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Old 12-31-2008, 07:49 PM   #196
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Bringing this thread back from the dead.

I had the chance to indulge myself (and my family) with lots of tasty alcohol over Christmas break with the family. I had a $40 bottle of Belgian beer that was simply amazing (Scaldis Prestige - my brother in law got it from one of his clients), I tried a bottle of Caol Ila 17 year Cask Strength single malt that was just amazing - smoky & peaty but so refined, with the smell of smoke and the sea all in one. I also had the chance to compare Macallan 12 to Glenlivet 12. There is no comparison - Macallan hands down. Glenlivet tastes pretty unrefined and a bit gasolinish in comparison.

And then there was quite a bit of wine to be had:
Rosenblum 2005 Rockpile Road Zinfandel -
Lucien Albrecht 2006 Gewurztraminer Reserve (had this one at Thanksgiving, too)
Porter Creek 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir
Hartford 2005 Land's Edge Pinot Noir
2005 Zabrin Atteca Armas (Spanish Garnacha) - holy crap this was good!
1998 Merryvale Profile - My sister bought a case of this when her first daughter was born. Very tasty stuff.
2005 Chateau Doisy-Vedrines Sauternes - if you've never had Sauternes I highly recommend it - it's a white dessert wine from Bordeaux that is just amazing. Probably my favorite drink of the holidays.

Amazingly no one got drunk (or hungover), but there were quite a few of us who were pleasantly buzzed for much of the evening!

And just today I've had the chance to compare the Macallan to a brand new bottle of Lagavulin 16 (it's New Year's eve, and I deserve something special! ). As nice as the Macallan is, the Lagavulin is on an entirely different level. Much more complex - smoky, spicy, peaty but oh so smooth and balanced. Reminds me a lot of the Caol Ila, actually (both come from the same region). Turns out I'm not afraid of peatiness.

Anybody else indulge in some good stuff over the holidays?
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:52 PM   #197
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Well, we did open a couple of Dom Pérignon bottles to celebrate the purchase of a business, just a few days ago.

But nothing compared to you.
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I was drinking some La Trappe beers - the Blonde and Double, if I'm not mistaken - right before Christmas, although I'll probably save my other bottles for cooler nights. Granted, the weather was cooler on Christmas Day than I was expecting, but still not cold enough to enjoy them to their highest potential. I'll be going to a Belgian beer cafe on Sunday with some mates, looking forward to drinking some lambics.

I had some mead the other night. I had never tried it before. Rather interesting, but not something I'm willing to try again anytime soon.

Finally, I had a red wine recently that I actually liked. I can't remember what it was, but I didn't think it sucked! This is a big deal.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:51 AM   #199
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I'm nursing a 2005 cab sav right now which is going down quite well.
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Worked a couple of refreshing Aussie microbrews (Baron Lager and Yarra Valley Gold) and a Birra Moretti La Rossa (first time) tonight. Good stuff.
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I drank it all and lost the bottle
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Fair enough. I just wanted to know if it was from SA or not.
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i received a bottle of johnnie walker black label for christmas. not a big scotch guy, but i'll drink it if i must. any fans here?
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Don't mind it, I prefer Hankey Bannister myself, though.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:57 AM   #205
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i received a bottle of johnnie walker black label for christmas. not a big scotch guy, but i'll drink it if i must. any fans here?
I do know that Hitchens drinks Johnny Black, be careful or you might end up as a drink-sodden-trotskyite-for-war.
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I do know that Hitchens drinks Johnny Black, be careful or you might end up as a drink-sodden-trotskyite-for-war.
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i received a bottle of johnnie walker black label for christmas. not a big scotch guy, but i'll drink it if i must. any fans here?
big fan.

I went through a bottle of Glenlivet of xmas. very very nice.

I am waiting to win some money on something (cant afford/justify it until then) so I can buy a bottle of Johnnie Blue. $Au270 atm....
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The blue doesn't justify the price tag.
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^ still, id love to say ive had a bottle of blue.

id like opinions on what others think is a good cheaper scotch. I am into Grant's atm, as its generally available for around 30 bucks, and is much smoother than other cheaper bottles
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I keep a bottle of Ardbeg stashed in my bookcase at all times.
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