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  •  Not celebrating passover/easter (5+ / 0-)

    stuff, any of that, here.

    I did buy some Scotch, though.  MacCallan's 10 year.  It's pretty good, smooth and tasty as candy, but it's not the smokey scotch flavor I was looking for.  Still, I'm making a dent in it.  

    Also bought, a bottle of cheap rye from Trader Joe's, which sometimes gets great deals, called Bulleit, 95% rye mash.  It has that spicy rye bread taste, but I've had better.  I don't think I'd buy that again.

    I've decided to become an alcoholic.  I've done everything else, so, it's about time, right?  Actually, I drink too slowly to be a good alcoholic, but I can sort of identify in a misplaced ethnic way now, like white people who go to Indian pow-wows wearing goose feather headbands.  "How!  Or whatever!"

    Still trying to figure out which scotch to get after the MacCallan's is gone.  I find out, now, after the fact that it has a reputation as being unsmoky.  

    I've also started my own stitched together version of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet.  I read the instructions for the real one and said, well, fuck if I'm going to live that way.  But I've stocked up on fish oil capsules and olive oil and nuts.  Being very cheap, I got the cheapest fish oil caps they had at Costco.  

    A question this made come to my mind, though, is where does whiskey fit into the anti-inflammatory diet.  This is a good question!  The Dr. Weill site (which I'm mostly ignoring) says to avoid alcohol, and that has a nice Puritan ring to it.  Yet, when I google up whiskey and anti-inflammatory, I get a bunch of sites touting aged whiskey's anti-inflammatory effects and anti-oxidants, many of them coming from the wood of the oak barrels that flavor them.  I'm a bit skeptical, because part of me suspects that there might be a bunch of raging drunks out there trying to bolster up each others' lifestyle defense with specious arguments.

    •  McCallan's 30 year is exquisite--I think. Three of (3+ / 0-)
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      Youffraita, shari, chingchongchinaman

      Tasted a exceedingly small pour in County Wicklow.

      Do you like Laphroaig?

      •  I've never tried Laphroaig (3+ / 0-)
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        oculus, shari, chingchongchinaman

        and don't think I will soon just to see if I like it.  It's one of the pricy ones and my ambition is to be a cheap but discriminating drunkard.  

        I read some reviews of it, though.  It has a reputation as one of the smokiest, but it's also mentioned that it was one of the few whiskys not banned during prohibition because they couldn't seriously conceive anybody drinking laphroaig except as a remedy.  Funny if true.  I'd hate to get a $60 bottle of that and find out I don't like it when I don't even have money to have my cataracts fixed.

        I see the Laphroaig 10 on sale for $44 plus shipping.  Something to consider, though.  I'd rather work my way up the smokiness ladder, first.

        •  Here's a strong recommend (3+ / 0-)
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          Dumbo, chingchongchinaman, shari

          from my connoisseur brother:

          Despite the Scots having nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day, I celebrated by opening a new bottle of The Laddie Ten. Very nice dram. It’s an Islay, but unpeated, so more of the flavors come through. The Bruichladdich distillery had been mothballed before it was bought by a guy in the London wine trade in 2001. This is the first result. They have been experimenting with aging their scotches in 1st Growth Bordeaux barrels. It’s made from barley grown on the island, aged at the distillery, cut with spring water from a neighboring farm, and bottled locally. I’m a fan.

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