What Booze are you drinking now?

I had been a Bombay Sapphire man for a long long time until I was forced to find an alternative one day.  This fellow was recommended and I have never looked back.  Wonderful botanicals, lovely after taste .. mixes well with others (tonic, orange juice, vermouth, though very sparingly);  you'd be hard pressed to find something better on a hot, humid afternoon.  And after 3 or 4 you can kick back for a conversation with your favorite unicorn before taking a nap.

John Willmott posted:

I had been a Bombay Sapphire man for a long long time until I was forced to find an alternative one day.  This fellow was recommended and I have never looked back.  Wonderful botanicals, lovely after taste .. mixes well with others (tonic, orange juice, vermouth, though very sparingly);  you'd be hard pressed to find something better on a hot, humid afternoon.  And after 3 or 4 you can kick back for a conversation with your favorite unicorn before taking a nap.

Gin is an acquired taste for me but I ought to try this sometime. 

What a pretty bottle.

kuma posted:

Nigel 66 posted:

I dare say some scoff, but this . . . 

How is this like?

 

 

 

 

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: It doesn't jump out at you, granted, but there's more here than meets the eye (/nose). Apple crumble, expressed lemon peel and a touch of mango. Millionaire's shortbread, banoffee pie, coconut milk, dried grass, orange Turkish delight and cardamom.

Palate: Toffee and vanilla with pleasant supporting oak notes. Fresh banana (neither overpowering nor artificial), a hint of nougat and honeycomb pieces.

Finish: Praline, cinnamon and a little ginger with perhaps a hint of cardamom returning right at the death.

Overall: Approachable, adaptable, good mouthfeel (I chucked some ice in afterwards and the texture was great). A hugely accessible whisky with tasty spice, toffee and, with the ice now, increasingly some tropical fruit notes too.

There is a Haig Club 3cl Sample x GBP 4.60; Not well rated here:

https://www.masterofmalt.com/w...ig/haig-club-whisky/

User reviews are priceless.

  • It smells and tastes like cheap aftershave!
  • Has an aroma that reminds me of a chemistry set I had as a kid.
  • It appears they spent more time on the bottle design than quality testing the final product!
  • I'd rather lick a cats armpit
  • I thought I might have mixed it up with my rubbing alcohol bottle. But alas I didn't.
  • Absolutely horrible, intended for the young posh look at my bloody red trousers types who have no idea what they're doing, seriously, most Welsh whiskey is better than this!
  • taste overwhelmingly like fish at first. And not in a good way.
  • Save yourself £30 easily. Buy a bottle of bottom shelf supermarket vodka, add a slug of Canadian Maple Syrup and a few drops of yellow food colouring.

 

Erich, thanks for the laugh. I have never read a booze review and these are more entertaining than hifi reviews.

kuma posted:

User reviews are priceless.

  • It smells and tastes like cheap aftershave!
  • Has an aroma that reminds me of a chemistry set I had as a kid.
  • It appears they spent more time on the bottle design than quality testing the final product!
  • I'd rather lick a cats armpit
  • I thought I might have mixed it up with my rubbing alcohol bottle. But alas I didn't.
  • Absolutely horrible, intended for the young posh look at my bloody red trousers types who have no idea what they're doing, seriously, most Welsh whiskey is better than this!
  • taste overwhelmingly like fish at first. And not in a good way.
  • Save yourself £30 easily. Buy a bottle of bottom shelf supermarket vodka, add a slug of Canadian Maple Syrup and a few drops of yellow food colouring.

 

Erich, thanks for the laugh. I have never read a booze review and these are more entertaining than hifi reviews.

@Kuma,

Diageo (distiller of the world's best-selling whisky, Johnnie Walker, and owner of the venerable Haig brand) launched this back in 2014 as a way of trying to attract younger drinkers (21 to 30 year olds) into the Scotch whisky category. Although American, Japanese and to a degree Irish, whiskeys are doing well with the younger demographic, most mainstream Scotches are not, and this was their way of addressing this. No surprise that they also packaged it to look like perfume/aftershave and that David Beckham fronted the launch ad campaign:

Haig Club is a single grain (as opposed to malt) whisky, and it's a decent base for cocktails and highballs, but it's no great shakes on its own or with water and is, I think, a bit overpriced for what it is.

Kevin-W posted:

The last of my home stock of my very favourite whisky in the universe. Very hard to come upon at the moment (at least at sensible prices) as Suntory seriously underestimated demand outside Japan!

Never thought Japanese Whisky would be thought after outside Japan!

I grew up with many Suntory commercials on TV but I actually never tried any of it.

A friend mentioned last year that Suntory is starting to export their premium whiskey. Is it any good?  Is it like a Japanese hifi, overly smooth and ultra refined?

