Marvin wrote:What is Mezcal?
Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from the Mexican agave plant. Tequila is the most popular type of Mezcal, is made from the blue agave plant and originates in the town of Tequila in the Mexican state of Jalisco. However, there are other varieties of agave that lend themselves to different Mezcals. Oaxacan Mezcals, from southern Mexico, tend to have a smoky quality, which is why I recommend them to fans of peated malts.
For years Mezcal was Tequila's ugly stepsibling, considered to be uncouth moonshine by sophisticates, but of late, some of the fine Mezcals of southern Mexico have been recognized and made available, at least in the US.
StephenBaird wrote:Vodka, there is a large range of interesting ones to try, favourite at this moment is Bison
Gin, is also good - Juniper Green being one of my favourites
Rum is also very good - a nice dark one is usually really appreciated
Gin, I prefer the Dutch original, jenever
Smoother in my opinion...
Goes well with a beer chaser
Tequila (just use cheap stuff for mixing, but I do like it).
Absinthe (I drink it out a snifter, which never fails to amuse).
Rum (Mount Gay extra old, at the moment).
Brandy in all its guises (Calvados and an Italian Brandy at the moment).
Vodka (cheap as possible).
Jan wrote:Can you recommend a calvados, Mr TH ?
Sorry so long in answering--I just stumbled on this. I can't really say I'm an expert, but there doesn't seem to be as much variety in calvados as there is in sms. Any fairly old one--XO--will be interesting, and the older and woodier, the more it will taste like old woody scotch, of course, with just enough of a twist to bring a smile to the lips. Unfortunately, the most common bottle in these parts, from Boulard--Solange, or something like that?--is quite young and fiery, not recommended. Calvados with the appellation "pays d'auge" is double distilled in recycled cognac stills; otherwise, a small column still is used. I'm sure I can't tell the difference, but I'll bet someone can, and there is of course a bit of snobbery attached to that. Morin is a commonly available column-still one (I believe). Try any XO or 15yo, I've never had a bad one. I'd have one now, but it's bedtime!
http://www.lfw.co.uk/whisky_review/SWR2 ... e23-3.html
However, it's late autumn now, and the official start of dramming season so I go to delve into Danny's selections. Right now.
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