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  1. So long since posting, I feel rather guilty. Been playing around with an interesting bottle I had, and thought it was worth noting. The bottle is a spanish Moscatel, a rather pleasant dessert wine - not quite a Sauterne, but very nice and well priced. I had some left over after sharing with family, and thought I would play with some cocktails. Moscatel Experiment 1(A sour) 1.5 Oz Gin (Beefeater) 0.75 Oz Moscatel 0.5 Oz Lemon Juice 0.25 Oz Simple Syrup This was very nice, balanced and superb. Moscatel Experiment 2 (Simple aromatic) 1.5 Oz Gin (Beefeater) 0.75 Oz Moscatel 2 ds Bittermans Elemakule Tiki Bitters This was simple, but also enjoyable Moscatel Experiment 3 (Complex aromatic) 2 Oz Gin (Beefeater) 0.5 Oz Moscatel 0.5 Oz Bittermans Amere Nouvelle 0.5 Oz Becherovka 2 ds Lemon Bitters Spritz of Absinthe as Garnish Not quite a success. The lemon bitters may have been a mistake, they have dominated the drink, likely in collusion with the Amere Nouvelle.. Fun to play around with this - still about an ounce left, may have to try more. Probably a hard bottle to track down, but do seek out Primitivo Quiles Moscatel if you can - great value dessert wine, and fun for mixing.
  2. Tax refund time means I get to restock my liquor cabinet! No picture this time, but in addition to many restocks I picked up some Corze Reposado, High West Double Rye, and a special treat, Goslings Family Reserve. The High West was great choice, the Corzo is nice but over-priced, but the Goslings is classic.
  3. I will second both of these. Drinkupny has been particularly good for me.
  4. I know, way up there. I am asking for my personal bar but also because I am now an assistant manager of a liquor store, and I am considering bringing this in, but I would not at the price unless it is stellar. This site is honestly the best resource anywhere for unbiased opinions by palates I trust.
  5. Has anyone tried Amer dit Picon from Golden Moon distillery yet? Curious if it works in classic cocktails calling for Amer Picon, or if the other subs work better.
  6. Gave into temptation and purchased a bottle of Amaro Lucano today. It is very nice, reminds me a lot of Ramazzotti, but a touch less sweet and less bitter at the same time.
  7. What do you think of the Solveig? There are so many new Minnesota gins that have come out in the past few years, and this is one I have not gotten round to.
  8. Made regents Punch for the first time today. I was torn between using the one in Wondrich's bookm Punch, and the one of Esquire, which Mr. Wondrich of course helps with. In the end I used the online one here, but I did make an oleo-sacchrum first. I used Raynal VSOP for the brandy (my favorite inexpensive choice), and a mix of Goslings, Smith and Cross, and Batavia Arrack van Oosten for the rum. Will add Freixenet brut at the part tonight. I smells great already, I cannot wait to try it.
  9. Playing with the bottle of Stranahan's whiskey my lovely wife gave me for my birthday. On it's own it is a lovely tipple - fruity, yet dry as a scotch. Decided to try an old -fashioned patterned cocktail. I used 2 Oz Stranahan's Whiskey 0.25 Oz Cherry Heering 1 dropper Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla One of the rare times when what I worked out in my mind's tongue actually turns out well. This is awesome, bursting with lively berry flavor with a lovely background of bitter woody tones. These cherry bark vanilla bitters seem made for this whiskey, despite them coming for very different parts of the country.
  10. A few new acquisitions. The scotch and vermouth were purchases, the gin a gift from a thoughtful boss. The Ransom is some gorgeous vermouth, very like my favorite Noilly Prat but with even more herbal depth. The Highland Park is really good, utterly moreish, a really nice combo of honeyed and smokey scotch characters. The Aviation is cool, a solid juniper flavor with a lot of spice as well. Also, better lighting for my picture this time
  11. Playing with my new yellow chartreuse tonight. Where else start with this bottle but a Widow's Kiss.This was a lovely, mild, autumnal herbal cocktail. Nothing earthshaking, but very pleasant. Then I tried an Auteur Cocktail from Bittermans website. This is a blockbusters. I can taste all the ingredients, and none of them. Very smooth, utterly complex, I could drink these all the time.
  12. Picked these two new bottles up today. I have had much green chartreuse in my time, but finally decided to explore the yellow. Just opened the Sonoma rye, and boy is it interesting. There is a strong dry maple character, and some odd, rum like funk, I would almost say hogo, if you can have that in a whiskey. It tastes a bit young to me, but overall very likable.
  13. Picked up some St. George Absinthe today. I have only had a few basic Absinthes before (Pernod, Kubler, Lucid), but this one blows them all out of the water. Cannot wait to start using it in cocktails.
  14. I was in the mood of a Smith and Cross drink and stumbled across this little beauty. I had to make a few modifications to suit what I had. My final recipe was 1 Oz Smith & Cross 1 Oz Evan Williams Single Barrel 1 Oz Cherry Heering 0.25 Oz Breckenridge Bitters 3 ds Bittermans 'Elemakule Tiki Bitters Just what I was in the mood for. The S&C and Cherry Heering go together very well, the funk from the rum takes some of the edge of the sweet. And the spice of the tiki bitters drew this together like I hoped.
  15. This is just an awesome combo, but I cannot help but wonder how someone figured it out. Only thig I would add to this thread is the enormous affinity between Campari and both passionfruit syrup and peach syrup. Both can yield awesome results.
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