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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I really, really want.





http://coolmaterial.com/food-drink/the-home-moonshine-kit/

I mean, isn't the real issue getting the appropriate BATFE licensing? Home brewing is not the same as home distilling.
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Originally Posted by just another fool View Post


Rittenhouse is the best regularly available rye around, IMHO.

 

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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post


Love rye, though I have not tried many of the new ones that have come out in the last year. I mix with Bulliet, and drink Saz 6, KC, or Handy (or Old Potrero if I want something different). Still have some Vintage 21 and Ritt 25 when I want something special.

- H

Thank you both for your recommendations.  It looks like I have a few new ones to try.  Rittenhouse seems to be much cheaper near me than the rest too.  Handy is over $100 here.  I'll pick up a few different bottles and report back!

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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post

I mean, isn't the real issue getting the appropriate BATFE licensing? Home brewing is not the same as home distilling.

It would clearly only be used in producing essential oils.

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I prefer Rye to Bourbon, usually mix with High West Double or one of the Dad's Hat PA special bottlings, if I'm dubious about the recipe I'll try it first with Old Overcoat (Wacky Packages!). I've got some unopened better bottles around like Handy, Whistle Pig and Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7.
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Originally Posted by b1os View Post

For sure.

Nose of both is quite floral, The Botanist has a more prominent juniper note and altogether packs more punch & nuances. Both have a floral taste. Hendrick's is lighter and sweeter. The Botanist balances the floralness with more assertive notes. More junipery, more herbal. IMO the Botanist is very nice. Well balanced, a bit like a mix of Hendrick's, Gin Mare and a London dry gin.
So, if you like Hendrick's and want more backbone, go for Botanist. If you want more floralness, go for G'Vine or such.

Gin Mare is good stuff but I'd never buy it at retail. Retail is like 35-40 € / 0.7 l. The shop I order it at sells it for 32 € / 1 l. satisfied.gif

Have any of you tried Botanic W&H Ultra Premium London Dry Gin? Bottle is ugly as fuck. But how is the juice?

Much appreciated! I've only ever had Hendrick's, so i will give the Botanist a go.

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Originally Posted by saint View Post

I prefer Rye to Bourbon, usually mix with High West Double or one of the Dad's Hat PA special bottlings, if I'm dubious about the recipe I'll try it first with Old Overcoat (Wacky Packages!). I've got some unopened better bottles around like Handy, Whistle Pig and Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7.
high west double is good, I had it in NYC last week. I've heard Whistle Pig is just rebooted Alberta Premium and a $40 markup. Anyone know any truth to it?

Also, I haven't really mixed rye other than manhattans or an old fashioned. I'll have to try more
post #15127 of 16381
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Originally Posted by Eric Michael View Post

Much appreciated! I've only ever had Hendrick's, so i will give the Botanist a go.

Might I suggest Citadelle gin before The Botanist? First, it's much less expensive (I can buy a handle for the same price as a 750ml of The Botanist), and second, it's a really good gin. Then get a bottle of The Botanist and decide whether you think over double the price is worth it.
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A little digestif.
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Originally Posted by Jmm722 View Post

Any other rye drinkers? I've gone from scotch to bourbon and now on a rye kick. Wondering if there's any recommendations? I've had knob creek, col taylor, jeffersons, bulleit, and angels envy so far.

Everything @Huntsman said.
I'd also add that--especially for mixing purposes-- high-rye mashbill bourbon is a worthy alternative (and honestly these days, without the historical regional distinctions, it's hard to really draw a line between the two.)

With the price hike for regular Rittenhouse, I've switched to bonded Old Grandad as my go-to mixer; the change has been seamless. 114 is even better. For sipping, I've liked all of the high-rye single-barrel Four Roses expressions I've tried.

As far as rye labeled as such, Huntsman gives good recommendations. Handy is a particular favorite of mine.
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Originally Posted by saint View Post

I prefer Rye to Bourbon, usually mix with High West Double or one of the Dad's Hat PA special bottlings, if I'm dubious about the recipe I'll try it first with Old Overcoat (Wacky Packages!). I've got some unopened better bottles around like Handy, Whistle Pig and Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7.

Interesting, last time I had Dad's Hat it was really lousy and underaged (I wound up using it for cooking) which was sad as I really wanted to like it and loved the idea of reviving Monongahela Rye. It was brand new at the time so maybe it's better now that it's had a few more years to get to a respectable age.

Historical regional rye production is fascinating to me; the great old rye industries of Western PA and Maryland now live on only in the names of products from Kentucky. I'd love to see someone reopen the original Old Overholt distillery (though I'd settle for the current Kentucky incarnation at the original proof), or to start making Pikesville Rye (or historically accurate Maryland rye) in Maryland again.
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Relatively pedestrian (Bacardi) mojito. But I grabbed the rum at the grocery for $6 per 750ml so wtf. satisfied.gif
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damn, idabe drunk allthetime!



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(not just most of the time like normal)
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post


Might I suggest Citadelle gin before The Botanist? First, it's much less expensive (I can buy a handle for the same price as a 750ml of The Botanist), and second, it's a really good gin. Then get a bottle of The Botanist and decide whether you think over double the price is worth it.


Thanks for the tip- I'll take you up on it.

Citadelle is $35 here vs Botanist is $50.

