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What did you buy at the liquor store today? (2013–)


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#421 FauxPas

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 06:43 PM

One of only two what? I can think of at least two other Canadian distilleries already putting out single malt whiskies: Glenora and Still Waters.

 

It's a claim from their website - that there are only two single malt distilleries. But you are right, I can see that. Not sure why they made that statement. I'm not at all knowledgeable about this stuff, but I thought buying my husband a bottle from a local distiller would be kind of cool and hope that it is decent quality.   :rolleyes:



#422 tanstaafl2

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 02:51 PM

Unrelated, beyond both being staples of Mexican cuisine. 

 

Bummer about the Hamilton rum, but yeah, not surprising. I'm much more excited about trying the gonzo-sounding dunderous new overproof from Lost Spirits–though if I recall, Hassouni, you've been skeptical about it on another forum. I share your general skepticism towards unnaturally dark young spirits, but my sense is that in this case that comes from extremely charred barrels basically soaked in sherry. 

 

A bottle of the Lost Spirits showed up on my door step just this week. Yet to try it but it is quite the curiosity! The description of it on Spirits Journal was rather notable in its own right. I am just glad he elected to use overripe bananas instead of decomposing bats...

 

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#423 Hassouni

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 02:55 PM

I'm waiting with bated breath to hear your impression of it!



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 12:43 AM

Bulleit rye. This became available in Australia last year but I hadn't seen it anywhere for mid-bottom shelf prices. I'd seen it retailing at a price ... well, let's just say not too far off the price you'd pay for something like High West. Anyway. Random find. On special, dropping it to mid-bottom shelf level (if you want some, haresfur, try Coles). I've had it before. It's nice enough for what I paid.


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:46 AM

I'm waiting with bated breath to hear your impression of it!

 

I am rather curious about it as well so I may move it to the head of the line for sampling. I had planned to give it a try this past Wednesday but one of the distributor reps brought in some samples of Smooth Ambler for a potential store barrel pick and the owner asked me to help out.

 

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And he brought some other goodies as well so the rum got set aside for the moment. Some of the new St. George fruit brandies and liqueurs as well as the NOLA  "New Orleans style" coffee liqueur (pretty intense!) and a couple of Fernets to compare to the old standard of Fernet-Branca. I liked the Contratto, not as sweet as Leopold but less minty than Fernet-Branca.

 

Wednesday tasting 2APR14 St Geroge liqueurs.JPG Wednesday tasting 2APR14 St George coffee liqueur.JPG Wednesday tasting 2APR14 Fernet.JPG

 

And did I mention a few genevers and gins I brought in to share with the distributor rep?

 

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It was a busy afternoon...


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#426 Hassouni

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 12:32 PM

Damn. Where do you work, and can I drop by?



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 03:14 PM

Damn. Where do you work, and can I drop by?

 

Nah, not my workplace. I am just an enthusiastic consumer who has developed a good relationship with the owner! We often do Wednesday afternoon tastings (since I fortunately am usually off on Wednesdays) with what ever new or interesting products happen to be at hand. Sometimes a distributor is pushing a new product. We did ten different bottles of Corsair one week.

 

But mostly it is whatever new bottle I have at hand compared to similar bottles in my liquor cabinet or what has come in new to the store that I buy.

 

It is usually whisk(e)y but that is not a given. One week it might be bourbon, cognac and armagnac.

 

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The next might be Scotch

 

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Or Irish

 

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Or a mix of rum, tequila, rye and bourbon!

 

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This past week just happened to be kind of potpourri of things I brought and new things a distributor rep brought by.


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#428 Plantes Vertes

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 04:01 PM

And you make it back up off the floor how on a Wednesday? :huh:



#429 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 04:20 PM

Professional tasters never swallow... :wink:



#430 Plantes Vertes

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 04:34 PM

This is why I have clung resolutely to my amateur status despite strong pressure to go pro.


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:06 PM

Professional tasters never swallow... :wink:

 

 

This is why I have clung resolutely to my amateur status despite strong pressure to go pro.


I feel like it's probably best that I not say any of the things I intended to say regarding the above conversation.  :raz: 

So I'll just mention that I grabbed a bottle of Hayman's sloe gin today. I have no idea if that's a decent version of sloe gin or not but I took a chance.


