Carl H. 
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Re: “Foster's: Australian for luxury beer

G'Day! Borabunga Kooramura, mate. Cheerydeery Aussie Aussie oi oi oi hoppamoppa Fahstahs Goolagong Billabong! **

** 'Strine to English translation:
[i]Greetings! May your day be blessed, my friend. We're proud Australians and we would like to drink inexpensive lager with you, or any tennis stars you may know here by this lovely creek.[/i]

But seriously, KC folks should just count their blessings and go buy some Smokestack and enjoy the heck out of it. Perhaps with a tennis star, beside a lovely creek. Those wily Antipodeans may be on to something there.

Posted by Carl H on 08/03/2009 at 1:46 PM

Re: “If you only had 10: Liquors for a house bar

I like Sobieski vodka and Evan Williams (Black label) bourbon, both are inexpensive but very good. I've been building quite a bourbon collection over the years. I 'vat' or mix various bottlings to match a 'sweet' bourbon w/a 'dry' one. Found a mixture I like and usually buy the ingredients in bulk as the handles go on sale throughout the year. In autumn I mingle a batch and drink most of it, give some away at Christmas. A little bit of rye goes in the bourbon mix, it's good stuff if I say so.

Paul Masson Grande Amber VSOP is the best tasting QPR (Quality/Price ratio) brandy I can easily find. It's great for Sidecars, and stomach-settling Brandy-soda.

These days I prefer Beefeater's Gin (Buy 'handles' on sale) for martinis, Gordon's or Seagrams gin to mix w/juice. I always keep a flask of Rose's lime and Seagram's gin mixed 50/50 in the freezer. Raymond Chandler's recipe makes a dandy frozen gimlet.

Single Malt scotch I leave for the rest of you to enjoy, my tastebuds and my wallet can't reach a compromise so I bow out of that particular competition. But I like JW Black label (and Green and Gold labels), and in Gude Scots fashion I buy them on sale.
For a Scotch cocktail like a Rob Roy or Rusty nail I like Grant's, Teacher's Highland cream and White Horse (Missouri only). I keep Power's & Jameson's Irish to mix and Black Bushmills on hand to sip.

Gosling Black Seal Rum for Dark & stormy, Cruzan white rum, Bacardi Solera (dark) for other cocktails.

Rye - Old Overholt for 'everyday' Rye and Ginger, Wild Turkey 101 rye and/or Wild Turkey's Russell Reserve rye for a Sazerac or Manhattan. I don't care for sipping straight rye, but I keep Van Winkle and Sazerac 20 year around for "celebration" Manhattans.

Posted by Carl H. on 07/26/2009 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Can't remember the last time you had a vodka hangover?

Here's to red-headed sluts everywhere. Thanks for...well, you know.

Posted by Carl H. on 07/26/2009 at 10:12 AM

Re: “That's all folks!

You did good work here, pilgrim. Happy trails to you until we meet again.

Posted by Carl H. on 07/17/2009 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Knob Creek has done run out of bourbon

I learned to drink bourbon w/W.L. Weller and it's a gem (and remains a bargain). Maker's Mark is another very nice whiskey, smooth. Both of these are 'wheat' bourbons, with more wheat than rye in their mashbill. I personally like my whusk with a little more rye bite, but I can't remember ever turning down a glass that someone else was buying.

Another tidbit of bourbon gossip. The French owners of Wild Turkey very quietly sold that fine company to Italian Campari group. The French (I hear) didn't really know what to do with Wild Turkey and let it muddle along with Jimmy Russell making dandy whiskey and turning a yearly profit. But they wanted another vodka in their portfolio, and et voila! The Italians are talking like they would like to expand & improve. As always when I hear anyone talking about improvements and expansion in the whiskey bidness, I look for the price to go up and the proof to go down across the board.

Posted by Carl H. on 07/08/2009 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Knob Creek has done run out of bourbon

I haven't tried the Templeton rye yet, but I've heard pretty good things. Enjoy! I'll mention that my favorite locally available highball mixer w/any rye whiskey is Vernor's Ginger Ale (I believe most price chopper's have this) or Stewart's Ginger Beer.

The folks at Buffalo Trace market Peychaud's bitters (necessary for a Sazerac) and Regan's Orange bitters. I couldn't find the Orange bitters locally so I ordered them from the BT website. FYI, their shipping is the same for 1 bottle or 5 bottles, so I bought a several and shared a with amigos who appreciate unobtainium.

Finally - an old joke, because old whusk requires old humor. Giraffe walks into a bar and says 'Drink up fellas. The highballs are on me!'

Posted by Carl H. on 07/08/2009 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Knob Creek has done run out of bourbon

Sounds like you owe your buddy a drink.

This goes a little off topic, but I also use rye whiskey to 'spice up' my bourbon mixture...I buy 'handles' of bourbon as they go on sale and once every year or so I mix a handle or two of Ezra Brooks, Old Charter 8, Weller, Wild Turkey 101, Ten High, Evan Williams black and a fifth of Old Overholt (I have a forumla I worked out using shots of each instead of handles, then expanded).
I re-bottle this mixture in flasks, slap on a humorous label and give some away at Christmas or for birthdays. I drink the rest as my 'daily pour'. It makes for a pretty nice 85-86 proof bourbon that won't break the bank since I buy these on sale and stockpile handles til I 'mingle' a new batch. I try to balance 'sweet' bourbons like Ezra and Wild Turkey w/dry bourbon like Old Charter and Ten High. Then add rye to bring in bit of spicy flavor/aroma. Having a good supply of this around let's me keep my spendy bottles to mark special occasions. Pretty tasty, too. This stuff is way popular with my cronies, they'd rather have a little of this than most whusk I could buy 'off the shelf'

Posted by Carl H. on 07/08/2009 at 2:29 PM

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