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

Actually it's 5* / 8 year.

Aug 06, 2014
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Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

(misplaced post - moderator please delete.)

Aug 06, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Alcohol-related: alcohol-dtecting laser developed; no need to pull over drivers....

i doubt it would work on a convertible ;-)

Jun 06, 2014
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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
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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
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What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

Hitime wine has a good price on Bluecoat, $18 - and flat rate $9.99 shipping for up to 12 bottles to California.

Jun 02, 2014
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Need Help Figuring Out What This Liquor Bottle Is?

Qream.

May 30, 2014
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What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

I have had Stranahan's a couple times, and though I don't know if I would say I liked it better than similar established single malts, it was unique and good enough to be worth getting.

May 28, 2014
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Rum cream, where can I find it?

I have never had Wray and Nephew's, but have heard it is very good.

El Dorado's Rum Cream is quite decent.

May 28, 2014
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Dark and Stormy - Ginger Beer Challenge

I just got a 6 pack of the saranac, to be honest it tastes more to me like ginger ale than beer, with very little bite at all.

I find it odd that so many people like fever tree and not Reed's, because I found them to be the most similar of the ones I have tried, with a lot of spicy ginger taste and heat.

May 28, 2014
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Ginger and Coffee

I much prefer Trader Vic's Kona Coffee Liqueur to Kahlua, I find it to have a much more authentic coffee taste. It costs about the same or less than kahlua, at around $15-17 for a 750 ml.

May 24, 2014
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Costco Liquor Store- what to buy?

Actually, the Blanco is around $20 for a 1.75 ltr, and at that price is an amazing deal and a very good mixer, with a fairly aggressive agave profile. It isn't even a bad sipper, though pretty basic.

May 23, 2014
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Dark and Stormy - Ginger Beer Challenge

Oops so you did say that, d'oh. I have been following this thread all along but hadn't reread the original post in a while.

May 22, 2014
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old old fashioned

Thanks, that makes sense. Now I recall having heard that before - but I still see some recipes refer to "2:1 simple syrup".

May 21, 2014
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Dark and Stormy - Ginger Beer Challenge

One question I have - what recipe are you using for this?

I cannot find any consistency in the ratios. Gosling's own site says 1.5 oz rum to 4-5 oz ginger beer, and a lime wedge for garnish. However, most people seem to use 1/2 oz or so of lime juice - although apparently that is an American addition, not traditionally used in Bermuda. I have also seen ratios of rum to ginger beer anywhere from 1:2 to 2:3.

May 21, 2014
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"I like to really curate my herbs"

Can't beat Sobieski, especially for the price. Smirnoff is a little more neutral (I did a blind comparison of them once), but the mild flavor of Sobieski is not at all unpleasant.

May 21, 2014
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old old fashioned

If not specified, when "simple syrup" is referred to in a recipe is the convention 1:1 or 2:1?

May 21, 2014
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Dark and Stormy - Ginger Beer Challenge

Dan - I looked at the Barritt's can while I was in Total Wine yesterday, and unfortunately it says HFCS. They were out of the bottles so I couldn't check.

May 19, 2014
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Costco Liquor Store- what to buy?

I like their Anejo and blanco Tequilas, as well as the Bourbon. Skip the spiced rum, it's pretty awful IMO.

May 16, 2014
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