 

Recently went out for dinner and asked for a Hendrick's martini with a touch of Lillet Blanc. One of the best martinis I've had. It was so smooth and delicious.

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Originally Posted by turkoftheplains View Post

Interesting, last time I had Dad's Hat it was really lousy and underaged (I wound up using it for cooking) which was sad as I really wanted to like it and loved the idea of reviving Monongahela Rye. It was brand new at the time so maybe it's better now that it's had a few more years to get to a respectable age.

Historical regional rye production is fascinating to me; the great old rye industries of Western PA and Maryland now live on only in the names of products from Kentucky. I'd love to see someone reopen the original Old Overholt distillery (though I'd settle for the current Kentucky incarnation at the original proof), or to start making Pikesville Rye (or historically accurate Maryland rye) in Maryland again.

That's what I like about the special bottlings of Dad's Hat, they are made Farm to Bottle in PA:




The Bourbon that got me interested in the old whiskey industry on the East Coast:



Sadly its my last bottle, so I'm saving it for a special occasion.
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Originally Posted by b1os View Post

I originally wanted to only post about this new haul. Then I rambled on and on and ended up invetorying my current "cellar" and open bottles. shog[1].gif So here's a more structured and, if wanted, "skippable" post:



Also ordered, along with some stuff for my mum so I won't get to try/drink these until Christmas or so, Tanqueray Ten, (another bottle of) Gin Mare, Star of Bombay, El Dorado 12.

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2x Hibiki 12
Craigellachi 13
Laphroaig 15 (the new LE one)
Redbreast 12
Balvenie Caribbean Cask
Oban 14
Caol Ila 12
A.E. Dor VSOP Cognac
Rhum Dzama 1998
Monkey Shoulder
Talisker Storm
Bowmore 12
Laphroaig 10
Talisker 10
Cragganmore 12
Lagavulin 16
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
a few bottles of Gosling's

So.. I guess I'm well equipped for the new few months/years. Why, oh why, keep great deals popping up? Not that I'm minding it...

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Scotch/etc
Ardbeg 10 (like 30%)
Ardbeg Corry (~60%)
Ardbeg Oogie (~60%)
Ardge Airigh Nam Beist (~20%)
Yoichi 10 (~50%)
Laphroaig 10 (~80%)
Laga 16 (~50%)
Balvenie DoubleWood (~80%)
HP 12 (~25%)
JW Black (~20%)
Glenfarclas 15 (~20%)
Springbank 15 (~20%)
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (~20%)
Laddie Ten (~40%)
Longrow Peated (~70%.. I don't really like this one.. it's very young)

and while I'm at it...

Open gin:
Jinzu (90%)
Monkey 47 (80%)
Hendrick's (almost empty)
Botanist (almost empty)
Hayman's Old Tom Gin (60-70%)
Hayman's 1850 Reserve Gin (30%)
Mascaro (almost empty)
Sear's (almost empty)
Saffron Gin (almost full)
Alambic's Special Caribbean Gin (13 y o) (almost full)

Open brandy/cognac/etc (the cognacs and Zieglers are like 3-4 years old shog[1].gif, the "super premium" brandies are almost 1 year old.. but they spent so many years in a barrel that I suppose a bit of oxidization doesn't matter anyway):
Ziegler Trilogie der Himbeere (80%)
Ziegler Mirabellenbrand (80%)
Cardenal Mendoza Lujo (80%)
Carlos I Imperial (80%)
Barbadillo (80%)
Hennessy Fine de Cognac (60%)
Ragnaud Vieille Reserve (20%)
Rémy Martin Coeur de Cognac (60%)
Boulard Grand Solage (80%)

Rum/rhum:
The Secret Treasure Signle Cask Old Aguardiente de Cana Rum (rhum), (aged from 1996 til 2003)
Gosling's
Flor de Cana 18

Whiskey:
Old Overholt
4R Single Barrel: 2 open bottles, 1 in storage iirc
Blanton's Gold Edition & Single Barrel
Knob Creek
Koval single Barrel Rye


Other liquor:
Aalborg Jubiläums Aquavit
Tito's
Vodka Gorbatschow (for tinctures or so)
Chartreuse Verte/Jaune/Élixir
Sauza Hornitos Anejo/Reposado (these were originally for mixing, esp for eggnog.. the anejo however is, although not as good as Don Julio, drinkable)
Corralejo Reposado
Henri Bardouin Pastis
Absinthe Duplais Blanche
And a bunch of mixers, vermouth, sherry etc

So, yeah. I should probably focus on tequila, mezcal (still haven't tried a single one), rum and bourbon/rye. But the great deals are almost always for Scotch or gin.

Anyway. I'm having some Flor de Cana 18 now. Really nice. The 7 is super dry. The 12 is still very dry but a bit more oaky notes shine through. The aging in the 18 has made a big impact. Prominent oaky notes. Still, the characteristical dryness of FdC rums isn't lost. The rum howler blog dude doesn't like the big oaky notes as much. I can appreciate that feeling. If you like the Flor de Cana characteristics paired with some more oaky notes, the 18 is perfect for you. I think owning both the 18 and 12 is perfect so you have a "delicate/focused" and a "bigger/louder" option.

Fatty. You're going to get cancer. You should offload some of the bottles on me
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