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Non-Scotch drinker buying Scotch as a gift for a Scotch drinker

I second the Highland Park.

Dec 11, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

E H Taylor Single Barrel??

Thank you for this. Glad to know he's not the only one with reservations about RR and Woodford!

Dec 10, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Non-Scotch drinker buying Scotch as a gift for a Scotch drinker

My husband is a scotch drinker - so from my experience with him: he favors (or "favours" as he spells it), single malts. For strong peaty scotch, he'd go for a single malt Islay, like Ardberg, or Laphroaig. The Laphroaig is very peaty - almost medicinal to some palates. Those that love it, love it. As opposed to Islay Scotch, Speyside Scotch is generally milder and less peaty - Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, and Macallan are good types. Highland Park is another favorite, a good all-arounder.

Dec 10, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

E H Taylor Single Barrel??

I'm thinking of getting this as a gift for someone who likes Four Roses Single Barrel; does not like Russell's Reserve (found it raw rather than flavorful), and was indifferent to Woodford, and to Basil Hayden...he loved Thomas Handy one year I could find it.

Given his tastes, do you think he is likely to like the E H Taylor; and it worth the price diff from Four Roses? Or any bourbon/rye suggestions that his preferences suggest? Thank you!

Dec 10, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Grahams 1994 Port - too early to drink now?

Thank you - very glad to hear that! I'm in MA, and am often finding great ports online - but many sellers will not/cannot ship to MA. So I was very glad to find the Grahams 1994 in a brick and mortar shop.

Dec 02, 2014
jochaima in Wine

Grahams 1994 Port - too early to drink now?

Thank you both - am giving as a gift to someone who does not have any temperature-controlled storage cellar; possibly even less in the way of willpower, when it comes to port. It's not for an investment; I just wanted to be sure he could drink it now if he wished and it would not constitute port-infanticide.

Dec 01, 2014
jochaima in Wine

Grahams 1994 Port - too early to drink now?

Have a bottle of 1994 Grahams vintage port. For a person who favors mature port and doesn't willingly drink it young, does it drink well now - or will it get significantly better in years to come? thank you

Nov 30, 2014
jochaima in Wine

Few days in Lisbon in Sept.?

Thank you for this - all sounds great! The Mercado de Ribeira is something I had not heard of. Thank you.

Sep 02, 2014
jochaima in Spain/Portugal

review: Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Cherry Brandy, Master of Malt

Ha! so true.
On the thread below, zin1953 gave a helpful and concise explication of cherry brandy, cherry flavored brandy, and cherry liqueur: lots of info, lucidly expressed, graciously put forth.
(Master of Malt puts "Cherry Brandy" on the label of this item; under the item's "Details," the designation is "English Liqueur.")

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/479038

Aug 30, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Few days in Lisbon in Sept.?

Ah! Very good to know all this. I was a bit worried about the hotel restaurant. Thank you!

Aug 30, 2014
jochaima in Spain/Portugal

Few days in Lisbon in Sept.?

Thank you so much for this!
(Great story about Leiteria Camponeza).
We were in Lisbon, briefly, a while ago, and I can't remember exactly where we ate, so you are very helpful. The places you've listed seem exactly the kind of thing we have in mind and would really enjoy.
I do remember being nicely surprised at how well you could eat in Lisbon relatively cheaply - certainly a lot cheaper than the cities I am most familiar with, New York, Boston, and London.
For the night of arrival, may be late, and want to be close to the hotel, we were thinking of A Parte, Av. Defensores de Chaves, 14 C | Saldanha.

Aug 30, 2014
jochaima in Spain/Portugal

Few days in Lisbon in Sept.?

Thank you for this. Per your suggestion, I've looked up these 3 places further online - they look great!

Aug 30, 2014
jochaima in Spain/Portugal

Few days in Lisbon in Sept.?

For a few days in Lisbon Portugal in Sept. we are looking for well-done local food; like trattoria/bistro level rather than very fancy.
around $35/ each, and less is always good.
We enjoy meat, game, fish, shellfish; wine; port. Suckling pig and roast kid would be a draw. Small plates and wine as pitstop also good!

Also we are staying at the Doubletree Hilton, near Saldanha Metro stop – and for the first night, we could use a place near there that is open fairly late (11, or midnight) .

I’ve trawled around previous posts, and so far the ones below sound good.

Any pointers/suggestions are much appreciated!

