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  1. The Premise and the 2005 arrived in Atlanta but the one I really wanted a resupply of, Dominus, has for some reason not appeared. That was the bottle I brought back from Barbados that I really wanted more of!
  2. That's it! A Samarkand Balsam. That led me to this link. Serge was intrigued if ultimately not in favor. I could at least swallow it but otherwise his description seems pretty spot on. OK, not the best thing ever by any stretch of the imagination (although I would choose it over Malort!) but certainly unusual an interesting.
  3. A well made margarita using quality ingredients is always a good thing, whether it be blanco, reposado or anejo. Different? Sure. But still good! That said, I do tend to drift towards a reposado. But perhaps a s a whiskey drinker that bit of barrel influence is hard for me to let go of. And a good anejo I typically prefer to drink as is. No adulteration necessary! 3 oz reposado tequila 1 oz Cointreau (or Solerno blood orange or perhaps even better to me agavero orange) 1 oz Damiana liqueur 2 oz lime I like my margaritas big! A well chilled glass and
  4. The "Americanino" that he describes at the end sounds rather delightful for the summer to me! Will have to give it a try. Ingredients:2 oz Cinzano bianco vermouth 1 oz Amaro Braulio (or other Alpine-style amaro. if you don't have it he suggests a 50-50 mix of Fernet-Branca and Montenegro ) .5 oz Splash sparkling water Coupe, chilled Garnish: Swatch of thin-cut lemon peel Directions:Add all the ingredients, except the sparkling water, to a mixing glass and fill with cracked ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Top with a hal
  5. I should think the freedom to distill if you wish to is rather more civilized, not less!
  6. Not a purchase, at least not by me, but a gift from a friend who knows I like odd spirits. This one does indeed fit that category. It was apparently sourced from Uzbekistan and I presume made there as well. But that is about all I know. Cork broke as soon as I tried to remove it so it has been transferred to a new bottle. But it makes an interesting enough display on its own. Spirit inside is a dark brown spirit with a rich herbal , earthy, mild to moderate bitter character but very hard to pin down exactly what. Pretty sure it is not a brandy so I presume it to be a n
  7. Dilution that doubles a cocktail that starts at 3-3.5 oz pre dilution seems like a lot of dilution to me! One size doesn't fit all for cocktails of course but the bartending pros on the board can better comment on that. If you are getting that much dilution in just 15-20 seconds of stirring then perhaps your ice is on the wet side or else you need to stop using a curling iron for a stirrer!
  8. Playing with a variation on a Martinez as much to feature a new (to me) vermouth one of my favorite bars had in stock. Nice solid mouthfeel with some salinity and almost a hint of olives to me (but that may just be my imagination!). Have to say I really enjoyed this one! 1.5 Oude Genever (cut back from 2 oz to let the vermouth play) 1.0 Vermouth Silvio Carta de Sardegna vermouth 0.25 Maraschino (Luxardo) 2 dashes Bokers Bitters Lemon twist
  9. I will be in the 90% or so zone in Atlanta or so I hear and as I will be at a liquor and beer show that afternoon I will definitely be drinking! Might even find time to go out and look for a moment or two. In the early 80s a total eclipse zone essentially went right over my house near Atlanta so I have "been there, done that" and have no great desire to join the throngs predicted to gather for this one. So that's my excuse for a somewhat limited level of interest! Plus did I mention I will be drinking that afternoon? For free???
  10. Sounds like we might have been following each other around a bit! I also did Alexandre's Chamber of Secrets on Saturday morning. My Chartreuse session was also the second one I think (on Friday) so not sure about bottles the first session had access to. After stumbling out of Latitude 29 at what seemed a rather early hour of 11 or so I also made my way down to Cane and Table for some additional fortification that night.
  11. I survived despite being a Tales virgin! Foolishly did serious damage to myself at Latitude 29 on Monday before Tales even really got started. Violet Hour at Cure was fun. Got to try Foursquare Triptych, the 2006 Blend and new Criterion. Hope I can get a Criterion but the odds seem long. Did some great rum seminars (and some whisky and especially Chartreuse!) Shared a drink with the likes of Richard Seale, and Luca Gargano. Attended seminars with the those two and Jeff Berry, David Wondrich, Joy Spencer, Martin Cates and others.
  12. No offense here! I freely admit vodka is not my forte. I suppose I was just waxing poetic and drifted off subject a bit! Vodka labeled by a brand could very well be made at some giant neutral grain distillery and bottled by Heaven Hill or perhaps redistilled by them before labeling. Hang on because I seem likely to start waxing poetic again! Wax On! The great overlord that is North Carolina' ABC Commission does note that JW Dant vodka is a Heaven Hill brand but that does not guarantee it is from the same distillery as the bourbon (which is currently distille
  13. So I finally gathered the odds and ends from my recent trip to London and Paris last week. I stopped into The Whisky Exchange because I am able to get them to hold things for me and have always liked a lot of the store barrel picks. After picking up a Perique and a couple of Amer Picon Black Labels I moved on to their selection of store picks. Tried pretty much everything they had available to taste (couldn't have been too much as I could still walk afterwards! Well, sort of since the bar I was headed to was just around the corner). Ended up with their barrel pick of Redbreast from a sherry ca
  14. Bowman's distillery is located in Virginia and is owned by Sazerac which also owns Buffalo Trace in Frankfurt and Barton distillery in Bardstown. I am not sure whether Bowman's vodka is in fact made at the smallish Bowman's distillery in Virginia but I doubt it is made in Louisville. Buffalo Trace makes a lot of vodka (Wheatley, Rain) as does Barton so if it isn't made in Virginia then it may be from one of those two places. Maybe like the Bowman bourbon, it is made at one of those places and then redistilled in Fredericksburg at the Bowman distillery. JW Dant is a Heaven Hill bran
  15. After some effort to query local bartenders in both London and Paris (where you would think they would know!) I came to the conclusion that there is no consensus. So I went with my original plan and brought a couple of bottles of the black label home with me. Among the many cocktails I had in both towns I don't recall anybody using Picon of any type in any of them. So I consoled myself by picking up a number of other bottles of odds and ends to include three bottles of Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal. Apparently you can buy the stuff in pharmacies in Paris (as you no doubt know) because
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