Spirited Discussions A Lunch Community about Alcoholic Beverages. http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions <![CDATA[Vodka Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]> When it comes to alcohol, vodka is my drug of choice.  When it comes to brands, I swear by Svedka and Stolichnaya (mostly the latter).

Vodka has been a very warm welcome to my life ever since I was old enough to drink alcohol.  This stuff has helped me cope with some bad stress from college and other bullshit in life, though I'm smart enough to not abuse it and let it control my life.

When it comes to mixing drinks, I'm pretty plain since I only like to mix either orange juice or cranberry juice to make beverages that help me unwind from a long day or week.

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<![CDATA[Hot Chocolate Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/drink/UserReview-Hot_Chocolate-1379219-229993.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/drink/UserReview-Hot_Chocolate-1379219-229993.html Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:11:15 +0000 <![CDATA[ Texas-Sized Choices, Texas-Sized Discounts, Texas-Friendly Staff]]> My fair home state of Louisiana has a ton of things to love about it.  From the people to the food to the parties, there isn't much I'd change about my home state.  One thing I do wish we had in the Pelican State, though, are a few Spec's Superstores.  Why?  Because I have yet to walk into a liquor store anywhere in Louisiana (or any other state for that matter) that has a more knowledgeable and friendly staff or wider selection of beverages as the one I have encountered at Spec's in Beaumont, TX.  

This Texas-based chain of liquor stores started up in Houston, TX back in 1962.  From there it has expanded all across the great state of Texas, and I've become a huge fan.  It's the only place I know of where I can pick up mass-produced beer and wine AND some really great craft beers and regional liquors.

On my first visit to Spec's, I was almost overwhelmed by the number of choices I had to pick from.  The aisles are divided into foods and bar needs (such as glasses and mixers), wines (assorted by countries and then divided by wine type), beer, hard liquor, and then cigars.  

You want to try some real champagne?  They have it.  How about a taste of Irish mead from Ireland?  They have that too.  They've also got more beer than you can imagine, with brands that ship in from all over the world.

What really sets Spec's apart, though, is their staff.  I get asked by at least two employees if I need help while I'm shopping.  If I do need help, the staff is quick to assist me.  Even better, if I am looking for a specific type of wine or brew to go with a meal, they can help me pick out the best choice, no matter what my budget might be.

The staff can also educate you on how to properly serve and store whatever you happen to buy.

Sometimes they have wine tastings or a vendor will be on hand to give out free samples.

On top of all of this, they have the best prices in town.  They consistently beat the prices of other liquor stores and even department and grocery stores.  If one of those stores has a sale, just bring in their advertisement and you'll get the same item at a lower price and with a smile.

The store also gives a discount to patrons who pay with cash.

Whether you're looking for Bud Light or Burgundy wine, Spec's has you covered.

Highly recommended to visitors of the Lone Star State. 

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<![CDATA[ Springbank Whiskey]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Campbeltown_Scottish_Whisky-17-1440735-215243-Springbank_Whiskey.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Campbeltown_Scottish_Whisky-17-1440735-215243-Springbank_Whiskey.html Wed, 9 Nov 2011 06:12:14 +0000 <![CDATA[ Oban - Close to my favorite single malt whisky]]> Aberlour is probably  my favorite single malt scotch, but its followed very closely by Oban.  Actually depending on my mood this could change and Oban might be my favorite for the evening.  Oban is a Highland Whisky.   There is a little smokiness to the Oban but its not like the strong peaty whiskey from Islay.   It has a beautiful gold color with a rich full nose that is at times sweet and then smokey with a little peat.   It has a delightful dry finish that is very smooth and a little sweet.   My daughter who also loves scotch likes Oban very much.  My partner Mark would probably give 2 or 3 points but he prefers the very peaty scotch.   I give it a 4 rating but on a good night I might give it a 5.   Its a toss up at times for me Oban or Aberlour.


 

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<![CDATA[ Aberlour 10 Year Single Malt Scotch - My favorite from Speyside]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Speyside_Scottish_Whisky-17-1440731-215241-Aberlour_10_Year_Single_Malt_Scotch_My_favorite.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Speyside_Scottish_Whisky-17-1440731-215241-Aberlour_10_Year_Single_Malt_Scotch_My_favorite.html Wed, 9 Nov 2011 05:37:29 +0000 <![CDATA[ A little sweet for me but still a great scotch - Auchentoshan 12 Year Scotch]]> Auchentoshan scotch from the Lowlands is not a heavy peaty scotch.  So if your into the Islay peaty types this one will not please you.   This is a single malt scotch that is triple distilled and has a honey color.   You will notice a toffee like scent with a little almond also.   So you know this will not be peaty.  No iodine smell here.  There is a distinct citrus taste at first and then you will notice an after taste with a kind of dry nutty flavor.  Not one of my favorites.   I would prefer one of the more peaty scotches over this, although the peaty ones are not necessarily my favorites either.   Having said that, I love almost all scotch so my criticism does not mean I would not drink this.


