Liquid Love (The alcohol thread)
Posted Tue Jun 04, 2013 08:59 PM
My taste: I like things big, bold, and dry (not sweet). Lots of flavor, lots of spice, complex and heavy! There's very few things that I DON'T like. I try to appreciate everything in it's own way, but here are some stand outs:
Wine: I could write hundreds of threads about wine. Ask if ye be brave enough.
Beer: I like IPA's. The small, local microbreweries are always my favorite. But lately Stone Brewery in San Diego has been getting pretty big. Their Ruination IPA is pretty awesome. And of course Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny the Elder.
Whiskey: Bourbon. I know I know, single malt Scotch is AMAZING. But I love me a good Manhattan. Maker's Mark is delicious.
Gin: Tanqueray w/ tonic and a lime wedge, mmmm. For a (real) martini, Hendrick's.
Vodka: Not a huge fan, I find it lacks complexity. Kettel One goes down smooth though!
Tequilla: I grew up in San Diego, we used to hop the border to buy some fucking AMAZING tequillas from Mexico before we were 21. But if I had to choose a major brand, I'd go with Milagro Reposado. Pour some in a glass, squeeze in a lime and some salt... all you need!
Speaking of tequilla... do you know the difference between Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo?
Final note about tequilla... please don't admit publicly that you actually buy Patron. Don't embarrass yourself.
Rum: Ahh rum, I wish I knew ye better. Mount Gay (yes, that's really the name) makes an AWESOME white rum that tastes like butterscotch (and makes a killer Daqueri). I really like Captain Morgan's Black, but I know it's probably loaded with artificial flavors and shit so that kinda ruins it for me.
That's it for me. What about YOU?
Posted Tue Jun 04, 2013 09:03 PM
Glenmorangie for scotch. Just popped open a bottle of singleton's scotch, and it was fine too.
Posted Tue Jun 04, 2013 09:26 PM
I have been working through the unending list of Belgian Trappist ales. We are planning a vacation to Belgium just to tour monasteries and do some beer tasting. I also like dark beers - stouts, porters. New Belgium is making some neat stuff lately - a favorite is Cocoa Mole.
For gin - Tanqueray makes a limited quantity gin called Malacca. Hendricks is another good choice. Hint of cucumber as a botanical.
Tequila for me is Milagro single barrel Anejo. My wife likes Tres Generaciones. Agavero is a favorite over ice in the summer.
And yes I know the difference, but I won't spoil it this early in the thread...
We have more single malts in the cabinet than anything else. I love Islay single malts - Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Bowmore, Port Ellen. One of our best vacations was a two week tour of distilleries in Scotland. Outside Islay is Talisker, Oban, Tullibardine and Benromach. Other favorites are very limited independent bottlings - stuff that is left over or not enough to release generally. The heartbreaking part is if you find one you really like, you will never have it again. A favorite blend is Shackelton's Expedition whisky - this is a whisky that was found at polar explorer Shackelton's base camp in Antarctica after being stored there for almost 100 years. It was recreated in Scotland and is available again.
Thinking about this a bit (over some Shackeltons ironically), what becomes a favorite has as much to do with the company and circumstances of discovering the drink as the flavors of the drink itself. Who you are with, where you are, what you are doing - makes a huge impact.
This post has been edited by rosc: Tue Jun 04, 2013 09:29 PM
Posted Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:15 PM
Other than shots of stuff like Jaeger, I drink something that my buddies tease me relentlessly about. (Probably rightly so)
If one were to observe me on any given night out with my friends, you'll see a bunch of beer-swilling guys (my friends) surrounding a terrifyingly handsome narcissist (me), teasing him for drinking a foofy Mudslide with extra whipped cream and (if available) a colorful accessory like an umbrella or one of those sword drink stirrers.
I'll also drink chocolate martinis and Mai Thais, which my friends rib me for drinking as well.
I chalk it up to being in touch with my feminine side.
Posted Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:01 PM
Tequila: Aha Toro
Vodka : Russian Standard-Imperia
Rum: Havana Club, Appleton 21
Whiskey: Jameson 12
Beer, Micro brew, I will be drinking my weight in Tooheys extra dry soon.
Mixed drinks: Gin and tonic, Mojitos , Jameson and ginger.
Posted Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:10 PM
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 01:15 AM
Wild Turkey 101 is my drink of choice.
