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50 dollars for a bottle of bulleit bourbon. That has to be highway robbery.
That's a real rip-off. It's at best 20-30 in any currency, unless it's some special cask or edition?

My emergency booze collection is holding up pretty good, can't say that of my Pot Noodles.
 

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That's a real rip-off. It's at best 20-30 in any currency, unless it's some special cask or edition?

My emergency booze collection is holding up pretty good, can't say that of my Pot Noodles.
No age statement whatsoever.

It's the one you use to mix for cocktails.

I am off booze for another day or so. Getting used to it.
 

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is this some sort of marijuana edible?

I don’t have any great hankering for beer. One glass in the the sunshine is enough.

Ales don’t really travel well much further than the pub garden.
It doesn't rock my boat anymore either. I've come to the conclusion that beer is a young man's game. And I use to love it, getting lagered up and being on a Shane MacGowan mission drinking ten pints of beer.
 

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It doesn't rock my boat anymore either. I've come to the conclusion that beer is a young man's game. And I use to love it, getting lagered up and being on a Shane MacGowan mission drinking ten pints of beer.
I haven't done ten pints since I was last in London and that was a few years ago. Was supposed to be this month.
 

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Snuck into the liquor store right before it was supposed to close. I was welcomed with open arms being in a three piece and a tie. The homeless bloke behind me not so much.

Having Balvenie this weekend.
 

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The Balvenie is a great distillery, was a big fan of the first batch of rum finishes, not the 14 year old you see now. But it was an 18 year old and was magnificent.

Edit: I think it was actually 17 year old for some reason.
 
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And there she blows:

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I bought that in 2010/2011 and it was about €54-64.00. Quite affordable. And it was magnificent. the 14 year version was nothing in comparison.
 

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And there she blows:

I bought that in 2010/2011 and it was about €54-64.00. Quite affordable. And it was magnificent. the 14 year version was nothing in comparison.
A Scottish bartender with the most horrific yellow teeth introduced me to that at a pub here. But that was 5 years or so ago when it wasn't a vintage collector's item. If I recall correctly he had to climb up a ladder a step or two to fetch it.
 

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A Scottish bartender with the most horrific yellow teeth introduced me to that at a pub here. But that was 5 years or so ago when it wasn't a vintage collector's item. If I recall correctly he had to climb up a ladder a step or two to fetch it.
Was at whisky store today, they're obviously enjoying a serious boom. I got speaking to them about that particular bottle and apparently they bought it back-off a customer who purchased it from them back when it was reasonable priced. The going rate for that 17 year old is now €700+.

For myself got these in:

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Bought one of the older 24 days of rum tasting sets on the cheap. Not overly excited with what's included, but it will still be interesting.
 

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Tried that JW Explorer's Edition. If you're moving on up from JW Red this will appeal as the base notes are all JW Red. It has more spice, a lingering finish and with ice pretty good. Neat, not really. I've tried both as a mixer and with ice, and with ice is much better.

JW Red tends to turn sweet and sickly if you don't consume quickly. I am intrigued if this will open up and improve, or be like the Red deteriorate after a week or so. I will leave it to oxygenate for a couple of days.
 

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Tried that JW Explorer's Edition. If you're moving on up from JW Red this will appeal as the base notes are all JW Red. It has more spice, a lingering finish and with ice pretty good. Neat, not really. I've tried both as a mixer and with ice, and with ice is much better.

JW Red tends to turn sweet and sickly if you don't consume quickly. I am intrigued if this will open up and improve, or be like the Red deteriorate after a week or so. I will leave it to oxygenate for a couple of days.
What is that? Red plus? Johnnie Walker has too many variations again. I thought when they got rid of Green they were trying to simplify their product.
 

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What is that? Red plus? Johnnie Walker has too many variations again. I thought when they got rid of Green they were trying to simplify their product.
It's one of those travel exclusive ''Duty Free'' editions. Tried it again before dinner with ice, absolutely superb! This ain't your Red Label shite. Nor is it made for sipping, lash it in with a load of ice and away you go. After 2/3 days this is an almost perfect expression of a blend for serving with ice. As it should be.

Now that Green is back, there's 2 different expressions. And Black, well I bought 3 of them the other day. That's beside the 2 regular editions.

Then you have Blue Label which has several more expensive editions that are different in blend to the regular expression.

