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  1. It definitely shares more in common with the Smith & Cross but at a lower proof (unfortunately, although at 93 proof it is still a good bit higher than the basic 80 proof of Coruba). The Coruba makes a lovely little Category 1 Hurricane that can please a crowd. The Hamilton adds some punch to the storm that makes you realize you might want to close the storm shutters! I don't have Hamilton 86 proof Demerara on hand (I typically just keep the overproof version) but most reviews describe it as having more smoky woody character than either of these two. That seems consistent with
  2. The nose was quite nice with a nice dominant apple character. Sadly, I did not have quite the same appreciation for the palate that the reviewer had. It brought little of the apple promised by the nose, crisp or otherwise, and I got little or no spice and cinnamon. I got a bit of heat that passed for spice and the yeasty character and a more typical raw edge one tends to get with new make spirit. A touch of water helped but not enough to make me want to seek out another. Kind of sad as I had fairly high expectations. I will try it again to see if it is improved with a bit of time but I am not
  3. A few new additions for my birthday from my favorite person to pick out spirits for me. That would be me! A little bit of rhum agricole including the Rhum JM 15yo 1996 vintage (which I confess was the big splurge). I love the 1994 and wanted the 1995 but couldn't find that one. Hoping the 1996 is just as good. The last one is another Liberation rhum from Marie Gallant but this was "liberated" in 2010 rather than 2015. Double Zero Eau de Vie de Cidre which is distilled from Cyril Zangs French cidre. A rather minimalist package right down to the cl
  4. With all that Hamilton 151 and other rum it must be tiki time! The poor Teeling looks very out of place.
  5. Looks very nice! I tend to keep to the habit of using a julep strainer with my stirring glass as I tend to get ice in the drink if I use a hawthorne or else double strain with a mesh strainer and reserving the Hawthorne for use with my shaker (I finally broke down recently and got a new set). Not sure if the resident pros have an opinion one way or the other. Or if it matters at all for that matter!
  6. I learned that about Denizen sitting in the Smuggler's Cove bar last month just a little before the book came out. I tried this comparison as well recently and typically use both those rums too although I think I have sometimes substituted the 6yo Clement for the VSOP (and I have been known to sub Creole Shrub for Curacao as well). While I found the Denizen to be adequate in a pinch I thought it a bit weaker overall in the richness of the drink. But it wasn't done blind and I may have been a bit biased towards my usual recipe. Still, the Denizen would probably do OK in a pinch.
  7. I had a similar question about this particular recipe and it does seem to be a bit confusing. As noted it is the only rum suggested in the list of rums on page 198 (I think the full list covers pagess 197-199 but I don't have the book in front of me at the moment). I was making the Dr. Funk on Friday (without the seltzer which I found unnecessary and in fact detracted from the drink for me). The Hamilton Jamaican Black Pot Still Rum indeed appears to be a unaged or young rum colored with "double strength black caramel" and I suppose what makes it more distinctive from the Hamilton Gold is the
  8. One of the many labels coming out of Terressentia in SC (although they recently bought the old Charles Medley distillery in Owensboro, KY which they renamed the O.Z. Taylor distillery). This is a company that buys whiskey (likely much of it young whiskey from MGP but who knows for sure?) and "treats" it with an ultrasonic process which it claims makes it taste like more mature whiskey. My few early dalliances with their brands suggest that it is not the least bit successful and still tastes like young raw whiskey. I have not had this particular version and I don't plan to do so.
  9. Honey seems to be pretty stable on the shelf so it seems like it should remain so with the addition of the alcohol in the bourbon. Maybe refrigerate to be sure? Only real way to know if the honey syrup keeps it flavor I suppose would be to try it and see!
  10. More fun with sugar cane! Top row are the cask strength aged Capovilla "Liberation" rhum agricole (116.8 pf) and Capovilla rhum agricole blanc bottled at 112 pf both from Marie Gallant in Guadeloupe. In between is a Plantation 1998 Guadeloupe finished in cognac and Tokay casks (basically a restock of that one. Appears it was a store pick of sorts). The bottom row has a couple of Duncan Taylors that were aged and bottled in Scotland at cask strength and noted as being without added color or other additives. One is a 1998 16yo (110.4 pf) from the Uitvlught pla
  11. I have some of the 2014 15yo Caol Ila unpeated already but thanks. It is a particular nice one though! I still haven't done a side by side with the 2015 17yo unpeated yet nor have I even seen the 17yo in town. Had to get mine from other sources. And where did all the 16yo go??? As for Bowmore these were a bit unusual because of the full maturation in port pipes. Compared side by side I found that the 23yo lost some of the unique balance of peat and sweetness that has made the 199116yo Port matured Bowmore such a favorite of mine. Which is not to say the 23 is not good. Just not "a
  12. Just what I did! One of them was sold out by the time I could get a break and get online but I did get a few rums at the sale.
