Mudspike Drink Thread

We have a food thread, so why not? Coffee, beer, wine, spirits, what else we got?

I’m a big coffee nerd but recently I’ve been learning to better appreciate wines and craft beers. I’ve also dabbled in whisky for years but really struggle to develop a taste for it as quickly as I could coffee, beer, or wine. It’s mainly the burn on the tongue for me. Like I get partially there on understanding the flavors, but the tongue burn always interrupts the process. The one time I remember a really good Scotch I enjoyed, it was Craigellachie 13 on the rocks at a bar, and had probably oxidized quite a bit considering how much was left in the bottle.

Trying out an Arran 10 tonight as it comes highly recommended. Nose is harsh; smells like generic Scotch and ethanol. Straight gave a lot of honey, which I like. Immediately followed by burning ethanol and pennies. After the burn went away, lingering taste of dried fruits. With a teaspoon of water the burn got better but the flavors got really muted.

Guess I have a lot to learn and try.

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I was completey sober for 14 years. Alcohol doesnt agree with me.
Till i found stella artois. Zero hangover. Ever. Its like magic

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People who don’t drink make me feel bad about myself. So glad to know that you fell off the wagon, @Victork2

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I can’t, I’m one of that tiny percentage that spit out alcohol the instant it gets in my mouth because it tastes just AWFUL. Like worse than rancid prune juice awful.

However, I can drink a wide variety of regular and diet sodas that my wife finds repugnant, like Code Red Mt Dew or some of those other less mainstream flavors, so…I guess it’s literally a matter of taste!

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Maybe give this a go. Knowing where you are geographically, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it:

Very mild/smooth. My wife could never understand my like of a good single malt, every time I could convince her to take a sip she would screw her face up and act like I was trying to poison her.

Until my brother bought me a bottle for my birthday one year. I talked her into taking a sip and she actually went back for a second. It is a single grain (made from corn not barley mash) quite sweet for a whisky with very strong honey notes.

I always have a bottle in my liquour cabinet these days.

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I also don’t mind Stella. And although I tend to prefer an ale over lager, most of the craft ales these days (especially an IPA) are way over hopped for me.

Lately, I have been buying a very nice Czech lager. I can generally get it for not much more than Fosters (which we don’t actually drink here).

If you see this it is worth trying.

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Fyi possibly the best thing to come out of Belgium except the E40

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NO to substitutions of original ingredients”

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I remember Budvar, Stella, Urquell, and a dark beer I don’t recall the name of when I was studying abroad in Plzn. There was one more “standard” beer that they drank a lot over there but I can’t remember it either…I just remember the name sounded more Gaelic than it did Czech.

I actually don’t drink a whole lot, 2~3 glasses of something per week at most. Usually just a social/date night drinker.

Adding some variety with non-alcoholic drinks: my coffee beans for the next few weeks:

While I’m at it, had to clean the old coffee off the burrs on my mill.

Funny thing I noticed is my taste in red wine and black coffee are the same: medium body, fruity or berry notes, slight acidity.

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What a lot of people don’t realise about Australians is that we are total coffee snobs.

On the plus side. For tourists, you can get a coffee as good as anything you will get in Rome, Paris or Vienna just about anywhere… Even in the middle of the Outback and it is quite often even better.

I wouldn’t touch instant these days if my life depended on it. I will drink tea or water instead.

And sorry, not sorry to my US friends. What you serve as coffee in your diners… it aint coffee. There is also a reason why Starbucks never took off in this country.

I fresh grind every time (make sure you use a burl grinder like @Clutch)

And buy my beans, believe it or not, at Aldi!

My wife doesn’t drink coffee. So I use a (Bialetti) 1 cup perculator… Or a French Press if we have guests.

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I’ll drink to all the above :slight_smile:

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On the subject of coffee I’m really tempted to get a Gaggia Classic to experiment with espresso. A bit of an expensive experiment, though…

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I drink a frightening amount of coffee. I know everyone says that but i really do push the limits of it :rofl:

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Do you drink “real” coffee, or the Starbucks mocha latte frothy sugary convert-cost-to-calories hot liquid ice cream type?

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Black coffee. No sugar.

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Man you say that like you don’t appreciate being able to buy a caffeinated milkshake in 90% worlds countries. I don’t go to Starbucks for coffee, I go there for dessert.

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it is completely different story for me.

I knew I was going to drink whiskey even before I got to the legal age. I mean I didnt try it before that :slight_smile:

I just knew that its the spirit for me. Once I got to the age and tasted whiskey for the first time I knew that it is it. drinking it since, not continuously oc :grin:

surly my taste developed geographically during the time. I started with american, then irish and ended up with scotch and local. nothing fancy, just the regular stuff.

the last exotic one I tasted, which was really fine, was swedish

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Anyone remember those? The Aldi-Bier (Germany) of the 80ies and 90ies … I think it was 50 Pfennig a can or so, 25 Euro-Cent roughly. Slime even made a song about the beer, he he. Punk’s not dead :smiley:

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Proper coffee

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