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English ale that is only 5 percent alcohol?
A lot of English beer is around 3.5%, so called session ale, for drinking 8 to 10 pints.

There is tradition of strong English ales though, going back a thousand years. You also had barley wine, a Napoleonic era style designed to wean the Brits off claret.
 

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Johnnie Walker Black. I broke my no drinking from Mon-Thu evening rule. I worked a half day on a holiday Monday. Is that justification?
 

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You're back mate.

Are you testing negative now?
That's another interesting topic, after a positive test here, they ring you up the next day to see how you're doing and give you some advice. One of them is don't get tested for the next 8 weeks as you'll likely test positive with all the dead virus. Which explains some of the failings of the testing aspect to the virus passport systems. Which here, like the UK, is now binned.

I also asked them about therapeutics, now that I've got it, what I medicines I should be taking? They said you need to see your GP about that. Fair enough.

Had a few hot toddies this last week, but wine and coffee absolutely no desire. The wife is a big coffee drinker and she's been exactly the same.
 

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Turns out, everything is better with a coke.

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I also asked them about therapeutics, now that I've got it, what I medicines I should be taking? They said you need to see your GP about that. Fair enough.

Paxlovid

I started to go out to home bars again last week and my favourite bartender made me my share of old fashioned and Manhattans. Of course I dated myself by ordering those.

There was a rather annoying woman with her boyfriend who looked to be in her 40s playing Sex in the City clips at the bar with her mobile propped up against her purse and the volume turned all the way up. It was intended to be instructional to the date.
 

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One for Arnathor Arnathor , if you are still exploring rums:

From what I’ve tried of the list, only the Clement XO might be nice. From what I haven’t tried, the Appleton for sure is excellent and the Real McCoy and the Capovilla may be worthwhile. The rest imho is either not good or not even interesting enough to try.
 

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What are you going to do with it? Does not seem like something you’d want to drink pure?
At this stage, with Coke Zero. Once I'm out of the quarantine, which I intend to be Wednesday, I'll get some ginger beer, lime and soda water and see which is the best.

Edit: before I decided I wasn't fit for active duty, I got some Old Jamaican Light Ginger Beer, fresh lime and soda water in. It's pretty damn good with lime and ginger beer. Just ordered the 151 proof/75% version, along with Appleton White and the 62. The last two, I've seen on Dutch drink websites, but never been in stock before today. Cheap and cheery: €14.95 and €15.95. I wouldn't buy whisky at that price, but somehow rum I'll give it a go. Also got the standard Pusser's in, which is very special with Coca Cola for some reason. The other versions are horrible, neat or mixed. Not tried the 15 year old though.
 
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You already paid for it...

Once had Ukrainian vodka made from radishes, or was it turnips? That was in Astrakhan.

Not a big fan of vodka. It lacks something. The best is proper potato vodka, but you will pay for that the next day. I tend to leave well alone.

The Russkies are big beer drinkers by the way, the largest selection of beers I've ever seen is in Russian supermarkets in fridges. Everything you want, from everywhere, including English breweries. I believe the Iranians are similar, but you have to ask the manager, then he'll take you out back to where they have crates and crates of Guinness and the likes waiting for you.
 

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The Russkies are big beer drinkers by the way, the largest selection of beers I've ever seen is in Russian supermarkets in fridges. Everything you want, from everywhere, including English breweries. I believe the Iranians are similar, but you have to ask the manager, then he'll take you out back to where they have crates and crates of Guinness and the likes waiting for you.

I used to import Baltika for my mate in Montreal because somehow Quebec's provincial liquor monopoly didn't import it at the time but Ontario did. Then when Russia invaded Georgia he had me on a wild goose chase to track down and horde Georgian wine.
 

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I used to import Baltika for my mate in Montreal because somehow Quebec's provincial liquor monopoly didn't import it at the time but Ontario did. Then when Russia invaded Georgia he had me on a wild goose chase to track down and horde Georgian wine.
We used to have Baltika at my local supermarket, 5-6 years ago. It was dirt cheap and drinkable. Much better than the local budget beers.
 

