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What are you drinking right now?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by VMan, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Kid Nickels

    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    ^ What's the verdict on Tanq 10? Never really been sure if I preferred it to regular Tanqueray.
     
  2. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    Also, thoughts on Star of Bombay?
     
  3. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    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. :embar: So here's a more structured and, if wanted, "skippable" post:

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    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.

    "cellar":
    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...

    Open bottles:
    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 :embar:, 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.
     
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  4. Eric Michael

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    I like Gin Mare but only occasionally. I suppose I need to spend more time finding a cocktail that works well with its distinctive flavours.

    Can someone compare the Botanist to Hendricks?
     
  5. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    For sure.

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    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:

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

    turkoftheplains Senior member

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    Agree with all of this, also the Botanist is missing the very prominent cucumber note that Hendrick's has.
     
  7. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    True. Or maybe it just gets lost in the sea of botanicals. ;)
     
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  8. turkoftheplains

    turkoftheplains Senior member

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    I prefer regular Tanq myself, 10 drinks much cleaner and has less character. I like my London dry to have a very aggressive juniper flavor. 10 is softer but without the complexity the new american-style gins have.
     
  9. Medwed

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    Have you felt black energy in you lately?
    Swallow some vitamin M.

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  10. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    Have you tried Star of Bombay, @turkoftheplains? I ordered it cause I got 1 l for 38 €, which is what 0.7l usually sell for.
     
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  11. turkoftheplains

    turkoftheplains Senior member

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    Haven't tried it, no. What's it like?
     
  12. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    I'll report back around Christmas. :happy:
     
  13. Geoffrey Firmin

    Geoffrey Firmin Senior member

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    Never was a Tanqueray drinker and only recently came to Tanqueray 10 after having one at a restaurant. It has a crisp clean citrus taste with elements of botanicals which is complemented by the lime. I use Fever Tree tonic or an Australian one Capi.

    I came back to gin via Bombay Sapphire and gin is one of the pleasures of summer in my book. I also have half bottle of Hendricks, Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin and Martin Miller thinking of adding a Monkey 47.
     
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  14. cocostella

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    Preferr the FdC 12 over the 18, myself. I love well-aged rum, but at some point it seems to lose all its rum "character" and is becomes a caramel/oak bomb.
     
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  15. b1os

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    Yeah, had some more of the 18 yesterday. It is indeed very oaky. I'll have to try them side by side. Anyway, qpr of both is pretty great (22 € vs 29 €).
     
  16. cocostella

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    Yea, hard to pass up at that ratio. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy it. But at some point, it seems, I'm almost not even drinking rum anymore.
     
  17. Jmm722

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    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.
     
  18. just another fool

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    Rittenhouse is the best regularly available rye around, IMHO.
     
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  19. Huntsman

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    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
     
  20. Piobaire

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    Saw this on Saturday. 1.75 litre is a nice size.


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