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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:25 PM

I bought myself a bottle of Johnny Walker red label for my birthday and I'm going to put a decent dent in it tonight.  Never had blended scotch whisky before.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

Tried Knob creek the other day, first Bourbon I've ever been able to drink straight. Super smooth and went very well with a good cigar.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:38 PM

Not sure if I'm allowed to post a comment like this on this particular topic, but I just wanted to say I'm a beer only guy. I've tried to get into wine, but I've been unable to enjoy it. As for liquor, the college days put an end to that. I rarely drank in college, but liquor always had me bed ridden the next day. I've never had problems w/ beer. Taste great and less filling! Sorry, just wanted to say that for the fun it. I know it's more filling. Just hand me a Sam Adams and I'm good to go.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

I'm late to the party here...  But I do have some input.

A couple weeks ago, I got it in my head that I'd like to make some homemade eggnog. Rather than splurge on expensive bourbon, I settled on Wild Turkey 101. The final product was great. Eggnog had a lot of full flavor and a lot of whiskey taste. I actually drank the WT neat though. It was a very flull flavored whiskey. I got a hint of leather, spices, and some oaky hints. To be honest, it was a bit rough to swig down due to the 50% ABV, but it was not a bad drink for $22 for a 750ml bottle. It's definitely a hobo drink, but for under $25, you're getting a full flavored, strong drink that won't make you forget!

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:43 PM

Just toasted the sale of my house in the Ohio Valley with a glass of Makers Mark. Best toast ever.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:44 PM

View PostLastPommerFan, on 15 December 2012 - 10:43 PM, said:

Just toasted the sale of my house in the Ohio Valley with a glass of Makers Mark. Best toast ever.

Couldn't be happier for you!

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:57 AM

View PostEleven, on 24 November 2012 - 08:50 AM, said:


But you may be in luck:  there is something sweet in the Scotch world.  Drambuie is a Scotch-based liqueur.  At 80 proof, it still packs a punch.  I've never tried it, but you might want to.

Finally got a chance to try it. It did not suck, thanks.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

View Postweave, on 24 November 2012 - 04:47 PM, said:

I haven't dug very deeply into Irish whsiskey but Bushmill's Black Bush is in an approachable price point and has a good rep from what I've heard.  Redbreast is usually highly regarded.  Depending on your budget, Tyrconnell has a great reputation too but the price really starts to creep up here.
Got a bottle of Bushmill's Black Bush for this holiday weekend. I was told by the worker there when I commented that my understanding is bushmills and Jameson are kinda the same with a different label, that it is a more flavorful (stronger) version of Jameson.

View Postbiodork, on 24 November 2012 - 12:52 PM, said:

I'm sure there are better / more qualified people to answer this, but my friend's husband loves Feckin. I personally haven't sampled much in the way of Irish whiskey just yet, but it's on the to-do list.
funny thing about that brand....... worker approached me asking if he could help me and i said I am looking to try a different irish whiskey but I only see bushmills, jameson, and tullamore dew in a affordable range. He told me we use to carry another brand called Feckin but only 1 person use to come in to buy it and it looked like we don't carry it anymore. Might have to try Premier liquer next week.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:34 PM

Back in the day (not long ago, read on), Bushmills was for Protestants, while Jameson was for Catholics.  Even in the US, there was a stigma--one way, or the other--about which you chose.  About twenty years ago (roughly), they were owned by the same company.  It still didn't matter; the stigma still attached.  Then, I think, they split off again.  About five years ago,  I started to see that stigma disappear, with the rise of bourbon and the decline in consumption of Irish whisky.  But many Buffalo bars still do not carry Bushmills, period.

I always liked Bushmills better than Jameson, just for the taste.  Back when I used to drink Irish instead of Bourbon, I actually--and I do mean this seriously--was challenged by Catholic friends (I'm Catholic, too) on my whisky preference.  More than once.

IMO, they are similar, but Jameson is a bit sweeter than regular Bushmills, which, in turn, is sweeter than Black Bush.  Since I tend to avoid sweetness in whisky, I like Black Bush.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:12 AM

View PostSanta Claus, on 23 December 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:

Back in the day (not long ago, read on), Bushmills was for Protestants, while Jameson was for Catholics.  Even in the US, there was a stigma--one way, or the other--about which you chose.  About twenty years ago (roughly), they were owned by the same company.  It still didn't matter; the stigma still attached.  Then, I think, they split off again.  About five years ago,  I started to see that stigma disappear, with the rise of bourbon and the decline in consumption of Irish whisky.  But many Buffalo bars still do not carry Bushmills, period.

I always liked Bushmills better than Jameson, just for the taste.  Back when I used to drink Irish instead of Bourbon, I actually--and I do mean this seriously--was challenged by Catholic friends (I'm Catholic, too) on my whisky preference.  More than once.

