me to watch the carbs, so like it or not, I'm drinking low-carb beer these days and cutting back on the spirits.

BTW everyone be careful if you are going out tonight! Unfortunately lots of people think it's OK to get smashed and drive home, just because it's New Years. There's lots of ways to avoid trouble like designated drivers but you never know what state the other drivers are in. It's a good night to stay off the roads!
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:53 pm

While I love good bourbon, and a Campari with orange juice really hits the spot, I'm actually under doctor's orders to have a gin and tonic every day, believe it or not. It's in my medical chart!   Something about the quinine in the tonic water is supposed to help the light case of gout I developed a few years back (and it really does work).
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:34 am

Quoting steffenbn (Reply 35):
I love Safari - it's so damn good!   Made of mango, papaya maracuya og wild lime

Perfect with a Red Bull  
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:29 am

hmmm years ago I was a Rum drinker but these days I drink more scotch.

Basically I drink everything  

Rum: Flore de Caña, Ron Medellin, Viejo de Caldas (from Manizales), Diplomatico or from time to time a Havana Club. Normally I mix it up with GingerAle and lime or Coke and lime

Scotch: Buchanans 18 years old, the 12 years old goes also very well done! Chivas, Old Parr and JW is fine too! but must be minimum 12 years old!

Vodka: Absolut / Belvedere with Orange Juice (Screw driver) or from time to time in US carriers a Bloody Marry

if nothing else is available I also drink (twice a year a GT) or a nice Mexican Tequila
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:07 pm

Gin is definately Plymouth. Best gin by far.

Otherwise I like Aquavit. Good stuff from Scandinavia.

Vodka is hard to drink these days, when I can choose i always go for a Polish Vodka named Bak Bison Grass. decent and potato based.

I have always liked Myers dark rum. I have had some real cuban rums from people viting the island and some of them were just awesome. Cant wait for Cuba to build factories capable of massproducing rum so we (except the Americans) can get their rum.

Cognac ive become Asian-ised and drink Martell hehe. Cognac is big very big in Asia and especially among the chinese.

Otherwise tuak the drink that gets you big time on Borneo. The ibans old favourite drink...

Some brands that seem more like marketing than taste that I really feel disappointed by and cant recommend anyone to drink is Grey Goose and 42 Below vodka. Both taste hideous are new invetions and tellingly both comes from countries completely without vodka tradition.

Bombay Sapphire gin. Tastes like chemicals and despite a very good name (bought into the history of the G&T) and appealing bottle the brand is a new invention. It has about 15 years on its neck and was made up to take advantage of the owners already strong distribution network. Best avoided for those that care about taste.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:53 pm

I do like my spirits.

Gin and Tonic never hurts... Gin and Ginger Ale is also good.

When I'm in the French West Indies, I bring copious amounts of Rhum Agricole which is great for mixing drinks, for instance with squeezed lime and brown sugar.

My father distills his own schnapps, from plums and mirabelle plums, and that's incredible.

Not a big whiskey drinker, but I keep a bottle of Maker's Mark around.

The girlfriend likes Baijiu and stocks Erguotou for that purpose. I sometimes drink that too.

The list goes on.  
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:15 pm

Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 45):
Some brands that seem more like marketing than taste that I really feel disappointed by and cant recommend anyone to drink is Grey Goose and 42 Below vodka. Both taste hideous are new invetions and tellingly both comes from countries completely without vodka tradition.

I'm wondering what your opinion of Stoli is.

Quoting Rara (Reply 46):
My father distills his own schnapps, from plums and mirabelle plums, and that's incredible.

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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:52 pm

Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 45):
Some brands that seem more like marketing than taste that I really feel disappointed by and cant recommend anyone to drink is Grey Goose and 42 Below vodka. Both taste hideous are new invetions and tellingly both comes from countries completely without vodka tradition.

Some of the worst vodka I've ever had is from Russia, so I refuse to accept the tradition card in that respect.

The economist Steven Levitt did a study into the tastes of "sophisticated" wine drinkers (as to say they are connoisseurs). He found that the price of wine actually had a weak-negative correlation on taste preference! He had tasters sample a number of wines that were unlabeled and it was found, on average, that the cheaper wines received slightly higher ratings. What I gather from this is that just because the price of an alcoholic product is higher due to its rich geographic tradition, it does not necessarily make it of higher quality. Some food for thought   

Quoting Avianca (Reply 44):
from time to time in US carriers a Bloody Marry


If you like Bloody Maries then you should make a pitstop up here in Canada and try a Caeser. It blows a Bloody Mary right out of the water in my opinion.
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RE: Your Favorite Spirits

Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:39 pm

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 48):
Some of the worst vodka I've ever had is from Russia, so I refuse to accept the tradition card in that respect.

The economist Steven Levitt did a study into the tastes of "sophisticated" wine drinkers (as to say they are connoisseurs). He found that the price of wine actually had a weak-negative correlation on taste preference! He had tasters sample a number of wines that were unlabeled and it was found, on average, that the cheaper wines received slightly higher ratings. What I gather from this is that just because the price of an alcoholic product is higher due to its rich geographic tradition, it does not necessarily make it of higher quality. Some food for thought

That study was a total crock- they didn't reveal what expensive wines they used, thus making the results rather meaningless. If you take a $100 that needs ten years before the tannins soften enough to make it drinkable, it's obviously going to be beaten by a $20 bottle which is ready now. Which is the better wine and which is more pleasant to drink right now are two different questions.

I agree with you that Russia does make some rancid vodkas, but it also makes some excellent ones. The problem with Grey Goose isn't lack of tradition though- it's just poorly made mass-produced crap.
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