What are you DRINKNG right now?

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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby MourningStar » Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:37 pm

Looks like I'm in store for a lot of trial and error... So i'll be gettin' a bottle of wine and some beer just in case the bottle turns out to be shite. :drinking: Also, might make my girlfriend take an interest in wine so I can just stick to suds because HOLY CRAP there is a lot to know........

Thanks for all the info, a lot to mull over, but all greatly appreciated. :drinking:
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby Roving Punster » Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:42 pm

It's not as hard as you think, and can be fun. Most women enjoy, for example, being asked that their taste preferences are in wine. When in doubt, an inexpensive cava or proseco is nearly always a fairly safe popular bet, and goes with almost everything for only $11-16/btl, USD.

I can refine suggestions further based on age/gender mix, cuisine, price range, wine experience, etc. I've run my share of tastings over the years, so this is familiar turf, even though I'm about 5 years out of practice.

It helps me stave off boredom, and boredom is the enemy these days.
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:16 pm

Diet coke. Soon it will be Stella :drinking:

MourningStar wrote:Thanks for all the info, a lot to mull over, but all greatly appreciated. :drinking:

There was a very good program a few years ago called Oz and James' Big Wine Adventure. Oz Clarke (apparently a famous wine tester) and James May (bloke off Top Gear who knows nothing about wine) went round France and California testing different wines and explaining stuff about them. I personally will drink wine but only if it's free and there's no beer left but found the series quite interesting. It's probably available somewhere on the internet.
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby Roving Punster » Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:46 pm

Guinness Draft, in a 1/5L hefty glass stein.

I've got a pair of full yard glass (and a half dozen half-yards) in my garage loft collecting dust ... trust me that you have NEVER seen a truly amazing Guinness nitro-cascade until you've seen 3 pints dumped all at once into a full size yard, and churn like the event horizon of a black hole. I actually tried to film it once about 10 years ago, but cell phone camera tech at the time just wasn't up to snuff.

You need to see it live, or in 4k with professional lighting, to really appreciate it. I haven't looked, but I'm sure someone must have had similar thoughts and posted something to youtube, and beat me to the punch.
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby MourningStar » Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:10 pm

daftbeaker wrote:There was a very good program a few years ago called Oz and James' Big Wine Adventure. Oz Clarke (apparently a famous wine tester) and James May (bloke off Top Gear who knows nothing about wine) went round France and California testing different wines and explaining stuff about them... It's probably available somewhere on the internet.


I'll have to check into that. Seems like the show for me, an expert taking around a layman, showing him what the hell all this wine business is about... lol

daftbeaker wrote:...I personally will drink wine but only if it's free and there's no beer left ...


Those are my thoughts exactly, but I figured I might as well diversify. Plus I've had a couple really good white wines before. Might want to learn why, or which ones they were. Or were they good because I had all that beer in me... ? We'll never know. :drinking:
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:45 pm

Roving Punster wrote: ... trust me that you have NEVER seen a truly amazing Guinness nitro-cascade until you've seen 3 pints dumped all at once into a full size yard, and churn like the event horizon of a black hole. I actually tried to film it once about 10 years ago, but cell phone camera tech at the time just wasn't up to snuff.

You need to see it live, or in 4k with professional lighting, to really appreciate it. I haven't looked, but I'm sure someone must have had similar thoughts and posted something to youtube, and beat me to the punch.

Should properly be recorded as a holograph in a minimum of six dimensions.
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby Roving Punster » Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:14 pm

Plus I've had a couple really good white wines before. Might want to learn why, or which ones they were. Or were they good because I had all that beer in me... ? We'll never know.


Back when I was still homebrewing and able to regularly enjoy alcohol, I used to keep tasting notes ... you know those cheap little spiral bound flip pads you get in a stationary store that fit in your pocket ? Those. Anytime I tasted something really good, I wrote down the name, where I got it and for how much, and some minimal tasting notes. Kept one in my car at all times, and kept a small box in one of my filing cabinets to hold the flipbooks as they filled up, along with the notes from wine tastings. It's a good habit and costs little to record the occasional mind-blowing experience like that, with just a few short scribbles, and it pays for itself to be able to revist earlier faves and be just as blown away. I dont do it anymore for beverages, because I cant drink very much these days, but I still take notes for cooking whenever I taste a great dish and want to replicate it.

