Every once in a while I like a G & T. Refreshing, nice flavor. In the
course of a year I probably drink 3 bottles. I like to try different
ones at times too.
Yesterday I stopped at a nearby liquor store and it is under new
ownership and they changed the shelves and merchandise. In the gin
aisle, they had 52 different gins.
Of the 52, I've already tried about 10. Of the remaining 42 there are
about six I have no interest in. That leave 36 different gins to try.
At 3 bottles a year, I'm going to be tied up on this project for the
next 12 years!
This is in addition to the four bourbons and two Scotchs in the house
that have to be finished. I'm going to be a busy man.
On Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 1:48:10 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
They've learned from the vodka folks. Couple decades ago, there
were just a dozeb vodkas. Even 10 years ago, what? Maybe 20?
Now the liquor store has a whole aisle, not only vodka, but flavored
vodka. WTF? The whole point to vodka is that it's pure alcohol.
Now you can buy toasted marshmallow, wedding cake, God knows what.
I don't even know how a store sells enough of them to keep it on
the shelf. I can see toasted marshmallow for a martini bar, but
enough people want to buy that at a store?
IDK, it's a strange new world.
That can be said of many things. I have a friend who makes wine, Limoncello
Orange-cello (sp) It's different than commercially produced products. I kne
a guy who would make wine out of anything.. tomatoes, etc.
You do your own BBQ; you could could just buy that from the guy in the
trailer. Me, I just appreciate others talents (sponge)
When I was 19 and in the Navy, stationed in Jacksonville, I went to a
roadhouse because they had a girly show. I got there early, had a few Tom
Collins, was down to just enough money left to get back to the base.
Since it was still an hour or so until the show I figured I'd best just
leave. As I was doing so, a swarthy gentleman in a double breasted suit
appeared and, in a NY accent, asked, "Hey kid, where ya goin'?". I
explained that I was tapped out and he says, "Eh, sit down, it's on the
I sat down. Two good looking young ladies appeared and also sat down. I
proceeded to drink many more Tom Collins while enjoying both their company
and the show. I drank so many that I puked in the bathroom. I haven't been
able to stand gin since. Scotch - especially The Glenlivet - is fine, rum
When I was 22 and in the merchant navy I had a drinking competition with the
Huge radio officer. It was Gin and something else chucked in.
After the best part of two bottles between us I found myself on my back and
went to my bunk. He was still standing.
42 years later and I've never touched the stuff.
LOL.... In the past decade or two there has been a product explosion
with all food and drink. In some ways, I find it a pain in the ass,
because how many brands of potato chips do we really need? Do I really
have to look at all the brands, check the price, read the label, etc...
I used to just toss a bag of chips in the cart and move on....
For Gin or any liquor, how much can they really change it? Sure, there's
the cheap stuff, which is usually not the best for flavor, and there's
the ultra expensive, which is usually just paying for the brand name. So
I tend to look somewhere in the middle. Actually, not for Gin though. I
never much cared for it. Beer is usually what I prefer anyhow, and I
tend to like the old names in beer, like Pabst, Hamms, Old Style, etc.
All these lite and ultralite beers are watered down flavorless crap.
But when it comes to hard liquor, I do occasionally like to buy a few of
those sample bottles. Usually 1.5 to 2 oz. (a shot). For a buck or two,
you get to try the stuff, and if it's bad, you dont have any left. I
recently tried those samples for some new creamy liquor called "Tippy
Cow". So, Painted Cow had to give that a try. :).
I liked it. Comes in 4 flavors, and I tried all 4. Quite flavorful, and
actually quite low in alcohol content, which is fine with me, because I
dont drink to get drunk, I drink what tastes good.
Of those flavored vodkas, I like the UV blue (raspberry) or UV Red
(Cherry), mixed with Mountain Dew. On the rare occasion I have a mixed
drink, that's what it is. Or a shot of Fireball, which has a really good
But then again, once something like that comes out, 10 or more companies
make some sort of similar thing. Soon a liquor store will need to be as
big as a Walmart in order to have enough shelf space.
There's still "Absolut Peppar". Jalepeno vodka. I'd like to try that,
but no local stores have it. I look forward to trying that one.... Maybe
mixed with tomato juice or bloody mary mix...
Either way, if they keep making so many products, we will soon need
grocery stores and liquor stores, where we can drive our cars down the
aisle, or we wont be able to get thru the snack aisle without collapsing
from exhaustion, from all the walking.... I guess that's why I do most
grocery shopping at the dollar stores. They have limited items, so I can
get done quickly and not spend a lot either. Potato Chips are Potato
chips.... Most are all the same....
But when it comes to soups, I avoid all those dollar store generic
brands. I never understood why they sell salt water and call it soup. n
that case, I stick to Campbells.
On Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:48:27 -0500, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Have you any recommendations? As 'PaintedCow' says in a parallel followup:
I usually try to keep my liquor cabinet stocked with one each of the major
beverage groups (rum, whisky, tequila, etc.) because you never know who
might show up. I should get a gin too, but I don't have a lot of experience
with gin. Is it something that is ever downed 'straight up', or does one
really need to mix it with tonic water?
I am partial myself to just about any kind of liqueur. Most of them are too
sweet to get drunk on without getting sick as well, so I will only have one
or two shots. Some (Chartreuse, Jagermeister, Benedictine, etc.) are just
too weird tasting to waste the space in the liquor cabinet after I have
tried out a bottle.
Gin is the major ingredient in a martini. Otherwise tonic water is the
main mixer for it.
If you want to pick up a bottle any of the major brands is a good start.
Bombay, Tanquray, Hendricks. Beefeater, etc. There are dozens of
premium gins if you want to expand.
Used to drink martini's (a/k/a "Blabbermouth Soup") but no more
Of those listed, Tanqueray was/is my favorite but no longer martini's.
My gin drink of choice is "TNT" Tanqueray 'n Tonic.
That said, there was a new gin to come on the market (at least here in
the Midwest) in recent years, called New Amsterdam. Quite a bit cheaper
than the others but very smooth and makes a delicious TNT (well,
actually, it would be a NANT I guess<g>).
New Amsterdam also makes a vodka. Can't say anything about it one way
or the other as I rarely have vodka other than in an occasional screw
driver or Bloody Mary and I like the latter so hot, you could use grain
alcohol and I'd never know from whence the buzz cometh.<g>
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