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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 17, 2019, 03:40:42 AM »
Tried the GoT White Walker out of the freezer. Not a fan of it freezer cold on the first pour. Trying to decide if I will hit it again cold (typically try things at least two or three times) or just pull it and let it get warm. Aroma is light citrus coupled with leather and a hint of alcoholic plastic. Flavor has some sweetness, citrus, leather, oak, and aftertaste which seems to have more phenolic alcohol although at a low level.

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:52:49 PM »
For non Sous Vide perfection. Cold eggs with 1" of water or more above them. Bring to boil over medium heat/flame. Turn off heat, cover and let sit in hot water for 12 min. Immediately cool in ice bath.
This seems surprisingly close to the Sous Vide version when you consider the eggs have to come up to temp/boil with the water. Probably the biggest difference would be this would use less water than my SV.

I run this SV poached scenario from time to time:
173F for 13 min with a fridge temp egg.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 08, 2019, 12:35:13 AM »
Finished off a fifth of Shenk's Homestyle Sour Mash 2018 tonight. To me it was just a bit too alcoholic to love. At $40 I can find something more interesting for a lower price point although inexpensive Bourbons seem to be more difficult to find nowadays.

The Pub / Re: Whisky is Coming - GoT Collection
« on: February 07, 2019, 02:41:00 PM »
Awesome. I have not yet opened any of mine. Still looking for second bottles of Greyjoy (Talisker), Tyrell (Clynelish), and Baratheon (Lochnager).

I have White Walker in the freezer. Figured I would try it ice cold and then allow the bottle to come to room temp and try it again. I suspect ice cold will not be a favorite way to consume. Typically I don't add water so that should be interesting as well.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 25, 2019, 01:36:57 AM »
Finishing up a fifth of Slane Irish Whiskey. Picked it up locally for $28. I like it quite a bit, supposedly a blend which is aged in three different casks (Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey, and Sherry). If you find it, give it a whirl.

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: January 24, 2019, 02:45:13 AM »

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 08, 2019, 03:20:29 AM »
It's a great one for mixing. I have a bottle of VOB BiB, but haven't opened it.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 06, 2019, 11:21:12 PM »
Yes. In NC it's $42.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 05, 2019, 01:47:43 PM »
Opened a bottle of J.T.S. Brown BiB which is Heaven Hill. Had to buy a case to get it in NC. Quite nice for a $14 Bourbon.

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:41:36 PM »
Running a leg of lamb today at 131F for 3 hours. Should be tremendous!

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: January 01, 2019, 06:27:16 PM »
Running a leg of lamb today at 131F for 3 hours. Should be tremendous!

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 31, 2018, 02:35:23 PM »
At a gathering with old friends we drained a bottle of Smokehead Single Malt Scotch yesterday. I had remembered it as ashtray, but it was a much better pour than I remembered. Lighter on the peat and with a sweetness to balance. I'll probably pick up another bottle in the future when I see it again.

The backstory:
On a trip to Belgium on 2006 we were in Antwerp at a Scottish bar named Highlander and had Smokehead Scotch with a draft McEwan's. I remembered the Scotch as being ashtray and having the McEwan's afterward balancing it out. Purchased the Smokehead in 2014 and then discovered McEwan's wasn't being distributed to the US anymore. Fast forward a few years and it was so we decided to get together the men who were on that trip. It took awhile to schedule, but yesterday was the day.

The Pub / Re: Port
« on: December 28, 2018, 02:07:19 PM »
The Royal 10 had been opened and a small amount poured. The cork was stuck and my wife broke it off. It was very crumbly. I tried a corkscrew, but that didn't work. Vacuumed out the pieces and then used a small screwdriver to pull the last piece upward. Decanted twice and tasted and it's a nice port. Not as complex as some of our other favorites, but certainly as good as any other $20-30 bottle. The 20 year is going to stay closed as is the 1.5 Liter. Best I can find the Royal 10 is $30, the Royal 20 is $45, the Quinto do Estanho 1.5L is $65, and the Dalva VSOP Brandy is $45

The Pub / Port
« on: December 27, 2018, 02:45:28 PM »
Anyone know anything about the Ports below? We love Port and make it a point to have 8-10 bottles out between Christmas Eve and the new year. Someone I know is trading these with me for a fifth of Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel because he wants them gone and they are gathering dust. Thought someone out there may have tried some of them.

PS: This is our Port lineup for 2018 into 2019

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 27, 2018, 02:39:40 PM »
I think 1792 Small Batch is worth the $30.

I bought a bottle of our local county ABC (remember we are a state orchestrated system with individual boards broken out by county or city(ies)) 1792 Single Barrel Pick. It was tremendous. I tried to buy more and the county warehouse sent bottles to the store, but they were not of the pick. Turns out the pick was from 2014 and they had found a few cases lurking in the warehouse and sent them to one store. Of course I only grabbed the one bottle.

Fast forward a few weeks and I picked up a case of a 1792 Single Barrel store pick out of GA for a song. Of course it is illegal to ship liquor across state lines, but let's say if that happened my cost per bottle would be $33. It is also magnificent. I would not hesitate to purchase a store pick 1792 Single Barrel at a reasonable cost. Of course I now have a plethora of it at the house so it will be awhile before I purchase any more unless it once again is crazy affordable.

Speaking of crazy affordable. I lucked into Balvenie Double Wood 17yr for $75 per bottle. I was thinking of letting a bottle or two go, but since I will never get it again at that price I think I will keep all four bottles.

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