 

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<![CDATA[ Not my favorite but others in my family disagree - Laphroaig]]> I love scotch.  So even if its not my favorite that does not mean I do not like it.  Laphroaig from the Islay region of Scotland is not one of my favorites, but it is still one that I will gladly accept if offfered to me.  Its one of the peaty scotches.  My partner Mark loves peat.  The smokier the better for him.  He says if it smells like band aid its a great scotch.  And you can smell the peat and the iodine band aid scent in Laphroaig.   Its has beautiful color in the glass when held up to light and it you swirl it around the glass it leaves a wonderful aroma for your nose.    I am not a super peaty fanatic.   But I would never turn down Laphroaig.  My daughter is also a scotch fanatic.  She also is not a big fan of the super peaty scotches, unlike Mark.   But she too would not turn down a shot of Laphroaig.   Larry will give this a 3.   Mark would rate it a 5.   Katie would probably give it a 3 also.

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<![CDATA[Hot Chocolate Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/drink/UserReview-Hot_Chocolate-1379219-208315.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/drink/UserReview-Hot_Chocolate-1379219-208315.html Sun, 5 Jun 2011 13:16:34 +0000 <![CDATA[ Make Sure the Rum Isn't Gone!]]>
I do make a little bit of clout for myself, though. I've mentioned in the past that I do drink Red Bull without considering it a form of pop, which is admittedly a real stretch. I also save clout for alcoholic drinks like rum and coke, because let me be honest: Without an occasional shot or two of rum, I would die. It's my favorite kind of alcohol, and I love the stuff more than is perhaps healthy.

Then again, that's about how much I love my soda too.

You make a rum and coke by taking some Coke - and it HAS to be a Coke, not a Pepsi, not a Dr. Pepper, not a Faygo - and combining it with a small amount of rum. Usually I use just a little more than an average shot of rum, but your preference may vary. Rum is very strong stuff, though, and you do have to take it easy on the stuff or you will not only drown out the taste of the Coke, but also make the drink dangerously alcoholic. Remember, every time you drink alcohol, you're basically poisoning yourself, so I can't emphasize this enough: BE CAREFUL.

You do need the original Coca-Cola, because something this good doesn't work with any of the diets or the low-carb alternatives.

As for the rum, I usually use either Captain Morgan or Bacardi. I prefer the darker forms of rum because they create a tangy zing and can contain shots of flavor like lime or coconut which the coke can really bring out.

Rum and coke is a good drink for a good summer party or gathering.]]>
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<![CDATA[Long Island Iced Tea Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/drink/UserReview-Long_Island_Iced_Tea-1010630-207486.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/drink/UserReview-Long_Island_Iced_Tea-1010630-207486.html Tue, 17 May 2011 15:23:14 +0000 <![CDATA[ Simmzy's]]> It must be the loudest place in town, what fun!
I can yell anything at all at passer's by and they never know who yelled it.
Can't wait for the balconys over the sidewalk at the new place where Beache's used to be.
One word: Beer Bottle Bombs on the sidewalk (or lugies, LOL!)]]>
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<![CDATA[Simmzy's Quick Tip by Savvygirl]]> http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Simmzy_s-53-1389279-199333.html http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Simmzy_s-53-1389279-199333.html Sat, 15 Jan 2011 05:31:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Simmzy's Quick Tip by jrjohnson]]> http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Simmzy_s-53-1389279-198155.html http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Simmzy_s-53-1389279-198155.html Wed, 29 Dec 2010 22:42:20 +0000 <![CDATA[Simmzy's Quick Tip by jrjohnson]]> http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Simmzy_s-53-1389279-198154.html http://www.lunch.com/MBlocal/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Simmzy_s-53-1389279-198154.html Wed, 29 Dec 2010 22:41:59 +0000 <![CDATA[ Mischief Maker Cabernet Sauvignon]]> Middle Sister
There's a bit of middle sister in all of us.

Since we had so much fun tasting Forever Cool Merlot by Middle Sister Winery, my husband and I decided to try another of their red wines. This one was also purchased at our local Target, again for a ridiculously inexpensive price (on sale for $8.99). I was drawn to this wine for similar reasons as the last bottle I had tried:

  • The name of the winery-- Middle Sister (I'm a middle sister, so the idea of a winery created around this concept intrigues me.)
  • The label image and color scheme reminds me of my younger sister Debbie who's always been a bit of a mischief maker in our family. Plus, who doesn't remember drawing cute stick figures in grade school?
  • The story on the back of the wine bottle: Have you ever dated brothers? Worn leather pants to a wedding? Paired white wine with red meat? Then you just might be a mischief maker. You keep us up after bedtime on a school night. You change your hair color like most people change their socks. You make lives more complicated, but less boring. You'll be in the stories we tell our grandchildren. You love trouble. And we love you. This story reminds me of Debbie, especially when she tried to change out of her bridesmaid's dress at my wedding to wear jeans. Before drinking this wine, I recalled all the antics we partook of in our youth and shared some stories and laughter with my husband. 

