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BoxcarBill 10-22-2015 06:57 AM

I have discovered the only "good" thing about 40% abv.
 
... you can drink more of it. :rolleyes:

oscarswanson 10-25-2015 02:53 AM

Hey bill long time no see.
I know exactly what you mean here.
I was at an all inclusive last year in Mexico.
The only Scotch? they had was Johnny walker red. 40%.
They learned very quickly to just pour until there was no more room in the glass.;)
I'm going back again this winter.

BoxcarBill 10-25-2015 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarswanson (Post 128906)
I'm going back again this winter.

Where in Mexico? I'm hoping to maybe slip down there to Zihautanejo this winter.
Drinking good aņejo tequila is something I could easily do the whole time while there. Especially if JWR was the only Scotch?.

oscarswanson 10-25-2015 10:12 PM

The Johnny red was at a place in Cabo last year. RIU Santa Fe.

The place this year is also an RIU but much nicer. Peninsula in Cancun. It's the building with the big square hole in the middle. All ocean front. Great food. I was there two years ago.

I know little about tequila other than I do like it. Any brands you think are good?

BoxcarBill 10-26-2015 05:19 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarswanson (Post 128912)
Any brands you think are good?

All tequila must be aņejo for me. Aņejo (ahn-YAY-ho) means aged (in wood).
Gran Centenario is a good bang for the buck. The Mexicans know the good tequilas and they have hundreds of them.
Looks like tequila is expensive where you are. Scotch is a better buy.

Did you see my haul from Minnie/St Paul back in May?

http://clubwhisky.com/forum/showpost...01&postcount=9

I really like the Springbank.
I'm already having dreams of coming that way again and picking up some more goodies.

I spent a total of 3 months traveling throughout Mexico with a backpack 25 years ago. Cancun is nice with the turquoise water but I like the mountainous south and west.
Take the little ferry and spend a day on Isla Mujeres and have a meal at the mercado (market). Best Huevos Rancheros I ever had was there.

oscarswanson 10-26-2015 12:20 PM

We did take the ferry to Isla Mujeres, Rented a golf cart for 4 and took a couple of spins around the island. Stopped and had cocktails and food along the way. best fish taco's I ever had but can't remember the name of the place.
Had a great time.

I'll pay more attention to the tequila this time around. Thanks for the advise.

I do remember you saying you were coming this way but was preoccupied with wifey and I's health problems which had us on the run for the last couple of years. Extensive spine surgery, blood clots in lungs, blood thinners, hip replacement. The list goes on.
Everything in that dept. is now going good now.

I see you had some success buying when you were here. The Corryvreckan is going for about $65.00 at Total wine right now.

BoxcarBill 10-27-2015 07:15 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarswanson (Post 128914)
I see you had some success buying when you were here.

Yes, I still can't believe the prices there.
Glad to hear you and yours are in good shape now.

I spent too much time at Blue Max liquors expecting to find some good buys but there were none. All the great reviews they get were unfounded the day I was there.

The only reason I bought those 40%ers at Total Wine is because I lost my wish list at Morelli's and was just grabbing stuff. I wanted to beat the rush hour in the city and get back onto I-94 and get out of Dodge.

You would have gotten a laugh from the look on the girl's face at Total Wine in Burnsville when I rolled up to the check out with $700 worth of Scotch in the cart and got an insufficient funds report from my credit card company.

Although almost all aņejo tequilas are 40% abv they range from very light bodied and delicate to quite tasty and very rich flavored. If you try a couple and aren't pleased it might be you haven't hit on one you like yet.
The agave plant gives tequila a rather unique and exotic (IMO) flavor.
Have you ever been to Huatulco, Mexico? :)

Islay Peat 10-27-2015 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarswanson (Post 128914)
The Corryvreckan is going for about $65.00 at Total wine right now.

:eek:

I want half a dozen for that price!

oscarswanson 10-27-2015 12:19 PM

Nope, Never been to Huatulco.
Going to Vegas for the 62nd birthday soon. Cancun isn't until Jan.
BTW Pete, Corry is still $65.00 at Total Wine. I know I should buying a bunch but have been buying Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 and the new 200th 2015. Also picked up a bunch of Tomatin Decades, Hibbiki 12.

I'll be spending a little time on figuring out the retirement thing now.
To much to know. It may take me a couple of years.

Islay Peat 10-28-2015 07:55 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarswanson (Post 128917)
BTW Pete, Corry is still $65.00 at Total Wine. I know I should buying a bunch but have been buying Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 and the new 200th 2015.

Also picked up a bunch of...Hibiki 12.

I have to cough up $100 to get Corryvreckan but it lasts me a long time.

What is the Cairdeas going for? I've got the only bottle I've ever actually seen and would never have paid as much as I did ($250) if not for it having been a benefit auction.

