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A_Wanderer 01-04-2009 07:01 AM

I drank it all and lost the bottle :wink:

The Sad Punk 01-04-2009 08:01 AM

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Originally Posted by A_Wanderer (Post 5712589)
I drank it all and lost the bottle :wink:

Fair enough. I just wanted to know if it was from SA or not. :wink:

Se7en 01-04-2009 10:10 PM

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?

The Sad Punk 01-05-2009 07:46 AM

Don't mind it, I prefer Hankey Bannister myself, though.

A_Wanderer 01-05-2009 07:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Se7en (Post 5714019)
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.

Se7en 01-05-2009 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by A_Wanderer (Post 5715277)
I do know that Hitchens drinks Johnny Black, be careful or you might end up as a drink-sodden-trotskyite-for-war.

:wink:

dan_smee 01-05-2009 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Se7en (Post 5714019)
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....

A_Wanderer 01-05-2009 10:08 PM

The blue doesn't justify the price tag.

dan_smee 01-05-2009 10:10 PM

^ 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

A_Wanderer 01-05-2009 10:23 PM

I keep a bottle of Ardbeg stashed in my bookcase at all times.

dan_smee 01-05-2009 10:31 PM

I've had a funny journey to finding my favourite drink.

I went from scotch, to bourbon, to rum, to white wine (sav blanc, semillon), to red wine (shiraz, pinot) to cider, and now back to scotch.

unico 01-05-2009 11:18 PM

well i finally tried port, per ax & bonnie's suggestion. omg it was lovely! like licking juicy pretty flowers. i drank the whole bottle though, which i don't recommend, although the stories i heard of my antics were highly amusing, it's a shame i don't remember it.

the port i had was rather light in color, the label was written in such a way that suggests most ports are darker? anyway, it was fab. i highly recommend it! and thanks ax & bonnie!

dan_smee 01-05-2009 11:26 PM

^ anyone from new south wales should head on up to mudgee and try some white port. WOW!

dan_smee 01-05-2009 11:28 PM

Mudgee White Port - Pieter van Gent Winery & Vineyard

The Sad Punk 01-06-2009 02:16 AM

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Originally Posted by unico (Post 5717405)
well i finally tried port, per ax & bonnie's suggestion. omg it was lovely! like licking juicy pretty flowers. i drank the whole bottle though, which i don't recommend, although the stories i heard of my antics were highly amusing, it's a shame i don't remember it.

the port i had was rather light in color, the label was written in such a way that suggests most ports are darker? anyway, it was fab. i highly recommend it! and thanks ax & bonnie!

Hey, you're welcome. :D

Dan: That looks real good, I'm going up to Queensland next week, any chance I might be able to find it there?

dan_smee 01-06-2009 02:35 AM

^ i dont know. it says that they invented it, or it least, came up with it, so im not sure??

you can order it from the site though i think. its less than 16 bucks a bottle, and its very very good

dan_smee 01-06-2009 02:41 AM

i just looked, and to order a bottle and have it sent to the ACT costs 25.50 all up... not too bad for a great bottle of port

Angela Harlem 01-06-2009 03:32 AM

my sister in law is moving up to one of the mines near singleton, and the golden highway passes, like, 3 great vineyards. i sense a hunter wine weekend house warming party coming up very soon.

dan_smee 01-06-2009 05:50 AM

^ spent MANY an afternoon at the hunter valley vineyards!

Tyrell's, tempus two, oooohhh so many!

The Hunter Valley Garden's is always cool, heaps of good shops, and aquagolf!

best wine in Australia, easily

The Sad Punk 01-06-2009 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by dan_smee (Post 5717758)
best wine in Australia, easily

Come to SA?

