That's really unfortunate. Can you import from other EU member states?
I'm on something of a rye kick at the moment. Had a dram of my beloved Rittenhouse 25 the other night....so bloody good.
That's rough. I looked up my favorite fantasy seller (I say fantasy because I can't buy from them in the States), Royal Mile Whiskies in Edinburgh, and as you say, Sazerac 6 is $60/bottle (kind of you to convert, incidentally).
I looked up my present dram, George T. Stagg bourbon (a ridiculously deep and woody bourbon bottled at inferno-like proof), and it is 118GBP!! Stagg is not cheap in the US, but that is steeeeeep!
On the other hand, at least these things are procurable in the EU, even if at high cost. I would love to be able to put my hands on this: http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/product.asp?pf_id=0010000001501 at triple price, because it pretty much is my favorite whisky, but I just can't.
Straight-up Benedictine is really not all that well-known, but most know B&B, so I am not surprised. I was fascinated by spirits rather before drinking age, so I read up all I could in anticipation -- how I picked up that particular piece of knowledge.
I honestly believe that the old cocktails are the best -- or at least cocktails that hew to their principles. Few of the new wave cocktails really sing to my palate the way some of those oldies do (see my post on the PDT book up a few). What are your favorites?
Thanks. I really appreciate that. I wish I could accept! But yes, state liquor laws -- PA, OH, UT, TX, and VA make it really hard. In some cases, violation of state liquor laws carry max sentences of up to a year in jail, and though I expect that draconian a remedy is rarely imposed, it will look really bad on my application for the Bar to have such a conviction. So I am stuck. It is what it is. Thanks though!
Tonight I am doing a cocktail inspired by the Midnight at La Esquina, from the Gibson in D.C., and which was the best cocktail I had in three months in DC, touring all the major cocktail bars.
1.75 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
1.00 oz Cocchi Americano
0.50 oz Campari
Stir over ice and strain either into a cocktail glass or over a large cube in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with orange rind.
Really, really wonderful. I should name this one.
The Corpse Reviver #2 was one of my favorite early cocktails, and I still love it -- both with Lillet Blanc and Cocchi Americano. As far as classics go (my book is not in front of me right now for a definitive list), some of my favorites are: The Last Word, the Widow's Kiss, The Manhattan, the Rob Roy, the Negroni, the Sazerac, the Old Fashioned, the Aviation, the Hemmingway Daquiri, the Gimlet, the Ward Eight, the Tuxedo #2, the Caipirinha, the Sidecar, the Jack Rose, a classic sour with egg white (Amaretto, scotch, or rye), the Margarita, the Pegu Club, the Capetown, and....well, that's all my finals-addeled mind can recall.
Since you like the Vieux Carre, you might also like the De La Louisianne.
That sounds yummy -- perhaps a bit sweet? This is one of the few cocktails I think might go well with the Ferrand dry Curacao and its brandy base. I had a Corpse reviver with it once that did not work for me. Brandy+gin = not good. Nice photos, too!
Had dinner Sunday night at the Russia House restaurant in Herndon, VA
I had 2 Katarina the Great's: Lemon Vodka, Blackberry Liquor, Dry Vermouth served on the rocks. They were very tasty, but due to my low alcohol tolerance and the fact that I was driving, I only drank 1/2 of the second one.