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Andostre wrote:

Speaking of scotches that you drink straight vs. mixing, I was given a bottle of Cutty Sark by a family member. They gave me a bottle because Cutty Sark was my grandfather's scotch of choice. It is... not my favorite. But I had a big bottle of it, and I don't like to waste things, so I started using it in mixed scotch drinks.

Rusty nails are my favorite scotch cocktail (for those taking notes). I got so used to rusty nails made with Cutty Sark, that any time I make one with a "better" scotch, it tastes off. Now, whenever I make a drink that calls for mixing in scotch, Cutty Sark is what I try first.

I actually have my grandfather's bottle of Cutty Sark.

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Wife messaged earlier and picked up the widow Jane rye, whilst she was out. That’ll be nice to get into


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Had some Eagle Rare tonight. Delicious!


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Gotta love wives that bring you bottles of delicious things!

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GM_Beernorg wrote:
Gotta love wives that bring you bottles of delicious things!

Confirmed. Only had a wee nip friday as I went to a concert saturday and house stuff (getting a new washer and installing it, hungover and bruised from the pit, man metal at 41 hurts)


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LMAO, I get ya Pauly, we are the same age, and I hate to admit it, but I really am starting to feel it, good thing we have scotch to dull the aches of manual labor.

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Yes, my ancestors were thinking clearly....for awhile at least until the scotch was ready then likely not so much.

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Eh no hard stuff, am sipping a Highland Oatmeal Porter though and listening to Agents of Oblivion.


World's most interesting Pan wrote:
Had some Eagle Rare tonight. Delicious!

You were actually able to score a bottle? Nice!

The Joke From Work:

The Employer retails Eagle Rare for a significantly lower price than the local specialty liquor shops.

Unfortunately, because the liquor vendors can charge more to said shops (since they're charging more to customers) they make their sales to the specialty shops first and then if there's any random pieces left over we get them in our chain.

So of course every delivery day: "Do you have Eagle Rare/Blantons/Buffalo Trace/etc?"

"No."

"When are you getting it in?"

"Don't know."

"Why don't you know?"

Etc.

EDIT: That reminds me, don't recall if I mentioned my Blanton's experience -- I really wasn't impressed. It was like they were trying to do too many things at once and it muddled the taste profile of the bottle I had.

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Blanton's likely more so now with the premium folk ask for it these days. And it was one of the more expensive one's back in the day too


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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
World's most interesting Pan wrote:
Had some Eagle Rare tonight. Delicious!

You were actually able to score a bottle? Nice!

** spoiler omitted **

EDIT: That reminds me, don't recall if I mentioned my Blanton's experience -- I really wasn't impressed. It was like they were trying to do too many things at once and it muddled the taste profile of the bottle I had.

I wish. It was at the bar my sister in law manages.

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So santa (wife) gave me a few early gifts, mainly because the last week has been a bloody nightmare. Best friend was in a really severe auto accident, so have been dealing with that. He got to keep his legs but 4 surgeries later and one to go. He's still in the hospital. Yes the first thing I did when I saw him Monday was call him Lieutenant Dan. He's very VERY fortunate. No one else involved. (blood sugar issue caused this)

She gave me a bottle of Whistlepig as an early gift. And last night we went on a date for the first time since March. Protip, Ruth's Chris is hecka expensive but also hecka good.

Anyway the kids are at Gam's house so we exchanged a little gift with one another and by Io! she gave me a bottle of Ardbeg 10, which is one of my absolute favorite expressions. Sure there's more expensive but it just suits me. She got a bottle of Jimmy Choo Fever and a tote bag.

Having coffee now and heading to hospital later to go see Mattchew and take him a bag of sundries and a gift as well.


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Paulyhedron wrote:
Blanton's likely more so now with the premium folk ask for it these days. And it was one of the more expensive ones back in the day too

That seems to be Buffalo Trace Distillery's current business practice -- artificially low availability, fueling hype. True of Blanton's, Eagle Rare, Weller, Elmer T. Lee -- pretty much their whole lineup except Ancient Age and Benchmark.

Blanton's is especially crazy because of John Wick.


Buffalo Trace really isn't that big of a distillery (relative). It's only about 1/4 the size of Four Roses, and not even close to any of the other big boys. They're working on a $1.2b expansion right now, so hopefully in 10 years there will be plenty of eagle rare to go around.

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Paulyhedron wrote:
Blanton's likely more so now with the premium folk ask for it these days. And it was one of the more expensive ones back in the day too

That seems to be Buffalo Trace Distillery's current business practice -- artificially low availability, fueling hype. True of Blanton's, Eagle Rare, Weller, Elmer T. Lee -- pretty much their whole lineup except Ancient Age and Benchmark.

Blanton's is especially crazy because of John Wick.

Pappy and this whole bourbon explosion seemed to coincide with the show Justified. I remember buying Pappy special reserve at RETAIL ($150/12 year) that now sits at a grand. Also Buffalo Trace


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Finally got myself some Highland Park 12.

I haven't had a lot of scotch since I got covid in October, so my palette is still a little rough. I'm having a hard time getting past the astringent taste of the malt, though I do still like it. It is not near as soft and subtle as I remember either the 15 or 18 (though I still have some 18 to compare, I'm going to wait on that for a while). It has some smoke to it, and in general I got a fairly earthy impression from it. It's a lot less lively than Laphroaig 10, but in a good way. Far more approachable, but still definitely scotch. I can sense some decent complexity, but I can't make it all out at the moment.

For tonight, I infused some wild turkey 101 with a bunch of ingredients for the last few days (thyme, orange, apple, bitters, sugar), then I made it into an old fashioned (bitters, sugar, water). The first round of infusion was a premade gift from a friend (camp cocktails was the brand, kind of expensive though).


Irontruth wrote:
For tonight, I infused some wild turkey 101 with a bunch of ingredients

WT101 is a great value right off the shelf.

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So.. back to scotch, is anyone here a member of the Single Malt Whisky Society? I've been a member since 2020 and it has really helped me broaden my scotch palate.


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I probably should be.


So I was thinking on the song that has 'Drinking whiskey and rye.' just what is rye?


Phillip Gastone wrote:
So I was thinking on the song that has 'Drinking whiskey and rye.' just what is rye?

Different kind of grain. Rye whiskey specifically uses rye grain instead of corn or barley. Gives it a very distinct flavor.

It's also used in making rye bread, as in a corned beef on rye.


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Recently opened a bottle of MacClelland's 16. It was a wedding gift some 18 years ago, and I'd been hauling it around the country ever since, waiting for the right occasion.

Spoiler:
My ex and I ended up using it to toast our divorce being finalized and her getting remarried.

Anyway, I generally prefer bourbon to Scotch, but this one has a sweetness that actually adds to the flavor without interfering with it. I'm impressed.

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