Phew - oldbloke's mutterings
Finally picked up those demijohns I won on ebay a couple of weeks back. Had been too busy or snowbound until now. Had no real idea where the pickup was, but a combination of Google Maps to suss a route and Google Streetview to pick out landmarks for the important junctions made it easy.
Lovely woman, in her 60s or even 70s; I asked her why she was selling all her winemaking stuff and it's a clearout prior to moving house. On the way home I popped into Asda and notcied they have some good prices on spirits. Now it's snowing again so it's a good job I went today, we may be unable to move again tomorrow.
|Date:||December 7th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)|| |
On the way home I popped into Asda and notcied they have some good prices on spirits.
I've just been to Morrisons in WGC, and they've got some pretty good spirits deals too. I got a bottle of their own 'The Best' 43% vol. vodka for £11.99; just the stuff for making a cream liqueur (or for fortifying a bottle of Crabbie's alcoholic ginger beer...).
They sell a gin in the same product range for a similar price, too.
Our closest smarket is Morrison's, but I happened to be in Asda today and the prices felt better: but I didn't take notes or owt.
They did have Tullamore Dew for 13.xx instead of 18.xx, which I found irresistable
|Date:||December 9th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)|| |
Most of Morrison's spirits are fairly pricey, but they do come up with some good offers on one or two now and then. I was in there again today, and got a bottle of Drambuie for 17.xx instead of 21.xx
Asda's budget Bourbon isn't bad (though not a patch on Jack Daniel's), and they occasionally have a good single malt Scotch on 'rollback', as they put it. I've tried some of the Irish whiskeys, but didn't much care for them.
I like Tullamore Dew and the better grades of Bushmills, but Jamesons is nowt special and Paddy is very harsh.
Bourbon - got a bottle of Maker's Mark to try this christmas.
|Date:||December 9th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)|| |
I had some Bushmills Malt once, 21 years ago, but didn't rate it in comparison with good single malt Scotch. Perhaps I might try it again sometime to see whether my tastes have changed.
I recently had a sample from a friend's bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
and it was silky smooth and quite superb. Rather outside my budget, though, I'd imagine. I've not had Maker's Mark so far, but might treat myself sometime; not any time soon, though.
I don't really know much about whisk[e]y. I only go by what I've had that I did or didn't like, and I've not had many, and I never remember what it was about particular ones that I did (or didn't) like. I mean, I'll quite happily drink Lidl's cheapo bourbon!
I need hoiho to run a course on it for me, or something. Get my palette educated, and /remember the names/
|Date:||December 10th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)|| |
I've had perhaps twenty-five or so different malt Scotches, but in a blind tasting I might be able to distinguish one or two of them from others (except for the Islay ones, as they're so distinctive).
I suspect each supermarket's cheapo bourbon, once shipped in from the USA, is drawn from the same big tank somewhere in mainland Europe into the appropriate bottles. It all tastes much the same to me!
If a course were to be held near here, I'd be tempted to go along, but it'd cost me more in taxi fares (about a pony a session) then the course fees would probably amount to.
The Maker's Mark was only something like 18 quid, in Costco. Not spotted it anywhere else. Ever. OTOH, never looked.
Must try to remember what the rum was that L got me for my birthday, I liked that.
|Date:||December 10th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)|| |
I'll try to remember to look in the supermarkets for Maker's Mark next time I go to each one. It may have been in Waitrose or Asda; I'm not sure.
My favourite rum is Hicks 125 Navy Rum
, which is from Guyana, and is bottled at 71.4% vol. by the St. Austell Brewery's wines and spirits department. I have to dilute it a fair bit these days, but it's a lovely drop.
Amongst the more commonly available rums, I don't mind the occasional drop of Captain Morgan, though I much prefer Wood's 100. I don't care for spiced rum, though; I tasted some once, and it was vile.
|Date:||December 10th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)|| |
Of the find-them-anywhere rums, I like Mount Gay
|Date:||December 11th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)|| |
It was the spiced one of that ilk which I tried, IIRC; I haven't sampled their unspiced rum.
BTW, I've just got back from Hertford, where Tesco are offering two bottles of 'selected spirits' for £25 - max. 4 bottles per customer. I got 4 bottles of Jack Daniel's.