IMO, they are similar, but Jameson is a bit sweeter than regular Bushmills, which, in turn, is sweeter than Black Bush.  Since I tend to avoid sweetness in whisky, I like Black Bush.

I always wondered why I liked Bushmills better than Jameson.  Turns out, It's because I'm not a dirty Catholic.

(lucky for me I married one, though) :D

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:07 AM

View PostSanta Claus, on 23 December 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:

Back in the day (not long ago, read on), Bushmills was for Protestants, while Jameson was for Catholics. Even in the US, there was a stigma--one way, or the other--about which you chose. About twenty years ago (roughly), they were owned by the same company. It still didn't matter; the stigma still attached. Then, I think, they split off again. About five years ago, I started to see that stigma disappear, with the rise of bourbon and the decline in consumption of Irish whisky. But many Buffalo bars still do not carry Bushmills, period.

I always liked Bushmills better than Jameson, just for the taste. Back when I used to drink Irish instead of Bourbon, I actually--and I do mean this seriously--was challenged by Catholic friends (I'm Catholic, too) on my whisky preference. More than once.

IMO, they are similar, but Jameson is a bit sweeter than regular Bushmills, which, in turn, is sweeter than Black Bush. Since I tend to avoid sweetness in whisky, I like Black Bush.

I'm surprised you prefer bourbon if you don't like sweetness. To me bourbon has an underlying sweetness behind the spice.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:16 AM

View Postweave, on 24 December 2012 - 10:07 AM, said:

I'm surprised you prefer bourbon if you don't like sweetness. To me bourbon has an underlying sweetness behind the spice.

It does, but to me, it is considerably less sweet than Irish.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:57 PM

Bushmills black bush is far better tasting and seems to leave less after taste for me. Next to try and find a bottle of this fabled feckin

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

Enjoying a Bulleit Rye manhattan while watching the snow pile up.  I know that rye was in the original recipe, but I've never had one made with it before.  I really like it.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:44 PM

View PostSwampD, on 26 December 2012 - 05:37 PM, said:

Enjoying a Bulleit Rye manhattan while watching the snow pile up.  I know that rye was in the original recipe, but I've never had one made with it before.  I really like it.

Here's to 90 proof and snowblowing!........

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 26 December 2012 - 05:44 PM, said:

Here's to 90 proof and snowblowing!........
Here's to 90 proof and just about anything..

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:35 PM

Scored two bottles of Woodford Reserve and a Four Roses Small Batch gift set for Christmas.  My family is a bunch of enables.


Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:48 PM

View Postweave, on 26 December 2012 - 06:35 PM, said:

Scored two bottles of Woodford Reserve and a Four Roses Small Batch gift set for Christmas.  My family is a bunch of enables.


Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Nice haul!  Where was that in the Christmas thread?

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:35 PM

New Year's Eve day edition....

I dropped the foreign exchange student's sister off at the airport and stopped at a lab in Clarence for a pre-employment drug screening.  Been cooped up for a week with a head cold but I'm feeling better now.  What better way to spend an afternoon after a boring week than sitting on a barstool drinking bourbon?

Ordered a flight of 3 bourbons along with my lunch of calimari and fried banana peppers.

New to me was Knob Creek Singe Barrel Special Reserve.  Not to be confused with "ordinary" Knob Creek.  Ordered neat.  Tons of brown sugar and caramel both on the nose and on the tongue.  Big vanilla hints too.  This is a more powerful version of the regular Knob Creek.  If you like the white label stuff, give the Special Reserve a shot.,  Not overly complicated or special, but a high quality pour nonetheless.

Second on the list was Booker's.  This is a barrel proof bourbon from the folks that bring you Jim Beam.  I sampled mine slightly diluted with a touch of water.  After dilution I got lots of confectioner's and brown sugar on the nose.  And a hint of raisins and prunes.  Maybe even some roasted notes along the lines of that roasty hint off a glass of Guinness.  On the tongue it was light and fruity initially, giving an impression of an Irish whiskey.  A bit of sweet corn was definitely showing.  Then the spice kicked in hard.  Cinnamon mostly but there was defintely some vanilla and clove notes as well.  And then I picked up some woody/grassy notes and black pepper.  The finish defintely leaned towards cinnamon and pepper.  It had been a long time since I'd last tried Booker's.  I didn't care for it the first time.  I like it more now but it isn't a whiskey with a tremendous depth.  It's got lots of suger up front and lots of spice on the finish but little in between.  Nice, but not world class.

