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Love the 12yo, but haven't had the Cask Strength. How does it compare?

At first glance it almost looks thin and watery. There is some heat on the nose but it is so balanced. The normal 12 year is a very good whiskey, but strangely the cask strength is smoother and softer than the standard 12 yo. Well worth buying if you see it.
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Will do. Thanks
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Manhattan:
2 oz. Alberta Springs 10 year rye
1 oz. Carpano Antica
2 dashes Fee Bros. Whiskey Barrell Aged Bitters

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I came up with a new holiday drink last night I'm calling An Old Fashioned Christmas.

Make some rich ginger simple.

.5 oz rich ginger
big orange peel
squirt of home made chocolate bitters

muddle all three

add rocks

2 oz Maker's

Enjoy.
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Denning, I really enjoy that photograph.

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I love vermouths and quinquinas, and find that they make so much more of a difference in the character of cocktails than the spirits we fuss over so much.  Of all that I've tried, these are my 'house' stable of vermouths:

 

 

Dolin is my winner for dry vermouth -- I think it is perfect. Vya is also good, but a little too vegetal and bitter for my taste. Their Whisper Dry is also excellent, but double the price of their standard -- which is not better than Dolin, to me. Cocchi Americano is the best all-around quinquina that I have tried yet, even more than Kina l'Avion D'Or, though I will try it out again. Recently found some Saliers but have not yet had the pleasure of trying it. Lillet (both red and white) are musts for me -- they make everything good. And the Dolin Blanc is perfect. M&R's blanc reeks of chocolate to my palate.

 

 

 

Sweet Vermouths! Ah, As much as I enjoy Carpano Antica and Vya Sweet, the Cocchi Torino takes the cake for me, and is my go-to for Manhattans and Boulevardiers. I have not been able to find a better Negroni vermouth than M&R though -- it is a perfect blend of winey and earthy notes. And then there is the Dolin for most other gin-based cocktails, where its fruity and winey notes are well-displayed.

 

~ H

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Thanks Huntsman. On the topic of Boulevardiers what is your preferred ratio for that drink?
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Saint Arnolds Pumpkinator :nodding:. If you haven't tried it yet you'll have to wait until next year and stock up.  It's a limited release spice filled big bodied heavy imperial stout, definitely one of my favorites.  Usually sells out within 2-3 days of being released

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A little late in the season, no?
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Agave Rose



Tequila, lime, cherry brandy, Velvet Farlernum, cherries
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Liking that bourbon background. Drink looks good too. What tequila?
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Thanks. The opposite of special: Kirkland anejo.
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Liking that bourbon background. Drink looks good too. What tequila?
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A little late in the season, no?

Houston beer means everyone bought 5 cases of it when it came out. People will still be drinking that in July.
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Thanks Huntsman. On the topic of Boulevardiers what is your preferred ratio for that drink?


 1:1:1.25 Bourbon, Campari, Vermouth. Dash of bitters, orange twist.

 

~ H

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 1:1:1.25 Bourbon, Campari, Vermouth. Dash of bitters, orange twist.

~ H

Thanks. I note that that is quite different from the 2:1:1 or 1.5:1:1 ratios that are usually recommended. But I will try it tonight and report back.
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