'Lost in Translation' did the parody of the Hibiki Whisky commercial making. Absolutely Hilarious! In it the director shouts Bill Murray 'This is Suntory's Hibiki a top of the line most expensive stuff@! You have to feel high end and luxurious.' But somehow a translator just tells him 'more intensity'.


...And this one is a real one from the past.  I read somewhere that the director told Davis to adlib throughout.

Kuma - the three main Suntory whiskies, Hakushu, Yamazaki and Hibiki are all superb, especially the Hibikis (12, Harmony, 21 and the best of the bunch, the 17). All three have won numerous awards and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Nikka, from Hokkaido, also makes fantastic whiskies, including Nikka From The Bar and Nikka Black.

Japanese whisky, I've found, is less peaty, and more floral and perhaps woody than Scotch. Refined, but definitely not overly smooth, and with lovely length. Aside from a couple of Scotches such as The Macallan and Lagavulin, I generally prefer the Japanese stuff to the Scots'.

I hope to be visiting Japan next year, so I'll fill me boots if I make it

Wow even Nikka made it.

I fondly remember with Orson Well's schlepping it back in the 70s.

I will try a few Japanese Whiskey. I am somewhat leery because just like the Haig Club, they spent a fortune on celebrity marketing over the years to bring up the brand image and credibility in Japan.

I am not a connoisseur but I always enjoyed  Johnnie Walker Blue.

I was in Washington DC last week and was fortunate enough to be invited to dinner at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon (Google for URL).  Fascinating story to the creation of this place; at last count there were 2,687 bottles of Scotch on the menu plus a huge number of Bourbons.  Mr. Rose regularly visits tables and talk to the patrons but does not imbibe as his liver is shot. One drawback of a lifetime of collecting I suspect.

 

Another Jim Beam brand Bourbon: Basil Hayden's.

Compared to Booker's smooth and sweeter goes down much easier but not as complex or interesting.

Incidentally, I was not aware Jim Beam has been bought by Suntory.

Booker Noe, grandson of the legendary Jim Beam, created The Small Batch Collection and in doing so is credited with establishing the category of super-premium bourbons. Booker took great care in crafting his bourbon, and the Booker’s Bourbon bottle even features a label written in Booker Noe’s own handwriting. If you look closely, you will actually notice a small error.

Interesting news today that the UK's best-selling whisky is no longer a Scottish one - it's from Tennessee. Jack Daniel's has overtake The Famous Grouse as the nation's favourite whisky. As it's so hot, I thought I'd have one with lots of ice and a bit of Coke. Keef would be proud.

Bob Edwards posted:

Macallan 18.

Yummy.  I have to thank Linn for the introduction - I took part in a week and half of training at the factory and one of the nights was invested in a single-malt tasting. 

It is my fave but I am currently out of it.

kuma posted:

User reviews are priceless.

  • It smells and tastes like cheap aftershave!
  • Has an aroma that reminds me of a chemistry set I had as a kid.
  • It appears they spent more time on the bottle design than quality testing the final product!
  • I'd rather lick a cats armpit
  • I thought I might have mixed it up with my rubbing alcohol bottle. But alas I didn't.
  • Absolutely horrible, intended for the young posh look at my bloody red trousers types who have no idea what they're doing, seriously, most Welsh whiskey is better than this!
  • taste overwhelmingly like fish at first. And not in a good way.
  • Save yourself £30 easily. Buy a bottle of bottom shelf supermarket vodka, add a slug of Canadian Maple Syrup and a few drops of yellow food colouring.

 

Erich, thanks for the laugh. I have never read a booze review and these are more entertaining than hifi reviews.

It was thr first time I read a liquor review, sometimes I read wine reviews but drinking them I never detect all the flavours the reviewer describes.  I'm taste disabled or reviewers write many stupidities. I'm of the idea that the best wines are the ones you like. Easy.

Regards.  Erich

Kevin-W posted:

Interesting news today that the UK's best-selling whisky is no longer a Scottish one - it's from Tennessee. Jack Daniel's has overtake The Famous Grouse as the nation's favourite whisky. As it's so hot, I thought I'd have one with lots of ice and a bit of Coke. Keef would be proud.

Kevin,

I haven't thought about mixing it with Coke. I might try it. It makes sense tho, it's pretty vile straight up. :/

kuma posted:
Bob Edwards posted:

Macallan 18.

Yummy.  I have to thank Linn for the introduction - I took part in a week and half of training at the factory and one of the nights was invested in a single-malt tasting. 

It is my fave but I am currently out of it.

My favourite too and still 3 bottles left from the Christmas case. 

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