I admit these are arbitrary reasons for purchasing a wine, but since my husband and I are wine novices, we enjoy having fun with some inexpensive purchases. Plus, when drinking at home with just each other's company, there's no need to be pretentious about the quality of the wine.

I researched Mischief Maker and gathered the following data concerning its contents: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% mixed Red Varities. It was made with warm ferments at 75F for extraction of color and character. There was no oak used. The Middle Sister Winery claims that  smells of plums, berry jam, and dried herbs. When tasting it, it's described as summer berry jam with finishes of cocoa. Suggested pairings include grilled steak, BLT sandwiches, roasted lamb, and mac and cheese.

We didn't pair this wine with anything. I agree that Mischief Maker smells of berry jam and herbs more than plums. When tasting it, I also agree that it has a strong berry jam flavor with an aftertaste of cocoa. Not being a fan of berry or cocoa tastes in my wine, I was disappointed with the flavor. The berries make the wine sweet while the cocoa leave a bitter aftertaste. I'm usually a fan of Cabernets, so I was really surprised to discover that I had enjoyed Forever Cool Merlot more than Mischief Maker.

Overall, the wine tastes better after sitting for a few hours. Even after that, my husband was not a fan and rated it a -2. I enjoyed Mischief Maker more after it sat, which is why I rated the wine a -1. It's suitable for anyone on a budget, but serious wine drinkers will not enjoy it.

I won't be buying this particular wine again, unless as a novelty gift for a sister. The best quality to this wine was the memories it induced concerning my younger rebel of a sister. This review's for you, Debbie!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Forever Cool Merlot]]> Middle Sister
There's a bit of middle sister in all of us.

Lately my husband and I have been drinking red wines with our evening meals; we had built quite the collection over the months. This particular wine was purchased at our local Target. It was inexpensive, under $10 at the time. There were actually a few factors that drew me to it other than the inexpensive costs: 

  • The name of the winery-- Middle Sister (I'm a middle sister, so the idea of a winery created around this concept intrigued me.)
  • The label image and color scheme (This particular Middle Sister reminds me of me. And of course who doesn't remember drawing cute stick figures in class?)
  • The story on the back of the wine: The Age of Aquarius has come and gone, but some things never go out of style. Like flowers, peace and a nice glass of Merlot. Let's take a moment to toast the sisters who march on to the beat of a different drummer. Nobody stays forever young. But you will always be forever cool. And for that, we salute you. Sip on!

Although these might be arbitrary reasons for buying a wine, I figured there wasn't much to loose because it was such an inexpensive purchase considering how pricey some decent reds are. 

Upon researching the contents, it is 94% Merlot and 6% Malbec. It was made with warm ferments (80F+) and mixed frequently for color extraction and fruit characters. It is described as smelling of ripe summer berries with a touch of vanilla. It's tastes are likened to lush berries that lead to a lingering cocoa power finish. Suggested pairings include Portobello mushroom burgers, grilled tuna, braised lamb shanks, or aged jack cheese. 

Unfortunately, we didn't pair the wine with one of the suggestions. When we are dining out, it's easier to accomplish this feat. When dining in, we don't cook food to fit with the wines in the house. There are pros and cons to this appropriate, two of which I have listed here:

Pro: When a wine is good, it will jump out no matter what you are eating with it. These wines leave a longer lasting impression and makes us want to purchase them more often.

Con: The more mediocre the wine is, the more this fact stands out with inappropriate pairings.

In the case of "Forever Cool," we drank it as an after dinner wine with a bit of chocolate and some cheddar cheese. The pairing wasn't particularly harmful, and we did enjoy the wine. I admit to being a little disappointed by its mediocrity, though. It was supple and smooth, an easy drinking wine, but the red and black fruit aromas and flavors were actually bitter and didn't provide the creamy richness I wanted. There was a lasting finish but this was again disappointing because of the bitterness of the Merlot. 

Not surprising, I disagree with the the wine seller's description of how "Forever Cool" smells. Instead, I liken it to bitter or unripe berries with a hint of cocoa to mask the bitter taste that awaits. After drinking the wine for a little while, I got used to the bitter berry taste and just enjoyed it.

This isn't a bad Merlot, and I would definitely recommend it to those on a budget. The novelty of the wine is in the label and presentation of the story for this particular Middle Sister. I find the whole concept refreshing and unique. I also like to support California wineries, and since this one is located in beautiful Santa Rosa, California, it's a perfect choice.

