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I don't think I've ever had a rye before. I am generally unadventurous and stick with bourbon. Could you sub it into a bourbon cocktail or does it have a totally different profile?

Actually, most bourbon cocktails were originally rye cocktails. Sazeracs, Manhattans, old fashioneds...all originally made with rye. But after Prohibition, Kentucky made it very easy for the distilleries to re-open and the states that originally produced rye did not. There was a dearth of rye on the US market and most of the rye we dead get was from Canada and not always the best quality. So Americans started replacing rye with bourbon. It is absolutely recommended that you switch back now that rye is becoming more plentiful!

I always have to double take whenever I see my name as belonging to someone else a bunch of times, but it's exciting to see some perspective from the other side of the "liquor pimp" game (I am going to use all the awful things I heard on my awful rebound job to the fullest).

What gin would you compare the gin to?

I have maintained, since last I was in your neck of the woods, that white dog should be the next vodka in this country. I fantasize about seeing whole shelves of it in bars, a la ABSOLUT poopoo/lemon/hotdog or whatever else. Make me tired of it, jerks!

Haha, yeah, there was this moment where I invited Nina to one of the events and she did a little double take before she understood that I wasn't talking about you.

Scott is really pushing the Mosby's as a replacement for vodka, and it works very well for that; it has a fuller, richer favor than most vodkas.

The gin is a toughie-- the closest thing I can compare it to the Berkshire Mountain Ethereal batch #4, which was their previous batch (the yellow-green label batch) and batch #5 (purple label) is nothing like #4. They both have this nice smoke with a hint of sulphur although it's not as forward in the Catoctin gin and Catoctin has a bunch more herby botanicals that taste a little more like what you'd get in a white absinthe if you took the liquorice out. The gin is probably my favorite of their products-- it's challenging to mix with but not TOO challenging. They tend to compare it to stuff like New Amsterdam but I think they're doing that to go for the "we can win over vodka drinkers" comparison; I find New Amsterdam to be a bit boring-but-serviceable and would not make that comparison myself.

Most of my infusions are white dog infusions; I love that stuff and I think it gives infusions a richer, fuller-bodied flavor than when I use vodka. Although there are definitely a few newer American vodkas that I have become fond of. I mean, I'm not going to go out of my way to use them but they are fun to play with.

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