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I tried a Martinez a few weeks ago with some barrel aged gin I did myself. Huntman is right, the aging really adds something to the drink. I think I got the idea to try it from Bluecoat's website (been struggling to find uses for the barrel aged gin), so that makes some sense.
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Interesting, I'll have to try it with some Genever I have.

I feel like making something with tomato or tomato water in it tonight. Not a bloody, something thinner. Any favorites or ideas? I'm thinking gin as the base.
post #15498 of 16180
I have Smooth Ambler Barrel Aged Gin. It makes an interesting Negroni/Boulvardier hybrid.
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I never liked the Martinez, until a friend suggested that it was quite good with Bluecoat Barrel Aged, which I happened to have. He was right -- it makes an enormous improvement in the drink. Here, I tried it with Leopold Bros. Maraschino, which is far more cherry-forward and less funky than Luxardo. That swap is not as good. Given the sweetness of Cocchi Vernouth del Torino, the ratio is 1.75:1:0.25.

~H

Have you tried Carpano Antico rather than the Cocchi? It might work well with the Bluecoat and the Leopoldo Bros.

 

I have, and I do think that you are correct about this. However, as much of a vermouth freak as I am, I have pretty much written Carpano Antica out of my collection of "stock" vermouths. It's size and the fact that it does not fit in my 8-bottle vermouth fridge is just annoying. Plus, I have found that I have grown tired of its bark and overweening vanilla -- rare is the drink that calls for Carpano alone. These days I stock Martini, Cocchi, Dolin, and Punt E Mes on the sweet side, and Dolin Dry, Dolin Blanc, Lillet Blanc, and Cocchi Americano on the lighter side. These fulfill 98% of my needs (I regret that I do not have space for Lillet Rouge).

 

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I tried a Martinez a few weeks ago with some barrel aged gin I did myself. Huntman is right, the aging really adds something to the drink. I think I got the idea to try it from Bluecoat's website (been struggling to find uses for the barrel aged gin), so that makes some sense.

I initially bought it because I am trying to do this Ford-like cocktail that I want to have a gin base, but be modified with Madeira and various nut liqueurs -- basically, I want a dry, nutty cocktail. Never quite got it right, though the Bluecoat has gotten me closer than anything else.

 

Anyway, I suggest The Fall Classic: 2.0 oz Barrel Aged, 1oz Madeira or a sweeter sherry, 1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro, and 1/4 oz Benedictine. Dash aromatic bitters.

 

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Interesting, I'll have to try it with some Genever I have.

I feel like making something with tomato or tomato water in it tonight. Not a bloody, something thinner. Any favorites or ideas? I'm thinking gin as the base.

 

There is a very interesting cocktail in the Death and Company book called "Rebel, Rebel", which is a stirred cocktail, tequila base, that has always sounded interesting to me, but the ingredients are incredibly fussy, like so much in the Death book.

 

~ H

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No picture, but having a cocktail I call the Bee Sting:

 

1.5 oz Old Raj

0.5 oz Marolo Chamomile Grappa

1.0 oz Honey syrup (0.75oz:0.25 oz honey to water, heated and sort of cooled)

1.0oz Lemon Juice

Dash Orange juice

Angostura Orange bitters

 

Shake hard, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with expressed orange peel.

 

I really love honey and chamomile, so this take on the Bee's Knees, really brings those flavors together. The Marolo Chamomile Grappa is an incredible spirit, just bursting forth with those ripe, polleny, fall sunshine flavors that feel so right with honey, and it melds perfectly with the supple savory quality of Old Raj gin.

 

~ H

post #15501 of 16180

Kiuchi No Shizuku by Kiuchi Brewery. Made from thier Hitachino Nest White Ale.

I'm drinking the aged version, the unaged version is no longer available as far I know but I have one bottle left.

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Aaand a few more wines @ amazon.de @ 50% discount. Picked up:
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all -50%

Frank J. Haller Cannstatter Zuckerle Zweigelt Qualitätswein 2006 trocken (1 x 0.75 l)
EUR 18,16

Weingut Lucashof Forster Pechstein Riesling Spätlese 2013 trocken (1 x 0.75 l)
EUR 21,98

3 x Feudi di San Gregorio Lacryma Christi Bianco del Vesuvio DOC Cuvée 2014 Trocken (3 x 0.75 l)
EUR 32,97

Feudi Di San Gregorio Taurasi 2010 (3 x 0.75 l)
EUR 80,85

Russiz Superiore Cabernet Franc DOC Collio 2010 (1 x 0.75 l)
EUR 20,69

Russiz Superiore 1112 Friulano DOC Collio 2012 (1 x 0.75 l)
EUR 19,37

Russiz Superiore Sauvignon DOC Collio 2012 (1 x 0.75 l)
EUR 19,37

Feudi di San Gregorio Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2014 Trocken (3 x 0.75 l)
EUR 35,97

Russiz Superiore Pinot Bianco DOC Collio 2012 (1 x 0.75 l)
EUR 19,89
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And a bunch of olives, chocolate, etc.

Edit: Actually, at 13 € per bottle, I think I'll order 3 more Taurasis.
post #15503 of 16180
Had some ardbog. so damn good. What I thought oogy would taste like
post #15504 of 16180
Had a few tastings of my Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr. Found it actually pretty easy to sip neat, not much bite. Quite salty, a little sweet, and a long long finish. Fairly well balanced. Clearly I'm new at this haaa. Overall a nice drink, didn't amaze or excite me but certainly something I'll enjoy. Now at the $55-60 I paid for it, or even the $75-85 I originally saw it at, it's a good DF blind buy, but at the current $120+ I'm seeing it for, I'm not so sold on it. At least for me, at $100-120 there are some very good bottles, and if it's $130+ it better be damn good. I'm not a huge bourbon guy but you can find great stuff for $50-75 there so the Scotch has to be pretty solid for $100.
post #15505 of 16180
Last night at QT Junipero GnT very impressed but can I buy it locally, no 😠 Selected from a very tempting array of gins even a couple of new ones from last visit there.

Tonight Anericano's in a tall glass with plenty of ice. Public holiday Monday!
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Sliced off some Mexican heaven in Taipei.


(Turns out it goes well w room service)
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Chichicupa is the shit
post #15508 of 16180
Ron King Managua is a terrible rum.

Gonna report on more tomorrow or so.
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Monkey 47 and tonic at Molly, bar in Canberra. Home after Ben Winkleman Trio a couple of Tanq 10 and tonic. Thank god summer is over as there are only two bottles of gin left in the freezer, had seven in December.
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