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We used to have Baltika at my local supermarket, 5-6 years ago. It was dirt cheap and drinkable. Much better than the local budget beers.

Local as in the States? I haven't been to alcohol tasting events in awhile but I thought pre coronavirus that the US became the king of craft beers.
 

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Local as in the States? I haven't been to alcohol tasting events in awhile but I thought pre coronavirus that the US became the king of craft beers.
Oh it is, but Baltika was priced to compete with the Costco home brand budget line.
 

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The secret to whiskies is getting the aeration at the right level, can take days or weeks, but you need a good couple of bottles do get it right:

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As you can see, I'm into Bushmills at the moment. Delicate and like the Glenfiddich very approachable. You don't need to work your palate up.

These are the whiskies, along with the above, I know I would be receptive to at the moment: Auchentoshen, Glengoyne, Arran and Scapa. Anything more robust and I'm not going to like it.

That 62 Appleton is a pretty good mixer. Not much taste mind you, but it's clean and that's what you want with a cheap rum. Haven't had Pusser's rum for sometime, and I regretted buying that, as it's a sugar bomb. Dreadful.
 

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Was down at the local Hanos supermarket wholesaler yesterday, all Russian vodka's taken off the shelves - suprisingly, that section still pretty full - and the caviar section not quite sure where it's really from Iran or Russia - emptied, as if it never existed.
 

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3 glasses of pinot grigio yesterday, 4 double Johnnie Walker Black and about 4 fingers of Bruichladdich.

3 glasses pinot grigio oday and 4 double Johnnie Walker Black.....so far.
 

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Got a bottle of Teachers in, on the basis it was good enough for Stanley Kubrick. Haven't had a bottle of that in for quite sometime. Haven't opened it yet.

After JW left the UK market, those Bell's, Famous Grouse and the above blended whiskies where the mainstay unless you were into single malts. There's nothing wrong with any of them, good price too. They're certainly better than JW Red or Black. Or if you're desperate Vat 69, which is actually very desperate indeed. You know you've taken a wrong turn when you're drinking the No.1 whisky in Venezuela.
 

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At the price of Black Grouse, Chivas or Johnnie Walker Black, you're a few CAD here from a single malt like Bowmore.

There's also this Singleton of Dufftown 12 year that I see the local stores promoting that is exactly one dollar more expensive than Johnnie Walker Black.

Glenfiddich has also been reaching down towards the premium blend with their Founders Reserve. Smaller bottle options and obviously no age statement.
 

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At the price of Black Grouse, Chivas or Johnnie Walker Black, you're a few CAD here from a single malt like Bowmore.

There's also this Singleton of Dufftown 12 year that I see the local stores promoting that is exactly one dollar more expensive than Johnnie Walker Black.

Glenfiddich has also been reaching down towards the premium blend with their Founders Reserve. Smaller bottle options and obviously no age statement.
Bowmore I never rated, neither Singleton.

Not seen the Founders Reserve here.
 

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Sorry I meant Glenlivet. We were one of the markets they experimented stripping all the age statements from Macallan.
The Macallan did that here too, I prefer age statements.

That Teachers is as I vaguely remember it, a decent cheap blend, but not made for mixing. To be enjoyed neat(ish). Not really for me.
 

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Last night and just now, Calvados - Chateau du Breuil 20 year old - but you definitely don't need something that good, with tonic water and Angostura bitters. Pretty good drink. A change to G&T.
 

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F. X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Loibner Steinertal 2011.

Very nice, good long finish. I'm not going to touch that case for the next few years and see how it develops.
 

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A bit of infanticide tonight:

Markus Molitor Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett Weiße Kapsel trocken 2020

Subtly smoky, citrus notes, very slight floral aromas, acidic and mineralic. Very long finish.

I'm very interested in seeing this wine develop and thus glad that I bought a few bottles more.
 

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What is the best cream liqueur? What is the best salted caramel cream liqueur?
 
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