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Great feedback. Interesting I was also surprised by a '99 Ch. Spleen I had recently. Far from a New World wine, and it far exceeded my expectations of the vintage (Château Chasse Spleen is about 13 KM south of Pichon Lalande); it would not be to everyone's liking but I was pleasantly surprised.
Share your thoughts. I have smoked a *lot* of customs, from pretty much all the master rollers, including some that are no longer with us. If you smoke anything by a particular roller, LMK what and who. These can be (but are not necessarily and definately are not always) *incredible* cigars. A few months ago I had a Toboada Dom Perignion. Amazing.
I like the initiative and would like to hear how it turns out. I'd be tempted to replicate that myself, but would probably do it with a half bottle of BIB Rittenhouse or another higher proof, reasonably priced bourbon. I think the Granny Smith apples are the gamble here.After you strain it out you should bake the ingredients into a small gallet. That's worth the experiment itself.
A little off the cuff mixology -- 3/4 of a small lemon (I "always" measure ... but I guess not always -- probably 1 oz), about 1/2 oz each of Hendricks and Juniperio gins, about 1 oz of Charbay Meyer Lemon vodka (I don't use much vodka ever, but here it seemed appropriate), and about 1.5 oz of POM, plus a splash (.5 oz) of lemon club soda (Crystal Geyser sparkling water). The proportions made for a drink that was a too soft, but the flavor mix provided something of...
Oi Ocha Japanese green tea right now. Tonight ... good things await. Did a little experimentation last night without the intention of measurement or replication (hence the lack of strict proportions). - Muddled a handful of fresh mint with a little double strength simple syrup some Scrappy's Orange bitters and a splash of Hors d'Age Saint James rum (about .25 oz) - Added a couple measures of Sazarac rye (1.5 - 2 oz) - Topped with a splash of Calvados (getting into...
In general this is why I like and buy Stone beers.
The most interesting wine I had last week was a 1999 Château Chasse-Spleen. Secondary elements were coming through, not a lot of fruit left, but a good food wine that sat on the fence between grabbing your attention and quietly complimenting the meal. The second day it continued to develop (I did not put this one on my nitrogen system), and gave it the thumbs up. I think I like it more than the conventional wisdom, but note that the bottles I have were perfectly stored...
I'm looking forward to the long weekend. I was scheduled to be out of town but will not be traveling, and expect to enjoy something very memorable. The selection will be on a whim, but stay tuned. I'm contemplating an end of summer cocktail (rather than straight spirit) to go with it so may pair the cigar and drink. I'll post pictures this go 'round.
Tonight was a Double Jack (Firestone, not Daniels) night. The large bottles (1 pint, 6 oz) @ 9.5% makes relaxing a must have not a nice to have. Last night I made my first Jack Rose, having recently picked up some BIB Applejack. I enjoyed it. To add a touch of complexity I added a trace (3 drops) of Jerry Thomas Bitters, and used Small Hands Foods Grenedine. Despite the solid ingredients, I still feel the drink lacks some complexity and intend to tinker with it for my...
Had a Molly Dooker 2006 Carnival of Love this weekend. Lots of forward fruit, the heat had died down, very lively on the front palate and complex as Ausie wines (well, not P.G., but most Ausie wines) go. Lots of time left on this one. No rush here, this bottle was rewarding but still flet premature.
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