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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 08, 2018, 03:07:45 PM »
Blanton's has become the go to for most people searching higher end Bourbon. IMO it's worth $50, but not the extra 10 spot before tax we have. Of course I had to finish my horse race lineup so I paid the price of admission.

I forget which of the Jefferson Ocean I liked. I just find Jefferson variants price point to be a little higher than they should be so I leave them on the shelf.

The Pub / Re: Arcadia Brewing Facing Foreclosure.
« on: December 06, 2018, 02:06:32 PM »
I just don't get it. Is it the sales dropped as new breweries entered a crowded space and gravitated to something new? We've seen several of these recently with breweries you would expect to have a track record of sales to lean on.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 03, 2018, 01:25:25 AM »
FWIW The Oban Bay Reserve GoT was specifically released for the GoT set.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 01, 2018, 06:17:04 PM »
Best I can tell the Oban is the most difficult to find followed by Talisker, Clynelish, and Lochnager. I didn't want to search all over the country for the Oban so I paid low end secondary prices for my two bottles one of which arrives next week.

Opened an Orange Top Old Grand-Dad Bottled In Bond from 2006 last night. It is magnificent!

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 01, 2018, 12:29:03 AM »
I've been debating how to open them and have pretty much settled on by price for the first seven and finishing up with the Oban. No particular reason, just couldn't come up with anything better.

The Pub / Re: North Carolina ABC Rules for Homebrewing
« on: November 29, 2018, 03:16:25 PM »
A group of homebrewers spoke at the ABC meeting in October and followed up with specific comments on the rules which led to several changes all of which were positive. Currently we are planning to allow the rules to go into effect as written. Thanks to everyone who sent their comments to the ABC.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: November 29, 2018, 02:50:59 PM »
I think the article was wrong in that Lagavulin pricing. It is $65+ for that bottle.

I have the Oban which created a complete set and lucked into some steal pricing on four of the 8 set bottles so I started another budget minded set.

Originally I picked up two sets of 7 and I sold one to a "friend". Right now the secondary market for the GoT is soft to nonexistent. Soon people will start dumping their purchases for cost as some already are. What they aren't thinking about is in April interest in the set will revive and the market will scramble to find them unless Diageo has more to release. Oban is currently the only hot ticket since it is so hard to find.

On another note I was in MA and went to a store there. I did not want to leave empty handed so I snagged a Four Roses Small Batch for less than $25. In our stores they are $33+tx. At $35+ it's a bit boring, but at $25 it's fantastic. Amazing how that happens. ;)

All Things Food / Re: Instant Pot
« on: November 27, 2018, 04:01:34 AM »
I bought one. I have not yet taken it out of the box other than to inspect it for damage.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:09:47 PM »
I gravitate toward the Bonded versions. OGD BiB is fantastic.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: November 15, 2018, 12:41:18 AM »
FWIW I drank it neat.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: November 13, 2018, 01:41:14 PM »
Back to our Rye discussion from September. Old Overholt Bonded is quite delicious. On sale it was around $21. Our normal NC price is $25.

Beer Travel / Re: 6 Beers for your state...
« on: November 10, 2018, 03:55:48 PM »
Foothills Sexual Chocolate - IS
Olde Hickory The Event Horizon - IS
Highland Cold Mountain - I guess this would be a spice beer
Trophy Cloud Surfer - IPA
NoDa Hop Drop 'n Roll - IPA
Brewery Bhavana Grove - IPA

Of course we also have Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, and New Belgium and could choose several of those beers or many, many more from the almost 300 breweries in the state. (Wicked Weed was specifically not mentioned because of their ownership.)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: November 10, 2018, 01:24:54 PM »
Medley Bros was just around $20 and now has crept up to $27-28. It's delicious either way.

Of the GoT Scotches only 4 or 5 of the nine are new, the rest are rebranded/repackaged for the lineup. If you see them at a retailer who doesn't go crazy with markup then snag them now. On the secondary market the lineup is already fetching more than 6 bills without the White Walker and Oban Bay.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: November 09, 2018, 04:35:20 AM »
It's not a cheap lineup. White Walker runs $40-50 plus tax. The Oban will be $63-70 plus tax. The set of 7 was $375.

NY has the 7 bottles as does SC. I would think most would have them in the next few weeks.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: November 08, 2018, 04:11:20 PM »
I have a White Walker and found it odd to be suggested to put in the freezer. My plan was to try a drink and then put in the freezer and try a drink and see if I even like it that way.

FWIW - we store our Vodka in the freezer because we are always using it to mix with.

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