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AJ123
06-29-2006, 16:05
After two weeks in N Italy (Rome, Siena, Florence, Venice and a week tooling around Tuscany), here's my take on bourbon in N. Italy.

First. Jack Daniels is everywhere in every little Gelateria, bar, and pizzareria. I'm not sure I found a single place in Italy that didn't have Jack Daniels. Whoever is the distributor is a genius.

Often they had one other "American Whiskey" (nobody used the term bourbon). Usually it was Four Roses. I had Four Roses once and decided that they had just refilled the FR bottle with Jack Daniels and charged more. But since it was everywhere, I tried it some more. Finally, I decided that I didn't care for Four Roses very much, despite what I thought were some glowing reviews on this forum. I thought it had an oily/terpentine aspect to the taste which is also a critique I make of JD. Anyway, the only other American Whiskey I saw was JD single barrel, which I enjoy so that was nice.

Ironically, I noticed that even the lowliest small village bars had a nice selection of single malt scotch - thinks like Ardberg, Lagavullin 16, Macallan were all common in the little bars. Italy has a lot of small bars that serve pizza, gelato, liquor, wine. Imagine five times as many Starbucks as we have each with the addition of gelato and liquor/wine/beer.

Of course all of these places had a wide selection of Grappa - a kind of distilled wine. Usually they listed on the bottle the exact wine it was made from. The typical italian seemed to have a small glass of this during siesta. I avoided it altogether.

Incidentally, all wine there was cheap and good and I sampled both cheap and expensive. The whites are never talked about but were great. Italian reds were pretty much as everyone says - fantastic at all price levels.

Italians start drinking at lunch. They all like Americans. I never had a bad meal. I had many memorable meals. Somehow with all that drinking, but on the Mediterranean diet, I lost half a pound - go figure. So I highly reccommend N. Italy for all you vacationers. My fav is Tuscany and Chianti region - Castles, ristorantes, osterias, bars, pizzarias. What's not to like.

Allen

jeff
06-29-2006, 16:08
Thanks for sharing, sounds like you had a great time :toast:

FlashPuppy
06-29-2006, 16:47
I have a lot of friends that are stationed in sigonella, and i here nothing but raving reviews from all over there.

Hedmans Brorsa
06-30-2006, 08:21
No Beam white or Early Times?

MikeK
06-30-2006, 10:04
I think the point really might be that you don't like the Four Roses sold in that market. I'm sure there are quite a few variations. I've had the yellow label and single barrel they sell in KY. Neither one tasted anything like JD. (and I like JD in a pinch). The standard yellow label is quite acceptable but nothing remarkable. The single barrel is a gem. Seek it out.