Angela Harlem 01-06-2009 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by RedRocksU2 (Post 5705722)
:hmm:
Well, we did open a couple of Dom Pérignon bottles to celebrate the purchase of a business, just a few days ago.
:up:
But nothing compared to you.:up:

sounds exciting! what kind of business? aren't you in sales or something?

dan_smee 01-06-2009 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by The Sad Punk (Post 5718142)
Come to SA?

ive been. ive tried the best of barossa, margaret river, all over sa, canberra, and the hunter is by far and away the best :P

toscano 01-13-2009 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Diemen (Post 5705711)
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! :D

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! :D). 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. :D

Anybody else indulge in some good stuff over the holidays?

If you like Peaty try Dalwhinnie 12, reasonably priced too.

Hadn't seen Caol Ila 17, I have a 12 which I recently took out 3rd mortgage to buy.

For Macallan lovers like myself, I'd also recommend indulging/splurging on a Glenmorangie Quinta Ruben (formerly Glenmorangie Port Wood finish which I discovered in my Dad's liquor cabinet over Xmas in Scotland, he can't really drink hard liquor anymore, so I did the honors for him)

RedRocksU2 01-13-2009 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Angela Harlem (Post 5719456)
sounds exciting! what kind of business? aren't you in sales or something?

oops, just read this...sorry for not responding Angie.

My wife and her sister purchased an appraisal business.

Angela Harlem 01-13-2009 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by RedRocksU2 (Post 5742088)
oops, just read this...sorry for not responding Angie.

My wife and her sister purchased an appraisal business.

No probs! Best of luck to you all with the new business!
:up:

Dreadsox 01-15-2009 05:45 PM

:up:I just was given a bottle of Laphroiag Quarter Cask.....OH MY GOD

Diemen 01-15-2009 06:42 PM

Ooh! :drool: I'm still loving my Lagavulin.

I just found the most kickass wine store just a few blocks from my house. Not the biggest selection, but what's there is carefully chosen and the prices are outstanding. Plus there are dollar tastings on saturdays, and if there's some left over he'll let you taste for free on Sunday (as I found out :D).

toscano 01-15-2009 09:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Dreadsox (Post 5749633)
:up:I just was given a bottle of Laphroiag Quarter Cask.....OH MY GOD

That's quite a benefactor you have, that's some goooooooooood stuff !

Dreadsox 01-18-2009 08:18 AM

No ice will be touching this baby!

purpleoscar 07-04-2009 04:08 PM

Had a beer comparison over two days:

Good beer:

https://bnobeverage.com/Images/Beer/lezajsk_copy.gif

https://www.mediaambassador.pl/files/...2012734323.jpg

https://www.drankengeers.be/nl/layout...Fl-Gl-300b.jpg

https://www.beerstore.com.au/beerstor...ella_Large.jpg

https://justbeer.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/sapporo.gif

Worst beers (IMHO):

https://www.ectrade.cz/typo3temp/pics/e60434d380.jpg
(Seemed like a bad version of Heineken).

https://www.greekboyschoicefoods.com/...Mythosbeer.jpg
(The bottle smelt like skunk afterwards. On the bottle it said "Thessaloniki industrial area". That can't be good. :reject:)


I'm looking for the supposed "best beer":

https://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/full_size/4934.jpg

I wonder if anyone has tried this one?

GirlsAloudFan 07-04-2009 04:11 PM

https://carbon111.com/brew/delirium_noc.jpg

Easily the best beer I've ever had. Delirium Nocturnum. Go.

Diemen 07-04-2009 04:18 PM

Nice resurrection - I was thinking about bringing this back myself...

