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GoToAway
01-31-2011, 05:17 PM
(Sorry, Airmail. You know I like you.)

Just wondering if there's a consensus on this topic. It seems a reasonable question to ask since (A) most of us are older and (B) this forum centers around a Russian flight sim.

Personally, I like Finlandia. I've tried a number of brands and I'd say that comes out on top for me.

There are a few local New England brews, but I've yet to try them because they're incredibly expensive ($50-60 per 750ml.) I plan to try them when I can justify the expense, but that won't be any time soon.

Thoughts?

And if we need controversy:
I argue that vodka is better than whiskey.
And that Irish whiskey is better than Scotch (but not as good as decent vodka.) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

iroseland01
01-31-2011, 05:26 PM
for vodka, mid price is the way to go. Nothing that interferes too much too much with the mixers.. Some are ok straight, but lets face it, no one drinks Popov because they like the taste.

as for the Scotch whiskey vodka thing..

Vodka if for getting girly drink, drunk.
Whiskey is for cleaning greasy engine parts.
Scotch is for enjoying, best if its old enough to drink itself and even better with a nice Dominican Cigar.

Airmail109
01-31-2011, 06:38 PM
I like these threads. I'm not a Vodka person myself, I am a gin person though.

DrHerb
01-31-2011, 06:47 PM
As long as it comes from a freezer, I'm good with it.

Jediteo
01-31-2011, 06:48 PM
I am more of a scotch and wine guy, but when it comes to vodka, Absolut is my favorite. Very nice in a martini, but I prefer gin. Nothing beats a peaty Scotch though, Laphroaig and Talisker are my staple drinks, with the occasional Lagavulin and Caol Ila.

GoToAway
01-31-2011, 07:31 PM
Originally posted by Aimail101:
I like these threads. I'm not a Vodka person myself, I am a gin person though. My girlfriend, for some inexplicable reason, likes gin. She buys Bombay Sapphire every once in a while. I don't know what it costs in the UK, but it's quite pricey in the US.

And... it tastes absolutely horrid. Quinine, is in it, for Christ's sake. It's technically an anti-malarial drug.

To me, gin tastes like what you'd get from soaking a pine bough in cheap vodka.

I can shoot vodka, whiskey, tequila, or pretty much anything else. But gin is hard for me to swallow. Definitely not my thing.

Airmail109
01-31-2011, 07:35 PM
Originally posted by GoToAway:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Aimail101:
I like these threads. I'm not a Vodka person myself, I am a gin person though. My girlfriend, for some inexplicable reason, likes gin. She buys Bombay Sapphire every once in a while. I don't know what it costs in the UK, but it's quite pricey in the US.

And... it tastes absolutely horrid. Quinine, is in it, for Christ's sake. It's technically an anti-malarial drug.

To me, gin tastes like what you'd get from soaking a pine bough in cheap vodka.

I can shoot vodka, whiskey, tequila, or pretty much anything else. But gin is hard for me to swallow. Definitely not my thing. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Does she mix it with Tonic? Gin is not meant for drinking straight, it's meant for drinking with Tonic water and lime.

**** I have cravings for it now. I don;t like Bombay so much prefer Gordons. It's drier.

If you don't like Gin and Tonic I'm sorry but ya have no class http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif what what hip hip

BTW: The tonic water contains the quinine

GoToAway
01-31-2011, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by iroseland01:
for vodka, mid price is the way to go. I'd agree with that. Finlandia is about on par with Stoli (which also isn't too bad.) I've had pricey vodkas and haven't tasted much of a difference.

On the other hand...
My brother is partial to the super cheap stuff that is simply labeled "VODKA" in block lettering and comes in a cheap plastic bottle. I tried it once. It smelled of kerosene and burned going down--but not in the way that booze should.

So there's certainly a baseline in vodka quality. Technically, it's supposed to be flavorless. I've yet to find one that meets that criteria. Finlandia, though, seems to have the most pleasant overall flavor of those that I've tried.

I'm honestly partial to cider and wine. But when it comes to the harder stuff, I'm more of a fan of vodka and tequila than gin and whiskey.

