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E H Taylor Single Barrel??

I second everything Scubadoo97 said in his excellent response.

Dec 12, 2014
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Glencairn glass for bourbon?

The Glencairn is very popular among bourbon drinkers. I think it would make an excellent gift.

Dec 12, 2014
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SGV Chinese Top 10

Funny. I just saw it too, and it seems like a pretty decent one. She must read CH.

Dec 03, 2014
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SGV Chinese Top 10

Excellent list! Thanks.

Nov 29, 2014
sku in Los Angeles Area

SGV Chinese Top 10

Thanks for the introduction to how the board works. Very helpful for a newbie like me!

Nov 29, 2014
sku in Los Angeles Area

SGV Chinese Top 10

I'd love to find a great Shanghainese place (not a huge fan of No. 1). Updates on what's the best XLB, hand cut noodles, northern style lamb dumplings, anything else. I'm pretty good on dim sum and Sichuan though always happy to hear new tips.

My kids would also love to find a sweet & sour fish in the style they used to do at Chung King in San Gabriel.

Nov 28, 2014
sku in Los Angeles Area

SGV Chinese Top 10

I'm in a bit of a rut for SGV Chinese and as my favorites have closed, I haven't adequately replaced them all, so I want to get an idea of what's great now.

Give me your top 10 Chinese places (any region/style) in the SGV and your favorite dishes at each.

Thanks!

Nov 28, 2014
sku in Los Angeles Area

3-4 bourbons as a gift

This is a very good one with lots of conversation back and forth.

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums...

Nov 23, 2014
sku in Spirits

3-4 bourbons as a gift

I'd be careful with the cheat sheet. Lots of errors.

Nov 22, 2014
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3-4 bourbons as a gift

The Smooth Ambler Old Scout series is mostly high rye and might provide a good contrast. High West is a great option; all of their stuff is good.

From the list of stuff he likes, I bet he would like Blanton's as well.

Four Roses Limited will be near impossible to find, but their standard Single Barrel is very good and lots of retailers (probably Park Avenue and Astor in NYC) have cask strength single barrels that they have specially picked.

For something different, you could try a wheated bourbon. Weller 12 year old is excellent stuff, very different from anything you named, also the new Maker's Mark Cask Strength is very good.

Nov 21, 2014
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Few Bourbon has hit $60/btl. in NYC......

Few has the raw wood and botanical notes that are fairly typical of young, craft bourbons, so you should probably look for others in that category. You might want to try are McKenzie Bourbon or Hudson Baby Bourbon.

Nov 12, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

Indeed, as it happens there was an article about the new Michter's distillery yesterday. They just installed their still.

http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville...

Oct 24, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

It's true that They are working on a Kentucky distillery which they project will open around 2015, but not a drop of the whiskey they are selling was distilled there.

Oct 16, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

FYI, Michter's is not a distillery. It used to be, but it closed long ago and the current Michter's has nothing to do with the distillery that made the original Michter's brand save the name. The Michter's label is a brand that buys whiskey from other distilleries and bottles it with their label.

Oct 14, 2014
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Was Gelato Bar Los Feliz sold?

I know Gail Silverton sold the Studio City Gelato Bar. Did she sell the Los Feliz branch too? I went there today for the first time in a while and the gelato was terrible. It was artificial tasting and bland, very different from the great, high quality stuff they used to have. The baked goods and other things were also downgraded (Doritos instead of Cake Monkey?!?)

Oct 10, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

I second Greenspot. Great suggestion!

Oct 09, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

How I wish it were in the 50s where I am. In Southern California, we're still suffering through the triple digits.

If you're a fan of Jameson, I would give Redbreast a try. It's made by the same company but a step up from Jameson. Whereas Jameson is a blend, Redbreast is single pot still, which means it's 100% barley (Jameson is a blend of single pot still and corn based whiskeys). Give it a shot.

Oct 06, 2014
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Templeton Rye Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Gains Traction

They didn't find a loophole; they mislabeled their bottle in violation of federal regulations by failing to list the state of distillation, an error they have only now corrected despite having been repeatedly asked about it.

I agree that the lawsuit and idea of someone wanting damages is somewhat silly, but Templeton has only themselves to blame.

Oct 05, 2014
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Question about an old bottle of Canadian Club ...

If the liquid looks clear (not hazy/cloudy), it should be fine to drink. There's not much of a collector's market for Canadian blends from that era, but I'm sure it will be fun to drink.

Aug 24, 2014
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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.

Jul 29, 2014
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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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