azwiese posted:

Has anyone had the Kirkland anejo tequila? The value on this is ridiculous. I won’t claim to be an expert on tequila, but I’ve been a fan of Fortaleza anejo, Don Abraham extra anejo, and definitely a fan of Don Julio 1942...but for 20$ for a 1L bottle, the Kirkland is impossible to beat for value. It’s delicious. A stand alone sipper. No ice, no lime. Just straight up. Not quite at the same level as those mentioned, but at 70$+ cheaper, I’m okay with that.

Agreed

doubled posted:

Had a gin tasting last night - Edinburgh Distillery Rhubarb and Ginger, Edinburgh Distillery Elderberry, Malfy Gin Con Limone, Botanist,  and Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin.

I like the Botanist gin, it has some interesting spices and not so heavy on the juniper.

jcocktosten posted:
azwiese posted:

Has anyone had the Kirkland anejo tequila? The value on this is ridiculous. I won’t claim to be an expert on tequila, but I’ve been a fan of Fortaleza anejo, Don Abraham extra anejo, and definitely a fan of Don Julio 1942...but for 20$ for a 1L bottle, the Kirkland is impossible to beat for value. It’s delicious. A stand alone sipper. No ice, no lime. Just straight up. Not quite at the same level as those mentioned, but at 70$+ cheaper, I’m okay with that.

Agreed

Based on these comments I need to pick a bottle up. Love me some sipping tequila. Thanks guys.

azwiese posted:

Has anyone had the Kirkland anejo tequila? The value on this is ridiculous. I won’t claim to be an expert on tequila, but I’ve been a fan of Fortaleza anejo, Don Abraham extra anejo, and definitely a fan of Don Julio 1942...but for 20$ for a 1L bottle, the Kirkland is impossible to beat for value. It’s delicious. A stand alone sipper. No ice, no lime. Just straight up. Not quite at the same level as those mentioned, but at 70$+ cheaper, I’m okay with that.

I don't drink a lot of tequila, except in April when I'm usually in Mexico. But sort of a "house" tequila for me is Cazadores Anejo. Best price I've seen here is about $36 for a 1L at Costco. I can bring the same bottle back from Mexico in my luggage for $10-$12.  One bottle usually lasts me a year.

csm posted:
robsutherland posted:

Michter's 10 year old

What do you think?  I had 3 bottles and returned 2 as I wasn't a huge fan for the $$$, but would welcome your thoughts. 

Both Christmas presents from my wife. Both disappoint. The Bookers might settle down after being open for a few weeks but the Michter's is fine but Meh. Too much cinnamon for me and not much different than say a Woodford. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just as you say, not for the $$.  

robsutherland posted:
csm posted:
robsutherland posted:

Michter's 10 year old

What do you think?  I had 3 bottles and returned 2 as I wasn't a huge fan for the $$$, but would welcome your thoughts. 

Both Christmas presents from my wife. Both disappoint. The Bookers might settle down after being open for a few weeks but the Michter's is fine but Meh. Too much cinnamon for me and not much different than say a Woodford. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just as you say, not for the $$.  

Re the Michter's, totally thought the same.  Returned and bought 6 bottles of the Weller 107.  As good and significantly cheaper.  

I stumbled upon a new distillery quite by accident today, just a few miles from my house. Never even knew it was there until I saw a write-up in my local paper.

James Bay Distillers, they have an operation here, and one somewhere in the White Rock area of B.C. (Seaquam, you should check them out.) He said they also have permits from the UK to import some Scotch in bulk, and they will be soon doing their own blendings.

The two products available to me today were a Galloping Goose Canadian Whisky, and a Lochside Summer Gin No. 5.  Much to my surprise, the Canadian whiskey was not made of rye, but rather 100% corn, so more like a bourbon than what I know as a Canadian. A bit on the sweet side, 88 proof, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and honey. However, I liked it so much, I bought 2 bottles on the spot along with 1 of the gin. The gin is cold-infused with orange blossoms and other orange-y citrus elements, and although I usually don't care for "flavored" liquor, this was very good as well.  Nothing at all like those other ghastly flavored vodkas, gins and such, so popular with the millennials. 

thistlintom posted:
haggis posted:

Kavalan (a very fine whiskey from Taiwan)

The Botanist (one of my 3 favorite gins; the others being Dingle and Nolet's)

I like the Botanist a lot too.  Haven't see the other two

Dingle is a small production gin from Ireland.  I can get it now here in Ithaca after asking repeatedly.  Like The Botanist, the botanicals are all native to Ireland.  Nolet's is Dutch.  It has a slight hint of rose to it which is a LOT nicer than it sounds!  It was an "oh wow" gin for me when I first had it 2 or 3 yrs ago.

jcocktosten posted:
azwiese posted:

Has anyone had the Kirkland anejo tequila? The value on this is ridiculous. I won’t claim to be an expert on tequila, but I’ve been a fan of Fortaleza anejo, Don Abraham extra anejo, and definitely a fan of Don Julio 1942...but for 20$ for a 1L bottle, the Kirkland is impossible to beat for value. It’s delicious. A stand alone sipper. No ice, no lime. Just straight up. Not quite at the same level as those mentioned, but at 70$+ cheaper, I’m okay with that.

