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Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« on: March 18, 2017, 07:24:41 PM »
Last night I was given a bottle of Tullamore Dew, a 12-year whiskey, triple distilled. I was surprised to discover that I actually love it! It's amazingly smooth and flavorful. I've never enjoyed whiskey or scotch, until last night. Look at this old dog learning new tricks  8)

So given the wide ranging and passionate tastes we have in fiction, I thought I'd ask: what's your weapon of choice in murdering brain cells?
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 08:22:36 PM »
The husband and I are ridiculous beer nerds, although the nerdery has had to go on hold a little for me in the past couple years of pregnancy and small-child-mothering. We were lucky to start our passion for interesting beer just as the craft beer scene started to get really exciting here in Australia (and especially in our state... which reminds me that the program has just been announced for this year's Good Beer Week festival and we should get onto that).

Anyway, we also adore Belgian beer, which really is unlike any other sort of beer. It's not new-fangled craft, it's hundreds of years of historical production in fascinating styles. My husband loves the lambics, which are brewed with natural yeasts that consume more sugar and are therefore very sour, and often have fruit added. But my favourites are the abbey-style, and especially the Trappist beers. These tend to be big, rich flavours - I've had beers that taste leathery, or even gunpowdery. Westvleteren is often touted as the best in the world, though I suspect that's partly driven by rarity, as it's a small production and until recently wasn't available anywhere except from the source. (I've tried one, it was a little too mouldy-bread for me.) My absolute favourite beer in the world is Rochefort 10, which for my money is like drinking Christmas: a warm armchair snuggle with fruity flavours.

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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2017, 08:55:19 PM »
My go-to drinks are Malbec wine for dinner and cider for fun.

I started with cider a while back because beer just hasn't been my thing and I need something in a bottle to order in a bar. Plus it's sweet (usually) and I'm a soda drinker from way back. But recently, I've been tending to the dryer ciders, and dislike anything too cloying.  It may be time to give beer a good try. I'm taking suggestions.

I can also enjoy a shot of rye, and a bourbon and coke. I asked for some whiskey for Christmas a year or two back, and have tried what I got without being thrilled. Though I don't tell JMacksdotter that.  8)
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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2017, 07:05:18 AM »
Can't stand beer and only rarely drink spirits since I have a son who gifted us with unpredictable nightly entertainment. ;)

So wine it is. German Riesling ('Queen of the white wines') for white and Spanish Tempranillo (pure or as a cuvée, preferably from Rioja and aged in barrique (oak barrels)) for red.

Oh, and would join Jmack for a cider*.

*Disclaimer: no idea how American? cider is. I like Hessian apple wine best but drink French cidre or English or German cider on occasion too.
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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2017, 09:57:45 AM »
I'm unusual (am I?): I don't like ANY spirits, beers and wines ::)
They all taste blegh to me.

I can have a sip of Bailey's, or a sip of alcopop, but things don't get sold in sips and I don't see the point, hehe
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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2017, 10:24:44 AM »
I try to avoid spirits especially ones like the green lady from Scotland
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2017, 11:54:56 PM »
if it's this green lady she is not Scots  ;D




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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 08:10:59 AM »

*Disclaimer: no idea how American? cider is. I like Hessian apple wine best but drink French cidre or English or German cider on occasion too.


There's many kinds. I grew up in an apple-growing town, and our cider was very dark with a lot of sediment, like drinking an apple (or three). In America, we differentiate between apple juice which has had virtually all of the sediment removed. I'm sure there's grades of cider, but the best IMHO is like I grew up with: tons of apple stuff in there, and a hint of cinnamon :)
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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 09:34:52 AM »
I have a profound distaste for every drink I have tried but one, which I absolutely love, and drink every other weekend: gin & tonic. I love to try different brands and flavours, though the best I have tried so far has been Caorunn - I'm yet to find a worthy competitor. Oh, and Fever-Tree tonic water beats Schweppes any time  :)
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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 09:44:04 AM »
I have a profound distaste for every drink I have tried but one, which I absolutely love, and drink every other weekend: gin & tonic. I love to try different brands and flavours, though the best I have tried so far has been Caorunn - I'm yet to find a worthy competitor. Oh, and Fever-Tree tonic water beats Schweppes any time  :)
Yep, Fever Tree is the best!

I like Tanqueray No.10 and Monkey 47. Never tried yours but will do when I see it somewhere. :)
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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 09:48:52 AM »
Oh, and Fever-Tree tonic water beats Schweppes any time  :)
Funnily enough, the nutricionist I saw recommended Fever Tree as a good/healthy alternative to fizzy drinks (when it was all I could drink)
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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2017, 10:11:48 AM »
I used to be into wine as a French, but oddly I tolerate it less and less. They're often too dear for the quality in the anglo-saxon world, and the more the years go by, the worst the hangovers after not even half a bottle. So I've taken to drinking beer, and love it, though I am not a nerd about it at all... I know little about beer making, and limit myself to trying and deciding what I like! So I don't like hops, and rarely a fan of IPA, but I love me a nice golden beer, or a dark or amber ale, but above all a good stout.
Spirit wise I drink whisky, so I've been in paradise for that here. I dislike spirits that have little taste above the "liquid alcohol" one, so I'm a big fan of smokey and peaty whiskies.
My favourite so far is Lagavulin, 16y.
Otherwise will drink baileys and some French dry cider... But not much else. I'm not a big drinker.
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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2017, 10:25:55 AM »
I used to be into wine as a French, but oddly I tolerate it less and less. They're often too dear for the quality in the anglo-saxon world, and the more the years go by, the worst the hangovers after not even half a bottle. So I've taken to drinking beer, and love it, though I am not a nerd about it at all... I know little about beer making, and limit myself to trying and deciding what I like! So I don't like hops, and rarely a fan of IPA, but I love me a nice golden beer, or a dark or amber ale, but above all a good stout.
Spirit wise I drink whisky, so I've been in paradise for that here. I dislike spirits that have little taste above the "liquid alcohol" one, so I'm a big fan of smokey and peaty whiskies.
My favourite so far is Lagavulin, 16y.
Otherwise will drink baileys and some French dry cider... But not much else. I'm not a big drinker.

*high-fives* Lagavulin is my favourite whisky by far, with Laphroaig and Jura Superstition as runner-ups.

Wine-wise I've never found anything I like more than montepulciano d'abruzzo, though I do like a rioja or a merlot.

I prefer ales over beers (though I do like a German Fürstenberg) mostly ruby/red or dark ales.

Ciders I prefer a medium over a dry cider.
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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2017, 10:49:47 AM »
In oz and nz the ciders were liquorous and sweet, it was horrible. Often they come flavoured with other fruits. I like cider called "brut" instead of "doux", but I don't know how to translate that to english.

Interesting, I like Talisker alright, Laphroaig as well, but I've never tasted Jura Superstition. Guess I have to go out to the Sandy Bells some night soon and have me a shot of it!
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Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2017, 10:59:06 AM »
There are small ciders, craft ciders in the u.s. that are quite sour.  I think they appeal for snobbery more than taste.
'Brut' to me is 'dry'. I like dry, with a hint of sweet.
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