Whisky and Scotch Recommendations

Man I had a real amaretto sour kick there for a while in my 20s.

Maraschino cherries work pretty well with an old school old-fashioned as well. By the way, do you prefer old-fashioneds with rye or bourbon? Any recommendations? I usually go for the Four Roses Single Barrel or the Rittenhouse Straight, as I kinda like both.

Stele wrote:

Man I had a real amaretto sour kick there for a while in my 20s.

I had one a couple months ago; bourbon, amaretto, lemon juice, simple syrup. Really nice, nutty, refreshing cocktail.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Stele wrote:

Man I had a real amaretto sour kick there for a while in my 20s.

I had one a couple months ago; bourbon, amaretto, lemon juice, simple syrup. Really nice, nutty, refreshing cocktail.

I found this recipe just before Christmas. It's basically an uptown version of an amaretto sour. I loved it, but my wife wanted a bit less lemon.

I made one with the homemade pecan orgeat and a decent store-bought and I don't know if the extra work on homemade is entirely necessary.

Should there be (or is there already) a thread for cocktails versus just whisky?

Lester_King wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Stele wrote:

Man I had a real amaretto sour kick there for a while in my 20s.

I had one a couple months ago; bourbon, amaretto, lemon juice, simple syrup. Really nice, nutty, refreshing cocktail.

I found this recipe just before Christmas. It's basically an uptown version of an amaretto sour. I loved it, but my wife wanted a bit less lemon.

I made one with the homemade pecan orgeat and a decent store-bought and I don't know if the extra work on homemade is entirely necessary.

Should there be (or is there already) a thread for cocktails versus just whisky?

Probably should be, but, hey, whiskey cocktails are whiskey, right? I do love Amaros; Campari is the best thing ever, since it's bitter as hell and not GROSS SWEET THINGS. Campari is like chewing on a mouthful of grapefruit and orange peels, but that bitterness balances so beautifully with other things. So damn good.

MOAR WHISKEY COCKTAIL WITH AMARO.

The Paper Plane:
3/4 oz each of bourbon, lemon juice, Aperol, and Amaro Nonino (this stuff is FANTASTIC, like orange blossoms and marmalade). Shake with ice, pour into a chilled coupe, it's just so amazingly good. Lovely stuff, and you really do get this great undertone of bourbon-y sweetness carrying through under the bright fruitiness.

My wife (of whom I turned into a Whiskey drinker) picked up a bottle of Uncle Nearest Premium, that we will be cracking open this week.

https://unclenearest.com/

Nathan "Uncle Nearest" Green , a freed slave, was asked to be the first master distiller for Jack Daniel's.

This is the top selling African American-owned spirit in history.

Oh I forgot this thread. My best man sent some bourbon along with my parents when they visited last week.

Basil Hayden's dark rye. Great but I already loved Basil. Hard to say if it's better than the original but it's very good.

Blanton's. Wow. Really great. And collectible stopper invites you to buy more hehe.

Old Grand Dad. Probably the cheapest of the 3 but it was really good. My dad took the bottle with him for his birthday, but I had an extra couple drinks before he left. Will probably add this to my regular rotation honestly.

Stele wrote:

Blanton's. Wow. Really great. And collectible stopper invites you to buy more hehe.

My friend at work thinks very highly of Blanton's. I've had a couple of bottles and do like it, but it's probably not at the top of my list like it is with his.

The other thing I've learned about it, from talking with people at my local stores, is that the price of a bottle has risen dramatically because it's become pretty popular. Around here, I used to see it for $60 to $70, but these days I don't see it for less than $100.

Yes, the collectable stoppers are pretty cool.

Yeah the price on Blanton's is pretty crazy. But it's not completely insane like Pappy.

Yeah, I've resigned myself to the expectation that I'm never going to get my hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

Farscry wrote:

Yeah, I've resigned myself to the expectation that I'm never going to get my hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

Do like I did. Find a steakhouse that has a flight of Pappy, and do that. I paid $250 for 10, 12, 15 and 20. Beats $1k+ for a bottle. It is OK. I prefer EH Taylor for way less money. Same juice.

Happened across a bottle of Blue Spot Irish Whiskey at a local store over the weekend, hadn't seen one in the wild before. So tasty! The cask strength really makes it shine. Probably my favorite of the Spot lineup, including the Red.

So jealous of the Blue. I am looking but there is none around here. Got Yellow, Green and Red in the cabinet now, need to finish collection.

fishdude wrote:

So jealous of the Blue. I am looking but there is none around here. Got Yellow, Green and Red in the cabinet now, need to finish collection.

