Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mixed-Up May -- 189 lbs (-40) [25X]

At the beginning of each month, I stock up on liquor at Total Wine. Usually, it's all about scotch and Evan Williams, but this month, I have several divergent themes going on:

● Cinco de Mayo
I won't post a separate review of it this time around, but I bought a .375 ml bottle of El Jimador Reposado tequila for 5/5 and found it to be far superior to the Zapopan tequila I bought recently. I'm not really a tequila person, but I found this to be quite enjoyable by itself. Perhaps being aged in imported Kentucky white oak barrels makes it a semi-whiskey cross-over, but it certainly gave me pause.

● Scotch is like Pizza
I've never met a pizza I didn't like--even the cardboard-tasting stuff at now-extinct drive-ins was manna to me. In that spirit (pun intended), I continue to scrape bottom in the hopes of finding that next great blended scotch value. Sadly, one of the scotches I bought (Pipers Clan) I've tried before and forgot, but at least I was consistent and still liked it. One of the great things about getting old is getting to have the same first-time experience over and over.

● Bargain Basement Bourbon
It's time to give corn whiskey some love. For one, I'm about to run out of new low-end scotch brands to try. For two, I've been too co-dependent on Evan Williams far too long, and I really should be open to new value brands.

● Canadian Bottom-Shelf
Nothing is easier on the wallet than cheap-ass Canadian whiskey. The biggest problem with scotch, budget-wise, is the import overhead that exists even for the lowest of the low. I've been afraid my whole life to try the equivalent Canadian brands, maybe because it's hard to believe anything of value could be so darn inexpensive, but my new fearless outlook on life enables me to finally chance it.

● Brandies
There is a recurring theme of cheap and cheaper going on here, but I've shelled out quite a bit more for some apple and pear brandy, thanks to some enticing passages in "The Drunken Botanist, a fascinating book about the plant biology behind my favorite liquids.

FWIW, I did buy some Christian Bros to counter the steep cost of pear brandy.

Here's what's on the menu for May:
ProductVolumeBase PriceSpirits Liter TaxSpirits Sales TaxTotal
Canadian Mist375ml$4.79$1.41$.98$7.18 ($19.15/L)
R&R Canadian750ml$6.99$2.83$1.43$11.25 ($15.00/L)
Black Velvet750ml$7.99$2.83$1.64$12.46 ($16.61/L)
El Jimador Reposado375ml$9.49$1.41$1.95$12.85 ($34.27/L)
Christian Bros Brandy750ml$9.49$2.83$1.95$14.27 ($19.03/L)
Old Crow Reserve750ml$10.99$2.83$2.25$16.07 ($21.43/L)
Pipers Clan Scotch750ml$10.99$2.83$2.25$16.07 ($21.43/L)
Highland Breeze750ml$11.99$2.83$2.46$17.28 ($23.04/L)
Black Velvet 8yr750ml$11.99$2.83$2.46$17.28 ($23.04/L)
Old Bridge Scotch Whisky750ml$12.99$2.83$2.66$18.48 ($24.64/L)
Sir Edwards Blended Scotch Whisky750ml$12.99$2.83$2.66$18.48 ($24.64/L)
Colonel Lee Bourbon1.75L$16.99$6.60$3.48$27.07 ($15.47/L)
Captain Apple Jack750ml$17.99$2.83$3.69$24.51 ($32.68/L)
Clear Creek Pear Brandy375ml$24.99$1.41$5.12$31.52 ($84.05/L)

[+] What I Consumed Since Last Post ...

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