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What You Should Know About German Beer

I agree with jabscoffier. Another vote for Franziskaner. I love their Hefe-Weisse and Hefe-Weisse Dunkel. Just tried the Kristalklar last night, very good as well.

Oct 03, 2011
Faune in Features

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

I see a lot of the El Charro Mixto by me. I will look out for their 100% agave offering now that you mentioned it.

Thanks Veggo.

Nov 16, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

Since I couldn't find any 100% agave I went with a mixto just to give tequila a second chance. I picked up an older bottle of Olmeca, the label said "Anejo" but I believe it is the same as what is now labeled either "Gold" or "Reposado".

I started off with a margarita, some fresh lime juice and cointreau, and it was pretty good so I moved on to a tequila sunrise and then, finally on to sipping a shot of it neat. And I must say, I like it! its got floral, sweet-fruits, pepper and slightly smokey notes. Yes I feel the non agave alcohol but still it pretty good.

All I gotta say is that I liked it and I am definitely going to try to find a bottle of 100% agave.

Thanks for all your help.

Nov 15, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Can one use Gold (Ouro) Cachaca in a caipirinha?

Well the ouro in question was: Ypioca Empalhada Ouro which I really like. I know its industrial and all but I enjoy sipping it and it was good in a caipirinha, but not as pronounced as on of the Pratas (clear).

What's interesting is that both you (itaunas) and my Brazilian friend both recommended Velho Barreiro and Pitu. I saw a lot of people bad mouthing Pitu in various forums saying its "rocket fuel" "the worst of the worst " etc...

My friend told me that when he was younger they would buy Velho Barreiro for next to nothing.

Thank you for your reply

Nov 07, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

OK I found another possibility: is El Jimador a mixto or a 100% agave and is it any good?

In the article that crazyone linked to they mention that El Jimador used to be 100% but it is now a mixto. On the El Jimador website the bottles say 100% agave so whats up with that?

Nov 07, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Best couscous and Ethiopian food in Tel Aviv

Unfortunatly I can not really reccomend the following places but its a starting place that you can ask more about.

I have never eaten Ethiopian food, although I would like to try it some time. But I have heard of Habash, it is located on 8 HaNegev street.

http://www.rol.co.il/images/sites/habash/english.html

There is also another one called "Ethiopia" on 13 Alenby. Ask around about those two places.

I have rarely eaten couscous out of the house because I get the real deal at home from my wife. But I have heard Interesting reviews about Casserole like MarkC Said.

Casserole
http://www.eluna.com/rest/casserole.asp?mumu=616

There is also Dr. Shakshuka, a Libyan/Tunisian/Moroccan eatery in Yafo. I have never eaten there but hear about it a lot. Ask around.

http://drshaksuka.rest-e.co.il/

Nov 01, 2010
Faune in Middle East & Africa

Can one use Gold (Ouro) Cachaca in a caipirinha?

BTW which strong, rough, funky, industrial cachaca do you recommend of the following: Ypioca Crystal, Pitu, 51, 61 or Velho Barreiro?

Oct 31, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

Yeah I think your right that we veered off the topic...

I only quoted a small segment of text to illustrate a point, and payed no heed to the other things which you pointed out as wrong. I usually am more careful as to my sources but that quote summed up our little misconception so nicely.

Thanks for the PDF. I really appreciate it.

Oct 28, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

I think you meant NGS? Not GNS.

Just to clear that point up:

SCOTCH BLENDED WHISKY

"As the word implies, blends are the result of mixing different whiskies together, including both single malts and grain whiskies. Located mainly in the Lowlands , the 14 Scottish grain distilleries produce grain spirits (which are in fact whiskies, not, as is sometimes misinterpreted, neutral grain spirits), made primarily from corn (maize). They are distilled in tall, column stills, a method that is faster and less expensive than the pot still. "

http://www.thatsthespirit.com/en/mixo...

Either way the point is that they are blended with some slightly different form of alcohol...

Oct 28, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

The Bartenders and aficionados were referring to what JayMad Was saying "wouldn't use a fine $100+ extra anejo in a cocktail"

Quote:
"When I use the term premium, I am talking about the actual quality of the spirit, not the price point or marketing drivel. "

In that case we are in complete agreement.

Thanks for your reply.

Oct 27, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

OK. Maybe harsh was the wrong word. But it still has neutral grain spirits, i.e. unflavored filler alcohol which is not whisky in it.

Regarding the second part of your answer, that is your opinion. I have heard from bartenders and other alcohol aficionados the opposite. According to THEM since there is so much sugary/acidic fillers and ice going into the cocktail its better to put not dirt cheap but not premium stuff into a cocktail, as JayMad said, this is because the taste does get masked.

As for me I am not sure yet as to what should go into a cocktail. I do know what I like I drink whether its "premium" or not. "Premium", or the fact that it costs more does not always make it better. Take the example of Plymouth gin before the prices doubled. Years ago, before Plymouth became renowned, I was able to get a bottle (the old design, ahh I miss it) for ~$15. Back then it was not "considered" a "top shelf, premium gin" and not everyone was raving about it.

