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Drinking more. [Aug. 26th, 2016|08:16 pm]
Xiphias Gladius
As I've changed my diet, I've reduced the amount of sweets I give myself as treats. In compensation, I've increased the amount of alcohol I drink -- not cocktails, which, they way I prefer them, include quite a bit of sweet liqueur, but as neat liquors. As such, I'm drinking a lot more straight scotch, bourbon, rye, gin, and the like.

I must start by apologizing to Canada. It turns out that Canada CAN turn out a delicious rye, a feat which I had previously deemed possible only by the United States; I had previously believed that Canadian whiskey was only called "rye" out of politeness. I have previously commented that the only reason that I drink Crown Royal is that they throw a bottle in every time I buy a dice bag.

Turns out that the Crown Royal Northern Rye, however, is worth every penny it costs, and, indeed, is a bargain at the price.

Although it's not expensive (more expensive than the baseline Crown Royal, but not by THAT much), it's impossible to drink enough of it to get drunk upon; you are forced to drink it slowly, to savor it, simply because it tastes that good.

The downside is that I ENJOY being buzzed. And I DON'T enjoy drinking bad liquor. So I've been looking for stuff that is good enough to drink a fair bit of, while being cheap enough to drink a fair bit of. Beefeater Gin, for instance, hits that point for me. As does Bacardi rum, if I find decent things to mix it with, Jose Cuervo Tradicional (their silver reposado offering), Rittenhouse 101, and several others.

Anyway, the point is this: during the "Gin Crazes" which happened periodically in the first half of the 1700s, people were buying and drinking gin by the PINT, rather than the shot, as is more typical these days. Given that a pint is more than ten shots, I used to think that this was absolutely mind boggling.

But nowadays, with my greater consumption of gin, I must admit that, while I would never DRIVE in this condition, I apparently can still TYPE after a pint of gin.

[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2016-08-27 02:58 am (UTC)
Wait, you dis Royal Crown, but you drink Beefeater?
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2016-08-27 12:52 pm (UTC)
Beefeater and Crown Royal are both in the category of "things which are good enough to drink, but not so good that I must savor them; therefore, I am able to drink enough to get drunk."

Crown Royal Northern Rye and Hendricks are both in the category of "things which are good enough that it is impossible to drink them quickly, because I am physiologically obligated to slow down and savor them."
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2016-08-27 01:58 pm (UTC)
Beefeater is the gin I use as an example of how you don't know whether or not you like a particular kind of liquor if you've only ever tasted the worst example of it. It is literally the reason why I didn't know I liked gin until I hit my 30s.

But then I remember a friend buying plastic jugs of white label liquor from a drug store, so maybe it's possible to get worse than Beefeater where you live. (But Beefeater is still nasty.)
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2016-08-27 02:05 pm (UTC)
Beafeater is an example of a style of gin -- a hugely juniper-forward style. If you don't like pine, or you even only like pine a little bit, it's not going to work for you. But it's based on a competent distillation. Stuff in plastic jugs is based on incompetent distillation. You're drinking nail polish remover.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-08-28 01:05 am (UTC)
Try a good gin - Tanqueray
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2016-08-28 01:13 am (UTC)
I don't like Tanquary. I find it bland.
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