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Old August 5 2009, 04:19 AM   #16
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...and I was recently introduced to "real" absinthe, with the whole ritual of the water decanter, slotted spoons, sugar, flame ....
Actually, the classic way is without flame. Cold water over a sugar cube placed on the spoon, with the dissolving sugar allowed to create a translucent louche in the liquor.
Yes. I'm not sure when this whole "flaming absinthe" business got started, but it was definitely never done before the ban.

For myself--I think the quickest way to answer this topic is simply to list what I've got in my fridge and liquor cabinet.

4 bottles of Maudite strong ale
2 bottles of Grolsch lager
1 bottle of Remy Martin XO premier cru cognac
1 bottle of Hennessy VSOP cognac
1 bottle of Hennessy VS cognac
1 bottle of Montal armagnac
1 bottle of Taboo absinthe
1 bottle of Pernod absinthe
1 bottle of Navan liqueur
1 bottle of Cointreau liqueur
1 bottle of Bulleit bourbon
1 bottle of Wild Turkey 101 bourbon
1 bottle of Dubonnet aperitif
1 bottle of Kingsgate sherry
1 small bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin
1 bottle of Stolichnaya vodka
1 bottle of Zwack eau de vie d'abricot
1 bottle of dark Creme de Cacao
and 2.5 bottles of wine

Hmm. That actually makes me sound like a much heavier drinker than I am.

The reason I have so many bottles of booze around is because it takes me so long to finish them. I've been working on some of those bottles for years now.

For example: I bought the bottle of Remy Martin at Heathrow airport a year ago, and I've had exactly two drinks from it.
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Old August 5 2009, 04:20 AM   #17
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I cannot wait until I'm more of a grown-up and can buy a house. I want to build an awesome bar.
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Old August 5 2009, 04:27 AM   #18
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I'm glad classic cocktails are making a comeback. Classic meaning old recipes dating from the 19th and early 20th century instead of the merely trendy. Excellent article here:

The Cocktail Renaissance
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Old August 5 2009, 04:34 AM   #19
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Oops--I missed a bottle of calvados.

Damn--that is one Frenchified liquor cabinet.
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Old August 5 2009, 05:47 AM   #20
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I can't say I ever really liked alcohol. The only tastes I really liked were fruity drinks like Cider or Bartles and James. I occasionally enjoyed certain kinds of margaritas or a Midori Sour. I can't stand any kind of beer and I am am not much for wine although I like white more than red.

In college it was necessary to get drunk a lot to overcome my Social Anxiety though so I developed some standards. Bourbon and Coke. Gin Martini's. Shots were mostly tequila or whiskey. I liked Goldschlager a lot but mostly to give to people who have never had it before to see the look on their face when they drank it.

I don't really drink anymore ecept for the occasional cider and my girlfriend wants to become a sophisticated wine drinking couple.
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Old August 5 2009, 06:49 AM   #21
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I'm a Southern Comfort man. My older sister drank it when she was towards the end of her schooling and I think I gained a half bottle when she left home and that's how I got into it. I drink it often enough that when I don't drink it my friends always say, "Where's your Southern Comfort?"

I am not a fan of rum and if I can I won't drink it and have bourbon instead. Unfortunately at the races I've been to in the last few years they have only had bourbon that I don't like and is so bad that drinking rum becomes the only sensible option if having spirits. I'll also drink it if it's free.
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Old August 5 2009, 06:52 AM   #22
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Ugh, I cannot drink SoCo anymore. I had a bad experience once, and now just the smell of it makes me gag. The same experience is the reason I can no longer drink Dr. Pepper.
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Old August 5 2009, 07:25 AM   #23
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What is it with all vodka martinis? I'm just a gin guy.
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Old August 5 2009, 07:45 AM   #24
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What is it with all vodka martinis? I'm just a gin guy.
Me too. I can't stand Vodka period and I could never figure out why it became so popular. Maybe all the fruit flavors they put into it.
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Old August 5 2009, 07:54 AM   #25
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What is it with all vodka martinis? I'm just a gin guy.
Me too. I can't stand Vodka period and I could never figure out why it became so popular. Maybe all the fruit flavors they put into it.
I can't stand vodka either. I even made a vodka martini for my friend and took a sip. Couldn't stand it. Ugh. Give me gin. Sure it may smell like pine needles, but I call it Christmas in a glass.
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Old August 5 2009, 08:07 AM   #26
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I don't drink very often (which might explain why I'm such a lightweight ), but when I do imbibe, I keep it pretty simple: I'll usually just have a beer (or several), something golden-coloured -- I've never developed a taste for darker stuff like Guinness. I generally stick with Molson Canadian or Alexander Keith's.

Occasionally I'll encounter a white wine that I enjoy -- red not so much.

Vodka coolers are fine as well; actually, there are some I find quite tasty. As for mixed drinks and cocktails and the like -- eh, some are okay... I don't really have any favourites. Perhaps I haven't found the right one yet.

I'm definitely not much of an alcohol connoisseur, and I usually stay away from the harder stuff (unless I'm already drunk -- then all bets are off).
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Old August 5 2009, 08:09 AM   #27
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1 bottle of Bulleit bourbon
I found this to be a surprisingly good bourbon for the relatively cheap price. It has the firey taste of say, Maker's Mark, but with a much smoother and refined finish. And at a better price!
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Old August 5 2009, 10:35 AM   #28
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I'm not much of a drinker, but I do like the occasional bottle of Twisted Tea.
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Old August 5 2009, 10:39 AM   #29
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Wine. No snobbery here.
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Old August 5 2009, 10:49 AM   #30
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Favourite Beers Special Reserve Orkney Dark Island and Ola Dubh (special reserve Old Engine Oil) Both beers matured in whiskey casks which give them a delicious taste and make them around 8.5% which is pretty strong for beer.

Sadly The Orkney Dark Island is about £8 a bottle which is pretty steep for a bottle of beer.

Lagavulin - easily my favourite whiskey it tastes like liquid peat and smoke.
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