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14 March 2020 00:06
 

In the glory days when money was much more plentiful for my family, on a whim I bought a 750 ml bottle of 2009 Sam Adams Utopias beer for $150, and it has sat unmolested in my cellar until tonight.  My brother visited from L.A., a good friend was in town, and corona virus has everyone feeling down, so I used the confluence of events to open the bottle.  ABV is 27%, which was a record for a beer at the time, and I do not know what the current record is. 

It tastes like a mixture of dark beer, cherry liquor, and brandy.  I poured about 4 ounces into a snifter and spent about 45 minutes drinking it by sips.  I did not like it at first, but by the end of the glass it had grown on me, and the pleasant, warm feeling beguiled.  There remains about half a bottle which will be passed through my kidneys over the next couple days.

 
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In the glory days when money was much more plentiful for my family, on a whim I bought a 750 ml bottle of 2009 Sam Adams Utopias beer for $150, and it has sat unmolested in my cellar until tonight.  My brother visited from L.A., a good friend was in town, and corona virus has everyone feeling down, so I used the confluence of events to open the bottle.  ABV is 27%, which was a record for a beer at the time, and I do not know what the current record is. 

It tastes like a mixture of dark beer, cherry liquor, and brandy.  I poured about 4 ounces into a snifter and spent about 45 minutes drinking it by sips.  I did not like it at first, but by the end of the glass it had grown on me, and the pleasant, warm feeling beguiled.  There remains about half a bottle which will be passed through my kidneys over the next couple days.

Nice! I’ve never had one, or even saw a bottle before. And you had it 11 years, wild!

 
 
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16 March 2020 08:23
 

Thanks to EN’s experiment mixing rum and amaretto, I found a recipe for a “Bella Donna Daiquiri” and it is now in my repertoire.

1.5 oz. dark rum
1.5 os. Amaretto
0.5 oz juice of fresh lemon
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Garnish with a cinnamon sugar rim

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass.  The first one was without the garnish and the drink was good.  For the second one, I substituted the garnish with a kumquat from my dad’s tree, but the kumquat made it too sour.

 
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16 March 2020 23:59
 

The regional politicians and health officials have declared a “shelter in place” emergency for the Coronavirus outbreak, and to celebrate I decided to have a bottle of my BIL’s hand-picked Bordeaux wine we have been saving for about six years.  It was crap.  Sour and bitter at the same time.  I salvaged it a little by mixing in some balsamic vinegar, but Day 1 of the lockdown was spoiled by the wine.

 
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Skipshot - 16 March 2020 11:59 PM

The regional politicians and health officials have declared a “shelter in place” emergency for the Coronavirus outbreak, and to celebrate I decided to have a bottle of my BIL’s hand-picked Bordeaux wine we have been saving for about six years.  It was crap.  Sour and bitter at the same time.  I salvaged it a little by mixing in some balsamic vinegar, but Day 1 of the lockdown was spoiled by the wine.

You can still go out for essentials, I think good beer and wine qualify.

 
 
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GAD - 17 March 2020 12:18 AM
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The regional politicians and health officials have declared a “shelter in place” emergency for the Coronavirus outbreak, and to celebrate I decided to have a bottle of my BIL’s hand-picked Bordeaux wine we have been saving for about six years.  It was crap.  Sour and bitter at the same time.  I salvaged it a little by mixing in some balsamic vinegar, but Day 1 of the lockdown was spoiled by the wine.

You can still go out for essentials, I think good beer and wine qualify.

One of the reasons I moved to cocktails is because I’m cheap, and the prices of beer start at $9 for a 6-pack, while my taste in wine has outpaced my budget.  Now my faith in my BIL’s taste in wine has taken heavy damage and reinforced my appreciation for cocktails since I have more control over the taste, and the cost of decent bourbon is still low.

I should have enough to get through the next two weeks, plus I can use the time to cull the herd of dubious wine in the cellar.

 
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29 March 2020 00:01
 

My wife likes the Bella Donna Daiquiri, so we had one.  It helps that I use the expensive rum, Kirk & Sweeney, and a Myer lemon from the neighbor’s tree.  The rum is gone now, and it is not worth risking my health to go to Costco for it, where it was $26/bottle.  We still have lots of bourbon and Picon, so we’ll be going back to Brooklyns.

 
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31 March 2020 21:44
 

After two servings, it’s probably a bad idea to finish off the bottle of nigori sake (unfiltered, which makes it look milky), but it sure is tasty.

 
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06 April 2020 21:46
 

A Brooklyn.

 
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15 April 2020 11:44
 

Fortunately enough, the local supermarket still stocks Belgian beers, so I can enjoy a good old Tripel Karmeliet right now.

 
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Flanker27S - 15 April 2020 11:44 AM

Fortunately enough, the local supermarket still stocks Belgian beers, so I can enjoy a good old Tripel Karmeliet right now.

Good choice.  I think we are going to get along just fine.

 
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17 April 2020 19:33
 

Locally (Berkeley) brewed nigori sake.  It’s cheap and good.  $6 for a 750ml bottle at 15% ABV.  It’s becoming my go-to-brew.

 
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26 April 2020 14:44
 

smile

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20 May 2020 21:58
 

COVID has given George Thorogood’s anthem a new meaning:  https://youtu.be/lpzqQst-Sg8

A gin and tonic.

 
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14 October 2020 20:05
 

Brought home a bottle of Ardbeg Uigeadail tonight.  I like it quite a bit, it tastes like my hat smells from the canoe trip (like campfire smoke).  On a whim I blended a glass.  Approximate numbers, 60% Ardbeg, 30% Lagavulin 16, and 10% Laphroaig 10.  Even though they’re all smoky individually (the Ardbeg very smoky), the smoke flavor largely disappeared.  I was left with a really pleasant honey and floral sweetness.  The sweetness turns sharp as it evaporates, and only then does the alcohol burn start, though it’s plenty warm going down.

Laphroaig 18 was my favorite scotch of all time and I’m still trying to find a replacement for it.  The Uigeadail is good, and I’ll buy it again sometime, but it’s not quite there.  It is a bit cheaper than the Highland Park 18 though.

 
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