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What did you buy at the liquor store today?


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#1 jsmeeker

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 12:48 PM

What did you buy in the liquor store today? Was it just restocking your standard stuff? Trying something new? Let us know. You can even use photos to show us all the pretty bottles.


Here is what I bought today (3/19/2011) at Pogos Wine and Spirits in Dallas

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I went to this store to get Maraschino. It's the only place I know of that carries it in Dallas. I've been without it for sometime. I spied a single bottle of Luxardo (the brand I had previously) but then saw the Marasca. So, I bought that. I also spotted the Rittenhouse 100 proof. Had not seen that before in other stores, so I bought that. I was out of Campari, so I got some of that. Same with the dry vermouth. Of course, when I got home, I discovered I did NOT have sweet vermouth on hand. I thought I had some.. grrrrr......

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#2 Marlene

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 02:05 PM

Well it was yesterday, but 12 bottles of red wine. A mix of Amarone's, Chateau neuf de pape's and barolos. Hey, it's a long drive into town. I only want to do it once.
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#3 Alex

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 02:26 PM

A half-bottle of B&B--one of Ms. Alex's favorites. And some wine, but I assume you're asking about non-wine items.
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Posted 19 March 2011 - 02:28 PM

A case of Rosè of Tempranillo to mainly use in making a huge batch of Vin d'Orange. I was gifted a lot of citrus in the past week and decided that it was time to try making my own aperitifs. I used clementines, a Tahitian vanilla bean, one allspice berry and one juniper berry -and infused them in grain alcohol for two days before adding 4 750ml bottles of today's wine.

I also picked up a bottle of Massenez Creme de Peche just for fun. I'll try it in a Daisy sometime in the next week or so.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 02:31 PM

A half-bottle of B&B--one of Ms. Alex's favorites. And some wine, but I assume you're asking about non-wine items.


Wine and beer certainly count, especially if you are buying it with some spirits at the same time. :smile:

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#6 runwestierun

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 02:46 PM

I bought a bottle of the cheapest possible vodka to use in making pie crust.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 02:52 PM

Last Saturday, on the generous tip of a friendly bartender, I went "dusty hunting"...here are the spoils:

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I haven't been able to gauge the age of most of it...the Campari is probably only 5-6 years old (it says artificially colored), but the Bourbons are likely much older. The Old Fitz is DSP KY 16 (Stitzel-Weller, obsolete) and the Old Forester is DSP KY 414 (Brown-Forman, Shively). I can't find a good answer as to when Brown-Forman stopped importing Noilly Prat or when Noilly Prat U.S.A. was incorporated, but that would help me date the vermouth; I'm sort of afraid to open it. The Chartreuse bottle predates the neck codes that allow you to determine the bottling year. The only real clues as to its age is that it was imported by 21 Brands, not Wildman and that it does not have a government warning against the consumption of alcohol on it. There's less than nothing online about the Peach Heering.

If anyone has any thoughts, I'd be happy to hear them.
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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:29 PM

The quest for a good everyday scotch continues. This time I ended up with Johnnie Walker Red.
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#9 Chris Amirault

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:14 PM

Evan Williams black label, Broker's gin, and NP dry.

KD1191, that's quite a haul! Interested to see what you think about that Old Fitzgerald. I have two very old bottles of Chartreuse that have a funky quality that really works in some things but, with citrus, say, really doesn't.

And: Peach Heering?!?!
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#10 Chris Amirault

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:15 PM

The quest for a good everyday scotch continues. This time I ended up with Johnnie Walker Red.


Try Famous Grouse.
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#11 Dakki

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:26 PM

That was last week's purchase.

The week before that was J&B, and the week before that, Black and White.

