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Is a hot dog a sandwich?

if they called it a Bacon Lettuce And Tomato sandwich - a BLAT - THEN it would be ancronym.

Where do we go to start a petition?

Apr 11, 2014
ncyankee101 in General Topics

What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Islays are very galvanizing, many say they taste like bandaids and campfires (like that is a bad thing). Granted they aren't something I am always in the mood for, and I usually don't have more than one at a time - but I do love them.

Apr 11, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Jack Daniel's is not Bourbon.

Awesome - perhaps we should start a new thread!

So it seems Diageo bought Dickel a while back, and now wants to cut corners - what a surprise!

Apr 11, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

spiced rum

Kilo Kai gets a bad rap, but I don't think it is nearly as bad as some say. Not saying it is great by any means, or even good - but I would hardly call it "utterly horrible" as the reviewer I linked above said.:Perhaps overly sweet and a little cough syrupy, but innocuous and easy to drink. I guess the deal I got might have made it more palatable - $17 for a handle, which is usually the price for a 750.

It has been a while since I have had it, but it was something I liked to break out when I had already had some good stuff, my palate was wrecked, and I wanted something easy to drink and cheap to continue whatever buzz I might have had going.

The only spiced rum I have had that I would call "utterly horrible" (not made by Captain Morgan) is the Kirkland's brand I got from Costco for $15 a handle. The spices taste cheap, and it has a really bitter aftertaste. I bought it on good faith since I quite like their Bourbon and tequila. I feel like I need to buy a case of coke to get rid of this crap.

Apr 11, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Zaya alternative?

Liqueurs are a lot higher in sugar content, I think most are more than 10%. The sweetest rums are about 5%, but most are 2% or less. The weird feeling on your teeth might be caused by cheap sweet and sour mix.

The reason they add sugar is because sweet rums sell. For years Zaya and Zacapa were considered the best rums in the world, it is only relatively recently that there has been some backlash against added sweeteners. Many Cognacs blend in some sugar to smooth the final product, up to 2%.

Some day I am going to spring for a bottle of Samaroli Demeraran rum, which is a pure rum by an independent bottler, but at close to $100 it might be a while before I pull that trigger.

Apr 10, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Zaya alternative?

I used to think the 12 yr was the best bang for the buck at $20, before it went up by 30-40% and I found out about all the added sugar.

I recently got bottles of 5 and 8 year on sale for $13 and $14, at those prices they were a steal. Even under $20 they are very good bargains.

I think my new best bargain rum is Doorly's XO for $15. As with all Richard Seales's products it is 100% pure and unadulterated. Doorly's 5 yr gets honorable mention at $10, or $20 for a handle. Seales 10 yr is an outstanding rum for $22.

Apr 10, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Zaya alternative?

Yes, the 15 yr is usually higher than $30, and often closer to $40. I recently got the 12 yr on sale online for around $23 but it normally is more in the high 20s.

I got very good prices on the Barrilitos a while back but have yet to open them ( I've been on a mission to finish off some of the many bottles I have open) I paid less than $25 for the 3 star and less than $20 for the 2.

Apr 10, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Zaya alternative?

How much is Zaya where you are? It is $35 here in NC, but I have seen it for $26-28 elsewhere and on sale in California recently for $23.

I can't say you will have much luck finding rums with a similar flavor profile for much less money, Zacapa 23 is similar but usually $35+. El dorado 12 is robust and sweet, but costs about the same as the Zaya. I can't think of any other rums that are similar enough to mention, there are a lot of sweet rums out there but not many of them are as flavorful as those three. Maybe try the El Dorado 5 or 8 yr old which can be found for under $20.

I have bottles of Chairman's reserve ($22) and Plantation Barbados 5 yr ($15) which I have not opened yet, but both of which are supposed to be along those same lines.

Apr 10, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Maker's Mark bourbon - faux wax seal?

The green label Evan Williams is used in a lot of bars I have been to as their well Bourbon, though I have had it and it is not bad at all. The rest of their line is considered by many people (myself among them) as outstanding bargains, and the single barrel is widely regarded as a great Bourbon without regards to the price.

Apr 08, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Maker's Mark bourbon - faux wax seal?

No the BIB (Bottle in Bond) is the 100 proof. I agree that the 1783 is also very good, especially for the price - around here, $15, or half the price of Maker's.

The thing I find interesting about Evan Williams is the very narrow price spread among their lower offerings. For 750s in NC, the green label is $9.75, black label (7 yr) $12.95, BIB (4 yr) $13.95 and 1783 (10 yr) $15.50. I am not sure how accurate those age statements are, as they say the Single barrel is 7 yrs while the barreling / bottling dates on my bottle say 9 1/2 yrs.

I really should mention, I am not much of a fan of MM. I find it smooth to the point of being bland, and much prefer those with some spicy bite to them.

Apr 08, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Is burnt rubber taste normal for Barbancourt 5 star?

Extremely doubtful - sherry barrels are expensive and if they were used, it would be prominently featured on the label.

Apr 07, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Maker's Mark bourbon - faux wax seal?

Weller 12 yr, Old weller 107, Elijah Craig 12 yr, Elmer T Lee, Old Grand Dad 114, Evan Williams single barrel (and possible BIB), Four roses small batch, Knob Creek, Wild Turkey rare breed and Russell's Reserve. Depending on prices in your area, some of these might be a few bucks more or less but will be in the same ballpark. Maker's is $32 here in NC - siginificantly higher than most of the ones I listed - but is cheaper in some areas of the country.

Apr 07, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Is burnt rubber taste normal for Barbancourt 5 star?

The bottle says "Aged in imported white oak casks, similar to the finest Cognacs."

Apr 07, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

spiced rum

Brinley's shipwreck, Seven Tiki, Foursquare, El Dorado.