GoToAway
01-31-2011, 07:41 PM
Originally posted by Aimail101:
Does she mix it with Tonic? Gin is not meant for drinking straight, it's meant for drinking with Tonic water and lime.

**** I have cravings for it now. Bombays the cheap stuff btw, in terms of cheaper stuff I prefer Gordons as well. It's drier.

If you don't like Gin and Tonic I'm sorry but ya have no class http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif what what hip hip

BTW: The tonic water contains the quinine No, she makes girly drinks. Gin is in a Long Island, right?

I tried a gin and tonic one night. I found that I had to add about 1l of tonic to make it drinkable. It's not the strength that gets me... but the taste. I've spent a lot of time in the mountains. It reminds me of eating a mountainside because of the juniper.

I prefer to smell pine rather than ingest it.

Airmail109
01-31-2011, 07:46 PM
Originally posted by GoToAway:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Aimail101:
Does she mix it with Tonic? Gin is not meant for drinking straight, it's meant for drinking with Tonic water and lime.

**** I have cravings for it now. Bombays the cheap stuff btw, in terms of cheaper stuff I prefer Gordons as well. It's drier.

If you don't like Gin and Tonic I'm sorry but ya have no class http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif what what hip hip

BTW: The tonic water contains the quinine No, she makes girly drinks. Gin is in a Long Island, right?

I tried a gin and tonic one night. I found that I had to add about 1l of tonic to make it drinkable. It's not the strength that gets me... but the taste. I've spent a lot of time in the mountains. It reminds me of eating a mountainside because of the juniper.

I prefer to smell pine rather than ingest it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Did you put lime in it? I really don't think much of Bombay. Some gins will taste more of Juniper than others. What type of tonic did you use?

It is an incredibly refreshing drink in a muggy climate.

GoToAway
01-31-2011, 07:46 PM
BTW, Airmail: Try key lime juice. I'm sure it costs a fortune in the UK, but it's much better than the usual stuff.

I like being able to buy key limes in the supermarket. One of the few perks of being in the US, I suppose. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Airmail109
01-31-2011, 07:48 PM
Originally posted by GoToAway:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Aimail101:
Does she mix it with Tonic? Gin is not meant for drinking straight, it's meant for drinking with Tonic water and lime.

**** I have cravings for it now. Bombays the cheap stuff btw, in terms of cheaper stuff I prefer Gordons as well. It's drier.

If you don't like Gin and Tonic I'm sorry but ya have no class http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif what what hip hip

BTW: The tonic water contains the quinine No, she makes girly drinks. Gin is in a Long Island, right?

I tried a gin and tonic one night. I found that I had to add about 1l of tonic to make it drinkable. It's not the strength that gets me... but the taste. I've spent a lot of time in the mountains. It reminds me of eating a mountainside because of the juniper.

I prefer to smell pine rather than ingest it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/...today-entertainment/ (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/14134801/ns/today-entertainment/)

"Yet even gin and tonic lovers face an uphill battle to find a good one. Even when done right, itís not an easy drink to love ó tonicís slightly bitter quinine taste is a turnoff to sweet-drink lovers.

Atop the list of potential pitfalls is the tonic, a misunderstood beverage if ever there was one, and a potentially devastating blow to a perfect G&T."

A good Gin and Tonic is a work of art.

GoToAway
01-31-2011, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by Aimail101:
Did you put lime in it? I really don't think much of Bombay. Some gins will taste more of Juniper than others. What type of tonic did you use?

It is an incredibly refreshing drink in a muggy climate. Yeah, I did. But it was the cheap stuff. As for the tonic... I don't really remember. It was a few years back.

I do remember that it was during the summer. It was about 99F outside and as close to 100% humidity as you can get without it raining. (I live in New England, after all. That's typical summer weather. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif)

If somebody offered me a gin and tonic and swore it was the good stuff, I'd give it a shot. But given my experiences with it, I don't think I'd pick up another bottle myself.

Airmail109
01-31-2011, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by GoToAway:
BTW, Airmail: Try key lime juice. I'm sure it costs a fortune in the UK, but it's much better than the usual stuff.

I like being able to buy key limes in the supermarket. One of the few perks of being in the US, I suppose. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

We get half decent limes here. Dont use lime juice. Squeeze one or two slices of lime depending on taste and then throw them in.

