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    This forum...

    ...really should be named Midday Cafe. Those of us with an interest in landscape and outdoor photography would feel awkward sitting out a sunset in a bar.

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    Ah, but just look over your shoulder to the west patio.... See the nice covered platform we built for you to shoot from? Note that the west patio is reserved for photographers and is even replete with a fully-stocked honor bar!

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    Also you are forgetting the push up tripods in the floor. Plus we even installed a gradient filter shade for the whole patio to shoot through.
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    Grad ND windows! I like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    a fully-stocked honor bar!

    But do you have draught Guinness?
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    But do you have draught Guinness?
    Not at the honor bar, sorry. You have to go to the bar downstairs for that. We used to have it up there, but had two issues: One, keeping the screens in the tapper clean so the head creamed properly and two, keeping the non-photographers off the shooting deck!
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    What sort of bar has no Guinness...nowadays there are real Irish bars everywhere...and yours has nothing to drink. I suppose there's no Murphy's or Beamish either
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    Ahem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Campbell View Post
    What sort of bar has no Guinness...nowadays there are real Irish bars everywhere...and yours has nothing to drink. I suppose there's no Murphy's or Beamish either
    Sir, I am insulted! We proudly serve Bushmills, and the 16 yr old single malt to boot. We also have Smithwicks (admittedly a can, sorry) at the honor bar.

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    Alas, I don't like whiskey [or whisky either]
    but the Smithwicks is fine!
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    Hey the other co owner is Italian . On my side of the bar i serve Espresso, Italian Pastry, Sambuca and cigars. And if you are really good than you get the Negroni cocktail is made of 1 part gin, 1 part sweet vermouth, and 1 part bitter (normally Campari). It is considered an apéritif, or a pre-dinner cocktail intended to stimulate the appetite.
    After the success of the cocktail, in 1919 the Negroni Family founded in Treviso, Italy a company named "Negroni Distillerie" (Negroni Distilleries) and created a product ready to use called "Antico Negroni 1919".
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    Why on earth would you ruin a perfectly good shot of gin with *sweet* vermouth and Campari?

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    Gin is poison bud got to knock some of that out. LOL

    I am a VODKA man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Ah, but just look over your shoulder to the west patio.... See the nice covered platform we built for you to shoot from? Note that the west patio is reserved for photographers and is even replete with a fully-stocked honor bar!


    Reminds me of the workshop in San Juan. That was a classy hotel with a greas sunset view deck and great honor bar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robsteve View Post
    Reminds me of the workshop in San Juan. That was a classy hotel with a greas sunset view deck and great honor bar!

    Robert
    Yes it was! Cheeses and crackers too
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    Sunset is close to 4pm up here, so technically it's almost midday. OTOH the sun never gets more than four fingers above the horizon this time of the year, and it's cloudy and drizzling all day anyways, so one might as well stay at the bar all day.

    Guinness wouldn't be my first pick for breakfast though - I have a case of vintage 2000 Carnegie Porter that is almost matured, it makes Guinness seem a bit watered down.

    If I named a bar for photographers, it would be "Manual Exposure".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Hey.........cigars......
    Cohibas, I hope.
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    Of course. LOL
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    I thought they were de Nobili twists :-)
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    From time to time, I set up in a corner of the bar and pour bone-dry Hendricks martinis with a slice of cucumber and of course without vermouth. We also have stocked Oban, McCallan, Talisker, Dalwhinnie, Laphroaig, Auchentoshan, Bowmore, and occasionally a bottle of Royal Lochnagar if the Queen hasen't drunk it all.
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    Party at Bob's bar. LOL
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    You guys can keep the single malts and cigars. I'll just have a glass of Francois Peyrot Poire Williams Au Cognac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    McCallan, -bob

    Macallan!

    Dear oh dear.

    Having two Scottish parents helps. At one time my father had a collection of 70 different single malts. The Macallan 18 year old was always his favorite though. They don't produce the 18 any more.

    I'm actually extremely partial to the Aberlour a'bunadh (not available to you colonials) though I like the regular Aberlour 10 year old when I can't afford the better version. I have a brother in law who collects rarer single malts, every now and again he will let me have a 1/2 mm in a glass...
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    Ah, scotch... I have a partial bottle of Macallan 18 hiding behind a Glenfiddich 18, did not know it is no longer produced -- that's a shame. But then there's the Glenmorangie 18 And while I normally eschew blends, I must admit to an occasional few fingers of Johnny Walker Blue...

    And re Hendricks gin... Bob introduced it to me just a few days ago, and I must admit it is my current favorite cocktail. My preference is bone dry, very cold and no garnish (though cucumber is the perfect call if one wants it garnished) and curiously in conflict with most other gins, it favors being stirred to shaken.

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    well at least we know that if we ever meet up the bar bill will be astronomical!
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    Bob, a Lahroaig, neat with water on the side, please....

