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Your ‘Craft’ Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana

I don't know Canadian distilleries as well as I do American ones, but Forty Creek is definitely the real deal.

about 22 hours ago
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Rucolino

Well, if it doesn't taste good, there's always that. :)

Jul 22, 2014
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Rucolino

Very cool. Let us know how it is.

Jul 21, 2014
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Crumbs Bake Shop

Magnolia LA always seems like a ghost town. Wouldn't be surprised if they go down soon.

Jul 09, 2014
sku in Los Angeles Area

What does 1.75 liter bottle of Markers Mark cost in your City/State

Zin, blind tasting is absolutely the best way to taste. It's always enlightening.

BigCrunch, gotcha. There is a definitely a lot of trend chasing in the whiskey world these days.

Jun 22, 2014
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What does 1.75 liter bottle of Markers Mark cost in your City/State

"when I see someone claim to despise Beam but, for example, love lower-end Evan Williams for it's quality and value, all I can think of is that person is a total poseur."

Just as I don't think it makes sense to criticize someone for what they like, I don't think it makes sense to criticize them for what they don't like. Everyone has different tastes. I actually dislike most Beam products. It's one of my least favorite distillers (and yes, I much prefer Evan Williams to Beam), but that doesn't mean someone who does like it doesn't have a valid opinion or good taste, and hopefully that doesn't make me a poseur, though I've certainly been called worse.

Jun 22, 2014
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What does 1.75 liter bottle of Markers Mark cost in your City/State

No one's advice or tasting is going to tell you how much you will like something. Try some of each and see for yourself. If you don't want to pay for full bottles, belly up to a bar and have a glass (alternatively, Maker's and Woodford are available in mini bottles).

There are four different Wellers. The basic Weller Special Reserve, higher proof Old Weller Antique, older W.L. Weller 12 and ultra-special release William Larue Weller. They can be hard to find as Buffalo Trace is experiencing shortages (the William Larue Weller is only released once a year and is near impossible to find). I'm a big fan of the Weller Antique and 12 year old. In my opinion, they are head and shoulders above Maker's. They go for around $25 for a 750.

And if you enjoy Beam, good for you. Don't let the fact that it came in last in some random tasting change your mind.

Jun 20, 2014
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Finding Good Bourbon in LA

That Van Nuys place, Wine & Liquor Depot, used to have one of the best Scotch selections in the country, but it's declined a lot. Still decent, but nothing amazing anymore.

Jun 12, 2014
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Finding Good Bourbon in LA

It's hard to find any bourbon that's too unusual on the shelf these days, but your best bets (including those previously mentioned) are:

K&L in Hollywood
Hi-Time in Costa Mesa
Mission Liquors in Pasadena
Wine & Liquor Depot in Van Nuys
Beverage Warehouse in West LA
Wine House in West LA

Of these, I'd agree with Dapma that K&L and Hi-Time are really the top of the heap. K&L may be the only one that has special barrel selections made just for them, though Hi-Time could have them as well.

Jun 11, 2014
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What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

I have no details about it other than it's from Heaven Hill, but I'm skeptical about any claim that it's anything different from the regular stuff. Lots of brands that source bourbon from the big distilleries say they have a "special recipe," but very few actually do. That being said, there's nothing wrong with buying bourbon from Heaven Hill. They make good bourbon.

Jun 09, 2014
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What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

Cyrus Noble is good because they buy their whiskey from Heaven Hill in Kentucky. It's only craft in that they "craft" a label to go on the bottle.

Jun 08, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

I really disliked Wexler's. It's the same stuff they had at Umamicatessen. The pastrami is dry and stiff without much flavor; the bread is just blah. It doesn't hold a candle to Langer's juicy, succulent pastrami and amazing bread. It was sort of sad that Wexler's tried in vain to pay homage to Langer's (Wexler's "MacArthur Park" is a sadly unsuccessful attempt to replicate the Langer's #19).

Jun 03, 2014
sku in Los Angeles Area

ISO...Ancho Reyes

You can find it at K&L in Hollywood, Hi Time in Costa Mesa. Both of them ship.

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku...

Jun 02, 2014
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Boudin Bakery locations, any in LA ?????