Thank you

BOMJARDIN Travessa do Santo Antao (Baixa)S

SOLAR DOS BICOSRua dos Douradores 8-A Baixa

CANTINHO DO BEM ESTAR Rua do Norte 46 (Bairro Alto)

ESTELA DE BELEM Rua de Embaixdor 172 (Belem)

AESQUINA DA FE Ava da Fe 60 (Baixa)

RESTAURANTE FIDALGO Rua da Barroca 57 (Bairro Alto)

SACRAMENTO DO CHIADO Caltada do Sacramento 40 (Baixa)

CHAFARIZ DO VINHO – ENOTECA

CHURRASCERIA GAUCHA

Coffee, port:

CONFEITARIA DE BELEM
Rua de Belem 84-92 (Belem)

PASTELERIA SUICA
Praca de Rossio 96 (right on the plaza in Bail)

VERSAILLES
Avenida da Republica 15A (near Parque Eduardo VII)

PORT WINE INSTITUTE

Rua Sao Padre de Alcantra 45 (Bairro Alto)

Aug 28, 2014
jochaima in Spain/Portugal

Cherry Brandy - Cointreau?? Marnier?

Hi All, just posted a review of the Ampleforth Cherry Brandy:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987341

Aug 28, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

review: Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Cherry Brandy, Master of Malt

review: Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Cherry Brandy

Just tried this Cherry Liqueur Brandy, and thought I would post our findings of this cherry liqueur.

It’s produced by Master of Malt in the UK. We were especially interested in comparing to Cherry Marnier, and the late lamented Cherry Cointreau.


Color: deep ruby red

Taste/texture: deeply madly cherry – small hint of spice and almond. - Slightly viscous.

Packaging: a round flask, wrapped in aged-effect brown paper - looks like something you’d find in a hobbit hole, or by a tree in a deep forest with a note pinned on it “Drink Me.” (Might be part of relatively high price point).

Price: 32UK pounds, for 50 cl. Smaller bottle than the Cherry Marnier, which is around 18UK pounds for 70 cl.

Conclusion: A superior cherry liqueur with full-on hit of cherry; perhaps not as distinctive as Cherry Cointreau; nor as distinctive and multi-note as Cherry Marnier.

Vs Cherry Cointreau: The PCA is more cherry than brandy; the cointreau cherry he remembers as being the opposite,or at least more brandish than the PAC is.

Vs Cherry Marnier: the PAC is definitely and overwhelmingly cherry. By contrast, Cherry Marnier has cherry, but is almost equally almond, orange and spice – almost like a English Christmas cake. Also, CM is a paler color, and less viscose.

Overall we found the master of malt tasting notes, minus the puff, were accurate.
http://www.masterofmalt.com/liqueurs/...

Aug 28, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Cherry Brandy - Cointreau?? Marnier?

I'm glad Zin is ok; sorry about his friends (but delighted by the Blue Nun survival. Perhaps like Twinkies, or the Terminator, Blue Nun is indestructible).
Rosik - thank you. That does sound like the product, Cointreau Brand Cherry Brandy, but the listing looks like a zombie listing - not available, no price given. Cointreau has definitely discontinued the cherry brandy - a few years back, the very nice Patrick from the late lamented Tinamou Wine Co, looked into it, and reported back that Cointreau was afraid the product would confuse the market, and stopped production. Nor could he locate any dead stock floating around.
As a first attempt, I have ordered a bottle of the cherry brandy Master of Malt makes; from the reviews posted of it, it sounds similar to how b-in-law described Cointreau cherry brandy, and I will report his findings.

Aug 27, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Cherry Brandy - Cointreau?? Marnier?

Historical note: the Cointreau brand began as a cherry liqueur: "their first success was with the cherry liqueur guignolet, but they found success when they blended sweet and bitter orange peels...."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL-Vr...

http://www.alcademics.com/2011/10/a-v...

"C'est ironique, n'est-ce pas?"

PS I noticed Zin gives Berkeley CA as home - I hope
you and yours, and your bottled goods, are safe after the earthquake.

Aug 26, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Cherry Brandy - Cointreau?? Marnier?

Yes - I remember now from a while back - Patrick, a wonderful French wine seller who ran Tinamou Wine Co in Sonoma CA (sadly since closed)looked into the matter and reported back that Cointreau was worried that the cherry version was diluting its brand identity, and so it did not stay in production thereafter.

Aug 23, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Cherry Brandy - Cointreau?? Marnier?

I have been in touch with Masters of Malt, who make the Professor Cornelius Ampleforth cherry brandy. They describe it as a "cherry brandy" (meaning a cherry liqueur in Zin's outline above) as opposed to a "cherry flavored brandy." Thanks to Zin, I managed to appear informed on the matter! The DeKuypers XO - pricier in UK than the PCA - is a (top-line) "cherry flavored" brandy, and uses a different process than the PCA. As I am in UK, I plan to spring for the PCA, have it tasted by Mr. "I Had Cherry Cointreau, It Really Existed"; and report his finds (how compares to Cherry Cointreau and Cherry Marnier) here in due course. Cheers all!

