What are you drinking (other than wine) today?

Out of a tin? Oh no! Only bottles or draught here. But in the Manchester quarter of Valhalla we have our very own Brewdog bar with a wide selection of their best, although I've still not tried the Tactical Nuclear Penguin as it's never in when I am!

John Willmott posted:

Thank you Loki, I would have suspected some mead concoction or other from you, how do you take the Armagnac, straight ? I think I have a rather nice bottle of cognac in the house somewhere.

Straight, yes, brandy glass cupped in hand to warm it first and then take in the aroma before sipping. Good for cutting through catarrh!

Contrary to popular opinion we Norse gods don't just drink Mead. Frankly I can't see what the fuss is about, rather an insipid drink and waste of honey!

Foot tapper posted:

Listening to Gregory Porter on the muso qb in front of a wood fire, while enjoying a Blackdown Sussex gin & Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic with ice and a slice of cucumber.

 So very, very much better than a Gordon's gin & Schweppes tonic...

Absolutely! I had a Langtons Lakeland gin (Really really smooth and filtered over slate on Skiddaw) with Fevertree naturally light tonic, ice and lime. Gorgeous. I use the Mediterranean tonic exclusively with vodka. It is a particularly good match for Zubrowka, although I usually have Russian Standard Platinum. Would like to try the Blackdown though.

Foot tapper posted:

Listening to Gregory Porter on the muso qb in front of a wood fire, while enjoying a Blackdown Sussex gin & Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic with ice and a slice of cucumber.

 So very, very much better than a Gordon's gin & Schweppes tonic...

For me Gordon's Special London Dry gin is still the original and best  18th C London gin. Many have tried to emulate and copy, use fancy flavourings or add sugar to mask less than perfect distilling .. every so often I sample a few boutique gins, but then return to savour a London Dry... beautiful. Sure there are better mixers out there.....

Simon-in-Suffolk posted:
Foot tapper posted:

Listening to Gregory Porter on the muso qb in front of a wood fire, while enjoying a Blackdown Sussex gin & Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic with ice and a slice of cucumber.

 So very, very much better than a Gordon's gin & Schweppes tonic...

For me Gordon's Special London Dry gin is still the original and best  18th C London gin. Many have tried to emulate and copy, use fancy flavourings or add sugar to mask less than perfect distilling .. every so often I sample a few boutique gins, but then return to savour a London Dry... beautiful. Sure there are better mixers out there.....

I have to agree that Gordon's takes a lot of beating. I think people assume it's some sort of bog standard product because it's sold in every pub and supermarket in Britain, but I prefer it to these fancy new varieties that keep appearing. I'm also quite partial to Plymouth gin.

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