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I love a nice old fashioned at the end of a round. Sipping away sitting on the patio is a lovely way to end the day.

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  1. I was a single malt scotch drinker for decades until Lagavulin just got too expensive.
  2. Bourbon became my drink of choice about 5 years ago, love a good Old Fashioned w Makers 46, but the bourbon premium is getting $ out of hand now too.
  3. I think I'm drifting toward Irish Whiskies like Jameson Black Barrel. (Un)fortunately I have a lot of bourbon in the cabinet to get through before I make the switch.
  4. I also like Margaritas with Mexican food, and rum drinks when boating, but otherwise I've been a whisk(e)y guy for a LONG time.
  5. While playing golf it's usually beer only because it's convenient though Fireball, Bloodies and RTD Bourbon & Ginger Ale have made it into the golf cart cooler from time to time.
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@Middler you know if you need help consuming some of that bourbon let me know. Woodford is my usual go to as that's what I can always find and I like it a little bit more than Makers. I agree with you that the premiums for bourbons are going nuts for some reason. I get it for Blanton's or Angel's Envy or other ghost bottles. But you can't ever find Buffalo Trace! And Weller, any Weller, is only occasionally in Ohio. 

Side note, I was talking to the guy at the local state store, and all that hard to get stuff is release day items. The shipments are posted to a site (OHLQ.com) at like 3AM on Saturday mornings, and they have people lining up in the parking lot by 4. And they don't open till 9. The "good stuff" is gone by 9:15. Not worth it, I'll stick to what's on the shelf.

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Aviation and Tonic, one slice of lime, one slice of lemon. 

If I'm having a beer, I want to have to use a knife and a fork... darker the better.

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Started stockpiling bottles of scotch around 15 years ago.  My thoughts at the time was the decrease in water quality which could potentially impact the taste.

While I have not purchased a bottle in over 5 years I still have close to 200 bottles in my collection.  My preference is smoke and peat profiles.  My favourite distilleries are Ardbeg and Laphroaig.  When I would find a bottle I really liked I would purchase 12+ at times, especially limited releases.

Glad I purchased the bottles when I did at a much lower price.  Could not justify the cost to enjoyment ratio today of many of my favourites.

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7 hours ago, ED13 said:

Started stockpiling bottles of scotch around 15 years ago.  My thoughts at the time was the decrease in water quality which could potentially impact the taste.

While I have not purchased a bottle in over 5 years I still have close to 200 bottles in my collection.  My preference is smoke and peat profiles.  My favourite distilleries are Ardbeg and Laphroaig.  When I would find a bottle I really liked I would purchase 12+ at times, especially limited releases.

Glad I purchased the bottles when I did at a much lower price.  Could not justify the cost to enjoyment ratio today of many of my favourites.

The only time you’ll get a flavor change in a whiskey is if the bottle is under half full. It’s not like wine where it changes in the bottle. Ardbeg is a go to of mine when sitting at a campfire the peat just goes so well with campfire

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I agree above you need to finish the last half of the bottle a little quicker.  The age of when bottled does make a difference.

What I was referring to was the amount of older juice than stated which was added for a better flavour profile.  This ended once demand for scotch stated increasing.  For a number of years scotch was not very popular among the regular populous which lead to lower stock levels at distilleries.  When market was low more aged product made it into aged stated bottles to increase sales.  Demand started to increase due to demand of luxury goods (including scotch) in the asian market.  Pandemic demand went crazy for any liquor and no need to add anything past the stated age.

A friend of mine purchased a bottle of Glenmorangie and when I stopped by his house a week later I brought a bottle I purchased thirteen+ years ago.  Tasted the new version against the old and not even close.  I have one more of these bottles I plan on gifting it on his birthday.

One of my favourite bottles is Laphroaig Quarter Cask.  If I am going to swill a bottle in one night I pull a more recent bottle from around 5 years ago.  When I want a dram to really enjoy I open a much older bottle.  This scenario has played out many times.

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angels envy rye finished in rum barrels. 100 proof, very smooth and flavorful on the palate but with a little kick on the swallow. I got a bottle for $70 which seems like a bargain. Excellent out of a flask. can’t go wrong with angels envy in general, but their special releases are worth seeking out. 

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On 11/20/2022 at 8:32 PM, ED13 said:

I agree above you need to finish the last half of the bottle a little quicker.  .....

 

Never found that to be an issue....  LOL.

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I know by sharing with every interested person I know I am reducing my chances, but in case anyone hasn’t seen Buffalo Trace’s awesome sweepstakes: https://www.willrunforbuffalotracebourbon.com

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Cracked this Redwood Empire rye for a poker game on Friday night. Never had it before. Very tasty.PXL_20230120_143258411.jpg.4644f0d6fc7cb8b46b6985f02a124966.jpg

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Picked up this beauty not too long ago. It's a gentler Laphroaig, but still tastes like Laphroaig and that's not bad every once in a while.

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On 3/8/2023 at 6:43 PM, The Mad Bomber said:

Picked up this beauty not too long ago. It's a gentler Laphroaig, but still tastes like Laphroaig and that's not bad every once in a while.

