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Title: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: The Gem Cutter 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?
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: cupiscent 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Jmack 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)
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: xiagan 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: ScarletBea 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
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Eclipse on March 19, 2017, 10:24:44 AM
I try to avoid spirits especially ones like the green lady from Scotland
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Rostum on March 19, 2017, 11:54:56 PM
if it's this green lady she is not Scots  ;D

(http://www.fairiesworld.com/pixs2/green_fairy_tn.jpg)

Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: The Gem Cutter 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 :)
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Saraband 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  :)
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: xiagan 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. :)
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: ScarletBea 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)
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Nora 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: CameronJohnston 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Nora 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!
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Jmack 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: CameronJohnston on March 20, 2017, 11:13:18 AM
I tend to go for the Jura Superstition when I don't want a whisky quite so medicinal. Still has a smoky kick to it though.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Hedin on March 20, 2017, 12:34:31 PM
Since I have started brewing beer I obviously love beer.  My favorite style are Hefeweizens (Weihenstephaner is my favorite) and then going to the others in the wheat family (Belgian and American styles).  I'm just as happy though with a nice IPA, or pils, or pale ale, or larger, and so on.  Basically the only thing I don't like to drink that much are stouts and porters but I'll have one on occasion. 

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.

I wish I had kept track of the beers I drank when I was in Belgium because I had a lot of good ones that I don't actually remember what they were (which means I'll just have to rediscover them one day).  I did have a Westy 12 when I was there and I thought it was damn good.  I'm not sure I would put it at the top of the list but it was definitely up there and I would love to have it again.  I do like the Rocheforts but I prefer 8 over 10.

As for wine I only drink white wines (reds are generally too dry for me) and of those Rieslings are my favorite.  I pretty much never drink liquor but if I were a vodka with sprite/7up would be my preferred drink...well not counting margaritas.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: The Gem Cutter on March 20, 2017, 03:18:16 PM
Odd that with my sweet tooth, my tastes vary much more widely than most who've posted so far. For beers I like hefeweizen's and pilsners. I enjoy Heineken, Stella, Newcastle, and Blue Moon, but my favorite specific beer remains Tusker from. S. Africa, though I don't know what it is. I love muscato and roscato wines for their sweetness and light effervescence, and there are several rich red wines that make me smile, esp. one called Golden Rose produced by a small vineyard in Tennessee. This recently discovered Tullamore Dew Irish whisky is just amazing and a surprise.

For cocktails I'm omnivorous, but I love tequila and rum and vodka and ... hehehehe, anything wet and strong.

But by a long way, my favorite drink is mead. I will drink mead to devastating excess, although I don't like the ones tainted (as I call it :) ) with fruit and other additions. It's an acquired taste, and I acquired it with gusto. It has  the worst hangover in the world, by far. But that's the price one pays for such delicious sweetness and overwhelming sense that England could and should be raided by sea.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Jmack on March 21, 2017, 01:30:43 AM
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But by a long way, my favorite drink is mead. I will drink mead to devastating excess, although I don't like the ones tainted (as I call it :) ) with fruit and other additions. It's an acquired taste, and I acquired it with gusto. It has  the worst hangover in the world, by far. But that's the price one pays for such delicious sweetness and overwhelming sense that England could and should be raided by sea

Proof once again that TGC can make the most mundane of posts into s0mething delightful.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: cupiscent on March 21, 2017, 10:06:56 AM
Once at a wedding in the wilds of Russia (a long story all by itself) we tried - and indeed were gifted with a bottle of - something called medovukha (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medovukha), which is as related to mead as its name implies (i.e. they are both made with honey). I seem to remember liking it better than I'd liked mead, but then again, my only encounter with mead was a movie-based drinking game in my misspent youth.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Rostum on April 01, 2017, 11:50:34 PM
OK I will play. Being ancient and not liking drinking alone I acquire alcohol much faster than I drink it (that's my excuse and I am sticking to it)

(http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy197/soggybiker/8b4f1e0c-1d41-4879-aa4d-90b45afbfac6_zpscerxvujy.jpg)

I am partial to good scotch (although it likes me less and less) Gin and good red wine.  A little of something really good being better than too much of something that isn't.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: ScarletBea on April 02, 2017, 10:18:06 AM
^ for me, the things behind the bottles (meercat! child!) are much more interesting ;D
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: Rostum on April 02, 2017, 01:34:03 PM
The Meerkat is an old birthday card that I love art by Becky Brown check out her work
http://becky-brown.com/Contact-Info (http://becky-brown.com/Contact-Info)
Between is A post card of Victorian gentlemen that says "there is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot" and the child is a photo I took of my Nephew a couple of years back.
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: ScarletBea on April 02, 2017, 03:02:19 PM
The Meerkat is an old birthday card that I love art by Becky Brown check out her work
http://becky-brown.com/Contact-Info (http://becky-brown.com/Contact-Info)
Wow!
I'm not than keen on animal pictures, but I love these 2:
(http://payload131.cargocollective.com/1/10/337761/4931629/Web_BritishMuseum_800.jpg)
(http://payload131.cargocollective.com/1/10/337761/4931629/Paris_Study_01_800.jpg)

Quote
"there is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot"
;D
Title: Re: Your favorite spirits, beers, and wines
Post by: m3mnoch on April 02, 2017, 03:54:51 PM
rostum makes me want to share the scotch portion of my bookshelf.

mmm . . . scotch.

(http://m3mnoch.com/static/images/scotch-shelf.jpg)