Tequila? Shots of Don Julio anejo is my favorite, but usually drink Reposado to save the bucks. Anejo being the longer aged. (all in the oak)
Beer? Actually some of the cheaper beers are my favorites. Mexican Carta Blanca and Japanese Kirin beer. American Bucsh beer. I like Bass ale as well. Even a big can of Fosters on a hot day is fine with me. I do like some of the dark German as well.
A good shine is a treat as well. Some nice hillbilly shines are made in this area.
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 01:28 AM
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 02:30 AM
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:41 AM
HBM, please don't admit to a wine maker that you prefer Pinot Grigio
I have yet to try Wild Turkey 101 but I've heard I should. Maybe I will soon.
This post has been edited by LivingDeadGirl: Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:41 AM
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:46 AM
We have more single malts in the cabinet than anything else. I love Islay single malts - Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Bowmore, Port Ellen. One of our best vacations was a two week tour of distilleries in Scotland.
So what are some, if any, good single malts that would be available in California? I had one, Aberlour (something like that) that was pretty good.
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:03 AM
HBM, please don't admit to a wine maker that you prefer Pinot Grigio
I have yet to try Wild Turkey 101 but
I've heard I should. Maybe I will soon.
Once you answer the call of the Thunder Chicken regular whiskey just won't cut it anymore.
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:04 AM
the call of the thunder chicken
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 01:05 PM
Wine: I am very into wine and have been studying it quite a bit. I love a really good dry Argentina Malbec.
Beer:wesome. Ireally enjoy Belgian whits when it comes to beer. I really enjoy a local brew here called Calicraft, one of my favorites or 21st amendment. I also always a enjoy a good IPA when the IBU is not to high and the flavor is blended together nicely.
Whiskey: I like Scottish as well as bourbon. For Scottish I like Glendfiddich 12. It goes down so smooth. I definitely like my Woodford Reserve when we are talking about bourbons though.
Gin. am not a biggest fan of Gin. That Juniper berry just has not quite sat on my palate right.
Vodka: Not a great fan of Vodka either, except Hangar 1 is pretty good. Most vodka tastes like drinking rubbing alcohol to me.
Tequilla: I actually really like Kah tequila. It goes down so smooth. The difference between Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo is the amount of time that they have spent aging in the barrels.
Rum: Now we are getting into my specialty of taste. It really changes based on what you are looking for. Silver is going to have more of a bite but still good flavor. Spiced is good straight, I prefer Kraken. But my favorite Rum is a 12 year aged Rum from Trinidad. It is so smooth and tasty. YUMMMY
This post has been edited by Caedus: Wed Jun 05, 2013 01:08 PM
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 01:20 PM
There should be lots to choose from in better liquor stores. There is a pretty wide flavor profile for single malts that are somewhat localized by region. Lowlands whiskys tend to be lighter and softer, with malty, grassy overtones. Highlands is the largest region. Whiskys here are hard to classify as the water and individual processes vary widely. They can range from smoky to peaty to flowery to fruity. Speyside whiskys tend to be mellower, sweeter and fruitier than the other regions. Islay single malts tend to be smokey, peaty, and briny and very full bodied because of the water sources and storage they have. Campbellltown is the smallest region with whiskys with small amounts of peat and salt. They tend to be medium to full bodied.
To pick one from each region that you should be able to find locally, I would suggest:
Lowlands - Glenkinchie 12
Highlands - Talisker 10
Speyside - Macallan 12 (or 18 if you want to splurge)
Islay - Lagavulin 16
Campbelltown - Springbank 10 (as I recall)
The numbers after the distillery are the time spent in cask of the whisky. You might be able to find some of these in bars and restaurants so you can try them without committing to a whole bottle.
Traditionally single malts are served neat with some water on the side. They also have some pretty high alcohol content (42% is standard - cask strength single malts can be in the 75% range). If the whisky tastes harsh to you, add a couple of drops of water at a time to help mellow it out. It doesn't take much, but add as much as you need.
The Whisky Experience website has a lot of information about how whiskys are made and the regions.
Posted Wed Jun 05, 2013 05:29 PM
Posted Thu Jun 06, 2013 07:59 AM
Maker's Mark is a wonderful choice LDG, I recently emptied my bottle and am in need of a refill. Wild Turkey is my other go-to option and Jameson is my newly discovered love. Also enjoyed a nice bottle of Blanton's as a farewell present when I moved.
As for cider, I haven't had much chance to taste too many different ones. Rekorderlig is great for the first half a bottle, and then it simply gets waaaaay too sweet. Strongbow, 5 Seeds etc are the easy options I get lots because they're the cheap and easily accessible ones. There's a cider bar downtown that I need to spend some quality time in.