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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 30, 2016, 02:14:28 AM »
I really enjoy the Coffey Grain, I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on both. Pure Malt is MIA around here so far.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 28, 2016, 01:06:01 PM »
I use this silicone six cube tray and each time I empty it I freeze another six.

Each cube looks like this in the glass.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 28, 2016, 10:15:03 AM »
I've gotten accustomed to drinking some neat and at ambient temps, but with some Bourbons I like the way the flavor changes as a large cube melts. Cold would change the equation, but I'd have to have so many rocks in the freezer we wouldn't be able to accommodate any food. ;)

All Things Food / Re: Philippine adobo
« on: December 27, 2016, 08:23:49 PM »
Bourdain's host used pork and chicken. Next time will definitely be on the bone because deboned thigh meat disintegrates by the end of the cook, but is still delicious!

All Things Food / Philippine adobo
« on: December 27, 2016, 05:44:06 PM »
Happened to catch Bourdain in the Phillipines and one of the dishes he had was adobo. Decided to give it a try and it is delicious.

2 lb chicken cubed
2 lb pork cubed
8 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 onion chopped
3 bay leaves
1 tsp peppercorns
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup water

Combine everything and marinate for 2 hours in the fridge. Cook on low simmer for 2 hours. Reduce liquid till thick and serve over rice.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 26, 2016, 02:06:18 PM »
Mike I found the Nikka whiskey and the Nikka Coffey grain whiskey here in Gunnison on vacation. Taking home to enjoy later

Was the Nikka Whiskey - Pure Malt or Whiskey from the Barrel? I have not tried either of those, but hear wonderful things about Pure Malt.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 26, 2016, 02:04:36 PM »
Some good ones on that list. I am a fan of the Highland Park, Ardbeg, and the Aberfeldy. I have heard good things about Bowmore, which will be a purchase of mine soon.

Aberfeldy 12 went on sale in NC in December for $34 a fifth so I picked one up. Saw it in SC for close to $50. While tasty and enjoyable I gotta say I like Monkey Shoulder quite a bit more and at $28 a fifth picked up three more recently. Sale in NC is on for it until the end of the year so I might sneak off and buy a few more.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 25, 2016, 07:42:03 AM »
That was the ~$35 bottle?

Guess I'll just pour out the cheap stuff.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 24, 2016, 08:38:14 AM »
So right now Rock Hill Farms is tripping my trigger. Another Buffalo Trace product and it is pretty tasty.

This was still lurking in my bar and last night I pulled it out with just a single pour remaining. Some recent articles have said Rock Hill Farms is the same grist as Blanton's. I have not seen Rock Hill on the shelves recently.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 22, 2016, 06:46:24 AM »
I saw those, but most of the time I drink my whiskey neat in a jelly jar.

Because it was on sale I bought a fifth of Black Grouse and for me it takes some water to make it palatable. The smoke seems forced and slightly medicinal neat. With a splash it is better, but I probably will not purchase it again once it is gone.

The Pub / HBO Documentary - Risky Drinking
« on: December 20, 2016, 08:40:30 AM »
I watched the documentary Risky Drinking on HBO last night and gotta say it was a debbie downer. It would be great to show to someone who has not yet started consuming alcohol or someone who you feel might be at risk for abusing it. On the bright side Booze Traveler was in Ireland at 10pm on Travel Channel so it lightened the mood round the house. ;)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 19, 2016, 05:10:11 PM »
It's a Beam in the same family as Knob Creek, Baker's and Booker's. Basil Hayden's is about $40 and while tasty, at that price point there are several great Bourbons. If you want some Booker's snag it now while it is $50-60. They are raising the price by double and are allocating the brand. At $50+ I find it hot and boozy and at double that I find it to be a great way for stores to keep dust off their shelves while the bottles sit and effectively collect dust bunnies.

All Things Food / Re: Bread
« on: December 19, 2016, 12:50:33 PM »
I've done pretzels and something else which escapes me that way. The machine was great for it except my machine is on the small side.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 19, 2016, 12:48:57 PM »
They had a more expensive Kirkland handle, perhaps $38 of ?12 yr?. I figured if the blend was good I'd try it. The blend was almost awful so I probably won't head down that path. ;)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 19, 2016, 07:11:44 AM »
I just opened my second 1.75 l bottle of Kirkland (Costco) Blended Scotch Whiskey.  The first one was very pleasant, but simple.  Easy to drink, but without distinction.

This second one is IMO a bit phenolic.  It is not unpleasant, but right on the border.  It tastes of band-aids, smoke, sea-water, cinnamon and (I'm reaching here) marshmallow.  As I taste a little more of it,  sea water or oyster shell is what comes to mind more than anything else.

I bought the $18 handle of Kirkland blended and I cannot choke it down. I can't make it work neat or with any volume of water except the water chasing it down the drain. I'll try it in some mixed beverages, but if it doesn't present as tasty in anything I can come up with it will probably get to clean my pipes.

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