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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

  • Hunter's Verdict — Añejo rum, Amaro Montenegro, Ginger liqueur, Bitters, Orange
  • Malort in Paradise — Herbal liqueur, Jamaican rum, Grapefruit soda, Pineapple juice, Passion fruit syrup, Lime, Pineapple, Grapefruit peel
  • Jamaican Beer — Dark rum, Rhum Agricole, Whipped cream, Allspice
  • The Ficus — Bermuda rum, Orange juice, Lime juice, Demerara syrup, Fig preserves, Balsamic Vinegar, Orange peel
  • Green Mountain — Cognac, Herbal liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Mint

Recent Discussion

  • Re Rudy Ray, 5 days ago Shawn C commented:

    Good, balanced (sweet/sour) and probably a go-to if one is looking for a citrus modified Pasubio drink, but I have half a dozen Pasubio cocktails I prefer to this one, including at least one of my own. The lemon juice somewhat subdues the character of the Pasubio.

  • Re Pins & Needles, 5 days ago Shawn C commented:

    An alpine flavored Tiki drink that surprisingly works. A solid 3.5, but I can't quite go 4 so I am rating it a 3. To be fair, I used 1/2 oz of pineapple juice and 1/2 oz of simple syrup (should have used my gomme syrup instead) to simulate the "pineapple gum syrup" flavors while balancing sugar vs. the lime from my tree, so mouthfeel could be a little off. The pine and alpine herbal notes provide playful contrast to the pineapple/citrus. If you have Braulio and Zirbenz, try it.

  • Re The Shah Sleeps, 5 days ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    nice and smooth with a full body if just a bit sweet. I swapped Calvados/Montenegro proportions and liked it more.

  • Re Wall Street Insider, 6 days ago Cara A commented:

    I dialed back the Fernet a bit for my audience. Very tasty! Also very boozy, so I made 1.5 drinks for 2 people. Love the scaling function on this site 👍🏼

  • Re Ms. Mary, 6 days ago WGH commented:

    Wonderful warm/hot weather cocktail with 1/2 original Agave adjusted per previous comments.