Love the Hibiki 12, 17 and especially the 30 but the 12 is so expensive here, more than bringing back a bottle of the 17 from Japan.

oscarswanson 10-28-2015 12:36 PM

The Cairdeas goes for less than $80.00. I have a few of the 2013 and 2015. only one of the 2014.
Just picked up a couple Nikka 15-year-old yesterday. They also had some Yamazaki 12 but wanted nearly $100.00 a bottle about the same as the 15 previously mentioned.
This Japanese stuff is almost impossible to find around here anymore.

Islay Peat 10-29-2015 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarswanson (Post 128926)
The Cairdeas goes for less than $80.00. I have a few of the 2013 and 2015. only one of the 2014.
Just picked up a couple Nikka 15-year-old yesterday. They also had some Yamazaki 12 but wanted nearly $100.00 a bottle about the same as the 15 previously mentioned.
This Japanese stuff is almost impossible to find around here anymore.

Do you like any of them better than the others?
I'll have to go look and see what year mine is, although it does have a yellow label if that helps and hopefully mine is one of the better ones.

The Cairdeas is a funny one for Laphroaig. I opened it and gave it a try with three different Lagavulins one night and thought it more like a Lagavulin than a Laphroaig!

oscarswanson 10-30-2015 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Islay Peat (Post 128931)
Do you like any of them better than the others?
I'll have to go look and see what year mine is, although it does have a yellow label if that helps and hopefully mine is one of the better ones.

The Cairdeas is a funny one for Laphroaig. I opened it and gave it a try with three different Lagavulins one night and thought it more like a Lagavulin than a Laphroaig!

I have not even tried any of it yet. I buy way more that I drink. Saving up for retirement so to speak.
How do you know you'll even like it you might ask?
I have not had a Scotch whisky I have not liked.
Some I just love more than others.

Popped open a Corry last night and It was very overwhelming. Must have been something I ate.
Yep. It was $65.00 at Total Wine.

Son-o'-the-Sod(?) 11-02-2015 05:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Islay Peat (Post 128931)
Do you like any of them better than the others?
I'll have to go look and see what year mine is, although it does have a yellow label if that helps and hopefully mine is one of the better ones.

The Cairdeas is a funny one for Laphroaig. I opened it and gave it a try with three different Lagavulins one night and thought it more like a Lagavulin than a Laphroaig!

The yellow label one is the 2014, I believe.

Islay Peat 11-02-2015 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by oscarswanson (Post 128935)
Popped open a Corry last night and It was very overwhelming.

I'm overwhelmed every time too, but in a good way. Had a sip just the other night...
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Originally Posted by Son-o'-the-Sod(?) (Post 128941)
The yellow label one is the 2014, I believe.

Yeah, I looked at it last night and you're right about it being the 2014.

Pretty good stuff!

oscarswanson 11-04-2015 04:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Islay Peat (Post 128945)
I'm overwhelmed every time too, but in a good way. Had a sip just the other night...
Yeah, I looked at it last night and you're right about it being the 2014.

Pretty good stuff!

Poured another dram of the corry tonight and wow what a difference from the 1st pour. Now it is like the corry I remember. Perfect. Had it with my favorite cigar and some cold smoked salmon. Best hour of the month. I love it when all the stars are in alignment.:D

Islay Peat 11-04-2015 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarswanson (Post 128949)
Poured another dram of the corry tonight...Best hour of the month. I love it when all the stars are in alignment.:D

LoL! :D

Funny but true!

oscarswanson 11-09-2015 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by BoxcarBill (Post 128915)
Yes, I still can't believe the prices there.
Glad to hear you and yours are in good shape now.

I spent too much time at Blue Max liquors expecting to find some good buys but there were none. All the great reviews they get were unfounded the day I was there.

The only reason I bought those 40%ers at Total Wine is because I lost my wish list at Morelli's and was just grabbing stuff. I wanted to beat the rush hour in the city and get back onto I-94 and get out of Dodge.

You would have gotten a laugh from the look on the girl's face at Total Wine in Burnsville when I rolled up to the check out with $700 worth of Scotch in the cart and got an insufficient funds report from my credit card company.

Although almost all aņejo tequilas are 40% abv they range from very light bodied and delicate to quite tasty and very rich flavored. If you try a couple and aren't pleased it might be you haven't hit on one you like yet.
The agave plant gives tequila a rather unique and exotic (IMO) flavor.
Have you ever been to Huatulco, Mexico? :)

40% is not always a bad thing at least when it comes to Tequila.
I just tried my first good ones.
Casa Nobel and Cazul both aņejo.
I'll have to find a couple when in Mexico to bring back with me.

BoxcarBill 11-11-2015 12:00 AM

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Originally Posted by oscarswanson (Post 128977)
I'll have to find a couple when in Mexico to bring back with me.

Better be sure you can get them checked through baggage to fly. The rules are pretty screwy Louie these days.

Also, I'm currently looking to get a decent buy on some authentic Mezcal from Mexico. (The cheap stuff with the worm in the bottle is rotgut for the gringos).
I've heard some good things about it including it has a smokey flavor. Looks like the real stuff starts at $50/750ml and goes up from there quickly.
http://delmaguey.com/


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