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Originally posted by wine+art:
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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 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
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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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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
That would make a nice Japanese Whisky tasting, comparing the Nikka cask strengh and the Suntory Hibiki.

Luxembourg is one of the few European countries I haven't visited. If I am ever out that way, I will supply the hibiki if you provide the Nikka.
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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
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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
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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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 BRR:
PurpleHaze, that's simple: mas Titos! That is damn good stuff and I'm so glad I can find it out here in the PacNW.


Totally agree. It's available here at $25 for a 1.75 too. Cool A great example of American ingenuity and ability to produce a world class product at a very competetive price!!

PH
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Cokes out of the hospital vending machine and some "snuck-in" Makers with my brother-in-law to help him celebrate the birth of my niece. Mommy, my little sister that is, has her own "cocktail" so daddy needed something!


Congratulations VB, and may your niece be accepted into OU! Big Grin
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!
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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.
Jack Daniels Single Barrel, couple cubes, with a cigar on the patio, nice cool weather finally. Interestingly, while this is my favorite upper-mid price drink, it's not my favorite with cigars, too iodine-y. I prefer a sweeter mouthfeel bourbon, like makers, with a smoke.
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
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Originally posted by cuffthis:
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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Originally posted by marcb7:
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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Originally posted by Deryl1:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by marcb7:
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 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.
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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 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.
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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.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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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 thelostverse:
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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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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
An entire bottle of Louis XIII was enjoyed at a family affair last night.

I did get my fair share. Cool


Remy is not my favourite brand, ... I understand


but this Louis XIII must be a fantastic experience.


It was indeed, and fun to see all the jockeying for the bottle to take home. Smile
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
An entire bottle of Louis XIII was enjoyed at a family affair last night.

I did get my fair share. Cool


Remy is not my favourite brand, ... I understand


but this Louis XIII must be a fantastic experience.


It was indeed, and fun to see all the jockeying for the bottle to take home. Smile


Luxury Baccarat cristal caraffe. Did you get the bottle? I'd refill with some el-cheapo v.s. and laugh at the many oh's and ah's given to that special cognac Wink

Here's one bottle i'd like to have in my collection:
http://www.cognatheque.com/ima...ph-cognac-frapin.jpg
Please send to me if you find one Smile
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Originally posted by kingofcool:
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Originally posted by glaze3:
Lagavulin 16
Pappy Van Winkle 20
Eagle Rare


Curious about your thoughts on Pappy 20.


I love the stuff when I can get it. Recently picked up 2 bottles for $106 which is a great price for me.

Smooth without becoming overly sweet, just damn easy to drink.
Some unknown Single Malt in a 20cl bottle. My guess is: Cragganmore 10 cask strength.
(I tend to fill small remainders of big Single Malt bottles into smaller bottles, because they tend to evaporate and lose aroma very quickly when they reach 25% fill. Somehow i did not write down the name on this one. )
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Originally posted by Armani Widowmaker:
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Farmer's Gin.


Never heard of it. Is it good? How do you take your gin?

I love it up in a martini or straight on the rocks with olives, depending on the gin. North Shore #11, Hendricks, Plymouth, Death's Door. All favorites.
It's a local organic gin from minnesota I got to try at work. I usually drink my gin on the rocks. I'm a Hendricks fan as well.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
Lagavulin 1989 double matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry wood. A dessert-Lagavulin Smile


I haven't seen that, not even in Scotland. I'm guessing it's fairly expensive. Is it worth the money?


It's the Lagavulin Distillers Edition and it's not that much more expensive than the regular 16y. About 50-60€ if i remember well. Should not be that difficult to find in specialised shops or even in supermarkets with a good range of malts. Maybe the actual version of distillers edition is >1989, but it should be the same Pedro-Ximenez wood style. Definately worth a try at the price. Is it better than the 16y? A matter of taste, i prefer the PX version.
Don't drink distilled stuff too much but I have a soft spot for good Cognac. On my last trip to Paris I picked up a bottle of Camus Extraordinaire. Doesn't look like it's available in the states, so I'm going to have to get another bottle next time I'm there. It's very nice.

And I'll be at a Scot's house tonight. I'm sure he'll serve up a delicious single malt.
On the subject of long nursed bottles, you have company.

I am down to the last shot of Old Grand-Dad bourbon (100 proof). Roasted nuts, marmalade, pepper and spice; it has served me well over many a Manhattan. One the list of "what to buy" on my next US trip.
I guess what I did tonight could be considered sacrilege. I've never done anything like this before, but I had just a little Macallan 18 left in the bottle. I poured it into a Glencairn Glass and then added an equal amount of Lagavulin 16 and a few drops of water. It was excellent!
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I guess what I did tonight could be considered sacrilege. I've never done anything like this before, but I had just a little Macallan 18 left in the bottle. I poured it into a Glencairn Glass and then added an equal amount of Lagavulin 16 and a few drops of water. It was excellent!



I do this all the time Board-O...I used 3 and 4 different single malts before...and yes..I dont admit too often but it is quite tasty! I use a little dab of water as well...helps bring the flavors out more IMO.

Tonight: Hendrix Gin Martini with 2 olives.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I guess what I did tonight could be considered sacrilege. I've never done anything like this before, but I had just a little Macallan 18 left in the bottle. I poured it into a Glencairn Glass and then added an equal amount of Lagavulin 16 and a few drops of water. It was excellent!

Ack
Do you ever mix Petrus and Romanée Conti? Wink
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I guess what I did tonight could be considered sacrilege. I've never done anything like this before, but I had just a little Macallan 18 left in the bottle. I poured it into a Glencairn Glass and then added an equal amount of Lagavulin 16 and a few drops of water. It was excellent!

