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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Went to a tasting at the 2bar distillery tonight. I already have a bottle of their bourbon, but tried their vodka and moonshine whiskey. Much smaller operation than I thought, considering the local press it's been generating, but have to say, both were top notch.

Good to know. Which would you buy if only buying one bottle?

Depends on what you are in to.
My vodka days are mostly behind me, but, as explained to me, vodka made before the 60's actually had some flavor to it. Unlike most vodkas today (unless they have some horrible, ungodly flavoring mixed in) which are distilled and filtered so many times they are nearly tasteless. 2Bar only filters it twice, so you can actually taste the grain in the product. It's quite interesting.
I'm not really qualified to judge moonshine, but their's was good, and I did not go blind.
I bought the bourbon, based mainly on recommendations by Seattle bartenders, and it's rarity. They haven't made much to date, but they are increasing production. It's aged 9 months in 15 gallon barrels, but it is more mature tasting than you might think. I don't think Pappy is running scared yet, but this is proof that decent bourbon can be made outside Kentucky.

Tomorrow, I'm off to SODO Spirits for a shochu tasting.
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Originally posted by steve8:
Ardbeg - Corryvreckan

Eek Eek


That's a big 'un.


It is indeed. Massive. The 115 proof and wall of peat is special.

My better half and I have a long standing joke about scotch from a visit to the Talisker distillery many years ago. After the tour there was a tasting during which we overhead a woman behind us tell her husband/boyfriend that Talisker was not a ladies drink. J laughed because she really likes Talisker. The other night when she tried the Corryvreckan, she pronounced that it was not for her in those same terms. Big Grin
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Originally posted by BRR:
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Originally posted by steve8:
Ardbeg - Corryvreckan

Eek Eek


That's a big 'un.


It is indeed. Massive. The 115 proof and wall of peat is special.

My better half and I have a long standing joke about scotch from a visit to the Talisker distillery many years ago. After the tour there was a tasting during which we overhead a woman behind us tell her husband/boyfriend that Talisker was not a ladies drink. J laughed because she really likes Talisker. The other night when she tried the Corryvreckan, she pronounced that it was not for her in those same terms. Big Grin


lol
The Ardbegs are big in terms of peat, but they do have a touch of sweetness (for the ladies ? Wink )that Talisker does not have. The big Taliskers, such as the 20yr Cask Strength, are Malts without compromise.
But ok, the Corryvreckan or Supernova stuff comes close.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Tried the Lagavulin Distiller's Edition and liked it. A bit restrained in comparison with the 16, but nice on its own merits.


Cool
A little less pungent than the 16yr, but i think the big Lagavulin flavours combined with mighty PX Sherry wood makes for a fabulous symbiosis.
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
Shochu ? Is that the same kind of beverage than Korean Soju ?

Similar, but not quite the same. As it was explained to me, Shochu uses a fungus called koji during the fermentation process (not so different from noble rot). This koji rounds off the rough edges of the alcohol, and gives it a smoother, sweeter flavor than sake or soju.
They tell me it's outselling sake in Japan, and is very popular with women watching their figures, and salarymen who want to drink on weeknights, but also be able to get up in the morning.
Some info here.
Woody Creek Stobrawa vodka.

Stobrawa Potatoes grown on site (in Colorado) , everything else is from on site and distilled once in some pretty beautiful German stills.

I'm not a vodka connoisseur but holy moly that's good vodka. It has actual taste and amazing body.

(Full disclosure, the distillery manager is a very good friend. This did not colour the fact this is as good a vodka as I've ever had.)
A few bourbons while celebrating the KY Derby:
Woodford Reserve
1792 Ridgemont Reserve
Blanton's
Basil Hayden's
E.H. Taylor Small Batch
E.H. Taylor Single Barrel
E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof
Four Roses Single Barrel

Finished it off with a little Scotch:
Bruichladdich "The Laddies Ten
Bought a litre bottle of Remy Martin Cognac Reserve Cellar Selection Cellar No. 28 at airport duty-free. Not sure what the "Cellar No 28" is about, but it comes in a bottle very similar to their XO bottle. Tried it last night, and it's extremely smooth, lots of caramel notes, slightly sweet on the very long finish, just a touch medicinal. I would like to try this side-by-side with the XO some time, as I think they're probably quite similar.

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