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Nice haul!
The Belle Meade is really good. Please post your thoughts on it, and the RedBreast, after you've cracked them.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Tried the Lustau the other day. I enjoyed it. I think it has the underneath smoothness of the 12yr. With additional complexity and spiciness mixed in for good measure


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Tried the Lustau the other day. I enjoyed it. I think it has the underneath smoothness of the 12yr. With additional complexity and spiciness mixed in for good measure


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It sounds like it has what the 12yr is lacking. I have a hard time finding an Irish whiskey that I really, really like.
 

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Latest haul.
I bought a small bottle of Old Tub, a few years back at the Beam Distillery, when it was a "distillery only" offering. It's got that signature Beam funk with that I really like. They started selling it nationwide a couple years ago. Our local LS tries to sell it for $39.99. I like it, but not at that price point. While I was visiting PA, it was on sale at a state liquor store for $16.99. Apparently, one of them sprung a leak;)
The JDSBBP is a store-pick from one of my favorite LS, that I hit every time I'm in the area. I buy one every time I stop in. This stuff is crazy good and it's only a matter of time before people "discover" it. The Ezra Brooks is also a store pick. This place has stellar picks and good prices. The JD is $5.00 less than retail.
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Always have been a beer guy since forever although lately have been experimenting with Cognac for the past year or so and quickly discovered this can become an expensive hobby. LOL! Must have bought at least 60 bottles to date ranging from $12 - $200 so I have a nice collection going.

Rarely drink the higher-end stuff while smoking as that's kind of a waste. Anyhow, what I've found to be the best low-end Cognac (actually labeled a brandy) is St. Remy VSOP. About $15 and great (a must try). If tasting this blindly, I would have guessed its a $40+ bottle easily. I'll pour a few ounces of that into a flask and take a beer or two with a nice cigar out to my smoking room everyday (shed with heat in backyard). I've found this to be excellent and is what I'm preparing to do now. Just received some Fuente Anejo's today, so if they test out okay might light up one of those.

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Today a post of what I'm drinking and also what I picked up today. First... ABK6 VSOP, only $33 at Total Wine & More in Eatontown NJ, its a winner and a VSOP of the year in 2020...go figure?

Second... one of my favorite low cost cognac/brandy... St. Remy XO, at about $20 is an absolute steal. If you see it....buy it.

Third..."and what I'm drinking now", Martell VSOP. This cognac is like drinking liquid silk and at only $55 or so, VERY close to many substantially higher cost XO cognac's.

Have had all three of these previously...just some fresh stock for the shelves.
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My cheap-ass has contemplated this one a few times, but the price causes my inner "cheap bastard" to resist. I finally pulled the trigger, at $88.00 tax free, to see what it's all about.
Well....it's a finished bourbon, (which I'm not a big fan...I've only had one that I like...a Backbone Barrel proofer store pick that was finished in Jamaican rum barrels), and man the rum certainly dominates here. This juice is almost cloyingly sweet. The only thing that saves it is the MGP rye distillate hovering in the background. It's too sweet for me, but it certainly has its place and will make a very good dessert pour.
Mrs. Skinsfan, (a huge rye fan), likes it , and that's good enough for me.
This one will sit on the shelf for years. I
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Martell Blue Swift. First a little info on this.... I'm a big cognac guy and easily have 80+ bottles of cognac ranging from $12 - $200+. I'm also a big fan of Martell Congac...their VS, VSOP and the extremely $$$ and elusive XO are all fantastic and among my favorites. Martell makes excellent cognac. So, this Blue Swift, although a VSOP cognac, is technically not a cognac as its aged in bourbon barrels (as if we need more things aged in bourbon barrels). They call it a "Spirit Drink" which is an atrocious name.

For years I've been looking at this at not buying, as its really not a pure cognac and its not exactly a bargain at $50 seeing its not a pure VSOP. But, since Martell makes fabulous cognac, I decided to pull the trigger today and buy it.

So.....what do I think? Well, if you take a few ounces of decent cognac and add a half ounce of Jack Daniels, badabing....you now have Martell Blue Swift. Unlike bourbon barrel aged tobacco, this does taste like its been hanging out in bourbon barrels. Would I buy it again? No. Will the rest of the bottle go to waste? Of course not. It tastes good, although I was expecting more, especially from Martell.

Happy New Year To All!
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