I have had that last one, oscar. It is quite tasty indeed, though I don't know if I'd call it the best beer in the world. One of my personal favorites is Gulden Draak:

https://users.telenet.be/tydeeh/Drank...uldendraak.jpg

Loads of caramel, honey and cinnamon flavor, without being overly sweet or too thick. :up: Good call on the Delirium, though, GAF. :up:


On the scotch front, my roommate got me a bottle of Talisker (10 year) for my birthday:

https://www.forpeatsake.com/Images/Bo...ar_Old_10_.jpg

I finally opened it up yesterday. I prefer the Lagavulin by a fairly large margin, but the Talisker is still a nice scotch. Much spicier, with some bitterness and tons of smoke and peat, but isn't as well-balanced or complex as the Lagavulin. I may try cutting it with a little water to see what that does to it, as straight the heat/spice is a little too dominant.

purpleoscar 07-04-2009 04:25 PM

Man some of these beers are hard to find. I'll guess I have to lurk in eBay to find them. :lol:

These guys had a blind taste test and felt the Rochefort 10 was by far the best. :shrug:

https://www.beerpal.com/forums/topic....,blind,tasting

Vincent Vega 07-04-2009 04:32 PM

https://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...h_IMG_3399.jpg House of the 131 beers.

You know where to find me when I visit Hamburg. :D

Diemen 07-04-2009 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by purpleoscar (Post 6232633)
Man some of these beers are hard to find. I'll guess I have to lurk in eBay to find them. :lol:

These guys had a blind taste test and felt the Rochefort 10 was by far the best. :shrug:

https://www.beerpal.com/forums/topic....,blind,tasting

Rochefort is awesome stuff - definitely worth seeking out if you can get it. The Rochefort 8 is also really, really good.

purpleoscar 07-04-2009 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Vincent Vega (Post 6232648)
https://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k...h_IMG_3399.jpg House of the 131 beers.

You know where to find me when I visit Hamburg. :D

Yeah Europeans have good taste. :beer::beer::beer:

purpleoscar 07-04-2009 04:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Diemen (Post 6232654)
Rochefort is awesome stuff - definitely worth seeking out if you can get it. The Rochefort 8 is also really, really good.

I'm going to have to do a lot of hunting because these monks don't make it easy:

Rochefort Brewery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The brewery is located inside the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, near the town of Rochefort, and has been brewing beer since 1595. There are approximately 15 monks resident at the monastery. The monks are very secretive about the brewing process, and the brewery is not open to the public, therefore much of the information publicly known about the brewery comes from only a few sources.

Like many strong Belgian beers, those produced at Rochefort age well and can be cellared for at least five years whilst maintaining quality. Each of these beers is brewed to the same recipe, with the only difference being the alcoholic content. The water for the beers is drawn from a well located inside the monastery walls.

As with all other trappist breweries, the beer is only sold in order to financially support the monastery and some other good causes. The monks will not increase production based on demand or profit motives, but only enough to support themselves, resulting in a fairly limited supply of beer availability. In practice, there is currently no shortage through regular channels.

Westvleteren Brewery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The current production is 4750 hl per year, and this is not expected to be increased.

Aside from the brewery itself, the only other official sale point for the beer is the abbey-owned In de Vrede, a cafe and visitor's centre opposite the abbey. All beers can be bought there for immediate consumption or take-away, depending on availability (however, prices are higher than at the abbey). Often there is no beer available at the shop. The shop also sells cheeses made at the abbey, yeast tabs (not yeast to make beer but dead yeast for health) and other Trappist products.

Buyers of the beer receive a receipt with Niet verder verkopen ("Do not resell") printed on it. The abbey is very much against resale of their beer, and it is their wish that the beer is only commercially available at the two official sale points. To this end, any Westvleteren beer which is sold anywhere else in the world is grey market beer, as no wholesalers or pubs are supplied with the beer, and the abbey is actively working to eliminate the illicit sales.
These monks man! :| If they produced more they could build more monestaries. :wink:

Diemen 07-04-2009 05:34 PM

Do you have Beverages and More in Canada?

Oops, just checked - only in california. That's a shame, they're a great store for alcohol of all sorts. :D

VintagePunk 07-04-2009 06:25 PM

In Canada, for the most part, you can only buy beer and liquor in specially licensed stores - rules differ minimally from province to province, but are very similar for the most part. For instance, in Ontario, you can only buy liquor, wine and some beer in government owned liquor stores, and you can buy beer only in beer stores. There are a few privately owned wine stores, though.