I still remember one of the first wines I wrote down, from before I'd taking up homebrewing ... it was right after a private party I'd bartended (aside: I was single and moonlighting at night at the time, trying to save up for a house) ... the hosting couple were big fans of a particular champagne, and had me pour two cases of it during the party. From memory, it was a non-vintage Veuve Cliquot (mustard colored label) ... it blew me away at the time, and became a favorite for many years, and I eventually served it at my own wedding reception. Can't afford it anymore, but it was a timely lesson in the impact that writing things down can have.

So, whenever you have something really really good ... WRITE IT DOWN. :welcome:
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby Roving Punster » Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:11 pm

Hot Buttered Rum (my version)

8 fl oz Hot Water
4 tsp Dark Brown Sugar
tiny pinch Salt
1 sm pat Sweet Butter (omit pinch of salt if using salted butter)
1 sm Cinnamon Stick
1 fl oz Dark Rum (ex: I like Gosling Black Seal, but Meyers will do)

The tiny bit of salt really makes the drink ... it balances the sweet, enhances the cinnamon and ties all other flavors together.

I used to make large press pots of this for the holiday parties of my old fraternal society ... very popular.

Here's the 2.5L press pot version:

5 pts Hot Water
¾ cup (175 gr) Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Med Kosher Salt

Garnish each serving:
1 sliver Cold Butter
1 sm Cinnamon Stick
1 fl oz Dark Rum

p.s. Oh, and since this is a rum dish ... YAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH !!

p.p.s. If you dont have rum handy, replace the rum and sugar with diluted unfiltered apple cider, and increase the salt slightly ... almost as good.
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby MourningStar » Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:46 pm

Yum, that sounds delicious :drinking:
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby MourningStar » Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:04 pm

Diet Dr. Pepper........... but believe you me, before this night is through, some spirits will be imbibed :drinking: :drinking: :drinking:
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:25 pm

Not any more but I was drinking Buckfast at christmas. For tramp rocket fuel it's surprisingly drinkable but might explain why I was awake until 4:30am.

Now it's Hobgoblin.
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby MourningStar » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:51 pm

MtDew KickStart... Orange. BECAUSE I NEED THE CAFFEINE MAN! :lurk: :lurk: :lurk:
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby Roving Punster » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:17 pm

Roy Hunter wrote:For true Weegie credentials, you must refer to Buckfast as 'The wine'. Not 'wine', 'The wine'.

I used to work in Oddbins in Hell's-bog-horror, just up the coast from Faslane nuclear submarine base. It's a posh town with footballers and such like. Jazz singer Annie Ross came from Helensburgh, as did TV inventor John Logie Baird and steamship builder Henry Bell. Oddbins got through Tattinger, Bollinger and Krug by the dozens of cases.

Occasionally a sportswear-clad member of the non-landed gentry would pop in and ask, "Sell wine?"
"Yes. It's a wine shop, we sell wine. Would you like a Beaujolais? A Viognier? Semillon-Chardonnay?"
"Dae ye sell THE wine?"
"No. Tesco, three doors up."
"Sound."

I have a friend who is a former police sergeant (former after being stabbed in the neck whilst on duty in Govan), and he and his colleagues hate Buckfast with a vengeance. An ordinary drunk will fall asleep within two hours of being arrested and stuck in a cell. A Buckfast drunk will rant and rave all night long, and will still be ranting and raving when they are put in the van for the Sheriff Court in the morning.


On this side of the pond, that sort of thing is called 'bum wine', because it's mostly drunk by hard up bums & hobos. The two most common brands over here are Night Train and Thunderbird. To be perfectly honest, Buckfast sounds more slightly appealing than either ... not that makes any sense to mix an upper (caffine) with a downer (alcohol).
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby Roving Punster » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:03 pm

It's not open yet, but I grabbed a bottle of Veuve Cliquot NV for later ... a bit pricey, but the wifey was very pleased.

For the rest of the year, I usually stick with less expensive sparklers like Astoria Proseco or Magners Sparkling Irish Pear Cider, costing about 1/4 as much.
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Re: What are you DRINKNG right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:53 pm

Warm brown liquid with white froth on top.

I do have a half bottle of Grant's in case I get bored later though :drinking:
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