  13. Rhum Agricole typically is a bit funky and it sounds like this will be no different from the few reviews I have seen. I was leaning towards the cask strength and maybe the blanc just for the sake of variety.
  14. That is one of the options but it is the 2015 version. There is also a blanc version and apparently a cask strength version. I don't know which to choose! Might have to just get them all... Rather spendy though. Apparently the price has sky rocketed in 5 or so years! Don't you just love how they spelled Sauternes! At least I presume that is what they were going for. Auto correct at it is finest perhaps?
  15. Some new toys to play with. I have been picking up the annual Caol Ila unpeated bottle from the Diageo "special release" each year but for some reason it never showed up in Atlanta this year. So a friend did me a solid and sent me one! This year (the 2015 release) is a 17yo cask strength bottle weighing in at 111.8 proof and aged in used bourbon. Each year is a bit different in some way and typically a bit older. 2012 was 14yo aged in European oak, probably sherry. 2013 was the Stitchell Reserve blend of unpeated Caol Ila and 2014 was a 15yo unpeated from used bourbon. It is interesting to tas
  16. Laird's was once bonded but the recent cocktail craze apparently caught them somewhat unawares much as is the case with bourbon and whiskey in general. It used to consist of a brandy that was about 4 to 7 years old (it all had to be from one "season" to be considered bonded so it was all about the same age but they didn't always use just the 4yo). When I noticed the loss of the bonded statement back in Dec 2014 I queried the company and they noted their reserves had been depleted to the point where they needed to use brandy from several different years to include 3 year old to make the 100 pr
  17. Sounds interesting but given how hard Nikka from the Barrel is to get in the US I am reluctant to use much for a cocktail. I wonder if I could get away with Yoichi, especially the newer NAS bottle although that isn't much easier to find these days, or perhaps Hakushu which I think will also be NAS going forward.
  18. Have gotten a bit carried away of late with a bunch of different online and local purchases to include a spate of Irish whiskey and a recent splurge at The Whisky Exchange. Temptation got the best of me and I just had to get a different "tree" of the Midleton Dair Ghaelach. So I ordered one from TWE and now I have "tree" #9 to compare to #6. But of course you can't get just one bottle when ordering from TWE so I had to get a few more! That included a special bottling of Yellow Chartreuse from the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Sommeliers because I love chartre
  19. What do you use as your Genever? The Kindred Cocktails recipe seemed to suggest a rye malt based genever. Don't have any Rogge style genever on hand. Perhaps the Bols barrel aged would be a reasonable option. I wonder if the dry rye St. George gin would work?. Or maybe the Anchor Genevieve?
  20. You are shorting yourself just a tad. Who wouldn't want more alcohol! An ounce is roughly 29.57 ml (Many people, including me, round up to 30ml). 1/4 of that is about 7.3925 ml. If you use 30 ml for an ounce then it is 7.5 ml for 1/4 ounce.
  21. I was mistaken. It is a typical 3/4:3/4:3/4:3/4 with Peat Monster, Lime Juice, Green Chartreuse and Maraschino. It also has a misting of absinthe from an atomizer over the top followed by a very light sprinkle of cayenne pepper over the top (the part I forgot!). I thought it was very good but also thought some tweaking of the four main ingredients might help improve it even more. The other drink, the King John, was more Manhattan-esque (or perhaps Rob Roy-esque is more appropriate!) with 2 oz Great King Street Artists Blend, 0,5 Carpano Antica, 0.5 Cherry Herring, 1 barspoon of Ama
  22. I think they had to vary the ratios a bit to get it to work. I will need to contact the restaurant to confirm.
  23. I may have to give this a try using the Peat Monster to see how it works.
  24. I forgot to mention the Last Word variant had the rather tongue twisting appellation of "The Picts and the Gaels"!
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