I like The Lash a lot but it is very intense and has a lot of cloves, not everyone's taste.

There are a couple over $30 I've heard very good things about but have never tried.

Here is a decent comparison.

http://inuakena.com/spirit-reviews/sp...

Apr 05, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Jack Daniel's is not Bourbon.

I doubt most JD drinkers have ever tried George Dickel, but if they did, they would never go back. Except for those who actually don't like the taste of whiskey, and want something mild and bland.

Apr 05, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits
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Is burnt rubber taste normal for Barbancourt 5 star?

I can't really say I have gotten burnt rubber from Barbancourt, though I did from Sea Wynde (which has a large Jamaican component) and to a much lesser extent Smith & Cross. Both are very high ester pot still rums.

The only true agricole I have had is Depaz Blue, and I don't get any such taste from it.

Mar 30, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Whistle Pig Rye

Clay Risen mentioned bubblegum in his tasting notes for Ritt 100, I don't have a bottle open at the moment and don't have any counter space to open one.

Banks 5 Island has some batavia arrack in it, if that means anything in terms of bubblegum.

Mar 29, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Whistle Pig Rye

Don't forget to mention Riverboat is unfiltered. I agree with you on it, wish I had picked up a couple more bottles when an online retailer had it on sale for $15 earlier this year.

Mar 28, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Grappa

My favorite is Moletto Grappa di Barbera. Of course, it is the only one I have tried ;-) - but I do quite like it. I am curious to know from grappa lovers - how does it stack up?

Mar 23, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Whistle Pig Rye

I haven't had Whistle Pig, but I would say the same about Jefferson's Rye in relation to the others you mentioned. I also like Sazerac 6 yr a lot, but have yet to open my bottles of Willet or Rendezvous.

Mar 22, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Grey goose and Kirkland Signature brand vodka the same?!

I've never tried Tito's but I did a similar test with Smirnoff and Sobieski. I found that Smirnoff tasted like water and Sobieski had a mild but not unpleasant taste, probably residual from the rye.

I think either one is fine for what is supposed to be, and don't see any reason to pay more than the $10-13 I can get them for (or $20 for a handle of Sobieski.)

Mar 21, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Kraft Kocktails

Took me a minute too - the first thing I read was "Guy's big balls", I missed the part about the cheese balls being 4 lbs each the first time I read it.

Mar 21, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Whistle Pig Rye

It's been a while since I have had an open bottle, I have been saving the ones I have stashed away (for what I don't know LOL). But I don't remember it being particularly soft, I thought it had a fairly assertive spicy bite (with some sweetness) which was why I liked it as a mixer. Not quite as aggressive as Ritt 100 but more pleasant to sip.

Ryes I find soft are Old Overholt (overly so, to the point of blandness) and Temptation (which I like quite a bit, but not for mixing.)

I also quite like WT's Russell's reserve, and just poured myself some. It has the same nice sweet/spicy bite I remember from the WT 101, but a little lower 90 proof and less hot, and really nice to sip. It is also 6 yrs old, which I think is a couple years older than the WT Rye (though I can't find any age reference.)

Mar 20, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Kraft Kocktails

Actually, a couple of them don't sound that bad - namely, The Cool Jerk and Bourbon Baked Apple (as long as they don't go overboard with the sweet components.) Same for Smokey Julep and the Primo Paloma.

Agree that most of the others do sound bad, and since this is a celeb-owned place they most likely will go overboard with the sweet stuff.

Mar 19, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Whistle Pig Rye

If you tried only the 81 proof I would imagine you would be less than blown away. I still have a couple bottles of the 101 proof left from a couple years back and it was my favorite mixing rye by far. I haven't even bothered buying any of the 81 proof, instead switching to Rittenhouse for mixing.

Mar 17, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits
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Highest and Lowest State Liquor Taxes - I NEED TO MOVE!!!

Actually, PA is very competitive on a few items - especially when they are on sale. I have been shopping online and travelling to PA and FL over the last 4 years, and comparing prices between NY, GA, CA (Hitime wine), NC and PA. They have had the best prices on Laphroaig 18 yr and Thomas handy ($60), prices as good as anywhere on Barbancourt 5 star (sale) and Wild Turkey 101 rye (when they had it) at $19-20. There were quite a few others I don't recall now, but I always came back from PA with a dozen or more bottles.

The selection is much better if you go to one of the "luxury" stores.

Mar 15, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Trying to get into rum...

Actually I have a couple plastic 1.75 ltr bottles of Doorly's 5 yr I got at Total Wine for $20. It's a very good rum.

Mar 13, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Martinis without Vermouth - The New Normal (At Least in LA)

I found a really old (> 6 months) half empty bottle of NP sweet vermouth at the back of my fridge, and was about to dump it - but decided to try it out, and it was still somewhat drinkable. There were definitely some minor off flavors but I made a Manattan with some Old Forester 100 proof I wanted to get rid of, and it tasted decent enough to make me happy I didn't drainpour it.

Mar 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Highest and Lowest State Liquor Taxes - I NEED TO MOVE!!!

If you look at the 2014 map, Washington state is now much worse than Oregon, which is a distant #2 - $35 tax per gallon vs $23.

Mar 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits

Trying to get into rum...

Well for one you picked two very atypical rums to start with. The Barbancourt is a cane juice rum (most are made from molasses) and the aging gives this one a very Cognac-like taste.

The Wray and Nephew is a unique white rum, one of the best of its kind but definitely a far cry from most. Besides being 126 proof, it is also one of the most flavorful white rums around, with a grassy / banana character. Try it neat with about half as much water to bring the proof down into the 80s, or add an ice cube - it's an interesting rum to sip.

Mar 12, 2014
ncyankee101 in Spirits