What are you drinking right now? - Page 791
So, this is awkward. On your rec, I got a bottle of Citadelle (750ml) to replace the bottle of Plymouth at my gf's. However, as I don't have the stuff there to make my gin-forward drinks (Martinis with Vya Whisper Dry or Dolin, or my White Martini), I have never really had it in an environment where I could see what it was like unadulterated with lots of other stuff, or had other gins to compare it too. Rather, it got used in Negronis, Corpse Reviver #2s, and far too many Art Decos (my own orgeat cockail, the recipe for which I have sadly forgotten). So I don't know. The bottle is now empty. So I have to get another at some point.
I guess Hunts would use Smirnoff Black if it was readily available. Since it's not, he wants to stay in the family.
Bhowie, I mean, yeah. I know. Woodford/Courvoisier/JW Black are not cheap. Sentiment, perhaps? Smirnoff Red was probably the first spirit I ever tasted, and its nearly isopropanol quality has impressed itself upon my mind. Furthermore, I don't make that many vodka drinks; they are all adulterated with many strong flavors, so I am not sure how much it matters, as the vodka is primarily adding alcohol to extract the alcohol-soluable flavor components from the other ingredients. When the vodka is a primary spirit in my drink (Vesper, or the vodka version of the White Martini) I use something I can buy and really enjoy -- Chopin or Boyd & Blair. I can buy Tito's here, but have never tried it. Will do....sometime. All the same, to b1os' point - I love Smirnoff Black, and once, many moons ago, made Screwdrivers side by side with Black, Red, and Blue, finding that I (blindly) preferred the Black. I don't really understand that, especially when I can tell if my Screwdriver has been made with Absolut (I really can't stand Absolut).
b1, this post inspired me to open the bottle of Black I picked up in Tokyo. Ok, it is good but not as good as I remember Black being over a decade ago, and not as good as Chopin or B&B, but still rendolent of that Smirnoff taste with which I have deep identity. As I believe we have discussed, Black is now a UK product, whereas I knew it as a Moscow product, so there is clearly a difference.
The question (and the problem) is do I ever open my last bottle of Moscow Black to compare? Maybe I will get some Tito's and have a big vodka tasting. I did a mini-tastting when I opened the Black, and found that although it was a little rough, I still enjoyed the flavor and the undeniable Smirnoff taste -- it is refined Red. But it will not unseat Chopin and B&B as my current favorites. Also, I remembered why I dislike Goose so much. Gah! Karlsson's Gold, too, is awful to me (sorry, Piob). I can't get past the nose, like old Epoisses or tennis shoes. Nasty, even though the taste is interesting and not bad.
Never had it? Beefeater is straight-ahead enough for most cocktail purposes for me; it's the Plymouth I can buy by the handle. When gin is the dominant character of the drink, I usually go with the floral and gentle Hendrick's. My favorite gin is Martin Miller. I think it has the best balance. If I need a gin that will cut anything else, I use Junipero; it makes a superlative Last Word, where it is not drowned by Luxardo and Chartreuse.
An overriding theme that I have been finding of late is that there are so many excellent spirits being introduced in all classes these days that it is impossible to keep up. As long as I have something that suits me, I stay with that, but may rotate through my well +1 level to try new things, but this is a slow process (Knob Creek Rye -- yummy -- is the most recent to begin there, as a step up from my well Sazerac 6).
If you go to their site, you'll see that they are the NA importers for a shit load of other products. I'm curious as to how many of their other products you guys carry
^ That was my middle selection tonight. Sat around and shot the shit with my father; started with Mortlach 16 F&F, moved into Aberlour A'bundah, and finished up with a Douglas Lainig 'Old Malt Casks' Royal Lochnagar 16 (which is one of my favorite whiskies, and now it is done, wah).
My father and my girlfriend are my favorite drinking partners. My world may be a small one, but it is a good one.