Aug 23, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Cherry Brandy - Cointreau?? Marnier?

Thank you Zin! I won't pass along photo evidence of sanity to him just yet....
Cointreau has definitely, and unfortunately, stopped producing their cherry brandy - (I think before 1990?)
Cherry Marnier is great - but b-in-law finds it to taste as much of almond and spice as of cherry. The Cherry Cointreau was I think more definitively cherry. The first time he tried Cherry Marnier he was hoping for it be just like Cherry Cointreau, and he was disappointed. The second time, he had the Marnier in its
own terms and really liked it.
There is this other cherry brandy I just ran across, but I don't know anything beyond the listing:
http://www.masterofmalt.com/liqueurs/...

Aug 18, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Cherry Brandy - Cointreau?? Marnier?

Hello Bushan -

Any luck finding the Cointreau Cherry Brandy?? I would love to secure a bottle for a gift.

Thank you
Jo

Aug 18, 2014
jochaima in Spirits

Cocktails (+ poss. Bistro/brasserie) in London? like Balthazar (NYC) or Eastern Standard (Boston)

These are all great suggestions, and we would not know about them otherwise.
Thank you, everybody!

Feb 03, 2012
jochaima in U.K./Ireland

Cocktails (+ poss. Bistro/brasserie) in London? like Balthazar (NYC) or Eastern Standard (Boston)

Hello
we are looking for a place that serves cocktails (and maybe bistro/brasserie style food) in London, anywhere by Tube. Stylish but not stuffy or formal. Friendly counts more than trendy.
American Bar at the Savoy would be great but 14 pounds per cocktail a bit steep. Were thinking around 10 pounds per cocktail. He knows cocktails, will disapprove of sweet pre-mixers, "toy" flavoured vodkas, etc.
The ideal place we have in mind would be like Balthazar in New York City, or Eastern Standard in Boston, if you are familiar with them.
Thank you!

Feb 03, 2012
jochaima in U.K./Ireland

Jiangsu Cuisine

Hello
Can anybody recommend a Chinese restaurant around Boston that has Jiangsu style cooking?
Thank you!

Jan 22, 2012
jochaima in Greater Boston Area

Rye/bourbon : which is best for gift?

Thank you everyone.
I tried to get the Sazerac 18. Brix in Boston thought at first they might be able to special order it, and then found out from their distributor they won't be able to get any for around 6 months. Brix has the Black Maple Hill 16 year old Bourbon for $150. And reports: "the Black Maple Hill 18 year old Bourbon is no longer available. Pappy Van Winkle is highly allocated and we cannot say when we’ll have it in stock. Rittenhouse 21 year old Rye is also no longer available, but we do carry the Rittenhouse 100 proof Rye for $24."

Bauer on Newbury St Boston said they couldn't do Sazerac 18 but did as of last week have a Thomas Handy at $80, and won't be getting any more of it this year.

In the end I got the Thomas Handy for $75 at Brix. I think it might have been their last one.
I'm sure he'd enjoy any of the ones suggested here - as they say, "it's all good"!

Dec 06, 2011
jochaima in Spirits

Rye/bourbon : which is best for gift?

You mentioned Woodford Collection 2011 - would you also recommend of Woodford Reserve Masters Collection "Four Grain" 92.4* ?
or
Jefferson's Presidential 18Yr?
thank you

Dec 01, 2011
jochaima in Spirits

Rye/bourbon : which is best for gift?

somebody on ebay sells the sazerac 18 (just cough-cough the bottle - the contents happen to be in it) for $100-110 plus $20 shipping so a bit much compared to shop price

Anybody try Berkshire Mountain Bourbon?
ok reviews here not raves though and want to get a nice gift!
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums...

Dec 01, 2011
jochaima in Spirits

Rye/bourbon : which is best for gift?

I am in Boston - will do re: Sazerac 18, but not too hopeful. It's the one every place I ask says "no can do" right off the bat.

Dec 01, 2011
jochaima in Spirits

Rye/bourbon : which is best for gift?

thank you for your expertise!
what would you expect as price points on any/all of these?
any other suggestions most welcome.
Thank you!

Dec 01, 2011
jochaima in Spirits

Rye/bourbon : which is best for gift?

Giftee:
He likes Islay single malts esp Laphroaig, so he can take the strong stuff. but also appreciates smoothness, depth ..
Which would you think best?
Thomas Handy Sazerac rye Buffalo Trace
Pappy 23 yrs
Black Maple Hill 16 yrs
Thank you!

Dec 01, 2011
jochaima in Spirits