Had a little absinthe over the weekend. Had drinks of Lucid, Delaware Phoenix Meadow of Love, and Ridge Blanche. All fantastic.
Yes, The Green Fairy inspired a lot of dreams.
We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.
Coincidentally, I picked up my first bottle of absinthe a week ago, opting for the Mata Hari, owing to its reasonable price, high proof, and attractive bottle. I don't have any competitors to compare it to, but I have enjoyed the scents and tastes that it adds to my Sazeracs (the mixed drink, not the product) -- plus, the part that coats the glass and is to be disposed of has very efficiently found itself disposed into Monkey Glands (the mixed drink, not the secreting organ of a simian).
As a curiosity, I bought some Laird's 7 1/2yr old apple brandy yesterday, $19. Having a pour with my chicken parmesan. I dig it. An easy sipper, just a little light at 80 proof. Anyone have their bonded?
Wait for it
It has been a big hit with my friends as well. I brought my first bottle camping, along with a bottle of ER10, EC12, and Ridgemont Reserve, and the Laird's was the first to get finished. I haven't tried the 7.5yo Apple brandy though, so not sure how the two compare.
This ones been a bit slow so I'll add to liven it up a bit.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant, not some thing we often do when travel as we like to explore, but when it's great, it's hard to pass up.
Wasn't feeling the vibe for wine, and dark spirits wouldn't fit the taste of what was to come.
So , decided to break out one of the odd ducks of the bar, green chartreuse. A little sweet, herbal, anise, exotic. Plus it looks great in a champagne glass.
Shocked when they came out with about a three ounce pour, a bargain for what I paid. Splash of water to it, and it's good to go.
Paired excellently with the oysters, and grouper. Not to mention some excellent greens.
"Life is life and fun is fun, but it's all so quiet when the goldfish die."
So if you are interested and see the bonded version you should buy it!
That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…
Nullum Gratuitum Prandium
Ne Illegitimi Carborundum
I came across something interesting the other day: Prairie Sunshine, a spirit distilled from fermented honey (i.e., mead). It's from a place called the Quincy Street Distillery in Riverside, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). It's an unaged spirit, with all that that entails, but even so I was intrigued enough to buy a 375ml bottle. Once you get past the expected white dog harshness and feinty notes, it does have an interesting and unique flavor. I was curious because this seems to represent a new (or at least very uncommon) category of distilled spirit: distilled from a "mash" of something distinct from whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila, etc. I would like to try an aged version; I'm sure it would be even better with some of the rough edges smoothed off.