GoToAway
01-31-2011, 07:54 PM
Originally posted by Aimail101:
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/...today-entertainment/ (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/14134801/ns/today-entertainment/)

"Yet even gin and tonic lovers face an uphill battle to find a good one. Even when done right, itís not an easy drink to love ó tonicís slightly bitter quinine taste is a turnoff to sweet-drink lovers.

Atop the list of potential pitfalls is the tonic, a misunderstood beverage if ever there was one, and a potentially devastating blow to a perfect G&T."

A good Gin and Tonic is a work of art. Maybe I'll try to find some decent tonic and give it another go.

My problem isn't a love of sweet drinks. The impetus of this thread was the few Moscow mules I had tonight--and it doesn't get less sweet than that.

I've just found gin a bit... off-putting in the drinks I've had it in.

Airmail109
01-31-2011, 07:55 PM
Originally posted by GoToAway:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Aimail101:
Did you put lime in it? I really don't think much of Bombay. Some gins will taste more of Juniper than others. What type of tonic did you use?

It is an incredibly refreshing drink in a muggy climate. Yeah, I did. But it was the cheap stuff. As for the tonic... I don't really remember. It was a few years back.

I do remember that it was during the summer. It was about 99F outside and as close to 100% humidity as you can get without it raining. (I live in New England, after all. That's typical summer weather. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif)

If somebody offered me a gin and tonic and swore it was the good stuff, I'd give it a shot. But given my experiences with it, I don't think I'd pick up another bottle myself. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

There are newer gins with very little or no Juniper in them. Might be to your taste.

GoToAway
01-31-2011, 07:57 PM
Originally posted by Aimail101:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GoToAway:
BTW, Airmail: Try key lime juice. I'm sure it costs a fortune in the UK, but it's much better than the usual stuff.

I like being able to buy key limes in the supermarket. One of the few perks of being in the US, I suppose. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif We get half decent limes here. Dont use lime juice. Squeeze one or two slices of lime depending on taste and then throw them in. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>We get decent limes as well (being so close to Mexico and all,) but key limes are different. They're smaller and vaguely sweeter. It's hard to explain the difference, but there is a definite one.

I don't know if you can find it in the UK, but if you can, grab a bottle of key lime juice (I doubt you'll find the fruits, especially at this time of year.) It'll probably be expensive, but it's worth it.

I'll take a key lime over a normal lime any day of the week.

Airmail109
01-31-2011, 08:04 PM
Originally posted by GoToAway:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Aimail101:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GoToAway:
BTW, Airmail: Try key lime juice. I'm sure it costs a fortune in the UK, but it's much better than the usual stuff.

I like being able to buy key limes in the supermarket. One of the few perks of being in the US, I suppose. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif We get half decent limes here. Dont use lime juice. Squeeze one or two slices of lime depending on taste and then throw them in. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>We get decent limes as well (being so close to Mexico and all,) but key limes are different. They're smaller and vaguely sweeter. It's hard to explain the difference, but there is a definite one.

I don't know if you can find it in the UK, but if you can, grab a bottle of key lime juice (I doubt you'll find the fruits, especially at this time of year.) It'll probably be expensive, but it's worth it.

I'll take a key lime over a normal lime any day of the week. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Cool thanks for the advice! I'll look them up.

Airmail109
01-31-2011, 08:06 PM
Oh yes and some people will say that Lime is a complete heresay in a Gin and Tonic and instead say it should be lemon.

I prefer the former, perhaps try a lemon though. I'm about 50/50 some months I prefer lime others lemon.

And under no circumstances should a G&T be made with Bombay Sapphire. It is too aromatic and should be reserved for Martinis and pink gins.

GoToAway
01-31-2011, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by Aimail101:
Oh yes and some people will say that Lime is a complete heresay in a Gin and Tonic and instead say it should be lemon. And they should be shot, because there is no application in which lime fails to be superior.

There's literally almost never a week in which I don't have limes in my fridge. Lemons are a rarity, because their applications are limited.


And under no circumstances should a G&T be made with Bombay Sapphire. It is too aromatic and should be reserved for Martinis and pink gins. I've also had some cheap gin. Martini & Rossi, I think. That was worse than the Bombay.

