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lunchstealer wrote:
27 Apr 2020, 23:09
JasonL wrote:
27 Apr 2020, 11:38
I have to get to Portugal. It's a glaring hole in my wine education and travel experiences.
And it's awesome as a place to go, especially because it's cheap.
And you can buy drugs.
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I got a bottle of Ardbeg the other day. The label says things like "immense smokiness", "sea spray", and "tarry rope", and that's pretty accurate. It's damn good stuff, but you do have to like hugely smoky Scotch. Their own notes on the aroma are pretty funny, actually:
A burst of intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere - peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate. Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. Savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice.

Add water and an oceanic minerality brings a breath of cool, briny seaspray. Waxed lemon and lime follows with coal tar soap, beeswax and herby pine woodlands. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer with warm hazelnut and almond toffee.
Mmm, graphite and soap.

On the other end of the price spectrum, we've been so happy with Old Crow bourbon that I started to wonder if there was anything comparable price/quality-wise in the gin world, so I did a little research. (I recommend Paste Magazine's "10 of the Best Bottom Shelf, Cheap Gins, Blind-Tasted and Ranked") I ended up buying a bottle of Gordon's, and you know what? It's not bad. For the price, it's remarkably good. Now, it is very much a traditional London Dry gin, so you have to like that style, but for a $17 plastic bottle of gin, it's way better than you might expect. I still prefer New Western gin, but I'm happy having some Gordon's G&Ts.

Oh, and I've been making jalapeño margaritas too. Honestly, margaritas are so damn simple to make I have no idea why anyone would ever buy a mix, or why commercial ones tend to be sugary crap, except that I guess it's even cheaper and faster, and Americans tend to like sugary crap.
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Might also be familiarity; people want something that tastes like the mixes used in a lot of bars.
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I almost never make margaritas from scratch because the cleanup defeats the point of drinking them.
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A while back someone gave me a bottle of "Mr. Black" coffee liqueur, and I hadn't really been able to find anything to do with it. It's described by the makers as "a bittersweet blend of top-grade Arabica coffees and Australian wheat vodka", and it really doesn't taste like anything except coffee with a bit of alcohol burn. I tried using it in some mixed drinks, where it didn't taste like anything except coffee, and I tried putting it in coffee, where it didn't taste like anything at all.

But last night I tried pouring it over vanilla ice cream. THAT is a winning combination.
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I mean. Did you even try mixing it with cream? That would be my first go to. And if you can steam milk, you could work your way through the Starbucks menu. I'll have a half-caf white chocolate mochachino, and a twist of lemon.
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