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


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#481 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 03:23 AM

Maidenii's classic vermouth. A relatively new Australian vermouth. Priced at the premium end of the market, I guess, altho' any half way drinkable vermouth in Australia is costly. It was a blind buy. Slightly sweet but really herbal, complex, rich. I'm just drinking it straight at the moment, which I never do with vermouth. Curious to see how it'll stand up in a Negroni or Manhattan. A little suspicious the Campari and gin will totally dominate it.


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 04:44 AM

Del Maguey Chichicapa.


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#483 tanstaafl2

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 02:18 PM

A couple of unexpected finds the past couple of days.

 

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First is a Bushmills rum cask Single Malt Single Cask distilled in 1991. Not sure when it was bottled but some speculation that it is 19yo. Also not clear if it is a rum finish or a single malt that spent its entire life in a rum cask. Would have liked a bit more proof but didn't have much choice! I have emailed Bushmills in hopes they will provide some info but I don't know if I will get a response.

 

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The second is the first bottle of Teeling whiskey available in the States. It was released last month but made it to Georgia this week (which may be a record as Georgia seems to be slow getting new items).

 

A NAS whiskey from Cooley stock that is alleged to be a high malt blend and then finished for 6 months in Flor de Cana barrels.

 

Hope to try them both over the coming weekend.


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 03:17 AM

Just £20 in Waitrose for this blanco! Total bargain, very sippable to my rookie pallate.

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 08:17 AM

Ah Waitrose, best supermarket ever!



#486 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 03:43 PM

Too much stuff, from Bar Keeper, a really cool store in Silverlake in LA, and Hi-Time in Costa Mesa (which doesn't need an introduction, but I am in awe at their inventory every time I go). Liquor cabinet(s) capacity far exceeded.

 

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+ (not pictured) Cherry bark vanilla bitters from Bittercube, purchased last week.

 

The window display at Bar Keeper was fun and very fitting - It's all chemistry.

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#487 Jamie212

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 03:58 PM

A bottle of The Gild blended whiskey. I've been dying to try a new New York Sour recipe.



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 12:16 PM

While cruising through a rough part of DC today, I pulled over at a liquor store in the hope that they might have some ancient bottle of something interesting at a reasonable price. They had some old Aalborg Akvavit, ANCIENT DeKuyper Curaçao, but the only thing to really stand out was what I ended up buying:

 

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Covered in dust, priced a buck or two more than a current bottle of the 8 year at normal market prices.

 

Obviously, I'm pretty excited, as I've heard Barbancourt has declined slightly in recent years. This looks to be ancient. Anybody know what era this label is from? I can't find one like it online, but the barcode would suggest late 70s at the earliest...



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 02:36 PM

The bottle of Barbancourt coconut rum that I have looks similar - and I would have been given that in the early 80's.



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 06:08 AM

Eagle Rare 10. When I first tried this at a bar I wasn't overly impressed. Now I ... like it. A fair bit. I find just a drop--a literal drop--opens it up a lot. A bit surprising, given 45% isn't that high. It's lovely, yeah, but I can't help but wonder if really is that much better then the standard Buffalo Trace. I mean, it is better but it doesn't quite have the same bang-for-buck--diminishing returns and all that--as its younger sibling.


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Posted 08 June 2014 - 05:46 PM

Ilegal Reposado and Amer Picon from whiskyshop.co.nz, who have some exceptionally interesting and hard to get (in NZ) products.  Highly recommended, if you live here.  Service is good, too; I ordered on Friday afternoon, got a shipping notification on Saturday and the stuff arrived shortly after I got to work this morning.

 

Looking forward to playing with the Amer.  I've never had it before.


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Posted 08 June 2014 - 08:38 PM

It's pretty sweet and not very amer...



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 08:53 PM

Still it's pretty good in a Brooklyn or a Creole cocktail!

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 09:02 PM

Yep, a Brooklyn is one of the possibilities.  But this sounds interesting


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#495 choux

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 04:23 PM

Not terribly exciting, I got Plymouth GIn, Luxardo Maraschino and Campari. BUT the gin and maraschino were from the BCLDB, not the private liquor store, so therefore $8-10 cheaper. I think they'd arrived in the last couple weeks. Just thought I'd pass that along for anyone else in BC.



