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tito's is nice, but i have yet to find any vodka that can compete with the complexity and flavor of gin. vodka is just so bland.


Gin has never been my thing, but to ensure that I am a well rounded person I'll start experimenting with Gin martinis.

a nice gin, with a splash of st germain, shaken and served up with a lemon twist is hard to beat.


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Tito's Vodka


Had a classic dirty Martini made with Tito's on Sunday evening and it was heaven. Love that stuff.

tito's is nice, but i have yet to find any vodka that can compete with the complexity and flavor of gin. vodka is just so bland.


At the risk of sounding like a shill (the distillery manager and his wife are very 'Dear Friends') you should really try Woody Creek Vodka. 100% potato grown at the distillery's farm and mashed the day it's harvested and then single distilled. The regular vodka is very good and the Stobrawa potato one is honestly fantastic. Full of flavour and great mouthfeel. I'm not a vodka guy but it is really good stuff.

Usually I don't get vodka either but this was different.
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
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Originally posted by The Web:
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Tito's Vodka


Had a classic dirty Martini made with Tito's on Sunday evening and it was heaven. Love that stuff.

tito's is nice, but i have yet to find any vodka that can compete with the complexity and flavor of gin. vodka is just so bland.


At the risk of sounding like a shill (the distillery manager and his wife are very 'Dear Friends') you should really try Woody Creek Vodka. 100% potato grown at the distillery's farm and mashed the day it's harvested and then single distilled. The regular vodka is very good and the Stobrawa potato one is honestly fantastic. Full of flavour and great mouthfeel. I'm not a vodka guy but it is really good stuff.

Usually I don't get vodka either but this was different.

Thanks for the recommendation Rob- will seek it out!
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Agreed on Vodka, have tried and tried and just cant figure it out. Only time I have vodka is in a bloody mary (if I dont use tequila) and screw drivers...

TPE...So you prefer St Germain to Vermouth? What is it that you like comparing to a nice vermouth?

Oh, I have a special love for a nice vermouth as well. Really, my preference of st germain or vermouth is almost entirely dependent on whether I am feeling olives, onions or just a twist. When garnishing with olives and onions, I always go vermouth. When I am including some fruit (lemon twist or orange peel wedge if drinking rusty blade), I go with the st germain, which compliments the fruit better. Additionally, for those that are new to gin, the st germain offers a slight hint of sweetness that helps ease the transition, and it tastes darn good.


Interesting...thanks. Im guessing the St Germain wont pair well with a gin like hendricks which is pretty much all I drink. Ive looked for the rusty blade but no luck so far. The state of NH is similar to the monopoly north of the border....if its not in the state liquor store you have to go out of state to get it, but dont expect it to be shipped to you.
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Originally posted by marcb7:
Agreed on Vodka, have tried and tried and just cant figure it out. Only time I have vodka is in a bloody mary (if I dont use tequila) and screw drivers...

TPE...So you prefer St Germain to Vermouth? What is it that you like comparing to a nice vermouth?

Oh, I have a special love for a nice vermouth as well. Really, my preference of st germain or vermouth is almost entirely dependent on whether I am feeling olives, onions or just a twist. When garnishing with olives and onions, I always go vermouth. When I am including some fruit (lemon twist or orange peel wedge if drinking rusty blade), I go with the st germain, which compliments the fruit better. Additionally, for those that are new to gin, the st germain offers a slight hint of sweetness that helps ease the transition, and it tastes darn good.


Interesting...thanks. Im guessing the St Germain wont pair well with a gin like hendricks which is pretty much all I drink. Ive looked for the rusty blade but no luck so far. The state of NH is similar to the monopoly north of the border....if its not in the state liquor store you have to go out of state to get it, but dont expect it to be shipped to you.


I have had it with Hendricks plenty of times - I think it goes well but not in Martinis - I have had it in St. Germain 75s.
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Wet Duncan's head with the last of my 1980 Glenfarclas family cask, along with some Macallan Ruby and Lagavulin PX cask.

I'm not a huge scotch guy and I doubt I'll ever replace that bottle of Glenfarclas my dad gave me (he IS a scotch guy...) but wow that's good stuff.

Loved the ruby and the PX even more.

Duncan graham sutherland, with that name and ginger hair, I doubt this will be the last scotch drunk with/for him!


Very nice. How long have you been planning for this occasion?
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Wet Duncan's head with the last of my 1980 Glenfarclas family cask, along with some Macallan Ruby and Lagavulin PX cask.

I'm not a huge scotch guy and I doubt I'll ever replace that bottle of Glenfarclas my dad gave me (he IS a scotch guy...) but wow that's good stuff.

Loved the ruby and the PX even more.

Duncan graham sutherland, with that name and ginger hair, I doubt this will be the last scotch drunk with/for him!


Very nice. How long have you been planning for this occasion?


Just over 9 months now Razz (well we were "planning" for a month or two before that, the early "planning" is the best part!) If he had stayed in my wife's belly much longer she would have become quite violent and he probably would have been able to walk out...
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Wet Duncan's head with the last of my 1980 Glenfarclas family cask, along with some Macallan Ruby and Lagavulin PX cask.

I'm not a huge scotch guy and I doubt I'll ever replace that bottle of Glenfarclas my dad gave me (he IS a scotch guy...) but wow that's good stuff.

Loved the ruby and the PX even more.

Duncan graham sutherland, with that name and ginger hair, I doubt this will be the last scotch drunk with/for him!


Very nice. How long have you been planning for this occasion?


Just over 9 months now Razz (well we were "planning" for a month or two before that, the early "planning" is the best part!) If he had stayed in my wife's belly much longer she would have become quite violent and he probably would have been able to walk out...


Congratulations. All that practice appears to have paid off exponentially. Now she can actually enjoy with you instead of only being able to share by reading your tasting notes.
I have several close family members in Scotland. I'm still not sure which way they voted. Either way, I will probably have to celebrate the affirmation of Scottish dependence with a wee dram of something. Maybe finish off that Glenfiddich 30 I have squirreled away.
Laphroaig 17yr 1987/2005, Old Malt Cask series, Douglas Laing
funny notes here:
clicky

Nose: Burnt rubber, pencil erasers, toothpaste, sweet elastoplast... Palate: medicinal... ropey finish

Laphroaig without any doubt LOL

Reminds me one of my favourite Star Trek scenes: Commander Data at the bar, trying out his new emotion chip:
Data: "I hate this! It is revolting!"
Bartender Whoopi: "More?"
Data: "Please"

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