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Old Oct 12, 22, 4:05 pm
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Do they also keep track of what you have and haven't tasted yet? I was more curious about tracking the varieties than the totals.
Yes, they track each rum you drink. Technically only once per rum. They don't know if I've had El Dorado 8 once or twenty times.
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Old Oct 12, 22, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary View Post
I'm travelling with a mix of Speyside and Islay devotees, so both will be on the menu.
Once done perhaps you, Adam or others can give me a couple of pointers on a Scottish single malt tasting trip. I prefer Highland and Speyside. May probably do it next year with a friend or two and leave the spouse home or in a hotel.
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Old Oct 12, 22, 8:44 pm
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Originally Posted by vernonc View Post
Once done perhaps you, Adam or others can give me a couple of pointers on a Scottish single malt tasting trip. I prefer Highland and Speyside. May probably do it next year with a friend or two and leave the spouse home or in a hotel.
The Station Inn in Rothes is very nice. Tours and tasting for Scotch are nowhere near the tourist industry that wine regions like Kelowna, Napa, etc have become. Many distilleries don't offer anything or very little, although a few (e.g. Macallan) have built facilities that might be more what you'd expect if you envisioned something like what the wineries do. The Speyside Cooperage is well worth a visit as it was quite interesting to see the guys working away on the casks and learn a bit more about that process. Those would be some of my top Speyside tips, but happy to discuss more over a Scotch at a Do sometime!
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Old Oct 12, 22, 10:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post
These aren't the kind of rums one mixes with Coke Zero...
I guess I'm a snob, because for me there are NO kinds of rum one mixes with Coke Zero.

That's simply alcohol abuse.
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Old Oct 13, 22, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1 View Post
I guess I'm a snob, because for me there are NO kinds of rum one mixes with Coke Zero.

That's simply alcohol abuse.
I've had some rums that I wouldn't want to drink without something else because they're so vile (hello, Rum Fire!). Then again, maybe if I mixed them with Coke Zero, they would just ruin the Coke Zero...
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Old Oct 13, 22, 8:27 pm
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Sitting in YVR, with a glass of Prosecco, I came up with my brilliant idea of the day.

Hand sanitizer made from decent Gin. In a CATSA / TSA-compliant size, of course.

The mind boggles at the cocktail possibilities...
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Old Oct 13, 22, 9:08 pm
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I rented what's probably the second [poop]iest of all the [poop]box rental cars that I've rented while I was in South Africa in the last few days. Unlike most of the [poop]boxes that I've rented, this one was a manual transmission.

The pedals on my own car have never felt as stiff as they did this morning, especially the clutch. What a crazy first few blocks of driving it was!

Originally Posted by Bohemian1 View Post
Sitting in YVR, with a glass of Prosecco, I came up with my brilliant idea of the day.

Hand sanitizer made from decent Gin. In a CATSA / TSA-compliant size, of course.

The mind boggles at the cocktail possibilities...
Did you not use any of the sanitizers made by distilleries over the pandemic? I definitely had a couple that had a bit of scent of a specific spirit to them, although given the extremely high alcohol content, I don't think any of them would have made good bases for cocktails.
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I, uh, apparently missed another threshold.

I was paying close attention after I hit 39,900. But ... I'm 20 over. Oops.

Do I outrank Adam now?
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Originally Posted by vernonc View Post
Once done perhaps you, Adam or others can give me a couple of pointers on a Scottish single malt tasting trip. I prefer Highland and Speyside. May probably do it next year with a friend or two and leave the spouse home or in a hotel.
Aberfeldy is a nice distillery to visit. A lot of history there and they put on a pretty good tour. Right in your Highland palate too. If you fancy a walking tour of Scotland, search the Speyside Way which takes you through Aberlour and Cragganmore among a few others - besides being a beautiful walk.
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Old Oct 14, 22, 1:03 am
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
I, uh, apparently missed another threshold.

I was paying close attention after I hit 39,900. But ... I'm 20 over. Oops.
Congrats!

Do I outrank Adam now?
Only at Smuggler's Cove
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Old Oct 14, 22, 1:43 pm
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I just got an email from Chase that my card was declined at an Apple Store.

I was initially pissed that I'd have to get a new card number.

Then I realized the card is not in my wallet.

I used it at a restaurant last night (after, ahem, walking out on my tab at Smuggler's Cove - oops). I must have left it on the table. And someone grabbed it and tried to spend $3k on Apple products. Good thing Chase knows I don't buy Apple products
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Old Oct 17, 22, 6:59 am
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Those of you who've met me may have noticed my affinity for not very stylish, but tremendously practical cargo pants that can convert in to shorts.

I've had a few pairs from MEC that I bought over a decade ago that have been amazingly durable, but they're finally starting to fall apart. I recently ordered some from Columbia that seemed to fit the bill, feature-wise, but after wearing them only about 10 times, the stitching one one of the cargo pockets has been coming apart, rendering that pocket completely useless.

Anyone here have any suggestions for similar garments that are of better quality? (And that come in sizes big enough for someone who's both tall and large)
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Old Oct 18, 22, 8:09 am
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Those of you who've met me may have noticed my affinity for not very stylish, but tremendously practical cargo pants that can convert in to shorts.

I've had a few pairs from MEC that I bought over a decade ago that have been amazingly durable, but they're finally starting to fall apart. I recently ordered some from Columbia that seemed to fit the bill, feature-wise, but after wearing them only about 10 times, the stitching one one of the cargo pockets has been coming apart, rendering that pocket completely useless.

Anyone here have any suggestions for similar garments that are of better quality? (And that come in sizes big enough for someone who's both tall and large)
Not much beats MECs quality from 10+ years ago. REIs in house brand is a safe bet if you travel to the US often enough to shop there.

https://www.rei.com/product/202030/r...ble-pants-mens

I recently trashed a pair of Arcteryx hiking pants that I had used and abused for 12 years and would gladly pay a lot of money for an identical replacement but everything they make now is triple the price and half the quality.
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Old Oct 18, 22, 12:44 pm
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I recently trashed a pair of Arcteryx hiking pants that I had used and abused for 12 years and would gladly pay a lot of money for an identical replacement but everything they make now is triple the price and half the quality.
Yeah, I've been very disappointed in the overall quality of Arcteryx clothing of late.

I had some Gortex gloves that lasted less than a year and the process I had to go through just to get a credit was ridiculous. They are still selling the same gloves, despite overwhelmingly negative reviews on their own web site.
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I have no idea how this city is going to manage hosting the World Cup. Construction everywhere, closed off streets, no finishing work done. The stadiums are done, but theres no chance the other infrastructure will be ready.
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