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Henricks is good but I still like Bombay Sapphire. Never like Tanqueray. I recently tried a gin called The Botanist. It's made in Scotland on the island of Islay (pronounced Eye-lah). I really liked it, will probably buy it. Looks like BevMo has it. Cool looking bottle too.
 

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Henricks is good but I still like Bombay Sapphire. Never like Tanqueray. I recently tried a gin called The Botanist. It's made in Scotland on the island of Islay (pronounced Eye-lah). I really liked it, will probably buy it. Looks like BevMo has it. Cool looking bottle too.
I will have to see if I can get my hands on that gin when we're in the highlands next week. Ahhh BevMo......... love that place....
 

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Something new just showed up at the liquor store. Never had it . Its freaking hot here today, so I'm going to enjoy some G&T's with friends this evening
 

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Henricks is good but I still like Bombay Sapphire. Never like Tanqueray. I recently tried a gin called The Botanist. It's made in Scotland on the island of Islay (pronounced Eye-lah). I really liked it, will probably buy it. Looks like BevMo has it. Cool looking bottle too.
What else do people like for gin? I have to buy some asap. I use it for Negronis, with tonic, and in Martinis, about evenly. I actually like Tanqueray okay, but not in love. Bombay seems too oily sometimes. The ones I really hate are the ones with a strong brown spice / cardamom element. (Great for sticky buns, not for gin, imo.) Also don't like it sweet; I want to control that with vermouth (in a Negroni) or whatever. I have not had either Hendricks or The Botanist. It's so easy to be seduced by packaging!

Edit: Recently went through a bottle of Heyman's Old Tom. Great flavor but too sweet.
 

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What else do people like for gin? I have to buy some asap. I use it for Negronis, with tonic, and in Martinis, about evenly. I actually like Tanqueray okay, but not in love. Bombay seems too oily sometimes. The ones I really hate are the ones with a strong brown spice / cardamom element. (Great for sticky buns, not for gin, imo.) Also don't like it sweet; I want to control that with vermouth (in a Negroni) or whatever. I have not had either Hendricks or The Botanist. It's so easy to be seduced by packaging!

Edit: Recently went through a bottle of Heyman's Old Tom. Great flavor but too sweet.
I quite like Citadel. Has nice botanicals, good aroma. Excellent for the G&T. Georgian Bay Gin from Ontario is very nice. Lot of juniper. The Portobello Rd, (shown above ) was meh. It is a London gin, could be Beefeaters, not worth the premium. Botanist is nice , so is the Hendricks.
 

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I quite like Citadel. Has nice botanicals, good aroma. Excellent for the G&T. Georgian Bay Gin from Ontario is very nice. Lot of juniper. The Portobello Rd, (shown above ) was meh. It is a London gin, could be Beefeaters, not worth the premium. Botanist is nice , so is the Hendricks.
Another life ago there was a French gin I really liked. I suspect it was this. Will (re-)try.
 

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Tony Negroni II

Six parts vodka, two parts Campari, one part Dolin blanc vermouth, dash orange bitters. This is more delicate and less austere than Tony Negroni I. Note that Dolin blanc is their sweet white.

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^^^I must have ended the thread. Still loving the Gem & Bolt. Mood.

This is going to end up in some ski flasks. I’m not that big on rum, but this is excellent - very smooth and the spicing is perfect.

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Religious aversion to anything "flavored."
Generally agree, but I’ll take little life hacks now and again.

ms. nay gets mad at me for drinking this because she buys it for Germany childhood nostalgia, but it’s pretty damn good.

So this one has extra protection. Of course, I can also drink it and put it back in its container and she won’t see it ogsmile

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Still on the Negroni variations trail. Herself - to use the @cantunamunch term - has a thing about food additives. With that in mind I'm super happy to have been exposed to "Montanaro 6pm," a Campari-esque aperitif that is not artificially colored and that is excellent and less expensive than Campari. Not quite as bitter, with what I think is a more nuanced flavor profile, it's a great substitute as long as you are okay with what it is. The store where I found it had a blurb with the combination of ingredients you see below. I tried it and agree that it's superb. The dry vermouth compensates for the rounder and less bitter amaro, and the silver tequila just goes. Try it. ( @SBrown )

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I was gifted some of this Breckenridge Bourbon which states it was made from "rocky mountain snow melt." I am highly allergic to Vail Resorts, is this bourbon safe for me to consume considering it could be made from Vail snow?

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I was gifted some of this Breckenridge Bourbon which states it was made from "rocky mountain snow melt." I am highly allergic to Vail Resorts, is this bourbon safe for me to consume considering it could be made from Vail snow?

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Yes. It will probably kill you!! Do not drink it under any circumstances. I , on the other hand, have NO allergies. You can send it all to me. I will see that it is properly disposed of. :D
 

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I've decided I'm going to up my cocktail game, so I'm reading this thread. Any suggestions on where to start with learning a few basic classics? I particularly like whiskey, so have been trying to perfect my Manhattan recently. I used to have a more stocked bar but when we moved out to CO I almost solely drank beer, so am rebuilding a basic bar pretty much from scratch. Any tips on drinks I should start with learning to make, or how you prefer to make your Manhattan?
 

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I've decided I'm going to up my cocktail game, so I'm reading this thread. Any suggestions on where to start with learning a few basic classics? I particularly like whiskey, so have been trying to perfect my Manhattan recently. I used to have a more stocked bar but when we moved out to CO I almost solely drank beer, so am rebuilding a basic bar pretty much from scratch. Any tips on drinks I should start with learning to make, or how you prefer to make your Manhattan?
Can I volunteer to be a test subject?
 

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