While we are nitpicking... I do agree with you on one thing, so I will quote you on this:

"And I tend to agree, I think that a strong, rough, funky, industrial cachaca really goes better [in a caipirinha] with the lime juice and oils, and the sugar smooths it out."
By JMF on Oct 23, 2010 06:45PM

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7399...

I agree the silver industrial cachaca goes better in a caipirinha than the gold industrial cachaca. So hear you are saying to use something in a cocktail that is not "premium". If so than what do you say about a margarita, daiquiri, Mojito, etc...?

Oct 27, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

Thank you so much JayMad. This was the kind of response I was looking for in terms of your approach.

I've already visited tequila.net multiple times, and see what your saying about the blended thing. But, either way those blended Whiskys contain harsh un-aged grain alcohol in them. Thanks as well for clearing up that Anejo and Reposado don't really matter when it comes to Mixtos.

I am a big fan of Highland park 12 but I personally would be afraid to "waste" it in a Rob Roy, on the other hand maybe I'll give that a try as well.

After years of experimenting with various spirits I learned that, as you have said, most of the time your taste needs developed before one can really appreciate the subtleties. I didn't get into Cachaca or Calvados overnight.

I am going to try to order some shots of mixtos and 100% agave next time I get a chance to.

Thanks again.

Oct 27, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Becherovka in NYC?

I couldn't find it in the 5 boroughs, but I found it in 4 places in Jersey hope this helps:

laurenti wines
http://www.laurentiwines.com/main.asp?request=SEARCH&search=becherovka

wine o land
http://www.wineoland.com/main.asp?request=SEARCH&

buy rite wines
http://www.buyritewines.com/main.asp?request=SEARCH&

wine chateau:
http://www.winechateau.com/vsku100227...

PS: For the links that don't take you straight to the product just plug in "Becherovka".

Oct 26, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

Well four years is a long time so its hard for me to say. I do believe it had a slightly yellow/gold hue to it so I am guessing it was a Reposado Mixto as opposed to a Plata Mixto?

Oct 26, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

Chinon00:
"Again with no specifics provided as to why you didn't like it"

See Faune Above:
"I am pretty sure it was a Mixto and I remember two things I didn't like about it at the time were: the taste and the headache."

Oct 25, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

Thanks for the advice, I will check it out.

Oct 25, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

There is not much that is or should be perplexing about this post. Peoples tastes change, mature. Some people like to try new things or give old things a chance. Not everyone is born with a set of given tastes which stay constant their whole lives.

That having been said...

I had a few straight shots of tequila years ago, I am talking like, at least 4 yrs ago, I don't remember the brand but I am pretty sure it was a Mixto and I remember two things I didn't like about it at the time were: the taste and the headache. Since then I have not touched the stuff. I know there are better brands of tequilas and now I know there is a huge difference between Mixto and 100% Agave.

I appreciate many spirits: Scotch Whisky, Irish Whiskey, Bourbon, Cognac, Calvados, fruit brandies, Gin, Aperitifs, Digestifs, Anise, Rum, Rhum Agricole, Cachaca etc... You get the picture.

Yes, I know there are more refined spirits and less refined, but I just don't need tequila like congac, single malt scotch, calvados, etc... for sipping. I was interested in exploring tequila in cocktails (although I am not so sure about that now due to a number of reasons).

Thanks

Oct 24, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Can one use Gold (Ouro) Cachaca in a caipirinha?

Thanks for your reply.

I know that Prata is more for Caipirinhas/mixing and ouro more for sipping as my Brazilian friend has told me. I just tried a Caipirinha with ouro cachaca and I did enjoy it. I did scale back the sugar though.

I do see what you and yarm mean that it is a bit different from a caipirinha with prata cachaca. The ouro is not as strong and there are definitely some woody undertones which you don't have with the prata.

Oct 23, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

@ Crazyone

I just read the article in the link included in your post it was very comprehensive and helped clear up a lot.

Thank you.

Oct 21, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

@ Gustavo and Crazy
Blended whiskys usually contain neutral grain spirit, meaning that they blend malt whiskys together with the equivalent of vodka. Isn't that similar as a mixto which is a mix of at least half agave and sugarcane based spirits?

See Wikipedia:
"A blended whisky (or whiskey) is the product of blending different types of whiskies. It is generally the product of mixing one or more single malt whiskies (made from 100 percent malted grain such as barley or rye) together with other grain whiskies or neutral grain spirits."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blended_...

So it would seem SIMILAR (not the same) as the Mixto Tequila

For some perspective, Sauza Hornitos costs ~$91(import tax is a pain) by me so you can guess what the others cost.

In any case I am going to try and see if I can get a friend who is traveling to try to find me some of the 100% agave stuff in a duty free shop if they can, or the next time I travel for business or to see the folks I'll get it for myself.

