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Seriesteve
18-07-2009, 03:16 PM
Have to say my top tipple is a Malt Whisky, at the moment The Glenlivet 15 yr old is getting a bit of a hit.
Enjoy most other Spirits too, Rum,Tequlia,Vodka all depends on the mood
Whats your's ?

Kdot
18-07-2009, 03:29 PM
I prefer spirits over beer, just dont like the stuff.

I'll drink pretty much anything within limits but I'm a vodka man myself, favorite has got to be Grey Goose, justs tastes so much cleaner than anything else out there (except belvedere, which comes pretty close)

the mothman
18-07-2009, 03:36 PM
Was absinthe, used to love the ritual of preparing it properly, but I had to ease up its strong stuff and hard to get of the good stuff, now its mostly vodka but kept in the freezer to make it thicker and nice as it goes down, and whatever takes my fancy as a bottle will only do a couple of days.

Seriesteve
18-07-2009, 03:49 PM
Love a good Vodka too, out of the freezer in a frozen shot glass a sip yum
We have a specialized Vodka bar here called "Reveloution" some great choices a favorite used to be Siwucha and the Grey Goose

SteveGriff
18-07-2009, 04:13 PM
If I'm going to have a Spirit, it will be a Whiskey of some kind. I'm not much of an expert in this field, but I think I enjoy chocolatey kinds of malts. I do like Penderyn (oh the coincidence since we're both welsh). Something like Aberlour is excellent too.

bnelly
18-07-2009, 04:46 PM
Ron Zacapa rum for me, especially when pairing with a good stick ...

deltawhisky
18-07-2009, 06:21 PM
I must admit, I have to be in the right frame of mind for beer. And personally, I don't pair it with a smoke.

Spirits on the other hand, I do enjoy. A couple of nights ago, I had a Talisker, which was a tad more robust than the usual blends I sip.

The best Scotch for stogies, I think, is Laphroaig. Very peaty, deep and full of smoke. Would match a punchy short smoke, I think. Try Lap. Quarter Cask.

bigbarneyhotdog
18-07-2009, 07:00 PM
I love a good Speyside with a mild cigar and something stronger, like a 10 year old Arbelour with the heavies :41: also love a good rum, but not so much the sweeter ones :849:I adore my Margarita's and Bloody Mary's too :smoke:

HabanoSy
18-07-2009, 07:48 PM
These are the drinks I like to pair with a fine cigar...

http://www.ukcigarforums.com/picture.php?albumid=65&pictureid=603


Cheers, HabanoSy

Pantomimehorse
18-07-2009, 08:59 PM
never really done the whole sprit and cigar thing but after monday nights rum tasting I will add my thoughts to this thread should be interesting to try

HabanoSy
18-07-2009, 09:06 PM
Rum is definitely one of my favourite spirits to pair with a fine cigar Panto, they both work really well together...

As you will (hopefully) find out Monday night...

Cheers, HabanoSy

Pantomimehorse
18-07-2009, 09:10 PM
cool looking forward to it, in the mean time I should try my fave some Makers Mark with a stick

Stogiedog
18-07-2009, 09:15 PM
Habana Cuban Rum really...............

G-man
18-07-2009, 09:47 PM
Rum is definitely one of my favourite spirits to pair with a fine cigar! they both work really well together...Any type of Rum:41:

Pantomimehorse
18-07-2009, 10:28 PM
do you botl drink your rum straight or with a mixer?

Simon-JG-hr
18-07-2009, 11:18 PM
My favourite spirit, for a spirit's sake, has to by Plymouth Gin (I can even drink it neat). I also like Hendricks - which is excellent in a G&T with a slice of cucumber rather than lime for a change.

With a cigar though... it really depends upon what I'm smoking. A nice rum (such as Pussers or 7yo Havana Club) will frequently hit the spot - with or without a drop of coca cola. If it's not one for rum, then a whisky dry often works well - no particular favourites (bog standard Famous Grouse or Bells will suffice). Having said whisky dry, I do love Macallan 10 or 18 yo sherry oak with ice, or even better, in a hot chocolate in a cold snowy place!

wn210
19-07-2009, 12:30 AM
The best Scotch for stogies, I think, is Laphroaig. Very peaty, deep and full of smoke. Would match a punchy short smoke, I think. Try Lap. Quarter Cask.

Definitely agree that the Laphroig quarter cask is one of the best whiskys out there to accompany a cigar. I also think a glass of Lagavulin, or Port Ellen goes down nicely too. And of course, if im feeling patriotic, it has to be a Bushmills.