The only one I'm aware of in the Southland is at Disney California Adventure, and I'm not sure if it's still there.

Jun 02, 2014
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What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

It would be easier to list the craft spirits that haven't disappointed me.

May 31, 2014
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Monkey 47 Gin

May 23, 2014
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Jack Daniel's is not Bourbon.

The bill was tabled last month. It could come up the next legislative session but is most likely effectively dead. It wouldn't have been likely to pass anyway with Brown Forman against it.

http://recenteats.blogspot.com/2014/0...

Oh, and everytime I see a new post on this thread, I die a little inside.

Apr 11, 2014
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Is burnt rubber taste normal for Barbancourt 5 star?

Is it aged in sherry barrels? Many sherry casks are treated with sulfur before being reused. When overdone, this can lead to a burnt rubber sort of note.

Apr 07, 2014
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scotch/whiskey barrel/kit? (making, aging, storing)

There are a number of companies that make whiskey aging kits. They usually come with a small barrel and a bottle or two of unaged whiskey. You pour the bottles into the barrel and let it age on your own. How good they are, I can't tell you (though I'm not optimistic). There are also some companies that sell oak pieces you can stick in a bottle of unaged whiskey to age it.

I think the whole thing is mostly gimmick. From a tasting perspective, I'd rather have my whisky aged for me by the pros.

Mar 26, 2014
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Tenn whiskey law change

This bill would alter the definition of TN Whiskey to allow the use of used barrels and aging outside of the state.

There's been a lot of hubbub about this in whiskey circles, but I think it's much ado about nothing. First, I can't imagine that a bill about whiskey that isn't supported by Brown Forman (owner of Jack Daniel's) has a chance in the TN legislature. It will probably die in committee. Second, the general law defining TN Whiskey has only been on the books for a year, so it's a bit disingenuous for Brown Forman to say that this is a huge setback. Third, it doesn't impact the way Jack Daniel's is made and it doesn't impact what can be made (only what you can call it). It's getting a lot of attention for a bill that's likely to have not much impact.

Mar 17, 2014
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What is this Scotch?

Can you post a picture?

Mar 15, 2014
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Has anyone tried this stuff?

Jefferson's Ocean. It's most certainly a gimmick. I had some from the first batch. It was fine but unexceptional.

Mar 13, 2014
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Whistle Pig Rye

As you may know the Boss Hog is a 12 yo, cask strength version of the regular WhistlePig. If you like WhistlePig, you'll probably like it as it tastes exactly like what it is...a stronger version of WP, but it's hard for me to justify the price just for that given that it goes for double the price.

http://recenteats.blogspot.com/2014/0...

Mar 05, 2014
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Whistle Pig Rye

WhistlePig is a Canadian straight rye made from 100% rye grain. It is thought to be distilled at Alberta Springs Distillery. Masterson's Rye and Jefferson's Rye are likely from the same source and taste very similar.

Mar 03, 2014
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Canadian whisky for Manhattans?

Traditionally, Canadian whiskies were made with a lot of rye, but most mass market Canadians (CC, Crown Royal, etc.) are now dominated by corn. I would never use CC as a substitute for rye.

There is, however, a new generation of Canadians that is more rye heavy and would probably make an adequate Manhattan: WhistlePig Rye, Jefferson's Rye, Masterson's Rye and Lot 40 are 100% rye grain Canadian Whiskies and all are very good.

Mar 03, 2014
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Martinis without Vermouth - The New Normal (At Least in LA)

Last time I was at Mastro's with someone who ordered a Martini, the waiter responded, "what kind of vodka would you like in it?"

Feb 17, 2014
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Discovering Bourbon

Second Clay Risen's excellent book. It's the best book on American Whiskey that's come out in a decade.

Jan 24, 2014
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Depaz Rhum Agricole - what to do with it?

I assume "drink it" is not the response you're looking for, but I love it neat.

Jan 13, 2014
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Fine Dining in the Valley

Anything new or interesting? Looking for Studio City area or not too far from there.

Thanks.

Jan 07, 2014
sku in Los Angeles Area

James Bond: Drinking watered-down martinis?

Great, educational reply. Exactly what I'd expect from JMF. Thanks!

Jan 05, 2014
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