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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection, Signatory


How does this effect the product?

TIA.


How does filtering affect the taste of a wine? I think it's a sign the product has not been affected by extensive treatment. I doubt i would taste a difference.
Signatory has various selections, one of them being this 'Un-Chillfiltered collection', generally single vintage, uncolored and un-chillfiltered. A good selection, not too expensive, providing an interesting contrast to the official distillery bottlings.
#99 (number correlates to my personal inventory #): Berry Bros. Rudd Guadelope 12 year old rum. This rum, along with other aged rums from BBR originating in Panama, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados & Fiji, recently became available wholesale in Delaware through a small distributor. I purchased one bottle of each to taste and share with customers.

The first one I opened was the BBR Guadelope 12 year old rum. This is a rhum agricole product from this French Island. It has a slightly gold color from the aging process and the nose has distinct clove, cinnamon, ripe plantain and papaya notes, which combine for beautiful aromas. The finish, however, to my my palate was simply too much of an initial burn, with it's 46% alcohol. I prefer my sipping rums at 40%. That extra 15% alcohol throws it out of balance for me. I added an extra ice cube and let it completely melt and that did help to minimize the alcohol.

I'm glad I tasted this rum. However, at $131US wholesale, I don't think I'll be purchasing it again.
I missed the announcement of the sale for Dry Fly Bourbon this week. Frown There were only 124 bottles available for sale at one state liquor store, and people were lined up the night before.
This is the first batch of the first bourbon made in WA state since Prohibition. If anyone has tried it, I'd like to know what your impression was.
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Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
I consumed the last of my Colorado Breckenridge Bourbon tonight. Note to my friends in the Rocky Mountain state - will trade wine for Colorado whiskey.


Try Stranahans. It's very interesting.


Thought I replied to this yesterday but guess not. I have a tiny bit of Stranahans left. When we were in Boulder everyone was out in so I wasn't able to restock.

Last night - High West Rye
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Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
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Originally posted by kingofcool:
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Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
I consumed the last of my Colorado Breckenridge Bourbon tonight. Note to my friends in the Rocky Mountain state - will trade wine for Colorado whiskey.


Try Stranahans. It's very interesting.


Thought I replied to this yesterday but guess not. I have a tiny bit of Stranahans left. When we were in Boulder everyone was out in so I wasn't able to restock.

Last night - High West Rye


Is that the one distilled in Park City?
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After today, I will be pulling the medicinal bottle of Tito's Vodka from the back of the freezer for a few chilled doses.

PH


AUSTIN, Texas vodka. Wink


Damn right!
Cool


Big Grin


What else would one drink for a Texas-sized headache? Wink

PH
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
After today, I will be pulling the medicinal bottle of Tito's Vodka from the back of the freezer for a few chilled doses.

PH


AUSTIN, Texas vodka. Wink


Damn right!
Cool


Big Grin


What else would one drink for a Texas-sized headache? Wink

PH


http://theweek.com/article/ind...spiked-whipped-cream
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Hey - if she wants to go there more power to her, but mommy, daddy, uncle, and both granddads went to UT, and big brother already is a burnt orange lean as a linebacker in the 2026 recruiting class. Her aunt (my wife) is a Sooner fan though so she wouldn't be 100% disowned I guess!


Well, if she can not get into OU, UT will be a great fallback. Wink

All kidding aside, congratulations again, and I look forward to buying your dinner, soon.
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Plantation 20th Anniversary Barbados aged rum. Simply outstanding, and an excellent value at $38US retail.

Drunk neat, with two ice cubes.


BY definition, its not neat if you had ice cubes.


Surprising that somebody who owns a bar would not know that.
I like Lagavulin 16 a lot. I think the Bunnahabhain 18 is better than the 12. I also enjoy Macallan, but don't think the 18 is any better than the 15, and not much better than the 12.

I brought back some private bottlings from Scotland but haven't opened most of them yet. I especially like the Provenance bottlings.
A few of my friends are part of a single malt society in which the society buys a cask from different regions...bottles it and sells it to members of the society...by far the best single malts I have ever tasted. They had one that was 47 yrs old...it was stellar!

I tend to lean away from Islay malts like Lagavulin...cant get past the iodine taste for me.
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A few of my friends are part of a single malt society in which the society buys a cask from different regions...bottles it and sells it to members of the society...by far the best single malts I have ever tasted. They had one that was 47 yrs old...it was stellar!

I tend to lean away from Islay malts like Lagavulin...cant get past the iodine taste for me.


Wewll, I don't know if it's iodine or peat, but I like it.
A friend of mine is moving off to NYC, so I had him over for dinner... We are currently enjoying a Macallan tasting of 18, 25 and 30. This is the 4th time I have done this tasting with friends and each time I come to the same conclusion: love the 18 and 30, hate the 25. Don't get me wrong, when I am simply sipping on 25, I enjoy it, but when I put it side-by-side with the other two, I see how much it is lacking.

