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This is not an actual entry. ^_^;

Just to note that I'm still here, and now, with the previous gig concluded, I have time on my paws.

Yes. Be afraid. =:)

(Actual LJ entry coming.. mm, probably in the next day or two, given I doubt Friday's going to be any use photographically, and Wednesday did actually turn out well worthwhile for a good stroll. Meanwhile, there's so much to catch up on documenting, notably the whole weekend of Nov 22-24, which also saw me finally get to meet up with one LJer of distinction, and another fur who lurks adorably, and very shinily =:)

Meanwhile.. what spirits do folks love? Spiced rum, ancient whisky, mellow potato vodka.. ?
I've been a gin person since I toured the Plymouth distillery a decade ago. I like the Dutch stuff, jenever, too.
Ooh, a distillery tour! Do you still have photos, perchance? I think I'd like to see the place, when I finally get around to returning there. (Perhaps stopping off before/after seeing the Eden Project, which was quite impressive while it was being built, but I've not yet been back to see the completed enterprise. Though I believe I saw they engage in the abhorrent "workfare" scheme being so highly promoted by the government - depressingly widespread, with even M&S participating, alongside Tesco and Asda)

So that's what jenever is! Hm! How would you describe the flavor versus good London gins, like Bombay Sapphire? (I've yet to try Plymouth gin, unfortunately)

Edited at 2013-12-06 02:42 pm (UTC)
Apparently Sipsmith in Hammersmith do distillery tours. Flatmate and I are quite up for organising one - watch this space!

Jenever - the 'old' variety has an almost viscous, oily texture, and is yellowish. 'Young' is quite raw-tasting. Both are drunk neat and cold. (My 35th birthday weekend included a trip to Belgium's national jenever museum...)
Whisky is very nice, although it needn't be ancient to be appealing.
I suppose a good distillery can turn out something worthwhile straight away, though my distant memories of low-end Scotch aren't appealing. The first time I tried old whisky (from Iain Banks =:) was quite a revelation. ^_^ (A 21-year old, I believe, though I don't think he mentioned what distillery. Perhaps he did, but it had been a very merry time =:)

The roomie recently picked up a 10 y.o. Auchentoshan - rather nice! Certainly, without the complexity of its 21 y.o. version, but an appealing drink nonetheless. A fine session whisky, if you will. ^_^

That said, I do want to pick up another old bottle sometime. =:9 Probably not this month, given the lack of cash flow (inbound, at least), but that 25 y.o. Glenglassaugh I bought last year was an utter delight, with an absurdly long, complex tail.

Mmm, tails. =:9
These sound nice. I've only tried Auchentoshan's 12-year old yet, and none of Glenglassaugh's offerings. I should keep an eye open for that 25-year old — complex whiskies with very long finishes are certainly a favorite.

I suppose I should nudge you towards whisky_furries as well, if you've not yet joined! It's hardly very active – in fact, I should probably make a post or two again myself, just to keep it going –, but it's a nice and friendly place.
Not sure where I stand on spirits, had some nice ones with the croc like honey bourbon and cherry vodka. Been given some pretty nice port before, but that doesn't quite count I guess ^^"
Ahh, yes.. there's much to be said for Jack Daniels Honey. =:9 They did a good job with that - very appealing, whilst not losing its intrinsic nature.

Cherry vodka I'd say I don't like, as I'm not a cherry sort, but, I did once have some Polish cherry vodka that was indeed rather pleasant. ^_^ As far as flavored vodka goes, my favorite would have to be Thunder Toffee Vodka - lovely taste, and appealingly smooth. That said, it's been a few years since I enjoyed it, and since then, I've tried quite a few superb "natural" vodkas, so I'm not sure how it'd compare now. The roomie's bought a bottle for Christmas, though, so I'll soon be able to report back on that. =:)

Port! Mmmm, that's something I really ought to pick up now and then - haven't done so in ages. So good as a nightcap. =:9
I've been drinking rye recently. I've become enamored with both the complexity and the price point. While these are American spirits, they should be available over there.

Use Bulleit Rye in a "Real Manhattan"

A Real Manhattan is only made with the highest quality ingredients as a cocktail is only as good as it's cheapest ingredient. Since the area code is 212, the proportions of the Manhattan are 2-1-2.

2 Bulleit Rye
1 Noily Pratt Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 Luxardo Marachino Cherry to garnish

Another Rye drink I 'invented' for the fall is 'Maple Old Fashioned'

1 shot Templeton rye
1 dash Grade A Organic Maple Syrup
5 dashes Black Walnut Bitters

Hmm! I wonder how a Manhattan would work using Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Proprietary Barley Spirit Drink.. probably an entirely different beast, but I may have to give it a try. =:9 It's not one of theirs I've tried yet, but I can highly recommend both the Navy Strength Rumbullion, which I encountered at a superb little drinks shop near the previous gig's campus, and Bathtub Gin, which happened to be available at a tiny pub we stumbled upon in London a few weeks ago, prior to the night's fireworks on a friend's farm. (They go all out, putting on quite a professional display!)

Black walnut bitters! Ooh, that sounds positively intriguing. And maple syrup.. now that I definitely need to bear in mind when we're next having a cocktail evening, as I do have some good syrup in the fridge, occasionally finding its way into stir-fries.

(And if you're tempted by those spirits, the maker does indeed deliver worldwide)
Looks like you've become a big fan of Ampleforth. There is a bar near me that specializes in Rum called 'Smuggler's Cove'. They have a menu with 70 drinks and no food, and all 70 drinks come with a detailed description as well as a history. They have like 8 different recipes for grog. I'm guessing Rumbullion might be had there. They have a rum tasting menu and openly brag about having bought up the remaining supply of the Naval blend of rum when it was decommissioned in the 70s(when the UK navy stopped giving rum rations to sailors).

Based on your recommendations, I'm eager to try these and will actually check if I can grab it at our local 'rare spirit' dealer which might mean I can skip the $40 in shipping fees.

If I may, explore Rye. Start with the expensive stuff. Angel's Envy is my favorite 'starter rye' as it's finished in Rum casks, giving it a sugary, burnt caramel finish. It's $80 a bottle here in the US.

Whistle Pig is my next on my hit list. The 10-year is great and the 11 year isn't worth the extra price. Whistle Pig is a 100% rye that is aged 10 years. It has one of the most complex finishes I've encountered in Rye. It's about $90 a bottle. The nice thing about Rye is that it's been overlooked for so long that it's still pretty cheap. The most expensive bottle of 25yr rye caps out around $200 a bottle, compared to the many thousands you can spend on a 25 year brandy or scotch.
Scotch whisky's really the only spirit I drink at all. Glenturret single malt for preference, but that's terribly hard to get hold of in England. Of the more popular malts, Jura is very nice and I'm also fond of Glenmorangie.
Not a drinker. Got a Dr. Pepper, perchance?