My girlfriend once made me the "James Bond martini" (she's obsessed with Bond.) I can't say I was a big fan. In the US, most martinis seem to be made with vodka in lieu of gin... and I find that more agreeable.

WTE_Galway
01-31-2011, 10:24 PM
Originally posted by GoToAway:
I can't say I was a big fan. In the US, most martinis seem to be made with vodka in lieu of gin... and I find that more agreeable.

Bond shakes his Martinis.

Horrible, they end up half water with melted ice. Its also claimed it "bruises" the gin though I think that is a bit of a w@nk to be honest. Regardless a Martini should be stirred.

Prefer Gin Rob Roys to Martinis ... more Gin.

GoToAway
01-31-2011, 11:06 PM
Originally posted by WTE_Galway:
Its also claimed it "bruises" the gin though I think that is a bit of a w@nk to be honest. Who claims that? The limies? That seems a bit ridiculous. All that shaking would to is potentially dissolve air into the mixture.

Not that I care. Given that the roads will be impassable come morning, I decided to finish off the night with another mule.

It's almost a shame that it's not summer. I just learned of these while watching QI this week. Stephen Fry is full of all kinds of information.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
01-31-2011, 11:57 PM
Gin is one the few alcoholic drinks I can't stand. Like drinking after shave to me.

Best vodka I ever had was some stuff my Belarussian friends brought over, so smooth. They assured me it was bog-standard vodka to them. A million miles away from Smirnof. They were also very proud of a spirit called 'Balsam', made from silver birch trees - I've got a presentation bottle in the house but have never opened it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Ba5tard5word
02-01-2011, 12:04 AM
Ketel One is pretty good for vodka. Some guys I know online like Sobieski, I tried a bottle of it a couple days ago and it was pretty smooth.

For gin, Hendrick's is pretty good but quite expensive. Bombay Sapphire is ok, I don't really get the stigma against it though. Tanqueray definitely tastes cheaper but hey at least it is cheaper in price.

I think Aimail is right, a gin and tonic really is refreshing in a humid and warm climate. I wouldn't really think of having one here in CA but when I go home to Florida I like to have one every night after dinner. Otherwise I like to be kind of ghetto and drink gin with sprite or 7-Up, I haven't had gin in a pretty long time though.

M_Gunz
02-02-2011, 05:44 AM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkIX:
Gin is one the few alcoholic drinks I can't stand. Like drinking after shave to me.


Same here except I think it tastes like turpentine smells.

RSS-Martin
02-02-2011, 06:05 AM
Well you can not go wrong with Jšgermeister! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

LEBillfish
02-02-2011, 07:49 PM
Well I prefer Finlandia...yet that said sorry to burst your alls bubble.

Just like many liqours (gin, bourbon, scotch, rum, tequila), a tanker truck carrying pure grain alcohol pulls up to the "distillery" and offloads on a single pipe. That pipe is split to numerous others which then add water, various flavors (subtle) and then filters the mix.....at which point this pipe fills Mohawk, this pipe fills Finlandia, this pipe Smirnoff, this pipe Absolute, this pipe Gordon's, this pipe etc... bottles.

Like it or not the volume of many products produced on mid to low quality levels demands such production methods (no matter what they tell you)....With Vodka in fact most liquors it's simply grain alcohol and flavoring.....as really, if you distill ANYTHING correctly, all you get is 100%/200 proof alcohol...So it really doesn't matter past flavoring after the fact.

K2

major_setback
02-03-2011, 05:03 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkIX:
Gin is one the few alcoholic drinks I can't stand. Like drinking after shave to me....



No it's not.
Anyway, you can't beat an Old Spice and apple juice!
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Vodka..I have to put in a word for the locally made beverage from these parts: Absolut!

Apparently there are advertising for tasters/testers!!

http://www.expressen.se/nyhete...us-soker-smaktestare (http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/1.2101497/absolut-vodka-i-ahus-soker-smaktestare)

GoToAway
02-03-2011, 05:04 PM
Originally posted by LEBillfish:
Well I prefer Finlandia... Damn. Now I need to switch brands.