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Jul 29

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in BOOZE!!, BOTW, Social

It used to be that I didn’t care much for this before. But with the world ending in what appears to be in the next couple of weeks years, I am rethinking my thoughts on this.

champagne and glasses

Yes, I have posted it before, but in a cocktail, not on its own. And though I am not a big fan of champagne, or rather “sparkling wine” since those French mofos copyrighted the term, I have to say it has its merits. With the world aflame in pretty much every corner and no end in sight to our inevitable demise, it’s best to drink something that cannot be saved for later, much like our own humanity. Besides, the bottle is very hard to break, and thus can be used over and over again on some jackhole in need of some attitudinal adjustment. Champag-- I mean, sparkling wine is very underrated.

But what other libation goes so well with The Purge?

Jul 22

Booze of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in BOOZE!!, BOTW, Social

I’m tired and cranky and have to take Son to get his driver’s permit today, so bear with me.

kopke reserve tawny port

I am not a booze snob by any stretch. I drink wine from a box. It’s an adult juice box, you know. But I have found I do have a preference when it comes to port. I tend to like tawny port over ruby, and I prefer Portuguese over American. Shun me if you must, but Portugal has been making this stuff since way before our country was founded, so they have an edge. Since it is a sweet wine, it is usually partaken after dinner. Personally I love it with sharp cheese. There is nothing better than a piece of bleu cheese soaked in tawny port and then spread on hearty bread. Basic tawnies are aged for a minimum of three years, reserves are aged for a minimum of seven years, and then if you are serious about tawnies, you get the ones with “indication of age”. Flavors come in decades: 10, 20, 30, and 40 year old tawnies. Usually a reserve is a great value, but if you have the coin, a 20 year old tawny port is quite awesome to enjoy.

And now I am off to go get crap done so I can justify enjoy a glass this evening :)

Jul 8

Booze of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in BOOZE!!, BOTW, Social

I’ve been feeling nostalgic for the old days when our country respected our allies and crushed our enemies. There was a time that Poland was rejoicing due to the realignments proposed and structured by the previous administration. Now they view the current administration with all the warmth of a Gorgon. At least Poland knows who its true friends are. I can’t say the same for this administration.

I am such a Susie Sunshine today.

Anyway, my nostalgia inspired today’s post.

zubrowka vodka

This is the smoothest vodka I have ever enjoyed, even at room temperature. It is flavored with the grass that the Polish bison prefers. The Poles love their bison, you know. You can sort of get this here. Unfortunately, the real stuff is not sold in the US. The reason? The grass used to flavor it has a coumadin derivative, which is a heart medication and would fall under the FDA rules. But you can get a similar version that is artificially flavored. Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka managed to distill the flavor absent the coumadin.

But fair warning. It’s not the same as Zubrowka. If you’ve never had Zubrowka, then no problem, right? But if you have, and find yourself rationing what little you have left because it is THAT good, pining away for it and cursing stupid heart medications, then you may be slightly disappointed. No, I’m not crying and hugging the bottle right now. That will happen after dinner :D

Jul 1

Booze of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Booze Links, BOOZE!!, BOTW, Social

Last time I was over at the Class Six I spied with my little eye a gift set of this, so I snagged it:

crystal-head-vodka

Crystal Head Vodka is manufactured in Canada and is the only vodka I have found that is gluten free, kosher certified, and free of any additives. The company was founded by Dan Aykroyd, inspired to find a vodka that had no additives. He’s New Age like that. Actually, he is so New Age that part of the filtering process is done through Herkimer diamonds, which are quartz crystals that supposedly have healing properties. The bottle itself is a nod to the legend of the Thirteen Crystal Skulls, as well. Who knew Aykroyd was such a mystic??