Never really been a big rum drinker - but it sems to come highly recommended - may have to sample a few!

whisky77
19-07-2009, 07:31 AM
If I'm going to have a Spirit, it will be a Whiskey of some kind. I'm not much of an expert in this field, but I think I enjoy chocolatey kinds of malts. I do like Penderyn (oh the coincidence since we're both welsh). Something like Aberlour is excellent too.

I have a bottle of this which has the Welsh rugby team signatures on it Stevegriff, never tried it as yet, maybe i should give it a go one of these days.:rolleyes:

celsis
19-07-2009, 07:54 AM
For me it's a good single malt like Ardbeg or a good Armagnac. Both go very well with a good cigar.....

deltawhisky
19-07-2009, 05:51 PM
HabanosY, I second your cigar pairings in the picture - Courvoisier is a top drink for a medium smoke, probably rivals a decent Scotch.

bnelly
19-07-2009, 08:23 PM
do you botl drink your rum straight or with a mixer?

Always have mine neat - don't want anything else to spoil it :smile:

daverave999
19-07-2009, 09:39 PM
I think my current favourites have to be Four Roses bourbon (straight) or Hendrick's gin with Schweppes tonic, ice but no fruit. I'm not really up on my spirits but I'm discovering more that I like.

TJ:01
19-07-2009, 09:44 PM
Rum is my favourite spirit - Havanna Club... lovely :)

HabanoSy
19-07-2009, 09:57 PM
Yep, I am in agreement with a few of the guys here and I would have to say that Rum is definitely my preferred choice of spirit when smoking a fine cigar.

My favourites are Ron Zacapa, Goslings Family Reserve, Clement X.O. and Pussers. I drink all of these straight apart from the Pussers which I mix with some coke as it is very powerful.

Cheers, HabanoSy

G-man
19-07-2009, 10:54 PM
If ever in Granada there is a Rum that is to die for. Made by Munks of Westerhall . Must pick up a bottle to try.:rock:

Simon-JG-hr
19-07-2009, 11:09 PM
HabanoSy - have you tried Pussers Red Label? It's a 42%ABV rather than 54.5%ABV, so slides down with less of a kick than the standard blue label.

Just picking up an interesting topic by Dave... my favourite tonic water (by far) is Fever Tree. Schweppes is definitely my second choice, but it is quite distant. Fever Tree has none of the sweetish taste/feel that other tonics have, and you can really taste the gin coming through - particularly good with a distinctive gin like Hendricks.

At the risk of reading like a commercial... Fever Tree was developed by the former director at the Plymouth Gin distillery, who wanted a tonic that he could really taste different gins through. It really lets the gin (rather than the mixer) do the talking. As it happens I was put onto it at the Plymouth Gin distillery, which is, incidentally, about a one minute walk from my apartment in Plymouth (near to Sutton Harbour in the Barbican, for anyone that knows the city).

HabanoSy
20-07-2009, 06:33 AM
[QUOTE=simonjgriffithshr;24602]... my favourite tonic water (by far) is Fever Tree. Fever Tree has none of the sweetish taste/feel that other tonics have.

Have to look out for that then Simon as I do like a good G&T...

Cheers, HabanoSy

Cohiba Fan
22-07-2009, 02:55 PM
I brought back 2 bottles of 7 year old Havana Club rum from Cuba last week, convincing myself they'd be for special occasions. I've got quarter of a bottle left. :cowboyic9:

Simon-JG-hr
22-07-2009, 03:03 PM
:biggrin1: The 7yo HC does go down a little too easily doesn't it!

Cohiba Fan
22-07-2009, 03:05 PM
:biggrin1: The 7yo HC does go down a little too easily doesn't it!

You can say that again. How much does it cost to get a bottle in the UK anyway?

Simon-JG-hr
22-07-2009, 03:12 PM
The Drink Shop (http://www.thedrinkshop.com/products/nlpdetail.php?prodid=1187) is usually difficult to beat. They also stock the 15yo Gran Reserva. (That's about 40-45 years worth of aging in Scotch terms... :eek:)

Cohiba Fan
22-07-2009, 03:17 PM
I wouldn't mind trying the 15yo

The 7yo is, unsurprisingly, twice as much as in Cuba. I wish I'd bought more when I was there.

Simon-JG-hr
22-07-2009, 03:20 PM
Ooh, just come across it for under 20 on anybooze.com (http://www.anybooze.com/havana-club-7-year-old-rum-193-p.asp), can't vouch for the vendor though. Still, I think it's usually a few quid more in the supermarkets.

HabanoSy
22-07-2009, 03:32 PM
The 7 year old is approx 20 and the 15 year old is approx 27...

Try www.thedrinkshop.com (http://www.thedrinkshop.com) this is where I usually buy my 'not so easy to get hold of' spirits from...