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Not sure why gentler is a good thing, a good Scotch is supposed to be peaty 😉

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On 3/23/2023 at 8:19 AM, Hobert said:

Not sure why gentler is a good thing, a good Scotch is supposed to be peaty 😉

Meh, the 10 is my stock drink, but every once in a while I don’t want to be punched in the mouth quite that hard. I’ll go to the Lag 16 or some of the Bowmore bottlings and enjoy the heck outta them

 

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On 3/8/2023 at 3:43 PM, The Mad Bomber said:

Picked up this beauty not too long ago. It's a gentler Laphroaig, but still tastes like Laphroaig and that's not bad every once in a while.

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Interesting- will need to pick this up next time I’m in my local liquor store. 

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I am mainly a beer guy, I have been dabbling in sour beers for quite some time now and i'm loving them. 

I usually always have a few when playing with my buddies on the weekends. However most of my rounds these days are in the morning before work so no drinks during those rounds. It is interesting to see how much more I care about my rounds though when I am not having a few. I think it keeps me more engaged in every shot, even the bad ones, haha.  

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So I was at the course today and ordered a Beermosa and the bartender said she'd been a bartender for 25 years and never heard of such thing. A little bit of orange juice with some draft beer and viola!! A perfect morning drink for on the course. If you have not tried, highly highly recommend! 

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On 4/28/2023 at 4:08 AM, tommyb1683 said:

I have been dabbling in sour beers for quite some time now and i'm loving them.  

I had some barrel-aged cherry sour beers last weekend from a local craft brewery and they were phenomenal. Definitely going back to grab more of those soon 

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I'm a Tito's and Lemonade drinker.  Real lemonade jot that canned sweet stuff.  I recently played True Blue and the beer Cart girl said "oh someone knows what to drink!"  She then asked if I tried blueberry vodka and lemonade?  I had not. I love blueberry anything.  Ellicottville Brewing Companies Blueberry Beer is a favorite!  Well, tried it - now I'm hooked!

If you like blueberries you have to try it.  I have found beer is a great cool down but doesn't always quench my thirst. These lemonade infused drinks quench while hydrating.

If you try one let me know what you think. 

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There's nothing like a good Straight Bourbon to help me relax after a fun round of golf.  About four years ago, I found Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch and not only is a really good bourbon, the story of behind this product is fantastic.  If you don't know the story, check out this link. The Story of Nearest GreenUncleNearest.jpg.419b113617db25228ac998b4cc9f83ca.jpg

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4 hours ago, markcchap said:

There's nothing like a good Straight Bourbon to help me relax after a fun round of golf.  About four years ago, I found Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch and not only is a really good bourbon, the story of behind this product is fantastic.  If you don't know the story, check out this link. The Story of Nearest GreenUncleNearest.jpg.419b113617db25228ac998b4cc9f83ca.jpg

Very interesting!  I personally don't like whiskey/bourbon.  Love the story.

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Moscow mule and Tito’s please! Nothing like some refreshing ginger and lime to get the evening going after a long day!

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6 hours ago, markcchap said:

There's nothing like a good Straight Bourbon to help me relax after a fun round of golf.  About four years ago, I found Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch and not only is a really good bourbon, the story of behind this product is fantastic.  If you don't know the story, check out this link. The Story of Nearest GreenUncleNearest.jpg.419b113617db25228ac998b4cc9f83ca.jpg

Good stuff. It's over priced, but it is good.

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I am basically a bourbon drinker at this point. My go-tos are Four Roses Single Barrel, Old Forester 1920 Prohibiton Style. or Woodford Reserve. Seems like these are always on the shelf in my local stores. I will drink a little Crown or Irish when I'm in the mood. I'm not one to chase bottles, but I do keep an eye out for the better stuff when I'm buying.

Does anyone have a good Rye they recommend?

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8 hours ago, DiscipleofPenick said:

I am basically a bourbon drinker at this point. My go-tos are Four Roses Single Barrel, Old Forester 1920 Prohibiton Style. or Woodford Reserve. Seems like these are always on the shelf in my local stores. I will drink a little Crown or Irish when I'm in the mood. I'm not one to chase bottles, but I do keep an eye out for the better stuff when I'm buying.

Does anyone have a good Rye they recommend?

Your regulars match mine. If that trend continues, I recommend you try New Riff, both the bourbon and the rye.

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1 hour ago, Siamese Moose said:

Your regulars match mine. If that trend continues, I recommend you try New Riff, both the bourbon and the rye.

That's awesome. I feel like Four Roses is such a steal. What's weird is Buffalo Trace is the one you can never find up in CLE. It's good for the price, but it's not like it should be some ghost bottle.

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21 hours ago, DiscipleofPenick said:

I am basically a bourbon drinker at this point. My go-tos are Four Roses Single Barrel, Old Forester 1920 Prohibiton Style. or Woodford Reserve. Seems like these are always on the shelf in my local stores. I will drink a little Crown or Irish when I'm in the mood. I'm not one to chase bottles, but I do keep an eye out for the better stuff when I'm buying.

Does anyone have a good Rye they recommend?

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye is very good. Whistle Pig is also good, but it's a bit pricey, IMO.

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