Agreed

We finally got a bottle of this. It really is quite nice, and at the price it’s a stupid crazy value. 

With TPEwinedrinker a few days ago:
 
Knob Creek rye (from menu)
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year Lot B (from menu)
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year (his bottle)
Old Fitzgerald 6 year Bottled in Bond, Stitzel-Weller distillery (my bottle, barreled in 1950 and bottled in 1956)
ProSys posted:
With TPEwinedrinker a few days ago:
 
Knob Creek rye (from menu)
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year Lot B (from menu)
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year (his bottle)
Old Fitzgerald 6 year Bottled in Bond, Stitzel-Weller distillery (my bottle, barreled in 1950 and bottled in 1956)

Nice - I assume you had a good time

ProSys posted:
With TPEwinedrinker a few days ago:
 
Knob Creek rye (from menu)
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year Lot B (from menu)
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year (his bottle)
Old Fitzgerald 6 year Bottled in Bond, Stitzel-Weller distillery (my bottle, barreled in 1950 and bottled in 1956)

So do you think the Van Winkle's are much better than other bourbons?

I had heard that years ago, Buffalo Trace had a hard time selling the Van Winkles but then people discovered them and they shot up in popularity and now they are a prized possession.  

jcocktosten posted:
ProSys posted:
With TPEwinedrinker a few days ago:
 
Knob Creek rye (from menu)
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year Lot B (from menu)
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year (his bottle)
Old Fitzgerald 6 year Bottled in Bond, Stitzel-Weller distillery (my bottle, barreled in 1950 and bottled in 1956)

Nice - I assume you had a good time

Had an outstanding time.  1950 Old Fitz S-W aroma is absolutely enchanting, and on the palate is an amazing experience.  TPE has consumed some really unicorn bourbons and ryes in his time, and this definitely impressed him.

https://www.straightbourbon.com/community/uploads/monthly_2020_01/FA25A2B1-E21B-449D-9C4B-8CC2D66B77FA.jpeg.f8fd5aafcb3b84924dc1ce5e98c6b518.jpeg

thistlintom posted:
ProSys posted:
With TPEwinedrinker a few days ago:
 
Knob Creek rye (from menu)
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year Lot B (from menu)
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year (his bottle)
Old Fitzgerald 6 year Bottled in Bond, Stitzel-Weller distillery (my bottle, barreled in 1950 and bottled in 1956)

So do you think the Van Winkle's are much better than other bourbons?

I had heard that years ago, Buffalo Trace had a hard time selling the Van Winkles but then people discovered them and they shot up in popularity and now they are a prized possession.  

They’re better, but not commensurate with the multiples higher in price they are on the secondary market.  

Bear in mind that bourbon having any sort of “premium tier” is a fairly recent phenomenon.  Go back to the 80s and prior, and you’d find the top shelf of bourbons didn’t cost significantly more than the bottom shelf.  

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon

This is a craft distillery in KY that opened in 2014. I'd heard great things about it and finally grabbed one (only $50). It's high proof (about 113) and high rye (30%), so right up my alley. If you appreciate that style, get this while you still can. Was really impressed with it, and has a very rich flavor profile. Unbelievable at the price and only 4 yrs old. Tried the rye also, and had great mouthfeel, but a bit flat and bland for a rye. 

The ‘19 OFBB isn’t as good as previous years IMO.  But the local honey hole I go to with some clients has it priced not much more than the Eagle Rare or Knob Creek tier, so I’m still content to consume it   

The ETL100 was really good, and I could understand why folks have been chasing that one hard.  A bit more expensive than the OFBB, but still less expensive than what a typical place charges for something “premium” like a Macallan 18.  

I was invited to the 10th Anniversary party for Woodinville Whiskey Co. last weekend. I've been a big supporter since they started.

They had 2 new bottlings.  If I remember right, one was a 3-barrel whiskey, started in American white oak, then transferred to a used bourbon barrel for a few months, and finally finished in a used scotch barrel. It definitely picked up the peatiness from the scotch barrel, and tasted like a very good, blended scotch. The second, was their first Barreled in Bond bourbon. Great nose of sweet wood and butterscotch on this one, and a super smooth finish for 100 proof. For an extra few bucks, they laser-etched the label on the front, and added the names of myself and the two friends that accompanied me. This will be a special bottle to pull out when we get back together.  

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