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If you could sample any drink in a liquor store, what would it be?

Asked at On The Rocks Liquor, 1818 Mass. on January 16, 2012

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Photo of Heidi Yoder

“A really fantastic wine.”

Photo of Paul Bender

“A top-shelf whiskey or tequila. Like more top-shelf than Patron.”

Photo of Dylan Ballinger

“A top-shelf whiskey. I’m a whiskey guy.”

Photo of Erin Stephan

“Probably a vodka or wine.”


riverdrifter 6 years, 5 months ago

The Balvenie 30 single year is superior to the Macallan 30 in every way, laddie. "The coopers were better to keep clear of the drams because they disnae last any time. The manager, the first thing he asked me was if I was teetotal. Like I say, as far as whisky's concerned, it disnae worry me - I take it if I need it." -Davey, a Bowmore cooperer

TopJayhawk 6 years, 5 months ago

Correct you are drifter.
Balvenie is the stuff. Is the thirty yr the same as the Port Wood? Yum Yum.
Got a bottle at home. Give me a call.....No wait, I have the extra strength viagra in a botle at home. You know, the Balvenie double wood....Ha . Good stuff too.

Tom McCune 6 years, 5 months ago

It tastes like a cocktail of of creme-de-menthe and Listerine. Charming stuff.

Tom McCune 6 years, 5 months ago

...and Ouzo. It tastes like a cocktail of creme-de-menthe, Listerine, and ouzo.

Tony Kisner 6 years, 5 months ago

Read the warning label, "May cause you to spend night in jail! "

jehovah_bob 6 years, 5 months ago

It's smooth, tastes like scotch. I got a JW sampler for xmas with the red, black, gold, and blue. Nothing I'd go spend $200 a bottle for.

coolmom 6 years, 5 months ago

it is pretty good stuff. i like the double black as well but its almost to hard to find.

RoeDapple 6 years, 5 months ago

i gots th besht margrit reshippee but 7 aM ish to dam erly forit

RoeDapple 6 years, 5 months ago

Whoever got layed off that was responsible for the online picture posting, bring 'em back. The double pics of Tyshawn is giving me a migraine. or it's the margaritis . . .

Terry Sexton 6 years, 5 months ago

Wavin' the Wheat State, baby!

Bock, Schnapp Way to cop Free Booze.....Woo!

RoeDapple 6 years, 5 months ago

Monday Night Raw pre-empted by B-ball again . . Next time she gets to record the game


RoeDapple 6 years, 5 months ago

OTS question for tomorrow . . .

"How does Wikipedia being shut down for 24 hours affect you?"

Ron and I will be at a loss for words . . .

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

No kidding! I wanted to look up absinthe for my comment above but without wiki, I can't quickly and easily look up its exact history. It was illegal for a very long time in some countries, and I think it still is in some.

labmonkey 6 years, 5 months ago

Right now, I would like to try some Kracken. I do not want to buy a fifth (which is kind of a two year commitment) before I try it.

RoeDapple 6 years, 5 months ago

Do they still make Bali-Hai?

That cr@p packed a Hawaiin punch . . .

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

Yes, they still make Bali-Hai. But you might have to go to Asia to buy it, since it's made in Indonesia and apparently not exported to the United States.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

A violation? I thought of a fantastic answer to the question posed for this OTS, but I think very quickly it would read like this:

"This comment has been removed for violation of the Terms Of Service."

RoeDapple 6 years, 5 months ago

methinks the wine had already been poured . . .

Terry Sexton 6 years, 5 months ago

Anyone that ever got drunk on Boone's Farm deserved the fate that befell them, like the scar on the bridge of my nose. Don't pass out on a bunk bed & then get up to go pee in the middle of the night. Note to self: you're on the TOP bunk, you idiot.

JayCat_67 6 years, 5 months ago

If I knew what I wanted, I wouldn't need samples now, would I? But since they're handing them out... :-P

Blessed4x 6 years, 5 months ago

Ouzo. Ever since my wife forced me to go see "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" I've wanted to try it. The movie was good, now for the alcohol.

Katara 6 years, 5 months ago

You'll like it if you like black licorice.

beatrice 6 years, 5 months ago

Life is too short to drink cheap alcohol. I'd love to have a go at a 1868 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.

"Like more top-shelf than Patron."

Oh, good god. Why do I think he spelled it "then" in his head?

Alceste 6 years, 5 months ago

Sterno: Good for what ails ya....a bit pricey, the best and weep once.....

CreatureComforts 6 years, 5 months ago

Only a student would think Patron is truly top-shelf. It's only "top-shelf" because they spend more on advertising than on making a quality product

bad_dog 6 years, 5 months ago

A liquor store has got to love a customer named "Bender". Talk about potential...

LadyJ 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, I don't drink, but if I did, I wouldn't waste my time with the stuff on the top shelf. I would want to sample the special stuff they keep in the back room. Now I do know how to make a recipe for a drink that was handed down in the family that involves grain alcohol. That drink will knock your socks (and underwear) off.

Tom McCune 6 years, 5 months ago

For the scotch drinkers, you need to try 18-year Highland Park. It was voted the best scotch and the best distilled spirit in the world three years in a row. It's about $100 a bottle, so it's not cheap. But $100 is not really very expensive at all considering what they get for some wines.

booyalab 6 years, 5 months ago

scotch or a unique wine I just had a thought.... a store could really sell decanters (and wine) by offering samples of decanted cab sav. I suspect that is an untapped market in Lawrence where most wine drinkers are relatively new to the intricacies of wine.

Also, I think it would be a good idea for the liquor store to ask for 25 cents for samples. That should be enough to dissuade the ones who would take advantage of it. I'd pay a quarter for a sample, why not?

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

Some friends of mine took me on a driving tour along a really beautiful rocky creek, and showed me the Jack Daniels distillery in Kentucky. Or at least, I'm pretty sure it was the Jack Daniels distillery.

There are many whiskey distilleries there, and there had been even more in the past.

I wasn't really all that impressed with the Jack Daniels distillery, all it appeared to be was a few big buildings with a lot of semi trucks coming and going. But there were two things that really did impress me.

One of them was an old abandoned distillery that looked like an old fashioned stone castle. And sure enough, in great big letters at the entrance, it read "Stone Castle". I was sure I remembered an old whiskey called Stone Castle that you could buy years ago!

And the other thing that really impressed me was the shells of really big burned out buildings. There were a few of them, and all that was left was the outer brick walls.

To age the whiskey, it is stored in large wooden casks in really big warehouses. And sometimes there are warehouse fires at the distilleries.

I was told that the fire department there has a standing policy: Let the whiskey warehouse fires just burn themselves out, don't even try to extinguish them.

I suppose that's why all of the warehouses were spaced so far apart.

Tom McCune 6 years, 5 months ago

Uh.... Dude, the Jack Daniels distillery is in Lynchburg, Tennessee. It's south of Nashville.

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