I would purchase this wine again, especially if I want something affordable, but I am more interested in trying some of the other Middle Sister wines before I revisit this particular one. Who knows? Maybe I will find a better one for my particular tastes.]]>
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<![CDATA[Bloody Mary Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/drink/UserReview-Bloody_Mary-17-1011272-193541.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/drink/UserReview-Bloody_Mary-17-1011272-193541.html Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:26:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Rum and Coke Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/album/UserReview-Rum_and_Coke-17-1010857-193540.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/album/UserReview-Rum_and_Coke-17-1010857-193540.html Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:26:04 +0000 <![CDATA[Mimosa Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/drink/UserReview-Mimosa-17-1010699-193539.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/drink/UserReview-Mimosa-17-1010699-193539.html Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:24:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Martini Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Martini-17-1010667-193538.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Martini-17-1010667-193538.html Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:24:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Margarita Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Margarita-17-1010654-193537.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Margarita-17-1010654-193537.html Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:24:01 +0000 <![CDATA[Highland Park 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Quick Tip by einhverfr]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/product/UserReview-Highland_Park_12_Year_Old_Scotch_Whisky-17-1439263-193384.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/product/UserReview-Highland_Park_12_Year_Old_Scotch_Whisky-17-1439263-193384.html Mon, 8 Nov 2010 23:12:31 +0000 <![CDATA[ Pioneering, unique stout]]>
Guinness is one of those underrated beers which is great in part because of how it subtly differs from other stouts.  Folks either love stouts or hate the burned bitterness that characterizes them.  But Guiness goes a step further by adding a signature tanginess which comes from a small portion of the wort being left to undergo a separate, different sort of fermentation.

Guinness is brewed using a somewhat unusual method whereby a small portion of the wort is set aside and allowed to undergo a lactic acid fermentation before being skimmed, boiled, and added back to the main wort.  If you taste Guinness, you will note that it doesn't taste like a stout:  it has a tangy sourness that's not normally present.  That's the lactic acid from this secondary, "sour wort" brewing.  This is similar to the tang you expect from a nice sourdough bread (and actually it's an analogous process).

Sour worts are not generally favored by most breweries and home brewers because there is a view that they are hard to control (and hence consistency isn't as possible as it might be otherwise).  This is true, but Guinness has managed to master it.

So if you are looking for a unique, bitter, and tangy beer, Guinness is one of those you cannot ignore.]]>
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<![CDATA[Strongest Drinks at the Bar]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/Lists-17-2695-Strongest_Drinks_at_the_Bar.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/Lists-17-2695-Strongest_Drinks_at_the_Bar.html Mon, 8 Nov 2010 17:51:16 +0000 <![CDATA[ For the Sophisticated Tequila Drinker]]> "Sophisticated Tequila Drinker" an oxymoron you say?  Perhaps, but that doesn't mean the tequila itself can't be and Clase Azul is one sophisticated experience, starting with the visual: a beautiful blue and white hand-made ceramic bottle that looks good behind any bar, to the taste: incredibly smooth & slightly sweet, almost like a cream soda (similar to, but not quite, the sweetness you find in a Ron Zacapa rum).  Seriously, take a look at that bottle.  It's beautiful.  And the taste inside matches the aesthetic.  A bottle of Clase Azul will set you back a bit ($90 for a 750 ml bottle), but this is something to savor and enjoy a little bit at a time and, once you're done, you'll be able to enjoy gazing at the bottle sitting on the shelf, whether you leave it as is or decide to fill it with Patron or Cuervo and serve to unsuspecting guests (in that event, using for body shots and tequila poppers is acceptable).

I don't even like Tequila and I love this stuff.  For me, its a toss up between the Clase Azul and the Don Julio 1942 Tequila Anejo for the best Tequila out there.  Give it a try if you have a chance and let me know what you think.]]>
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<![CDATA[Old Fashioned Quick Tip by engelcox]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Old_Fashioned-17-1010759-187746.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Old_Fashioned-17-1010759-187746.html Wed, 13 Oct 2010 01:48:22 +0000 <![CDATA[Sangria Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Sangria-1010872-177918.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Sangria-1010872-177918.html Wed, 6 Oct 2010 21:38:25 +0000 <![CDATA[ Review: Big Black Dick Dark Caribbean Rum]]>  

According to the Big Black Dick Rum website,  Big Black Dick is believed to have been born  of ‘Royal’ African parentage.  You can pretty much guess at the story, Hometown Boy Prince captured by French slavers. Rejecting his African name they decide to call him ‘Richard Le Noir‘ , which means ‘Black Richard’. He gets tossed overboard by the slavers near an uncharted Caribbean island, where he miraculously swims ashore only to be promptly captured and becomes a slave working in the Cane fields.

After years of labour, he learns the secret of how to turn sugar cane into the Caribbean’s finest rum. Because he was such an honest hard-working guy, he is granted his freedom in the early 1700′s.  Of course, he immediately became a dashing pirate who wore incredible purple velvet, carried four pistols, and becomes known as Big Black Dick, the Pirate. Unlike most other pirates, he lives a long and hearty pirate life, and then he retires to a fine life making his famous Pirate Rum… and his famous Secret Seasonings,….and of course his famous Caribbean Hot Sauce.

