Mead

I keep trying new things…that’s what the new year is about, right?  So, I when I was at a new bar, there was the choice of Mead on the menu.  Not something you see often, so I asked the bartender about it.  He gave me a quick description.  I wasn’t overly sold.  Then, he said ‘oh, you have to try it, mostly because I am so trying to get rid of this bottle.’ Should that have been my first clue that I was not going to like this stuff? (yes, could be personal).  So, he gave me a decent pour of Sap House Meadery’s Sugar Maple.  I had the initial sip, then a couple more.  An ice wine is what I could most closely compare it to.  But I could not put a finger on the taste.  After beyond, beyond deep thought (trust me), the only thing I could think of on this is that it tasted like the super dried seal of an envelope (don’t we eat/taste these everyday?).  So, I was glad I got to sample this and check it off my list.  I moved onto to something else.

If you have thoughts on Mead, please let me know.  Would love to hear them.

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Whisk(ed)y Away…

I’m not a huge straight, hard liquor drinker. But am usually up for trying something new.  The latest inquiry/offer was if I drink scotch/whiskey.  My answer was not really; I have a bottle of Jack if I want a Bourbon & Ginger.

But now I have been introduced to the true (aka good) scotch (whisky) and was blown away.

The first one I sampled was Laphroaig Single Malt Quarter Cask.  Ok, I love Pinotage because of the smoke.  That varietal has nothing compared to this. I know I’m comparing apples to oranges here but wow, wow, wow.  I was taking beyond baby sips of this stuff because I have never really been a hard liquor drinker but from what I had, it was unbelievable.  I know I’m being repetitive but SMOKE with a bit of sweet.

IMG_1898[1]IMG_1895[1]The second one I tasted was Lagavulin.  It was smoother than the first but not as smoky — initially.  After it had ‘breathed’ for a bit, wow, the notes definitely came out.  It also had a longer finish. Very different but still on the same stream of overall taste.  So unique.

IMG_1900[1]I will say, you definitely learn something new everyday.  This was quite different from my normal tastings and I will see how much I continue to explore this beverage.  Cheers!

Pour me, pour me, pour me…another G&T

The name of the blog makes me thing of two songs:

“Pour me, pour me, pour me, another shot of whiskey.” –Trick Pony (yes, I’m a country fan)

or much more appropriately

“A Malibu & Coke for you, a G&T for me.” — Barenaked Ladies

So, get to where I’m staying in Ft. Collins and that evening it’s happy hour!  Of course the family’s liquor cabinet is never under par (where do you think I learned to provide info about food & alcohol)?

Several members of my family love martinis, super dry.  I can’t stomach them.  But, I love a Gin & Tonic.  Well, apparently a new gin was recently purchased that was definitely not martini material but perfect for a G&T!  My new taste test — Few Standard Issue Gin.

few_gin IMG_1620[1]IMG_1619[1]Found out it’s a special release spirit.  Ok, 114 proof (57% alcohol by volume), wow.  Very unique —  it’s thick/syrupy (more so than a ‘regular’ gin).  Great flavor, definitely the nice juniper and some fennel notes.  Perfect way to start the evening.  More cheers and happy holidays.

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