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  1. Just finished making a triple batch of my variation of Amer Boudreau, yielding 6.5 bottles. Unlike last time, after straining off the 95% Everclear, I washed the peels in 8 oz of hot water, and added that. It seemed to have a nice orange flavor, but it did add quite a bit of cloudiness. It drops the proof to 96%, which is fine. If it was a mistake, I'll be drinking it up for quite some time. Brooklyns anyone?
  2. More than a few years ago, Laphroaig offered a Laphroaig 15 expression (which I see you can now by for $1200). It was completely different from the 10. The extra age or some other production difference made it much closer to (from memory) Lagavulin 16 than Laphroaig 10. I know there are a number of Laphroig expressions, but I haven't experimented. I think the 10 works very well in cocktails, where the extra "disinfectiousness" is a benefit.
  3. You raise a good point. I don't drink rye much neat as I generally prefer Scotch when I'm in that particular mood. But I do sometimes, and I also serve it to guest who ask for it. Most of my rye consumption is in cocktails. I have not found premium spirits to be necessarily better in cocktails. I think to stand up to the other ingredients, some coarseness and brashness helps. Very smooth, refined, subtle spirits tend to result in a flaccid cocktail. (Smirking a bit, now.) Really cheap spirits aren't good either, particularly in something spirit-forward like a Manhattan.
  4. Thank you for the kind words. It seems like there are a fair number of Bourbon options, including both Buffalo Trace (which I haven't had recently) and the ubiqutious Knob Creek Bourbon, which I can find in a handle. Rye it tougher. There is a fairly spendy Knob Creek Rye, but I don't think I've seen it in a handle. I'm looking to stay around $60/1.75L.
  5. Reading on-line, I believe it is more likely than not that Bulleit has homophobic policies and therefore I no longer wish to buy their products. What do people suggest as alternatives? I like to buy in handles for economy, which limits options somewhat. @FrogPrincesse suggested to try Buffalo Trace for the bourbon and Wild Turkey Rye (101) for the rye. I've never seen Rittenhouse in a handle, and it's usually close to $30 here in Boston. Other options? Is Wild Turkey really sipping quality? To avoid mixing the discussion of WHY and WHAT, please do NOT discuss whether you think my choice is justified here. If you wish to discuss that, start a new topic in food politics forum.
  6. EvergreenDan

    Sad News about Katie Loeb

    Seen via Facebook today. I fondly recall the time when Katie was very active on eGullet. https://www.gofundme.com/znkb4-we-love-katie/
  7. EvergreenDan

    Drinks! 2018

    Standard description:
  8. EvergreenDan

    An Ideal Negroni

    1 Gin, 1 Campari, 1/2 Punt e Mes, 1/2 Cap Corse Rouge. What's not to like?
  9. EvergreenDan

    Drinks! 2018

    Try a perfect Negroni, splitting the vermouth half sweet and half dry. And/or try using Punt e Mes for the sweet vermouth. It is midway between vermouth and amaro, and the extra bitterness tempers the sugar a bit. Or try something vermouth-like but less sweet, like a Chinato or Byrrh. Or fiddle with ratios, such as 2 gin : 1 Campari : 1 sweet vermouth.
  10. Balsams? As in Riga Black Balsams sort of thing?
  11. EvergreenDan

    Spruce syrup!

    I'm going to try the Firred Word with EdV of Douglas Fir. Sounds great in my head.
  12. EvergreenDan

    Drinks! 2018

    The juniper flavor works well. Many brands are made.
  13. EvergreenDan

    Drinks! 2018

    *cough* Gibson.
  14. Every time I read this ingredient, I think explosive. Oh, and looking at the ingredients for your Lasagne, I'd say forgetting the celery saved you a couple hours of work. With 4 meats (5 if you count porcini), it sounds great.
  15. Yes. I figured I got the wrong table's drink. Came back the same. Sent it back and asked for a glass of CAF. Mysteriously, they JUST ran out. Ordered a Martini, which at least contained gin. And a lot of water. Next time beer or Scotch neat.