I seriously doubt, much, if any of the story is true….but hey, it’s a heck of a story and serves as the backdrop for a very interesting marketing campaign.

You may read the full story of the rum in the bottle here:

Review: Big Black Dick Dark Caribbean Rum

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<![CDATA[ Review: El Dorado Single Barrel Demerara ICBU Rum]]> The Uitvlught Sugar Factory was founded in the 18th century on the west bank of the Demerara River.  El Dorado Rums, (produced by Demerara Distillers Ltd in Guyana), have introduced a Single Barrel rum using only distillation and fermentation techniques of the Savalle Still (using the same traditional methods which have been employed for 250 years).  As the barrels from this still were originally marked with an  ICBU marque  to identify the rums from the Uitvlught Sugar Factory, this rum is labeled El Dorado Single Barrel Demerara Rum ICBU.  This bottling is part of a series of Single Barrel offerings available as part of the El DoradoRums Connoisseur’s Range.

I consider this somewhat of an artisan offering which gives the rum aficionado a glimpse into the particular characteristics of Demerara rum from a particular still, in this case the Savalle Still.  Rum from this particular still would normally be blended with many other rums from the other Demerara stills and from other barrels types to construct a quality Demerara blend.  The original distillation techniques of the Savalle Still produces a very particular flavour profile, and this review will be a reflection of that particular characteristic flavour profile which the Savalle Still imparts.

Here is an excerpt from the review:

“…The oak is strong, but the sweetness of the brown sugar spices balances the sharpness of the oak and citrus zests.  There is no bitter aftertaste to spoil the experience.  As well, flavours of caramel, toffee, and vanilla all lie in moderation under the oak spice as does a slightly charred nuttiness, and flavours of toasted coconut….”

You may read the full review here:

Review: El Dorado Single Barrel Demerara ICBU Rum

as well I came up with a great cocktail called Savalle Row!

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<![CDATA[ Revciew:The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky]]> The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky has a history in Scotland reaching back in time to 1896 when Wine Merchants, Matthew Gloag and Son, first blended their Grouse Whisky. Over the next nine years, the whisky became so popular that Matthew Gloag decided to add the word ‘famous’ to the name in 1905. Over the next century it would become one of the most popular brands of whisky in Scotland.

According to The Famous Grouse Website, the whisky is a blend which contains premium single malts such as The Macallan and Highland Park. These single malts (as well as others in the blend) are married with a selection of fine grain whiskies in fully seasoned oak casks. The resulting blend is a complex whisky full of character and smoothness. This information is expanded upon on the website, where you can also find information regarding the full range of The Famous Grouse brand.

Here is a snippet from my review:

” …The initial nose is sweet and spicy with a hint of boggy peat rising into the breezes. As I allow the glass to decant the nose becomes richer with the aroma of toffee and vanilla entering the fray with mixed scents of citrus peel with a wisp of dry fruit….”

You may read the full review here:

Review: The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

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<![CDATA[Bushmills 16yr Old Single Malt Irish Whisky Quick Tip by MNeulander]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/product/UserReview-Bushmills_16yr_Old_Single_Malt_Irish_Whisky-17-1438780-146929.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/product/UserReview-Bushmills_16yr_Old_Single_Malt_Irish_Whisky-17-1438780-146929.html Sat, 4 Sep 2010 14:46:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Daiquiri Quick Tip by MNeulander]]>
Nice, cool, refreshing!]]>
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<![CDATA[Taylor Fladgate 2003 LBV Port Quick Tip by MNeulander]]> Port is one of my very favorite after dinner drinks! I love it with an accompaniment of a small plate of Stilton cheese wedges, it cuts down on the "sweetness" of the Port.. I find that a bottle of Port is a great way to spend an evening with friends!!! I drink it mostly in the fall and winter months.

I bought 2 bottles of a 1987 vintage Port when my grandson was born in 2003.  I am saving them for his 21st birthday, should be some great bonding time!!!]]>
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<![CDATA[Sandeman 2000 LBV Port Quick Tip by MNeulander]]> Port is one of my very favorite after dinner drinks! I love it with an accompaniment of a small plate of Stilton cheese wedges, it cuts down on the "sweetness" of the Port.. I find that a bottle of Port is a great way to spend an evening with friends!!! I drink it mostly in the fall and winter months.

I bought 2 bottles of a 1987 vintage Port when my grandson was born in 2003.  I am saving them for his 21st birthday, should be some great bonding time!!!]]>
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<![CDATA[Old Fashioned Quick Tip by MNeulander]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Old_Fashioned-17-1010759-146923.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Old_Fashioned-17-1010759-146923.html Sat, 4 Sep 2010 13:26:08 +0000 <![CDATA[ The best Mai Tai recipe for you and your friends]]> Why make a Mai Tai for one when you want to enjoy this wonderful Polynesian drink with your friends!