Cheers, HabanoSy

HabanoSy
22-07-2009, 03:34 PM
Ooops!!!

Sorry Si, just scrolled up and saw your advice on drinkshop...

Scratch my post Cohiba Fan - Im too slow...!!!!!!

Cheers, HabanoSy

Simon-JG-hr
22-07-2009, 03:52 PM
:biggrin1:

Pusser's Red Label (http://www.thedrinkshop.com/products/nlpdetail.php?prodid=1828) - the Pusser's for drinking neat or over ice. Same great flavours as the Blue Label, but less of the kick of the 54.5%ABV version. Great thing about Pusser's (apart from the taste) is that they give money from every sale to the Royal Navy Sailors' Fund. Is this the world's only charity run? Sorry, charity rum... :rolleyes:

Cohiba Fan
03-08-2009, 06:17 PM
I've read this topic with interest, and after browsing thewhiskyexchange.com and thedrinkshop.com, I've decided to purchase a bottle or two from the following selection in anticipation of my 1001cubancigars delivery...

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Dalmore 12 Year old
Pussers Red Label
More Havana Club

Choices choices!

misterbulgarin
03-08-2009, 06:19 PM
Do love a bit of hennessy...anytime!

Paulie
03-08-2009, 06:22 PM
Lagavulin 16yr old is my tipple of choice at the moment. A real smooth malt. :tongue:

Great to have with a cigar.

HabanoSy
03-08-2009, 06:56 PM
I've read this topic with interest, and after browsing thewhiskyexchange.com and thedrinkshop.com, I've decided to purchase a bottle or two from the following selection in anticipation of my 1001cubancigars delivery...

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Dalmore 12 Year old
Pussers Red Label
More Havana Club

Choices choices!

If it were me Cohiba Fan I would plump for the Dalmore 12 Year Old. With the Rum have you thought about the Ron Zacapa 23 Anos Solera Rum, honestly its one of the best Rums I ever tasted - just a thought...!!!

Cheers, HabanoSy

Boss Hog
03-08-2009, 07:24 PM
I'd have to say the old lady in the library from the first ghostbusters film! :doh:


http://li843.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/ghostbusters_l2.jpg

Simon-JG-hr
03-08-2009, 07:29 PM
:rolleyes: :groan: ... :tongue:

Would be interested to hear your thoughts on Pussers Red Cohiba Fan. I think it's really quite nice (as I say, doesn't have the edge of the Blue, so can be drunk neat). It seems to be very uncommon though, so few people I've found that have tried it - plenty on the Blue though in Plymouth. :biggrin1:

cohibaIV
03-08-2009, 07:32 PM
Love...Love...LOVE Remy:biggrin1:

Rennie
03-08-2009, 08:04 PM
Drambuie and a cigar....the perfect match!:smoke:

Cohiba Fan
04-08-2009, 01:13 PM
If it were me Cohiba Fan I would plump for the Dalmore 12 Year Old. With the Rum have you thought about the Ron Zacapa 23 Anos Solera Rum, honestly its one of the best Rums I ever tasted - just a thought...!!!

Cheers, HabanoSy

The Ron Zacapa is DEFINITELY the next rum I purchase!

I stopped at 3 different places looking for the Dalmore today (Morissons, Bargain Booze, Threshers) and none of them sell it. I kind of expected as much, but they did all sell the Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

Look's like I'll have to order some unless anyone knows of a retailer who stocks it?

Paulie
04-08-2009, 01:26 PM
Hi there,

The Whisky Exchange stocks it. Be careful though as the bottling was changed in 2008 and the newer version is more expensive at about 35 than the pre 2008 bottles. If you can find a pre 2008 then grab it with both hands. The ones at TWE are post 2008.

Cohiba Fan
04-08-2009, 01:30 PM
Hi there,

The Whisky Exchange stocks it. Be careful though as the bottling was changed in 2008 and the newer version is more expensive at about 35 than the pre 2008 bottles. If you can find a pre 2008 then grab it with both hands. The ones at TWE are post 2008.

Looks like they only have one outlet: in London. Online it appears they only have the new bottles for sale...

whisky77
04-08-2009, 01:31 PM
Lagavulin 16yr old is my tipple of choice at the moment. A real smooth malt. :tongue:

Great to have with a cigar.

Have to agree with you on your choice paulie.This is one of my favourite malts.An absolute powerhouse of a dram.

Have you ever tried the limited bottlings? even nicer again.

Paulie
04-08-2009, 02:31 PM
No, but sounds like something I will need to get my hands on when I start getting to the end of this current bottle of 16yr.

whisky77
04-08-2009, 04:10 PM
No, but sounds like something I will need to get my hands on when I start getting to the end of this current bottle of 16yr.

