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    Re: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey on NBC Nightly News

    Ok my interest is aroused..... any more info on this refreshment after your initial tasting? Is this only being offered in AL?

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    Re: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey on NBC Nightly News

    It should be available very soon through Internet Wines and Spirits. See: http://www.internetwines.com/rws27434.html

    But several forum members have voiced their disappointment in dealing with this particular supplier. So, proceed with caution!

    -Troy

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    Re: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey on NBC Nightly News

    Recieved a Bottle of this today in a tobacco trade. The reviews so far are right on. I might add that this is smooth enough to reach up and slap ya when you least expect it. After a couple of drinks I set it aside because I was drinking it like it was a nice punch at a wedding reception and I want to savor every last drop. Definately worth trying but the price through barter or an outright buy will make it a novelty rather than a staple.

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    Re: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey on NBC Nightly News

    I found this product to be very sweet with a sort of "Mrs. Buttersworth" flavor. Come to find out there may very well be a historical reason for this sweet flavor. In the same book that has a recipe for rectified bourbon and Monogahela rye recipes is this recipe for "Tuscaloosa Whiskey".

    "Neutral spirits, four pints; honey, three pints, disolved in water, four pints; solution of starch, five pints; oil of wintergreen, four drops, dissolved in half ounce of acetic ether: color with four ounces of burnt sugar."

    This would make a very sweet "whiskey" so they must be trying to duplicate a very sweet Alabama whiskey which was popular in the 1860's.

    Mike Veach

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    Re: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey on NBC Nightly News

    Which book are you referring to?

    In the back of my head, I've been thinking about trying to put
    together a list of various historic American whiskey styles...
    names that meant something in the past, and the styles that
    went along with those names. Things like Monongahela rye,
    Towse wheat whiskey, etc.

    Tuscaloosa Whiskey is a new one to me. I like the idea of
    looking at old rectifying recipes to get a clue about what
    kind of taste profile was expected for each style.

    Tim Dellinger

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    Rectified Whiskey

    One assumes that rectified whiskey recipes were always intended to duplicate straight whiskey styles. (I know you're not saying this, Tim, but it is a natural assumption.) However, it's probably more accurate to say that such a book of recipes simply describes popular or regional styles, some of which may exist in a straight whiskey form, but some of which only exist as compounds. Just a thought.

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    Re: Rectified Whiskey

    I agree. There were straight whiskeys flavoured with fruited or other substances (e.g. Rock and Rye), compounds of straight whiskey and GNS, minglings of all-straight whiskeys, and likely other variations on this theme. Some areas probably favoured one or the other version depending on taste, locally available ingredients, and (especially) cost. Still, straight whiskey was regarded as superior: in Joseph Fleishman's 1885 manual on whiskey blending, large extracts of which are reproduced at www.pre-pro.com, his top-most grade of blended whiskey was a combination of all bourbon or all-rye whiskeys lightly dosed with a fruit extract such as prune juice. He said when the customer could "get it" this superior blend was preferred to all other grades. He gives a gradation in which the price rises in strict proportion to the amount of true whiskey in the product. Cocktails were another version of flavouring straight whiskey. By cutting it with soda or other drinks (vermouth) this is a kind of compound too. In fact, when I read old ads in books such as Sam Cecil's, whiskey is rarely if ever shown as being taken neat. Less rarely, it is shown taken with rocks only, but usually (I mean up to the 1960's, say) it is shown in Manhattans or Old-Fashioneds or highballs. I think, though, this was a genteel way of presenting whiskey. I think many people, then as now, enjoyed whiskey on the rocks or neat, but the ads possibly regarded such practices as too "earthy", not worthy of being shown in colour ads in glossy magazines which earnestly portrayed (idealised) scenes of haute bourgeois or upper-class life. Such is the way (is it not?) with all advertising, even the inverted snobbery-laced advertising of our time..

    Gary

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    Re: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey on NBC Nightly News

    This book is in the collection at the Oscar Getz Museum. It is titled "The Manufacture of Liquors, Wines and Cordials Without the Aid of Distillation." by Pierre Lacour Published by Dick & Fitzgerald, New York. I did not copy the page with the publish date but if I recall correctly it was 1862.

    Mike Veach

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    Re: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey on NBC Nightly News

    How much is a bottle of this whiskey?

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    Re: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey on NBC Nightly News

    I think internetwines.com has them for ordering for $35 a bottle. I got mine from there when they had their 25% off sale a few months back.

 

 

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