Trying to find a source for Teacher's and White Horse, as well as a selection of Irish and Rye whiskies. Unfortunately the good liquor stores are all the way across town.
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Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:31 PM

What are you looking for in a blended Scotch, Dakki? Personally, my favourite is Bell's, so I was kind of put off when the LCBO stopped carrying it, citing rising prices from increased demand in China. I find Famous Grouse to be decent - I know it gets a lot of positive reviews around these parts - but a little pricier than I'd like. (Also slightly smokier than I'd like.) I've been thinking of trying Dewar's next, just for kicks. I like Whyte and Mackay, too. Personally, I find Teacher's to be too smoky for the types of cocktails I mix with blended Scotch.
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#13 Dakki

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:43 PM

I'm not sure what I'm looking for, actually - trying to learn about something other than beer, and scotch seemed the right place to start.

At the risk of an e-lynching, I mix it with soda water and put it on ice. It's much too warm around here to drink un-iced, un-mixed liquor.

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#14 Chris Amirault

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 08:07 PM

You'd love Tokyo!
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#15 jsmeeker

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 08:08 PM

I went to the liquor store tonight. Different store from where I went earlier today. Why? I thought I had sweet vermouth. I did not. So, I bought a bottle of that. And a bottle of Plymouth Gin because I was also almost out of gin.

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#16 Dakki

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 08:54 PM

You'd love Tokyo!


I do love Tokyo, but what inspired this observation?

mkayahara, what sort of cocktails can you make with scotch, besides a Tom Collins? I'm afraid I'm showing my profound ignorance of mixology here but beer has been my drink of choice for decades (and it's starting to show on the waistband, unfortunately).
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 12:51 AM

I think he's saying that the Japanese love their highballs. And, to a certain extent, Chris is right. Single malt (Scottish or Japanese) on the rock or in a highball is a common order. The Japanese beieve that many spirits benefit from water or ice in the same way that a painting benefits from a few long steps backward to take it in. Gives you a bit of perspective.

I'm not saying this is correct. But after tending in Tokyo - and in the US - and seeing English/Scottish ways... I must say, I am very forgiving of localized (non-US) drinking customs that might seem heretical to other (US-driven) drinking cultures. "To each their own" has never been more appropos.
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#18 Chris Amirault

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:19 AM

Completely agree with Kohai and no insult was implied to either you or the drinkers of Tokyo. I'm working on an article about Tender Bar that will talk about this very point.
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:05 AM

Completely agree with Kohai and no insult was implied to either you or the drinkers of Tokyo. I'm working on an article about Tender Bar that will talk about this very point.

Sounds like an interesting article. I'm a huge fan of eat/drink what you like the way you like it. I give experts their due respect and if they say there is a particular way something can be best enjoyed/appreciated, I will give it a shot. But if I decide I prefer it my way after all, that's what I will do and the experts can look down their nose at me all they want.


Anyway, back to the topic. Yesterday I picked up a replacement bottle of El Dorado 12 year and put in an order for St. Germains (which I missed out on when the LCBO brought the previous 300 cases in, didn't expect it to go so fast) and Fernet Branca. I was going to add the Havana Club Barrel Proof to my order as well but talked myself out of it.
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:47 AM

mkayahara, what sort of cocktails can you make with scotch, besides a Tom Collins? I'm afraid I'm showing my profound ignorance of mixology here but beer has been my drink of choice for decades (and it's starting to show on the waistband, unfortunately).

The Scotch-based mixed drinks I got started on were Rusty Nails (Scotch and Drambuie) and Godfathers (Scotch and Amaretto). I've branched out somewhat since then to the Rob Roy, Bobbie Burns, Affinity, Blood and Sand, Mamie Taylor, Modern No. 2, Cameron's Kick and such. (Of those, the Blood and Sand and Modern No. 2 are my favourites.) Then, of course, there are a few drinks that call for single malts, often specific brands. I'm a huge fan of the Dreamy Dorini Smoking Martini, for example.

A good place to start would be this thread: pick something that sounds appealing and start collecting the ingredients. But be warned: mixology is a very slippery slope!
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 04:17 PM

KD1191, that's quite a haul! Interested to see what you think about that Old Fitzgerald.