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#432 Plantes Vertes

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:13 PM

I feel like it's probably best that I not say any of the things I intended to say regarding the above conversation.  :raz: 

 

You prefer to keep your mouth shut, I see... :biggrin:


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#433 KD1191

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:31 PM

You prefer to keep your mouth shut, I see... :biggrin:


"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool..."

I'd like to buy a bottle of the commemorative Elmer T. Lee, if only I could find one. It looks like a heartwarming presentation.
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#434 tanstaafl2

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:58 PM

And you make it back up off the floor how on a Wednesday? :huh:


Hell, I cut the grass afterwards this week and didn't lose a single finger or toe!

I guess I am getting hard core...

And I am not about to spit any of it out. Heck, I paid for most of it so I am damn sure gonna drink it!
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#435 Tri2Cook

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:01 PM

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool..."


Yes. Discretion being the better part of valor, I valiantly said nothing. :biggrin: 


It looks like I'm going to finally, in the very near future, get my hands on a bottle of Benedictine... but I'm not counting on it until I have it in my hands.






 


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 04:06 AM

I valiantly said nothing. :biggrin: 

Coward. ;)


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:33 PM

Punt e Mes, West Winds The Cutlass gin and Basement bitters.


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:17 PM

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Hi, new here and have learned a lot browsing this forum!

 

I'm in China, so I don't have the selection that I'd have in the US, and must go to many stores for different items. Found the best liqour store yet the other night though and picked up a few things:

 

New:

Monin Creme de Apricot liquer

Agavales bianco tequila

La Mauny rhum agricole

Berneroy Calvados

Cocchi Americano

Corralejo reposado tequilla

Monin grapefruit-rose syrup

 

Essential Cocktails(from bookstore down the street actually:)

 

Restock:

Cointreau

Havana Club silver

 

*Creme de apricot is described as having a "brandy base", but it's only 40 proof. Am I correct that this can only be used when an Apricot liquer is called for, not when the drink needs an apricot brandy?



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:30 PM

So, apricot brandy meaning eau de vie d'abricot is basically nonexistent as far as I know. Crème de abricot is probably what recipes mean when they say apricot liqueur



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:32 PM

If I understand it right, brandy distilled from apricots is rare stuff; apricot liqueur is what is generally meant by 'apricot brandy'. So you're safe.



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:35 PM

Would that distilled from apricots (and peaches) were not so rare - a lot of the 19th century punches call for it!



#442 Plantes Vertes

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:47 PM

Blume Marillen, Zwack and G Miclo are producing; try Amazon, Master of Malt and Astor Wines.



#443 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 10:22 PM

Also Etter from Switzerland. Very good quality eaux-de-vie.

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 10:32 PM

est-ce qu'il y a quelqu'un aux EU qui vend leur eau de vie d'abricot?


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#445 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 10:42 PM

Cher Monsieur Hassouni,
I get my stuff directly from Switzerland, but I would ask Hi Times Wine Cellars. They carry Etter, although I don't see the apricot currently listed on their website.
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#446 Hassouni

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 10:45 PM

Yeah a look on wine-searcher yielded no results stateside  :sad:

 

ETA: "I get my stuff directly from Switzerland" is one of the more baller things said on this subforum


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#447 Tri2Cook

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 03:18 AM

Also Etter from Switzerland. Very good quality eaux-de-vie.


Okanagan Spirits here in Canada does as well. They do apricot, pear, apple, cherry, chokecherry, Italian prune, Mirabelle plum and raspberry eaux-di-vie as well as a couple of grappas, several nice liqueurs, an aquavit and a pretty decent absinthe. They've ventured into gin, vodka and whisky as well but I haven't tried any of them.

 


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#448 EvergreenDan

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 04:08 AM

Interpreting a recipe that calls for "apricot brandy" (or cherry brandy for that matter) requires some thought about age of the recipe and sugar balance and the recipe construction.

 

In my recipes I use eau-de-vie (unaged distilled fruit wine), dry <fruit> brandy (aged distilled fruit wine), and <fruit> liqueur (fruit flavor or juice added to some base spirit, plus sugar) to distinguish three rather different ingredients. "<fruit> brandy" could mean any of the three. Argh.


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Posted 17 April 2014 - 07:19 AM

Haus Alpenz has been distributing Blume Marillen in the US for (relative) ages now; it should be easy to order through any store that carries the rest of their portfolio.


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Posted 17 April 2014 - 07:37 AM

And Blume Marillen is delicious, with untapped cocktail potential. 


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