Ken Gargett

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  1. What's in your glass today?

    a new four roses for you. i've not tried it. Four Roses’ New Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon Is Letter Perfect OESK? OESV? For bourbon connoisseurs, it spells delicious. By Tony Sachs on September 21, 2017 Related Articles The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Isn’t Just About Whisky Anymore Whiskey of the Week: Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finished Rye Is a Double-Barreled Affair Culinary Masters: William Bradley Is Crafting Outstanding Modern French in Relative Seclusion What the heck does OESK mean? Is it the initials of some obscure government agency? A small town in Russia? A typo? And what is it doing on a bottle of bourbon? Dyed-in-the-wool Four Roses fans know straightaway that it’s a bourbon made with a low-rye mash bill (“E”) and a spicy, full-bodied yeast strain (“K”). The “O” means it was distilled at the Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and the “S” means it’s a straight bourbon, having aged in wood for more than 2 years. Four Roses uses two different mash bills to make its bourbon—one with a higher percentage of rye to give it a bolder, spicier flavor, and one with less rye and more corn for sweeter, smoother results—as well as five different yeast strains, all of which impart different flavors in the final product. Master distiller Brent Elliott tinkers with the recipes and the aging time for every limited-edition bottling the brand releases. The Four Roses Limited Edition 2017 Small Batch Bourbon ($130) marks the first blend that’s all low-rye; it’s a combination of 15-year-old OESK, 13-year-old OESK, and 12-year-old OESV (the “V” yeast strain makes for a fruity, buttery bourbon). Thankfully, it’s not necessary to understand yeast strains and mash bills to appreciate this bourbon. It has a creamy, velvety mouthfeel, with tart cherries, ripe raspberries, and creamy vanilla on both the nose and the palate. It stays sweet through the long, spicy finish, with dark plum notes bringing up the rear. It’s bottled at barrel strength, which in this case is 107.3 proof—but no water is needed to appreciate a whiskey this well-crafted. What is required, however, is speed; Four Roses’ limited editions sell out quickly, and this one, limited to 13,800 bottles worldwide, will be no exception.
  2. can't recall the last time i saw a fosters in australia. i don't think it has been available here for decades. i doubt any australian under thirty would have a clue what fosters was.
  3. Friday Funny .

    that is because, if you take the analogy further, we put dirty nappies back on the kid.
  4. Who here vapes?

    as someone who has never had a cigarette in his life, if it is a way for others to quit, a good thing. i've seen the struggle plenty of friends have gone through.
  5. crocs heading south

    in the late 40s/early 50s, the old man and mates used to go up to 1770 and Agnes Waters to fish (would have been wild back then). he would tell tales of the crocs around there then and how they cried at night. they've been seen in the Pin just south of Brizzy and a big one around Fraser last week. they will, sadly, become a major problem before long. as for poking it in the eye, good luck poking that five metre one with anything.
  6. Who here vapes?

    thanks so, disgusting it is, then. still, each tot their own.
  7. Who here vapes?

    someone has to ask. what the hell is vaping? sounds disgusting.
  8. crocs heading south

    take a look at this pic and then wonder whether yours is a good policy!!
  9. this croc, 5.2 metres, was found shot in the fitzroy at rocky. about a 1,000 kilometres south of where you might expect crocs to be. swimming anyone?
  10. Cheap and Cheerful Red Wines?

    crasto is a fabulous producer and a great place. stayed with the family for 3-4 days a few years ago. amazing time. different world (i suspect that they might have more use for rob's tax havens than rob). spent one afternoon in the infinity pool floating around with an SLR DC. (no ash went into the pool). you can see the pool in the photo, directly above the houses. on the left of the summit.
  11. given how disparaging mcenroe has been about krygios, that should be interesting. disgrace to have that grub mentioned in the same sentence as laver. saw him as a kid. federer sampras, nadal. all brilliant. but laver is at least their equal if not better.
  12. if you have any interest in food at all...

    it was. till we found the one in helsinki. actually it was, till some dill put it in a travel guide for drunk soccer fans visiting spain.
  13. if you have any interest in food at all...

    just finishing the most fabulous book - "Grape Olive Pig" by Matt Goulding. he is behind the Roads and Kingdoms website. married a girl from barcelona and lived there for many years. he obviously loves the place - was a food writer previously when back in the States. i think he writes exceptionally well. never pompous, always entertaining and extremely knowledgable and never boring. apparently a mate of bourdain and also jose andres. i just love this book. i defy anyone to read it and not need to be chained down to avoid rushing straight to the airport to fly to spain. you can dip in and out but once i started, could not stop. lots of great tips for places to go. only hiccup for me - he does not include the sherry triangle down near jerez and he does not mention La Venencia, a bar i love in Madrid. otherwise, just brilliant.
  14. agree with both the cigar store and boq! a wonderful place. reminds me to post about the best ever food/culture book...
  15. it should happen about the time we beat the all blacks.

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