Ack
Do you ever mix Petrus and Romanée Conti? Wink


Point taken. I'm so ashamed. Woot
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I guess what I did tonight could be considered sacrilege. I've never done anything like this before, but I had just a little Macallan 18 left in the bottle. I poured it into a Glencairn Glass and then added an equal amount of Lagavulin 16 and a few drops of water. It was excellent!

Ack
Do you ever mix Petrus and Romanée Conti? Wink


Point taken. I'm so ashamed. Woot


HA! At least we arent mixing it with Coke or Pepsi! Razz
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I guess what I did tonight could be considered sacrilege. I've never done anything like this before, but I had just a little Macallan 18 left in the bottle. I poured it into a Glencairn Glass and then added an equal amount of Lagavulin 16 and a few drops of water. It was excellent!

Ack
Do you ever mix Petrus and Romanée Conti? Wink


Point taken. I'm so ashamed. Woot


It'not THAT bad, such mixtures of distilleries exist in the real world, under the name of vatted Whisky.
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Originally posted by kingofcool:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Just a little Aberfeldy as I watch the Ducks spank the Bruins. For the price this is one of my go-to single malts


Which year are you drinking? Always interested in "discount" single malts.


Just the 12 year. I found it a couple years ago at a local chain for like $37 and thought what the heck, then saw it was from Dewar's and got curious. I'm not sure if Dewar's has always owned it or if it was a purchase like Guinness and Smithwicks, and honestly haven't done the research to find out. The are others I prefer but for the price I always have some on hand.
Never been much of a tequila drinker and my BIL set out to change that last week:
Cuervo de la Familia *
Corralejo Reposado
1921 Reserva Especial Single Barrel*
Corazon Anejo
Gran Patron Platinum
Milagro Romance Reserve Anejo
Legenda del Milagro Reserve Reposado
Clase Azul Reposado*
*My personal favorites... Been a scotch and bourbon guy, but might start drinking some more tequila.
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
Never been much of a tequila drinker and my BIL set out to change that last week:
Cuervo de la Familia *
Corralejo Reposado
1921 Reserva Especial Single Barrel*
Corazon Anejo
Gran Patron Platinum
Milagro Romance Reserve Anejo
Legenda del Milagro Reserve Reposado
Clase Azul Reposado*
*My personal favorites... Been a scotch and bourbon guy, but might start drinking some more tequila.


TPE, I never was either until visiting two Tequila houses a little over a year ago wheen in Mexico. I love the stuff now. If you like a little more barrel influence, I reccomend Herradura Anejo. About $45 in my market. Also, I think Espolon is a fantastic value Reposado under $20.
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
Never been much of a tequila drinker and my BIL set out to change that last week:
Cuervo de la Familia *
Corralejo Reposado
1921 Reserva Especial Single Barrel*
Corazon Anejo
Gran Patron Platinum
Milagro Romance Reserve Anejo
Legenda del Milagro Reserve Reposado
Clase Azul Reposado*
*My personal favorites... Been a scotch and bourbon guy, but might start drinking some more tequila.


reading your post i managed to get drunk, contract an STD, throw up all over my keyboard, develop severe irritability towards light (both natural and artificial), and adopt a family of ferrets in need of rescue.

thanks.
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
Never been much of a tequila drinker and my BIL set out to change that last week:
Cuervo de la Familia *
Corralejo Reposado
1921 Reserva Especial Single Barrel*
Corazon Anejo
Gran Patron Platinum
Milagro Romance Reserve Anejo
Legenda del Milagro Reserve Reposado
Clase Azul Reposado*
*My personal favorites... Been a scotch and bourbon guy, but might start drinking some more tequila.


reading your post i managed to get drunk, contract an STD, throw up all over my keyboard, develop severe irritability towards light (both natural and artificial), and adopt a family of ferrets in need of rescue.

thanks.

LMAO!
After I give a lecture this evening Im hoping to stop into a local steak house/bar and have a glass or two of 18 y/o MacCallan and shoot a little pool...too bad NH did away with smoking cigars in restaraunts a few years back..this place used to be perfect for that.
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Originally posted by kingofcool:
Pappy (or I guess just "Van Winkle") 12 yr on hold. Pumped.


I picked up my Lot 'B' (the 12 year) and a bottle of the pappy's 20 year last night. I am down to the bottom of the 20 and 23 that i bought last year so this was good timing. super small quantities this year all around, direct from the distillery. places that usually get 3-6 bottles are getting 1.

20 year is my favorite and the 12 'lot b' is the best qpr out there imo.

enjoy!
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Originally posted by Dale451:
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Originally posted by kingofcool:
Pappy (or I guess just "Van Winkle") 12 yr on hold. Pumped.


I picked up my Lot 'B' (the 12 year) and a bottle of the pappy's 20 year last night.

20 year is my favorite and the 12 'lot b' is the best qpr out there imo.

enjoy!


Yeah I got the Lot B as well. Should be getting my hands on it next Thursday. Pretty excited. Maybe next year I'll spring for the 20yr.
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
Never been much of a tequila drinker and my BIL set out to change that last week:
Cuervo de la Familia *
Corralejo Reposado
1921 Reserva Especial Single Barrel*
Corazon Anejo
Gran Patron Platinum
Milagro Romance Reserve Anejo
Legenda del Milagro Reserve Reposado
Clase Azul Reposado*
*My personal favorites... Been a scotch and bourbon guy, but might start drinking some more tequila.

Very nice list.

I have never had a "bad experience" with tequila, but there was a time that the mere smell of it nearly made me... Ack However, I have learned to really enjoy fine tequila over the past few years; about the same amount of time that I have been enjoying wine. Smile

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