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Shared some Quevedo White Port last night with my husband. Will probably open up the second bottle tonight. So yeah, not drinking it right now but I may as well be.

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Had a pair of draft Notch Session Pils followed by a Negroni variant (necessitated by running out of Campari) --- gin, Cynar, Dolin red; 2:1:1. Bitter and herbal and earthy.
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Too late for this but what the hell its the wknd.
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Red Stripe


Hooray beer
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

Also, so about Gin, of which I know a little more. I currently have a bottle of Hendricks. I've tried an American (New Amsterdam) and liked it and a few Londons (Beefeaters, Gordons, and Bombay). Probably liked the Bombay the most. Also had some Tanquaray 10 at one point. So if I own Hendricks, what's the other 1-2 I should have to round out the styles?

Martin Miller and if you can find it Flour Pillars Rare Dry Gin. One I came across last summer was Anchor Junipero gin which was very impressive and lately have enjoyed Portobello Road any at a couple of bars.

And seeing its close to 5pm I'm going to indulge in a large Tanquaray 10 with lime and tonic.
Edited by Geoffrey Firmin - 5/14/16 at 11:47pm
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Made oleo saccharum from lemons yesterday after @Bhowie mentioned it --- thanks for the tip, man. Added the lemon juice back in to make a lemon syrup. Man, that stuff is good and surprisingly complex given it's only two ingredients. Drop some into some whiskey and you're good to go.

Not that you really need to drop anything into whiskey to be good to go, but you know what I mean.
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Try the Clase Azul for tequila, I've had it a few times, got a bottle at duty free for around $120 and it was fantastic.
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Have you considered going straight to mezcal? Maybe a del Maguey?
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Siempre Azul and Artenom should keep you busy for awhile. But if you like oak and peated type flavors I would also recommend mezcal more.
Honestly tho IME the more expensive tequilas and mezcals aren't more expensive because they're better but because the way they make it is expensive (eg wild agave plants of a rare variety where harvest is literally a guy roaming the hills to look for the plants and then harvesting by hand). They taste different and some are actually good but not sure if worth the price premium. Maybe I just haven't drank enough
I got a bottle of singani 63 (extremely floral. Almost perfume like) and Michel Courvreur overaged whisky (nice balanced Sherry flavors. Strong oak. Overall pretty easy going)
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Also, generally if you're new to something, I wouldn't go overboard so quickly (i.e. $ 50 and not $ 150). You might want to check the Tequila thread for some more recs from GusW etc, M-C, and buy two to three good tequilas (blanco, reposado, anejo) instead of one "very good one". I haven't had too many to make a good recommendation--the Corralejo reposado, which I scored very cheaply (2 liters for 30 € or so), Don Julio Blanco/Anejo/Reposado (don't really like the Reposado.. it's too rich), cheaper stuff like Sauza Hornitos for mixing, and a bottle of Excellia Reposado (which is much better than the Don Julio).
http://www.styleforum.net/t/135001/tequila

Thanks guys. I've added these ones to my list and will read up on them. I'll probably do some tequila and try out mezcal.

I've seen how with Scotch most of the basic stuff is good but then they get into fancy weird bottlings and the prices go up and most of them aren't even all that good, they're just unusual. I guess I'll take it easy on the price points and instead go for some variety. I currently have a bottle of Corralejo reposado and enjoy that and am hoping for something richer.

I didn't know there was a tequila thread! Will check it out now and subscribe, thanks guys.
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There's not too much variance among London Drys to my palate, so I think you're alright with Beefeater for that style. Bombay if the added cost is worth it to you. I recommend a navy strength (114 proof) gin for your third. The higher alcohol percentage adds punch to gin-based cocktails. If you like martinis, add Plymouth as a fourth gin.
I also didn't find much difference amongst the London style ones. Slight variations but nothing major.
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For gin I'd recommend also having an Old Tom and a barrel aged (either a Genever or a new-school barrel aged). Both are delicious in cocktails or straight.
Will look into an Old Tom. I had a bottle of Old Genever from the Bols museum in Amsterdam but didn't care much for it. That was a long long time ago though.
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

Martin Miller and if you can find it Flour Pillars Rare Dry Gin. One I came across last summer was Anchor Junipero gin which was very impressive and lately have enjoyed Portobello Road any at a couple of bars.
Haven't heard of most of these but they're on the list now and I'll look out for them. Thanks!
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I love me some Martin Miller -- very fine gin, indeed.

