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Whiskies for Fall

Zin, I haven't had the Platinum but if it's similar to the former 18 yr old Gold label it has very little resemblance to the black label, with almost no smoke or peat.

Oct 27, 2014
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Clooney unveils new Tequila expression

This is from NOM 1416 which supplies the juice for Avion and the well-regarded though pricey Clase Azul, which is a mild and rather sweet Tequila. I don't see any meaningful reviews at any of my usual sources. At around $50 the price is not out of line with decent anejos.

Oct 22, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Campfire is nationally distributed though I think supplies are limited, I have a bottle I got in South Carolina but haven't opened yet.

I agree about the Laphroaig 10, and it makes an excellent mixer, but I like the added dimensions in other expressions such as the Triplewood and Quarter cask.

Oct 22, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

best quality tequila for mixing

I don't understand why anyone would buy Cuervo Gold when you can get inexpensive but decent 100% agave tequilas such as El Ultimo or El Jimador for about the same price or slightly more.

Just for curiosity I got a mini bottle of Cuervo gold a while back, and I found it sickeningly sweet with almost no agave flavor. In a blind taste test I would have been hard pressed to identify it as Tequila.

Oct 22, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Taste like hearing is a logarithmic sense, to "double" a sensation requires 10x the concentration. Quadrupling peat concentration would result in about a 60% increase in the sensation of taste.

Oct 10, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

best quality tequila for mixing

Well the aged platino would just be the Cuervo reserva de la familia Anejo. I had it once in a bar, and liked it but not quite enough to want to shell out the $120+ it is going for these days. (It was 'only" $90 just a couple years ago.) The colorful hand-painted boxes are exquisite though The platino comes in a nice - but just blue - box.

Oct 01, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

best quality tequila for mixing

The mass-produced brands are not as expensive as they were, largely because of production methods that allow them to extract a much larger percentage of sugar from the agave - but at a loss in taste.

Brands that use older fashioned production methods are quite pricey, as demand has gone up a lot in the last few years and agave crops were devastated by disease a few years ago. Agave plants require 12-15 years to reach optimum maturity, so it takes some time to recover from such a thing. Most of the highly sought after blancos start at ~$40-45. I am referring to brands such as Fortaleza, T1, and Crotalo, among others.

Sep 29, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

best quality tequila for mixing

Out of curiosity - what is the "high rated" anejo?

One of my favorite blanco Tequilas is the Cuervo de la Familia Platino. It is not cheap, at a regular price of $50-60, but PA closed it out a couple years ago at around $30 and I grabbed several.

Sep 29, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

best quality tequila for mixing

I haven't been crazy about most anejos I have tried, as the wood can very easily overwhelm the delicate taste of the agave. Some inexpensive ones also seem to be sweetened and perhaps have some added oak essence, having an artificial taste. There are a few that are very well done, but unfortunately most are very expensive (over $50, many $70+), or not widely available.

The older Gran centenario anejo with the green label was very good, but it cost around $50. I was lucky enough to get a couple bottles at the newer price of $30. Don Pilar is under $40 but afaik only available in California. Buscadores was excellent, and not very pricey but was discontinued a couple years back.

Sep 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

best quality tequila for mixing

My favorite two bargain brands are El Ultimo agave and the Kirkland brand from Costco.

The El Ultimo is a somewhat better tequila, but Costco is hands-down the best value you will ever find - and I've bought nearly every inexpensive 100% agave Tequila available in the US. Both are very good mixers, with a fairly aggressive agave presence. At $20 for a 1.75 ltr bottle, the Kirkland blanco is priced the same as bottom shelf rotgut mixtos and IMO holds up well against ANY sub-$20/750 ml Tequila.

All three age statements of either brand can be sipped without embarrassment, and the Kirkland Anejo is actually quite good. I tried it against the next-cheapest anejo I have - $26 El Jimador - and IMO it was not even close, the El Jimador tasted bland and lifeless next to it.

Here in NC 1800 is hardly an inexpensive Tequila at $30 for a 750. I have tried it in mini bottles and though there was nothing objectionable about it, it didn't have much agave taste and IMO would get lost in mixed drinks.

Sep 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

best quality tequila for mixing

Actually, a lot of people quite like Espolon for sipping. It's not one of my favorites because I prefer something with a little more agave-forward profile, but I would say it is at least as good as Patron at half the price (NC prices, varies elsewhere).

