Rothko posted:
wineismylife posted:

Don Julio 1942 Anejo Tequila.  A 15 year old bottle I brought back from Cabo when I was there in 2004.  Pretty freaking amazing.

I've been sitting on a bottle of this for about 10 years.   How do you drink it?  Neat?  With ice and a slice of lime?

 

Neat.  Definitely.  Especially with that much age on it.

haggis posted:
doubled posted:

I’ve been trying a variety of gins from Scotland with the appropriate tonic - citrus, peppery, piney, or rosemary. Really excellent stuff.

Which ones in particular are you enjoying?

Hills and Harbor Gin - paired with a cucumber and mint tonic gave you a forest floor and sea spray notes.

Misty Isle - paired with a grapefruit tonic made a very refreshing drink.

Isle of Arran - paired with Mediterranean tonic had a more saltier finish than the Hills and Harbor gin.  Kinda like a fresh oyster liqueur.

doubled posted:
haggis posted:
doubled posted:

I’ve been trying a variety of gins from Scotland with the appropriate tonic - citrus, peppery, piney, or rosemary. Really excellent stuff.

Which ones in particular are you enjoying?

Hills and Harbor Gin - paired with a cucumber and mint tonic gave you a forest floor and sea spray notes.

Misty Isle - paired with a grapefruit tonic made a very refreshing drink.

Isle of Arran - paired with Mediterranean tonic had a more saltier finish than the Hills and Harbor gin.  Kinda like a fresh oyster liqueur.

That is great!  Thank you.  I must give some of these a try.  I have not tried Mediterranean tonic yet.  I know it's a bit more floral, and less quinine.  Some of the gins I like are already floral, so I assumed that the Mediterranean tonic might "fight" them. But, I can see experimenting with different tonics and gins.  Anyway, much obliged!

wineismylife posted:
Rothko posted:
wineismylife posted:

Don Julio 1942 Anejo Tequila.  A 15 year old bottle I brought back from Cabo when I was there in 2004.  Pretty freaking amazing.

I've been sitting on a bottle of this for about 10 years.   How do you drink it?  Neat?  With ice and a slice of lime?

 

Neat.  Definitely.  Especially with that much age on it.

Had some last night - neat is the only way for this in my opinion.  What a beauty.

Woodinville Whiskey Co.  Straight 100% Rye Whiskey Finished with Toasted Applewood Staves, 100 proof.

Bought this at the distillery a couple months ago, about 20 minutes from my house. This was a special limited release, and is good stuff. A lot of spice from the WA-grown rye, but a touch of sweet fruitiness from the apple wood gives it a nice counterbalance. 

Did a couple of bourbon tours in Louisville area.  Tastings included

Rabbit Hole- pretty new company making good products

-Two bourbons - Heigold and Cavehill -- both very good

-Rye Whiskey - Boxergrail

-An Aged London Gin - very different taste, less juniper and quite good

Buffalo Trace

-Buffalo Trace Bourbon - pretty good for value

-Eagle Rare Bourbon - very good, good price, hard to find

=White Dog - unaged whiskey - was ok and strong

=Bourbon Cream - like a Baileys, pretty tasty

=Wheatley vodka - pretty smooth

Woodford Reserve

-Woodford Reserve bourbon

-Woodford Reserve Double Oaked bourbon- step above the Reserve

-Rye Whiskey- pretty good and not as hot/peppery as other ryes

 

All in all the tours were fun and each different.  I liked Rabbit Hole tour the best.

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thistlintom posted:

Did a couple of bourbon tours in Louisville area.  Tastings included

Rabbit Hole- pretty new company making good products

-Two bourbons - Heigold and Cavehill -- both very good

-Rye Whiskey - Boxergrail

-An Aged London Gin - very different taste, less juniper and quite good

Buffalo Trace

-Buffalo Trace Bourbon - pretty good for value

-Eagle Trace Bourbon - very good, good price, hard to find

=White Dog - unaged whiskey - was ok and strong

=Bourbon Cream - like a Baileys, pretty tasty

=Wheatley vodka - pretty smooth

Woodford Reserve

-Woodford Reserve bourbon

-Woodford Reserve Double Oaked bourbon- step above the Reserve

-Rye Whiskey- pretty good and not as hot/peppery as other ryes

 

All in all the tours were fun and each different.  I liked Rabbit Hole tour the best.

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Good to know. My friend and I are going there next week. Rabbit Hole is on the list for Louisville.  We plan to roam around town the first day, and then later renting a car and head down toward Bardstown, hitting some places on the way. The guided tours I looked at charged more for one ticket, than the car cost for 3 days.

I don't know that you need a guided tour.  You don't drink all that much bourbon at the tastings themselves and if you do tours of the facilities, then there will be gaps between tastings that should help avoid getting too much to drink.  However, if you have drinks after the tastings, that may change things.

Note that some tours require reservations, such as with Rabbit Hole and I think Buffalo Trace.

thistlintom posted:

I don't know that you need a guided tour.  You don't drink all that much bourbon at the tastings themselves and if you do tours of the facilities, then there will be gaps between tastings that should help avoid getting too much to drink.  However, if you have drinks after the tastings, that may change things.

Note that some tours require reservations, such as with Rabbit Hole and I think Buffalo Trace.

Thanks! Making reservations now.

thistlintom posted:

I don't know that you need a guided tour.  You don't drink all that much bourbon at the tastings themselves and if you do tours of the facilities, then there will be gaps between tastings that should help avoid getting too much to drink.  However, if you have drinks after the tastings, that may change things.

Note that some tours require reservations, such as with Rabbit Hole and I think Buffalo Trace.

Buffalo trace you just show up, but you may have to wait.  Worth it though. The property is incredible. 

Just opened my Michter’s 10 year single barrel. Pretty outstanding. 

csm posted:
thistlintom posted:

I don't know that you need a guided tour.  You don't drink all that much bourbon at the tastings themselves and if you do tours of the facilities, then there will be gaps between tastings that should help avoid getting too much to drink.  However, if you have drinks after the tastings, that may change things.

Note that some tours require reservations, such as with Rabbit Hole and I think Buffalo Trace.

Buffalo trace you just show up, but you may have to wait.  Worth it though. The property is incredible. 

Just opened my Michter’s 10 year single barrel. Pretty outstanding. 

You may be able to show up at Buffalo Trace, but I’m pretty sure you can get a reservation for a specific time

thistlintom posted:
csm posted:
thistlintom posted:

I don't know that you need a guided tour.  You don't drink all that much bourbon at the tastings themselves and if you do tours of the facilities, then there will be gaps between tastings that should help avoid getting too much to drink.  However, if you have drinks after the tastings, that may change things.

Note that some tours require reservations, such as with Rabbit Hole and I think Buffalo Trace.

Buffalo trace you just show up, but you may have to wait.  Worth it though. The property is incredible. 

Just opened my Michter’s 10 year single barrel. Pretty outstanding. 

You may be able to show up at Buffalo Trace, but I’m pretty sure you can get a reservation for a specific time

Was there in June and we couldn’t make a reservation but maybe they just do them for a certain number each day and the rest are for walk ins. 

csm posted:
thistlintom posted:
csm posted:
thistlintom posted:

I don't know that you need a guided tour.  You don't drink all that much bourbon at the tastings themselves and if you do tours of the facilities, then there will be gaps between tastings that should help avoid getting too much to drink.  However, if you have drinks after the tastings, that may change things.

Note that some tours require reservations, such as with Rabbit Hole and I think Buffalo Trace.

Buffalo trace you just show up, but you may have to wait.  Worth it though. The property is incredible. 

Just opened my Michter’s 10 year single barrel. Pretty outstanding. 

You may be able to show up at Buffalo Trace, but I’m pretty sure you can get a reservation for a specific time

Was there in June and we couldn’t make a reservation but maybe they just do them for a certain number each day and the rest are for walk ins. 

We literally just walked in the door and went on a tour two minutes later. It was the best tour we did.

As for what distilled beverage were we drinking? Holy cow, I could not even begin to remember them all. 

mneeley490 posted:
csm posted:
thistlintom posted:
csm posted:
thistlintom posted:

I don't know that you need a guided tour.  You don't drink all that much bourbon at the tastings themselves and if you do tours of the facilities, then there will be gaps between tastings that should help avoid getting too much to drink.  However, if you have drinks after the tastings, that may change things.

Note that some tours require reservations, such as with Rabbit Hole and I think Buffalo Trace.

Buffalo trace you just show up, but you may have to wait.  Worth it though. The property is incredible. 

Just opened my Michter’s 10 year single barrel. Pretty outstanding. 

You may be able to show up at Buffalo Trace, but I’m pretty sure you can get a reservation for a specific time

Was there in June and we couldn’t make a reservation but maybe they just do them for a certain number each day and the rest are for walk ins. 

We literally just walked in the door and went on a tour two minutes later. It was the best tour we did.

As for what distilled beverage were we drinking? Holy cow, I could not even begin to remember them all. 

Did you like Buffalo Trace or Eagle Rare more?  The double oaked Woodford Reserve was better than the single oaked in my opinion.  Also, I really like the Rabbit Hole products:  The bourbon finished in sherry casks is excellent, their bourbons were very good and I liked the aged gin, it was quite unique.

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