Last was a bourbon called Colonel EH Taylor.  I've reviewed it here before.  I am going to post the revisitied thoughts before a look at what I posted previously.  We'll see how much my thoughts have changed as the scenario I'm tasting themin  has changed.  On the nose I get raw sugar and a green minty/vegetal note.  Think freshly picked green mint leaves and sugar.  Maybe a touch of fresh lemon zest as well.  On the tongue I initially get grain and straw but the sweetness is definitely in the background.  Disappointingly thin mouthfeel.  I get raisins, grains and dates quickly fading to pepper, and cinnamon Red Hots.  This bourbon lacks depth of character.  It is a bit thin and starts grainy with a touch of mint then it goes straight to  cinnamon and pepper with no middle depth.   Another very good, but not world class bourbon.


Of the three, Knob Creek Special Reserve was probably the most enjoyable.  It was also the lowest proof, and the only one I drank neat.

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon overall.

View Postweave, on 01 September 2012 - 08:23 AM, said:

The first pour was Colonel EH Taylor, it is a premium level wheat bourbon made by Heaven Hill to compete against the great Van Winkle line of wheated bourbons.  Wow.  I fell in love at the first sip.  The nose was sweet and soft with nice caramel and licorice notes.  And I had the same impressions at that first sip.  It is really, really soft, yet interesting enough at the same time.  Instead of the usual sweet vanilla this one was more like honey sweet, but not overly so.  Not the most complex whiskey but an enjoyable, terrific pour.

Wow. Talk about a change in my perception.  I guess I liked this whiskey alot more the 1st time around.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

Finally got around to trying an Old Fashioned using the FLD bourbon I bought a while back, and I like this MUCH better than a Manhattan.  I guess I just don't dig sweet vermouth!

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

A few weeks ago, I tried this one:
http://thedrinknatio...ew-Dads-Hat-Rye

At the time, I remember it being very smooth and very nice taken neat. Also, I was pretty drunk at the time, so don't take that as gospel.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

View PostMattPie, on 08 January 2013 - 04:10 PM, said:

A few weeks ago, I tried this one:
http://thedrinknatio...ew-Dads-Hat-Rye

At the time, I remember it being very smooth and very nice taken neat. Also, I was pretty drunk at the time, so don't take that as gospel.

For the price - might want to check how you like it at the start of the night.  :)

From that link (sounds tasty):

The Scofflaw

1½ oz. rye (Dad’s Hat)
1 oz. dry vermouth
1 oz. lemon juice
½ oz. grenadine
2 dashes orange bitters
1 lemon slice (for garnish)

Add all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon slice.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

View Postnobody, on 08 January 2013 - 04:58 PM, said:

For the price - might want to check how you like it at the start of the night.  :)

From that link (sounds tasty):

The Scofflaw

1½ oz. rye (Dad’s Hat)
1 oz. dry vermouth
1 oz. lemon juice
½ oz. grenadine
2 dashes orange bitters
1 lemon slice (for garnish)

Add all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon slice.

That cocktail has five ingredients too many, as far as I'm concerned!

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

I don't have the money for it but the scotch aisle was calling today. Bought a bottle of Highland Park 12 Year. Tonight will be a pleasant night.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:53 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 08 January 2013 - 06:29 PM, said:

I don't have the money for it but the scotch aisle was calling today. Bought a bottle of Highland Park 12 Year. Tonight will be a pleasant night.

Nobody has the money for it. That's why we drink!

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 08 January 2013 - 07:53 PM, said:



Nobody has the money for it. That's why we drink!

I'm going to have to start making the money for it! This stuff is phenomenal. I don't want to swallow it, just let it sit in my mouth. I want it as a hard candy.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:10 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 08 January 2013 - 08:00 PM, said:

I'm going to have to start making the money for it! This stuff is phenomenal. I don't want to swallow it, just let it sit in my mouth. I want it as a hard candy.

You trying to compete with Bio now to be LPF's signature?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:16 PM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 08 January 2013 - 08:10 PM, said:



You trying to compete with Bio now to be LPF's signature?

I play to win.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:39 PM

You'll have to do better.

On another note. Has anyone found a good NY distilled whiskey?

Edited by LastPommerFan, 08 January 2013 - 08:39 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

View PostLastPommerFan, on 08 January 2013 - 08:39 PM, said:

You'll have to do better.

On another note. Has anyone found a good NY distilled whiskey?

Every hipster is all over the Hudson Whiskey bourbons.  I'm here to tell you that despite the price, they're not that great.  People who drink them are buying a brand and not a taste.   They aren't bad, by any means, but they certainly are not worth the price.

Pretty bottles, though.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:00 PM

View PostEleven, on 08 January 2013 - 08:50 PM, said:



Every hipster is all over the Hudson Whiskey bourbons.  I'm here to tell you that despite the price, they're not that great.  People who drink them are buying a brand and not a taste.   They aren't bad, by any means, but they certainly are not worth the price.

Pretty bottles, though.