Sep 11, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Kalani coconut liqueur

My bottle doesn't say anything about mashed coconut pulp, it just says "made with real coconut", and it is clear. The bottle is glass covered with a white plastic film. ( A google search also shows it available in a clear bottle. )

Sep 04, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Is burnt rubber taste normal for Barbancourt 5 star?

The El Dorado is a very good rum, but highly sweetened with 31 g/ltr of added sugar. I feel that the robust flavor of the rums holds up to the added sugar better than some others I have tried, but my opinion of the EDs dropped after I found this out. The 12 and 15 year had been my 2 favorite rums.

Barbancourt and the AoC Rhums are pure and unadulterated.

Sep 02, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Bacardi makes unprecedented move into single malt Scotch whisky

Thank goodness they haven't bought any brands I like - heck, two of them I've never even heard of (Brackla, Aultmore).

Sep 02, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits
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Are there brandies/cognacs/armagnacs as good as French ones made elsewhere?

I had heard that E+J XO was a decent bargain brandy several years ago, but has gone downhill more recently. I bought a bottle a couple years ago and it was pretty bad - I wouldn't say it was reminiscent of ammonia, but it tasted like a really cheap rum.

Aug 15, 2014
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What are some good higher proof bourbons that aren't expensive, like Evan Williams?

The Sazerac 18 yr old is 80 proof, and it is nearly impossible to find.

You are thinking of the Thomas Handy Sazerac which is the barrel proof version of the Sazerac 6 yr (around 130 proof) - and not much easier to find.

Aug 13, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

WHICH ANEJO TEQUILA IS BEST FOR SIPPING?

One thing that is important with many spirits, and in my experience quite important with tequila (probably because it is a subtly flavored liquor) is to let the bottle air for a week or two before passing judgment. The flavors will mellow and some harshness with subside that is present with a freshly opened bottle.

Aug 10, 2014
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Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

Not sure if you are joking (I think you are) because I am not at home and don't have my bottle of 15 yr with me, but I only see it referred to online as "Estate reserve".

I have a bottle of the 3* / 5 yr at home but have yet to open it.

Aug 06, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Are there brandies/cognacs/armagnacs as good as French ones made elsewhere?

I think Masson Grande Amber VSOP is as good if not better than the basic offerings from Hennessey and Courvoisier, at about 1/3 the price.

Aug 06, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

Actually it's 5* / 8 year.

Aug 06, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

(misplaced post - moderator please delete.)

Aug 06, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

The Glenlivet is ‘closing the gap’ on Glenfiddich

I have only had Glenfiddich 12 once - a 375 ml bottle I bought several years ago - and I didn't like it much at all, in fact it delayed my start in single malts (via Highland park 12) by a couple years. I don't find Glenlivet 12 all that interesting, but I don't find it bad in any way. On the other hand, my tastes do tend toward the peat monsters, so I don't know how much my opinion would matter here.

Jul 31, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

IMO nothing beats Costco's Kirkland brand blanco for mixing at around $20 for a 1.75 ltr. They also have recently started selling a repo for $15 a ltr which I bought but haven't opened yet. I do quite like the anejo for $20/ltr.

Jul 15, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

JMF - at least the original Patron is still available as Siete Leguas - and usually is cheaper than Patron.

I think the DeKuyper O3 is quite decent - have you had it? Quite similar to Cointreau at half the price.

Jul 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

What to do with Gosling's 151 Rum?

I finally got around to trying the Saranac ginger beer, and though it was pleasant enough it didn't have much bite at all. I thought it tasted more like a good ginger ale.

Jul 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Corzo Anejo - Yea or Nay?

Never had it but here are some reviews, and 91/100 is very good here.

http://www.tequila.net/tequila-review...

Jul 09, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Tequila

Where are you? Your selection will be 10x better in California than say in NC.

Jun 25, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Alcohol-related: alcohol-dtecting laser developed; no need to pull over drivers....

i doubt it would work on a convertible ;-)

Jun 06, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits
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Need Help Figuring Out What This Liquor Bottle Is?

And so does google image LOL - although I recognized the bottle, I tried to search it just for fun, and it returned toilets.

Jun 05, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

what do you mix hennesey with?

Dan - I tried to make a Vieux Carre tonight - then I realized that my Drambuie (which I use as a sub for Benedictine) is at my girlfriend's house.

I tried using splashes of Scotch, St Elizabeth and Krupnik - and ended up adding a splash of simple syrup - and it ended up drinkable and interesting, though probably not exactly a Vieux Carre.

Jun 03, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits