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Lemon Digestif

I think these are ALL absolutely wonderful mixed with club soda, tonic or sparkling water. They are a digestif and the bubbles help with bringing up the stomach gasses. Anyone who drinks beer knows the true relief and resulting pleasure of a deep, from the belly, beer burp. These are similar to that, without the hops repeater ~ Sláinte Mhath

Aug 13, 2009
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Basil Digestif

I think these are ALL absolutely wonderful mixed with club soda, tonic or sparkling water. They are a digestif and the bubbles help with bringing up the stomach gasses. Anyone who drinks beer knows the true relief and resulting pleasure of a deep, from the belly, beer burp. These are similar to that, without the hops repeater ~ Sláinte Mhath

Aug 13, 2009
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Fennel Digestif

I think these are ALL absolutely wonderful mixed with club soda, tonic or sparkling water. They are a digestif and the bubbles help with bringing up the stomach gasses. Anyone who drinks beer knows the true relief and resulting pleasure of a deep, from the belly, beer burp. These are similar to that, without the hops repeater ~ Sláinte Mhath

Aug 13, 2009
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Orange Digestif

I think these are ALL absolutely wonderful mixed with club soda, tonic or sparkling water. They are a digestif and the bubbles help with bringing up the stomach gasses. Anyone who drinks beer knows the true relief and resulting pleasure of a deep, from the belly, beer burp. These are similar to that, without the hops repeater ~ Sláinte Mhath

Aug 13, 2009
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Meyer Lemon Digestif

I think these are ALL absolutely wonderful mixed with club soda, tonic or sparkling water. They are a digestif and the bubbles help with bringing up the stomach gasses. Anyone who drinks beer knows the true relief and resulting pleasure of a deep, from the belly, beer burp. These are similar to that, without the hops repeater ~ Sláinte Mhath

Aug 13, 2009
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Does The Vessel You Drink From Matter?

I'm really the only one in my house that drinks wine so I have a handful of "favorite" stemmed glasses. Some are very light and came from the dollar store. Some are heavier, more substantial in weight and cost. And then I have the plexi-stems because the glass stemware isn't durable with children in the house.

The vessel IS important to me as it is part of the experience. But to the rest of my family (they drink almost nothing but sangria) anything that holds liquid will do just fine ~ They're not cretins, just not the oenophile that I am.

Aug 07, 2009
karyn8sons in Wine

Raspberry-Kirsch Sorbet

I'm on the same page with NYCKaren... This is cost prohibitive unless you have a glut of wild (or cultivated) berries growing on your property. I'll eat the high end sorbet from the supermarket and still come out ahead ~

Jun 08, 2009
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Spirits for Christmas - What's the Difference?

Well, I can tell you that I will (on occasion) drink Southern Comfort straight and there is a Vodka that I LOVE straight - White Gold. Not the most expensive (not cheap either) but the one I like most just for flavor straight out of the bottle. I keep it in the freezer and drink it straight in a tall shot glass (2 oz.)

JD#7 has a finish like peanut butter. I'm not fond of peanut butter, either straight or mixed so I avoid Jack. Maker's Mark burns like fire, I can't taste anything but heat. Haven't tried Jim Beam or Wild Turkey.

Texans are a prideful bunch (in my experience) when it comes to whiskey so each person I ask has a strong opinon about their particular favorite and why it should be mine. Thus far, I have not enjoyed whiskey tastings - or bourbon either, for that matter. Scotch is just plain NASTY to me and anything "smoky" is distasteful on principal. No, I'm NOT a native Texan! Irish whiskey is good in coffee, that's about it, in my experience. But hey, I've got GREAT Vodka and I don't even know for sure what SC is but I think it's actually a liqueur, and a damn fine one. I'm happy with that, for now...

Christmas Hugs,
Karen

Dec 22, 2006
karyn8sons in Spirits

Spirits for Christmas - What's the Difference?

