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All I want for Christmas is a big old liquor basket!

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Funkhouser, Nov 26, 2013.

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  1. Funkhouser

    Funkhouser In Charge of the Big Door

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    Mrs. Funkhouser has been hinting around on Christmas gifts I would like to see under the tree. I have the habit of indulging myself with electronics through out the year as well as new golf club as needed.


    Anyway I am pretty much stumped as too what I would want for Christmas, that would not end me up in divorce court. So as a lark, I suggested to MF a big old liquor basket would make a great gift.

    So now on to the question for VMB members, if you were to receive a basketful of booze for xmas, what would you like to see in it. Just to keep it in reason, the price limit is at $500, so your suggestions should come in at or near this total.
     
  2. 44inarow

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    I can't be much help here, given that I pretty much only drink vodka (although I did buy a pretty excellent bottle of Glenmorangie 18 for a friend's wedding recently), but I want you to know that the phrase "big old liquor basket" is really amusing me right now.
     
  3. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    Man, not knowing your tastes is tough, but stuff I know I'd want in my BOLB includes:

    Crater Lake Vodka
    A good rye
    Terminal Gravity IPA
    Firestone Pivo Pils
    Green Flash Hop Head Red
    Melville Donna's Syrah
    Evening Lands Pinot (Eola-Amity Hills)
    Jalama Mourvedre
    ampelos Grenache
    Burgundian white -- Meursault
    Rhone blends from Vacqueyras or Gigondas (2010, gonna be a stellar one)
    Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs
     
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    A bottle of Macallans is a must. If you go with a 12 it'll only be around $70.
     
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    A good single malt never made anyone cry!!
     
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    OK, "a big old liquor basket"........You are describing my ex. Would you pay the shipping cost?
    Good luck.:beer::beer:
     
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    Please send one my way with lots of Vodka, a bottle of Chambord & Hot Damn for shots. :beer:
     
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    I guess since you are over 21, you know what you like to imbibe. So this basket would help fill out your liquor closet when you entertain?
     
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    My basket would include a bottle of Don Julio 1942 Anejo or if I was was feeling really extravagant a bottle of Herradura Selecction Suprema Anejo. I love a good glass of tequila.
     
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    I love cognac and scotch. So a bottle of remy xo and would love to try the new Johnny walker platinum label (just bought my friend a bottle for his bday).
     
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    For me, booze is one of the most thoughtful gifts i could get.

    Only the people who pay attention to who I am and what i am about would give me booze and there are a sad few of them out there.

    I hope you get a big basket of hooch and live it up!!
     
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    Also the jw gold reserve is about to be available in the states. I have a bottle from out of the country but haven't opened it yet. Jw double black also comes back this time of year which is good.
     
  13. Funkhouser

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    I like to try new hooch on occasion. Not like in my twenties. Per Beeejay's rambling I tried Ciroc vodka and its my new favorite.

    I do like to have a well stocked bar when company is over.
     
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    For a high end Rye, I would try Whistle Pig, the 111 proof if available. It is 100% Rye, distilled in Canada, but bottled in Vermont. Some of the Ryes in the US can have up to 49% corn. For a high end mixer, Crown Royal should be in your cabinet. As for Gin, I really like Plymouth, it makes a great martini. Or, a good domestic is Bluecoat made in Philly. Sounds like you have the Vodka squared away with Ciroc; never tried it, but I'm not a fan of P Diddy, so I don't care to line his pockets. I like the Polish Vodkas like Belvedere. As for Rum, how about Mt. Gay or Appleton Estate.
     
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    I drink very limited due to what my stomach can handle these days. In my younger days i would drink the cheapest crap out there but now i prefer Gibson's Silver though when i go to the states i get gibbys gold because that is usually what they have at duty free for 12$ vs the 40$ is costs up here. I like crown royal as well but i find gibbys to be smoother. I also drink one kind of cooler and my husband knows what to get :) (we have way better stuff up here than you guys do in the states when it comes to coolers).

    My mom got my husband a bottle of crown because that is what he was drinking when she was here.

    It really depends on your tastes, i would imagine your wife would know what you like.
     
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    Things I'm missing in my bar still; cointreau, port, sherry, brandy, other Malibu flavours, tequila, liqueurs for cocktails like chocolate, mint, pineapple etc.
     
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    "OK, 'a big old liquor basket'........You are describing my ex. Would you pay the shipping cost? Good luck."

    Classic!

    I always ask for food or drink if anyone inquires, because at my age, I have just about all the stuff I could ever use. So a 5-bottle international liquor basket, at roughly a hundred per bottle, would make a stellar gift, and would probably last me the whole year.

    1. FRANCE: I've never tried a really great Cognac or Armagnac- wouldn't know what to ask for.

    2. SCOTLAND: I've also never tried a high end single malt- please, no Islay- something not too peaty.

    3. MEXICO: Gotta have a top drawer AƱejo. Surprise me.

    4. CARIBBEAN: Lately, I've developed a taste for amber rum. Something similar to Plantation 20th Anniv.

    5. And from the good ol' USA, a great single-batch Bourbon. Smoother rather than rougher.

    Five countries, five bottles, five wonderful surprises, 52 weeks of pleasure. Somebody organize it, please!
     
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  18. Funkhouser

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    My wife has no clue when it comes to booze, she only knows what she likes. As I get older I drink less, but prefer the good stuff. Right now I am trying to broaden my tastes.

    I only like sweet wines, so I gave up on that.
     
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    I guess i shouldn't have made the generalization then. The only time i am stumped is if i want to get him something new that he has never tried before and has to try it to see if he likes it.

    I am one of the only people i know who can not stand wine, i think it is grosser than beer lol.
     
  20. Funkhouser

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    Interesting recommendation. I have traditionally stuck to Bourbon whisky being close to the bourbon belt. I have had Rye on occasion, but always preferred the sweeter bourbon whisky, since the rye ones I tried were pretty dry. CR is not one of my favorites, but I do keep a bottle of Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

    Appleton Estate sounds like something I might try. I am not loyal to rum.
     
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