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnastovall View Post
    Bob, a Lahroaig, neat with water on the side, please....
    Yes Sir, coming right up.
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    Jack,

    I've enough bad habits without you adding Hendrick's Gin to the list. Now where in Texas can I find it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnastovall View Post
    Jack,

    I've enough bad habits without you adding Hendrick's Gin to the list. Now where in Texas can I find it?
    The good news is it's cheaper than Laphroaig Try a BevMo -- it's in a dark-colored, squattish and round bottle -- and grab a fresh cuke if your local grocer has them. Also note IMO it's too delicately flavored for vermouth, an olive or an onion, and I suspect any would kill the finish
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    Ah, BevMo and Trader Joe's, two things decadent California has that Texas lacks. Actually, a lot more than two. Would you believe I can't even buy beer in the county where I live.

    But I've found Hendrick's just forty miles away, in Granbury.

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    John,
    It is not in the local drive-thru fer sure.
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    It looks like Hendricks might be spreading :-)

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    Just opened a bottle of Laphroaig actually, was waiting for the winter, it's certainly not a summer malt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    Just opened a bottle of Laphroaig actually, was waiting for the winter, it's certainly not a summer malt.
    Nothing like a cold winter evening, crackling fire, a good book and a spot of liquid smoke.

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    Sorry guys. It hit about 78 degrees here today and the sun is shining brightly, even though low in the sky. I am headed to the gym for a workout, then home to a very cold, bone dry, ungarnished Hendricks martini. Again.

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    88 here and ready to stick my head in a bucket of cold water if i can find it. Snow is very unlikely anytime soon if ever. LOL
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    Well here in Jerusalem it's not exactly cold! 75 today.
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    I have about 2/3 botle of Macallen 18 on the back shelf, so given its rarity, I thought I would sample some of the Macallen cask strength and provide a short review.
    The Cask strength is a bit redder in color. Nose: The Macallan 18 has a more fragrent nose; the cask strength has an almost yeasty aroma. On the tongue: The Cask Strength is sharper on the tongue, the 18 smoother. Finish: The cask strength has a longer and smooth finish, similiar but longer to the 18.
    The 18 will stay on the back shelf until special guests arrive, the cask strength will be sipped, but the 12, or the 18 if you have it, is preferred IMO.
    The sharper on the tongue is probably explained by the cask strength's 58.3% alcohol content.
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    Dude, you're supposed to serve cask strength scotch's with a spritz of water
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Dude, you're supposed to serve cask strength scotch's with a spritz of water
    This is one of the original sins that didn't make it to the Tablets. Scotch is NOT to be combined with water after it is bottled.
    On a lighter side, the Jamaicans make a great Lager, "Red Stripe", and of course Appleton Rum". They also have recently produced a Scotch, although I can't remember the name(it was that good lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Dude, you're supposed to serve cask strength scotch's with a spritz of water
    We don't have any of that in my bar.
    But I ought to report that after liberal use, the Cask Strength led to a distinct reduction in central sharpness, significant softening of the corners, some additional fall-off, reduced DOF and possibly some camera shake.
    Focus accuracy also was a bit off.
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    the cask strength should be diluted though you need to use mineral water and Highland mineral water for the true taste!

    Personally I like it straight!
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    A FWIW for you Macallan 18 drinkers:

    1) My local BevMo has a few bottles of it left in stock at $170.

    2) I was just at my local Costco store, and they just got in Macallan 18 under the Kirkland label -- same bottle and says"Macallan 18, single malt, and "product of Scotland" all under the big red Kirkland -- for $70.

    So my question is who is going to be the guinea pig for the Kirkland version?

    BTW, I did buy the Kirkland label Vodka that was "Distilled in France" a few years ago and it was indeed Grey Goose at half the price. But rationally, if that sucked I could have used it for mixed drinks...

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    I think there is a favorite saying about this but let me put it more succinct. Your buying I'm drinking.
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    Jack,

    I own some Costco stock. I think if the word got out that you liked the scotch, that might be what we need to turn it around. So by trying it you'd not only be doing a service for mankind, but would be taking a small step toward economic recovery (mine).

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    Steve:

    Since you are the stockholder and have the most to gain...


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    Jack,
    Didn't you clean off their shelves?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
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    Didn't you clean off their shelves?
    -bob
    If you mean the Macallan, I like it very much, but for half the money actually prefer the Glenfiddich 21, GlenFiddich 18, and perhaps my favorite due to it's symphony of flavors, sherry-finished GlenMorangie 18. But at $70, the Macallan would be difficult not to enjoy
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    I have a Johnny Walker Blue sitting untouched in my cabinet. I think this bottle is bound for Moab. LOL
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    Oh heck yes! But with two nights on the road before Moab, I doubt it will make it to Moab!

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    Maybe not with you and Bob for sure
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    Well, there is a package store in Moab where we can replenish our supplies.
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