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Bought a bottle of Brugal Anejo for Cuba Libres/Rum n Cokes. Not a fan. Very musty/muddy (?).

Also forgot to report back on multiple things lately:

The Martini Gran Riservas are pretty great. I refer to the reviews on Difford's Guide for both the Rubino and Ambrato. Aside from the more exotic descriptors, they're pretty spot on.

First time I've had Dubonnet rouge and I like it. Nothing super exciting. But also quite cheap.

The Palènt Génépi is great. Full of flavour.

The Palènt Achillea is pretty good but lower in alcohol and sweeter than the Génépi and the Achillea doesn't add much complexity (it's a blend of Achillea and Génépi).

The Palènt Amaro is the first amaro I've had that really lived up to its name. It is bitter. And has a bunch of greenish notes (been a while since I'ved tried it though). I'd go so far as to say it's too bitter. Not quite balanced. Interesting for sure but I probably wouldn't cop again.

The Nardini Amaro is great! If you ever had a high quality nocino, this amaro tastes like a cross between a nocino and "regular" amaro. It has those dark, liquorice-y, slightly malty flavours.

And a bunch of other stuff that I'll have to revisit, like the Star of Bombay (sorry, @indesertum), or the Riserva Carlo Alberto Bitter Rogue.
Edited by b1os - 5/18/16 at 5:37pm
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Never had the Martin Miller regular gin, just the MMWS, and its awesome! Having a Junipero/Dolin Dry Martini tonight, because the weather is nicely cool. Probably the last Martini for us till the fall.
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Originally Posted by b1os View Post

Bought a bottle of Brugal Anejo for Cuba Libres/Rum n Cokes. Not a fan. Very musty/muddy (?).

Also forgot to report back on multiple things lately:

The Martini Gran Riservas are pretty great. I refer to the reviews on Difford's Guide for both the Rubino and Ambrato. Aside from the more exotic descriptors, they're pretty spot on.

First time I've had Dubonnet rouge and I like it. Nothing super exciting. But also quite cheap.

The Palènt Génepy is great. Full of flavour.

The Palènt Achillea is pretty good but lower in alcohol and sweeter than the Génepy and the Achillea doesn't add much complexity (it's a blend of Achillea and Génepy).

The Palènt Amaro is the first amaro I've had that really lived up to its name. It is bitter. And has a bunch of greenish notes (been a while since I'ved tried it though). I'd go so far as to say it's too bitter. Not quite balanced. Interesting for sure but I probably wouldn't cop again.

The Nardini Amaro is great! If you ever had a high quality nocino, this amaro tastes like a cross between a nocino and "regular" amaro. It has those dark, liquorice-y, slightly malty flavours.

And a bunch of other stuff that I'll have to revisit, like the Star of Bombay (sorry, @indesertum), or the Riserva Carlo Alberto Bitter Rogue.

i fear for your liver. you should send some of those bottles to me
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post




Thanks guys. I've added these ones to my list and will read up on them. I'll probably do some tequila and try out mezcal.

I've seen how with Scotch most of the basic stuff is good but then they get into fancy weird bottlings and the prices go up and most of them aren't even all that good, they're just unusual. I guess I'll take it easy on the price points and instead go for some variety. I currently have a bottle of Corralejo reposado and enjoy that and am hoping for something richer.

I didn't know there was a tequila thread! Will check it out now and subscribe, thanks guys.
I also didn't find much difference amongst the London style ones. Slight variations but nothing major.
Will look into an Old Tom. I had a bottle of Old Genever from the Bols museum in Amsterdam but didn't care much for it. That was a long long time ago though.
Haven't heard of most of these but they're on the list now and I'll look out for them. Thanks!
Hopefully you can keep doing well on those stock trades to fund all of the interesting things you learn about in this thread. smile.gif
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I LOVE the Palent genepy!

I have a couple new yummy additions:

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Tried Mezcal for the first time in Mexico last week, came back and bought a bottle of Del Maguey Tobala. It's like Laguvulin's unaged agave cousin. Excellent.
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