Why is my Mai Tai recipe the best?  Simple, The top 10% of U.S. Army helicopter pilots are also master mixologists, no "bull," it is a very long and storied aviation tradition since the beginnings of army aviation from before WW I.  I was one of those select few.  I became known army wide for my “signature” drink, the Mai Tai.  Of course army aviators never make a drink for one; all of our recipes will get several people flying at 2,000 ft.!  The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t taste the alcohol, the taste is so sumptuous one is apt to drink three of them fast, the BANG!!!  It hits you, you are flying!!!


So now after 25 years, the secret is out to all my new friends at Lunch.com, please tell me how popular you become after mixing this delicious libation for your friends!!!

Mai Tai Recipe:
1 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cup pineapple juice
4 Tbl spoons Roses Lime Juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark rum
3/4 cup light rum
1/3 cup orange Curacao
1/3 cup amaretto

Chill well with ice cubes (at least 2 hours), call me!!!
 

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<![CDATA[Beer Quick Tip by MNeulander]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/beer/UserReview-Beer-17-1409395-146920.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/beer/UserReview-Beer-17-1409395-146920.html Sat, 4 Sep 2010 12:37:07 +0000 <![CDATA[Margarita Quick Tip by MNeulander]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Margarita-17-1010654-146919.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Margarita-17-1010654-146919.html Sat, 4 Sep 2010 12:35:57 +0000 <![CDATA[Martini Quick Tip by MNeulander]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Martini-17-1010667-146918.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/reviews/d/UserReview-Martini-17-1010667-146918.html Sat, 4 Sep 2010 12:35:03 +0000 <![CDATA[Sangria Quick Tip by MNeulander]]>
Recipe:
Typically, one bottle of white or red wine.  I will use some combination of canned mandarin oranges, or sliced regular oranges, limes, pineapple chunks, maraschino cherries, canned sliced pears. I usually add about 4 shots of a light rum or vodka for an added "kick," a can of sprite, and sweetener to taste. lots of ice and you have a very refreshing summer drink. Enjoy!!!]]>
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<![CDATA[Tsing Tao Beer Quick Tip by MNeulander]]> http://www.lunch.com/beercommunity/reviews/beer/UserReview-Tsing_Tao_Beer-3-1422498-146853.html http://www.lunch.com/beercommunity/reviews/beer/UserReview-Tsing_Tao_Beer-3-1422498-146853.html Thu, 2 Sep 2010 23:52:24 +0000 <![CDATA[ Light, fresh and pleasant with some hints of citrus, cereals, spices and iodine]]> Glen Scotia™ is one of my favorite single malt scotches!!!  I came to this much sought-after single malt through allot of years of drinking blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black.  However, one has to work their way up to this smoky taste.  Among single malt scotch aficionados, Glen Scotia™ is known to be light, fresh and pleasant with some hints of citrus, cereals, spices and iodine.  It became one of my favorites because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch.  I have found that very few single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate; certainly none of the “Highland,” “Lowland,” “Campbeltown,” or “Speyside” scotches can stand up to a cigar!  Thus, Glen Scotia™ is a sipping scotch for me in the summer.   Most important, a single malt aficionado drinks single malt scotch whiskey with only 3 to 4 drops of water per shot.  No ice or mixers! 
 
Glen Scotia™ is most often described as “A rather expressive nose, with clear and pleasant fruity notes with a barley and sea breeze background with some discrete hints of coffee.” 

How does Glen Scotia™ come by its unique flavor?  According to their web site: “Built in 1832, the Glen Scotia has quite a history of openings and closings and changes of ownership. The distillery is located in Campbeltown which was once home to the most distilleries in all of Scotland. Sadly, today all but two, Glen Scotia and Springbank are still producing.

Glen Scotia Distillery is in a cottage-like building on a quiet street. Ex-bourbon casks are used and there is one wash still and one spirit still. The water source is the Campbeltown Loch and the distillery's own 80 feet deep wells. Glen Scotia was overhauled in the 1980s and once again when it was acquired by the Loch Lomond Company..”

I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland.  They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
 

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<![CDATA[ Absinthe makes my heart grow fonder]]>
A Taste For Absinthe is a great primer for those new to yellow/green elixir (sometimes it is clear) and a handy resource for the experienced connoisseur. I really found the back-story and history interesting and enjoyed the factoids sprinkled throughout the book. I wish there was more of it. The photography throughout really adds to the atmosphere of the book and the graphic designer in me likes the choice of fonts, layout and design elements. They add up to create a classy, vintage feel. My pre-release copy was all in black and white except for the cover and I hope the final book is in color.

The book starts off with a foreword, introduction and primer, and then breaks down the recipes in the categories of classics, fruit & citrus, whiskey & gin and liqueurs & bitters and modern classics & cutting edge. The absinthe buying guide that follows the recipes is quite useful to beginner too. As I mentioned at the start, I only used one absinthe (Lucid) to mix my drinks. It is quite a pricey beverage and I would have to be independently wealthy to have used the variety of manufacturers they recommended. However, I am sure that the various absinthes each have distinct characters that make they appropriate for their recipes.

