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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

  • In the Stacks — Scotch, Sherry, Cynar, Apricot liqueur, Bitters, Orange peel
  • King of Barbados — Rum, Calvados, Allspice Dram, Lemon juice, Honey syrup, Lemon
  • Stormy Weather — Japanese Whisky, Lemon vodka, Bitters, Club soda, Verjus, Iced Tea, Rock & rye, Cane syrup, Lemon peel, Candied ginger
  • Clarified Wythe Russian — Vodka, Honey Liqueur, Rum, Bénédictine, Coffee liqueur, Chocolate bitters, Cane syrup, Orange flower water, Lemon peel
  • Marie Byrd Cocktail (2021) — Dry vermouth, Gin, Herbal liqueur, Salt Solution, Lemon peel

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Reluctant Saint, 1 hour ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Lots of complexity - subbing in Luxardo Bitter for Campari did not detract.

  • Re King of Barbados, 9 hours 14 minutes ago Craig E commented:

    Curated to add garnish per link.

  • Re Gods of Old, 20 hours 48 minutes ago HallA commented:

    Excellent Meletti cocktail with nice dark notes from the amaro and creme de cacao balancing rye spice. Very nice.

  • Re Cuban Anole, 2 days 5 hours ago davidnir commented:

    The first sip or two is tasty, but ultimately I found the drink too sweet. Even though PKNY listed it in the Mai Tai section of its menu (I'm guessing because of the agricole), the lack of Curaçao makes it a lot closer to a Daiquiri. The spec, then, only has 1.5 oz of r(h)um to 1 oz of syrup, making it proportionally almost twice as sweet as a traditional Daiq, which would typically have 2 oz of rum and just .75 oz of sugar. I personally would not make again.

  • Re Northern Lights (David Delaney Jr.), 3 days 18 hours ago PromBox commented:

    ‘French 75’ with cranberry. Lime juice mixes better with the sour cran than the lemon imo. We used a 50/50 mix with a Freixenet cava. Be sure to double strain.