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Everything posted by baubel

  1. Howdy Bill! Sometimes folks get their fill of certain places and circle back to others. I won't say I was ever lost...being "found" is a matter of debate though.
  2. A dash of Irepress, dash of Bad Rabbits, and a little Alabama Shakes for garnish.
  3. Shit. I drove through there a few months ago and now see what all I missed out on. Fuckin' A. We only have two of those "offerings" here and they are the lesser quality ones.
  4. Had some WildCraft Cider Works Rose Cider the other night. It was ok, but I only had one bottle. Another bottle would be good for continued scientific research.
  5. Algodones ginebra in the form of a Gin gin mule with Irepress and Bad Rabbits.
  6. I have a bottle of Port of Barcelona Gin that I think I gave to someone who ended up giving it back to me. The shitty thing is that I'm allergic to half the ingredients. A bottle of Vilya verte visited my brother's home for a while to "rest" before I enjoyed it.
  7. King Crimson! Nice. I liked their Discipline and Three of a Perfect Pair albums.
  8. Oregon Wild Wines produce some interesting fruit and herb wines... http://www.enjoywildwines.com/
  9. Yeah, anybody can be a dick on the internet. But, it's not particularly good form to walk in someone's house and piss on the rug. Especially if it really ties the room together. Do you have a permit for those marmots within the city?
  10. Hello Alchemist and welcome. Some of the best friends I've met have been from this group. I too live in a control state. We have a lot of craptastic brands here as well. I once tried a little Vieux Carre in some Cock n' Bull ginger beer, thinking the minty notes from the Vieux Carre would play well with the ginger. I don't think I got the ratios right very well, and didn't really want to research it any further. It wasn't terrible, but it was a bit too sweet for my tastes.
  11. I'd suggest you might be able to lure him out of the cave by offering free beer, but you'd have to solve the incredible mystery of which one he likes. I remember seeing an Absomphe name tag at the Great American Absinthe Festival a few years ago....
  12. What they all said about the reviews, that'll be the best place to start. I always thought Vieux Carre was a bit spearminty as opposed to anise forward. I think it has star anise in it as well as green anise, but the spearmint stands out to me. I like it quite a bit, but I haven't had any in ages. And Vieux Pontarlier seemed to have more peppermint notes which I found distracting, but it's been three or four years since I've tried that one. Ouzo, arak, anisette and sambuca are all good suggestions for wanting something that's just anise-y. Dare I suggest the Pernod liqueur, (not to be confused with their absinthe), which I think is just star anise and some terrible artificial colors. I've only tried a few brands of pastis but they all seemed to have lots of other spices in them, which might get in the way. The last time I tried Henri Bardouin Pastis it seemed pretty heavy on the cardamoms. If cost is an issue there may be some bars in your area that carry some of these items and you can try them before investing in a bottle. To me, Kübler seemed to be pretty anise forward after the bottle had a chance to breathe a bit. Oh yeah, Howdy Podner.
  13. Sol y sombra y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOhnKIVLzOw
  14. Wild Wines Lindenflower wine last night. Like a dry wine version of St. Germain. It was nice.
  15. Had a Multi-Berry mead (Raspberry, Blueberry and blackberry) from 2010 last night. It was...refreshingly different.