My brother and I are doing a challenge this year to drink only NYS beer, wine, and spirits. I'm gonna need a drinkable whiskey if I'm gonna make it.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

View PostLastPommerFan, on 08 January 2013 - 09:00 PM, said:

My brother and I are doing a challenge this year to drink only NYS beer, wine, and spirits. I'm gonna need a drinkable whiskey if I'm gonna make it.
http://www.fingerlak...hp/our-products
http://www.tuthillto...bourbon-whiskey

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

View PostLastPommerFan, on 08 January 2013 - 09:00 PM, said:

My brother and I are doing a challenge this year to drink only NYS beer, wine, and spirits. I'm gonna need a drinkable whiskey if I'm gonna make it.

If you add PA as NY's slow little brother, that'd be a lot easier. :)

Edited by MattPie, 08 January 2013 - 09:11 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

View PostLastPommerFan, on 08 January 2013 - 09:00 PM, said:



My brother and I are doing a challenge this year to drink only NYS beer, wine, and spirits. I'm gonna need a drinkable whiskey if I'm gonna make it.

Time to build your own still

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:33 PM

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View Postweave, on 02 November 2012 - 08:31 PM, said:

I cannot believe I have gone this long without trying an Old Fashioned.

2oz bourbon
1 Marachino Cherry
1 Orange slice
1 Tbls sugar
Top off w/ Seltzer
Muddle the cherry, orange, and sugar.  Add bourbon and ice.  Top w/ seltzer.

OMFG so tasty.  I ordered mine with Buffalo Trace.  Absolutely delicious.  I may never have another Manhattan again.  Old Fashioned is feaking delicious.
  A dash of Angosturra bitters is a nice touch to that very recipe.

View PostHank, on 23 November 2012 - 02:21 PM, said:

Question for the whiskey enthusiasts. My boss gave me a bottle of 10 year old Glenmorangie. Perhaps I'm just not sophisticated enough, but I don't enjoy it. Is this supposed to be the good stuff? Or did my boss give me some cheap shite?

View PostEleven, on 24 November 2012 - 08:50 AM, said:

That's a nice bottle and not cheap shite.  It may be that you just don't like Scotch.  I don't; the peat taste gets to me.
  Agree with 11, Glenmorangie is a great brand. 10 is a lighter malt and considerably different from it's older brothers.  But it's got a great finish.  Being from the Highlands, it's not really peaty.  Personally  I tend to pick up the heather and spice.

View PostEleven, on 08 January 2013 - 08:50 PM, said:

Every hipster is all over the Hudson Whiskey bourbons.  I'm here to tell you that despite the price, they're not that great.  People who drink them are buying a brand and not a taste.   They aren't bad, by any means, but they certainly are not worth the price.
Can't agree more.  I recieved the single malt as a gift a few years back and it had little body and no finish.  Too bad, would love for a NY distiller to put out a great product.

View Postd4rksabre, on 08 January 2013 - 06:29 PM, said:

I don't have the money for it but the scotch aisle was calling today. Bought a bottle of Highland Park 12 Year. Tonight will be a pleasant night.
Awesome whisky.  Has to be something about being that far north to pick up the sea yet still have the floral of the Highland malts.  FYI one of Michael Jackson's all time faves.


I've been a homebody of late,  bouncing between Talisker 10 and Laphroaig 10 a few months now.  May have to Christen the new season with something special.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:34 PM

Welcome back Braedon!  Long time, no see.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

Here's a question:  has anyone found a good online liquor store to buy scotch?  I've recently learned that it's now legal to buy scotch online.  Google turns up a million of these stores, but I have no idea as to reputability and value.

Any recommendations appreciated.  My stock is getting low.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:12 PM

I'm definitely partial to Old Overholt rye - and will second it as a great choice for the price, and am a fan of Basil Hayden's among the bourbons.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:11 PM

View Postnfreeman, on 24 January 2013 - 04:59 PM, said:

Here's a question:  has anyone found a good online liquor store to buy scotch?  I've recently learned that it's now legal to buy scotch online.  Google turns up a million of these stores, but I have no idea as to reputability and value.

Any recommendations appreciated.  My stock is getting low.

Want to spend a little and have some fun?  Try this:  http://www.whiskyblender.com

Please note that I haven't tried it, don't really care for Scotch, and, accordingly, can't recommend it or damn it.  But I do think it's a neat idea.

Edited by Eleven, 24 January 2013 - 10:11 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

View Postnfreeman, on 24 January 2013 - 04:59 PM, said:

Here's a question:  has anyone found a good online liquor store to buy scotch?  I've recently learned that it's now legal to buy scotch online.  Google turns up a million of these stores, but I have no idea as to reputability and value.

Any recommendations appreciated.  My stock is getting low.

I was meaning to get back to this post.

I've used http://caskers.com/ in the past.  They used to require an "invitation" to join.  Not sure if they still do.  Give them a try.





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