Alas, no walking into a convenience store at 2 am to buy a 6 pack, or grabbing some beer in the grocery store for us. :(


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquor_store#Canada

AliEnvy 07-04-2009 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by VintagePunk (Post 6232793)
Alas, no walking into a convenience store at 2 am to buy a 6 pack, or grabbing some beer in the grocery store for us. :(

Unless you're in la belle province. That's definitely one of the things I miss about living in Montreal. :(

VintagePunk 07-04-2009 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by AliEnvy (Post 6232814)
Unless you're in la belle province. That's definitely one of the things I miss about living in Montreal. :(

Here's what wiki says about Quebec:

Only the provincially-owned Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) may sell hard liquor. Wine (that is bottled in Quebec or distributed through a Quebec representative) and beer (that is brewed in Quebec or imported beer that is distributed by a local brewer) can be purchased at dépanneurs (corner stores) and supermarkets.


So I guess all major brewers have breweries there?

Plus, we pay a shitload more for beer, liquor and wine than the US does...that's always nice. :|

AliEnvy 07-04-2009 07:09 PM

Read more closely...distribution networks allow for all major brands and imports.

Tax tax tax. Alcohol is more heavily taxed in Quebec. I definitely don't miss that!

VintagePunk 07-04-2009 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by AliEnvy (Post 6232827)
Read more closely...distribution networks allow for all major brands and imports.

Tax tax tax. Alcohol is more heavily taxed in Quebec. I definitely don't miss that!

Oh, I read it as distribution networks for foreign beer companies (which I'm guessing it's fairly easy to get distribution rights), for domestic, I'm assuming there are QC based breweries. Sorry if I wasn't clear on that.

purpleoscar 07-04-2009 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Diemen (Post 6232738)
Do you have Beverages and More in Canada?

Oops, just checked - only in california. That's a shame, they're a great store for alcohol of all sorts. :D

I found some nice Belgian store on eBay. This stuff is seriously low in production but for 80 Canadian smackeroos I can get two of each kind from all the monk Breweries there. Oh well it's good to try them once despite the enormous expense. :D

financeguy 07-04-2009 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by VintagePunk (Post 6232793)
In Canada, for the most part, you can only buy beer and liquor in specially licensed stores - rules differ minimally from province to province, but are very similar for the most part. For instance, in Ontario, you can only buy liquor, wine and some beer in government owned liquor stores, and you can buy beer only in beer stores. There are a few privately owned wine stores, though.

Alas, no walking into a convenience store at 2 am to buy a 6 pack, or grabbing some beer in the grocery store for us. :(


Liquor store - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I think some Scandinavian countries have a similar approach.

VintagePunk 07-04-2009 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by financeguy (Post 6232943)
I think some Scandinavian countries have a similar approach.

Huh, I didn't know that. As progressive a country as this is, our alcohol laws are rather archaic. Still, if I had to choose between free health care and equal rights or slightly more convenient access to alcohol, I'd choose the former.

purpleoscar 07-04-2009 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by VintagePunk (Post 6232986)
Huh, I didn't know that. As progressive a country as this is, our alcohol laws are rather archaic. Still, if I had to choose between free subsidized health care and equal rights or slightly more convenient access to alcohol, I'd choose the former.

Just a correction for the folks down south who might take 'free' a little too seriously. :wink:

Vincent Vega 07-05-2009 04:39 AM

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Originally Posted by financeguy (Post 6232943)
I think some Scandinavian countries have a similar approach.

In Sweden and Norway, yes. Alcohol only in special liquor stores.

For the Danish there is Germany. :D

purpleoscar 03-22-2010 10:47 PM

More famous beers I haven't tried yet. :drool:

YouTube - Bell's Expedition Stout | Chad'z Beer Reviews

YouTube - #13 - Beer Blog 5 (Rochefort: Quadrupel 10)

Diemen 03-23-2010 11:39 AM

That Rochefort is delicious.


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