Can recommend the 88 or 91 Paulie, both are well worth buying if you are a fan.Some of the specialists shops still keep them.


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Stevieboy
04-08-2009, 07:32 PM
I love Sloe Gin with a bit of ice...got to be Gordon's though. All others are fairly shite :tongue:....but I'm open to suggestions

daverave999
04-08-2009, 08:28 PM
I love Sloe Gin with a bit of ice...got to be Gordon's though. All others are fairly shite :tongue:....but I'm open to suggestions

http://www.celticwines.co.uk/store/product.php/10/3//7e62722967c5d6e0546f6ffac50e342a

or make your own (http://www.sloe.biz/)?

Also, try it with Canada Dry. ;)

Stevieboy
04-08-2009, 08:40 PM
Thanks for the info Dave! I'm always on the look-out for new versions! I bought two bottles in Lincoln (both new to me) and the first I tried was pretty poor...weak/watery.

Never tried it with Canada Dry though - will remedy soon :) Love it with tonic too


http://www.celticwines.co.uk/store/product.php/10/3//7e62722967c5d6e0546f6ffac50e342a

or make your own (http://www.sloe.biz/)?

Also, try it with Canada Dry. ;)

Simon-JG-hr
04-08-2009, 08:54 PM
Have you tried the Plymouth Sloe Gin Stevieboy? It's not as good as their gin, but it slides down quite nicely. Though Dave's link for homemade is the best one - there's just something that makes homemade the way of choice for sloe gins.

The most interesting sloe gin mix I had was on an overnight train through France. There were about ten of 'us' on the train in various couchettes. We all met up for a wee little party into the wee small hours (much to every French person's annoyance :biggrin1: ).

One of the guys had a large hip flask of sloe gin and brandy. We all looked quizically at him (it sounded like a vile concoction). He passed it around. He didn't have any by the time we had reached the resort. :lol:

HabanoSy
04-08-2009, 09:47 PM
The only Sloe Gin (Gordons) I have tried was homemade, really liked it although I did find you could only have one or two as to me it did taste slightly medicinal...!?!

Or is that just me...?

Cheers, HabanoSy

the mothman
05-08-2009, 08:07 AM
The only Sloe Gin (Gordons) I have tried was homemade, really liked it although I did find you could only have one or two as to me it did taste slightly medicinal...!?!

Or is that just me...?

Cheers, HabanoSy
If it tastes medicinal it must be good for you! So in that case I would of finished it all.... go on have another. :biggrin1:

Stevieboy
05-08-2009, 05:42 PM
Sy - I know of Plymouth's regular gin but had no idea they made a sloe version....another for the to-do list mate :thumb:


Have you tried the Plymouth Sloe Gin Stevieboy? It's not as good as their gin, but it slides down quite nicely. Though Dave's link for homemade is the best one - there's just something that makes homemade the way of choice for sloe gins.

The most interesting sloe gin mix I had was on an overnight train through France. There were about ten of 'us' on the train in various couchettes. We all met up for a wee little party into the wee small hours (much to every French person's annoyance :biggrin1: ).

One of the guys had a large hip flask of sloe gin and brandy. We all looked quizically at him (it sounded like a vile concoction). He passed it around. He didn't have any by the time we had reached the resort. :lol:

deltawhisky
05-08-2009, 06:17 PM
Confession - I'm also into Underbergs when I have had a heavy meal. For any of you who have not had the chance to try the little green bottles wrapped in brown paper, be prepared to have your brains blown. Tonnes of herbs and spices, now *that* is medicine for you!

daverave999
05-08-2009, 07:11 PM
Blimey Duncan, that looks like it's worth a go. Is it difficult to find? I've never heard of it before!

Boss Hog
06-08-2009, 10:55 PM
I dont really drink much these days like I used to probably as I havent found something I really like.
I used to drink a lot of whisky a few years back and used to enjoy most of the glenmorangie range and Isle of Jura.

I once went to a expensive whisky tasting evening at the Sheraton hotel Edinburgh, which was probably wasted on me a bit as I didnt really understand much about it.

If I was out now and I had to choose a spirit I would probably go for something like a calvados.

jimmy_g32
06-08-2009, 11:20 PM
I think that like most people on here my number one spirit would be single malt, but I am open to most things...other than tequila, which I can't bear.

Number one dram probably goes to a Rare Malts bottling of St Magdalene.

deltawhisky
07-08-2009, 10:46 AM
Mr Rave, they are worth a go. If you like toothpaste, cough mixture and a drop of the old Listerine after dinner! They are available at most duty frees on the continent, and some off licenses. Don't be shy, give it an underberg!

http://www.underberg.com/