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  2. Conquistador

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    CardsandBourbon, yes I've had the orange curacao PHC finished bourbon. I thought it was very unique, and I did enjoy it. Ever since then, I've enjoyed a glass with the occasional fine dessert. It generally pairs quite well, particularly with chocolate-based desserts in my opinion.
  3. Couldn't refuse this one, all six sold in a weird frenzy during my few moments at the shop.
  4. Let me know if you're coming to NYC-- I'm buying.
  5. Clueby

    What Beer Did You Purchase 2019

    The regular BCBS were $12.99 here this year. The Wheatwine was $17.99. The Mon Cheri (cherry) and Cafe de Olla (coffee) were $25.99. The orange (Midnight Orange) and vanilla stouts were from the 2018 release. They still had some of those around from last year? I did get a 2018 Wheatwine this year as well. I didn't get any of the reserve or other variants this year. Passed on the 17/18/19 vertical since I still have some 17 and 18.
  6. tanstaafl2

    Whistlepig 18

    Thanks for the info! As far as tasting as good as it looks it shouldn't be hard as it looks pretty whacky to me. But then I haven't ever been big on the pig tops. It is "whistlepig" after all and not pig or hog. A whistlepig being a woodchuck of course.
  7. tanstaafl2

    What Rum/Rhum did you buy today?

    Have been working through a few rums I purchased during a trip to California plus one I picked up from NY. Doctor Bird - Kind of an odd duck as it were but very enjoyable. A Worthy Park Jamaican rum imported by Two James distillery in Detroit of all places and then finished in Moscatel sherry casks (Somewhat similar to PX sherry but less common). I have had this before from samples sent to me by a fellow SBer but now I have some of my own! Works very well in a Doctor Cocktail* too! Uruapan Charanda - An unusual Mexican rum made from cane grown at higher altitudes along the Pacific coast. This is a blend of pot distilled cane juice and column distilled molasses rum. Charanda is the name for this very local style of spirit. Haven't opened this one yet. Uruapan Caranda Blanco Blended "Single Agricola Rum" - This is from the same distillery but proofed up to 93 and made only with the pot distilled fresh cane juice component more like a rhum agricole. This one got opened first and is a real delight. Grassiness aplenty but a little more subdues than some agricoles although that may be proof related as well. And a curious unusual but delightful fruit like note. K&L describes it as having a fresh baked bread quality but I din't really get that. But i liked it enough to keep looking for it! The Funk - Who wouldn't love that bottle??? Looks like it came right out of the 70's! Although this is kin of a Worthy Park answer to Hampden Estate's overproof Rum Fire although it is not a Wrthy Park bottling. Oddly it is imported and bottled by a company called "Proof and Wood in good ol' Bardstown, KY ( a DBA for Willet or Heaven Hill??? Doesn't seem to be a lot of info out there on this one). Because it is 100 proof rather than the 126 proof of Rum Fire it is a bit more approachable and at least seems like it is a bit more "delicate" despite having a solid ester-y component of its own. In any case I wanted it for the bottle alone but am happy with the contents as well having tried it on a previous trip to San Francisco! The next three are from Privateer, a seemingly up and coming American rum distiller in Ipswich, MA that states they don't color, filter or add flavoring/sugar. OK, good so far! The Navy Yard is a barrel proof rum at 108.2 proof and aged in new 53 gallon char 3 barrels.. I presume it is a small but unknown quantity batch of barrels. Distiller's Drawer is a special selected barrel, in this case again new American oak, that is 100 proof and designated as "Bottled in Bond" so presumably at least 4 years old. The last one is the Queen's Share which is again a single barrel of new American oak aged rum but in this case of unknown (at least to me) age. The next one is from Wright & Brown, a small distillery in Oakland, CA (they also make . I don't know as much about this one except that they describe their single barrel program as "Hogo Style" rum made from Georgia blackstrap molasses. It is 99 proof and aged 2 years in Limousin oak (barrel 2). Limousin oak suggest a wine or brandy cask of some sort, perhaps from a local winery but no details are noted to include the size of the barrel. They note that they don't do any filtering coloring of flavoring. This has a surprising amount of color for 2 years but the taste is a bit unusual. Almost a bit artificial so perhaps it has some influence from the barrel. The "hogo" also seems to be a bit under represented. Last but not least was a bottle of Kuleana rum agricole made on the big island in Hawaii. This is a newer distillery that David Perkins, former owner of High West, is consulting with which is always a big plus for me! This is a rum with a big aroma that you can pick up from several feet away. It is full of that wonderful grassy, diesel character that Smokinjoe loves so well! At 92 proof it is solid on the palate but I have already mentioned to David that I would have loved to have seen it at at least 100 proof. But a really good start for any lovers of the wonderful world of rum agricoles!
  8. Phil T