Of the recipes I tasted, I have to say my favorite is still the classic drip. With or without sugar, the simple absinthe and ice water mixture best shows off the flavors and aroma of the green fairy. Watching the louche form is quite a fun ritual. The fruit & citrus section wasn't my favorite but the liqueurs & bitters and modern classics had some tasty concoctions. I have more than half of them left to try and I am looking forward to experimenting. Ah, I see the l'heure verte is fast approaching, time for another visit with the green fairy. Á votre santé!]]>
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<![CDATA[My favorite single malt scotch whiskeys]]> http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/Lists-17-2520-My_favorite_single_malt_scotch_whiskeys.html http://www.lunch.com/spiriteddiscussions/Lists-17-2520-My_favorite_single_malt_scotch_whiskeys.html Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:24:36 +0000 <![CDATA[ Strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood]]> Cragganmore™ is one of my favorite single malt scotches!!!  I came to this much sought-after single malt through allot of years of drinking blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black.  However, one has to work their way up to this smoky taste.   Most important, a single malt aficionado drinks single malt scotch whiskey with only 3 to 4 drops of water per shot.  No ice or mixers!

Among single malt scotch aficionados, Cragganmore™ is known for its strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood. typical of Speyside.  It became one of my favorites because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch.  I have found that very few single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate; certainly none of the “Highland” or “Speyside” scotches can stand up to a cigar!  Thus, Cragganmore™ is a sipping scotch for me in the summer.
 
Cragganmore™ is most often described as “The colour is gold with amber glint. The superb and fresh nose is rich, peaty, spicy and detects marine hints.  The palate confirms the nose, with some salted hints.  The finish is deceiving, and becomes rapidly dryish with smoke notes.” 

How does Cragganmore™ come by its unique flavor?  According to their web site: “Original Cragganmore™ owner, 'Big' John Smith choose the distillery's private location high on the Spey for a few great reasons. Barley is naturally a major crop in the area, the presence of Scotland's fastest flowing river - together with peat from the uplands to the south is what lured Smith to this ideal location along with access to Strathspey railway line. The perfect place for the perfect distillery.  Successive managers of Cragganmore™ have strived to continue his vision to deliver the sweetest, most complex malt whiskies: fruity, honeyed notes are often found. And many a taster of has talked lyrically of fruitcake and toffee flavours.”

“Cragganmore™ is, for many, the home of the definitive Speyside malt. It is known as 'the most complex aroma of any malt - astonishingly fresh and delicate'.”

 “A complex of sweet floral fragrances, riverside herbs and flowers with some honey and vanilla. The most complex nose of any malt whisk.

I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland.  They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
 

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<![CDATA[ The best introduction to single malt scotch]]> I have been a single malt drinker for over 20 years.  I came to this much sought-after libation after drinking lots of blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black.  However, I warn you, one has to work their way up to this very bold often smoky taste.  One of the reasons why single malts are my favorite is because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch.  I have found that stronger peat infused single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate.  Most important, a single malt aficionado drinks single malt scotch whiskey with only 3 to 4 drops of water per shot.  No ice or mixers! 
 
I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland.  They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
 
The “Six Classic Malts Of Scotland” begin in the Lowlands, just a few miles from Edinburgh, where the Glenkinchie™ distillery produces its light and floral Single Malt. From here we travel to Dalwhinnie™ in the Highlands, typified by its heather and honey flavours.
 
From there we visit Speyside, and Cragganmore™  - a complex, fruity Single Malt - before heading as far West as we might go to the Isle of Skye. Here we find Talisker™, the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky from this rugged, windswept Island.
 
Travelling south along the West Coast of Scotland, we take in Oban™, the oldest of our collection having been established in 1794 before ending our journey on the magical island of Islay. It’s here, that we find the rich, peaty Lagavulin™.
 

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<![CDATA[ A hint of sherry quickly gives way to the Islay intensity and with a big peaty-smoky flavor]]> Laphroaig ™ is my 2nd favorite single malt scotch!!!  I came to this much sought-after single malt through allot of years of drinking blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black.  However, one has to work their way up to this very bold smoky taste.  Among many single malt scotch aficionados (including Prince Charles whose royal warrant is on every label), Laphroaig ™ is the “gold standard” of single malts with its massive peat-smoke flavor that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting drink.  By the way, I have had the 10, 15, and 30 year old bottlings and I must say they do get better with age!!!  Laphroaig ™ became one of my favorites because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch.  I have found that very few single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate; certainly none of the “Highland” scotches can stand up to a cigar!  Laphroaig ™ “is a full-bodied, smoky gem, with a residual sweetness and a hint of salt amidst the seaweedy, peaty characters before a long warming finish.” 

