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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

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Bourbon: Finding the Good Stuff

This is the seventh in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

So look… this doesn't work in Oregon. The best thing to do here is to keep an eye on the Next Month Price Change list, and find things that you want that are going way down in price. Most recently, this was the infamous Laphroaig 10 for $20.25, but about a year ago, A. de Fussigny Tres Vielle Cognac dropped from $220 to $100 a bottle, and if you know that it’s a 50 year old Cognac that hasn’t been made in 10-15 years… well, let’s just say it was worth the drive to Eugene to pick up two bottles.

It also doesn’t work in Washington, which is too new at the private liquor sales game to have dusty old bottles lying around. There’s a lot of clean, bright new liquor stores and some helpful people, but taxes being what they are up there… I’d just avoid wasting a lot of time looking in Washington for liquor.

Recent Additions

  • Gusano Rojo — Mezcal, Sweet vermouth, Campari, Honey syrup, Lime juice, Cayenne pepper
  • Brockton Navy — Old Tom Gin, Amargo-Vallet, Lemon, Lemon juice, Orgeat
  • Caught in a Cabaret — Tequila, Cynar, Sloe gin, Apricot liqueur, Lime juice
  • Double Buzz — Overproof rum, Fernet, Bitters, Coffee, Coconut cream, Mint
  • Negroni dell'Erborista — Gin, Amaro dell'Erborista, Campari, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Grapefruit peel

Recent Discussion

  • Re Cocktail à la Louisiane, 5 days ago jkim07 commented:


  • Re Le Negociant, 5 days ago Mixin In Ansley commented:

    The rhum makes this drink mellow, laid back, non pretentious in the best possible rum at the end of the day. Thought it was spot on.

  • Re Staten Island, 6 days ago Shawn C commented:

    A very nice, well-crafted combination. The dark cherry is there from the Heering, with the bitters providing a bourbon barrel essence to boost a basic mixing bourbon, while the amaro provides some bittersweet orange, clove, some root and spices. There is a lot of flavor to explore.

  • Re Artichoke Hold (Donna), 1 week ago Mixin In Ansley commented:

    Delicious and novel as is.

  • Re Agave Gracias, 1 week ago HallA commented:

    Really excellent. Combination of layers of earthy sweetness. Made with piloncillo and it adds a lot, probably would not be nearly the same with demerera.