#496 EvergreenDan

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 06:19 AM

GIn, Maraschino and Campari.

 

The Riviera. Just sayin'.


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#497 Rafa

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:43 AM

The Riviera. Just sayin'.

 

Also a good candidate for this month's MxMo.


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:45 AM

Also a good candidate for this month's MxMo.

My thoughts exactly.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 03:49 AM

James Pepper 1776 bourbon. Stunning.


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#500 EvergreenDan

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:26 AM

Bought a bottle of Luxardo Aperitivo because, well, it's bitter and I've never seen nor tasted it. Similar to Aperol, which perhaps I should guessed from the name, much like Bitter is similar to Campari. I mixed it 50/50 with gin and balanced with lime. Nice enough. I will a/b compare with Aperol, but I don't see much reason to stock both.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:00 AM

Nikka Miyagikyo 12.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:51 AM

A post in the Single Malt section reminded me of a couple of recent additions including a barrel pick from Smooth Ambler that I had a small hand in selecting just arrived in the store.

 

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A new "Devil's Batch" is born!

 

Also a new American made single malt that has been getting some positive reviews called Westland Distillery which released a couple of single cask special releases. The Cask 29 is the one I was able to get. A lightly peated whisky aged in full sized used cooperage for about 29 months. Young malt but young peated whisky can be very drinkable as Kilchoman has shown. Hope to crack it open tomorrow.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:02 PM

Got my favorite kind of whisky today as a friend brought home a Nikka Whisky from the Barrel as a gift from London. No better friends than that!

 

This is typically unavailable in the US because it is packaged in a 500ml bottle which generally isn't permitted for spirits in the US for some no doubt idiotic reason. Rather like the prohibition on 700ml bottles which keeps so many interesting things out of the US.

 

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This, along with the Westland American Single Malt (finally found the picture)

 

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And the Old Scout mentioned above along with several others (like the new Four Roses 2014 Limited Edition single barrel and a gift shop OESK 11yo selection I happen to have on hand) will almost certainly find their way into tomorrows tasting session. 

 

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Should be fun!

 

Hope I remember some of it...

 

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:14 AM

my daughter watched her friend's dog and the friend gave her this. I was thrilled. :biggrin:

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 02:06 PM

Last night's take was Rittenhouse 100, Tanqueray Old Tom (quite lovely stuff, btw! Can't wait to make a Martinez tonight), Del Maguey Crema, Dickel barrel-select (USBG Phoenix barrel)


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#506 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:59 PM

Some recent things:

 

Amrut Fusion

Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1

Writer's Tears pot still Irish whiskey

Janneau Napolean Armagnac

Campari


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#507 Hassouni

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:26 PM

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:03 PM

Hassouni, I admire BB&R's URL.  (Even if the proof is a little low.)  If I ever see their rum I want to try it.  Today was mostly restocks for me, but I have a few new things to try:

 

La Favorite Blanc...in a daiquiri at the moment.  Nice funk.  And none of this syrupy Difford's ratio stuff.

 

Neisson Reserve Speciale, such a pretty color, but waiting for another evening.

 

Tequila Ocho 2013 Plata.  Looks interesting but apparently I am not old enough to view their website.  However I'm about to go test in a margarita.



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 08:43 AM

My friend was in Brazil for the first round of the World Cup (lucky!!) and brought me back this:

 

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Apparently pot distilled, 38% (meh) and 670ml (very weird). This stuff is RIDICULOUS - it gives La Favorite a run for the money re: agricole-type funk, and, is vastly better than the Fazenda Soledade that my friend got for himself. The effect it has in a caipirinha is like using Wray & Nephew for a daiquiri. Excellent!


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#510 Adam George

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 10:12 AM

Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve.

Recently released into the main portfolio - £42.00

I must say, in Britain this has to be the best value for money whisk/ey release in ages.
Lots of toasty spice and red berry notes. I prefer it hands down over the 12 which is £10 more!
Get one before it goes up.

I'm eyeing up the Hakushu now.

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