Laphroaig™ - Gaelic for "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay" - boasts, as its name demands, an idyllic setting for a Distillery, with its own sea loch and peninsula. How does Laphroaig™ come by its unique flavor?  According to their web site:  “Laphroaig™ uses water from Kilbride Dam which has a soft and very peaty character. The reason that the water is so soft is that it flows over granite and therefore does not pick up any unwanted minerals. The kilns at Laphroaig™ are from 1840.  The Barley used is called Optic. Laphroaig™ malts 30 percent of the barley themselves; the rest is bought from Port Ellen Maltings. The peat comes from Laphroaig’s™ own bogs which lie east of Loch Indaal. Kelp and seaweed are often washed ashore when the sea is high and the wind blows inland. This gives Laphroaig’s™ peat a different character and is one reason for the unique taste of Laphroaig™ whisky.
A hint of sherry quickly gives way to the Islay intensity and distinctively oily body with a big peaty-smoky flavour. A round, dry and warming finish renders Laphroaig™ the perfect night-cap, but not one for the weak-kneed!!!
 
I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland.  They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
 

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<![CDATA[ A light, delicate whisky; sweet and creamy with a subtle floral fragrance]]> Glenkinchie™ is one of my favorite single malt scotches!!!  I came to this much sought-after single malt through allot of years of drinking blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black.  However, one has to work their way up to this smoky taste.  Among single malt scotch aficionados, Glenkinchie ™ is a light, delicate whisky; sweet and creamy with a subtle floral fragrance. It became one of my favorites because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch.  I have found that very few single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate; certainly none of the “Highland,” “Lowland,” or “Speyside” scotches can stand up to a cigar!  Thus, Glenkinchie ™ is a sipping scotch for me in the summer.
 
Glenkinchie ™ is most often described as “Sweet, soft start becoming flowery. Crisp mid-palate then butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.” 

How does Glenkinchie ™ come by its unique flavor?  According to their web site: “Acres of barley grow in this "Garden of Scotland", in fields fed by water softly flowing down from the hills. The agricultural revolution of the late 18th Century brought this barley to East Lothian in place of coarse crops of little use to distillers. Father of the Scottish agricultural revolution, John Cockburn, pioneered some of the biggest changes locally at Ormiston. Here at the heart of the farming community south of Tranent, in the lee of the hills, farmers like the Rate brothers learned from these experiments. They are thought to have begun working on or near this site in 1825, calling their first distillery Milton. The land they farmed had belonged centuries earlier to the de Quincey family, from whose name 'Kinchie' derives. It lay in Lothian, named for King Arthur's brother Lot, who held court nearby on Traprain Law.”

“A clean and fresh flavour on the palate with distinctive floral and grassy aspects. Some find notes of ginger in the finish.”
 
I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland.  They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
 

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<![CDATA[ A big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose with hints of heather and peat]]> Dalwhinnie ™ is one of my favorite single malt scotches!!!  I came to this much sought-after single malt through allot of years of drinking blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black.  However, one has to work their way up to this smoky taste.  Among single malt scotch aficionados, Dalwhinnie™ is known for its Long, lingering, surprisingly intense finish that starts sweetly, then gives way to smoke, peat and malt, not typicalof a Highland scotch.  It became one of my favorites because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch.  I have found that very few single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate; certainly none of the “Highland” or “Speyside” scotches can stand up to a cigar!  Thus, Dalwhinnie ™ is a sipping scotch for me in the summer.
 
Dalwhinnie ™ is most often described as “Smooth, soft and lasting flavours of heather, honey sweetness and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread.” 

How does Dalwhinnie ™ come by its unique flavor?  According to their web site: “When the water you start with comes from the highest mountain source of any malt, you expect something rather fine. And Dalwhinnie™, for whisky writer Roger Voss a "surprisingly soft whisky...from Scotland's highest, most remote distillery", does not disappoint. The source, Lochan an Doire-Uaine, (Gaelic for "lake in the green grove"), lies at 2,000 feet in the Drumochter Hills. From it, all the pure spring water used in distilling Dalwhinnie™ flows over rich local peat through Allt an t'Sluic, the distillery burn. No other distillery may use the water from this source – therefore no other distillery is able to yield Dalwhinnie’s™ uniquely clean, accessible, malty-sweet taste, giving way to a smooth and smoky Highland mouthfeel.  The style is that of the Highlands; a resilient marriage of gentleness and spirit. As befits a malt from such a place, Dalwhinnie™ defies simple description. Too gratifying for an aperitif alone, yet too gentle and delicate to be thought rugged or unapproachable; this combination of delicacy and depth sets it apart.”

“The Highland peatiness is very restrained at first, balanced by heathery sweetness, but intensifies toward the finish. Clear flavours against a very clean background. A good aperitif.”
 
Dalwhinnie ™  has a “A big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose with hints of heather and peat.

I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland.  They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
 
 

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