I Just Bought a... (Wine, Spirit, or Beer) - Page 132
What sort of profile do you usually like in gin? There's no one note that stands out in Botanist, it's got a lot going on but they're all pretty balanced. It wasn't spectacular in Negronis, but made a nice martini. I think I might pick up another bottle (almost finished this one) just for something very flexible for playing around in cocktails.
$58 is awfully steep though. Bombay is ~$18 here and I paid $31 for the Botanist and thought it was fine there. $58 though...it's not that good. I can't really see paying that for gin unless money just isn't an issue.
Quick stop at Astor Wines & Sprits in NYC after dinner with my father at FireBird. We arrived literally four minutes before they closed and as I (owing to some changing life circumstances) anticipate being poor for at least a few months, decided to restrict myself to 1) cheap spirits I cannot get in my home jurisdiction that I am 100% out of, and 2) vermouths and quinquinas which I do so love. Thus I acquired:
1x Dolin Blanc (I can live off M&R dry and my stock of Vya and Cocchi sweet, but the M&R blanc is awful and tastes like chocolate)
1x Cocchi Americano
1x Cocchi Americano Rosso (this is new and I am excited to try it)
2x El Dorado 3yr (it was like $12 on sale, which is ridiculous)
1x Laird's Bottled in Bond
My father, aware of the circumstances prompting the above limitations, asked to get me soemthing I reallay wanted, and though there were some really cool looking things, as always, at Astor, I've wanted some Del Maguey Chichicapa for quite some time now, to complement my ever present Vida.
Four minutes, pretty awesome trip.
Edit: b1, glad you like the El Dorado!
Dammit, I am starting my bar more or less from scratch (for complicated personal reasons). This is some serious pain in the neck. I am down to like 50 bottles from 250+, and am temporarily without sufficient disposable income to get back in the game. I wanted to make a Cure for Pain tonight and I don't have all the necessaries.
Edited by Huntsman - 7/9/13 at 5:56pm