Angels Envy bourbon. I enjoyed it.
Old Tub Bourbon. Much better than I expected for the price.
McKenna 10 year old. Bottled and Bonded.
Rich and flavorful. Needs a piece of ice to better bring out the flavors.
I'm having an online happy hour this evening, featuring gins, with colleagues from east to west coasts. I have bottles of Dingle (Irish), The Botanist (Scottish), and Nolet's (Dutch). And in that order. Can't wait!
Col Taylor Straight Rye. Less spicy than I recall but damn good.
Picked up some Don Julio 1942 in Puerto Vallarta yesterday. Home now, and going to pop it tonight with some friends.
Moutai (or Maotai) is distilled from fermented sorghum. It's similar to soju (Korean) and shoju (Japanese). The most famous Moutai is Kweichow Moutai. I have a dozen or so bottles at home. Moutai originated, I believe, in the 17th century.
I only drink it when I am in China (a very common ceremonial drink; and I usually over-consume!) or when Chinese friends are visiting. Interestingly, I have never had a hangover when drinking it, although I do drink a lot of water.
As for the moutai at Costco, I have not seen it before.
Don Julio 1942 Tequila. Very impressive. This has to be the smoothest tequila I've ever tasted. Slightly sweet, with a bit of orange peel and black pepper on the back end of the finish.
Agreed. It is my favorite tequila. Period. I did the same thing as you the last time I was in Cabo. Picked up a bottle for the trip home.
Numerous tequilas and mezcals
My daughter came by the other day (when I wasn't home) to grab a Bailey's that I had bought her, but when she couldn't find it, she helped herself to one of my remaining Elijah Craig 12 Years. Decided she didn't care for it and brought it back (I assume, because there was no cinnamon flavoring in it.)
So now, since it's already opened...
Casa Dragones Blanco tequila
Poker night with some country club buddies last night:
Larceny bourbon - there's a Youtube channel called "How to Drink" where the guy did a 10 bottle blind tasting: a $3000 Pappy Van Winkle and nine other similar bourbons (ranging in price from about $30 to $200). The Larceny (about a $30 bottle) came in second place; the Pappy was way down in the ranking.
Anyways, I tried the Larceny, and it was pretty darn good. Certainly an inexpensive alternative - but since I've never had Pappy, I'm just relying on the "How to Drink" dude.
I'll make a not to grab a Larceny next time I'm at my LLS.
I usually have a bottle of Larceny sitting around. It's a good everyday sipper. It's a wheated bourbon, so a bit of a sweeter finish than most bourbons. Both Larceny and Makers are good wheated alternatives to the fancy (and now overpriced) Weller bottles. Also, there is a book about the Van Winkle family, and its an easy and enjoyable read, but my main takeaway was that the family patriarch-who kept the Pappy line going and brought it back to prominence-likes to drink his bourbon with a twist of lemon on the rocks. I started to add a twist to my bourbons, and dang if it isn't delicious.
long day at work
sitting back with a johnny walker XR 21 yr
less smokey than the blue but just as smooth and enjoyable
Nice to see some activity in this thread. I recently was fortunate to get some Russell’s Reserve 13yr and it was one of my best pours of the year. Another one that lived up to the hype for me is Knob Creek 12.
I'm drinking a 1 ltr. bottle of Kirkland Small Batch Straight Bourbon at 92 proof. It was reasonably inexpensive (under $40 in WA, and we have one of the highest liquor taxes in the country), and made by Barton 1792 distillers, so I thought it was worth a shot. It's not on a par with my regular sippers, but certainly more than adequate for mixed drinks. I saw yesterday that Costco also has 100 proof bottled in bond, also made by 1792, out now for about the same price.
Traveling backwards in time, Chivas Regal. And Costco's version.
Past couple of days:
The weather finally cooled off enough here for me to bring these out and enjoy.
Glenallachie 10 Cask Strength
Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength
Highland Park Cask Strength
The complete opposite of old low proof chill filtered scotch.
Angel's Envy Rye, finished in rum casks. Very good.
We had some cool, rainy weather recently that made me glad I recently bought these peated scotches that I highly recommend.
Port Charlotte 10 (Bruichladdich's peated line) - had this last month while in the Finger Lakes for a wedding and really enjoyed and bought some when I got home. Full bodied from being 100 proof and well balanced with the peat.
Ledaig 10 - not an Islay, but from the Island of Mull. I get a bit of honey sweetness on the front end that compliments the peat really well. So nice.
Nice. Got married at the Cracker Factory in Geneva in 2019. Love it there.
Having an Old Fashioned with some Neeley Family Distillery bourbon, barrel 76. Brought back several bottles from my trip from Kentucky last September. Damn good. Turns out, we are shirt-tail cousins. (This is a stock photo.)
Been to my favorite honey hole a few times with clients:
2021 BTAC William Larue Weller
Tasty, but still boggles my mind what people are willing to pay on the secondary market for it……
Dad's Hat Pre-Prohibition Style Straight Rye
Had a couple of glasses of the newly released Green River Distillery Bourbon last night. Very interesting 5 year old, with lots of unique flavors. It's different from most older Bourbons I drink, but very interesting. Give it a try, it was only $34ish for the fifth.