Doesn't look like they're simplifying their ranges. And I prefer that, a more upmarket mixer (i.e. The Adventurer) and variations on the rather tedious Black Label can draw people like me back into drinking (blended) whisky more regularly.
 

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It's one of those travel exclusive ''Duty Free'' editions. Tried it again before dinner with ice, absolutely superb! This ain't your Red Label shite. Nor is it made for sipping, lash it in with a load of ice and away you go. After 2/3 days this is an almost perfect expression of a blend for serving with ice. As it should be.

Now that Green is back, there's 2 different expressions. And Black, well I bought 3 of them the other day. That's beside the 2 regular editions.

Then you have Blue Label which has several more expensive editions that are different in blend to the regular expression.

Doesn't look like they're simplifying their ranges. And I prefer that, a more upmarket mixer (i.e. The Adventurer) and variations on the rather tedious Black Label can draw people like me back into drinking (blended) whisky more regularly.
Blue Label has so many packaging designs and editions it's a collector's game.

I am drinking an Aultmore. Never had that. Picked it up when I was buying the bottle of Balvenie and now that I finished the Balvenie, this one is already at 1/4.
 

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Blue Label has so many packaging designs and editions it's a collector's game.

I am drinking an Aultmore. Never had that. Picked it up when I was buying the bottle of Balvenie and now that I finished the Balvenie, this one is already at 1/4.
The Blue Label Ghost looks interesting, only uses whisky from mothballed or closed distilleries. The regular Blue Label is just one big disappointment now. There's €30-40 blends, including from JW that are more interesting.

Aultmore, can't say I drank much of that. Like Bowmore, just never captured my palate.
 

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I love this. If I was in lock down like everyone else I would definitely be bringing back cocktail hour. Right now it’s more of a late-night wine guzzle while eating left overs from the family meal I missed.

 

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I love this. If I was in lock down like everyone else I would definitely be bringing back cocktail hour. Right now it’s more of a late-night wine guzzle while eating left overs from the family meal I missed.

I disagree. Drinking involves socialising. I don’t have much interest in drinking all night at home - let alone all day.

As I mostly drink ale, which is mainly available via pubs, then bottled beers have only a limited appeal. I don’t mind some cocktails in nice weather - but a cocktail hour is not a good idea. Neither is having wine with meals at home. It does not make you into a sophisticated Mediterranean type.
 

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I disagree. Drinking involves socialising. I don’t have much interest in drinking all night at home - let alone all day.

As I mostly drink ale, which is mainly available via pubs, then bottled beers have only a limited appeal. I don’t mind some cocktails in nice weather - but a cocktail hour is not a good idea. Neither is having wine with meals at home. It does not make you into a sophisticated Mediterranean type.
I have to agree. I am restricting my drinking to Thursday-Sunday but even then I'm not tempted to do more than a bottle of wine and a few fingers of whisky from mid afternoon to nightcap.

If I wanted to be catatonic and numb I'd just do drugs and lie down glazed on some opioid. Much faster than drinking alcohol.

That said the cocktail hour was one of the recommendations from my company to keep in touch with colleagues. Book an aperitif video conference around 1630 or 1700.
 

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Whenever I’ve had opiates, I got a tonne of energy and would be bouncing off the walls doing stuff (if I wasn’t puking). YMMV.
 

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I disagree. Drinking involves socialising. I don’t have much interest in drinking all night at home - let alone all day.

As I mostly drink ale, which is mainly available via pubs, then bottled beers have only a limited appeal. I don’t mind some cocktails in nice weather - but a cocktail hour is not a good idea. Neither is having wine with meals at home. It does not make you into a sophisticated Mediterranean type.
Bottled beer doesn't real work, they've never been able to recreate the freshness of cask ale.

Cocktail hours definitely should be re-embraced by the Brits. I love that whole aperitivo/American bar culture. Reinvent the gin palaces for the roaring 2020's.

The Dutch do very bad cocktails too.

Having wine with certain foods is essential: steak, spaghetti and a good Bordeaux with Indian food is spot-on.

I have to agree. I am restricting my drinking to Thursday-Sunday but even then I'm not tempted to do more than a bottle of wine and a few fingers of whisky from mid afternoon to nightcap.

If I wanted to be catatonic and numb I'd just do drugs and lie down glazed on some opioid. Much faster than drinking alcohol.