Anyway, the vodka itself is rather smooth and light. I also found it to be unobtrusive in my drink. I could tell there was alcohol, but it wasn’t bitter or burning. Though a bit pricey, I do recommend it for special drinks and occasions. I would not use this for cooking or desserts, though. Too expensive for that. But it’s a nice addition to a bar and after the vodka is gone, the skull itself looks mighty grand on the shelf. After watching the process the Italian glassmaker employs to make it, it’s a wonder anyone would throw it out. So for future reference, this makes a rather nice gift for anyone, especially this Aggie ;)

Apr 15

Booze of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in BOOZE!!, BOTW

And just like last week, it’s actual booze, and pricey to boot.

willett

Willett Pot Still Reserve is made the old-fashioned way. And by that, I do mean still craft, so it’s a rare find. Personally I can’t drink it straight. I can have it with water, and the flavor is rather floral at first, with a “green” finish. And no, I don’t mean envirowacko finish. Just that it feels like a mossy, herbally taste. If you can find it, we at Casa de Aggie highly recommend it. It’s a bit steep, but well worth the price of admission.

Off topic, I’m sorry to be so late with the post. I had a doctor’s appointment and it took FOREVER!!! Socialized medicine WTF :)

Apr 8

Booze of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in BOOZE!!, BOTW

Yes, read the title again. I’ll wait.

Done? That’s right. Not a girlie drink today. Today it’s straight BOOZE!!!

This weeks offering is a bit….dark.

lagavulin

I’m not much of a whisky drinker. But I love Lagavulin. It has a very strong, peaty aroma (coming from Islay, it’s a requirement), and a beautiful smoky flavor that touches with a bit of sweetness. Unlike most liquor that feels like I’m drinking gasoline on fire, this feels like just plain fire, without the acridness, which leaves a dry, lingering finish. Lagavulin makes a 12 year as well, but trust me when I say the 16 year is worth it. I would love to try the Distiller’s Edition since that whisky is matured in sherry casks, which give the liquor a sweeter flavor.

But that will have to wait until well after Easter. ;)

Sep 10

Booze of the Week

Posted by ArmedGeek on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in BOTW

The White Russian has been my drink lately. Generally, I don’t care for sweet drinks but the coffee offsets the sweetness of it. Also, I use Tia Maria as I find it a bit less sweet and more coffee-y.

whiterussian

The White Russian

Vodka
Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua or Tia Maria)
Cream (proper) / Half & Half (easier to just have around the house) / Whole milk (if you must)

I generally do 2 vodka/1 Tia Maria/Just a bit of cream. Play with the ratios yourself.

Remember: The Dude abides.

Mar 26

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in BOOZE!!, BOTW

I have German friends in town for a two week visit, so I have this waiting for me come Easter Sunday!

warsteiner

Ok, so they are partaking of Mexican and Texas beers. I am paying tribute to their visit with German beer. Sue me.

Y’all have no idea how hard it is to see this in my fridge, waiting for me. GAH!!

Hope y’all have a wonderful Tuesday :D

Jan 8

Booze of the Week

Posted by ArmedGeek on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in BOOZE!!, BOTW

templetontopper

When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye, or “The Good Stuff” to those in the know. Based on the original Prohibition era recipe and aged in charred new oak barrels, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway.

I’ll start by saying I’m not a fan of rye whiskey. This is much more flavorful than most modern ryes but with mostly the same taste. As I said, I’m not a fan of rye however, this would definitely be my pick of the rye whiskeys.

The color is a bit lighter with less red/orange than bourbon but darker than most ryes.

Don’t let my distaste of rye whiskey make you think that I didn’t drink the whole bottle. And I did enjoy it. If you like the rye whiskeys (or Canadian) I highly recommend you give this stuff a shot.

Nov 25

Manly Drink of the Week

Posted by ArmedGeek on Sunday, November 25, 2012 in BOOZE!!, BOTW

The Old Fashioned is a damned fine cocktail. It is every bit the classic way to drink whiskey. There are roughly 10,000 different ways to make this drink, but any way that includes muddling an orange slice and a cherry is doing it wrong. Pretty much any other way is correct.

Now I hesitate to post this video because of who is in it…

Say what you will about Rachel Maddow (and I’d agree) but the dude* does know how to fix a drink.

* heh.