I am a big Whisky/Whiskey, Gin and brandy fan and I just wanted to give tequila a second chance. I see that the only fair thing to do would be to go for a 100% agave this time round... even if that means I have to wait a bit.

It's just a pity because I have a ton of limes now and they will soon be unavailable untill next year... I guess that means more Caipirinhas, Pegu clubs, etc... for now.

Thanks you all for your help...

Just one more question which 100% agaves are widely available and don't make a huge dent in your wallet?

Oct 21, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

Thank you for the reply. But I have two problems:

1: I am not in the US. So the mixtos cost premium price and the 100% agave ... well lets just say you have to take out a mortgage (j/k but not far off from reality)

2: I was looking to make cocktails with the tequila. I think you are being a bit unreasonable. Either premium 100% agave or nothing. That's like saying: "only drink single malts, even for cocktails. No blended whiskys."

First of all I believe that for cocktails you don't want to use garbage but you also don't need something like The Dalmore Trinitas 64 y/o ($160,000 a bottle).

In fact why would you want to waste a decent spirit in your cocktail that's being watered down slightly with ice and mixed with other spirits, juices and bitters. When I make a Rob Roy I use Chivas or Johny Walker not The MacAllen. Same when I make a Manhattan, I use regular bourbon and not some single barrel $60 brand. However when I want to drink a spirit by its self then I'll break out that bottle of The MacAllen, Ardbeg, Highland Park, Carragenmore, etc...

All I am asking is of the above types of Mixtos that you are acquainted with which makes a decent cocktail.

"Good" Tequila is scarce and expensive due to import taxes by me and frankly I would rather invest in Scotch single malts, Irish pure pot stills, Calvados, Cognacs, etc... and have some decent Gin, Rum, Cachaca and Tequila on hand for cocktails.

Still I will try to see if there are any 100% agave tequilas around in my range

Oct 20, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE COMMENTING!

I am interested in giving Tequila a second chance. Yet I am not interested in spending an arm and a leg on it.

I am looking for something mostly (but not solely) for making cocktails. SO PLEASE DON'T start recommending all the premium brands like Patron, Riazul, Avion, Arta, Ocho etc...

Some of the brands available to me where I live that are in my price range include:

-Olmeca
-Jose Cuervo
-Suaza
(Yes yes I know there are way better tequilas out there but this is whats available for my area, price range and needs)

Which of the aforementioned brands, available in oro and blanco/plata (as well as some anejo), do you recommend.

Thanks for your feedback.

Oct 19, 2010
Faune in Spirits

suggestions for a classic/craft cocktail book

My favorites are Robert Hess, see his site: Drink Boy & catch him on small screen network and Salvatore Calabrese's book "Classic Cocktails". My wife got me the latter as a birthday present and we have been using it a lot lately.

http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Cocktai...

Oct 18, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Best "cheap" gin?

Plymouth gin is under $30 but its different than London Dry Gins like Tanqueray, Beefeater etc...

It used to be cheap... about two years ago I was able to find it for ~$17 now its ~$27. Plymouth has some really nice citrus flavors and is great in G&Ts, Negronis and Martini's.

IMO it's worth giving Plymouth a shot.

Oct 14, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Can one use Gold (Ouro) Cachaca in a caipirinha?

Still have not heard back from my friend... But I took your advice and will report back about the ouro caipirinha.

Thanks for the advice.

Oct 14, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Can one use Gold (Ouro) Cachaca in a caipirinha?

I have been making caipirinhas for some time now, but always with silver (Prata) Cachaca.

I have been meaning to try some Cachaca Ouro and was wondering if one can use Gold (Ouro) Cachaca in a caipirinha? Or is this a sacrilege and Prata should always be used?

I sent an email to my friend in Brazil and will post his response when I receive it.

I would appreciate your feedback.

Thanks.

Oct 12, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

Me too! a 1.75 L bottle of Plymouth would be great.

Jul 06, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

Hey one.day.fly,

I had a good experience with Plymouth gin and would definitely buy it again (by me, despite the price hike, its still cheaper than the "other brands")

It is different than London Dry Gin, I'd say it doesn't feel as dry, its "sweeter" in my opinion. Plymouth's citrus notes are more prominent than its juniper as opposed to London Dry Gin.

I experimented with Plymouth in martinis, G & T, Negronis and numerous other cocktails and I must say that I was impressed and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Let us know what you think of Plymouth.

Cheers,

Faune

Jan 17, 2010
Faune in Spirits

Beer-Braised Bratwursts with Onion

Haolebaby,

Franziskaner is good! hmmm

Franziskaner makes a Hefe-Weisse Dunkel (Dark) http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

Oct 19, 2009
Faune in Recipes

Chorizo and Olive Flatbread

Maybe Merguez would work as well, in place or in addition to the Chorizo, especially since there is harissa.

Sep 09, 2009
Faune in Recipes