Honestly, I don't see me drinking anything "neat" but 10 years ago, I wouldn't have seen me drinking at all so I'll never say never. Good advice about mixing though. That's how I got off of regular soda. Starting mixing it with diet and adjusting the amounts until I could tolerate (and even enjoy) a diet soft drink. Now I make "diet" long island iced tea (my favorite mixed drink) and I've gotten pretty good at it.

I won't rule anything out but for now, I'll leave the "neat" & "rocks" versions to my husband and I'll stick with mixed drinks like a nice whiskey sour ~

Warmly,
Karen

Dec 20, 2006
karyn8sons in Spirits

Spirits for Christmas - What's the Difference?

Thank you! Gotta love Spec's though... called them and asked about Kilbeggan and they said if it isn't stocked at my local store, they'll special order for me - can't ask for better than that! Problem solved - YESSSSSSSS!!!

Thanks again, to all of you, for your input. I've learned more than I dared to imagine and enough to pique my interest sufficiently to try whiskey again ~

Merry Christmas,
Karen

Dec 19, 2006
karyn8sons in Spirits

Spirits for Christmas - What's the Difference?

Oops... my mistake. (he has since corrected me) It is Kilbeggan and someone he works with brought him a bottle back from Ireland. That means it may prove hard to find on this side of the pond. But he says it is a blended whiskey (color me clueless) and aged in oak (which explains why he prefers chardonnay to my chenin blanc).

Coconut Rum is looking better all the time ~

Warmly,
Karen

Dec 17, 2006
karyn8sons in Spirits

Spirits for Christmas - What's the Difference?

Okay, I asked my husband what he likes about Irish whiskey. he says he loves the aroma. He loves to sip it slowly and savor it. He says the smoothness of it goes down really easy so it isn't harsh and doesn't "burn" the way some hard liquors do.

He suggested an assortment of the itty bitty "promo" bottles like they have on airlines, so he can try a few of them and get a feel for what each imparts. But says if he must choose one big bottle, JD Black or Killarney (I think?) is his preference. He's tried Jameson's and Bushmill(?) and doesn't find anything singularly "special" about them but has NOT tried Redbreast (which someone here suggested if I recall).

If I get really stymied and aggravated, I'll opt for his ultimate favorite, where I can't go wrong... Coconut Rum. But that's a whole other topic ;c}

Thanks Again!

Karen

Dec 17, 2006
karyn8sons in Spirits

Spirits for Christmas - What's the Difference?

Thank you for such a broad variety of answers! I'm going to go and talk to my wine guy at Spec's (liquor) and see what he has to say about it. I was just there last night and he knows me so well, he sent me home with an armenian wine I'd never heard of but absolutely love. He said I'd love it! This based on what he helped me find and enjoy before. He doesn't know my husband well but he is very good at his job so I expect he'll help me find what I'm looking for - especially now that I'm armed with the information contained here.

My inclination is to go with the Irish. But my mind is not closed to other options. Again, thanks for all this input!

Warmly,
Karen

Dec 16, 2006
karyn8sons in Spirits

Spirits for Christmas - What's the Difference?

[This thread was moved from the Texas board. --The Chowhound Team]

I'd like to get my husband a nice bottle of spirits for Christmas but I'm stymied. He drinks irish whiskey straight (he's a sipper) but likes JD Black and Coke. Can someone (anyone, please?) enlighten me as to what connotates scotch as scotch, whiskey as whiskey, bourbon as bourbon, etc.? I drink primarily wine and if I drink spirits, it is usually Vodka or Southern Comfort. I have little (if any) experience with choosing within the family of scotch/whiskey/bourbon so any help or counsel would be very appreciated.

As a P.S. of sorts - I'm a "bottom feeder" i.e. "catfish" and though I can afford a median level, I actually prefer (for the most part) the lower end of the spectrum with wine and spirits. I have tried the high end spirits, just didn't see what all the the fuss was about ~ didn't find them to be any better than what I usually drink - Southern Comfort and White Gold.

Thanks,
Karen

Dec 15, 2006
karyn8sons in Spirits