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    No one in my family is a drinker of bourbon, so I'll take an easy sipper to have occasionally. However, my brothers and my sons all enjoy the many different seasonal beers available from the many local breweries. So we will all bring an assortment and share. It's great fun!
  9. Admittingly, I'm really not a fan of any Beam bourbons. They are just not in my wheelhouse. This is my 1st try with their rye. It is not as spicy as I like a rye to be, but I find it very drinkable neat at 127 proof.
  10. GeeTen

    Whistlepig 18

    FYI, Peter Lynch is the new Master Blender, taking over for the late Dave Pickerell. The rye whiskey has been aged in Japanese Umeshu (?!?) spirtis barrels from the Kitaya Brewery in Japan. The blackened top looks like this: And the Japanese label looks like this: Hope it tastes as good as it looks.
  11. CardsandBourbon

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    Well my son is a huge bourbon geek and my BIL, SIL, their son and his steady are really into bourbon. But, other than my son, they don't have as substantial a collection as I do and don't get to taste many of these so I'm more than glad to have them sample these. Conquistador, have you tried the PHC yet. I had a pour at a local establishment and it's the first "finished" bourbon that I really enjoyed. We'll have wine with dinner and port with the mousse but the PHC with dessert does sound like a good idea.
  12. GeeTen

    Whistlepig 18

    Looks like the Japanese label bottle has a blackened pewter top, not sterling. Will ask to get a pic tonite (hope,hope).
  13. VAGentleman

    Old Crow Distillery

    I may be misunderstanding you but a pot still is a batch process. As you deplete the alcohol in the mash the temperature rises and more water is included in the condensed liquid. So as your run gets towards the end there is less alcohol to boil off so the proof naturally goes down
  14. Conquistador

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    I fall into the category of having relatives who don't drink bourbon, or whisky/whiskey in general. Every Christmas our families get together at my sister's house, since she loves to entertain. I'm in charge of supplying the liquid refreshments, but since the host (my sister's husband) doesn't drink at all, most everyone else prefers wine, and my brother only drinks beer by the 6-pack (yet ribs me for being "a boozer" for drinking whiskey), I really only need to plan for myself. Oh, and my other brother-in-law always partakes in the bourbon or rye that I bring, but he's a very light drinker, and after a couple of ounces he's happily curled up on the couch and snoring the evening away. This year, I will bring: 1) Midwinter's Night Dram (can't remember which Act that I have in the liquor cabinet), 2) Jefferson's Presidential Select 18 Year Old ("Aged in Stitzell-Weller Barrels"), and 3) this year's PHC (finished in Orange Curacao barrels) as my dessert pour.
  15. The Black Tot

    Your favorite Wild Turkey Rye

    Pikesville. Oops.
  16. The Black Tot

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    I use my best spirits for small gatherings of spirits nerds. Christmas is about too many other things to give one's full attention to the spirits (company, and you already mentioned the food). I provide stuff for general gatherings that is "excellent, but replaceable on any given Tuesday". I don't put out JBW, but there will be: 4RsmB, Booker's, Stagg Jr, RRsiB, Pikesville, Maker's Mark CS Mount Gay XO and Pusser's gunpowder for the rum drinkers. T1 Anejo tequila for those inclined to sip that. Evan Williams Single Barrel in the egg nog. Redbreast CS. A Springbank 15 and a cask strength Kilkerran Castle And Key gins and vodkas. Me I'll probably be on the Booker's most of the evening, but I do like to end with a Demerara. Then I'll have a whiskey night in mid Jan when everyone has nothing else going on, and it will all be about the bottled fireworks. And then in mid Feb, mid March, that random Thursday... and those other 5 spontaneous moments.
  17. tascabe