That said the cocktail hour was one of the recommendations from my company to keep in touch with colleagues. Book an aperitif video conference around 1630 or 1700.
I ended listening to that Labour gobshite Alastair Campbell getting interviewed this afternoon, whilst waiting for a Chris Difford one. He was drinking day-in, day-out at the height of New Labour's power, a couple of shots before lunch at 11:30am, then six bottles of wine at lunch between him and his chums, then off to his club to drink himself into oblivion and on into the night. But then again, to hang around with the likes of himself, even at the level of being comfortable with his own company, you would probably need that level of inebriation.

Whenever I’ve had opiates, I got a tonne of energy and would be bouncing off the walls doing stuff (if I wasn’t puking). YMMV.
I've only taken morphine for spinal nerve damage, and of all the pain killers (I've not taken the super-duper Prince Oxydodone ++ ones), the most clean and effective. No fuzziness or problems coming off them after weeks of use.
 

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Received three bottles from Dirker yesterday, hazelnut, williams and mirabelle. The special edition/selection of each. Just tried the hazelnut, it's incredible. All the manufactures of spirits, whether its brandy, cognac, rum, etc., have the wildest claims regarding taste and the critics/food journalists are even worse. But this is in fact liquid chocolate spread just as advertised and despite having 40%, most wines taste more alcoholic. Amazing work.
 

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This is a bit scary. Been finishing a bottle of whisky every week since the quarantine. That does not include the two bottles of wine for the weekend although admittedly sometimes a bit of the wine is used in the cooking.

Trying to think what I want to try next.
 

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This is a bit scary.....
Not really.

An ex-boss of mine use to do a half-bottle of gin a night with tonic, excluding red wine. He's still alive and that's 20 years ago. He must be 80+ now.

Bob Monkhouse was interesting: a half bottle of whisky everyday, plus 2 bottles of Bordeaux. I assume he shared the wine.
 

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Not really.

An ex-boss of mine use to do a half-bottle of gin a night with tonic, excluding red wine. He's still alive and that's 20 years ago. He must be 80+ now.

Bob Monkhouse was interesting: a half bottle of whisky everyday, plus 2 bottles of Bordeaux. I assume he shared the wine.
I was about to ask if they are still alive. Then again the chap behind Maker's Mark apparently drank a pint of brown every day.

Not that I care much. This coronavirus quarantine must be what Catholics call purgatory.
 

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Finished another bottle of whisky. Just wondering if I should do single malt or blend.
 

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That Chivas Regal Extra is pretty good. Smooth, yet rich. Will explore some their higher end stuff. Never rated their standard blend.
 

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Glass nearly empty mode. Many of my whiskies are nearing the end of the bottle.

Need another bottle of Powers John’s Lane pot still and a bottle of 10 year old Glen Grant. I will open a bottle of 10 year old when the Laphroaig quarter cask is finished. No Lidl Queen Margot on the shelves at the more basic level.
 

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Very classy.
I am drinking auchentoshan.
Does the standard house expression still have a touch of coconut about it?

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Triple distilled. The Scotch produced for Irishmen.
Contemplated getting the 10 year old the other day. Haven't seen any of the older expressions for several years now.

The Black Bush was always pretty good too.

When it comes to Irish whiskey outside of Northern Ireland, it's Redbreast, Midleton or Ian Dury's favorite, Paddys.
 

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Does the standard house expression still have a touch of coconut about it?



Contemplated getting the 10 year old the other day. Haven't seen any of the older expressions for several years now.

The Black Bush was always pretty good too.

When it comes to Irish whiskey outside of Northern Ireland, it's Redbreast, Midleton or Ian Dury's favorite, Paddys.
Paddy is absolute shite. Powers seemed more popular than Jameson in The West.
 

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Paddy is absolute shite. Powers seemed more popular than Jameson in The West.
Not if you drink it very quickly and in a mixer.

The secret with the cheaper well known blends like JW Red, is drink within a couple of days of opening. Wait a week for the oxygen to get to it and it's vile.
 

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Bowmore.

Not so much that I wanted it but because it was on sale.

Balvenie Caribbean cask is $144 CAD here. Caribbean...not rum.
 

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Its Fathers Day ......!!!!!!!!!!

Currently sipping Makers Mark 46 whilst munching on a bar of Cadbury's Bournville.

Its playing all the right notes, in the right order...
 
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