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Which other spirits do you enjoy?

Postby Marvin » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:16 pm

I like brandy and dark rum
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Postby Dubois » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:18 pm

Vodka for me,please...
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:42 pm

Calvados! Toured a few distilleries when I was in Normandy and developed a taste for the stuff. A very interesting comparison to whisky.
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Postby Jan » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:12 pm

I like the occasional rhum and cognac - as long as it is the good stuff.

Have never tried calvados or armagnac, hmmm... should really try and reticify that in the near future.

Can you recommend a calvados, Mr TH ?

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Postby Marvin » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:21 pm

Rhum? That's an island!
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Postby Jan » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:33 pm

Marvin wrote:Rhum? That's an island!


The correct spelling should of course be rum - without the "h".

All though it's my belief the rhum is a valid, if alternative spelling ?
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Postby Marvin » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:42 pm

No idea, all I know is Rhum is an island in the Scottish Hebrides.
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Postby sgsoloplayer » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:55 pm

Gin! Its nice and refreshing sometimes and much better tasting than vodka.
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Postby Wave » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:56 pm

With a nice Single malt whisky collection I also have nice little Rum collection with Pyrat XO Reserve (British West Indies) being my favorite.


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Postby Frodo » Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:36 pm

Tequila, Mezcal, and Rum.

Would like to get into Amagnac more, but I've got my plate full as is...
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Postby sku » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:50 am

I second Tequila and Mezcal. Any of you Islay fans who haven't had a good Mezcal should try one. I'd recommend Chichicapa from the Del Maguey single village series.
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Postby Marvin » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:54 am

What is Mezcal?
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Postby martin grant » Sun Oct 22, 2006 9:02 am

I really enjoy a good quality cognac every now and then. Cognac and cigars really do go together
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Sun Oct 22, 2006 9:03 am

Cognac and occasionally also Akvitt.
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Postby StephenBaird » Sun Oct 22, 2006 9:17 am

Vodka, there is a large range of interesting ones to try, favourite at this moment is Bison

Gin, is also good - Juniper Green being one of my favourites

Rum is also very good - a nice dark one is usually really appreciated
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Postby sku » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:38 pm

Marvin wrote:What is Mezcal?


Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from the Mexican agave plant. Tequila is the most popular type of Mezcal, is made from the blue agave plant and originates in the town of Tequila in the Mexican state of Jalisco. However, there are other varieties of agave that lend themselves to different Mezcals. Oaxacan Mezcals, from southern Mexico, tend to have a smoky quality, which is why I recommend them to fans of peated malts.

For years Mezcal was Tequila's ugly stepsibling, considered to be uncouth moonshine by sophisticates, but of late, some of the fine Mezcals of southern Mexico have been recognized and made available, at least in the US.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:01 am

the only other spirit I'd really go for would be Gin with a tonic of course. Usually stouts or beers for me.
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Postby Bullie » Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:24 am

There's a lot of nice high end spirits out there. Amongst my favourites, not close to whisky but anyway, is Armangnac and Calvados. :D

Especially the 'single farm' Armangnacs can be a real treat.
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Postby les taylor » Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:59 pm

Friday nite at 6 o'clock is gin and tonic time.
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Postby Choochoo » Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:19 pm

I love Bourbon during warm months or when I'm just looking for something that's easy drinking and doesn't require too much attention.

Also like Rum a lot, beer & tequila at times also.
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Postby Drammer » Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:40 pm

StephenBaird wrote:Vodka, there is a large range of interesting ones to try, favourite at this moment is Bison

Gin, is also good - Juniper Green being one of my favourites

Rum is also very good - a nice dark one is usually really appreciated


Gin, I prefer the Dutch original, jenever :)
Smoother in my opinion...

Goes well with a beer chaser
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Postby Paul A Jellis » Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:26 pm

The spirit of Christmas past . . .
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Postby bamber » Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:12 am

As well as whisk(e)y I also keep in the cupboard:

Tequila (just use cheap stuff for mixing, but I do like it).
Absinthe (I drink it out a snifter, which never fails to amuse).
Rum (Mount Gay extra old, at the moment).
Brandy in all its guises (Calvados and an Italian Brandy at the moment).
Vodka (cheap as possible).
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Postby les taylor » Tue Oct 31, 2006 1:48 pm

Kummel Wolfschmidt its great when you have a cold. :)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:57 am

Jan wrote:Can you recommend a calvados, Mr TH ?


Sorry so long in answering--I just stumbled on this. I can't really say I'm an expert, but there doesn't seem to be as much variety in calvados as there is in sms. Any fairly old one--XO--will be interesting, and the older and woodier, the more it will taste like old woody scotch, of course, with just enough of a twist to bring a smile to the lips. Unfortunately, the most common bottle in these parts, from Boulard--Solange, or something like that?--is quite young and fiery, not recommended. Calvados with the appellation "pays d'auge" is double distilled in recycled cognac stills; otherwise, a small column still is used. I'm sure I can't tell the difference, but I'll bet someone can, and there is of course a bit of snobbery attached to that. Morin is a commonly available column-still one (I believe). Try any XO or 15yo, I've never had a bad one. I'd have one now, but it's bedtime!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:07 am

I tried calvados and armagnac from this line, and enjoyed them both immensely:

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Postby Jan » Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:38 am

Cool - thank you TH.

I have learned something new today...
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Postby Nidaros » Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:30 pm

I like:
Akevitt
Cognac
Armagnac
Vodka
Gin


Basically most, except tequila.

However, whisky is superior to all of the above
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:59 am

The Alchemist (see above bottles) is Gordon Wright, who has been involved with Springbank, Murray McDavid, and Bruichladdich. There is an interesting interview with him in LFW's Scotch Whisky Review, here:

http://www.lfw.co.uk/whisky_review/SWR2 ... e23-3.html
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Alternatives, not substitutes:

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Nov 11, 2006 2:50 am

In the local vernacular - Wobbly Pops. Generally in summer a cold Labatts' Blue (5% abv) in a chilled mug. Early in the fall, Dark or amber rum and coke and as an occasional treat, Antiguan Ron Santero 21 yo rum. When I crave sweetness, Southern Comfort and seven.

However, it's late autumn now, and the official start of dramming season so I go to delve into Danny's selections. Right now.

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Postby Jacques » Sat Nov 11, 2006 3:48 am

I like Armagnac very much as well... also Cognac..... and just very recently tried a Rum from Guatemala (Zacapa XO) and I must say that it is very very good.... even though I am from Venezuela where we have very good Rums as well....
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