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    Went to their holiday open house/tasting event several weeks back. Was a great time!
  18. CardsandBourbon

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    Starts around 6:30, as soon as we get back from Christmas Eve Mass. Starts with shrimp cocktail, gourmet cheeses & Frito Scoops. Main course is Orange/Bourbon glazed ham, two smoked turkey breasts, 2 smoked cedar plank salmon filets, roasted carrots, roasted potatoes, sauteed green beans with prosciutto & cranberry relish. Dessert is Nutella mousse, home made snickers bars, chocolate truffle cookies and orange truffles. Me too. Had a couple of hours to kill between a wedding and reception and stumbled onto the place. Tried a bunch of different bourbons and ended up purchasing the bottle you see.
  19. tascabe

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    I see you have been to the Cask in Cape Girardeau, MO. Love that place!
  20. parksmart

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    Bravo on the lineup! What time does the party start? I’ll be there early!
  21. Bob_Loblaw

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    No, you cannot say no to Mom! I am in a similar boat as some of the above posters. We go to my in-laws for Christmas eve and we do have some some whiskey drinkers, but they are all very casual and really not that "into the hobby" Things will get poured over ice, mixed, etc . . . Also, they generally do not prefer the high proof stuff. Last year I brought a W12 that was well received. I may bring something like that or a ETL again this year. I'm sure I will end up with a few gifted bottles so will crack one of those as well. I will also bring a few of the this years Bourbon County Stout variants to share and a mason jar or two of the aged eggnog I mixed up on the 4th of July. Looking forward to that one with some homemade bourbon whipped cream!
  22. Galvin0791

    Remus Volstead 14 year

    Thanks for the input! Crazy good notes.
  23. Rick M.

    What Rye Did You Purchase/Drinking (2019)

    What did you think of this?
  24. marshall9779

    Christmas Eve Lineup

    None of my wife’s family who are local to us drink bourbon. Traveling down to my parents the 27th and brother and his family coming up. They all drink bourbon including my mom, who was born and raised in KY. She wants to try the PVW15 that I just got via lottery. Can’t say no to mom so I will bring that and do some small pours. They all love MM so will pick up a bottle to take down with a custom label I ordered from MM.
  25. AndyD

    Remus Volstead 14 year

    I opened a bottle last week. I copied my tasting notes from a FB post: Nose: before letting it sit, big kick of ethanol , oak and vanilla. I drink a lot of mgp and feel they have a distinct oak smell. Hard to describe. After letting it air out for a bit, a lot more vanilla up front, a little less oak, dense rye bread, black pepper , caramel is there but takes a few seconds to find. Egg nog, and I know that’s a little weird on the holiday timing , but it’s a mix of the nutmeg and cream. Mouth/palate : creamy, oak, vanilla. I don’t tend to swish a lot, nor do I see a huge benefit for coating my whole mouth for an extended time. Finish - this is not punchy at all. It’s almost too smooth. Very little burn up front or down the hatch . Lots of caramel and vanilla. Creme brûlée. Very long finish. Several deep breathes and I can get some more oak and pepper and lasts for a few minutes. I drink mostly BP mgp so this was different. This is probably the most refined of the mgp offerings I’ve had. The finish is fantastic and I could nose this for hours. My only wish would be a few higher points in abv to give a little kick. I would highly recommend not doing a few higher proofs before enjoying this, which is what I attempted last night.
  26. FasterHorses

    12-Sample Blind Taste Test

    I think you forgot to put a decimal between the one and the zero for piggyback. I thought it was good for a mixer only. Looks like a good list.
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