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post #2011 of 3327
Nope, thinking about picking up a Camus however.
post #2012 of 3327
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Nope, thinking about picking up a Camus however.

I liked that a lot. Had the VSOP last winter. I've been trying Armagnacs this season so I haven't gotten another bottle, but it's certainly on my repeater list.

Also the scotch has been cutting into my "anything other than scotch" liquor budget laugh.gif
post #2013 of 3327
Just pointing out in closest thread,

Just found out Makers Mark will be watered down to meet increasing global demand. Will go down to 84 proof.

I always enjoyed this bourbon. Never have turned into a (bourbon) whiskey 'snob', but this was a good bourbon for price and availability.
post #2014 of 3327
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Originally Posted by bringusingoodale View Post

Just pointing out in closest thread,

Just found out Makers Mark will be watered down to meet increasing global demand. Will go down to 84 proof.

I always enjoyed this bourbon. Never have turned into a (bourbon) whiskey 'snob', but this was a good bourbon for price and availability.

Perhaps they should consider meeting this burgeoning global demand by buying up the hundreds of bottles that are sitting on the shelves of the last two liquor stores I was in..
post #2015 of 3327
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Originally Posted by bringusingoodale View Post

Just pointing out in closest thread,

Just found out Makers Mark will be watered down to meet increasing global demand. Will go down to 84 proof.

I always enjoyed this bourbon. Never have turned into a (bourbon) whiskey 'snob', but this was a good bourbon for price and availability.

 

For bourbon I prefer Woodford Reserve or Knob Creek to makers. They are about the same price as Makers Mark (well $5 more) and in my opinion taste much better. 

post #2016 of 3327

A while back we had a discussion about the sources of smoke, creosote (tarry) and iodine flavors (respectively) in Scotch, and I said I'd experiment a little at my local Scotch bar (the incomparable Jack Rose ). Well, I finally got around to it last night, although perhaps not quite as systematically as I'd hoped.

 

First up was Springbank 12 yr old Cask Strength, which has very little smokiness and no noticeable tarry or iodine flavors, but a distinct impression of sea salt. 

 

Next was the Longrow 7 yr old Gaja Barolo finish. Longrow is essentially a peated expression of Springbank, and while the flavors of the barolo barrels balance out the peat smoke, it's definitely there. That said, I got smoke and tar flavors, but not much in the way of iodine. I'm not sure where Longrow get's their peat from, but I'd be interested to know.

 

Finally, Bruichladdich Islay Barley. This is an unpeated Scotch made from a type of Norse barley that's original to Islay, but no longer commonly grown or used in Scotch. This was quite distinctive - no smokiness at all, some citrus and pinesap but like the Springbank, a definite maritime signature to my tastebuds.

 

Obviously YMMV.

 

Cheers,

LM 

post #2017 of 3327

^ Why are all the bartenders aloof and kind of superior in DC? In the four months I spent there, I drank at Jack Rose, the Gibson, the Columbia Room, PX, and a few other places cocktail joints, as well as when dining alone, as I usually sit at the bar if by myself, and it was pretty much all the same. I called it 'DC Bartender Syndrome.'
 

~ H

post #2018 of 3327

^ I don't doubt your poor experiences, but I've had exactly the opposite experience. At Jack Rose, they pour heavy for me and occasionally send the last dram in a bottle over on the house. Had a long talk with Harvey Fry last night too - the man (whose huge Scotch collection is the foundation of Jack Rose) seems to know just about everything about Scotch. If it hadn't been partially a business meeting I would have asked him about our peat dilemma.

 

At Round Robin I've had even better luck. On one occasion they sent over nearly $200 worth of Scotch on the house.

 

Sorry to hear you had bad luck - next time you're in town PM me and we'll hit up these places and see if we can't remedy the problem.

post #2019 of 3327
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Jack Rose ).

Damn, thats some selection. Any place you can recommend in NYC or even better Brooklyn with collections like that?
post #2020 of 3327

Yeah - apparently it's the largest single malt collection in North America, and Harvey's house is still lined with bottled floor to ceiling in every room. 

 

As for NYC - it's a good question I can't answer from personal experience. I've heard of Saint Andrews ( http://www.standrewsnyc.com/scotch.html ) and it looks like they've got a pretty good selection. Also heard of Keen's on 36th and Whisky Park but I can't vouch for any of these - sorry!

 

Someone on here must know the NYC Scotch scene...

post #2021 of 3327
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Originally Posted by Longmorn View Post

^ I don't doubt your poor experiences, but I've had exactly the opposite experience. At Jack Rose, they pour heavy for me and occasionally send the last dram in a bottle over on the house. Had a long talk with Harvey Fry last night too - the man (whose huge Scotch collection is the foundation of Jack Rose) seems to know just about everything about Scotch. If it hadn't been partially a business meeting I would have asked him about our peat dilemma.

 

At Round Robin I've had even better luck. On one occasion they sent over nearly $200 worth of Scotch on the house.

 

Sorry to hear you had bad luck - next time you're in town PM me and we'll hit up these places and see if we can't remedy the problem.

 

Yeah, I don't know what it was; thought perhaps I smelled like an outsider. I'll be in town next week, but sadly committed to work functions entirely.

 

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Originally Posted by Longmorn View Post

Jack Rose ).

Damn, thats some selection. Any place you can recommend in NYC or even better Brooklyn with collections like that?

 

There are a bunch of places in NYC with 50 or so whiskies; but most of them are nothing that you can't walk into Astor and buy. Jack Rose is ridiculous, because you are completely surrounded by bottles of whisky in an incredibly large room. The closest experience is the Brandy Library, 25 Nathanial Moore St. Highlands has some unusual whiskies, too.

 

~ H

post #2022 of 3327
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Originally Posted by Longmorn View Post

Yeah - apparently it's the largest single malt collection in North America, and Harvey's house is still lined with bottled floor to ceiling in every room. 

As for NYC - it's a good question I can't answer from personal experience. I've heard of Saint Andrews ( http://www.standrewsnyc.com/scotch.html ) and it looks like they've got a pretty good selection. Also heard of Keen's on 36th and Whisky Park but I can't vouch for any of these - sorry!

Someone on here must know the NYC Scotch scene...

Keens has a great selection. So does Brandy Library, but it is spendy.
post #2023 of 3327
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

I liked that a lot. Had the VSOP last winter. I've been trying Armagnacs this season so I haven't gotten another bottle, but it's certainly on my repeater list.

Also the scotch has been cutting into my "anything other than scotch" liquor budget laugh.gif
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Got it and enjoyed it, I'm pretty happy with my cognacs now, so I think I'll just keep refreshing these bottles until i get bored.
post #2024 of 3327
Glendronich 12 year waiting on the bar for tonight. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #2025 of 3327
Brandy Library! Thats right, I actually know one of the owners there, he's a client of Frank.
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