The 18 and 30 are incredibly complex, with multiple layers of oily charred smokiness, orange zest and spices... The 25 is just so damn effeminate, with too much sherry overpowering everything, and dominating on both the nose and palate.
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
Maybe the 25 was an old sherry-cask version and the 18 was a "fine-oak" aka Bourbon wood version ?
Given your explanation, the 25 certainly was an older bottling, a 25y fine oak certainly doesn't taste like sherry.

Hi Moselle, all were the older designates. When Macallan was making the move towards the Fine Oak like, I picked up 3 bottles each of the traditional bottling. I have tried the Fine Oak styles, but tend to favor the more traditional Macallan style, although I do keep a bottle of the 18 and 25 FO around the house.

The 25 FO I enjoy more than the older style, although the 18 I highly prefer the older bottling.
That's good news for your wallet, if you prefer the old 18y to the old 25y. Anyway it's a pitty that the new owners Suntory changed their production to fine oak. It's a matter of cost, sherry casks are much more expensive than bourbon casks. They should have kept up a small production of the sherry version. It's like if Chateau Yquem changed their production from sweet Sauternes to dry Chablis.
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
That's good news for your wallet, if you prefer the old 18y to the old 25y. Anyway it's a pitty that the new owners Suntory changed their production to fine oak. It's a matter of cost, sherry casks are much more expensive than bourbon casks. They should have kept up a small production of the sherry version. It's like if Chateau Yquem changed their production from sweet Sauternes to dry Chablis.

What is not so good for my wallet - I prefer the 30 to both the 18 and 25. Smile
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A few of my friends are part of a single malt society in which the society buys a cask from different regions...bottles it and sells it to members of the society...by far the best single malts I have ever tasted. They had one that was 47 yrs old...it was stellar!

I tend to lean away from Islay malts like Lagavulin...cant get past the iodine taste for me.


Wewll, I don't know if it's iodine or peat, but I like it.


I love Islay malt. With that, I don't need a cigar.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Tasted the 2007 & 2008 Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet.

Thoughts? I enjoy the Carters much more than most Napa Cabs- more refined, more balanced. But I like the winemaker Mike Smith's work with his own label- Myriad- even more.


Thoughts...posted under wrong title. Red Face Big Grin

As you may know, the overall style shift in Napa Cabernet left my palate 10+- years ago. This said, I have tasted a few wines recently offering a more balanced profile, and these two would fall under that category I'm thinking.

Both were showing that wonderful Napa fruit, but also offering more than just fruit, and not too flabby or hot.

I have not tried Myriad wines that I can recall.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Tasted the 2007 & 2008 Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet.

Thoughts? I enjoy the Carters much more than most Napa Cabs- more refined, more balanced. But I like the winemaker Mike Smith's work with his own label- Myriad- even more.


Thoughts...posted under wrong title. Red Face Big Grin

As you may know, the overall style shift in Napa Cabernet left my palate 10+- years ago. This said, I have tasted a few wines recently offering a more balanced profile, and these two would fall under that category I'm thinking.

Both were showing that wonderful Napa fruit, but also offering more than just fruit, and not too flabby or hot.

I have not tried Myriad wines that I can recall.

Will have to share a bottle of Myriad with you... If more Napa cab was made like it, I think your palette would fall in love with Napa all over again. Smile Glad you enjoyed the Carters!
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Don Julio Añejo


How would you rank this against other Anejos? Thanks in advance.

bill - I'm not gig, but I've always regarded DJ Anejo as one of the finest and well worth the coin. If you can pick it up on a discount, I'd BUY.

A few years back I spent ALOT of time working in Mexico and this was the Tequila the locals gave the nod of approval if given a choice.
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Don Julio Añejo


Gig, this is on sale locally with a pretty good percent discount. How would you rank this against other Anejos? Thanks in advance.



Bill, I agree with the others. This is what I have been pouring of late. Is it on sale at Binny's? I'm due for another bottle.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Don Julio Añejo


How would you rank this against other Anejos? Thanks in advance.

bill - I'm not gig, but I've always regarded DJ Anejo as one of the finest and well worth the coin. If you can pick it up on a discount, I'd BUY.

A few years back I spent ALOT of time working in Mexico and this was the Tequila the locals gave the nod of approval if given a choice.

I agree completely with KSC02; an excellent añejo indeed.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Don Julio Añejo


Gig, this is on sale locally with a pretty good percent discount. How would you rank this against other Anejos? Thanks in advance.



Bill, I agree with the others. This is what I have been pouring of late. Is it on sale at Binny's? I'm due for another bottle.


Thanks all for the replies. thelostverse, I'm pretty sure I saw it a few days ago at Binny's for $39.99, marked down $10 from the regular price. The web site doesn't show the sale price. I'll check again and pick up a bottle if that's the case.

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