I am still on the lookout for the other two varieties of Green Spot, Leoville Barton and Montelena. Never seen them in the wild. Couldn't believe I found the Blue, and not at a crazy markup. I've only had the Red at a friend's house, and he ordered it from overseas.

conejote wrote:
fishdude wrote:

So jealous of the Blue. I am looking but there is none around here. Got Yellow, Green and Red in the cabinet now, need to finish collection.

I am still on the lookout for the other two varieties of Green Spot, Leoville Barton and Montelena. Never seen them in the wild. Couldn't believe I found the Blue, and not at a crazy markup. I've only had the Red at a friend's house, and he ordered it from overseas.

Wait what? There are two varieties of Green Spot? Or a basic and then two of higher quality? I have one....I should check.

They have Yellow Spot near me in Manhattan...I didn't realize it was so rare.

conejote wrote:
fishdude wrote:

So jealous of the Blue. I am looking but there is none around here. Got Yellow, Green and Red in the cabinet now, need to finish collection.

I am still on the lookout for the other two varieties of Green Spot, Leoville Barton and Montelena. Never seen them in the wild. Couldn't believe I found the Blue, and not at a crazy markup. I've only had the Red at a friend's house, and he ordered it from overseas.

Gomers up north did a virtual tasting last month and the green was included. Surprisingly strong notes of apple! It was good.

Natus wrote:
conejote wrote:
fishdude wrote:

So jealous of the Blue. I am looking but there is none around here. Got Yellow, Green and Red in the cabinet now, need to finish collection.

I am still on the lookout for the other two varieties of Green Spot, Leoville Barton and Montelena. Never seen them in the wild. Couldn't believe I found the Blue, and not at a crazy markup. I've only had the Red at a friend's house, and he ordered it from overseas.

Wait what? There are two varieties of Green Spot? Or a basic and then two of higher quality? I have one....I should check.

They have Yellow Spot near me in Manhattan...I didn't realize it was so rare.

Three. Those two are in addition to the regular Green Spot.

Found a bottle of Blanton's Dark Rye tonight while picking up some delicious sweet liqueurs. $50 in a pricey suburb. I get the feeling I'm going to like it.

Robear wrote:

Found a bottle of Blanton's Dark Rye tonight while picking up some delicious sweet liqueurs. $50 in a pricey suburb. I get the feeling I'm going to like it. :-)

Oooo, I've never seen that around here. I'm curious to see what you think of it.

Me too. I'll try it this weekend.

I needed to get some more hand soap at the grocery store today, and noticed the below - figured some of y'all might appreciate it.

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I didn't buy it though. Everyone already knows what brand of bourbon I drink just from my everyday breath; I don't need them thinking I'm so sloshed that I spill the amber gold all over my hands, too.

Picked these up on a lark at a local shop down the road from me.

Go great with wine as well!
Grey Ghost bourbon chocolate cookies

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I need that soap

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I bought this because apparently it won a bunch of awards. I didn't realize the African American history behind it. Apparently the whiskey is named after the formerly enslaved man, Nathan "Nearest" Green, who taught a young Jack Daniel the craft of distilling. A friend that we had over was very excited to see that I had the whiskey and she was eager to try it.

It was very smooth and enjoyable. I may get more of it.

You're lucky, that's a very enjoyable one. I've only had it once.

Nevin73 wrote:

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I bought this because apparently it won a bunch of awards. I didn't realize the African American history behind it. Apparently the whiskey is named after the formerly enslaved man, Nathan "Nearest" Green, who taught a young Jack Daniel the craft of distilling. A friend that we had over was very excited to see that I had the whiskey and she was eager to try it.

It was very smooth and enjoyable. I may get more of it.

I'm very eager to try that

I didn't realize it was hard to find. My Total Wine had a large display of Uncle Nearest. I opted to go with the lower proof instead of the 105 (?). I like large pours but I also like brain cells.

I tend to take a photo of every bottle I get to share what I'm drinking with friends. The cool thing that I've discovered is that if I type "whisky" into my Google Photos, all of those pics come up.

The "base" uncle nearest is not too hard to find. The higher-end releases sell pretty quickly though. They do at least direct-sell from their web site and sometimes you can catch the nicer stuff just as it's released.

They make fantastic bourbon, and even their cheaper expression is delicious. The backstory makes it even cooler. Their master blender is a descendant of Nearest Green and was kind of found by accident, it's a neat story. Mark Gillespie interviewed her on WhiskyCast, it was a great conversation.