Dasani sparkling water. Have you ever had Pappy Van Winkle? They raffle off a chance to buy a bottle at 47 Kroger Wine and Spirits. You don't know which year you get to buy until the day of the raffle, the 10,12,15,20 or 23 year bourbon or 13 year rye.
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Another chain, Cox's smoke shop does a better raffle for $10 you get a chance to win all 6 bottles. The proceeds go to charity. I think one of the reasons some of these bourbons are expensive , for instance the 23 year Pappy, is after 23 years the barrel is half empty and in Kentucky distilleries pay a tax on every barrel every year, that adds up.
I have had Pappy 23. I’m not a bourbon high roller but I have a friend who had a bottle. His wife got it for him years before the Pappy fetish took off. He is totally a Scotch guy and really didn’t care for it.
I had a glass of the Pappy and a glass of my go-to Blanton’s. I would give the Pappy a slight edge over the Blanton’s but only barely. Would never spend that much money for it. Again, I’m not Bourbon connoisseur and am much more into Scotch, but I consider Pappy to be excellent bourbon but its current status is a fad/fetish. Tell people that something is hard to get and they’ll clamor for it. Sadly, Blanton’s is getting hard to get now too and prices are going up.
@slaw Its a fine balance. The drink can make the music better...and vice versa. ;-)
wcfeil, I don’t know much about wine in general. Have gotten into Italian wines over the last 10 years or so. I find that most of the time anything over about $50 is wasted on me, although last April we went to Italy for our anniversary and we splurged on a bottle or Amarone in Verona which was worth every penny.
What do I listen while drinking ? ...many things.
Prefer red whine. I am not good at French names, what was that, the bottle I was given as a gift ?.. 2001 vintage baron Rothschild Bordeaux ? Yeah, that was a great whine. To my surprise I can easily distinguish good and not so good whine. $50 bottle whine is wasted on me, not good enough, New York prices not Paris prices, $100 usually okay but not always. Since I am a poor man and an audiophile..I can't afford much, rarely really.
That said, I do like good Single Malt with a bite. But I can't listen to any music after drinking it, my imagination fires up and transports me to Medieval Scottish Highlands, and that was a hell of a world.
@johnto that sounds incredibly good. I'm a caffeine lightweight though. I usually listen from about 9-11 pm. An espresso or even a regular coffee would keep me up all night.
@cleeds I love a good G&T. I'm a cheap date when it comes to gin. I've tasted a lot of them and always come back to low-buck Gilbey's. I drink gin mostly in the summer.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I'm probably the only Master Sommelier on here. As such I normally have something in my hand but not always wine. Gin in the summer, Bourbon in the winter and Tequila always. but if wcfeil is pouring '90 Angleus I'm gonna hang with him...
jbmac75, that’s pretty low end even in the 7 Eleven beer world, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Drink what you like. Its all alcohol. But sometimes I love an ice cold Bud....not Lite....on a summer day.
@stevecham Nothing wrong with abstinence either. EtOH is a dangerous drug. I like to drink but try to be always aware of where the boundaries should be and hope I recognize if I ever cross them. It can become a fool’s game.
@akg_ca How is the 37 year old Scotch? I’ve had some 17s and a 20 and they did not impress me beyond their 12 year old cousins. They say that most good Scotches are 12s for a reason: that’s the optimum age. I’ve always been suspicious that anything beyond that is marketing or opportunism. Not that I’d turn down a glass of 37 if it was offered to me; Scottish blood will never turn down a freebie.
@thepigdog I like a good IPA. But it seems like most IPAs and not good IPAs. All hops and nothing else. Taste like Pine Sol. Love a good, thick coffee/chocolatey/roasty stout on a winter’s day.
The Buffalo Theory as told by Cliff Clavin (Cheers): ... "Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. ... In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."
I wonder if we also hear more acutely?
I am a single malt scotch guy, like many different ones. I can go smooth or peaty.
Laphroig is not for the meek, LOL. Glenkinchie is very smooth, excellent for those just dipping a toe in the single malt pool.
I also enjoy Johnny Walker Black, it is my house scotch for visitors who are not single malt lovers.
gwbeers, great Clavin quote. And I’m sure there are debates about super pricey Scotch and bourbon. On my street the guys have The College Avenue Scotch and Philosophy Club. We meet every few months and sample 3 single malt Scotches. We’re up to about 100 different Scotches.
We, as a group have found some inexpensive single malts ($40) that we like as much as some $150 bottles. We have not found any blends, even fairly pricey ones that compete with single malts. We have not sampled anything above $200. So we cannot speak to the super pricey ones.
But it as I said regarding Italian wine. Most of the time I spend more than $50+ on a bottle it doesn’t seem any better than a $40. I’ve chosen not to try to change that. And that is probably a good analogy for my hi-fi experience.