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Nothing as impressive as Longboarder's tasting (your SiL married well and at least I have both your second place finishers), but some recent value and summer selections.

I had drunk up a lot of my standard single malts and was having a hard time paying $15-20 more to replace them, so researched a bit to see what I could get that might be as good, but cost less.  Mostly hits with a miss or two, with the hits being

GlenDronach 15

Deanston 12

Compass Box The Spice Tree

Benromach 10 (light peat a la HP)

GlenGoyne Cask Strength 58.8%

Bourbon is always a much easier value proposition, with recent newbies being

Very Old Barton 90 prf

Old Ezra 7 Barrel Strength 58.5% (Heaven Hill juice)

Elijah Craig barrel pick (hadn't had the regular 94 prf in some time but this was really nice)

Given the FL summer, I moved my Islays off the shelf to make room for the above and some new rum.

Barbancourt 5 Star 8 year (the cognac of rum)

Foursquare 2004 59% (I add a fair amount of water to this)

 

 

 

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@vinole posted:

Nothing as impressive as Longboarder's tasting (your SiL married well and at least I have both your second place finishers), but some recent value and summer selections.

I had drunk up a lot of my standard single malts and was having a hard time paying $15-20 more to replace them, so researched a bit to see what I could get that might be as good, but cost less.  Mostly hits with a miss or two, with the hits being

GlenDronach 15

Deanston 12

Compass Box The Spice Tree

Benromach 10 (light peat a la HP)

GlenGoyne Cask Strength 58.8%

Bourbon is always a much easier value proposition, with recent newbies being

Very Old Barton 90 prf

Old Ezra 7 Barrel Strength 58.5% (Heaven Hill juice)

Elijah Craig barrel pick (hadn't had the regular 94 prf in some time but this was really nice)

Given the FL summer, I moved my Islays off the shelf to make room for the above and some new rum.

Barbancourt 5 Star 8 year (the cognac of rum)

Foursquare 2004 59% (I add a fair amount of water to this)

 

 

 

I’ve been wanting to try the Old Ezra 7 yr but can’t find it in NC. If you are ever in the Raleigh area we can arrange a tasting. 

@The Old Man posted:

Pinch. Revisiting Scotch blends I used to drink in the 80s. Of course it's the Scotch bottle of film noir. And also very good.

Funny, in the 80's I had two good friends who were my father's age, we were all hunting buddies. They were big Cutty Sark fans. All I knew then was that I didn't like it. So coming back from St. Thomas in '86, I asked the manager of a duty-free what a good blended scotch might be? He suggested Pinch, and I bought them each a bottle and brought it home. WA state liquor stores were pretty draconian on choices back then. They acted like the stuff was liquid gold, which I guess compared to Cutty Sark, it probably was.

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@jcocktosten posted:

As he does not drink, I cannot imagine he was drinking a distilled beverage at the time - perhaps some bad and cheap moonshine would  be a good option

He met Nick in the White House in 2018!  Clearly, the question of who is the head coach at Alabama you met a little over a year ago after you attended the game he was coaching was not asked on Dump’s visit to Walter Reed! 

Perhaps Dump was asked, “ how many hands does it take you to drink a glass of water?” 🙈

@longboarder posted:

I’ve been wanting to try the Old Ezra 7 yr but can’t find it in NC. If you are ever in the Raleigh area we can arrange a tasting. 

Just so happens I have a son going to school there (and another that was in Chapel Hill until last year), so would be great to hook up for a tasting.  Probably won't be visiting until '21 though, given the short fall semester and the recent surge.

Since I last posted, my older son muled a Belle Meade Cask Strength (56.8%) from DC.  I actually like that a bit more than the Old Ezra as it is older (7-11 years) MGP juice.  I think the Old Ezra is essentially a cask strength version of Heaven Hill's new 7 year old BiB, which is no slouch either.  Also picked up the ECBP B520 yesterday, but haven't popped yet.

For the rum drinkers out there, Total Wine is running a sale now on the Doorly line made by FourSquare.  I picked up their 12 yr for under $22 with a 10% coupon, and found it really good.  Hard to beat at that price, and the 8 yr and XO are even less.

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