The Cocktail (and Spirits) Thread

Discussion in 'Firkin Fun Bar' started by Misanthrope, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. Scott Gourley's Lovechild

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    Bump time mofos!

    Just tried St Agnes XO 15YO. A seriously excellent brandy, plenty of sultana with a good back-up of vanilla & cinnamon. Smooth as silk, no alcohol burn whatsoever.
     
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    St Agnes is very underrated on the whole IMO. That 15yo competes with cognac and does well.
     
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    For sub $100, I struggle to think of a genuine competitor. I am interested in trying the new Bickfords 23rd St Distillery offerings when they hit the market.
     
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    I reckon it's great value, but a step below an XO cognac. Martell VSOP is a good competitor (IMO)
     
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    Does it compare to my Camus XO Borderies, no chance. But I would have this against the mainstream French VSOP's, including the Martell.
     
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    I love the Martell, but the St Agnes definitely stands up against it.

    I just think brandy is underrated. Even cognac these days....neither are mainstream spirits, but I'll take a decent brandy over the equivalent rum any day of the week.
     
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    It's a funny one. I give the French credit, they know how to market their booze. I think it will eventually go the way of sparkling wine vs Champagne, but it is a long way off from there.
     
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    One needs look no further than Moet for an example of the French marketing skills....

    I'm a big fan of armagnac tbh. I love cognac, but f**k you can find some excellent armagnacs for a fraction of the price.
     
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    You've convinced me to move us on to straight spirits. No cognac open, so one of my favourite whiskies....Balvenie 12yo Double Wood.

    Ridiculously smooth and very rich, obviously oak dominated but still quite subtle with a nice warm burn at the very back
     
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    went back to aussie a few weekends ago and my brother made me get a bottle of Hendricks in duty free. Made me gin, soda and cucumbers that night. Never been a gin fan but went down pretty well and was still pretty fresh and perky the next morning
     
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    aka the alcoholics thread
     
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    don't judge
     
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    too late
     
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    Protestant whisky </McNulty>
     
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    Crown Royal - quite enjoyable
     
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    Loving the fact that Chivas Regal & Dimple are sub $40 whiskies these days. As drinking neat, they're rubbish. As mixing whiskies, bloody hard to beat.

    Also concluded my Canadian whisky experiment. The result - Crown Royal is better than Canadian Club 12YO
     
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    Bump!

    Had a glass of Laphroaig Quarter Cask tonight. Picked it up at Whisky Live in a swap with the CCA rep. Went into peated whisky (again) with an open mind. I think I will leave it for guests, not to my taste.
     
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    maybe we should just change the name of this from thee Firken Funbar to the Alcoholics forum
     
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    Well us alcos are the only merkins who post here anymore
     
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    The f**k did you just call me?
     

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