I did a blind tasting tonight involving the Bonded Old Fitz & Forester, as well as 2 other 100 proof bourbons I had on hand (Old Heaven Hill Gold Bonded and Four Roses Single Barrel). I actually tagged the Fitz as being the Four Roses, so it clearly struck me as the most elegant/expensive of the four, but I only gave it the second highest score (the actual Four Roses edged it out by a point). As far as tasting notes, I noted caramel corn and slate on the nose with leather and bitter orange peel on the palate. After adding a few drops of water, I tasted hints of both petrol and grass as well. It had a smooth attack with a hot midpalate and finish.

And: Peach Heering?!?!

Yeah, I can't find any info on this. My notes on tasting it are here.
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#22 Dakki

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 04:56 PM

Completely agree with Kohai and no insult was implied to either you or the drinkers of Tokyo. I'm working on an article about Tender Bar that will talk about this very point.


None taken, I just wondered what you meant. Sorry for the confusion.


mkayahara, thanks, I'll look at that thread now.
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:41 PM

I was in NYC yesterday so I made sure to park near Astor Wines so I could look for "interesting things" on the way home. I ended up with a bottle of Bulleit Rye (95% Rye) and an amaro I hadn't seen before -- Amaro S. Maria al Monte. I'm always on the lookout for new (to me) amari. I just sampled this one about 10 minutes ago. It starts similar to Amaro Lucano or Averna, then has a subtle hint of Fernet Branca on the finish (which is completely dry). It's going to be fun to mix with.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 01:57 PM

I was in NYC yesterday so I made sure to park near Astor Wines so I could look for "interesting things" on the way home. I ended up with a bottle of Bulleit Rye (95% Rye) and an amaro I hadn't seen before -- Amaro S. Maria al Monte. I'm always on the lookout for new (to me) amari. I just sampled this one about 10 minutes ago. It starts similar to Amaro Lucano or Averna, then has a subtle hint of Fernet Branca on the finish (which is completely dry). It's going to be fun to mix with.

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The al Monte sounds great. What'd you think of the Bulleit Rye? I was excited about it, too, but I've heard from some people that, while solid, Bulleit Bourbon was so rye-heavy that it's not much of a stretch.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 03:28 PM

Hi Roddy. It's good. It won't replace Rittenhouse Bonded for mixing, though, (at least for me) because it's more expensive, lower proof (90), and harder for me to find.

But it's tasty. It's good for sipping and makes a decent Sazerac. I think it's better than Redemption Rye (which I thought was too harsh for sipping) but it's no competition for High West Rendezvous (which has some 16yr old in the mix -- and makes the best Sazerac I've ever had).

Always nice to see more quality ryes on the market -- and at $31/750ml it's not outrageously priced either.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 05:28 PM

Always nice to see more quality ryes on the market -- and at $31/750ml it's not outrageously priced either.


Huh. K&L here had the Bulleit for $22, which I thought was a pretty good price. Only had a sip so far, but thought it was pretty nice.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:57 AM

Today I picked up three 1.75L bottles of cheapo generic vodka at the supermarket. I am going to experiment with making my own compound gin.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:36 AM

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 02:00 PM

Thanks for directing me! I searched online and found one guide, but somehow missed that thread here!

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 03:05 PM

Not really the liquor store but I think I've decided to give Okanagan Spirits a shot. I'm going to try their Aquavit, their Taboo Absinthe, a liqueur and an eau de vie. They have a nice selection of fruit liqueurs, eaux de vie and grappas so, if I'm happy with the test order, I have a longer list I'll go back for later. They have some interesting sounding eaux de vie but I'll probably start with something basic like apricot for the taste test. I'm also intrigued by their Sea Buckthorn Liqueur but will probably go with the cherry for the test since it can sub in for the stuff I use now in drinks I'm already familiar with.
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